Cross-Cultural Management of Belt and Road Projects
Facilitator and Guest Speakers

Facilitator:


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:

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

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.

Roles:

  • 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)

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.

 

Mr. Zhou Jiayi 
Executive Vice President, POWERCHINA International Group Limited 

POWERCHINA has long been engaged in the core business areas of water and electricity and has established itself as a leading enterprise in the hydropower industry both in China and overseas. It is a global leader in hydro, wind and photovoltaic power generation.

The company has undertaken more than 80 percent of the planning, surveying and design of large and medium-sized hydropower projects in China. At present, the company holds more than 50 percent of the world’s large and medium-sized water conservancy and hydropower construction markets. The company has built over 200 large and medium-sized hydropower stations and has a total installed hydropower capacity of more than 200 million kilowatts.

Following the country’s "Belt and Road Initiative", POWERCHINA has actively participated in some key overseas projects, such as the Pakistan Qasim coal-fired power plant, China-Laos Railway Project and Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway Project. With total installed capacity of 1,272,000 kW, annual average generating capacity of 5 billion kWh, Laos Nam Ou River Cascade hydropower project is the first Chinese-invested overseas project that covers an entire river.