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Rafi Rich

Rafi Rich

Rafi Rich, CEO of S.U.iT.S (Smarter Urban iT & Strategies), Israel’s leading smart city initiative providing cutting-edge practices for Smart Cities. Working with cities, startups and solution providers, it creates lean tailor-made sustainable solutions for urban challenges for global secondary cities and the dynamic cities of the emerging world, focusing on smart local infrastructure, dynamic regulations, urban innovation and data-led management.

Rich is a licensed architect and urban planner, with additional degrees in Public Policy,  serves as Senior Lecturer for Urban Planning and Smart Cities at the Technion Institute of Technology, the Chief Mentor of Haifa city’s CityTechLab, and Urban Innovation Advisor of Lake Victoria Local Authorities, East Africa.

Between 2009 – 2012, he served as Senior Director for building at the Israeli Ministry of Interior, responsible for leading a nation-wide building reform, establishing private sector building control bodies, (trained by the RICS), and policies for green building, sustainability and urban innovation. 

Prior to 2009, Rich managed the ‘urban giraffe’, a leading planning firm and was the chair of the sustainability committee at the Israeli Architectural Association, and founding member of the Israeli Green Building Council (ILGBC).

In 2015, Rich was awarded an eminent Fellow of RICS.


Other confirmed speakers include:

Prof. Wang Wen , Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
Dr. Zhu Min , former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and President of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University
Vincent Lo , Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and Chairman, Shui On
Sir Danny Alexander , Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Bill Banks , Partner, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY
Kyle Barker , Head of International Development, WeWork
Chris Birdsong , CEO, Asia Pacific, Atkins
Chris Brooke , Managing Director, Brooke Husband Limited
Nicholas Brooke , Chairman, Professional Property Services Ltd
Jiaming Cao , Chairman of the Board, Architectural Society of Shanghai
Albert Chan , Director of Planning and Development, Shui On
Linda Chandler , Smart Cities Lead, Microsoft Services, APAC
James Chau , Special Contributor, CCTV News
Ming Lee Chua , Real Estate Director, Unilever Asia
Amanda Clack , President, RICS and Partner, EY
Natalie Cohen , Vice Chair, RICS VIC/TAS Committee, and Chair of Matrics
Dinh Quang Cuong , City Resilience Officer, Da Nanag
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
Carolyn Dwyer , Director of Built Environment, City of London Corporation
Gordon Falconer , Global Director, Smart Cities, Schneider Electric
Jianping Gu , Board Member & General Manager, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Lai Pak Hung , Head of Greater China, Arcadis
Hongbin Jiang , Director of Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I), Corporate Finance, PwC China
Tony Keane , President and CEO, International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
Clement Lau , Head of Development and Valuation, Commercial Property, Hongkong Land
Enoch Lim , Chief Investment Officer, CCH Asset Management
Hung-Chih Liu , Senior Vice President, Strategy & Development, Greater China, AECOM
Tom Murphy , Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development, ULI Canizaro
Will Myles , Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, RICS
See Lian Ong , Chairman of Commission for Construction Economics and Management (Commission 10) of International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
NG Kok Siong , CEO, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City
David Prat , Lead Director Energy, Environment and Infrastructure, CBBC
Prof. K.T. Ravindran , Dean Emeritus, RICS School of Built Environment Amity University
Adam Rush , Regional Director, Consulting Department, Greater China, Cushman & Wakefield
Purnomo Dwi Sasongko , Chief Resilience Officer, Semarang
Lauren Sorkin , Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Weijia Sun , Director General, Department of International Exchange Cooperation, COSC
Supachai Tantikom , City Resilience Officer, Bangkok
Xiong Tao , Vice Mayor, Chief Resilience Officer, Yiwu, China
Dominic Thasarathar , Primary Thought-leader, Autodesk
Nor Hisham Mohd Yusof , Federal Commissioner and Director of Corporate Management & Finance of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority
Sean Tompkins , CEO, RICS
Ivan Wang , Associate Partner, McKinsey
Yongxing Wang , CEO, WENHUI Audit & Consulting Management Center
Christine Wright , Managing Director, Asia, Hays Specialist Recruitment (Shanghai) Co. Ltd
Baoxing Yin , President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd. (SOIS)
Ivy Yin , Executive Vice President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd
Yi-Lin Yin , Dean, School of Management, Tianjin University of Technology
Rob Yang , Managing Director and Head of Greater China, KKR
Xiaohong Yu , Vice-President, CHINCA
Robert Yuan , Director and Senior Vice President, Glodon Co., Ltd
Hongtao Zhang , Counsellor of the State Council
Junjie Zhang , President, ECADI (East China Architect and Design Institute)
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