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Apr 2019
Asian Knowledge and Innovation Forum 亞洲知識及創新論壇


25 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019


9:30am - 5:00pm (tentative)


Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong



Event fee:

HK$1,500 *payment will be processed by co-organizer (Arup)


HK$1,200 *payment will be processed by co-organizer (Arup)


Knowledge Technology Leading To Innovation


Asian Knowledge and Innovation Forum (AKIF)


Keynote Speeches


Mr Donald Choi
Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (CITAC)

Donald has worked globally as architect and developer for over 30 years. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Chinachem Group. He was the Managing Director of Nan Fung Development and before Nan Fung, Director of Foster and Partners and the Authorised Person – Architect for the Hong Kong International Airport Passenger Terminal (HKIA Silver Medal Winner) and many infrastructure projects at Chek Lap Kok.

Donald lives in Hong Kong and is active in community services. He is the Board Chairman of Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre, Board Member of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, Trustee of Design Trust – Hong Kong and Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. He had taught at the University of Hong Kong and was the former Chairman of the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR.

Innovation in construction industry
Innovation in construction is a subject that has received growing attention. Current research and statistical data shows that construction is lagging behind other sectors in the aspects of productivity and efficiency. The industry is approaching a turning point - we cannot carry on like this or else we will be at risk of losing our competitive edge. This presentation will review the current status of technology development and illustrate how the Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (CITAC), which serves as a knowledge hub by collecting, showcasing and promulgating the latest local and overseas construction technologies, shall become a driver for the implementation and adoption of construction technologies in Hong Kong.

Ir Andrew Young
Associate Director (Innovation)
Sino Land Company Limited

Ir Andrew Young has over 34 years of executive experience in senior positions, including Director of Partnership Development for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation.
In his current capacity as Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Group, he has overall responsibility to explore and identify innovations and technologies for application in the Group and explore investment opportunities in technology ventures.
He has developed closely knitted and professional working relationships with leading and renowned institutions and innovation nodes in Hong Kong and around the world, including Imperial College, University of Oxford, University of Waterloo, Stanford University, etc.
He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institutions of Engineers Australia, an Adjunct Professor with the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) and an adviser to Hamlyn Centre of Imperial College London as Chairman of the Translation Advisory Panel. He is a member of Knowledge Transfer Committee of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), he serves on the Departmental Advisory Committee of the School of Optometry and Department of Mechanical Engineering of PolyU; Department of Electronics Engineering of CityU; and Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He also sits on various committee in leading commerce and industry associations and is active within the start-up and VC community.

Co-creating cutting-edge living environment with Sino
Sino Group launched Sino Inno Lab with the objective to support Hong Kong’s innovative ecosystem and growth into an international innovation hub through providing a sandbox platform to test out inventions and innovations.  We position the Lab as an open platform for Proptech (short form for “property technologies”), a platform for innovators, academia, businesses and industries to showcase and test out their ideas in a real-setting provided by the Lab where testing can be carried out without affecting the normal operation.  It gives the Sino Team an opportunity to see for themselves the feasibility of applying the solutions and actively engaged themselves in  exchanging ideas and views with the innovators and be part of the continuous learning process.

The Lab is about how we engage both internal and external stakeholders, maintain and extend an effective network and provide channel for all to contribute.  Through the Lab, Sino Group aims to cultivate the learning culture among its staff and deepen their understanding of emerging technologies, and co-create with partners  for possible business applications, and hence enriching a smarter living experience and creating a smarter community for all.     
At the talk, I would like to share with the audience on how we come up with the idea and the difficulties/challenges we face in pushing the idea forward.

Prof. XW Fu
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Xiaowen Fu is a Professor in Engineering Management in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His main research area is transport economics and management. He has provided advisory and economic modelling services to organizations such as the Boeing Commercial Aircraft, New Zealand Commerce Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Government of British Columbia in Canada, Australian Competition Tribunal, Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau, Japan Rail (East), and OECD. He is an editor of the journal of Transport Policy, Vice President (Research) of the Air Transport Research Society, Vice President (Research) of the Institute for Aviation (UK), founding chair of the Maritime Economy and Policy stream of the World Transport Convention, and an honorary professor of the University of Sydney Business School.

Business analytics in aviation management: Decision support applications with data modelling
Industrial organizations and government agencies have long been using business analytics systems for better decision-making. In recent years, the advent of big data and new computing capabilities leads to on-going revolutions in data science and new business opportunities. However, this does not mean intellectual capitals accumulated over the years are of little value in the new information age. Using modelling examples of different complexity in the aviation industry, this speech demonstrates how various business analytic approaches can attack different types of business problems, and how big data can facilitate the application of evolving econometric models. The project examples also highlight the importance of understanding market-specific conditions, which help explain the unexpected data patterns.

Mr Don Ward
Chief Executive 
Constructing Excellence

Don Ward has been Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence, the UK industry think tank and best practice organisation which is now part of the BRE Trust group of companies, for twelve years. Don is closely involved with many UK government and industry bodies, including the Construction Leadership Council, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority within the Cabinet Office, where he chairs a committee on new models of procurement for construction, and the British Standards Institution (BSI), where he is secretary to the committee on construction procurement.

He has over thirty years’ experience of best practice in the building, engineering and construction industry, specialising in policy making, industry change, supply chain integration, collaborative working and sustainability across all sectors from housing to infrastructure. In 2017 he was awarded a Simon Industrial Fellowship at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, supporting research and industry engagement in infrastructure, and he was also honoured to be a guest of the Sponsored Visitors Programme of the Hong Kong SAR government.

The innovation landscape in the UK and case sharing
Don Ward will describe the innovation landscape in the UK, using the construction sector as a case study. The UK government’s strategy for innovation is integrated with its Industrial Strategy. Launched in January 2017 the latter put innovation at the heart of improving living standards, creating well-paid sustainable jobs and driving economic growth. An Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has been launched with a billion pound investment over four years in research and innovation for consortia of academia and industry in areas of strategic importance. In construction the Sector Deal features a £300M challenge fund for projects to support the move to Digitalisation, Offsite production, and whole life Performance of built assets. A number of ‘catapult centres’ have been set up and continue to support innovative businesses by providing access to the critical facilities and expertise they would not find together elsewhere. Universities are increasingly funded on the basis of the Impact of their research, and other key levers for innovation include public sector procurement policies, skills, digitalisation, and practical support such as funding options offered to businesses for different stages of their journey from concept to commercialisation.

Ms Sarah Zhou
General Manager
CNKI Global Software Marketing Business Unit

Sarah Zhou, Director of CNKI Software Marketing Business Unit. Master of Management, accumulating rich experience in knowledge management and knowledge service in CNKI. She took the lead in related project management and support sales team as a consultant. She is committed to further development, practice and research on the field of knowledge management.

Institutional knowledge management in the era of big data and artificial intelligence
Innovation driven digital transformation is the path of organization evolution in the era of big data and artificial intelligence. It needs complete knowledge system to support knowledge-based enterprises, smart enterprises and innovative enterprises, which needs both internal and external knowledge to build enterprise knowledge infrastructure for providing deep knowledge service for business and positions. The new generation of organizational knowledge management system of CNKI could serve organizational research, learning and collaborative innovation process, to provide the whole process of knowledge management and personalized knowledge services for enterprises with accurate and innovative knowledge service.


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Knowledge Management is more an art than a science. How do the outstanding corporations become the masters of this art by creating and managing their most important asset, and gain an advantageous position on the road to innovation through latest knowledge technology?

The annual Asian Knowledge and Innovation Forum (AKIF) provides a unique occasion for management and organisational development professionals to exchange, benchmark and review their know-how and day-to-day knowledge technology adoption with corporations and organisations from different fields across the globe. The inaugural Global Most Innovative Knowledge Enterprise (MIKE) Award will also take place during the Forum. You will have the opportunity to learn from the success stories of our MIKE Award winners as well as global leading knowledge management experts in the journey of shaping industry-leading knowledge companies in the new knowledge economy.

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