Manchester Director plays leading role in Pacific Cities programme
15 February 2013
A Manchester-based director is heading to Hong Kong to chair a debate on the challenge of balancing growth with urban sustainability as part of the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) Forum.
Jon Lovell, who leads Deloitte’s global community of practice on sustainability and real estate, will lead the ‘Cities of Growth’ panel on 19th February, where global institutes will debate topics such as how development is driving migration and housing markets, and if cities are growing more resilient and competitive in the context of the global economy.
A joint programme of the Asia Society and Urban Land Institute, the PCSI convenes select thought leaders from business, government, and academia with the express aim of fostering new alliances, sharing innovative strategies, and showcasing effective practices.
Jon, who chairs the pro∙manchester Green Economy Group and is a Board Member of the soon-to-launch Manchester-China Forum, said: “There's no doubt that the debate in Hong Kong will raise all sorts of critical issues concerning the impact of rapid urbanisation in the Pacific Rim, both within the region and globally.
“For me, one of the core issues will be to explore how the challenges of urban transition and retrofit in Europe and North America can yield transferable solutions, skills, and experiences to support the delivery of resource efficient and climate-adapted built environments in Asia, and vice versa. We have an opportunity to draw cultural inspiration from different regions to support the establishment of effective institutions, governance frameworks and social networks to deliver resilient places. At a time when Manchester is pushing forward with its international ambitions, the PCSI provides a great opportunity to forge new connections and relationships in key economies and disciplines.”
The PCSI forum runs from 18 - 20 February in Hong Kong. Other panel members taking part in the three-day event include World Bank, World Green Building Council, Asia Development Bank and Cisco Systems.
Notes to editors
Jon Lovell is a Director of Deloitte Real Estate and is responsible for the international delivery of Deloitte’s sustainability services. He also serves on the global leadership team of Deloitte Sustainability, leading its Community of Practice on sustainability and the built environment. Mr. Lovell recently joined United Business Media’s global panel of thought-leaders on Future Cities. He has led a number of ground-breaking initiatives including low carbon transition strategies, commercial and community development projects, and real estate investment.
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