Speaker Profiles

Guest Of Honour

Secretary Nicholas W. Yang, JP

Secretary for Innovation and Technology, The Government of the HKSAR

Mr Yang was the appointed Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the fourth-term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 20 November 2015. The Innovation and Technology Bureau is responsible for policy matters on information technology, as well as innovation and technology.

Mr Yang graduated in 1977 from the California Institute of Technology in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.  He pursued further studies in Stanford University and obtained a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1982. Mr Yang worked as a senior design engineer for Intel Corporation in 1978 and subsequently as a strategic management consultant for Bain & Company. Returning to Hong Kong in 1983, he joined Shell Electric Mfg. (Holdings) Limited as its Executive Director and Deputy Group Managing Director. He was the senior consultant and the director of several venture capital and private equity investment firms in 2002. Mr Yang was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited in 2003 and was an Executive Vice President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2010 to February 2015.  In March 2015, he was appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government as Advisor on Innovation and Technology, and a Non-official Member of the Executive Council which is the Chief Executive's top advising body.


Opening Remarks



CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation


Mr. Eric Yeung

Convener of Smart City Consortium


Closing Remarks

IR. Peter Yeung

Head of IT and Telecommunication Cluster, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation




Ms. Rosana Wong

Executive Director of Yau Lee Holdings Limited
Founder & CEO of Global Virtual Design and Construction Limited

Rosana Wong leads the Group’s integrated business sectors and plays a pivotal role in formulating overall strategic planning. With over a decade of entrepreneurial experience, she oversees corporate business development, management of construction projects in Hong Kong, together with the expansion of regional and overseas markets, implementation of full life cycle management and Virtual Design & Construction. From building construction, IT solutions, MEP services, architecture and engineering, energy optimization solutions, precast and low-carbon building materials, curtain wall and steel works, to investment, property and hotel development. Rosana is driven by her passion for combining technology, innovation and science with sustainable ecosystem in energy and environmental systems, water sustainability, nanotechnology and digital fabrication, artificial intelligence as well as networks and computing systems. Under her leadership, Yau Lee has grown to be a forward-thinking and integrated green corporation on a global scale.  


Mr. Gábor Bojár

Founder of Graphisoft SE and Aquincum Institute of Technology

Gábor Bojár is one of the few entrepreneurs of Central-Eastern Europe to succeed in global business already in the years of state-socialism. With a degree in physics founded his own software development firm in 1982. Graphisoft today is a leading BIM software vendor globally with its ArchiCAD®, used by hundreds of thousands of architects all over the world. In 1996, Mr. Bojár founded a science park by re-cultivating a run down industrial site on the bank of the river Danube, accommodating the research units of corporations including Graphisoft, Microsoft, SAP, Servier and others. In 2007 Mr Bojár established a highly competitive school of information technology for an international student body. Mr. Bojár was distinguished by numerous national and international awards for scientific and business excellence, and invited speaker of several prestigious events including the Davos World Economic Forum. 


Dr. Vladimir Bazjanac

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University

Senior Adviser for Science, Civil Engineering Institute of Croatia.  Theodore von Kármán 2016 Fellow, Technical University Aachen, Germany.  Formerly Leader of the Interoperability Team in the Building Technologies and Urban Systems Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California.  Leader of the buildingSMART International (bSI) Technical Advisory Group (TAG).  Member of the bSI Technical Room Steering Committee (TRSC).  Former long-time faculty member in the Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley.  Won national and international architectural design, industry and scientific awards.  Published almost 200 articles, papers and technical reports, as well as book chapters, related to the AECOO industry on design theory, simulation, information technology, and software interoperability.  Lectured at major universities, professional societies and industry organizations in both Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.


Mr. Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

Managing Director of Global Futures Group

Simon is the Managing Director at Global Futures Group, a firm aimed at driving global innovation towards better cities, in this role he is a Strategic Advisor to US Commerce Department for Smart Cities. In 2016 Simon joined NYU's Center for Global Affairs as an Adjunct Professor where he teaches 'Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World'. Simon is also the Founder of Urban Data NYC - NYC’s largest smart city Meetup (+1,000 members). 

Previously Simon worked at the Urban Future Lab, focusing on driving innovation and startup development. Simon was the O'Mara Energy Fellow and completed an MS in Energy and Environmental Policy at NYU's Center of Global Affairs. While at the CGA, Simon did extensive fieldwork in China and the Middle East. Prior to New York, Simon received a BS Hons in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Sussex and an MSc in International Business Economics at the Westminster Business School, both in the UK.

In 2014 Simon Founded Urban Data NYC (+1,000 members) and was also a key catalyst for Clean.Data., presenting at the White House Datapalooza. Simon was a Shell New Energy Fellow and has been featured multiple times on various publications such as The Energy Collective and Breaking Energy. Simon currently serves on the Board of Directors for Energy Vision and NYU CGA Alumni. In 2015, Simon was named to Breaking Energy's Top 10 Young Energy Leaders in NY and served on the founding group of the United Nation’s Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network.


Dr. Kenneth Tang

Chairman of the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Committee, Smart City Consortium

Dr. Kenneth Tang is currently the Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Tang is a professional town planner. He has extensive professional experience in the areas of land use planning and application of GIS in urban planning. 

He renders professional services by serving on a number of professional bodies, notably as Founding Board Member and Chairman of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Committee of the Smart City Consortium (SCC), President of the Hong Kong Geographic Information System Association (HKGISA), Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP), and Chief Editor of the HKIP Journal "Planning and Development".


Mr. Christopher James Mouflard

VDC Manager, Trimble Buildings Inc.

Christopher J. Mouflard is the Regional Manager for Trimble Navigation, Ltd. managing the APAC region. In his former role as an On-site Project Manager in Trimble’s VDC Department, he was responsible for successful customer projects around the world. Mr. Mouflard specializes in Location-Based Management Systems (LBMS), Trimble’s true 4D approach to Construction management which leverages 5D quantities, productivity data and locations of work to calculate Construction schedules. In addition, Mr. Mouflard has developed databases for 5D model based cost planning and has extensive field experience implementing the Last Planner® system. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Mouflard was consulting to a top ten US general contractor implementing Vico Office. His role extends to culture change management where he has delivered many workshops and executive seminars. Mr. Mouflard has lectured on BIM in Construction Management and LBMS at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Technology, Sydney. He has co-authored several academic papers on LBMS.

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DR. Adam Beck

Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

Adam is Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Cities Advisor to the Green Building Council of Australia, and Director of Centre for Urban Innovation, a consulting practice collaborating with urban leaders to build sustainable communities and cities.

Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. Before entering the non-profit world, Adam spent almost a decade with global consulting firm Arup, and five years with GHD.

Adam was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland, and maintains strong research interests in collaborative governance processes for city-building.


Dr. Wilfred Pinfold

CEO of urban.systems, former Director (Research and Advanced Technology Development) of Intel Corporation

Wilfred Pinfold is the Chief Executive Officer of urban.systems Inc., a company that builds vibrant communities using technology to facilitate civic engagement, deliver services and share resources. Before leading urban.systems Inc., he had a 23-year career at Intel, where he led research and development programs in Extreme Scale Computing, Internet of Things and Smart Cities. He is a Research Professor in Computer Science at Portland state University, teaches an MBA class in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has more than 30 years of experience in computational and data science.  He is a member of the City of Portland Technology Oversight Committee. He also holds multiple board positions, including being the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Oregon College of Art and Craft and is an active member of the Association of Computing Machinery. He received his Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and attended the Stanford Executive Program.


Dr. Wei Pan

Associate Director, Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development ,The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Wei Pan is the Associate Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) of The University of Hong Kong, where he also co-chairs the Low Carbon Construction (LCC) Taskforce. He is specialized in sustainable construction and management, with research interest focused on zero carbon building, productivity, prefabrication and lean construction. Dr. Pan has authored over 125 scientific publications and attracted research grants from a number of sources. He received his BSc in Civil Engineering from Hunan University and MSc and PhD in Construction Management from Loughborough University, and is Visiting Academic at Imperial College London. He has 22 years of professional experience in Asia and Europe in building design and engineering, construction project management and innovation management. He is the Chartered Builder, the Chartered Environmentalist, and Fellow of Higher Education Academy.


Professor Geoffrey Shen

Chair Professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean of Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Geoffrey SHEN is a Chair Professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean of Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has led a large number of research projects with total funding over HK$30 million and has authored more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals. He serves the editorial boards of several leading journals, and has been invited to give keynote presentations in a number of international conferences. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management Programs. Professionally, he is an Eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management. As a certified Value Management Facilitator (List A) recognised by the HKSAR Government, he has provided professional services for many client organisations in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the CIB Task Group on Smart Cities and he has led a multi-disciplinary research project on land use in Kai Tak development which has been widely reported in the media.