Managing Asia: Asia Builders



Asia Pacific's meteoric growth has created high demand for real estate. The region has responded with a stunning portfolio of high-rise, iconic structures that will feed a thriving construction industry from now till 2025. However, this unprecedented growth is facing increasing headwinds. Global uncertainties and slowing regional economies have thrown up concerns of overcapacity, rising debt and sustainability amid tightening liquidity. To what extent can Asia reach for the sky?

Award-winning CNBC anchor Christine Tan tackles the opportunities and challenges facing the world's largest real estate investment market today, and explores the building blocks essential to its success. Asia Builders, Managing Asia's inaugural on-ground event, is the convergent point for dynamic discussions between renowned architects, business leaders and the experts who are shaping our cities.

Christine Tan

CNBC Anchor

Christine Tan is the Singapore-based anchor for CNBC's longest-running feature program Managing Asia interviewing prominent CEOs and leaders of top companies doing business in Asia.

Tan has more than 17 years of experience in journalism, more than half of which was with CNBC. During her career, she has covered the business and financial market impact from major news events like the Asian Economic Crisis, the Dot Com Bubble Crash, 9-11 attacks in the US and SARS Outbreak.

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Moshe Safdie - FAIA, CC, RAIC

Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations.

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1938, Safdie relocated to Canada with his family in 1953. He graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn, Safdie returned to Montreal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ‘67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis. Over the past 50 years, Safdie has realized projects all over the world, including Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv; Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; and the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bintang Perbowo

President Director, Wijaya Karya

Bintang Perbowo has been reappointed as the President Director since May 25, 2013. Formerly, he was the President Director for the period of 2008-2013. Bintang Perbowo was the Finance Director of PT Pembangunan Perumahan (Persero) from 1999-2008 and had other important positions in the same company. He earned Master Degree in International Management from Prasetya Mulya Business School. Bintang Perbowo earned several awards namely “The Performing Construction CEO Indonesia Most Admired CEO” in 2013 and “Indonesia Most Admired CEO 2014 in Construction Category” from Warta Ekonomi.

Mr. Serge Pun

Chairman, SPA Group

Serge Pun is the Chairman of the SPA Group and of the Group’s Singapore-listed affiliate Yoma Strategic Holdings. In 1983, Serge Pun founded Serge Pun & Associates Limited in Hong Kong and established SPA Myanmar in 1991 upon his return to Myanmar. In 2006, Serge Pun led Yoma Strategic Holdings to a successful listing on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Mr. Jonathan Stein

Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Jonathan Stein is a managing partner in SOM's Chicago office. His leadership on projects focuses on the incorporation of client needs, local requirements, and an integrated approach to architecture and engineering. Notable projects include Tokyo Midtown, Tanjong Pagar Center, and the Pertamina Energy Tower.

Mr. Sorapoj Techakraisri

CEO, PACE Development

Sorapoj Techakraisri is the CEO of PACE Development Corporation PLC. Sorapoj’s most significant development is MahaNakhon, an architectural landmark that will become a new icon on Bangkok’s skyline. His vision is to make PACE Development a standout success in Thailand’s high-end real estate industry as a trusted, design-oriented property developer focusing on developments that cater to the needs and lifestyles of discerning buyers.




One-on-one Interview with Moshe Safdie

A special interview with the celebrated global architect behind Marina Bay Sands on his perspective on how Asian cities are progressing, and the possibilities ahead, along with the inspiration behind his latest works such as the Marina Bay Sands.


Tea Break


Panel Discussion

A high-powered session on the potential and challe114095 nges ahead for the world's largest real estate investment market, Asia.




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Singapore Institute of Building Limited

Incorporated in 1981, Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL) is the professional institute in Singapore for individuals engaged in building practice in managerial, technical or administrative capacities, encompassing the development, construction and maintenance of buildings as well as those engaged in academic research and teaching.

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