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“Managing Vibrant Streets” Report Launch & Press Conference
11th April 2018 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm
Walkable and dynamic streets are an essential part of any world-class city, especially one as busy and densely populated as Hong Kong. The Government has stated in plans like “2030+” that it wishes to promote walkability, which would in turn improve air quality, traffic congestion and quality of life. A major component of that is the improved management of the city’s streets.
“Managing Vibrant Streets,” Civic Exchange’s report on street management, will be released at a launch event featuring its two authors – Researcher Carine Lai and Barrister-at-law Antonio Da Roza. Their research analyses the patchwork of regulations surrounding street management, which may involve as many as nine Hong Kong Government departments. It studies the policies concerning myriad activities on Hong Kong’s sidewalks, including food hawking, commercial vending, busking, protest, deliveries, waste disposal and others. Most importantly, it recommends how Hong Kong can form a cohesive policy that balances the Government’s need for control and enforcement, with the public’s desire for the colourful, vibrant streetlife that makes Hong Kong unique.
11:15 am – Registration
11:30 am – Opening remarks by Winnie Cheung, Civic Exchange CEO
11:35 am – Overview of “Managing Vibrant Streets” by Carine Lai, Researcher
11:55 am – “Constraints of Legislation” by Antonio Da Roza, Report Co-author and Barrister-at-law
12:00 pm – Q&A
12:30 pm – Panel Discussion on “Planning for Vibrancy” with:
Jennifer Walker Frisinger, Walk DVRC CEO
Christopher Law, Architect and Civic Exchange Walkability Expert
Ada Wong, Make a Difference Institute, Founder and Director
Moderator: Michele Weldon, Civic Exchange Programme Director
1:25 pm – Closing remarks by Evan Auyang, Civic Exchange Chairman
(in alphabetical order)
Evan Auyang, the Chairman of Civic Exchange, is Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). Mr Auyang is extensively involved with civic work, chambers and NGOs, such as being a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee of Green Monday, Executive Committee of the Young Presidents’ Organization; an Adviser of the Independent Commission Against Corruption; a Convener of Business for Social Good at Our Hong Kong Foundation. Before joining GLG, Mr Auyang was the Deputy Managing Director of the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) and a Board Director of Transport International Holdings Limited, the parent company of KMB. Prior to that, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and also worked at Citigroup’s derivatives structuring and marketing unit.
Winnie Cheung, the CEO of Civic Exchange, has decades of experience in executive leadership and public policy-making, in addition to a strong interest in well-being and sustainability issues. Ms Cheung was formerly Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and, in that capacity, acted as an adviser to government, legislators and decision-makers, and as a pioneer in corporate governance and sustainability development in Hong Kong. After retiring from the HKICPA, she pursued a second career as a psychotherapist with the goal of “helping others live a better life”.
Antonio Da Roza is a barrister-at-law of 14 years call, practicing primarily in commercial litigation, corporate law advice, and securities regulation. He is published in civil and criminal procedure, financial and companies law, and environmental legislation. His research interests include access to justice, alternative dispute resolution and financial regulation.
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.
Carine Lai is a researcher with a special focus on urban design, the public realm, and open space. She is also a visual artist with an interest in data visualisation. She is currently a project manager at the WYNG Foundation, and was previously a project manager at Civic Exchange from 2012 to 2016.
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. He is the co-convenor of Civic Exchange’s Walkability Expert Panel.
Michele Weldon, who first worked with Civic Exchange in 2004, rejoined the organisation in November 2017 as Programme Director. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing development and environmental programs with think-tanks, the private sector, nongovernment organizations, and the United Nations (UN). Prior to joining Civic Exchange, Ms Weldon worked at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and the UN in India. She has a wide range of experience across many countries, including Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Ada Wong is the founder and director of the Make a Difference Institute, a community-initiated organization which provides a collaborative platform for working across sectors to find innovative solutions to social challenges. As a former Wan Chai District Council Chairperson, she lent her experiences and expertise as an interviewee during the research of “Vibrant Streets.” A solicitor, educator, social innovator and civil society figure, she is also the Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and Director of The Good Lab.