ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: ULI Roles and Values in Urban Regeneration;  Advisory Service Panel Report - Seoul Sewoon Sangga District

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March 25
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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

In October 2019, ULI conducted a 5-day Advisory Services Panel (ASP) in Seoul, Korea, tasked with advising how the capital could approach regeneration of its Sewoon Sangga District, an area originally developed in the 1960s and 70s as the city’s first modern commercial zone.

The panel consisted of 10 ULI member volunteers drawn from around the world with expertise ranging from real estate development and investment to public policy, architecture, and urban planning.

Among the key recommendations:

  • Establish a vision to create a globally recognised destination and a showcase of urban regeneration.
  • Establish a public agency responsible for delivering the vision.
  • Establish by consensus a mixed-use master plan capable of evolution.
  • Provide space for select industrial users to continue existing operations and maintain the DNA of the district.
  • Create an environment that incentivises the private sector with clear, transparent, and efficient policies.
  • Establish a funding structure that will allow the construction of major infrastructure with public funding and a payback mechanism.

In this webinar, we invite members of the panel to discuss how they analysed the various issues involved, how they arrived at their recommendations, and in general how the ULI’s unique ASP process creates value for stakeholders in addressing apparently intractable problems faced by the Asia Pacific’s fast-evolving cities.

To read the Full ASP Panel report, click here.

Confirmed Discussion Leaders:

Wayne Ratkovich

Wayne Ratkovich
Founder and CEO,The Ratkovich Company (TRC)

Wayne Ratkovich is founder and CEO of The Ratkovich Company (TRC), a Los Angeles development firm whose mission is “to profitably produce developments that improve the quality of urban life.” Specializing in urban infill and rehabilitation projects, TRC’s accomplishments range from large-scale entitlement endeavours to retail, office, entertainment and mixed-use projects. His company engages in both new development and the imaginative reuse of existing buildings including seventeen buildings that are historic landmarks. The company’s work, conducted in association with a number of the country’s largest financial institutions, has received awards from the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and several civic organizations. Ratkovich is an emeritus trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has served on 10 ULI ASPs, chairing 8 of them.

Khoo Teng Chye
Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities
Past Chairman, ULI Singapore

Khoo Teng Chye is the Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore. He has previously served as Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency (2003 to 2011) and 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).a

Marty Borko
Executive Director, ULI Los Angeles

Marty Borko is the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Los Angeles. Borko left his post as Principal at Gensler in Los Angeles to command the day-to-day workings and long-range planning of one of ULI’s largest and most active regional chapters. As Executive Director Borko pilots the organization as it confronts the most critical land-use challenges in the city, including the homeless and housing affordability crisis, as well as city planning, infrastructure, transportation, open-space and historic districts.
In his tenure at Gensler’s Los Angeles office, Borko grew the firm’s Planning and Urban Design, Entertainment, and Mixed Use practices and had been principal-in-charge on numerous international and Los Angeles projects.
In addition to being a Sustaining Member of ULI’s Entertainment Development Council and member of the USC Price School Planning Program Advisory Board, Borko is: Associate Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA); Member, American Planning Association (APA); Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); Member, International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA); Dean’s Council, University of Oregon College of Design; Board Member, Los Angeles Downtown Breakfast Club; Member, Southern California Development Forum; and Member, Central City Association.a

Sunny Choi
Chief Representative, ULI South Korea

Sunny is the chief representative of the Urban land Institute in South Korea and at the same time, she is the partner of SG investment Advisory & Consulting firm and provides global marketing, consulting and advisory services helping connect Korea real estate leading industry players to the global real-estate marketplace.
She has a career in business development and global marketing in B2B & B2G more than 20 years across the multiple industry sectors such as the Construction & Engineering (PM/CM), IT and Real Estate development industries. Prior to joining the ULI and Real Estate Industry, she had worked for Kellogg Brown & Roots(KBR), CH2MHILL, Samsung C&T which are major CM/PM global players and Tektronix, IT company. In those roles, she conducted and coordinated all aspects of strategy, business development and strategic alliance.
She majored in Russian language & literature at Hankook University of Foreign Studies and Internal trade and graduated Kyunghee University, International Study (MA), South Korea.a

Scott Dunn, 
Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM
Vice Chairman, ULI Singapore

Scott Dunn is Vice President for Southeast Asia at AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $20.2 billion global provider of professional design and consulting services. Scott is an urban planner and city integrator who leads cross-functional inter-disciplinary teams in providing integrated services and sustainable solutions for large, complex and multidisciplinary projects across Asia, among them high-density masterplans for new towns and regeneration of existing urban landscapes that have drawn on sustainable and smart themes. For APAC region, Scott leads the River Restoration and Integrated Coastal Management Practice Initiative delivering integrated watershed solutions across our water infrastructure business.
Scott is also a Global Governing Trustee, Advisory Board member for the Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and sits on its Asia Pacific Executive Committee, Chair of the Nominations Committee and the Singapore Country Council (founding Chairperson). An advocate of sustainable land development and high-density urban environmental design, he believes one should be sensitive to the environment and be responsible for society to create great places. He has published books and papers on urban mobility, sustainability and livability issues and is a highly-regarded thought leader in the planning community, speaking actively on land development at conferences throughout Asia and North America.a

Junho Pok
Managing Director, IGIS Asset Management
Chairman, ULI South Korea

Junho Pok, managing director of IGIS Asset Management, has been named Chair of South Korea for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Pok currently serves as the Head of Real Estate Development for IGIS Asset Management where he is responsible for commercial and residential real estate developments. Prior to joining IGIS, he worked as a vice president for Koramco REITs Management & Trust.a


Ken Rhee

Kenneth Rhee
Executive Director, ULI China Mainland

Based in Shanghai, Ken serves as ULI’s Executive Director in mainland China while running his own real estate consulting business. He has authored and edited various ULI publications including ULI case studies (Life Hub @ Daning, Knowledge and Innovation Community, Jeonju Hanok Village, and soon-to-be-released reports on Bonifacio Global City and Lingnan Tiandi) and Ten Principles for Urban Regeneration – Making Shanghai a Better City. He also managed various ULI advisory panels, most recently Qianmen in Beijing and Sewoon Sangga in Seoul. His current business focus is applying BIM, especially virtualization technologies in design, development, and facility operation.

Previously, he was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he worked in the firm’s real estate banking and investment team. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Ken had extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions and investing in non-performing loans.

Webinar Details:

Topic: ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: Advisory Services Panel report – Sewoon, Seoul

Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Time: 08:00am – 08:45am (GMT +8)

Fee: Complimentary for ULI Members | USD30 for Non Members
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