ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: Drones and Logistics

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April 22
8:00 am - 8:45 am


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*** Simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin & Korean will be provided during the webinar.

*** A recording can be obtained afterwards for anyone who registers.

ULI Asia Pacific Digital Programme

Logistics has been continuously evolving and playing catch-up with the e-commerce industry – delivery times are becoming shorter and last mile logistics have become the final frontier. With the current COVID-19 health crisis, fluid and functioning supply chains have never been more important and once futuristic ideas like using drones to drive supply chain logistics is happening now. China is in the forefront of this innovation. Please join us in conversation with James Wong, Executive Director of Hong Kwok Land Investment on his newest project – building drones airports in China – to discuss drones, logistics and how these are really real estate challenges.

Confirmed Discussion Leader:

James Wong

James Wong
Executive Director, Hon Kwok Land Investment
ULI Hong Kong Executive Committee Member

James Wong is the Executive Director of the Chinney Group. The Group’s four publicly listed Hong Kong subsidiaries: Hon Kwok Land (0160.hk), Chinney Investments (0216.hk), Chinney Alliance (0385.hk), and Chinney Kin Wing (1556.hk) are focused on high-tech Engineering, Construction, Trading, Investments, and Real Estate. The businesses range from building their own 80-storey Hon Kwok Tower in Shenzhen to installing the air traffic control radar at the Hong Kong Airport. This family business was founded by his great grandfather in Nanjing in the 1920’s to build China’s railway system.

He split his childhood between the US, Canada, and Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Washington with his BA (with Honors), he went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Information Systems Engineering as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He is a Phi Kappa Phi member and an advocate for Lifelong Learning. He is a member of the California Bar as well as a licensed California Real Estate Broker. He is also a LEED Green Associate.

Before joining his family business in 2010, James held positions variously as a lawyer on Toyota’s eDiscovery team in Torrance, California, and as a tax lawyer at Baker and McKenzie (Los Angeles/Hong Kong) and Price Waterhouse Coopers (San Francisco). He is married to Lisa and has two kids Cameron and Samantha.

He served as a delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference for Jiangsu Province until 2018. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology (otherwise called NASA U) where he is an adjunct professor teaching Business and Healthcare Law and has Distinguished Alumni honors. Currently he holds a position as a member of the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute in Hong Kong. He is also the Vice President of the Hong Kong Huskies. He was formerly the Treasurer of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Southern California Chapter, as well as a Governor on the Board of the American Club of Hong Kong. He is one of the founders of the Seattle I-District Asian Street Fair (now in its 35th Season) and created Seattle’s first-ever Computer Dating Dance in 1983. His MENSA memberships dates from 1980. He has published and spoken widely on subjects including eDiscovery, Social Media Policy in the workplace, China for newbies, and more recently, China and the One Belt One Road Initiative. An opinionated traveler, James ranks among the top 1% of reviewers on TripAdvisor.com. His current interests include 5G, data centres, drones, and near space and aviation related businesses.


Ariel Shtarkman
Senior Content Advisor, ULI Asia Pacific

Ariel Shtarkman is the co-Founder and Managing Director of Atom Assets, a real estate investment platform for family offices. She is also the Founder of Orca Capital, boutique advisory practice, with main focus on sourcing and structuring real estate private transactions and selective capital raising from Asian investors toward cross-border transactions. Previously, Ariel was with Citibank Real Estate Structured Finance in Hong Kong, where she structured debt instruments for real estate developers, REITs and private equity funds. Before joining Citibank, she worked in real estate private equity funds sponsored by ING Clarion in New York (covering US) and ING Real Estate Investment Management in Hong Kong (covering Asia).

Ariel holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with concentration in Real Estate, and BSc from Tel Aviv University with double major in Computer Science and Business Administration. She serves as Senior Content Advisor for ULI Asia Pacific, is a member of the ULI North Asia Executive Committee, and a founding member of Columbia Business School Alumni Network of Hong Kong. Ariel is fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian, and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Her other activities include martial arts, travel and the integration of technology and real estate.

Webinar Details:

Topic: ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: Drones and Logistics

Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Time: 08:00am – 08:45am (GMT+8)

Fee: Complimentary for ULI Members | USD30 for Non Members

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Upcoming Webinars:

The ULI Asia Pacific Digital Programme: a platform to connect, learn, and contribute, within the ULI community, at a time when many of our regional events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be held every Wednesday morning. Upcoming webinars are as follows:

Webinars will continue to take place every Wednesday 9 am (GMT+8) from 1 May onwards.

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