Smart Cities Forum

There is no shortage of opinion as to what constitutes a smart city. Hong Kong could be seen as one of the finest examples of a smart city, planned and built around good civic design, an integrated land use and transport masterplan, with a high level of interconnectivity between systems and services. However, best practice in this area continues to advance and Hong Kong is in danger of lagging behind its competitors.

Smart cities need to be places for people (“Cities with a Soul”) as well as places for tech., each with its own flavour, memorable in an Asian and a world setting.

To create a platform for discussion about what would make Hong Kong a smart and liveable city today and in 2050, requires a range of views, opinions and specialisms. This diversity of expertise and opinion exists across the Chamber and the Forum is aimed at bringing this together.

This forum, relatively informal in nature, will focus in particular on what needs to be done to make sure that Hong Kong is adopting the right policies, and making the right investments to ensure it is as smart, and liveable, as it can be. 

The Forum will provide:

  • A network in the Chamber for sharing and bringing together information, knowledge and technologies/services, not just in the GBA but from leading practice in other world cities
  • A platform to inform the Chamber’s policy work in this area, including in relation to its policy advocacy with Government and other relevant bodies
  • A programme to showcase overseas expertise through the British Government and British Council, and their respective programmes of engagement
  • A point of institutional focus within the Chamber to facilitate collaboration with other business and government bodies
  • Opportunities to see smart city development in the context of the Greater Bay Area
  • Support to a series of events (4 – 6 a year) focussed on smart city issues

Join the Committee

Anne KerrChair Mott MacDonald Hong Kong LtdRead moreRead less As Chairman of the Environment and Energy Committee (2007 – 2016), Anne has assisted in the preparation of submissions to the government on climate change, air and water quality objectives, sustainable development, the CE's policy addresses and participated in the debates on a wide range of topics of interest to Committee Members and the Community at large. She took up the Vice Chair role on the General Committee in 2016 and has continued to support various Committees including Environment and Energy Committee. In recognition of the cross-cutting nature of the smart cities agenda which is being promulgated by HK Government, Anne established the Smart City Forum which draws its membership from across the Chamber with the express intent of sharing information, informing, showing leadership and providing direction in this diverse and fast-growing sector of interest, too both the public and private sectors. Her Chamber priorities for 2017/18 include focused lobbying of government in terms of ensuring an integrated approach is adopted for development initiatives and particularly those around the Smart City Agenda, as well as recognition and action on climate change and energy and water resource issues. As Managing Director Greater China and Global Head of Cities at Mott MacDonald Anne has access and engages with city leaders and officials in many parts of the globe and she works as an informal “ambassador” for Hong Kong’s achievements as well as bringing examples of best practice back to Hong Kong.
Andre BlumbergVice Chair CLP Read moreRead less Andre Blumberg is responsible for IT strategy and direction of CLP Group including technology standards, policies and IT commercial agreements. He also provides vision and leadership across CLP in the development and implementation of viable and sustainable technology and business solutions. Mr. Blumberg leads and strategically manages the IT functions for CLP Power Hong Kong and ensures optimisation of the IT investments, IT governance and integrity, regulatory and internal control compliance and development and delivery of IT infrastructure as well as operations and services. Mr. Blumberg joined CLP in 2001 and has held various senior positions within Group IT.
Annette TsoBusiness Policy and Corporate Relations ManagerRead moreRead lessAnnette's role is to facilitate and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities while promoting the best interest of the Chamber. She is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations; she also looks after the Business Policy Unit, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, Financial Markets Committee, International Infrastructure Forum, and the Smart Cities Forum.
Eli KonvitzMemberAtkins AcuityRead moreRead lessEli Konvitz is the co-lead for cities and urban infrastructure, and planning director, for Atkins Acuity, South East Asia. Eli has 18 years' experience working in urbanism and cities, including strategy and master planning, sustainability and resilience, and policy and research. He has led urban development and infrastructure work in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America for clients across the public, private, and third sectors. Eli is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Guillermo GinestaMemberBrinc Read moreRead lessGuillermo is the Managing Director in Hong Kong for Brinc, a global venture capital and accelerator firm that empowers entrepreneurs to help solve some of the world's biggest challenges. Through his role, Guillermo splits his time between sourcing high-potential startups and supporting them in their growth and expansion into Asia, as well as closely working with large corporate partners in tackling innovation challenges.
Iian FreimanMemberBerwin Leighton PaisnerRead moreRead lessIlan Freiman, Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner in Hong Kong has over 15 years’ experience advising as a major projects and commercial construction lawyer. Ilan acts for a wide range of public and private sector project participants at all stages of the project development life-cycle including on project formation, structuring and procurement strategies, project development and regulatory issues as well as drafting and negotiating project documentation for all forms of construction and engineering procurement. He has also held senior positions at a leading international developer of integrated resort facilities where he was part of the leadership team responsible for the successful delivery of some of the region’s most recognisable and high profile projects. He is recognised in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific for his “very quick, incisive mind and [that] he will always evaluate matters promptly and efficiently.”
Jeremy SheldonMemberJLLRead moreRead lessJeremy has nearly 30 years' experience working with clients in the real estate sector across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US, advising on corporate real estate strategy for local, regional and global firms. Specialties include real estate transactions, corporate capital markets and strategic consulting. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and chairs the Chamber's Real Estate Committee.
Jim TaylorMemberCLPRead moreRead lessJim has been with China Light & Power in Hong Kong for close to 14 years, after moving from Melbourne, Australia. Jim is Project Director – Strategic Development at CLP Power Hong Kong, where he is responsible for supporting the company's future long term strategic development and regulatory regime. Jim has extensive senior management experience of electricity, gas and environmental issues with leading companies in both regulated and deregulated energy markets in the UK and Australia. Prior to his current role in CLP, Jim has been responsible for the company's long term strategic planning and the interface with the Hong Kong Government for the operation of the Scheme of Control, with earlier appointments covering CLP’s largest customers, energy efficiency and conservation and tariff design.
Jonathan BeardMemberEYRead moreRead lessDr Beard is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young. He has advised on transportation policy and related infrastructure finance and development in over 25 countries and has guided the master-planning for some of the world’s largest and most successful ports, including Shanghai, Hong Kong and Port Klang, and the logistics development strategy for several major airports, including Hong Kong and Beijing’s New Second International Airport. Jonathan has provided market and technical advisory for M&As, PPPs and privatisations, and has worked extensively in the aviation and surface transportation sectors, advising on infrastructure investment, fare regulation, competition, the application of new mobility technologies, and economic and financial impact assessments. He was previously Head of Transportation and Logistics Consultancy in Asia for Arcadis and Vice President of ICF, responsible for the company’s greater China economic and policy consultancy. Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant, and a former Director of the Management Consultancies Association of Hong Kong and former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Management Consultants.
Kennie SiuMemberPhilip Morris Asia LimitedRead moreRead lessKennie Siu is the Regulatory Affairs Manager at Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMAL), an affiliate of Philip Morris International (PMI), who is committed to one day replace cigarettes with innovative non-combustible products that have the potential to present less risk of harm to adult smokers when compare to smoking cigarette. Kennie leads PMAL’s effort to engage Government in both Hong Kong and Macau about these better alternatives to smoking cigarette, for the benefits of public health. Kennie has more than 10 years’ experience in the UK and Asia Pacific region on government advocacy and regulatory affairs. She has previously held a Scientific Officer position in the Food Standards Agency (a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the UK). She has also worked with Kellogg’s, Starbucks and McDonald’s to direct both regional and market strategy in relation to Nutrition and food safety advocacy. She has obtained her qualification in nutrition in the UK and a Master in Toxicology from the University of Hong Kong. Empowered by the PMI’s vision, Kennie aims to bring the knowledge and expertise from the development of PMI’s innovative non-combustible products to the work and discussion in both the Healthcare and Smart Cites communities in BritCham. She advocates for a harm reduction approach for public health which could potentially accelerate the solutions for the healthcare problems associated with using tobacco in Hong Kong. She also believes the work on the non-combustible products plays a part in driving Hong Kong closer to the goal of a smarter living and smarter environment.
Kevin KincaidMemberGrosvenor Asia PacificRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Les HalesMemberCIO ConnectRead moreRead lessLes is the Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of CIO Connect, a London based firm that provides advisory and leadership development services to Chief Information Officers. He is also the current President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society. Les has over 30 years experience in IT leadership roles including IT research with Gartner in the Executive Program practice, Asia Pacific IT Director at DHL and Director of Customer Services at Unisys. Based in Hong Kong since 1984, Les is a regular contributor to IT and executive leadership media.
Mark LoasbyMemberConnect Communication LimitedRead moreRead lessMark has spent most of his career in differing forms of education. Currently the Managing Director and founding Partner of Connect Communication, he has spent the last 19 years facilitating workshops and seminars here in Hong Kong and throughout Asia Pacific. Whilst most of his training has been with large financial, legal, and corporate organisations, he has also run numerous programmes for the Hong Kong Government and various educational establishments. This includes the Hong Kong University, The HKUST, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The ESF, and The Chinese International School. Prior to his present position, Mark was a teacher. Starting off in an Inner London Comprehensive School (many years ago!), he went on to work in a special needs school in Zimbabwe, a state school in New Zealand, and finally was the Principal of a small private school in Hong Kong. Mark has been living in Hong Kong for 29 years. A graduate from Queens University, Belfast, he holds a Masters degree in Educational Management. He is married with 4 children. Three of them went through the ESF, from Primary 1 to Secondary 13, before going on to universities in England, Australia, and the USA. His fourth child is currently enjoying life at Bradbury.
Nick LoupMemberDymon Asia Capital (HK) LimitedRead moreRead lessNicholas Loup is Chief Executive Officer of Chelsfield Asia and Group Vice Chairman. Chelsfield is a leading real estate development group focused on the principal cities of Europe, Asia and the U.S. Since 1986 the business has constantly evolved to encompass and develop emerging market practices. Nick is a director of the Spinal Cord Injury Fund. He is also Chairman of the Asian Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles Limited (ANREV), of which he is a founder member; Vice Chairman of the Council of China's Foreign Trade. In 2014 he became President of the MIPIM Asia Awards Jury. Nick was Chief Executive of Grosvenor Asia Pacific with offices in Hong Kong, and a member of the Group Executive Committee and Group Board. He established operations in Asia Pacific in 1994 in Hong Kong; the company now has further offices in Tokyo and Shanghai. Previously, Nick has been a director of Asia Standard International and a non-executive director at Bridge Capital Delhi and PCD a department store business in China. He has also been a member of the World Economic Forum's Fiscal Sustainability Global Agenda Council (GAC) and on the Asia Acquisition Committee of the Tate. Prior to arriving in Asia, Nick was a director of Trafalgar House Developments, with responsibility for developments in London's West End.
Paul HaswellMemberPinsent MasonsRead moreRead lessPaul specialises in technology (including telecoms and data protection), and advises clients on both non-contentious issues and disputes. Paul is head of the TMT practice, and works across Asia spending time in China, Singapore and Japan. He's a regular speaker on technology matters, most recently advising organisations what they should to if they suspect they have been the victim of a data breach, and is often quoted in the press for his views on legal developments in the technology sphere. Paul has extensive experience of advising in relation to commercial contracts, outsourcing arrangements, complex IT and telecoms projects and the disputes that can arise from these. Paul is especially known for providing level-headed, commercial advice in pressured environments, as well as his personal interest in technology and technological developments.
Penny Hubbard-BrownMemberHKUSTRead moreRead lessPenny Hubbard-Brown is a Senior Manager in the Facilities Management Office of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST.) She has recently joined the team having spent over 11 years with Mace as a Project Director and then Deputy Regional Director both in UK and Hong Kong. Over seven years she has worked on a number of projects in Hong Kong, most notably the Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3 works. Penny is a strong advocate of Project Management for complex projects and she firmly believes that transparency and clear communication are key to the successful delivery of projects. She is passionate about supporting the Chamber and is an active member of the Construction Industry Group and is keen to support younger members of the industry in their career paths particularly with regard to promoting good communication skills.
Peter DampierMemberBuro Happold International (Hong Kong) LimitedRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Stephanie LiMemberBritish ConsulateRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Tim JowettMemberGrosvenorRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Wai-duen LeeMemberArthur D LittleRead moreRead lessWai-duen Lee is manager at Arthur D Little, a management consultancy. She has advised clients in the travel and transportation industry and the public services sector for 18 years. Her projects have footprints in more than 21 countries, covering all modes of transportation: sea, air, surface / land, and new technologies, and ranging from SME initiatives to master-planning of the world’s busiest seaports and airports. Wai-duen received her BSc (Hons) and BA from the University of California in Berkeley, and Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.