Prof. Nelson Chen
Director, School of Architecture, CUHK Principal, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd
Nelson Chen, FAIA FRIBA FHKIA, is Professor of Practice in Architecture and Director of the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has served the School
since 1992 in several teaching and advisory positions including as adjunct professor, honorary professor and external examiner.
Professor Chen has practiced architecture for 40 years, originally in the US and since 1987 as Principal Architect of Nelson Chen Architects Ltd in Hong Kong. Born in New York, he was educated at Harvard, receiving the BA degree summa cum laude, MArch degree with distinction and AIA School Medal as first-ranked graduate. His other academic prizes include Phi Beta Kappa, Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship and Knox Fellowship for postgraduate study at Cambridge, among others.His professional work has been recognized by over 35 major design awards from the AIA, HKIA, UNESCO, and Architect of the Year from the Hong Kong Arts Guild, among others. Under his design leadership, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd received the Architecture Firm Award from the AIA Hong Kong Chapter, in recognition of “overall design achievement that exemplifies the highest standards of the architectural profession.”
Ms Cally Chan
General Manager, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited
Cally Chan is General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau, leading the overall strategy and business operations, raising the talent bar and providing leadership in customer satisfaction and business growth. Cally leverages on over 27 years of business and IT experience to drive Microsoft’s Mission to empower every person and every organization to achieve more. The key focus is enabling technology, accelerating digital transformation for customers and partners, and empowering people and societies through technology innovations.
Previously she served as Managing Director and Vice President of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Group from 2010 to 2017.
Cally is passionate about driving digital transformation and diversity. She is Chairlady of the first-ever IT women’s “FACE Club” of the Hong Kong Computer Society, a Director of the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and a Director of the Employees Retraining Board (ERB), to name a just few of her external positions.
Cally holds an Executive MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a BSc in Computing Studies from the University of Hong Kong.
Ir Prof. Kwok Fai Chung
Associate Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Director, Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch)
Ir Professor K. F. CHUNG was appointed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China to be Director of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) in October 2015.
Professor Chung is a renowned academic, researcher and structural engineer with established expertise in structural engineering and steel construction. Currently, Professor Chung is Associate Head (Academic Development) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Founding President of the Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association. Professor Chung served the Joint Structural Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. in various capacities. He was a Council Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers from 2013 to 2015. Professor Chung was elected to be a Vice President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. in September 2016.
Professor Chung was awarded a First Class Honours degree as well as the Mappin Medal from the University of Sheffield in 1984. At the same year, Professor Chung was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation for his research study in structural engineering at the then Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London. He obtained his Ph.D. in steel structures in 1988.
Professor Chung worked at the Steel Construction Institute, the U.K. as a Research Engineer and then a Senior Research Engineer for six years from January 1989 to April 1995. Returning to Hong Kong in May 1995, Prof. Chung worked on the design and construction of a number of steel and composite high-rise buildings in two international consulting firms before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in September 1996.
Professor Chung works on a wide range of inter-disciplinary engineering analysis and design, especially on modern steel and composite building structures. His research interests include limit state analysis and performance-based design of structural systems, structural fire engineering and fire protection in buildings and tunnels, and design codification. He has published about 200 conference and journal papers as well as 9 professional design guides on modern steel construction technology. Professor Chung is a frequent speaker in international conferences and symposia as well as in professional short courses for practicing engineers.
Ir Prof. Irene Lo, JP
Chair Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Prof. Irene Lo is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and has been joining HKUST since 1992. Prof. Lo is an elected Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA). She is an elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE), and elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), She received her Ph.D. degree in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also Adjunct Professor of Jilin University and Harbin Institute of Technology in China. She had been Visiting Professor of Technical University of Denmark and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Prof. Lo was the recipient of the 2004 ASCE James Croes Medal, the 2007 ASCE Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, the 2008 EWRI Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award, the 2009 ASCE Wesley W Horner Award, and the 2012 ASCE EWRI Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award.
Prof. Thomas Ng
Associate Head and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Thomas Ng is the Associate Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. Over the years, Professor Ng has secured more than HK$70 million of research grants and published over 370 scholarly items. His recent research directions include smart and resilient city, sustainable built environment, infrastructure asset management, construction informatics, construction productivity and performance, project delivery systems, etc.
Mr. Francis Ngai
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Social Ventures Hong Kong
Francis Ngai is the Founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk, www.sv-hk.org), a venture philanthropy organisation dedicated to inspire, invent, incubate and invest in social innovation since 2007. SVhk has over 20 portfolio social ventures, including Diamond Cab, Green Monday, Light Be and Playtao Education. With the vision of "Innovating Social Change", SVhk aims to aggregate good minds and efforts in the society, and re-imagine our city with innovative Business 2.0 solutions.
Prior to establishing SVhk, Francis was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in Hong Kong. He is now also a column writer, public speaker and advocate of Business 2.0. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the University in 2013. He was selected as one of the 100 Asia Pioneers by The Purpose Economy in 2014, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2012 and one of Hong Kong's Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2011.
Ir Peter Yeung
Head of Electronics & ICT Clusters, Smart City
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
Ir Yeung is responsible for the cluster development and market strategy of electronics, information and communications industry development, and the overall development of the Smart City platform.
A Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and served as the Chairman of the Electronics Division (2009-2010 Session) of the Institution, Ir Yeung has over 25 years of experience in business management and technology development.Peter holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Oregon State University and a Master degree in Business Administration from the York University of Toronto. Peter is also a member of IEEE and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society.
Prof. Richard Yuen
Head and Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong
Prof Yuen obtained his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong and PhD from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong. Prof Yuen is a Registered Professional Engineer and members of the IFE (UK), SFPE (USA) and HKIE (HK). Prof Yuen has over 220 publications including international journal articles and conference papers and co-authored the book entitled: “Computational Fluid Dynamics in Fire Engineering - Theory, Modeling & Practice”. He has been engaged in research consultancies and is also the Founding Member of the Disciplinary Advisory Panel of Fire Discipline of HKIE. He serves as members of Examination Board for Lift and Escalator Engineers of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and Inspector Registration Committee of the Buildings Department, the HKSAR Government respectively.
Remarks: By ascending order of the surname of jury panel