Mr Stephen BROWN

Stephen Brown is Director of Corporate Affairs at the Hong Kong-based Noble Group. He is a member of the Listing Committee of the Main Board and Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange of Hong, having served five years as Deputy Chairman. Mr Brown started his career in stockbroking 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.

Mr Jacky CHENG

Jacky Cheng currently leads corporate strategy and M&A at an industrial conglomerate. He spent four years at 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 University College London (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 an Adjunct Professor in the Energy and Sustainability Division of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Sustainability and Integrated Reporting Panel. 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. Mr Gibson has lived in Hong Kong since 1980.

Mr David Hall

David left HSBC in November 2010 having served for more than 12 years as Head of Corporate Communications in Asia. Subsequently, he was an adviser to the Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank, 2012-2013, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Bilingual Studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO, a Washington DC based lobbying and corporate communications consultancy, from 2011-2012. Prior to joining HSBC, he was Head of Corporate Communications, North Asia, at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Hong Kong, 1994-1997.Before moving to Hong Kong he had been a partner in and director of Grayling, a corporate communications consultancy, where he also been joint managing director of Westminster Strategy, its public affairs subsidiary. From 2005-2012 he was a committee member in Hong Kong of the Harbour Business Forum.

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.

Dr. Frederick Lee

Dr Frederick LEE

Frederick Lee is Director of the Water Governance Research Programme and Associate Director of the Policy for Sustainability Lab at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. He is also Project Co-Investigator of the JC-WISE Water Initiative on Sustainability and Engagement at HKU. His research focuses on water governance and water policy issues in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region. Dr Lee, who holds a PhD Degree in Urban Planning from MIT, has published in international journals and has co-edited books Asia’s Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives and Cultural Heritage Management in China: Preserving the Cities of the Pearl River Delta.

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 is known for his ground-breaking 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. Mr Ng is a co-author of Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China, published by MIT Press in 2017.

Ms Yan-yan YIP

Yan-yan Yip is the Chief Executive Officer of WYNG Foundation. Prior to joining WYNG Foundation in May 2016, she was the CEO of Civic Exchange. Ms Yip has long experience in public policy research and civic engagement, as well as developed interests in peace education and conflict transformation, providing training in Sweden, India, the United States, Japan, and China. Ms Yip was on the board of HER Fund (2004-2008) and the Chairperson of the Little Life Warrior Society in Hong Kong (2008-2014) and is currently its Board Member (2016-present). She is also a Board Member of Clean Air Network and an Asia Society 21 Young Leader.

Ms Paula DiPerna (Visiting Fellow)

Visiting Fellow

Paula DiPerna has deep expertise in the fields of climate change and green finance, through her work at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and Tianjin Climate Exchange (TCX). She is currently a Special Advisor to the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), as well as a prolific author, public speaker, media commentator, and filmmaker. See here full bio here. Summaries of Ms DiPerna’s visit to Hong Kong in 2018 is available here.

Walkability Experts

Mr. Christopher Law

Mr Christopher LAW (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.

Mr Alok JAIN (Co-Convenor)


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.

Prof. Ester Cerin

Prof Ester CERIN

Ester Cerin is Director of the Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Programme at the Australian Catholic University and Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on environmental determinants of health

Asso. 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.

Ms Jennifer Walker FRISINGER

Ms Jennifer Walker Frisinger is the CEO of Walk DVRC Ltd., a Hong Kong-based NGO with a vision for a more walkable and liveable Central Business District that begins with the revitalization of a decaying Des Voeux Road Central. Ms Frisinger is a product development and marketing professional with 25 years’ experience in the financial services and civic sectors of Asia, Europe and North America. She is has worked in public and media relations, branding and event management for such companies as Thomson Reuters, HSBC, Citibank, Mitsubishi and the WYNG Foundation.

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

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 committee 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 Louie SIEH

Dr Louie Sieh is an urban researcher and educator. Her expertise is in ‘design as governance’: the creation, management and communication of value through urban design. She has worked across university, government and NGO sectors in the UK and Southeast Asia. Highlights include: advising the UK government on the case for private sector investment in the public good of ‘better design’, and developing performance indicators for the planning system.  Dr Sieh was Programme Director of the Cardiff MA Urban Design. She is currently working on projects for the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture, and Civic Exchange.

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 government’s 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. 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.



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.

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.