ULI Asia Pacific Leaders Lunch & Dialogue


2022-05-24T12:00:00 - 2022-05-24T14:15:00

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    Raffles Hotel Palm Ballroom on level 3, 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673 SINGAPORE
    Event Fees
    Lunch Ticket (Full member only): S$230 | US$170
    Digital Pass (Member): S$40 | US$30
    Digital Pass (Non-Member): S$55 | US$40
    Digital Pass (Unlimited Corporate)*: S$500 | US$300
    * To register for the Unlimited Corporate Digital Pass, please email asiapacific@uli.org.
    Lunch seats are very limited and available on a first come first served basis. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
    How the New Geopolitics is Changing the Economics of Doing Business in Asia Pacific
    As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its third year, the global economy is in a state of flux with fresh geopolitical tensions a catalyst for even more disruptions.
    Deep differences over trade, foreign policy and values have been sharpened US-China tensions amid increasingly hostile rhetoric. As the world reels from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, one must consider if this signals the dawn of a new Cold War. How is China's "zero-Covid" policy and “wolf warrior” diplomacy shaping the geopolitical context and domestic policies in Asia Pacific? And how can companies navigate the complexity of the geopolitical environment as the macroeconomic landscape across the region continues to face inflationary pressures and slow growth?
    To discuss these changes, please join us for a special fireside chat with recognised thought leaders, after which watch out for a response panel where we hear viewpoints of investors on the impact of the macroeconomics and geopolitical developments on capital markets. How are they responding to and positioning themselves for this challenge?
    The ULI Asia Pacific Leaders Lunch & Dialogue will be an exceptional thought leadership focused networking event to connect with ULI senior members who are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
    Singapore time (GMT+8)
    11.30am  Registration & networking
    12.00pm  Welcome & introductions | Lunch is served
    Prof Khoo Teng Chye, Chairman, ULI Asia Pacific
    Owen Belman, Chief Executive Officer, Asia, Aon
    12.45pm  Fireside Chat: How the new geopolitics is changing the economics for business in Asia Pacific
    Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
    Bert Hofman, Director, East Asian Institute | Professor in Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School, National University Singapore
    Moderator: Benett Theseira, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, PGIM Real Estate & ULI Singapore Chair 
    1.35pm  In conversation: Investors' Perspectives
    Moderator: Andrew J. Bisconte, Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise Clients, APAC | Real Estate Practice Leader, APAC, Aon 
    Patrick Boocock, Chief Executive Officer, Private Equity Alternative Assets, CapitaLand Investment 
    Richard Price, Managing Director, BentallGreenOak 
    2.15pm  Programme concludes
    Lunch Ticket entitlements:
    • Attendance to the Lunch & Dialogue event on 24 May 2022
    • Gourmet lunch at Raffles Hotel Singapore
    • Executive summary of key takeaways
    • Missed a bit? Don't worry - an unedited recording of the dialogue discussions will be made available for 48 hours.
    • Seats exclusively for ULI Full Members
    Digital Pass entitlements:
    • Livestream access to the dialogue sessions on 24 May 2022. Login details will be emailed after you register.
    • Executive summary of key takeaways
    • Missed a bit? Don't worry - an unedited recording of the dialogue discussions will be made available for 48 hours.
    • Open to ULI members and non-members
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    Heng Chee Chan

    Ambassador-At-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

    Ambassador Chan Heng Chee is Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She is a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. Ambassador Chan is Chairman, Board of Trustees, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) the premier multi disciplinary research institute on Southeast Asia in the region. She is the Deputy Chairman of the Social Science Research Council, a Member of the Science of Cities Committee, (National Research Foundation), a Member of the Advisory Council on the Ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Data, Ministry of Communications and Information. Ambassador Chan is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore and a Member of the Yale-NUS Governing Board. She is Chairman of Pro-tem committee to establish a university of the arts in Singapore. She is Global Co-Chair of Asia Society. She sits on the governing board of SIPRI, Sweden. Previously, she was Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States and Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico.


    Bert Hofman

    Director, East Asian Institute. Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

    Mr. Bert Hofman, a Dutch national, is the director of the East Asian Institute and Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School at the National University of Singapore. Before joining NUS in 2019, he worked with the World Bank for 27 years, 22 of which in Asia, and 12 of which on China. Mr. Hofman was the World Bank Country Director for China 2014-2019, the country economist for China 2004-2008, and the Chief Economist for the World Bank in East Asia and Pacific 2011-2014. He also worked on Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea, Mongolia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, the Former Soviet Union, and Brazil. Before coming to the World Bank, Mr. Hofman worked at the Kiel Institute of World Economics, The OECD and NMB Bank (Now ING). Mr. Hofman has extensive experience in advising governments on a wide range of development issues, and he has published on fiscal policy, decentralization, debt issues, and China’s and Indonesia’s economic history.


    Benett Theseira

    Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, PGIM Real Estate

    Benett Theseira is a managing director at PGIM Real Estate and head of Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Benett is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy and oversight of PGIM Real Estate’s businesses in Asia Pacific. He is also the senior portfolio manager of PGIM Real Estate’s Asia Retail Fund. Benett is a member of the Global Management Council, the Global Investment Committee, the Asia Pacific Investment Committee and the Valuation Committee. Previously, Benett was head of Southeast Asia, with responsibility for PGIM Real Estate’s businesses in Southeast Asia. He also chaired the Asia Pacific Investment Committee. Before joining PGIM Real Estate, Benett was the President of MEAG Pacific Star Asia and Pacific Star Capital where he was responsible for the Investment and Fund Management business in Asia for over 6 years. During this time, he successfully launched Pacific Star’s EUR 1.2 billion Asia RE Income Fund and led more than USD 2.0 billion of real estate transactions across Asia. Prior to this, he spent 9 years with the CapitaLand group and held various roles including Managing Director, Europe and Chief Corporate and Investment Officer for the Ascott Group Ltd (CapitaLand’s then publicly listed serviced apartment arm). Benett was responsible for driving Ascott’s rapid expansion and led over USD 2 billion in transactions across Asia-Pacific and Europe. Benett is a Colombo Plan Scholar and started his career with the Singapore Government in the Ministry of Law where he held the position of Assistant Commissioner of Lands.


    Andrew Bisconte

    Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise Clients, APAC | Real Estate Practice Leader, APAC, Aon Singapore Pte Ltd

    Andrew has 20 years of global risk and insurance experience working with real estate developers, funds and REITS. During the last 20 years Andrew has gained extensive risk management and insurance experience in the USA, Bermuda, London, Hong Kong and Singapore where he has advised multi-national real estate clients how to navigate the volatility associated with managing a diverse portfolio across multiple asset classes and geographies. Andrew has been working in Asia Pacific for the last 14 years and covers the region, he is an active corporate member of ULI and focuses on keeping Aon’s real estate value proposition aligned with emerging issues in the industry such as climate and natural catastrophe. Andrew is the Real Estate practice leader for Aon in APAC.


    Patrick Boocock

    Chief Executive Officer, Private Equity Alternative Assets, CapitaLand Investment

    Patrick is CEO of Private Equity Alternative Assets at CapitaLand Investment (CLI), responsible for driving the growth of CLI’s private equity business in alternative assets such as digital infrastructure, renewable energy, transition and sustainability investments, private credit and other investment strategies that will expand CLI’s unlisted funds business. Prior to joining CLI in 2021, Patrick was Managing Partner and Head of Asia at Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), overseeing Brookfield’s investment and asset management activities in Asia across real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy and private equity. Over the course of his 12-year career with BAM, Patrick also served as Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield’s global construction company and Managing Director of an Australian natural gas transmission and distribution portfolio. He also previously held senior positions in the infrastructure financing and development sector in Canada. Patrick has over 20 years of investment and operational experience in alternative assets across North America and Asia Pacific. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada) and Certified Professional Accountant (United States).


    Owen Belman

    CEO, Asia, Aon Singapore Pte Ltd

    Owen is CEO, Asia based in Singapore and is responsible for strategy, execution, and financial performance across Aon’s operations in Asia. He is a member of Aon’s Global Executive Leadership Team, APAC Leadership Team, and Global Inclusion Leadership Council. Prior to Aon, Owen spent 8 years with Standard Chartered Bank, where he held the Head of Consumer Banking positions in Hong Kong, UAE/Oman and the Philippines. He began his career in 1997 in management consulting with Marakon Associates, advising multinational financial services companies on strategies to grow shareholder value in Asia and Europe. Owen holds a Bachelor degree in English from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and a JD/MBA from Northwestern University in Illinois.


    Khoo Teng Chye

    Chairman, ULI Asia Pacific

    Mr Khoo Teng Chye is Practice Professor jointly with the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Design and Environment. He was the Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, since 2010 till December this year, and continues to be a Fellow at CLC. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)(1992 to 1996), Chief Executive Officer/Group President of PSA Corporation(1996 to 2002), President and Chief Executive Officer of Mapletree Investments and Managing Director (Special Projects) of Temasek Holdings(2002 to 2003) and Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency(2003 to 2011). He sits on the Boards of the Tropical Marine Science Institute of National University of Singapore (NUS), Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies (NUS), the National University Health System Pte Ltd (NUHS), and is Chairman of the NUSDeltares Governing Board. He is a member of the NTU Graduate Advisory Committee and of the Monash University Commission on Intermediate Cities. He serves as a member of the Development Projects Advisory Panel (DPAP) set up by Ministry of Finance (MOF). He is an advisor to the Land Transport Authority and the East Coast Town Council. He is an advisor to the Pictet Bank (Switzerland) Smart City Advisory Fund, and Chairman, Urban Land Institute Asia Pacific Executive Committee(wef 1July 21). He ia a Senior Fellow of the URA Academy, a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineers, and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. Mr Khoo graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering from Monash University, Australia. A President-cum-Colombo Plan Scholar, he also holds a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2018, the Public Administration (Gold) in 1996 and the Public Administration (Silver) in 1987 by the Singapore government. He was also conferred the Meritorious Service Award by the National Trade Union Congress in 2008.


    Richard Price

    Managing Director, BentallGreenOak

    Mr. Price has over 25 years of real estate investment management experience and is a Managing Director at Bentall GreenOak (BGO) and COO of the firm’s Global Capital Raising Investor Relations Group, he also co-heads the company’s prop-tech innovation and investment team. Prior to BGO he was a Senior Advisor to the Accord Group and spent ten years based in Hong Kong CEO of CBRE Global Investors Asia Pacific. Previously, Mr. Price was CEO, Asia of ING Real Estate Investment Management. Mr. Price has also held management positions at ING Clarion in New York and started his career at Brooke Hillier Parker in Hong Kong and Beijing. Mr. Price is a Trustee, Foundation Governor and former member of Global Board of Directors of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a former Board Member of AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate), and ANREV (Asian Association of Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles). From 2017 - 2022 Mr. Price served as a Non-Executive Director of Chayora Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong based data center business and is an Advisor to Juniper Square, a San Francisco-based real estate technology company. Mr. Price lives in San Francisco.