Speakers


Daniel Zhang


Daniel Zhang first introduced to the world his father's invention: the world's fastest, largest, and tallest steel modular housing constructions to date.

With sustainability as the key message, together they believe these are the only solutions to the challenges of human urbanisation on every continent.

Having been trained as an architect at Carnegie Mellon University, Zhang continued his doctorates in India and Germany.

Since 2016 he and his life-long partner, Angela, had begun an experimental intentional community for 100 which continued to grow. It began with an eight-story vertical community in Changsha named P8, a second-tier Chinese city of 7 million residents.

"Construct 4.0" focuses on building sector innovation and entrepreneurship.


Dr Michael Pittman


As a Paleontologist at the University of Hong Kong, his research focuses on the evolutionary biomechanics of vertebrates, especially dinosaurs, as well as the evolution of theropod dinosaurs (including early birds).

Given the University's location in China, he works mainly on local fossil material and has participated in several international projects in collaboration with the IVPP (Beijing), including the ongoing fieldwork-focused Inner Mongolia Research Project.


Elaine Yan Ling Ng


Elaine Yan Ling Ng - Multimedia Materialologist and founder of THE FABRICK LAB, brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations.

Elaine is a British Chinese visionary multi-media artist and a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London where she earned her MA Design in Textile Futures with distinction.

Elaine, also known as the ‘techno fairy’ by Elle Deco, is a TED Fellow and is globally recognised, having worked with international design companies such as Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing with multiple design awards.


Nicola Fan


Nicola Fan is a Hong Kong based filmmaker + graphic designer.

A number of her works have been recognised internationally. Her first feature length documentary "She Objects", commissioned by The Women's Foundation, was selected for 2016 Hong Kong Sundance Film Festival. Recommended by Hong Kong International Film Festival, her music video "The Eve" was sponsored by Hong Kong Arts Centre and sent to film festivals worldwide from 2014—2015.

She works as a Creative/Art Director for marketing and advertising campaign design; and a Director for commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films. Her clients included Red Bull, Sunkist, Samsung, New Balance, J. P. Morgan, Time Warner.


Kiesly Tsang


Kiesly Tsang is well aware of the barriers Hong Kong creators face when it comes to getting their wares out there. So much so that she set up Design 1+1 as a digital marketplace for emerging design talent to showcase their creations to the world, and to act as a stepping stone for their works to be used on local and regional hospitality projects.

She has worked in fashion, textile and community design for more than ten years. In her work, she is sensitive to details, image, colour, textile, shape, line and form. Most of her knowledge was gained from international design exhibitions, travels to Europe, clients, craftsman and artists.


HK Urbex


As a fast-paced city that regularly puts its past behind itself, a group of urban explorers want to photograph and immortalise the buildings and sites that have been abandoned - but also the items that people have left behind. What results is a uniquely divergent view of our city and its people.

Since speaking at TEDxLingnanUniversity 'Twisted' back in 2015, members of HK Urbex have travelled extensively across Asia-Pacific and documented such locations as Taiwan, Indonesia, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

In doing so they have built up a deeper understanding of the nature of urban decay and exploration and how it affects cities other than Hong Kong.


James Bernardo


James is the Programme Director at Garage Society, a collaborative entrepreneurial community with locations in Hong Kong & Thailand.

He focuses on building community events and training for the HK startup ecosystem as part of the Garage Academy platform.

Originally from London, he studied law before entering project teams in the public sector, from the Cycle Road Race at the London 2012 Olympics to EU grant funded regeneration projects.

It’s not all about money. It’s about your lifestyle.


Jessie Siu


Jessie Siu, a Hong Kong based artist , a rare gem whom has taken an unconventional path to bring art and people together. She has made it her mission to help everyone to paint like a master. Since the launch of her art workshop at PMQ 2015, She has helped many students and corporate clients to live their artistic dreams.

Art should be lived, art should be experienced. Jessie makes art simple and relevant to everyday lives. Art doesn’t happen just in galleries or museums. Art is everywhere! Through her classes and cross-disciplinary collaboration, She tries to ignite and bring out that love of art and strongly believes there’s an untapped reservoir of creativity deep inside everyone.


Marie Swarbreck


Marie started her career in the communications, sales and events sector working across Asia, Middle East, Europe and Canada. After her daughter Arabelle was born in Hong Kong during 2014, she found herself in need of flexible yet challenging work and little to no options to choose from.

In between juggling a few jobs and raising Arabelle, Marie realised many parents in Hong Kong are talented professionals who would jump at the opportunity to work a flexible yet fulfilling job and a better work-life balance.

This was the beginning of a new adventure, the birth of FLEXImums.

FLEXImums connects employers who offer flexibility, whether it’s full-time work with flexi-hours, work-from-home or part-time work, job-share or any other form of flexibility with parents looking for flexible positions.


Tiff Chan


Linguist/Entrepreneur Tiff Chan, founder of Chantoneasy™ says of the future of Cantonese "is to be able to read Cantonese as consistently as Putonghua (Mandarin) as an official pinyin system, with the support of visual, tactile, kinesthetic and multi-modal tools, in order to meet the needs of learners without experience of tonal languages." Tiff studied Fine Art at Oxford University's Ruskin School of Art and turned her creative capacity as an award-winning artist and dancer to solve and revolutionize the way tonal languages can be taught.