ULI Asia Pacific Themes – Housing: Home Attainability Index


2022-11-15T09:00:00 - 2022-11-15T09:50:00

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    Webinar APAC This webinar will be hosted by Zoom HONG KONG
    With the goal of supporting cities and members of the development community working to address longstanding home affordability challenges, ULI has conducted its pilot Home Attainability Index for Asia Pacific. The first edition covers 28 cities in five counties in the region, and it aims to provide information that will help identify gaps in home attainability, provide better context to understand residential markets, and, over time, enable city, regional and national comparisons to inform housing production, policy, and financing decisions.

    Join our panel of housing experts from across the region to discuss the key findings of the Asia Pacific Home Attainability Index, and how we can collectively continue this important dialogue on increasing housing attainability in the region.



    Jie Chen

    Professor, Director of Housing & Urban-Rural Development Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Professor Jie Chen is the Director of Centre for Housing and Urban-Rural Development (CHURD), a tenured full professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and K. Wah Professor at China Institute for Urban Governance (CIUG) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He got PhD in economics from Uppsala University. He used to work as faculty at Uppsala University, Fudan University and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. His research area is urban and housing-related studies. His publications have appeared on Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Urban Studies, Land Use Policy, Regional Science and Urban Economics,Sustainable Cities and Society, Cites, Habitat International, Housing Studies, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Small Business Economics, China Economic Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Social Science Quarterly, Annals of Regional Science, Journal of Contemporary China and other international peer-review journals. He is on Trustee Board of Urban Studies (SSCI) Foundation, and on the editorial Board of Housing Studies (SSCI) and International Journal of Housing Policy (SSCI). He is also vice Chairman of China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents, a steering member of Asia-Pacific Network of Housing Research (APNHR) and a board member of Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES). Professor Chen has received several national-level research grants including one NSFC-ESRC joint funding. He serves as an active policy advisor for China’s central and local governments and is a member of the consulting expert commission of China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). He has also worked as senior consultant for many international organizations including World Bank and Asia Development Bank.


    Ryan Ip

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

    Ryan is the Research Director and Head of Land & Housing at Our Hong Kong Foundation. He manages a team of cross-field professionals to conduct in-depth research and advise the Hong Kong Government on area of land supply, urban planning, and housing policy. He was invited as speakers at various investor forums and professional seminars, and an active commentator of the subject on newspaper, radio, and television. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Land and Development Advisory Committee, 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 Jones Lang LaSalle and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics at the London School of Economics.


    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


    Connie Kirk


    Connie’s property and urban development experience spans 25 years and as many countries. Initially schooled at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and trained in property investment, analysis and management whilst with JLL, Connie went on to hold executive leadership roles with major Australian and international corporations, in Australia, Asia, UK and South Africa cutting across commercial and residential property, infrastructure, urban development, capital markets, business intelligence, global media and public affairs, building a track record during unprecedented industry booms. Upon returning to Australia, Connie centred on progressing multi-lateral trade, property and industry investments joining the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and European Australian Business Councils in National CEO and Executive Board roles, spotlighting UK and European global diplomacy and property investment developments with Asia. Her focus also encompassed a stint as head of clients with global leader BDW/Ashurst before family planning led to returning to Indo-Pacific business intelligence. In recognition of her leadership and contribution to global trade and investment advancement, Connie was nominated in 2001 as Young Global Leader by the joint Australian/British PM’s Leadership Initiative and entered the Who’s Who. Additionally seeing the need to hone government asset portfolio management in Australia, Connie has also led uplifts, in performance, operational transformations and reviews, compliance, lifecycle planning and optimisation across 5 government agencies in executive director and branch leadership roles with Federal Finance and Administration, Housing, Property and Development, Planning, Industry and Environment, Parks, Justice, Community, Investment and Education, who have a combined portfolio value of more than $250 Billion. Pre-Covid pandemic and economic shut down, Connie was representing over 4,500 companies in advocating for cohesive infrastructure development, better linked population growth and industry job creation initiatives, improved housing typologies, and the development of vibrant connected communities which improve the liveability and affordability for all Australians as the National Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). This included as an industry judge upgrading UDIA’s national design awards to strengthen the recognition of leadership in women, the young and sustainable designs. As an influencer and thought leader Connie continues to advocate for the reshaping of the future global built environment, reforming housing, community, affordability typologies, and capital markets funding, whilst improving net zero efforts, mostly via her consulting work which includes currently supporting ULI Australia to ramp up post-covid activities in a part-time capacity. Connie has held five Council and board appointments including the Australian British Chamber of Commerce NSW and National boards, European Australian Business Council and the UTS Graduate Business School MBA Network and continues as the NSW Chair of the Scottish Business Network of Australia. In 2003, as part of progressing the ESG agenda in Australia Connie also co-founded the Sustainability Network. Connie is a member of the CEO Women for the Built Form Environment and continues to contribute to multiple industry think tanks, associations, and committees. In addition to original undergrad majors in global property, Connie holds multiple masters and credentials in leadership, international business, teaching English plus post graduate studies in urban design, journalism, public relations, digital learning, and professional studies in corporate governance, bord performance, ESG, public administration and procurement from several institutions. In her former spare time, Connie also lectured in five business subjects at the University of Technology Sydney, advised at two other universities and set up four industry led mentoring programmes for aspiring young leaders. Connie now devotes part of her spare time to supporting neuro diverse and disabled students excel and in being a sports mum with all that entails, including ferrying many around, so she fully understands the pressures of remaining calm when the fiftieth “are we there yet” is uttered.


    Tze Ming Sia

    Director, Estate Administration & Property Group, Housing & Development Board

    Sia Tze Ming currently heads the department in the public housing authority (or the Housing & Development Board, HDB) in Singapore, to support the over-arching Government’s policy to promote home ownership for the citizens. She is responsible for shaping housing policies to deliver the core mission of HDB to provide affordable homes, meet the diverse housing needs of the people and ensure a stable and sustainable public housing market. Prior to this, she was responsible for the pricing HDB flats for sale and was also involved in the masterplanning of HDB towns.