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9 MAY 2022

Asia Pacific WRB Chair Newsletter - May

What’s happening in the Asia Pacific recently? The newsletter gives a snapshot of local news & developments in the region

I would like to appreciate RICS assessors, who have all shown great agility and flexibility in overcoming the obstacles faced over the course of the last two years. We have run nearly 10000 assessments since we transitioned to online assessments.  RICS is grateful for the time and service that they have volunteered. Moving forward, RICS will now be offering a small token of appreciation for their time and service.

Eric Cheah MRICS Chair of RICS APAC World Regional Board

RICS Update

Free Drop-in Sessions for RICS Candidates

Join the free weekly candidate support drop-in sessions every Thursday on Microsoft Teams (these are being run for all RICS enrolled candidates in Asia Pacific). Ask anything about your final assessment submissions & interview processes. The session is being held 1:30 pm SGT on 26 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June, and 23 June, which can be accessed through this Teams link.

More Support for Member-led Events

To support the delivery of future member-led events and initiatives, and enable more member autonomy, we are delighted to confirm that dedicated financial budgets have now been agreed with the World Regional Board Chairs and the RICS regional leads.  Look out for more opportunities to meet with industry peers in your area and please contact us with ideas for your own events and initiatives.

Upcoming Events

Access your 2022 CPD Support Pack

Keep up to date with your CPD and access the latest updates in guidance and standards to remain compliant – that help you stay at the forefront of the profession. You gain unparalleled complimentary access to a variety of events, including amongst others, two global conferences, as well as localised and tailored member engagement / networking events. Additionally, Candidates have access to support and guidance on APC processes and key information. This new benefit, included as part of your 2022 annual subscription is available to members and candidates till 31 December. Use the same username and password to login to the CPD Support Pack dashboard, as when accessing your RICS account. Access your CPD Support Pack now.

Highlights in Asia Pacific

  • The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in the industry. The nomination for Awards in 2022 for Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and South East Asia will be closed soon. The Nomination for South Asia Awards 2022 is coming soon. See more details here.
  • In April, more than 600 members and enrolled candidates attended several free engagement events, including the China Stay-informed Session in Beijing on 15th April, the free online webinars of ‘Property Investment in London’ on 21st April, ‘Financing Innovation in China’ on 26th April, and ‘Cost Escalation in New Zealand’ on 28th April.


  • On 27 April, the RICS Hong Kong office relocated to 29-31/F, Tower 5, The Gateway, 15 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui,  Members and candidates can call +852 2537 7117 or contact for any membership enquiries.

Meet RICS Members in the Region

Sanjay Dutt FRICS

MD & CEO of Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd and Tata Housing Development Company Ltd.

Sanjay has over 28 years of experience in the Real Estate Development and Consulting space. Notable organizations Sanjay worked with also include the three top global real estate consulting companies. He is managing 20 ongoing projects measuring across 13 cities in India, Sri Lanka & Maldives, which includes Commercial, Retail, Hospitality and Residential developments. He is also involved in the management of the infrastructure projects, which includes 3 rope ways, 4 roadways and a metro project in Pune. Sanjay became RICS member in 2009 and is later qualified as FRICS in 2014. He is the current Chairman of RICS South Asia Advisory Board.


Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Link Asset Management Limited

Mr George Hongchoy has served as Chief Executive Officer of Link Asset Management Limited since May 2010. He is also the chairman of the Supervisory Committee of The Tracker Fund of Hong Kong, a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction of The University of Hong Kong and an advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation Limited. Mr Hongchoy has over 30 years’ experience in financial consulting, investment banking and real estate investment, and was named one of Harvard Business Review’s 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World 2019. He has been a professional member of RICS since 2013 and later qualified as Fellow Member.

Matt Wheeler FRICS

Business Director Strategic Growth, Advisory Group


Matt is a project manager with 20 years of experience working in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore and India. His passion is large-scale master planning, particularly with a strong city-shaping, civic or cultural element. Matt became a chartered RICS professional via the senior professional route in 2013, then FRICS in 2018. Matt is the Chair of the RICS New Zealand Market Engagement Group. He believes strongly in curating and strengthening an active member engagement programme, despite the covid challenges of the last 2 years.

Angel Tang MRICS

Deputy General Manager of China Overseas Commercial Properties CO., Ltd. (COCP), Head of China Overseas Office Capital (COOC) &OFFICEZIP

Angel has 15 years’ experience in commercial real estate industry, she’s qualified as RICS member in 2020. Angel leads the assets management and leasing effort of COCP’s 9 million m2 Grade A office buildings across China and overseas, COOC was established under Angel’s leadership, where it has become one of the largest single ownership office building development brands in China, owning office assets across nearly 30 cities. At the same time, smart working brand-OFFICEZIP was established to capture the new trend of work style. She believes that office assets management has entered a stage of professional competition in China, and it is necessary to study the relationship and response between space and people.