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14th Brunel International Lecture Series: Closing lecture, East Asia

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Date
09 July 2024
Time
16:30 - 18:00 HKT (GMT+8)
Location
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam
Hong Kong,
China

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Overview

On 9 July, the 14th Brunel International Lecture Series will touch down in East Asia for the final leg of its global tour.

Over the past 18 months, the series has shone a spotlight on equitable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure challenges around the world and how the engineering community can help to address them.

In each geographical region, high-profile leaders have explored the practical engineering issues involved in tackling climate change at a local level – from resilience planning in Central America to future-proofing in Australasia.

The concluding lecture – which will take place in Hong Kong – will examine the challenges involved in financing sustainable infrastructure projects in East Asia and the opportunities for securing investment and government funding.

It will also explore how risk assessment and mitigation can help to make sustainable projects more attractive to financiers and investors.

Register now to attend either in person or online. No attendance certificates will be provided for this event. 

To catch up with previous lectures in the series, visit the ICE 14th Brunel International Lecture Series page.

Sponsored by:

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people.

With support from:

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

This coalition continues to broaden participation across other stakeholder communities to accelerate innovation, adoption and scaling of strategic resilient and sustainable infrastructure solutions built upon a commitment to tangible and collaborative action.

Closing lecture supporting organisations

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Hong Kong Branch

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Hong Kong Branch

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent professional association and learned society that represents mechanical engineers and the engineering profession. The institution's Hong Kong branch was formally launched in 1997.

Climate Finance Asia

Climate Finance Asia

Established in 2008 in Hong Kong by leading environmental and social development professionals, Climate Finance Asia is a mission-driven business focused on tackling the climate challenge through the tools of sustainable finance.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a global professional body that aims to promote and enforce the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Civil Exchange

Civil Exchange

Civic Exchange is a Hong Kong-based public policy think tank and registered charity. Civic Exchange uses in-depth research and dialogue to inform policy and engage stakeholders on addressing environmental and development challenges in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

The Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to gather industry experts and provide policy suggestions to the HKSAR Government and other regulators in developing green finance in the city.

Construction Industry Council

Construction Industry Council

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is a statutory body established on 1 February 2007. The main functions of the CIC are to convey the industry's needs and aspirations to the government of Hong Kong, as well as provide a communication channel for the government to solicit advice on all construction-related matters.

Institution of Public Private Partnerships

Institution of Public Private Partnerships

The Institution of Public Private Partnerships (IPPP) is a non-profit making learned organisation with the ultimate aim of implementing infrastructure development projects in an efficient and sustainable way via public private partnerships.

The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), founded in 1911, is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. HKU delivers impact through internationalisation, innovation and interdisciplinarity. It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange.

Programme

Hong Kong Time
16:30 - 16:35

Opening remarks

16:35 - 16:45

Introduction

16:45 - 17:00

Keynote address

17:00 - 17:05

Panellists introduction

17:05 - 17:45

Panel discussion

17:45 - 17:50

Closing remarks 

17:50 - 18:00

In-person event close

18:00

Networking session for in-person attendees

 
British Summer Time
09:30 - 09:35

Opening remarks

09:35 - 09:45

Introduction

09:45 - 10:00

Keynote address

10:00 - 10:05

Panellists introduction

10:05 - 10:45

Panel discussion

10:45 - 10:50

Closing remarks

10:50 - 11:00

In-person event close

11:00

Networking session for in-person attendees

Speakers

David Porter

David Porter

Institution of Civil Engineers

vice president

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David Porter

David Porter is vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and, subject to interim annual election by Council, will become ICE President in November 2025. As vice president he has responsibility for the ICE’s Learning Society activity.

Porter is director of engineering for the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in its Transport and Road Asset Management core group, which is the roads authority for Northern Ireland. In this position, he is chief highways engineer and head of the civil engineering profession in the Northern Ireland civil service.

Previously, Porter was chief executive of the Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland.

He is a chartered civil engineer and an ICE Fellow. He has served on the ICE Council and on numerous other committees and panels.

Prof Christine Loh

Prof Christine Loh

Institute for the Environment

chief development strategist

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Prof Christine Loh

Christine Loh is chief development strategist at the Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Previously, she served as under-secretary for the environment in the Hong Kong government, special consultant to the chief executive on the mainland’s ecological civilisation policy, and as a legislator. 

Active in public policy and politics since the 1980s, Loh founded and was chief executive of a non-profit think tank. She is a published author of academic and popular works, and serves as a director on several local and international boards.

Ricky Lau

Ricky Lau

Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

permanent secretary for development (works)

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Ricky Lau

Ricky Lau is the Hong Kong government’s permanent secretary for development (works), overseeing public works policy and infrastructure development.

Formerly, Lau was director of civil engineering and development, with responsibility for the strategic planning and implementation of reclamation projects, new development areas and major infrastructure.

Lau joined the government as an assistant engineer in 1992, before working in Hong Kong’s highways department and development bureau, then moving to the civil engineering and development department in 2015.

Ronald Young

Ronald Young

Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking

head of sustainable finance

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Ronald Young

Ronald Young is head of sustainable finance for Asia at Société Générale, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the origination and structuring of sustainable finance transactions and the development of innovative impact finance solutions across Asia.

Young has more than 17 years’ experience in structured finance and principal investing. He has also worked as an infrastructure developer across the renewable energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, covering the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and civil engineering, and a master’s degree in business law.

Wing Law

Wing Law

AtkinsRéalis

chief executive officer, Asia

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Wing Law

Wing Law is chief executive for Asia at AtkinsRéalis. He has more than 20 years’ experience in engineering and construction in the infrastructure and transport markets.

Previously, Law was managing director of WSP’s transport and infrastructure business in Asia and held senior management positions at Gammon, Arup and Jacobs.

Prof Wei Pan

Prof Wei Pan

University of Hong Kong

head, department of civil engineering

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Prof Wei Pan

Wei Pan is head of the department of civil engineering at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also executive director of the Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development, and director of NetZeroLab and MiCLab.

Pan is a scholar in modular integrated construction (MiC) and sustainable construction engineering and management. He has attracted HK$120m research funding, authored 350 publications and is among the top 1% of scholars worldwide for citations. He is also editor-in-chief of ICE journal Engineering Sustainability.

For more information please contact:

Paula Dinu

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