Hong Kong Jockey Club Public Forum: Walking Towards a Low-Carbon Hong Kong

Civic Exchange and Walk21 are pleased to partner with The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to co-organise a day-long Hong Kong Jockey Club Public Forum: Walking Towards a Low-Carbon Hong Kong. This Public Forum is free and takes place on 6 October, Thursday -- Day 4 of the Walk21 Hong Kong Conference on Walkable and Liveable Communities.

Don’t miss the chance to hear renowned speakers -- in particular Hong Kong’s Under Secretaries for the Environment, Transport and Housing, Development and more -- discuss the many aspects of making a city walkable, including civic society engagement, building blocks to better health and clean communities. Understand the international context at the highest level from the Indonesian President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mr Rachmat Witoelar, and Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Professor Peter Newman. 

Help shape a plan to make Hong Kong a pedestrian-first environment - Influence policy - Turn ideas into action.

Sessions will be moderated and interactive. Sign up now and learn how walkability is a key component in the development of future cities.

Details:

Date: 6 October 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Venue: Theatre 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Language: English
Registration: This event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

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9:00

 

Welcome Remarks


 

Opening Speech

  • Maura Wong, CEO, Civic Exchange
  • Bronwen Thornton, Development Director, Walk21
  • Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
     
  • K. S. Wong, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government

9:40

Keynote Session

  • Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia
  • Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesia President's Special Envoy for Climate Change
  • Florian Lorenz, International Coordinator, Low Carbon City Forum, Austria

11:00

Coffee break

11:30

The Journey Towards Healthy Low Carbon Cities in Practice:
The Building Blocks to Deliver Healthy, Clean Communities

  • Ester Cerin, Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University, Australia
  • Yi Mien Koh, Medical Director, AIA Group Ltd., Hong Kong
  • Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health, Kaiser Permanente, USA
  • Jean Woo, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

13:00

Lunch

14:30

Hong Kong Charette: Ideas into Action

  • Des Voeux Road Central Project
  • HarbourLoop
  • Very Hong Kong

 

  • Markus Shaw, Des Voeux Road Central Initiative
  • Ian Ralph, Senior Planner, Lead-8
  • Margaret Brooke, Co-founder, Very Hong Kong

15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

Secretaries Dialogue:
Sharing a Vision for Hong Kong

  • Eric Ma, Under Secretary for Development, HKSAR Government
  • Shing-mu Yau, Under Secretary for Transport & Housing, HKSAR Government
  • Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government

16:45

Interactive Panel:
Taking Action for Hong Kong

  • Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia
  • Ester Cerin, Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University, Australia
  • Supriya Sen, McKinsey & Co., Singapore
  • Christopher Law, Founding Director & Architect, The Oval Partnership Ltd., Hong Kong

17:30

Conference Conclusions

Closing Ceremony & Handover to Calgary 2017

  • Jim Walker, Director, Walk21
  • Maura Wong, CEO, Civic Exchange
  • John Brown, University of Calgary, Canada

 

Speakers Biographies: (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Ester Cerin
Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University

Prof. Ester Cerin is a psychologist and statistician. She holds Professorial positions at the Institute for Health and Ageing of the Australian Catholic University and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on environmental and psychosocial determinants of lifestyle behaviours and health across an individual’s lifespan. She holds an ARC Future Fellowship on urban design and activeageing, and is the chief analyst and one of the main investigators of two large multi-country studies on environmental determinants of physical activity and obesity funded by the National Institute of Health in USA.  She leads the research program on the neighbourhood-built environment, active ageing and cognitive health for the Institute for Health and Ageing in Melbourne. Prof. Cerin is the deputy editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

   

Dr. Yimien Koh
Group Medical Director, AIA

Dr. Yi Mien Koh is Group Medical Director of AIA, a leading life insurer, which operates in 18 markets in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Koh’s career in healthcare spans every level of the health system, in the UK, Australia and Asia. She has served as CEO of a health authority and a teaching hospital in London. Previous roles include Chief Medical Officer in Australia, Medical Director and Director of Performance in London, and clinical advisor to health regulators in the UK. She was an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 2002 – 2010 and is currently Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, Australia. Koh is passionate about improving quality and access in the health care arena and sees insurance as playing a significant role in driving value to achieve long- term sustainability in international health systems.

   
Mr. Christopher Law
Founding Director, Oval Partnership Limited

Mr. Chris Law is the founding director of the Oval Partnership Ltd., an international architectural firm with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London and Liverpool. Both Mr. Law and his firm have received numerous awards from institutions around the world including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. 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 organization, Very Hong Kong Foundation, among other projects.

   
Ms. Christine Loh
Under Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Ms. Christine Loh was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit public policy think tank Civic Exchange prior to joining the HKSAR Government in 2012.  A lawyer by training, Ms. Loh spent nearly a decade as a politician and member of the Legislative Council. Before joining the Legislative Council, Ms. Loh held senior regional positions in commodities trading, as well as in project negotiation.  Active in public affairs since 1980, Ms. Loh founded or served on boards of a range of non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong and overseas whose agendas spanned a variety of issues including environmental protection, urban planning and design, and equal opportunity. 

   

Mr. Florian Lorenz
International Coordinator, Low Carbon City Forum

Mr. Florian Lorenz is an interdisciplinary planner and communications expert with a focus on urban mobility, citizenengagement and post-fossil urbanism. He is director of the think tank Smarter Than Car and works as an urban consultant at PlanSinn in Vienna. In 2015 Mr. Lorenz joined the citizen team of the Low Carbon City Forum as international coordinator for program development, communications and partnerships. He organized and coordinated influential public forums, including the Fourth World Bicycle Forum, the 2013 Velo-City and the 2015 Walk21 conference. Mr. Lorenz has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in Europe, China and Latin America and advocates his agenda as activist, blogger and educator.

   

Prof. Peter Newman
Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University Australia

Prof. Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Australia. He has written 16 books and over 300 papers. His books include “The End of Automobile Dependence” (2015), “Green Urbanism in Asia” (2013) and “Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence,” which was launched at the U.S. White House in 1999. Prof. Newman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and was on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological and Engineering Sciences Australia and has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia.

   

Mr. Rachmat Witoelar 
Indonesia President's Special Envoy for Climate Change

Mr. Rachmat Witoelar is the Indonesia President's Special Envoy for Climate Change. Prior to this, he was the Executive Chair of the Indonesian National Council on Climate Change. Born in West Java Province and a graduate of the Bandung Institute of Technology, Mr. Witoelar served as Indonesia's Minister of Environment from 2004-2009. He also served as the Indonesian Ambassador to Russia from 1993-1997 and had a long tenure as a member of the Indonesian Parliament from 1971-1993. In 2008, Mr. Witoelar received an Honorary Professorship in Environmental Management from Griffith University in Australia.

   

Mr. KS Wong
Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. KS Wong is an architect who has been promoting green building and building energy efficiency for a number of years. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Chairman of the Professional Green Building Council. Prior to joining the Government, Wong contributed to the work of a number of Government advisory bodies. He was involved in the public engagement processes of the Council for Sustainable Development and was the convener of the Support Group on Combating Climate Change: Energy Saving and Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings. He was also a member of the Support Group on Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment. Wong was appointed Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government in 2012.

   

Ms. Maura Wong
CEO, Civic Exchange

Ms. Maura Wong is the CEO of Civic Exchange, an independent non-partisan public policy think tank in Hong Kong. Before joining Civic Exchange, she spent over 20 years in private equity in China with over half decade in the environment and renewable energy sectors. She was Founding Partner of JP Morgan Partners Asia and founding member of Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area in Asia. She had long-standing interests in the environment, sustainability and public policy with an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar) and a BA from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (magna cum laude).

 

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