Creating Liveable and Resilient Cities | SGInnovate


Spectrum Global
3 Fraser Street. DUO Tower #05-21
Singapore 189352

Creating Liveable and Resilient Cities

Presented by Trade and Investment Victoria, Liveability Victoria. Partnered With SGInnovate and Spectrum

Join us at Spectrum Global for an afternoon of conversation about how great cities are created. 
Melbourne and Singapore are both world renowned resilient and liveable cities.
Singapore is internationally renowned for its greening programs, use of technology and innovative water management. The spotlight is currently shining on Singapore as it showcases its green and innovative city to the world during World Cities Summit and Singapore International Water Week.
Melbourne has been nominated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world’s most liveable city seven years in a row, and has transformed its CBD over decades into a culturally vibrant, green and smart city through creative urban design.
We have organised a great line-up of influential speakers to share ideas about resilience and liveability in the face of climate change and urbanisation. 
We hope you can join us for an opportunity to hear from the panellists and share your ideas about the best ways of keeping our cities green, cool and liveable into the future.

3:00pm – 3:25pm    Arrival and Registration 
3:30pm – 3:50pm    Keynote Address by John Bradley, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria 
3:50pm – 5:00pm    Panel Discussion featuring

  • Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne 
  • Lauren Sorkin, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities 
  • Poon King Wang, Director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga, School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia 
  • Moderated by Professor Tony Wong, CEO, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

5:00pm – 6:00pm    Networking drinks

Keynote Address:  
John Bradley - Secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

John Bradley is Secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). DELWP brings together Victoria’s planning, local government, environment, energy, suburban development, forests, emergency management, climate change and water functions into a single department to strengthen connections between the environment, community, industry and economy.

John has previously served as Director General of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Director General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management. Until September 2017, he served as CEO of Energy Networks Australia – the peak body representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution businesses.

MC and Panel Moderator: 
Professor Tony Wong - CEO, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Professor Tony Wong is internationally recognised for his research and practice in sustainable urban water management, particularly water sensitive urban design. His expertise has been gained through national and international consulting, research, and academia. He has led a large number of award-winning urban design projects.

He received the prestigious Sir John Holland Award as Australia’s Civil Engineer of the Year in 2010, and was cited as having defined "a new paradigm for the design of urban environments that blends creativity with technical and scientific rigour”.

Panel Speakers:
Toby Kent  – Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne

Toby Kent has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors, and many other stakeholders on five continents. Prior to joining the City of Melbourne, Toby worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development.

Lauren Sorkin – Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities

Lauren Sorkin is a Regional Director, Asia & Pacific for 100 Resilient Cities and is an environment and knowledge management specialist. Lauren spent six years working with the Asian Development Bank promoting climate responsive development in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this, Lauren worked through the USAID Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon to promote green growth in the region as well as with the USAID Eco-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program facilitating in-person and virtual knowledge sharing between clean energy experts in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Poon King Wang – Director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Poon King Wang is the Director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he also heads the Smart Cities Lab and the Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies initiative. His research focuses on the human dimensions of smart cities and digital economies, and the impact of digital transformation on the future of work, education, and healthcare, and on society at large. He has served in the Economic Development Board; Ministry of Law; Agency for Science, Technology and Research; and the Competition Commission of Singapore.

King Wang holds a MSc (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management) from Stanford University, a BSc (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Rocket Engineering Certificate from Moscow State Technical University.

Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga  –  School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia

Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga is at the School of Property and Construction Management, RMIT University. Usha co-leads the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC) under UN Environment’s 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10FYP SCP). Usha had oversight of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management's offshore programmes from 2011-2017. Her overseas teaching commitments have included teaching in Hong Kong, Singapore and China. Usha’s primary interest is in sustainability of the built environment, in achieving practical solutions to ensure sustainable outcomes for the users of the built environment.

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