4:45pm-5:00pm      Guest registration 
5:00pm-7:30pm      Keynote address and panel discussions
7:30pm-8:00pm     Cocktail reception 


Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Hong Kong has long been one of the world’s most iconic harbor cities. In what ways will it maintain its distinctiveness in a more integrated Greater Bay Area future? Join us to Imagine Hong Kong in 2060.

The forum is the culmination of the first year of our three-year Imagine 2060 series on global waterfront cities, and will draw on the lessons learned to discuss visions for Hong Kong’s economy, livability and competitiveness with neighboring waterfront cities in the Pearl River Delta by 2060. This is especially timely given Hong Kong’s latest waterfront makeover is part of a HKD12 billion initiative and the Greater Bay Area plan, announced by the Chinese Government in early 2017, paving the way for enhanced economic development across Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.


Special Remarks
Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong S.A.R.


Keynote Speech
E.S.M. Goh Chok Tong, Former Prime Minister of Singapore


Panel I: Hong Kong and Global Waterfront Cities’ Trends
In the last few decades, Hong Kong has undergone several rounds of transformation to meet its evolving development needs, with a myriad of changes to its waterfront. It is about to embark on a further harbourfront makeover as part of a HKD12 billion initiative, with plans for new buildings, including office space and a hotel, and the Central-Wan Chai bypass. How do the journeys and planned future transformations of other global waterfront cities point the way for Hong Kong to continue to differentiate itself through its waterfront in 2060?



  • Sylvester Wong
    Vice President, Strategies and Development, Buildings and Places, Asia, AECOM


  • Nicholas Brooke
    Chairman, Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission
  • John Fitzgerald
    Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute
  • Doris Magsaysay Ho
    President & CEO, A. Magsaysay, Inc; Chair, Asia Society Philippines Foundation
  • Chris Ward
    Executive Vice President & Chief Executive, Metro New York, AECOM


Panel II: Hong Kong and The Greater Bay Area Initiative
In his 2017 government work report, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang formally announced that the Central Government will draw up a plan for the development of a city cluster in Southern China, named the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, an upgrade from previous regional development initiatives. The intent is to give full play to the distinctive strengths of Hong Kong, and elevate its status in China’s economic development and the global economy. This session explores how the plan will impact Hong Kong as a waterfront city, and accelerate its economic growth and diversification.



  • Ronnie C. Chan
    Chairman, Hang Lung Properties; Co-Chair, Asia Society


  • Donald Choi
    Managing Director, Nan Fung Development Limited
  • Phyllis Li
    Deputy Director of Planning/Territorial, Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Ben Simpfendorfer 
    Founder & CEO, Silk Road Associates
  • Anthony Yeh
    Chair Professor, Urban Planning and Design Department, University of Hong Kong