PLENARY SPEAKERS

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices.

His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Paul is Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming.

James Law

James Law JP is an architect 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 enterprises.

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 and space design firm – James Law Cybertecture; laboratory for future investment firm – Cybertecture X; design education institution – Cybertecture Academy, and social innovation NGO – Cybertecture for Humanity.

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.

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.

Anne Kerr

Dr Anne Kerr has been a driving force in Mott MacDonald’s businesses relating to the development of future cities and urban living for around 30 years. Having recognised the need to focus attention on developing themes of holistic community development she established the Future Cities Working Group which coordinated thought leaders and practitioners across the Group some years ago. This Working Group is now a Global Initiative which sets targets for growth across the entire business, considers the development of communities and connectors in a holistic manner, and encompasses every sector within which we provide consultancy services. From the start of her career Anne has been engaged in the delivery of projects from concept through implementation in an integrated manner. The benefits of this approach can be seen in community and new town developments in various countries. She has been constant in “putting people and their needs first” and espouses the view “what is the city but the people” so embraces the social health and well being aspects as essential components before considering infrastructure and the built environment.

Anne has worked on city scale projects in over 30 countries, has been seconded into government agencies to advise and work in partnership on the development of implementation plans and programmes, and thus has a broad understanding of how to better align public and private sector drivers.

Anne works across various organisations and institutions and is currently an Adviser to the HK Trade Development Council Infrastructure Advisory Committee which examines the role of HK in the external market (Belt and Road and the Greater Bay Area), is Vice Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is chair of the Chambers Smart City Forum, among other roles.

Ed Garrod

Ed Garrod is a sustainability strategist and environmental designer of award winning green projects in over twenty countries. He has a passion for design communication, translating analysis into actionable design strategies, and helping clients to develop compelling visions for their projects. Edward joined Integral Group, based in its London office, Elementa Consulting, as a Principal in 2014 having spent three years as a Partner at Foster + Partners. In 2017 his team created LETI – the London Energy Transformation Initiative that has brought together the design and construction sector in London to develop recommendations for transitioning energy policy in London towards Zero Emissions. He holds degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and Europe’s first Fitwel Ambassador.

Luyanda Mpahlwa

Luyanda is a Cape Town based Architect /Urban Design practitioner and commentator on various design and socially relevant matters especially Design for Social Change, and the urban condition of African Cities. He obtained his Masters in Architecture at the Technical University in Berlin and is the Director of Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica, an Architecture and Design firm he founded in 2009. Until then he was a partner at MMA Architects for 12 years. His education in South Africa was interrupted when he was incarcerated on Robben Island Prison in 1981 for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle. After his release in 1986, he left for Germany, where he spent 15 years in exile, and relocated back to Cape Town in 2000.

He has received various design Awards, including SAIA/Corobrik Award of Excellence in 2006 for the South African Embassy building in Berlin, Germany. He was the recipient of USA based Curry Stone Design Prize in 2008 for the Design Indaba Sandbag Low Cost House in Mitchells Plein, Cape Town. In 2010 Luyanda was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from the Walter Sisulu University for his contribution to innovative design and technology and upliftment of communities.

He is currently serving in various boards, including the Robben Island Museum, he is a Council member of the Walter Sisulu University and is the newly elected Vice President of the South African Institute of Architects(SAIA). His company is a member of the Green Building Council SA.

Maria Chiara Pastore

Maria Chiara Pastore (1980) is an independent researcher and Course Instructor at Politecnico di Milano (Urban Design Studio). In March 2013 she concluded her PhD at Politecnico di Milano with a research on the relation between water and urban planning, particularly in rapid urbanizing African cities. Her research and professional interests regard the relation between the development of water and sanitation systems and urban environments, urban planning in Africa, adaptive planning in relation to rapid growing cities, and disaster risk reduction.

As an urban planner, Pastore worked on the Masterplan for EXPO 2015 (with Stefano Boeri Architetti), the Masterplan for the city of Dar es Salaam in 2011 the Masterplan Tirana 030 – focus infrastructure (with Stefano Boeri Architects).

Since 2014, she is consultant to the World Bank (GFDRR) and the Government of Malawi  for the production of post-disaster guidelines.

Pastore is a member of the research project FARB funded by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Politecnico di Milano “Learning From Disasters: Methods, Tools and Techniques for Resilient Urban Areas”, which deals with the most important seismic events in Italy over the last 50 years, in order to contribute to the production of post-earthquake reconstruction guidelines.

In 2017 she worked as consultant, together with Stefano Boeri, for the Commissario Speciale Sisma 2016,  from the reconstruction post-earthquake in central Italy, and now leads the Research Department at Stefano Boeri Architetti, particularly working on Urban Forestry.

Mitchell Joachim

Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners LLP, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To”. Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. Mitchell won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, Architizer A+ Award, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as “The NOW 99” in 2012. He co-authored three books, “XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design,” “Super Cells: Building with Biology,” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”.

His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, MArch Columbia University.

Rob Peña

Rob Peña is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches architectural design and building science with an emphasis on ecological design and high-performance buildings. With the UW Center for Integrated Design he is helping convene knowledge communities to re-imagine the future of our cities. Rob works regionally with design teams on the development of high performance and net-zero energy buildings.

Since inception of the Bullitt Center, Rob has worked with the Bullitt Foundation, the Miller Hull Partnership, and Schuchart Construction, on the design and development of this groundbreaking high performance building.