05.27 Opening Forum speakers

Liqun Chen (陈立群) is an urban planner at the China Center for Urban Development, co-founder of the Crowdsourcing Placemaker Initiative, and a Lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Peking University. At PKU, she teaches a course on Community Planning and Design. As a native of Beijing, China, Ms. Chen graduated from MIT with a Master in City Planning & Urban Design and received her undergraduate degrees in City and Regional Planning and Psychology from Peking University.

Ying Long, Ph.D.(龙瀛), is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. Dr. Long is an interdisciplinary scholar with a global vision and substantive planning experiences in China. His research focuses on urban planning, quantitative urban studies, and applied urban modeling. Familiar with planning practices in China and versed in the international literature, Dr. Long’s academic studies creatively integrates international methods and experiences with local planning practices. Dr. Long is also the founder of Beijing City Lab (BCL), an open research network for quantitative urban studies.

Jim Spear, fluent in Chinese and educated at the University of California, Berkeley, spent nearly 20 years doing business in China prior to moving full ­time to his vacation house at Mutianyu Great Wall in 2005. With Liang Tang, his wife and partner, he founded China Bound, Ltd. to invest in sustainable tourism businesses in China. Their award­ winning work at The Schoolhouse and the Brickyard Retreat led to a consulting and design practice serving government and private clients across China. Spear has completed over 30 residences for clients from around the world. His various projects have been featured in many Chinese and international publications, including Architectural Digest as well as professional publications, and are the heart of the monograph Great Wall Style

Jingjing Xu, Ph.D. (许静静), is the Founder and Executive Director of the Green and Smart Urbanization Task Force of the China Development Bank Capital and Managing Partner of Global Green Development Capital. As the financial engine for Chinese urbanization, China Development Bank and its equity arm, CDB Capital promote sustainable urban development and smart cities among its 140+ portfolio projects in over 40 cities throughout China.  The Green and Smart Urbanization Task Force works with the CDBC International Advisory Group, which consists of seasoned professionals and global best practice players in the eco-system of planning, engineering, development, and investment in sustainable communities. The Task Force welcomes cooperation from the global best practices companies and NGOs who are committed to green and smart urban development in China.

05.28 Roundtable speakers

Deland Chan is an urban planner and educator with a passion for community-led planning. She is a Lecturer in the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University and co-founder of the Human Cities Initiative with Kevin Hsu. At Stanford, Deland teaches Defining Smart CitiesSustainable CitiesInternational Urbanization, and courses on public space design at the Deland completed her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and her graduate degrees in Sociology and City and Regional Planning from Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Prior to returning to her alma mater, she worked as a Senior Planner at a community development corporation in San Francisco.

Rosie Levine is the Program Director for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) - a Chinese NGO that works to preserve, protect and promote the unique cultural heritage of Beijing. She holds a degree in History, Asian Languages & Cultures and Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. Her fields of interest include modern Chinese history, Republican era architecture, global cultural heritage and public history.


Kevin Hsu is a a scientist with Disney Research. Trained in Civil & Environmental Engineering, he works with Disney's Integrated Infrastructure laboratory in Shanghai to investigate sustainable, livable cities. He heads Skyship Design, an educational design studio crafting innovative experiences for learners, practitioners, and activists. Skyship created Norway's first MOOC (open online course) for a global audience, as well as online courses such "Democratic Development" and "International Women's Health & Human Rights." Aside from engineering, he holds degrees in Earth Systems and International Relations from Stanford, where he teaches International UrbanizationDefining Smart Cities and public space design at the 

Amy Mathieson is the owner of (CBR) an English online resource for a wide range of topics related to restoration, preservation and historic architecture in China. Amy first developed a keen interest in historic Chinese architecture and building restoration when she moved to Beijing in 2010. Unable to find much information about the nascent building restoration industry Amy created CBR in order to gather more information through interviews and news articles, as well as her own discoveries.  Amy currently works for the international architecture and interior design company anySCALE and in 2015 started to develop the company’s building restoration portfolio. As part of this campaign CBR and anySCALE are collaborating with the Courtyard Institute to create monthly speaker’s events. These events allow speakers with first hand experience in building restoration to share their experiences, techniques and other interesting insights on the industry. Amy has a degree in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University (UK), and worked in Oxford for five years before moving to Beijing.

05.29 final showcase keynote speakers

Qin Shao (邵勤), Ph.D., is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore and Professor of History at The College of New Jersey.  A former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University and the International Research Center on Work and Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, Germany, Dr. Shao is the author of Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), Culturing Modernity: the Nantong Model, 1890-1930 (Stanford Univ. Press, 2004), and publications in the Journal of Asian Studies, China Quarterly, and other outlets. She has presented her research at the University of Oxford and the Harvard Law School, among other institutes. Dr. Shao’s recent work focuses on the human dimension of rapid urbanization in post- Mao China, especially on issues as state violence, mental health, dignity, property rights, and grass-roots movements.

Stephen S.S. Wong B. BA, B. Arch, MSIM, AIA is the Managing Director for EWD and is responsible for overall strategic planning, finance and operation of our real estate investment and development activities, along with other global strategic investments in non-real estate activities. Since the early 1990′s, Stephen has been the catalyst for the group’s investments into China, US and Canada. In Shanghai, China, The group is one of the founding partners for the Chongbang Group and the Forrester Group in China; the Palladium Group in British Columbia, and Sunny Hills – Palladium LLC in California, engaging in both investment and development activities in Canada and the US. 

Stephen is a qualified licensed architect by training from the State of California and a member of the American Institute of Architects with extensive experience on real estate development and investment projects. Prior to joining the group, Stephen had worked with Sino Land Co. Ltd. (stock code 083 in Hong Kong) as a Senior Project Manager, and as intern architect at Anshen + Allen Architects in Los Angeles. Currently, Stephen sits on the board of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited as a Non-Executive Director. Stephen has a Master degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he was a Sloan Fellow; a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Real Estate Finance and Development and a Bachelor degree in Architecture, both from the University of Southern California.