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The Future of Asia Summit

The future of asia summit

The Future of Asia, an alumni summit hosted by UNSW Sydney, will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 in Hong Kong. This one-day conference is designed to reinforce UNSW’s commitment to thought leadership and high impact research by delivering expert contributions which inform global discussion and debate.

An exciting program of panel sessions will connect and engage the global UNSW alumni community, local industry and government. UNSW graduate and Shui On Group Chair, Vincent Lo, will initiate a conversation on the impact of China's belt and road initiative. Amongst other issues we will then explore the future of health; population growth; the arts and culture; and a world beyond finance.

The summit will conclude with a group dinner in the evening to bring delegates together after a thought-provoking day – allowing a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni, industry, and friends.

We invite UNSW alumni from across our global community to join us in Hong Kong.


Register now to secure your place at this alumni summit hosted by UNSW Sydney.

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Location & Venue

The Future of Asia Summit will be held at the Conrad Hong Kong, located in the heart of the central business district, on the north shore of Hong Kong Island.

Conrad Hong Kong
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
TEL: +852-2521-3838

Hong Kong is a place of tantalising neighbourhoods, sensory delights, and far-reaching views across the harbour and peaks. It’s also home to UNSW Sydney’s largest alumni community outside of Sydney, Australia.



Saturday 3 March 2018

  • Registration opens

    Grand Ballroom Foyer, Lower Lobby

  • Opening welcome remarks

    9:00am to 9:30am
    Nathan & Granville Rooms, Lower Lobby

  • The Belt and Road Initiative

    Plenary session

    9:30am to 10:30am
    Nathan & Granville Rooms, Lower Lobby

    Vincent H. S. Lo, Chairman, Shui On Group

  • Morning tea


    10:30am to 10:50am
    Grand Ballroom Foyer, Lower Lobby

  • Technology & innovation: What is most needed in the 21st century?

    Concurrent panel session

    10:50am to 12:00pm
    Room to be advised

    Ross Buckley, UNSW Law
    Herbert Chen, Tus-Holdings
    Florence Chu, Microsoft

    Facilitated by Lyria Bennett Moses, UNSW Law

  • The impact of an ageing population in the Asia region

    Concurrent panel session

    10:50am to 12:00pm
    Room to be advised

    Panellists to be announced soon



  • Lunch


    12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Grand Ballroom Foyer, Lower Lobby

  • Doing business in China in the context of (de)globalisation: The challenges and rewards found in finance, trade and competition law

    Concurrent panel session

    1:00pm to 2:10pm
    Room to be advised

    Heng Wang, UNSW Law & CIBEL
    Minny Siu, King & Wood Mallesons
    Guohua Yang, Tsinghua University School of Law
    Deborah Healey, UNSW Law & CIBEL

    Facilitated by George Williams, UNSW Law

  • The impact of renewable energy on industry and consumers in the transition to zero carbon energy supply

    Concurrent panel session

    1:00pm to 2:10pm
    Room to be advised

    Cathen Ho, China Light and Power
    CK Lau, Hong Kong Electric

    Facilitated by Zhengrong Shi, Suntech Power


  • Accessing contemporary art in/from China and its near neighbours

    Concurrent panel session

    2:15pm to 3:25pm
    Room to be advised

    Frank Vigneron, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Enid Tsui, South China Morning Post
    Zheng Bo, City University Hong Kong

    Facilitated by Paul Gladston, Judith Neilson Chair Chair of Contemporary Art at UNSW

  • Health

    Concurrent panel session

    2:15pm to 3:25pm
    Room to be advised

    Panellists to be announced soon




  • Afternoon tea


    3:25pm to 3:45pm 
    Grand Ballroom Foyer, Lower Lobby

  • The Future of Asia

    Plenary session

    3:45pm to 4:45 pm
    Nathan & Granville Rooms, Lower Lobby

  • Closing remarks

    4:45pm - 5:00pm
    Nathan & Granville Rooms, Lower Lobby


  • Pre-dinner cocktail reception

    5:00pm to 6:30pm
    Grand Ballroom Foyer, Lower Lobby

  • Summit dinner

    6:30pm onwards
    Grand Ballroom, Lower Lobby

Accommodation & Travel


Conrad Hong Kong

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates of UNSW’s The Future of Asia Summit at the Conrad Hong Kong.

Deluxe room at HK$2,650 (+ 10% service charge) per room per night


  • Rate includes one daily buffet breakfast, and internet access.
  • Valid from check in 2 March 2018 to check out 4 March 2018.
  • This special rate is valid for booking until one month prior (31 January 2018).
  • All bookings are subject to availability. Room rates and availability are subject to revision for any additional room or pre and post stay requests.
  • Any cancellations after 31 January 2018 will incur a penalty equivalent to the rate for one night’s accommodation.

Bookings should be made by downloading and completing this reservation request form, and forwarding directly to Ms Bianca Luk, Event Services Executive at the Conrad Hong Kong:

Telephone: +852-2822-8892

Other Hotels in Central Hong Kong

Alternatively, you may wish to explore options at other hotels in Central Hong Kong, such as:
JW Marriot Hotel Hong Kong (3 minute walk)
Ovolo Central Hong Kong (25 minute walk)

Getting There

For our guests travelling to the summit from around the globe, the following helpful information may assist you in your travels.

The Conrad Hong Kong is located 40km and a 40 minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport.

If driving, head east onto Tsing Ma Bridge, then through the Western Cross Harbour Tunnel and via Central towards Admiralty. Follow signs to Queensway, and exit Supreme Court Road to the hotel.

Valet parking is available at the Conrad Hong Kong for HK$600.00 per car per day.

Approximate costs for alternative transport options are provided below:

  • BUS – minimum charge HK$50.00
  • SUBWAY/RAIL – minimum charge HK$100.00
  • TAXI – minimum charge HK$350.00
  • LIMOUSINE – minimum charge HK$990

Registration & Fees

Early Bird Summit Registration (available until 12 January 2018)
$175 AUD

Standard Summit Registration (applies from 13 January 2018)
$225 AUD

Registration fees include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktail reception and summit dinner.

Places are limited so register early to secure your seat.

Register now