ULI Asia Pacific Housing Conference


2023-03-27 - 2023-03-28

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    Grand Hyatt Manila 8th Avenue corner 35th Street Taguig City 1634 PHILIPPINES
    Countries worldwide are facing critical housing issues. The shortage of attainable housing in developed cities whilst in developing cities, population growth and rapid urbanisation are taking a toll on housing needs.

    Urgent intervention can only be done through the joint efforts of the public and private sectors. ULI Asia Pacific’s first-ever conference on housing will convene key stakeholders from both sectors for a no-holds-barred dialogue on the key factors and challenges.

    You will hear more about the role of governments in creating a more favourable environment for investments in both sale and rental housing markets. How do key players across the entire spectrum of real estate can contribute to resolving housing crises across the region? What are the options in building sustainable and attainable homes?
    27 March 2023 Study Tour

    09:00 – 17:00 Study tour of Residential Neighbourhoods and Development Projects
    19:00 – 21:00 Dinner for study tour participants and invited guests

    28 March Housing Conference

    09:00 – 09:10 Opening Remarks
    09.10 – 09:30 Keynote by Philippines Government Official
    09:30 – 10:00 Keynote: Seeking Pathways to Affordable Housing
    10:00 – 11:00 Panel Discussion on Key Drivers in the Provision of Attainable Housing in Asia Pacific
    11:15 – 12:05 Challenges of Providing Attainable Housing in Developing Countries in Asia Pacific
    13:15 – 14:00 Lessons Learned from Developed Countries on Attainable Housing
    14:00 – 14:45 Innovations in Sustainable Residential Development
    15:05 – 15:10 Senior Housing TAP Video
    15:10 – 15:55 Financing Residential Development
    15:55 – 16:45 Small Group Discussions
    17:20 – 17:35 Closing Remarks
    This regional event will take place in Manila on 27–28 March. followed by ULI Philippine’s annual conference on “Digital and Physical Infrastructure” on 29 March. Click here for more details on ULI Philippines Conference.

    Conference Bundled Registration – Just for you

    Enjoy 20% off when you register for both ULI Asia Pacific Housing Conference + ULI Philippines Conference! The price of the bundled registration in the online registration portal is already discounted.

    Special Offer for Corporate Partners

    Corporate Partners may redeem their complimentary tickets for our regional conference. Please email apcorporateprogramme@uli.org for more information. 



    Jean de Castro

    Chief Executive Officer, ESCA Inc.

    Jean is a certified BIM Manager by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. She is also an experienced litigator with extensive construction arbitration and commercial litigation experience from her years with Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco Law Offices and MOSVELDTT Law Offices. She is also a trained arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute and Resolution Center (PDRCI). She worked with Bloomberg TV Philippines as a business news anchor for “First Up”, which included segments focusing on the real estate industry. She was also a consultant of the Privatization and Management Office of the Philippine Government where she advised on conflict of claims, privatization, joint venture agreements, negotiated procurement and public bidding of government assets. Jean was an Oblation Scholar at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where she graduated magna cum laude from the Political Science Program. She received her law degree from the same university in 2006, finishing fifth in her class. She passed the Bar for the following year. She joined Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco as a litigation associate in 2007 where she was consistently awarded Best Associate and was promoted in 2010 to Senior Associate. Thereafter, she became a consultant of the Privatization and Management Office of the Philippine Government.


    Sylvester Wong

    Asia Head of ESG Services and Philippines Country Executive, AECOM

    AECOM Asia Cities Lead . Buildings + Places Strategy and Resilience. AECOM Southeast Asia Urbanism + Planning. Digital cities advocate. Board member of various startup fintechs and proptechs. 20+ years in Asia. Alum of SOM, HOK, Woods Bagot, Gensler. UC Berkeley BA Arch '95, MCP '99


    Raymond Rufino

    CEO, NEO

    Real Estate Entrepreneur with extensive experience in real estate development, ownership, investment, and management. Experienced Chair with a proven track record in the non-profit sector with a focus on advocacies for sustainability, entrepreneurship, leadership, and responsible land use. ULI Philippines Chairman 2016 to 2018 ULI Global Governing Trustee 2018 to 2022 ULI Trustee and Key Leader 2022 to present NEO is a corporate member of ULI Asia Pacific and a corporate member of the ULI Greenprint Center


    Phil Kim

    Managing Director Asia Pacific, Jerde Partnership

    Phil Kim is a?Board Member, Shareholder and Managing Director Asia Pacific at the Jerde Partnership, Inc. in Los Angeles and Asia, focusing on Jerde’s constantly evolving places that has impacted and rejuvenated Asia cities, with the firm recognized with 160 international design awards. He advises companies and cities on innovation in integrated development, retail, urban revitalization, vertical cities and the value creation of place. Langham Place Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills Tokyo and Quay Quarters Sydney are past and present notable projects representative of a people-based design that draws over one billion visitors to Jerde projects around the world annually in twenty countries. He is a ULI Trustee, Co-Chair of the UrbanPlan education initiative for Hong Kong and Asia, an Asia Pacific Executive Council member and Hong Kong Chair. He is also a Founding Member of the Institute for Sustainable Urbanisation focusing on urban regeneration of emerging cities.


    Eli Konvitz

    Expert in sustainable urban development, University of Hong Kong

    Eli is an expert in sustainable urban development. His experience around the globe includes plans and initiatives for new and revitalised places, large-scale urbanisation and regional strategies, climate change strategy and policy, masterplanning for transit oriented development, reclamation and waterfront development, industry, tourism and leisure projects, and pioneering creation of a mechanism in the UK for low-carbon retrofit of existing buildings. Most recently Eli was Director of Atkins' Planning and Urban Design practice in Hong Kong and South East Asia and Net Zero leader for Asia; Regional Practice Lead for Consulting, Strategy and Advisory; and chair of Atkins' Urban Planning Global Network. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at the University of Hong Kong and a member of the Advisory Board of AMRACE (the Advanced Manufacturing Robotics Accelerator Centre of Excellence) in Malaysia. Eli is chair of the programming and events committee and a member of the executive committee at ULI Hong Kong, sits on the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design’s public affairs and international and mainland affairs committees, and was previously chair of the International Infrastructure Forum's net zero working group at the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Eli is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.


    Koon Hean Cheong

    Chairman, Centre for Liveable Cities

    Prof CHEONG Koon Hean is currently Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities Advisory Panel (Ministry of National Development) as well as a Practice Professor and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (Singapore University of Technology and Design). She was formerly the CEO of the Housing and Development Board from 2010 to 2020, overseeing some 1 million public housing flats and introduced a new generation of well designed, community centric, sustainable and smart public housing. Prof Cheong was also CEO of Urban Redevelopment Authority from 2004 to 2010 and concurrently the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of National Development from 2001 to 2016, with extensive experience in land use planning, conservation of built heritage, the real estate market, public housing, governance and policy. She played a key role in major urban transformations such as Singapore’s new city extension Marina Bay and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City. She has served on numerous international advisory panels including the World Economic Forum Council and is currently on the Asia Sustainable Infrastructure (MTI), Urban Solutions and Sustainability (NRF) and Keppel Technical Advisory Panels. She is a board trustee of the National University of Singapore, former Deputy President and current Council member of the International Federation for Housing & Planning, Board member of Capitaland Group, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize’s Nominating Committee, Senior Advisor on Public Sector Sustainability (MSE) and Rector of the NUS New College. She is also a Fellow(Life) and Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects and Institute of Planners respectively. Prof Cheong has been conferred several awards, notably the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding public service and is the first Asian to receive both the 2016 Urban Land Institute’s Prize for Urban Visionaries and the Lynn S Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In 2023, Prof Cheong was appointed Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Finland.


    Rick Santos

    Chairman & CEO, Santos Knight Frank

    Rick Santos is the Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Santos Knight Frank – the Philippines’ first fully integrated real estate services company. Santos Knight Frank is an affiliate of Knight Frank, the largest privately owned global real estate consultancy, with more than 380 offices in 51 countries across the globe including a strategically important partnership with Cresa in North America, the world’s largest occupier-centric commercial real estate company. Rick was born in the Philippines (his father is from Zamboanga in Mindanao) and raised in San Marino, California, USA. His education covered UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University. A post graduate thesis on the “Spatial Implications of Information Technology on Office Location Theory” gave him his passion for the real estate sector and, in particular, the global impact of the outsourcing revolution. Rick established the Philippine business in Manila in 1994 and has grown it to its current size operating across the archipelago. The business today consists of 11 specialist teams focused on commercial & residential real estate services, including brokerage, capital markets, advisory, valuations, property & facilities management, and engineering solutions, among others. In 2017, he established a long-term partnership with Knight Frank and rebranded his organization as “Santos Knight Frank”. Rick and his team were instrumental in the growth of the business processing outsourcing sector and were pioneers in bringing many of the multinational BPO and offshoring companies to the country. He serves and has held roles on numerous corporate and non-profit boards including YPO Philippines, Philippine Rugby Football Union, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, International School Manila, Corenet Philippines, and the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association, among others.


    Blake Olafson

    Founding Partner, ACRE

    Blake Olafson is a Founding Partner of ACRE , a Private Equity firm with over US$ 3 Billion of AUM. He has spent 30 years in the real estate industry covering all aspects of the direct investment process including origination, underwriting, risk control, and creation of unique deal structures and exits. Mr. Olafson is responsible for the expansion of ACRE’s platform in southeast Asia and oversees ACRE’s flagship developments in Thailand and Indonesia under the brand name HOMA. Prior to ACRE, he was Head of Asian Real Estate at Arcapita, where he was responsible for a USD1.8 billion Asian real estate portfolio of Industrial and Multifamily. Previously, Mr. Olafson spent several years at Lehman Brothers as a Senior Vice President responsible for principal real estate investments in Asia. Mr. Olafson has been an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he currently serves as a Global Governing Trustee and on the Affordable Workforce Housing Council. He was previously serving as Chairman of ULI Singapore and a member of the Executive Committee of ULI Asia. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development and resides in Singapore.


    Hong Soo Lee

    Director, Seoul Housing & Communities Corporation

    Hong Soo Lee is a smart city expert with a background in urban policy, planning, and development. He brings experience to support bank-wide initiatives and projects in urban development. Before he joined ADB, he worked at Seoul Housing Corporation and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport in the Republic of Korea and Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore. He is a co-author of Adequate and Affordable Housing: Enhancing ADB’s Support to Developing Member Countries.


    Kenneth Rhee

    Senior Director, China, ULI China Mainland

    While serving as ULI's Executive Director in mainland China, I also run my own consulting business, Huhan Advisory. The business focuses on capital raising and developing a BIM-based building operating system. Previously, I worked for Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan as real estate banker/investor and M&A banker, respectively. I have been based in Shanghai since 2003


    Eric Manuel

    Director, ARCH Capital Management Co Ltd

    With over 15 years of experience in real estate advisory, development, investment, and asset management, spanning both commercial and residential sectors, Eric Manuel joined ARCH Capital in 2018. He leads investment and asset management activities in the Philippines. Previously, Eric was Vice President and Head of Real Estate for Primeiro Partners, an investment bank providing strategic and capital advisory services to several real estate developers and financial institutions. He was also Vice President for Daiichi Properties, an award-winning developer in the Philippines. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Binghamton University and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics.


    Nicholas Brooke

    Professional Property Services Limited

    Nicholas Brooke who has lived in Hong Kong for the last 40 years is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and a Justice of the Peace (JP) and the Chairman of Professional Property Services Limited which is a specialist consultancy, based in Hong Kong, providing a selected range of advisory services across the Asia Pacific Region. He is a recognized authority on land administration and planning matters and is very much involved with a series of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in Hong Kong and to enhance the built environment for the benefit of future generations. Mr. Brooke is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific, of which he is also a Lifetime Trustee. Mr. Brooke is also a keen advocate of the importance of innovation and technology here in Hong Kong and was closely involved with the establishment of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, joining the Board in May 2001 and leading the development of all three phases of Hong Kong Science Park until he stepped down as Chairman in June 2014. Subsequently Mr Brooke became the Chairman of the HK Harbourfront Commission and led a series of initiatives to enhance the Victoria Harbour waterfront. He is a former member of the Housing Authority and a previous Deputy Chairman of the Town Planning Board. Mr. Brooke is the Principal Advisor to the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) which provides guidance to APEC and its 21 member economies on the priorities and projects to be pursued in responding to the challenges faced in the current rapidly changing world, largely in the fields of science, technology and innovation. Mr. Brooke was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) in July 2018 in recognition of his distinguished public and community service.


    Seong Hee Cheon

    Director, Seoul Housing & Communities Corporation

    I studied law in KonKooK Univ. in Seoul Korea. Also I studied planing and real estate in DanKooK graduate school in GyeongGi province in Korea. I studied Housing Policy in Birmingham Univ. graduate school in UK. As of 2020, I am working as a general manager in charge of housing welfare for people in Social Housing in SHCC, an agency for public housing in Seoul.


    David Wong

    Chief Economist, Shui On Land

    Mr. Wong has over 30 years of working experience in China’s property markets. He joined the Shui On Group in 1996 and is the Chief Economist and Director of Development Research of Shui On Land, responsible for macroeconomic research and development strategies of the Group (including Shui On Xintiandi). Prior to joining Shui On, he was Assistant Chief Economist of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, responsible for market research in high growth Asia economies. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota, and a M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Trustee of Shui On Provident and Retirement Fund, and a member of Asia Society, China Strategic Thinkers and the Urban Land Institute.


    Ryan Ip

    Vice President and Co-Head of Research, Our Hong Kong Foundation

    Ryan is the Vice President and Co-Head of Research at Our Hong Kong Foundation. He manages the research department of the Foundation to conduct in-depth research and advise the Hong Kong Government on a range of key topics, including land supply, housing market, urban planning, proptech, liveability, etc. He was invited as speakers at various investor forums, professional seminars and academic panels, and an active commentator on newspaper, radio, and television. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Land and Development Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee on the Northern Metropolis, Executive Committee member of the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and International Chapter, International Advisory Committee member of the Research Institute for Land and Space at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and board member of the Hong Kong Proptech Association. Before joining OHKF, he was an economist at JLL and Hong Kong Monetary Authority. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics at the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Surveyor.