Asian Cities 2021


As the world hopefully emerges from the global pandemic the emphasis in terms of real estate development and investment together with a large proportion of the global construction effort is shifting to further explore the potential of Asia. This programme focuses attention on arguably 5 of the most exciting city environments in the region. It is industry-led and case study driven and unique in its approach to the land conversion process. The programme is designed to encourage participants to explore new skills and enhance problem-solving capabilities under the guidance and expertise of some of the most experienced senior business leaders in Asia. The subject focus is business oriented involving industry-based, presentations and webinars together with the opportunity to review and discuss selective investments and developments in the cities.


This is an 8-week programme commencing mid-June delivered in a sequential format starting with Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo, with a Special Features week providing an interesting review of new initiatives and strategies from outside the immediate region including UK, Australia, and India.

Live webinar sessions will normally commence at 3.30 pm on a daily basis although may be subject to change, please see the schedule tab for more information. All Live and Pre-recorded video sessions will be made accessible on-demand.

  • Module #1: Hong Kong — 15–25 June
  • Module #2: Singapore 28 June–2 July
  • Module #3: Shanghai 5–9 July
  • Module #4: Seoul 12–16 July
  • Module #5: Tokyo 19–30 July
  • Module #6: Special Features Session 2–6 August

CPD Information: 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements vary across the Asia Pacific. At the moment, this programme can contribute to the CPD requirements at Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A certificate will be issued upon the completion of each city session for your application for CPD credits. Below please find the number of class hours for each of the sessions:

  • Hong Kong: 20 Hours
  • Singapore: 10 Hours
  • Shanghai: 10 Hours
  • Seoul: 8 Hours
  • Tokyo: 20 Hours
  • Special Features: 10 Hours

Attendees can apply for CPD credits from various professional institutions. Please let us know if you need more information to support your application

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(All five cities sessions, plus special features session) 

(By city session / special feature session)

To register for an individual module, navigate to that course via the [Sessions] tab. Email for enquiry. 

Learning & Development Features

  • It is wholly case driven in its approach to the land conversion process.
  • It is business oriented involving industry leaders sharing their business models and investment/development strategies.
  • In the current virtual world, it retains an experiential quality with a concentration on highly relevant and contemporary case studies.
  • Delegates will be exposed to a very Asian regional perspective on real estate and construction activity and investment.
  • Delegates will be provided insights into the structural dynamics of the key international centres in the region. They will gain an understanding of the nature and characteristics of different market systems and corporate structures under differing legal jurisdictions and their effect on development and investment decision making.

Course Format

There will be two live webinar sessions on a daily basis, one will normally commence at 3:30 pm and the other at 5:00. Each session will last for 60 – 75 minutes. 

Each session will include presentations and discussion, moderated by Keith McKinnell, Managing Director, REACh Asia. Pre-recorded video modules will be made accessible on-demand. [This includes any attached materials to be accessible on the date.] 

There will be some exceptions with slight adjustments to the schedule. Details of the schedule will be provided to participants prior to the sessions.  

Each Session Breakdown:

  • The Market
  • The Company
  • The Subject Asset/Project
  • Q&A

Experience Level

The programme is aimed at new entrants, young industry professionals, graduate entry students are encouraged to participate. 

This course is designed for new entrants and younger industry professionals with a basic understanding of the real estate sector who are looking to enhance their knowledge of key concepts and emerging trends needed to assess the feasibility of development options and the viability of real estate investments which enable decision-making. In particular, real estate owners and managers/ developers /investors /commercial brokers / entrepreneurs / government agencies / lawyers/ finance professionals will also benefit from interaction with senior and experienced business leaders.


Module #1 | Hong Kong — 15 June - 25 June

  • Zach MacAfee, Managing Director, BentallGreenoak
  • John So, Managing Director, BentallGreenOak Strategic Capital Partners
  • Reeves Yan, Executive Director & Head of Capital Markets, CBRE
  • Keith Chan, Head of Research Hong Kong, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Christina Gaw, Managing Principal & Head of Capital Markets, GAW Capital
  • James Parsons, Development Director, Goodman Asia
  • Tim Jowett, Executive Director Head of Greater China, Grosvenor Asia
  • Patrick Kwok, Executive Director, Henderson Land
  • Kendrew Leung, Director & Head of Building Operations, Hongkong Land 
  • Robert Wong, Chief Executive, Hongkong Land
  • David Steyn, IWG
  • Chris Brooke, Independent Non-executive Consultant, Link REIT
  • George Hongchoy, CEO, Link REIT
  • Carol Chow, Founder & Chairperson, Lofter Group
  • Michael Cole, Founder, Mingtiandi
  • David Green-Morgan, Managing Director, Real Capital Analytics Asia Pacific
  • Justin Yu, Senior Manager, Sino Group
    Ian Ralph, Regional Practice Leader, SOM
  • Filipe Leung, Deputy General Manager, Sun Hung Kai Properties
  • K. W. Lo, General Manager, Sun Hung Kai Properties
  • Thomas Rhodes, Senior Portfolio Manager, Swire Properties
  • James Somers-Eve, Senior Portfolio Manager, Swire Properties
  • Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, PPS & Chairman, ULI Asia Pacific
    Roger Nissim, Adjunct Professor, Department of Real Estate & Construction, University of Hong Kong

Session #2 | Singapore — 28 June – 02 July

  • Melissa Chow, Investor Relations, Suntec Reit, ARA Asset Management   
  • Dr Y.L. Chua, Head of Group Research & Strategy, ARA Asset Management
  • Judy Tan, Director, Group Business Development & Investor Relations, ARA Asset Management
  • Stephen Tang, Head of Value-Add & Opportunistic Real Estate, ARA Asset Management
  • Hugh Andrew, Managing Director, Blackrock
  • Aylwin Tan, Chief Customer Solutions Officer, CapitaLand
  • Jack Backen, Director, CISTRI Singapore
  • Desmond Sim, CEO Designate, Edmund Tie & Co
  • Audrey Balakrishnan, General Manager, Paya Lebar Quarter, Lendlease
  • Richard Paine, Managing Director, Paya Lebar Quarter, Lendlease
  • Richard van den Berg, Fund Manager, M&G
  • Toh Poh Joo, Director, Raffles Quay Asset Management
  • Ben Robinson, CEO, Raffles Quay Asset Management
  • Callum Young, Executive Director, Regional Investment Advisory, Savills Singapore
  • Ryutaro Nishimura, Executive Director, Tokyo Tatemono Asia

Session #3 | Shanghai — 05 July - 09 July

  • Thomas Liu, Partner, ACTIS
  • David san Roman, Founder, Anken Group
  • Stuart Mercier, Managing Director & Head of Asia, Brookfield
  • Shaun Brodie, Senior Director & Head of Business Development Services, East China, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Claire Cormier-Thielke, Managing Director, Hines Asia
  • Henry Liauw, General Manager Asset Management, Hongkong Land
  • Nick Chung, Senior Director & Shanghai Hub Leader, Regional Transaction Management, JLL
  • Daisy Jiang, Associate Director, Asset Management, Nan Fung Group
  • Andrew Nicholson, Executive Director, Real Estate Asset Management, PAG
  • Peter Duncan, Regional Practice Leader China, SOM
  • Albert Chan, Director of Development Planning & Design, Shui On Land

Session #4 | Seoul — 12 July - 16 July

  • Scott Choi, Director, ACTIS
  • Julian Kim, Principal ACTIS
  • Richard Noh, BentallGreenOak Korea
  • Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director Korea, Colliers International
  • Imelda Tham, GAW Capital Korea
  • James Tyrrell, Executive Director, IFC Seoul/Brookfield
  • Sunho Song, Managing Director and Head of Team ARENAS, IGIS Asset Management Korea
  • Robert Walker, Independent Non Executive Director, M&G
  • Andrew Nicholson, Executive Director Real Estate Asset Management, PAG
  • Callum Young, Executive Director Regional Investment Advisory, Savills 

Session #5 | Tokyo — 19 July - 30 July

  • Jon Tanaka, Managing Director, Angelo Gordon International
  • Yoshimasa Kimura, BentallGreenOak Japan
  • Taro Squires, Managing Director, Real Estate Group, Tokyo, Blackstone
  • Tetsuya Nakamura, CEO & Representative Director, Canadian Solar Asset Management
  • Hiroshi Okubo, Head of Research, CBRE Japan
  • Gus Hayward, Director Tenant Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield Japan
  • Isabella Lo, GAW Capital Japan
  • Adam Donahue, Senior Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management Japan
  • Yo Narita, Executive Director, Loadstar Capital/Owners Book
  • Keisuke Kamegai, Nomura Fudosan
  • Motomitsu Morimoto, General Manager, Global Investment Management, Mitsui Fudosan Investment Advisors
  • Shuji Tomikawa, President, Mitsui Fudosan Investment Advisors
  • Eiji Enomoto, Representative Director, Executive Vice President, Nomura Real Estate Solutions, Nomura Fudosan
  • Jun Saito, Senior Manager, Pembroke Real Estate
  • Mikio Hayashi, Senior Manager, Sanko Estates
  • Andy Hurfurt, Director, Institutional Investment Advisory, Savills Japan
  • Rocky Sawada, Tokyo Tatemono
  • Mariko Sawai, Manager Leasing & Consulting, Tokyo Tatemono
  • Chihiro Shimizu, Professor, The Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo
  • Yoshio Nakayama, President, Xymax Real Estate Institute, XYMAX Corporation

Session #6 | Special Features Week — 02 August - 06 August

More information will be updated.