Experts

Fellows

Mr Stephen BROWN

Stephen Brown is director – corporate affairs at Hong Kong-based Noble Group. He also serves as deputy chairman of the Listing Committee of the Main Board and Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and member of the Securities and Futures Commission’s Dual Filing Advisory Group. Mr Brown started his career in stock broking with Cazenove & Company in London. After he moved to Hong Kong in 1983 as a director of Vickers da Costa, he spent the ensuing two decades in the industry, including as head of Asian equity at Morgan Stanley. He later worked as group general manager of Sino Land. Mr Brown was born and raised in England, graduating with a degree in urban estate management from Reading University.

Prof. Yuen-Ying CHAN

Yuan-Ying Chan was the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, which she built as one of Asia’s top journalism schools. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Entertainment and the Media. She is an honorary professor for the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative at HKU.

Mr Jacky CHENG

Jacky Cheng currently leads corporate strategy and M&A at an industrial conglomerate. He spent four years the Kowloon Motor Bus Company, where he gained experience dealing with the Transport Department and the District Council on public transportation issues. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with Monitor Group, which he advised on the governance system for a Southeast Asian special economic zone, with a focus on developing a low-income and rural area. Mr Cheng, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated with degrees in civil engineering and business administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Mr Winston Ka-Sun CHU

Winston Ka-Sun Chu has been a visiting professor of the Faculty of Laws and the Bartlett School of the Built Environment of UCL since 1995 and an honorary fellow since 2002. He served as an adviser to various departments of the Hong Kong government and sat on various government committees including the Town Planning Board. As the founder and chairman of the Society for Protection of the Harbour and the author of the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance, Mr Chu instituted three judicial reviews which successfully curtailed the government’s plans for extensive harbour reclamation. He had practiced as a solicitor since 1964 and also taught law at the University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the Laws Faculty of UCL in 1960.

Prof Michael E DEGOLYER

Michael E DeGolyer is a political economist, former director of the Masters in Public Administration Programme and professor in the Department of Government & International Study at Hong Kong Baptist University. He was director of the Hong Kong Transition Project, a long-term study begun in 1988 of Hong Kong people’s transition from colonial subjects to Chinese citizens with right to amend their constitution and elect their executives and representatives. Prof DeGolyer has been president of the Hong Kong Political Science Association, a Hong Kong Country Reports and Country Forecasts expert contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit (1996-2006), and regular commentator on RTHK and other media.

Mr J Robert GIBSON

Robert Gibson is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ working group on sustainability and integrated reporting. He focuses on mechanisms for making capitalism more sustainable and facilitating action by business to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Mr Gibson studied engineering science and economics from Oxford University and worked as an engineering apprentice before qualifying as a chartered accountant in the UK. He worked for the Swire Group up to 2010, including being the director of sustainable development for John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd from 2007 to 2010. Robert has lived in Hong Kong since 1980.

Mr Alok JAIN

Alok Jain is the managing director of Trans-consult Asia, a consulting firm specialising in technology and innovation in traffic and transportation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, having previously worked as deputy operations director of the Kowloon Motor Bus Company and general manager – marketing for Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR). Mr Jain was also a director at MVA, the transport and planning consultancy. He speaks regularly on multi-modal integration, public transport operations, SMART mobility and clean vehicle technologies.

Mr Simon NG

Simon Ng is an independent consultant working on air quality, urban transportation and sustainability issues. He was Civic Exchange’s former chief research officer, and has been long involved with the organization, dating back to 2001. Simon is a co-author of Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China, published by the MIT Press in 2017. Trained as a geographer, Mr Ng’s major research interests include sustainable transportation, liveable cities, air quality management, energy issues, urban walkability and local community planning. He is known for his groundbreaking work on ship emissions inventory and control policy in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Mr Ng is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong, and has served as an expert member of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia since 2006. He is also a member of the Marine Transportation Sub-Group of the Air Quality Objective Review Working Group of the HKSAR Government.

Mr Peter J THOMPSON, OBE, JP

Peter J Thompson is a notary public and Justice of the Peace (JP). He has sat on several other governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. Mr Thompson was the chairman of the Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board, as well as the chairman of its predecessor, the Hong Kong Port Development Board. Peter qualified as a solicitor in England in 1962 and in Hong Kong in 1964. That year, he joined Hong Kong law firm of Johnson Stokes & Master, practicing maritime law. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1988 and later joined the Hong Kong office of law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in 1993. In 1985 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Hull, England. He was vice chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association for eight years. Mr Thompson was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995 and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) by the Hong Kong government.

Walkability Experts

Mr. Christopher Law

Mr Christopher LAW (Co-Convenor)

Co-Convenor

Christopher Law is the founding director of the Oval Partnership, an award-winning architectural firm with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London and Liverpool. Mr Law is a member of several public committees in Hong Kong including the Development Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District as well as the chief curator and a founder of the community led public space cultural organisation, Very Hong Kong Foundation, among other projects.

Prof. Ester Cerin

Prof Ester CERIN

Ester Cerin is a professor at the Institute for Health and Ageing at Australian Catholic University and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong.

Asso. Prof. Alain Chiaradia

Prof Alain CHIARADIA

Alain Chiaradia is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He has directed major research projects on spatial design policy analysis, urban design policy and evidence-based spatial design for governments in cities such as Paris, London, Boston and Shanghai.

Mr. Ivan Ko

Mr Ivan KO

Ivan Ko is the chairman of the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and International Chapter as well as chairman of RECAS Group. He is member of the advisory committee of the Grand China Fund, which was a pioneer of private equity real estate fund in China. Mr Ko is a fellow member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Mr. Julian Kwong

Mr. Julian KWONG

Mr. Julian Kwong is a civil engineer specializing in road safety and traffic engineering. He is a consultant for the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank on highway safety design and standard in Asia and China respectively. He is also the road safety audit team leader for various trunk road projects in Hong Kong. Additionally, he is the Chairman of Community for Road Safety, an honorary expert of the Road Traffic Safety Research Center of China’s Ministry of Public Security, and committe member of the Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong. His core interests encompass road and traffic design, traffic calming, streetscapes, injury prevention and nature conservation.

Ms. Canny Baojun Ma

Ms Canny Baojun MA

Canny Baojun Ma is a council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. During the past decade, she has participated in projects ranging from regional strategic planning, community planning to submissions to the Planning Authorities. Ms Ma specialises in tourism master planning and design.

Dr. Peter Cookson Smith

Dr Peter Cookson SMITH

Peter Cookson Smith is an architect, planner and urban designer. He founded Urbis Limited, one of the first urban design and planning consultancies in Southeast Asia, which has won more than 150 local and international awards over the past 40 years. He is a former president of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. He sits on the governments Strategic Development Commission and the Harbourfront Commission. Dr Smith has served as an associate professor at Hong Kong University and is currently an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr. John So

Mr. John SO

John So is a managing director of Metropolitan Real Estate, a Carlyle Solutions Group company. With more than 25 years of experience in real estate investing, he is responsible for identifying, evaluating and analyzing underlying fund managers and direct investment opportunities in Asia Pacific and is also a voting member of the global Investment Committee.

Mr. Oren Tatcher

Mr Oren TATCHER

Oren Tatcher is the principal of OTC Limited, a Hong Kong-based planning and design firm. Its work has included planning and design of airports and airport terminals, railway stations, marine transport terminals, intermodal stations and urban mobility solutions in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Mexico.

Dr. Wang Liang Huew

Dr WANG Liang Huew

Wang Liang Huew is a Hong Kong-based researcher and planner, with extensive working experience across Greater China and Southeast Asia. His broad professional background covers transportation infrastructure investment and planning, property development, construction management and higher education administration, among others. His current research focuses on transport-oriented development, pedestrianisation and urban policy. His latest book, An Analysis of Hong Kong Transit City, was published in 2014. Dr Wang holds a BA from Nanyang University in Singapore, an MA from McGill University in Montreal, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He was previously an academic associated with the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Jean Woo

Prof Jean WOO

Jean Woo is an emeritus professor of medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, specializing in gerontology and geriatrics. She is also director of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Aging at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Rocco Yim

Mr Rocco YIM

Rocco Yim is the executive director of the award-winning and internationally renowned Rocco Design Architects. Mr Yim is an honorary professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture. He is also a museum adviser to the government’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Mr. Jim Walker

Mr Jim WALKER (Special Adviser)

Jim Walker founded Walk21, the international conference series on walking and liveability, in 2000 when he was managing a European LIFE project, focusing on walking in the City of London. He has since led 15 international conferences including 13 in the top 20 places independently accredited as the most liveable places in the world.

Mr Paul ZIMMERMAN

Mr Paul ZIMMERMAN

Paul Zimmerman is an elected District Councillor representing the Pokfulam constituency and a member of the Harbourfront Commission’s task force. He is also the CEO of Designing Hong Kong, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting livable density, including improving walkability, promoting affordable access to water sports and leisure boating, and safeguarding Hong Kong’s biodiversity. Designing Hong Kong is a member of the World Urban Campaign by UN-Habitat. Mr Zimmerman was a member of the Hong Kong government’s Steering Committee on Biodiversity Actions and Strategy Plan. Born in the Netherlands, Mr Zimmerman has made Hong Kong his home since 1984. He has a master’s degree in social science (economics) from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a master of arts (transport policy and planning) from the University of Hong Kong.