SMART CITIES FORUM
Dr Anne Kerr, Director for Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited, has over 25 years experience in water engineering and environmental assessment and management. Anne is a key member of the firm's successful water and environment division in Hong Kong and one of the most experienced environment and sustainable development professionals in the SAR. Anne participated in and contributed to the development of the Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment processes in Hong Kong, and has developed the associated legislation and assessment criteria now embedded in the EIA Ordinance. Anne works on diverse range of projects including Lenders Technical Advisory roles for airport, port and maritime projects, hotel, recreational and luxury development projects, developments leading to carbon neutrality for towns, transport strategies or mixed use developments, and for the energy and power section.
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.
Hugo's role is to facilitate, monitor and coordinate the development of the Chamber’s business policy activities, and promote the best interests of the Chamber. Hugo is the point of contact between overseas British Chambers of Commerce, as well as British business organisations. He also looks after the Financial Markets Committee, China Committee, Environment & Energy Committee, Infrastructure Forum, Smart Cities Forum, and Business Policy Unit.
Amie Shuttleworth is the Global Head of Sustainability for Cundall. She focuses on developing Cundall’s global sustainability strategy whilst further advancing the strengths of Cundall’s sustainability consulting services in Hong Kong, Asia Pacific and the rest of the world. As part of her role, Amie develops initiatives in support of Cundall’s One Planet Living endorsement and extending its offer for clients to use the One Planet sustainability tool on projects. She is also responsible for embedding sustainability throughout the business and its supply chain, including the implementation of a comprehensive programme of sustainability training for both graduate engineers and more experienced staff.
Chris Rawlings is Director of the British Council in Hong Kong. He joined the British Council in 1992 and has worked in a range of posts and locations. As well as working in East Africa and Southeast Asia, he was posted to India (1998-2000) before working as Strategic Adviser to the British Council’s Director-General (2000-03). He has also worked as Director of the British Council’s operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2003-2007); in Mexico (2007-2012); and in Colombia (2012-2016), with line management responsibility for Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Peru. In summer 2016 he took up his new role in Hong Kong, working with Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
Frances joined DTI (now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills-BIS) as a fast-streamer in 2001, following a successful teaching career. At DTI she led on an EU Directive, wrote the Departments first Equality Impact Assessment and worked on the Business Support transformation programme, before joining UK Trade & Investment in 2004. Frances has a range of experience in different markets, including Iraq, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and was Director of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi for the five years prior to taking up the role of Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong. Frances was Private Secretary to Lord Davies, Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business and she started her working life in the City of London, working for Standard Chartered Bank. Frances has an MA (Distinction) in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and is married with three sons.
Helen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 28 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has over 22 years of experience in Hong Kong. Helen has notable expertise in directing complex multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects for both public and private clients and guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance process and is an active and prominent figure in the environmental services industry in Hong Kong.
Ilan 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 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 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.
Dr Beard is Head of Transportation and Logistics Consultancy in Asia for Arcadis - the world’s leading provider of design and consultancy for natural and built assets. 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 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.
Les 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 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.
Nicholas Loup is Chief Executive Officer of Dymon Asia Real Estate. Dymon Asia is a fast growing alternative investment manager with in excess of US$5bn under management. Dymon Asia Real Estate aims to create a series of managed vehicles matching opportunities with clients both in and outbound from Asia. Nick is a General Committee member of the British Chamber of Commerce and 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; and non-executive director of the Chelsfield Group. In 2014 he became President of the MIPIM Asia Awards Jury. Nick was Chief Executive of Grosvenor Asia Pacific 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.
Penny 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.
Vincent Connor is Pinsent Masons’ Head of Office in Hong Kong and Head of Sectors – Asia. He specialises in Construction Law, providing clients with strategic advice during projects and representing them in mediation, arbitration and litigation. Asia-Pacific Legal 500 describes him as having "a top reputation" in Construction Law and he is recommended as a leading Construction Lawyer in Who's Who Legal. In addition to his British Chamber committee work, Vincent is a member of The Lighthouse Club's Committee; the NEC User's Group Steering Committee and the CIC’s Taskforce on NEC. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Vincent was appointed as a GlobalScot in 2007 by Scotland’s First Minister.