The following are speaking/moderating at Transit Jam’s 2020 Forum Rethinking “Vehicles First”.

Paul Bromley, Managing Director, Phoenix Business Consulting

Paul Bromley is a Hong Kong-based chartered engineer with 34 years of commercial vehicle industry experience across Europe, North America and the APAC regions. Currently, as an independent consultant under his own company, he is focusing on the introduction of e-vehicles and new energy technologies within a variety of markets, including Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, India and Europe. He has championed and overseen several ground-breaking new energy technologies, including the launch of CNG buses in the UK, conceiving and facilitating the launch of hybrid buses in Hong Kong, and developing electric buses for the China market. He sits on industry advisory committees and is a frequent speaker at seminars and for professional bodies. 

Dr Shauhrat S. Chopra, Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Shauhrat S. Chopra received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 2015. His doctoral dissertation was on the resilience of complex systems, including economic systems, industrial symbiosis and critical infrastructure systems at urban and national levels. His data-driven research is focused on designing indicators for the sustainability and resilience of the built environment in support of environmental decision-making. Currently, he is leading a three-year University Grants Committee-funded project titled “Network-Based Resilience Assessment of the Multi-Modal Public Transport System in Hong Kong”.  

Peter Dampier, Marketing and Relationships Director – Asia Pacific, Buro Happold

Peter Dampier is a chartered surveyor and has over 30 years of experience across the real estate and construction industry. He has been working in Asia since 2008, initially in India, then since 2014, based in Hong Kong. Peter is Marketing and Relationships Director for Buro Happold across Asia Pacific and is passionate about transformational outcomes, having championed value-led solutions in Hong Kong to improve the city. These have included the HarbourLoop, Site 3 Central Harbourfront, and now Wan Chai Connect, all of which promote walkability as a key component.

Terence Graham, Research Consultant, Inter-modal Transport Data Sharing Programme

Terence Graham is a research affiliate at Hong Kong University’s Technology Research Project. He is widely published and has completed projects for Office of the Telecoms Authority (Hong Kong), United Nations Development Programme, Asia Foundation, European Union, Asian Development Bank, World Bank and the US Trade and Development Agency. He has worked with the US Information Technology Office, the Institute for the Future, Tarifica and the Broad Group. Recent projects include cloud computing and data centres in China, connected cars, National Information Infrastructure policies and programmes, national competitiveness and promotion of information society, social media and disruptive technology strategy.

Marina Huynh , Director, Infrastructure Advisory, EY

Marina Huynh is a Director in Strategy & Transactions at EY, Hong Kong. She is a government infrastructure strategy and procurement specialist, with experience across a broad range of sectors including health and social services, transport and utilities. Marina has extensive experience advising on cross-departmental, complex and multi-disciplinary government infrastructure and services projects across policy and strategy development, business cases and feasibility, and implementation. This includes first-hand experience advising on projects that drive and shape broader sector development of less mature markets, particularly in the social services sector.

Alok Jain, Managing Director, Trans-Consult

Alok Jain is an international expert in public transport operations and management, specialising in new technology, data analytics and clean fuel technologies. A civil engineer holding post-graduate degrees in transportation engineering and management, he has worked with an array of international consultants and leading transport operators, including the MTR Corporation and Kowloon Motor Bus in Hong Kong. He is an international expert trainer for the International Association of Public Transport and a Fellow of Civic Exchange, a Hong Kong independent think tank. He regularly teaches at the University of Hong Kong and serves as a Member on the Transport Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong. 

James Ockenden, Editor, Transit Jam

James Ockenden is founder and editor of Transit Jam, Hong Kong’s first and only registered newspaper dedicated to local sustainable transport, liveable streets and road safety. James has worked in media for 25 years: he was a journalist and editor at leading energy and finance trade magazines, including Energy Risk and Risk in London and Asia Risk and Benchmark in Hong Kong. James has a degree in Natural Sciences from The University of Cambridge and a Masters in Corporate Environmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong. His Masters thesis examined the issues of critical sustainability in space tourism and was nominated for the Sir Arthur Clarke Award.

Andrew Pickford, Associate Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, EY

Andrew Pickford is a technical expert in smart mobility and infratech, and has provided policy advisory and programme management services in the application of electronic payment, mobile communications, location-based services and data sharing, and he has been instrumental in the development of international standards for electronic toll collection and mobile positioning systems. He is currently leading the development of a smart ticketing scheme for public transport in Vietnam and acting as a challenger consultant for an urban road pricing scheme design. He recently led projects focused on the use of autonomous shuttles for application for First Mile/Last Mile and electric vehicle charging strategy development.

Waltraut Ritter, Founder, Knowledge Dialogues

Waltraut Ritter is Founder of Knowledge Dialogues, Hong Kong and Berlin, and engages in applied research projects on societal and systemic innovation. She works on people-centric mobility projects aligned with the New Urban Agenda and the United Nations 2030 Goals for Sustainable Cities and Communities. As an information scientist, she has published on urban data and knowledge management, and knowledge-based and learning cities. She is a member of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 21 on Urban and Regional Development. She also served on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee of the HKSAR Government.

Dr Donald Shoup, Distinguished Research Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research has focused on transportation, public finance and land economics, with emphasis on how parking policies affect cities, the economy and the environment. In his 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, he recommends that cities should charge fair market prices for on-street parking; spend the revenue to benefit the metered neighbourhoods; and remove off-street parking requirements. In his 2018 book, Parking and the City, he and his co-authors examine the results where cities have taken this advice. The successful outcomes suggest the parking reforms are practical and realistic.

Dr Sun Yi, Assistant Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr Sun Yi is an assistant professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his PhD from the University of Hong Kong and is an urban planner by training. His research focuses on urban studies and urban and regional planning. He is currently in charge of several research projects examining topics such as age-friendly cities, and land development and liveability in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Oren Tatcher, Principal, OTC Planning & Design

Oren Tatcher is Principal of OTC, a Hong Kong-based firm specialising in the planning and design of airports, transportation terminals and urban mobility. After receiving his Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, he joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, working first in New York and, from 2003, in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where he served as the urban design studio head. Since founding OTC in 2007, Oren has been working closely with international NGOs and development banks to promote best practice in sustainable transport development and transportation terminal planning. He is a frequent speaker at international symposiums on public transportation and transit-oriented urban development.

Martin Turner, Chairman, Hong Kong Cycling Alliance

Martin Turner is a Hong Kong writer, editor and media manager, born and educated in the UK, with a BA in Engineering and an MBA. Since 2007, he has led the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance (HKCAll), working to promote and integrate cycling and active mobility as transport, in pursuit of making Hong Kong a nicer, more equitable place. HKCAll campaigns and programmes include pressure on the Transport Department to acknowledge and support cycling as transport; advocacy for a Harbourfront Cycleway; support planning for the NT Cycle Track Network, Kai Tak Development, West Kowloon, etc; practical rider training at various levels; police training; input for Road User’s Code revision and the annual Ride of Silence memorial ride.

Xu Zizhen, PhD Candidate, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Xu Zizhen is a PhD student in the field of urban resilience at the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in urban infrastructure, network resilience and disaster response. He began his research into urban resilience with his master’s degree project on metro networks in 2018. His current doctoral research focuses on the infrastructure resilience of multiple modes of public transportation systems, with spatial and temporal analysis using a complex network approach.

Justin Yim, Graduate Transport Planner at Phil Jones Associates and Founder of Street Reset

Justin Yim is a graduate transport planner at Phil Jones Associates and specialises in walking and cycling infrastructure improvements. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he is now based in London after graduating from University College London in 2018 with a degree in Urban Planning, Design and Management. Recognising the lack of intersection between transport planning and placemaking in Hong Kong, he founded a Facebook group called Street Reset (街道變革) in early 2020, dedicated to disseminating good practices in human-oriented street design and sustainable transport.