A thorough understanding of the cross-cultural challenges and opportunities is imperative for the successful planning and delivery of Belt and Road projects.

All 60+ countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative have very different national and work cultures, which can place significant impact on the risk assessments, financing, organisation formation and management approach to accomplishing the project goals.

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In this workshop, speakers will introduce the essential theoretical background knowledge that underpins cross-cultural management studies to shed light on the effective management of Belt and Road projects. Through practical case studies, interactive games and direct interaction with guest speakers, participants will experience resolving cross-cultural management challenges in order to reap the opportunities in Belt and Road projects. The following topics will be covered:

  • Cross-cultural management studies, notably by Hofstede and other researchers.
  • Contemporary study by Meyer on ‘Cultural Relativity’ and her bestseller, “The Culture Map”.
  • Published international cases on cross-cultural management of major projects.
  • Recent Hong Kong’s cross-cultural management cases.
  • Cross-cultural management of Belt Road projects.

Details of cases to be shared by Guest Speakers


Facilitator and Guest Speakers 

Facilitator: Guest Speakers:  
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Dr. Chan Man Wai

Professor of Practice, 
Department of Building and
Real Estate, PolyU

Mr. Eliott Suen

Executive Director,
Marga Group


Mr. James Law, JP

Founder, Chairman and CEO, 
James Law Cybertecture


Quick Summary

Date & Time:

14 June 2019 (Fri), 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and
15 June 2019 (Sat), 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m

Medium of Instruction:

Cantonese with training materials in English

Guest Speaker Sharing:

Cantonese / Putonghua / English


Hotel ICON, Kowloon

Workshop Fee:

HK$800 (includes HK$400 workshop fee and HK$400 self-funded lunch and dinner fee)

Workshop Size:

A maximum of 50 participants

Click HERE to register the Belt and Road Cross-Professional Advancement Programme workshops

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the workshop, participants are expected to:

  • understand the essential cross-cultural sociological and behavioural theories.
  • draw experience and knowledge from published cross-cultural managed international projects.
  • be capable of overcoming challenges and assessing opportunities in cross-cultural projects.

Facilitator and Guest Speakers


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Dr. Chan Man Wai 
Professor of Practice 
Department of Building and Real Estate, PolyU

Dr. M W Chan is currently Professor of Practice of PolyU with 40 years working experience in the academia and industry both locally and overseas.  His main research interest is in cross cultural management of major program.  

Professionally, he is a Chartered Surveyor, Project Manager, Professional Facility Manager as well as an Authorized Person (Surveyor) of the Building Authority of HKSARG.  He was formerly the Executive Director (Project Delivery) of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA).  Prior to joining WKCDA he was the Vice President (Projects & Facilities) of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP).  He had worked in the private sector and was Partner of Vigers HK Chartered Surveyors in 1980s.  He had also worked many years in North America in construction and real estate.

Academically, he holds a BSc in Building Surveying, MSc in Construction Project Management, MIPA in International & Public Affairs and a PhD. Recently, he studied at the Oxford University (St. Catherine College) and obtained the MSc (MPM) in Major Program Management. 

He is the Founding President of the Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM) and was the Chairman of the Project Management Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS).  He was also member of the Building Tribunal, HKSARG and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Hong Kong.


Guest Speakers:

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Mr. Eliott Suen
Executive Director, Marga Group

Mr. Eliott Suen is an Executive Director of Marga Group, an international syndicate with a mandate to invest heavily in Myanmar. Marga is the management and investment vehicle of many reputable investors from Hong Kong, Australia, Korea and the UK. The group is one of the largest real estate developers in Yangon and owns a nationwide telecommunication license. Eliott actively manages Marga Group’s luxury real estate projects. Prior to joining Marga, Eliott worked in Goldman Sachs focused on multiple markets including Mongolia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Eliott enjoys entrepreneurial success in various industries. At the age of 19, he founded Ivy Gate, the leading premier education company in Hong Kong. He also founded a series of companies focused on emerging market investments, food & beverage projects and technology ventures.


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Mr. James Law, JP
Founder, Chairman and CEO , James Law Cybertecture

Founder and Partner, Cybertecture X
Founder and Partner, Cybertecture Academy
Founder, Cybertecture For Humanity Horatio Law Foundation
Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
Board Director, Hong Kong Design Centre

Board Adviser, Hong Kong Designers Association
Board Member, Hong Kong Trade Development Council Real Estate Advisory Board
Board Director, Hong Kong Design Centre
Technical Adviser, Smart City Consortium 
Registered Architects of HK (HKIA) 
Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) 
Architects Registration Board HK (ARBHK) 
Architects Registration Board UK (ARBUK)

James Law JP, is an architect, technologist and entrepreneur. Renowned for creating the philosophy of Cybertecture in which a better world is designed with technology to alleviate suffering for mankind, his company’s projects cover buildings, spaces, technologies, education and social design.

James is a Justice of the Peace, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum; a Council Member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation; Board Member of the Hong Kong Design Centre, Board Adviser of the Hong Kong Designers Association, and Member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council Real Estate Advisory Board.

James is the founder of architecture, interior, technology design firm - James Law Cybertecture; laboratory for future research firm - Cybertecture X; design education institution - Cybertecture Academy, and charity - Cybertecture For Humanity Horatio Law Foundation. 

James and his companies are winners of multiple international awards including the FT Asian Innovation Award, Edison Award for Innovation, Design for Asia Award, HSBC World Architecture Award, and is the recipient of Asian Arab awards 2019.

James Law is the architect of the world renowned OPod Concrete Tube Housing Project designed to alleviate affordability problems for mass housing; architect for The Pad Tower - the world’s first Apple iPod inspired building in Dubai; and the architecture for the futuristic high speed transportation system called The Hyperloop.

James received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London and is a chartered architect of Royal Institute of British Architects, Architects Registration Board UK, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Architects Registration Board Hong Kong.

James has a passion for art, social innovation and travel. He resides in Hong Kong, London and Dubai with his family.


Case Sharing

Guest Speakers:

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Mr. James Law, JP
Chairman and CEO , James Law Cybertecture

“Designing my architecture internationally including the Middle East, India, Russia, Africa, China and United States has been an ongoing 15 year journey in the art of exploring, learning, navigating, tackling and enjoying the challenges of taking on opportunities from around the world. The journey has not always been smooth, however it has been rewarding professionally, and  most profoundly a great privilege. I will  explore the philosophy behind my own motivations and willingness to go on this journey; and share anecdotes of experiences that were significant markers on this journey."