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Summit Overview

The World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit in Shanghai looked at:

  • How global macro trends will affect the built environment of the future, with a focus on China and wider Asia. What strategies should we adopt to take account of disruptive changes in order to create and sustain vibrant real estate markets, and to fund infrastructure needs? How can the construction industry meet pressing demands while adapting to the changing nature of cities that need to serve urban populations for generations to come?   
  • The One Belt One Road initiative as a reference point for all these issues. Looking at the built environment from the perspective of cities along the Belt and Road what lessons can be learned from the world’s leading gateway cities, and from city development in China? How can Chinese cities attract investment and how can cities globally compete for Chinese foreign direct investment in infrastructure and real estate?

The Summit tailored expert sessions of interest to senior industry figures from across Asia and beyond who are active in real estate, construction and infrastructure. In particular, developers, investors, owners and occupiers gained valuable actionable insight, and benefited from ample opportunity to network with potential partners and clients.

For participants interested in attracting and developing the talent necessary to compete in today’s markets, there were additional opportunities to explore how RICS qualified professionals and services can make a decisive difference to your business success. 


Summit Programme


Monday 27 March 2017

The world in which we work. Leading experts both from within and outside the industry discuss the geopolitical, social and industry trends that will have the greatest impact on the built environment in China, Asia and beyond. What are the challenges and opportunities that will have a lasting impact?

Venue: China Hall, Pudong Shangri-La Hotel

0900 – 1000
Registration, networking and exhibition

1000 – 1020
Opening and formal welcomes
James Chau, Special Contributor, CCTV News
Amanda Clack, President, RICS and Partner, EY
Baoxing Yin, President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd. (SOIS)
1020 – 1035
Summit Address
Dr. Zhu Min, former IMF Vice President and President of National Institute of Finance
1035 – 1100
Opening keynote - Geopolitics and the built environment
The future of Green Infrastructure Construction under the Background of OBOR
Prof. Wang Wen, Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
1100 – 1145
Opening panel session
Geopolitics and the Built Environment
The world is ever more connected at every level from the individual citizen through to multinational organisations and governments. Paradoxically, while the sharing economy is booming we are seeing a shift towards populism and protectionism. The Paris Climate Agreement was a moment of unprecedented multilateral agreement enabled by a post-modernist era of international relations since 1990. And yet we seem to be witnessing a return to a modernist world driven by nationalist agendas. Globalisation is being questioned as never before in economies that have previously been seen as its main beneficiaries. Are these trends transitory, or will they be lasting disruptors with profound implications for us all?
Prof. Wang Wen, Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
Nick Brooke, ABAC Strategic Advisor, APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), and Past President, RICS
Dr. Zhu Min, former IMF Vice President and President of National Institute of Finance
1145 – 1215
Networking break
1215 – 1315
Session One - Key Drivers 1A - Key Drivers for the Built Environment
What are the drivers for change we are seeing in infrastructure and construction? Issues that will be discussed include: technology, data/digitisation, skills gap/NextGen, financing, inefficiencies due to lack of comparability, energy efficiency, demand for sustainable and responsible investment.
Hongbin Jiang, Director of Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I), Corporate Finance, PwC China
Lai Pak Hung, Head of Greater China, Arcadis
Professor Yilin Yin,Vice-President, CECA
Xiaohong Yu, Vice-President, CHINCA
1B - Key Drivers for Real Estate
What are the drivers for change we are seeing in real estate? Issues that will be discussed include: new trends in workspace, FM, what tenants and investors want, technology/automisation, market transparency, financing models.
Moderator: Chris Brooke, Managing Director, Brooke Husband Ltd and Senior Vice-President, RICS
Dominic Thasarathar, Industry Strategist: Construction, Energy, Natural Resources, AUTODESK
Linda Chandler, Smart Cities Lead, Microsoft Services, APAC
Kyle Barker, Head of International Development, WeWork
Tony Keane, CEO, IFMA
1315 – 1415
Networking lunch and exhibition
1315 – 1415
Power lunch (by invitation) - Infrastructure
Bill Banks, Partner, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY
1415 – 1530
Session Two – One Belt One Road
The speakers explore the impact of OBOR on the built environment. What makes a project investible and what are the risks to delivery from an investor’s perspective?
Ivan Wang, Associate Partner, McKinsey
Sir Danny Alexander, Vice-president, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Chris Birdsong, Chief executive officer, Asia Pacific, Atkins
Sun Weijia, Director General, International Exchanges and Cooperation, COSC
Adam Rush, Regional Director, Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield
1530 – 1615
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
1615 – 1715
Session Three – One Belt One Road3A - The Infrastructure That Defines One Belt One Road
One Belt One Road will connect national and regional economies via a network of strategically-located cities. An expert panel will debate the conditions needed to create the OBOR inter-city infrastructure.
Rafi Rich, CEO, S.U.iT.S
Amanda Clack, President, RICS and Partner, EY
Hongtao Zhang, Counsellor of the State Council, China
David Prat, Managing Director, Green Tech Water, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
Prof. K.T. Ravindran, Dean Emeritus, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University
3B - Successful Cities
Cities are increasingly looking to each other for opportunities to collaborate and share good practice. Competition between cities can lead to innovation and upwards pressure to improve the quality of the built environment in order to attract major employers and a skilled workforce Our panel looks at how cities can find the best path to success in diverse circumstances
Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow, ULI and Former Mayor of Pittsburgh
Albert Chan, Director of Planning and Development, Shui On
Hungchih Liu, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Development, Greater China, AECOM
John Fitzgerald, CEO, ULI
Carolyn Dwyer, Director of Built Environment, City of London Corporation
1900 – 1930
Drinks reception
Networking Reception and Buffet

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Our world of work. While the built environment is shaped by the geopolitical context, all actors in the sector can also play a direct and tangible role. We will apply the strategic insights from Day One to identify high level solutions that can be applied regionally and within individual markets.

0800 – 0900
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
0800 – 0900
Power breakfast (by invitation) - Attracting Talent - the market experience 
Natalie Cohen, National Manager, Commercial, Herron Todd White
Christine Wright, Managing Director, Asia, Hays and Regional Managing Director, Michael Page
0900 – 1030
Session Four – Resilient Cities
Massive infrastructure investment demands in the region represent a rare opportunity to rethink our approach and to build resilience into the heart of our cities. Urban resilience is about recognising challenges and building in opportunities to withstand the growing shocks and stresses of the 21st century.  But building resilience demands cities take a new approach.  Cities are investing in Chief Resilience Officers to help steer rapidly urbanising centres towards infrastructure investments that address multiple challenges. In this panel discussion, moderated by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, leading experts and Chief Resilience Officers from around the region will discuss how to motivate cities and built environment partners to invest in doing things differently.
Lauren Sorkin, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Bill Banks, Partner, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY
Dr Supachai Tantikom, CRO, Bangkok
Purnomo Dwi Sasongko, CRO, Semarang
Xiong Tao, Vice Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer, Yiwu, China
1030 – 1100
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
1100 – 1230
Session Five - China Domestic 5A - Real Estate Use - An Occupier Perspective
A discussion on the practical factors shaping the Chinese real estate market including access to new stock, retrofitting existing stock and innovation in retail.
Jiaming Cao, Chairman of the Board, Architectural Society of Shanghai
Junjie Zhang, President, East China Architect and Design Institute (ECADI)
Trevor Harris, Standard Chartered
5B - Real estate in China - An owner and developer perspective
Our panel looks at the sort of real estate China will need in future and how can it be delivered.
Moderator: Will Myles, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, RICS
Clement Lau, Head of Development and Valuation, Commercial Property, Hongkong Land
Ianping Gu, Board Member & General Manager, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Enoch Lim, Chief Investment Officer, CCH Asset Management
NG Kok Siong, CEO, Guangzhou Knowledge City
1230 – 1330
Networking lunch and exhibition
1230 – 1330
Power Lunch (By invitation) - Standardisation of Smart Cities in China
Gordon Falconer, Global Director - Smart Cities, Schneider Electric
1330 – 1500
Session Six - Attracting Chinese Capital
China is a leading source of foreign direct investment in infrastructure and real estate. What gives Chinese investors confidence when looking to invest in key markets?
Nor Hisham Mohd Yusof, Federal Commissioner, IRDA
Yongxing Wang, General Manager, Wen Hui
Professor Yongheng Deng, Provost's Chair Professor of Real Estate and Finance and Director of the Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES), National University of Singapore
Rob Yang, Real Estate Lead, Asia, KKR
See Lian Ong, RICS Past President
1500 – 1545
Session Seven - The Strategic Importance of One Belt One Road
Vincent Lo, Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and Chairman, Shui On
1545 – 1600
Summary and close
Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS
1600 – 1615
Sponsor's close
Ivy Yin, Executive Vice President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd
Close of summit
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