Panel Discussion topic: “Sustainability after 2020. What will it mean for our cities of the future?”
Mrs. Kathleen Ferrier is actively involved in issues relating to international relations, with a focus on human rights, migration, education, health and sustainability. Born in Suriname, she worked on grassroots health, education, and development projects in Chile and Brazil, before serving as a member of parliament in the Netherlands for ten years. Mrs. Ferrier lived in Hong Kong from 2013 until 2018. Since 2013, where she was a lecturer at HKBU, and taught master-classes on politics and human rights at different Hong Kong Universities and throughout the region. Since 2018, she is based in The Netherlands and is the Chair of the Dutch UNESCO Commission. Mrs. Ferrier writes articles and columns, is a public speaker on female empowerment and leadership, international relations and the principle of diversity as a source of strength.
Mr. Paul Zimmerman is an elected councillor in the Southern District representing the Pokfulam constituency. Born in the Netherlands, Mr. Zimmerman arrived in Hong Kong in 1984. He has a Masters in Social Science (Economics) from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning from The University of Hong Kong. Prior to his public work, he built and sold a successful design company and was Executive Director of MF Jebsen International with responsibility for travel and automotive businesses. He is the CEO of Designing Hong Kong, a non-profit organization devoted to improving urban planning, design and livability of Hong Kong, and is now full-time dedicated to public service. He champions these causes by advocating good planning and sustainable development through many NGOs and alliances. He was awarded an Honorary Membership of the American Institute of Architects (HK) for his role in improving the harbourfront of Victoria Harbour.
Mrs. Layla Al-Zubaidi is the Director of the regional office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she headed the Foundation’s regional offices in Cape Town and Beirut. Currently, Mrs. Al-Zubaidi is specialising in the socio-political dimensions of technological and digital change. Layla Al-Zubaidi studied social anthropology and Islam studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany and at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA.
Mr. Martin Ho is currently working as Coordinator at the GSEF Secretariat located in Seoul, Korea. The Global Social Economy Forum is a global social and solidarity economy (SSE) network that aims to serve as a hub for sharing visions and experiences through cross-border collaboration and cooperation based on multilateral (public-private-community) partnerships for an inclusive, equitable and human centered world. Mr. Ho’s main task is to develop projects for promoting the idea of SSE, providing a favorable environment for the growth of SSE entities and coordinating capacity building programme to local government officials and stakeholders in Asia and Anglophone Africa.
Ms. Preeti Shah has been associated with the Goethe-Institut for the last 10 years. She is responsible for providing support to schools offering German Language classes, as well as for arranging scholarships, conducting teacher training programs, and organizing various German-related events for students, teachers and principals in North India and Nepal. Her expertise lies in online teaching methodologies, among other areas. She is a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) expert. Apart from that, she is a part of the Sustainable Visionaries Team of the Goethe-Institut.
Dr. Ma holds a PhD in earth sciences and is the Associate Director of the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the world’s first museum dedicated to the theme of climate change. He also serves as the Assistant Director of the CUHK Secretariat of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Hong Kong chapter. Dr. Ma began his career in academic research, then moved onto the natural resources industry, and now returned to the university focusing on climate change communication and sustainable development.