Seminar 4: Could Hong Kong rein in on soaring housing prices?   
13 September 2017, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm

Dr Yanto Chandra
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy
City University of Hong Kong

Dr Yanto Chandra is an assistant professor at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). His research and teaching focus on social innovation, social finance, nonprofit development and social policy. His research has appeared in VOLUNTAS, Journal of International Business Studies, PLosONE, Social Enterprise Journal, and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, among others. His book Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy and Cases is the first official book on the subject in the region.

He won several awards including Outstanding Paper Award 2010 from Emerald Publisher, as well as CityU’s Teaching Innovation Award 2017 and Teaching Excellence Award 2016. He is an editorial board member of Social Enterprise Journal and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, the leading journals in the field. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Leeds in United Kingdom and University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he has worked nearly seven years in multinational corporations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta. 

Buggle Lau
Chief Analyst
Midland Holdings

Mr Buggle Lau is the chief analyst of Midland Holdings, supervising the company’s research department and also participates in the company’s investor relation programme. Prior to joining Midland Holdings, Mr Lau was the deputy general manager of the research department of a Japanese Securities in Hong Kong. Before that, Mr Lau has also worked for Swiss Bank Corporation Equity Research. Mr Lau has more than 25 years of property research experience.

Lee Wing-tat
Former Chairman
The Democratic Party

Mr Lee Wing-tat started his political career as a District Councillor in 1985. He was first elected to Legislative Council in 1991 and has served the Council for two decades (1991-1997, 1998-2000, 2004-2012). As a pioneer in party politics and election, he was the member of the Basic Law Consultative Committee in 1986. He was the chairman of the Democratic Party from 2004 to 2006, and has played a key role in the fight for constitutional reform in the last three decades. He served the Housing Authority from 1992 to 2000, and chaired the Housing Panel of Legislative Council from 2004 to 2012. He was a member of the Steering Committee on the Sale of the First Hand Private Property, a key promoter in pushing the government to legislate on the sale of the first hand private property and other government land and housing policy. He is now the chairman of the think tank Landwatch.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fiona Waters is unable to make it to the luncheon debate.  However, Colin Arnott, Director of Research of Water Economics will be speaking in her stead.
Mr Arnott is a development economist and planner with over 35 years experience. He is a pioneer in the application of economics to spatial planning and land development.  His ideas and approaches are replicated around the world.

Fiona Waters
Founder and Managing Director
Waters Economics

Ms Fiona Waters is the founder and managing director of Waters Economics, an independent boutique consultancy, providing research and advice on land development, strategic planning, property and infrastructure investment. Ms Waters has worked in more than 20 countries leading major consultancy consortia with a strong track record in delivering major strategic studies and urban development projects. She has recently launched a spatial economy model for Hong Kong, which analyses business and employment trends by district over the last 15 years. 

In Hong Kong Ms Waters has worked with more than 20 government bureau/departments, most of the statutory bodies, as well as many major corporates, professional service providers and NGOs. She sits on the Economic Policy Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Best Practice Committee of the Harbour Business Forum.

She is highly regarded for her insight and creativity in turning complex financial and economic issues into pragmatic objectives and actions, and inspiring others to think outside the box. 

Yonden Lhatoo (Moderator)
Chief News Editor
, South China Morning Post

Mr Yonden Lhatoo started his journalism career in print, covering the far-reaching changes Hong Kong went through before and during the city’s handover to China, as a senior newspaper reporter.

He switched to broadcast journalism after the transfer of sovereignty in 1997 and worked as a television news anchor and editor for nearly two decades. He was the main anchor and editor-in-chief of ATV’s English news department until his return to print in April 2015, when he joined the South China Morning Post as senior editor. Mr Lhatoo was promoted to chief news editor in April 2017.

Apart from his editing duties, he regularly moderates forums and seminars on current affairs for the Post, and has extensive experience covering Hong Kong’s economic, political and social landscape. He has publicly written, spoken and taught about Hong Kong issues, but is still trying to figure it all out. 

He also enjoys writing a weekly column which often raises eyebrows or sparks heated discussions on the internet because he doesn’t hesitate to tell it like it is.