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  Programme Agenda
Event Introduction
To commemorate the official opening of the Global Logistic Properties (GLP) Research Centre, in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of NUS Suzhou Research Institute (NUSRI), and the 20th anniversary of Sino-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), we have organized a special panel consisting of a group of industry experts to share their thoughts and insights on topics surrounding the role of logistics and infrastructure development in urban planning. Singapore’s urban planning experience and the role of logistics and infrastructure development in the urban Master Plan will also be discussed.

Agenda

13:30-14:00
Registration

14:00-15:15
Discussion Forum
“The role of logistics and infrastructure development in the urban Master Plan”

Moderator:
Professor Deng Yongheng
Director, Institute of Real Estate Studies, NUS

Invited Panellists:

  • Ming Z. Mei (CEO, Global Logistic Properties)
  • Zeng Tieliang (GM, Subsidiary Management Dept, China Development Bank Capital)
  • Pang Yee Ean (CEO, Surbana International Consultants)
  • Wong Kai Yeng (Panel Expert, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore)


15:15-15:30
Question & Answer Session

15:30-16:30
Cocktail & Networking High Tea


Contact Details:
NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies
Rebecca Zhang
+65 66011089
rebecca_zhang@nus.edu.sg



Profile of Moderator and Speakers

Professor Deng Yongheng is the Provost's Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Real Estate Studies at the National University of Singapore, Professor and Head of Real Estate at the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment, as well as Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School. Another concurrent appointment he holds is that of Director of the Lifecycle Financing Research Program, Global Asia Institute at NUS. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Future of Real Estate and Urbanization. He has also served as Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Real Estate, and the Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Financing and Capital. The prestigious American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) has elected him as its 50th President, the first Asian ever to helm this establishment. Prior to joining NUS, he was a tenured Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), School of Policy, Planning and Development, and the Marshall School of Business. He also used to serve as an Economist and Expert in the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) – a financial regulator overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – in Washington DC.



Mr. Ming Z. Mei is Co-founder and CEO of Global Logistic Properties (GLP). GLP, one of the world’s leading providers of modern logistics facilities with a market-leading presence in China, Japan and Brazil, manages 20 billion dollars of assets across 63 cities. GLP was listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd on 18 October 2010. He is Chairman of Investment Committee of Eastern Bell Venture Capital and sits on various public and private boards. He is also the Investor and Board Member of Value Retail China, a company that specializes in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping Villages. Mr. Mei was formerly the CEO of ProLogis for China and Asian Emerging Markets. He opened ProLogis’ first office in China in 2003 and built up the China operations to their current scale. Prior to joining ProLogis, Mr. Mei was with Owens Corning, a world leading construction materials manufacturer, where he held various key roles in finance, manufacturing, sales, marketing and strategic planning, and general management. Mr. Mei graduated from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Mei received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University School of Business. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2009.



Mr. Zeng Tieliang is General Manager of the Subsidiary Management Department of China Development Bank Capital Co., Ltd. (CDBC) and Deputy General Manager of Kaiyuan Development (Hunan) Fund Management Co., Ltd. The China Development Bank (CDB) is the largest and most influential developmental financial institution in China, which is committed to the enhancement of market financing, building and promotion of China's infrastructure construction as well as new urbanization construction. CDBC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDB and is focused on investment and asset management businesses. Mr. Zeng is currently responsible for the equity investment businesses of CDBC in the urban development area, providing investment and advisory services on urban development, small town construction, and industrial parks. He was engaged in credit operations when he worked for CDB Hunan Branch, providing financing services in areas of highway, shipping hub and urban infrastructure construction and industrial parks. He graduated from the College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University with a Master's degree.


Mr. Pang Yee Ean is appointed CEO of Surbana International Consultants Pte. Ltd. (Surbana) in January 2013.  Surbana is a global multi-disciplinary consultancy firm with a master planning and design track record of more than 50 years. Surbana's planning and design expertise has taken it to over 90 cities in 26 countries.  Some of its notable projects are Clementi Mixed-used Development in Singapore; Punggol Waterway in Singapore, The Light Mixed-used Development in Penang, Malaysia; The Botanica integrated township in Chengdu, China; Tianjin Eco-city in Tianjin, China; Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Service Apartments in Abu Dhabi; and Kigali City master plan in Rwanda. Prior to Surbana, Mr Pang was in Ascendas Pte Ltd where he held various senior appointments.  He also managed the asset management of Ascendas properties in Singapore and in India. Before joining Ascendas, Mr Pang served as the CEO of Abecha Pte Ltd, a joint venture between JTC, Microsoft and SESAMi to provide e-procurement services to JTC's tenants. Mr Pang graduated with a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.




Mr. Wong Kai Yeng is on the Centre for Liveable Cities’ Expert Panel for land use and urban planning. He is involved with several of the Centre’s research, documentation, training and experiential sharing activities. He is also a consultant on urban planning to EDIS Pte Ltd. Singbridge International was the predecessor of EDIS. Prior to that, he was SVP of Singbridge International Pte Ltd, and was also a Group Director in the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). The URA is the land use planning authority of Singapore. One of the key projects he was involved in extensively was the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City Project where he helped to formulate the Master Plan and the subsequent detailed urban plans and stayed involved with the project on planning related matters. In the 1990s, as the Director of the Physical Planning Division in URA, he led the planning team in developing the long term land use Concept Plan, the Master Plan and the Development Guide Plans for Singapore. He was also once the director of planning and policy in the Public Utilities Board (PUB) involved with water and wastewater management, as well as head of engineering in PSA for a few years. Mr Wong has a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Cambridge.



  Event Highlights


Official Opening of the Global Logistic Properties (GLP) Research Centre and Discussion Forum

     
A discussion forum on the role of logistics and infrastructure development in the urban Master Plan was organised by the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) to commemorate the official opening of its Global Logistic Properties (GLP) Research Centre in Suzhou, China. This forum was held on 27 Oct 2014 at the NUS Research Institute (NUSRI) in Suzhou, where the GLP Research Centre resides in. This event coincides with the 20th anniversary celebration of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park and the 2nd anniversary celebration of the NUSRI.

Jointly set up by IRES and GLP, one of the world's leading providers of modern logistics facilities, this new Centre is committed to research and the education of leaders in both the public and private sectors in China. The Centre will plan and organise thought leadership activities that will engage and prepare policymakers and industry leaders in China for the complex challenges of tomorrow. In so doing, it will offer a multi-stakeholder platform in analysing and strategising issues in urbanisation, logistics and other related sectors.

Industry Experts Sharing Thoughts

     
(Standing from left: Prof Deng Yongheng(moderator), Mr. Ming Z. Mei, Mr. Zeng Tieliang, Mr. Pang Yee Ean, Mr. Wong Kai Yeng)

A select panel of distinguished industry experts were invited to share their thoughts and insights on the subject matter.

Forum Participants

     
The event drew a good crowd and saw senior industry participants coming together, enthusiastically participating in the forum discussion.

Interaction with Government Ministers

     
     
Several Singapore government Ministers dropped by to have a chat and friendly banter with the panelists. They included, amongst others, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Teo Chee Hean; Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan; Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat; Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien, Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs; and Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence. The Ministers were given an introduction of the forum.