Donald Choi CEO, Chinachem Group Donald Choi CEO, Chinachem Group
Donald Choi has worked globally as an architect and developer for over 30 years. He is familiar with both public and private projects and believes in the power of design and architecture to empower society. Clients have included Hong Kong Government, Airport Authority, Mass Transit Railway Corporation, Urban Renewal Authority, Public Works Canada, British Columbia Buildings Corporation, NGOs and the private sector.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group. Before Chinachem, he was the Managing Director of Nan Fung Development, Director of Foster and Partners and the Authorized Person (Architect) for the Hong Kong International Airport Passenger Terminal (HKIA Silver Medal Winner) and many infrastructure projects at Chek Lap Kok. The airport was awarded the Top Ten Construction Projects in the World and has won numerous awards including the Best Airport in the World since opening in 1998. Donald lives in Hong Kong and is active in community services. He is a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, Trustee of Design Trust – Hong Kong, Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design and Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre. He is also a Board Director of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and Board Member of Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre. He had taught at the University of Hong Kong and was the former Chairman of the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR. Ryan Ip Senior Researcher, Our Hong Kong Foundation Ryan Ip Senior Researcher, Our Hong Kong Foundation
Ryan Ip is currently a Senior Researcher at Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF), leading a team of researchers in the areas of land and housing policies in Hong Kong. He is also a regular commentator on the subject at seminars, in print and in interviews. Before joining OHKF, Ryan worked at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, covering the China economy. Prior to that, he was a research analyst at JLL Hong Kong, where he contributed to numerous white papers and consultancy projects. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics at the London School of Economics, after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in the same subject at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Ian Brownlee Member of Citizens Task Force on Land Utilization; Managing Director, Masterplan Ian Brownlee Member of Citizens Task Force on Land Utilization; Managing Director, Masterplan
Ian Brownlee, an experienced urban planner with over 30 years’ experience of urban planning in Hong Kong. He worked for 16 years with the Government as a senior town planner where he gained extensive experience of planning procedures and statutory requirements.
He founded Masterplan Ltd in 1992 and has been an active member of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, having been on the Council for some six years. Along with other members of the Institute, he promotes an improved public environment, better urban design and closer integration of the various components of the transport system. From this involvement, and also with various waterfront projects, he has developed and interest in the way the public sector is involved in the management of public spaces. He also has represented many NGO’s and public groups on environmental, conservation and heritage projects in submissions to Government and in particular the Town Planning Board. Juan Du Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, and Associate Dean (International and mainland China Affairs), Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong Juan Du Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, and Associate Dean (International and mainland China Affairs), Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Juan Du is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Associate Dean (International and Mainland China Affairs) in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Her research and writings have been published in China, Europe and the United States.
She is the founding director of Hong Kong based office IDU_ architecture with projects ranging from the extent of built forms to the social and ecological processes of the city. Her work has been exhibited internationally including La Biennale di Venezia 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Vienna Architekturzentrum Exhibition, and the Brazil International Exhibition of Architecture and Urbanism. She has taught architectural and urban design at the Department of Architecture of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University. Prior to starting her own practice in 2006, she worked in the offices of Yung Ho Chang Atelier FCJZ in China, Agence Santiago Calatrava and Atelier Seraji in France, and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in the United States. She was the Chief Curator of Hong Kong’s participation in the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Curator of Housing an Affordable City Exhibition at the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale, and the Assistant Curator for the First Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2005. Juan Du was born in China, raised and educated in the United States, with additional professional practice experience in Europe and China. She holds a Master degree in Architecture from Princeton University and is the recipient of a US Fulbright Foundation Scholarship for her research on the transformations of the contemporary Chinese city. Jo Hayes CEO, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong Jo Hayes CEO, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong
Jo Hayes is the CEO at Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, an International NGO whose vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat impacts the lives of millions of families globally, providing strength, stability and self reliance through shelter. Jo recently joined Habitat from The Women’s Foundation (TWF), a Hong Kong-based NGO where since 2016, she was leading their gender diversity and inclusion programmes, partnerships, and initiatives that support the development of the pipeline of female talent in Hong Kong for executive and non-executive roles. Jo has over 20 years of professional experience that span a range of industries from education and media production to the NGO sector. Born in the UK, Jo has lived and worked in Indonesia, China, France and along with her two teenage children and husband, has called Hong Kong home since 2013.