Keynote Speaker (Day 2)

Mr. Paul Zimmermann

Southern District Council Vice Chairman
CEO, Designing Hong Kong
Director, Civic Exchange

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.

Keynote Speech (click link for video): Rediscovering Hong Kong Coastal Trail

Abstract: Through rediscovering and reinstating lost trails we can enhance the network of urban and countryside trails throughout Hong Kong. This will increase alternative hiking routes available to all people, including the elderly, children and the disabled. Doing so will not only improve their enjoyment of the city but also improve public health.

One such route is the ‘Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail’. The project objective is to connect existing promenades and trails into a complete coastal trail around Hong Kong Island. This will enhance the walkability of our waterfronts and bring people closer to the water. In turn, we promote a water-friendly culture and the variety of activities available along our shores. ​