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Dubai 2022: Meet the speakers

Dubai 2022: Meet the speakers

You will hear from some of the world’s most renowned and respected organisations. Find out more about them here.

Wang Shi, Founder and Honorary Chairman, China Vanke Co., Ltd

Mr. Wang Shi is the founder and Honorary Chairman of China Vanke Co., Ltd. Wang founded Vanke in 1984 and led it to grow into the world’s largest residential home developer and a Fortune 500 company.

Mr. Wang is a respected leader in China’s environmental conservation and charitable community.

Mr. Wang sits on the board of World Wildlife Fund US and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, with focus on forest, biodiversity, and climate change. From Jan, 2011, Mr. Wang Shi started to study in reputed western education institutions, specializing in business ethics and cross-cultural research. Mr. Wang Shi was visiting scholars in Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and The Hebrew University.

Mr. Wang reached the peak of Mount Everest from North and South faces in 2003 and 2010 respectively. He is the 11th people in the world to accomplish “7+2” – reaching the Seven Summits in 2004 and North and South Poles in 2005. Besides, Mr. Wang Shi is widely interested in outdoor exercises and enthusiastic in gliding, paragliding, and rowing – he is the record keeper for paragliding height in China. He acted as the vice chairman for the Chinese Mountaineering Association, vice chairman for the Chinese Rowing Association. In October 2014, Mr. Wang Shi was elected Chairman for the Asian Rowing Federation, taking the responsibility for leading and promoting rowing in Asia. In August 2018,He was honored the honorary life president for the Asian Rowing Federation.

Major Published Works: Let the Soul Follow the Footsteps ,The Wondering Spirit ,WANGSHI: Thirty Years with VANKE, My Changes.

Wang Shi

Marie Lam-Frendo, CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub

Marie Lam-Frendo was appointed CEO by the Board of the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) in January 2019.

Prior to joining the GI Hub she was the Head of Asia-Pacific for Acuity, the advisory services business of the SNCL group, helping clients in regard to infrastructure project strategy and finance.

From 2011 to 2014, Marie headed the Infrastructure Initiatives department of the World Economic Forum, where she led their thought leadership activities, publishing thought leadership reports on best practices in the infrastructure sector. She led the dissemination effort of these best practices to governments and advocated to coalitions such as the B20 and the G20.

Before that, Marie worked for European utilities Essent then RWE where she drove their business development activities in the Africa and Central Asia region for various commodities, including their equity investment in LNG and hydro power plants.

She started her career in 2001 and has worked for various engineering consulting firms holding several technical and commercial positions for energy and transport projects in Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Marie holds an MSc of Civil Engineering from EPF, an MSc of Marketing and Strategy from ESCP-EAP (Paris), and an MSc of Management and Leadership from WEF - in partnership with LBS and INSEAD. She is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Marie Lam-Frendo

Dr. Noah Raford, Futurist in Chief, Chief of Global Affairs, Dubai Future Foundation

Dr. Noah Raford is the Chief of Global Affair, “Futurist-in-Chief” at the Dubai Future Foundation and a former advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office.

Noah helped establish the country’s first national foresight unit, helped established the Dubai Future’s Foundation and the Museum of the Future, and is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypes future initiatives for the Government of Dubai.

Some the projects he has recently been involved with include:

  • The Museum of the Future
  • The Dubai Global Blockchain Council
  • The UAE Drones for Good Award
  • The UAE Robotics for Good Award
  • The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy
  • The Dubai Self-Driving Vehicle Strategy
  • The International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR)
  • The “Office of the Future”; the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building.

Prior to his work in the UAE, Noah was a senior manager at the strategy consultancy Monitor / GBN, CEO of the technology foresight company Futurescaper LLC, the North American Director of Space Syntax Limited, and the Senior Research Advisor to Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.

Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his master’s degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and his undergraduate studies at Brown University. He is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, a member of the International Futures Forum.

He lives in Dubai, is married with two children and is a semi-retired techno DJ. He maintains an occasional podcast called NerdHouse(mixing deep techno with deep lectures and spoken word) and recently finished his second book, “Warlords, Inc.”

Dr. Noah Raford

Mirjam Staub-Bisang, CEO, BlackRock Switzerland and Senior Advisor, BlackRock Sustainable Investing

Mirjam Staub-Bisang is Head of BlackRock Switzerland and a member of the EMEA Executive Committee as well as a Senior Advisor to BlackRock Sustainable Investing.

Prior to BlackRock, Mirjam led an investment management firm focusing on sustainable investing based in Zurich. Mirjam also served as a non-executive director on the boards of public and private companies and as chair the investment committees of several asset owners such as pension funds and endowments. Prior to these roles she held senior positions in asset management and private equity investing at Commerzbank and Swiss Life and worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London and Zurich. Today she serves on the board of the global shoe retailer Bata as a non-executive director.

Mirjam holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD. She authored the standard work ‘Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors: Risks, Regulations, Strategies’ and co-authored the second edition of ‘Infrastructure as an Asset Class’. 

In 2009 she was elected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Mirjam Staub-Bisang

Qing Wei, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft (China) Ltd

As an ICT industry veteran, Mr. Qing Wei has been working in mobile communication, information technology and smart devices related business for over 25 years in Asia. His business footprint spans across Mainland China, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR and is specialized in mobile and IT technology product development & management as well as sales & marketing management. His most recent role as Chief Technology Officer in Microsoft China allows him to evangelize Microsoft’s latest technology vision, innovation and digital transformation experiences and learning in Cloud, IoT, Big Data and AI to broader ecosystem partners and industry influencers in China. Mr. Qing Wei is an active public speaker and coach specialized in digital transformation methodology and related technologies.

Before taking the Chief Technology Officer role, Mr. Qing Wei had been working on business and product management roles across Microsoft commercial and consumer product families and as Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft Consumer Group for over 10 years. He was instrumental in leading the full spectrum of product and brand management efforts for Windows product family in China. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Qing Wei was working with Motorola in Asia with management responsibilities across product development & management, sales & marketing management as well as digital transformation management for 10 years.

Mr. Qing Wei is also an active public speaker and an enthusiasm technology evangelist. He is the author of the book titled “Transformation of Everything”, which is based on the contents from his technology trainings and public speeches during the past years. From this book, he is trying to elaborate an exciting while challenging future world filled with next generation of technologies. Those technologies and the related social and lifestyle impacts are articulated based on a technology evolution path as “Cloud - Internet of Everything - Big Data - Artificial Intelligence”. The book is also trying to share with the readers of author’s belief and insights on how everyone should develop a growth mind-set and be well prepared with actions for the upcoming era of a world of change-of-everything.

Qing Wei

Prof Greg Clark, Group Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries, HSBC

A Global Advisor, Scholar/Writer, Non-Executive Director and Board Chairman. Expertise covers city economies/investment, technology & innovation, metropolitan governance, urban strategic planning, real estate, and regional transport.

  • Senior Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries, HSBC Bank.
  • Hon Professor UCL Urban Innovation Lab.
  • Non-Exec Chairman, The Business of Cities Ltd.
  • Non-Exec Director, Transport for London Chair of Programmes and Investment Committee. Non-Exec Board, London Economic Action Partnership (LEP).

Greg provides thought leadership with global organisations: The World Bank, OECD, The Brookings Institution, and The Urban Land Institute, on the evolution of the metropolitan century. Supports leaders in more than 100 cities world-wide on strategy/investment and advises global firms on the investment and enterprise opportunities of an urbanising world. Author of 10 books and more than 100 reports. Holds professorial roles at University College London and Strathclyde University, is a Global Fellow at the London School of Economics, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Hwang Yu-Ning, Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

As Chief Planner, Yu-Ning oversees the urban planning and conservation of built heritage of Singapore. She is also a Deputy Chief Executive Officer with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore’s land use planning and conservation authority.

Prior to this, she has served various roles in Singapore’s public service including the Strategy Group of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of National Development.

Yu-Ning is a global governing trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of its Asia-Pacific executive committee. She is also a board member of Singapore’s Science Centre, Land Transport Authority and the IJ Board of Management. In addition, she currently serves on the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design & Environment’s Advisory Committee.

She studied architecture at the NUS and has a Master’s in Public Policy & Urban Planning from Harvard University.


Rosemary Feenan BSc MA

Rosemary Feenan joined QuadReal as Executive Vice President, Research in May 2018. Her focus is on strategic research and analysis in support of QuadReal’s international investment objectives.

She was formerly Director of Global Research Programmes at JLL, concentrating on urbanisation, changes in city competitiveness and the impact of technological advances on real estate. She previously held a Board position at Chesterton International and a senior position at CACI Limited. In her early career she worked as a town planner and as a retail analyst. A frequent speaker at international conferences, Rosemary is also a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a Fellow of the Society of Property Researchers.  She has also served on a number of international advisory councils including the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Cities and Urbanisation’ Council

Rosemary holds a Master’s in Environmental Planning from Nottingham University.

Dr. Anas Bataw, Director of Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC), Heriot Watt University

Dr Bataw plays a vital role driving AEC innovations and digital transformation by contributing to the development and delivery of National standards, guidelines, and ISO in GCC, Singapore and UK. As well as leading initiatives and programs on organizational level with strong leadership abilities and hands-on technical expertise in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA), Building Information Modelling/ Management (BIM) and Digital Twinning.

Established extensive capabilities developing and leading large-scale AEC innovations programs from identification, building cases, prototyping, and setting up teams to developing and executing methodologies, processes, procedures and building ecosystems.

Dr. Anas Bataw is the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC). In this role, he has the overall responsibility to advancing industry-led innovations in construction to revolutionise the way we develop, manage, and operate smarter cities.


Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action.  Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.


Mandakini D. Surie, Consultant - International Development

Mandakini Surie is an international development practitioner with over 15 years program design, development, aid and grant management experience in South Asia. Her sectoral expertise is in the areas of natural resources management especially water governance and the intersection between water, energy and food, gender and climate change. With extensive experience managing large and complex regional programs in South Asia on sustainable development, Mandakini brings her extensive knowledge and understanding of governance systems, institutions and political economy dynamics to support the design and delivery of more effective and impactful development programs. An experienced researcher, facilitator and communicator she has authored several reports, papers and articles in reputed journals and international publications. Mandakini has worked with a range of government, non-government and international development organisations including the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Asia Foundation, the United Nations Development Program and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. A Chevening Scholar, she has a MSc. degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MA degree in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.