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Public Lecture
GE2021-17
Urban Farming as a Method – Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future
Date 日期:  29 Sep 2021
 
Time 時間: 6:45pm - 8:15pm
 
Venue 地點: MW-T4, Meng Wah Complex, HKU and online via Zoom
 
Speaker(s) 講師: Ms. Akina Ho
Mr. Bjorn Low
Mr. Leo Lo 
 
Summary 內容: Urban Edible Spaces Forum Series

Urban Farming as a Method – Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future

More and more people are living in cities—it is projected that over two-thirds of world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. But for decades, we were not aware of the adverse impact of urbanisation on the environment, and thus on our well-being, due to excessive development and inadequate planning. Amongst an array of issues, the shrinking workforce in rural agriculture poses risks to food security and cities relying on imports from limited sources. Urban farming is one way to alleviate such a problem. Innovative methods are developed to produce food in compact city spaces, and edible landscapes have gained in popularity over the years. In this forum, speakers will discuss how urban farming can help to build a sustainable and resilient future.

 
Moderator: Mr. Leo Lo (Convenor, Future Foundation; Founder, Asia PropTech)

Speakers:
Ms. Akina Ho 
(Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, The Great Eagle Company Limited)
Mr. Bjorn Low
 (Co-founder, Edible Garden City, Singapore)

Date: 29/9/2021 (Wed)
Time: 18:45 – 20:15
Venue: MW-T4, Meng Wah Complex, HKU and online via Zoom
Language: English


Registration:

For HKU students and staff (face-to-face) - https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=77691
For HKU students and staff (online) - https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=77708
For alumni and public (online) - https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=77692&guest=Y



Co-organisers:
General Education, CEDARS, HKU
Future Foundation

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Bio of Speaker(s) 講者簡介: 
Ms. Akina Ho

Akina has 20 years of experience in change management, innovative technology, consulting, finance, hospitality and global sales operations management experience, starting from Silicon Valley to worldwide. Akina is leading a new department at Great Eagle to execute digital transformation and innovation at the group level and also across all subsidiaries globally. She is also part of the investment committee that evaluates start-ups in cutting-edge technology and disruptive business models across different industries.









Mr. Bjorn Low

Bjorn Low is a practicing urban farmer and a social changemaker. He is an Ashoka fellow, a young leader of the World Cities Summit and the co-founder of Edible Garden City, an urban farming social enterprise. Bjorn’s practice and research focuses on identifying the value that urban agriculture brings to the communities of highly dense and food import dependent cities such as Singapore. He has a keen interest on social ecology and how the rapidly aging population present a new opportunity for urban care farms to play a bigger role in the rejuvenation of cities.






Mr. Leo Lo

Mr. Leo Lo is a trailblazer in the PropTech industry and actively forges partnerships with PropTech companies in the globe and building up the ecosystem: Asia PropTech, synergizing the forces and knowledge from PropTech startups, real estate players, and investors to co-create ideas and solutions among the property industry, for the continuous improvements of our building environment.  With the ambition to expand the adaptation of PropTech from property industry to urban space for a generation of greater social impacts, Leo has set up a social enterprise, Future Foundation, with the mission to advocate the usage of technologies and innovations to transform the city’s unused space into used space, and used space to a better place.