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Upcoming: RDCY to attend the World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit


The built environment defines our world. We shape our environment and it shapes our lives and those of future generations. Currently, the built environment has become the focal point for the most pressing global issues: migration and urbanisation; housing supply and affordability; infrastructure and resilience; technology and data; climate, carbon & resource scarcity, and ultimately responsible growth.

Against such a background, the World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit, organized by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS), will take place in Shanghai from March 27 to 28, 2017, bringing together stakeholders from all aspects of the sector to explore common issue on the built environment, and to build a basis for collaboration between disciplines. Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY) is one of the Supporting Partners of the Summit. Wang Wen, the Executive Dean of RDCY, will attend the Annual Summit and deliver an opening keynote speech.


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Summit Overview


The World Built Environment Forum Annual Summit will:


· Explore 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?

· Take One Belt One Road 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?

· Offer tailored expert sessions of interest to senior industry figures from across Asia who are active in real estate, construction and infrastructure. In particular, developers, investors, owners and occupiers will gain valuable actionable insight, and will benefit 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 will be 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


09:00 – 10:00    Registration, networking and exhibition

10:00 – 10:20    Opening and formal welcomes

James Chau, journalist, television presenter, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador


Amanda Clack, President, RICS and Partner, EY


Baoxing Yin, President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd. (SOIS)

10:20 – 10:35     Summit address


Dr Zhu Min, former IMF Vice President and President of National Institute of Finance

10:35 – 11:00     Opening keynote - Geopolitics and the built environment

Dr Wang Wen, Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China

11:00 – 11:45     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?


Dr 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

11:45 – 12:15     Networking break

12:15 – 13:15     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


Pak Hung Lai, Head of Greater China, Arcadis


Xiaohong Yu, Vice-President, CHINCA


Professor Yilin Yin, Vice-President, CECA

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.


Dominic Thasarathar, Industry Strategist: Construction, Energy, Natural Resources, AUTODESK


Linda Chandler, Smart Cities Lead, Microsoft Services, APAC


Ole Ruch, Managing Director, WeWork


Tony Keane, CEO, IFMA

13:15 – 14:15    Networking break

13:15 – 14:15    Power lunch (by invitation) - Infrastructure

Bill Banks, Partner, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY

14:15 – 15:30    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

15:30 – 16:15    Networking break

16:15 – 17:15    Session Three – One Belt One Road

3A – 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


Zhang Hongtao, 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

19:00 – 19:30    Drinks reception

19:30                Networking buffet dinner

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.

08:00 – 09:00     Refreshments, networking and exhibition

08:00 – 09:00     Power breakfast (by invitation) - Attracting Talent - the market experience

09:00 – 10:30     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

10:30 – 11:00    Networking break

11:00 – 12:30    Session Five - China domestic


5A - Real estate in China - 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.


Clement Lau, Head of Development and Valuation, Commercial Property, Hongkong Land


Ianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower


Enoch Lim, Chief Investment Officer, CCH Asset Management


NG Kok Siong, CEO, Guangzhou Knowledge City


12:30-13:30       Networking lunch and exhibition

12:30 – 13:30    Power Lunch (By invitation) - Standardisation of smart cities in China


Gang Zhang, Counsellor of the State Council, China


13:30 – 15:00    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


Prof 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


15:00 – 15:45     Session Seven - The strategic importance of One Belt One Road

Vincent Lo, Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and Chairman, Shui On

15:45 – 16:00     Summary and close


Sean Tompkins, CEO, RICS

16:00 – 16:15     Sponsor`s close


Jieou Yin, Deputy General Manager, SOIS

16:45                 Close of summit

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