Conference Day 1 (29 Oct) - To share, to inspire, to advance

For the Speakers’ presentation files, please download from the links below. 

Regional and international keynote speakers will share their noteworthy research and valuable insights on future sustainable city developments, complemented by 12 parallel sessions that cover a comprehensive scope of topics. This all takes place at the contemporary Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East Hotel.

The Gala dinner and drinks event will also provide great networking opportunities for speakers and participants after a day of rewarding sharing.


Remarks: 5.5-hour Mandatory CPD Credit for 1-day Conference
                   All the Congress 2015 activities including the Main Conference will be conducted in English.

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Plenary Sessions Sponsor:

Time Programme
08:00-09:00 Registration
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Hon. LEUNG Chun-ying, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Mr Bruce KERSWILL, Chair, World Green Building Council
Ir LEE Shing-see, Chairman, Construction Industry Council
Ir Conrad WONG, Chairman, Hong Kong Green Building Council

Preview of Buildings Day at COP21 Paris 
Ms Terri WILLS, Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council
Dr Stefanos FOTIOU, Head of "Cities and Lifestyles" Unit, United Nations Environment Programme

Plenary Session - Theme: Global Visions of Future Sustainable City Development
Session Chair: Ir Conrad WONG, Chairman, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Keynote 1: Mr WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Government of the HKSAR
Morning Refreshment
Keynote 2: Dr QIU Baoxing, Counsellor, State Council of the People's Republic of China; President, China Society for Urban Studies and 2014 WorldGBC Chairman's Award Winner
Keynote 3: Ms Andrea REIMER, Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver, Canada
Session Chair's closing remarks
12:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00-15:15 Parallel Sessions
Session 1
Climate Change Policy & Practice
Session 2
Community Engagement, Place Making & Embracing Social Inclusion
Session 3
Green Policy & Market Drivers

Session Chair:
Ms Terri WILLS,
 Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council

Session Chair:
Ms Cristina GAMBOA,
Board Member, World Green Building Council; Chief Executive Officer, Colombia Green Building Council

Session Chair:
Mr TAI Lee-siang
, Vice-Chair,
World Green Building Council

Mr Roger PLATT, Board Member, World Green Building Council; President, U.S. Green Building Council
Topic: Cities and the Built Environment: Best Practices in Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience

Mr SHUN Chi-ming, Director,
Hong Kong Observatory, Government of the HKSAR
Topic: Implication of Climate Change to Hong Kong

Dr Stanley YIP, Professor,
Centre of Urban Planning & Design, Peking University
Topic: Low Carbon Urbanisation in China: Challenges and Responses


Mrs Irene CHENG, Assistant Director (Development and Procurement), Hong Kong Housing Authority, Government of the HKSAR

Ms Kylie LEGGE, Director,
Place Partners
Topic: Sustainable Cities Need Great Places

Ms Brenda AU, Head of Energizing Kowloon East Office, Development Bureau, Government of the HKSAR
Topic: Building a Sustainable CBD2 in Kowloon East

Ir Cary CHAN, Director and Chairman of Policy and Research Committee, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Topic: HK3030 - Market Drivers for Transformation for Green Buildings in Hong Kong 

Dr Chris PYKE, Chief Operating Officer, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark
Topic: Global Property Investors as Drivers of Market Transformation: Results from the 2015 GRESB Real Estate Assessment

Eng. Meshal AL SHAMARI, Director, Qatar Green Building Council
Topic: The Role of Governments in Promoting Sustainability


15:15-15:45 Afternoon Refreshment
15:45-17:00 Session 4 
Blue & Green Infrastructures
Session 5 
Healthy Building, Human Comfort & Wellbeing
Session 6
Green Building Rating Tools for Sustainable Neighbourhood Development

Session Chair:
Ms Romilly MADEW
, Board Member, World Green Building Council; Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

Session Chair:
, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Green Building Council

Session Chair:
Prof. John NG
, Director and Chairman of Green Labelling Committee, Hong Kong Green Building Council

Ms Deborah KUH, Head of Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section, Development Bureau (Works Branch), Government of the HKSAR
Topic: Place Ecology: The Multipli-city of Landscapes

Mr Scott DUNN, Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM
Topic: City Regeneration and Urban Planning

Prof. Alex LUI Chun-wan, Council Member and Chairman of the Task Force on Proposed Green Deck, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Topic: From Grey to Green

Mr Paul SCIALLA, Founder, International WELL Building Institute
Topic: Designing Buildings for Health and Wellness: Introducing the WELL Building Standard

Mr John ALKER, Board Member, World Green Building Council; Director of Policy and Communications,
UK Green Building Council
Topic: Demand Healthy!

Ms Lisa BATE, Board Member, World Green Building Council; Managing Principal Shanghai, Executive Vice President Asia, B+H Architects
Topic: Strategies & Tools for Material Selection with Real-Time Air Quality Monitoring

Mr Larry POON, Convenor of Steering Committee for BEAM Plus Neighbourhood Study, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Topic: BEAM Plus Neighbourhood: a Planning Tool in Context

Mr ANG Kian-seng, 2nd Vice President, Singapore Green Building Council; Group Director, Technology Development, Building and Construction Authority
Topic: Realising Singapore’s Green Building Dream - Towards a Future-Ready Built Environment

Prof. Kazuo IWAMURA, Chair, Japan Sustainable Building Consortium
Topic: Assessing a Neighbourhood According to the Triple-bottom-line of Sustainability 

Mr Jeff OATMAN, Director, Green Star Certification, Green Building Council of Australia
Topic: Green Star Communities: Australia's Rating Tool for Sustainable Neighbourhood Development

Dr Chris PYKE, Senior Vice President for Research, U.S. Green Building Council
Topic: LEED-ND: an Integrative Framework for Smart Growth, New Urbanism, and Green Building

17:00 End of Conference Day 1
18:30-22:30 Pre-Dinner Cocktail and Gala Dinner