Yahan Cao is a social designer from Taiwan. She is now leading a project to design a better world for the elderlies. Instead of thinking she’s the “know-it-all” she asks for help and participation from the community itself as she facilitate change to happen.
Using design thinking to address social topics, Cao and her team is now working on a project in Guangzhou and in Xiguan in particular.
Wilson is a Chartered Member of the UK Landscape Institute, a Professional Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects and the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. In 2012 he received award from the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee for his outstanding achievements.
Wilson has designed, documented and administered a wide variety of architecture, landscape, urban planning and environmental projects, whilst specialising in sustainable design solutions with particular emphasis on socially inclusive design. He is focused on bringing contemporary international solutions to problem solving whilst introducing research themes in order to apply “out of the box’ thinking and challenge conventional approaches.
In this fast growing age of China, cities are losing their unique identities. Skyscrapers, glass, steel, concrete, they all look the same. Wood thinks it doesn’t have to be that way. Cities could preserve their very own identities whilst remaining competitive in today’s commercial world.
Wood is an American architect who designed Shanghai’s Xintiandi and Foshan’s Lingnan Tiandi, among other famous projects in China and around the world.
Public Good Practitioner
We normally think if someone cannot see, they cannot take photos, nor they will enjoy taking photos - and we are wrong. A project Jing Li and her team dedicated to has proved that people have visual impairment not only can take photos, they often leave people in awe.
Li and her team has taken this project forward, by inviting normal people to take this experience, to bring forward empathy in those people towards people with visual impairment.
Lu Jun is a contemporary artist. He finds new ways of recreating the traditional Chinese Ink Painting.
He won the Photography Gold medal, the Sculpture Bronze and the Digital art Silver Prize separately on the 7th, 9th and 10th X Biennale di Firenze. He also won as the outstanding photographer of Pingyao International photography. In addition, he was honoured as one of the 100 creative talented artists in Creative Genius: 100 Contemporary Artists.
Lu Jun was the one who originally starts the creative work on “Digital Ink”. By capturing the moments that the colours taking changes in the water, he perfectly present different scenarios while colours meet the water. Actually, this can be tracked back to the Chinese traditional wash paintings in old time, but he renovates the story telling style, and develops it as a more abstract and contemporary artistic expression.
When Linda was 11 years old she immigrated to Canada from China with her parents. Majored in molecular biology, all her family and herself were all expecting she would become a scientist. A volunteer trip to China when she was 21 changed her perspective. She found her passion lied in rural areas of China and wanted to contribute to its development.
When she was 25 years old she decided to resign from her then job as a researcher in Ontario Ministry of Health in Canada, came back to China and devote herself into topics of rural China development. She is now partner of a social enterprise Rice Harmony Cooperative.
With ancestral roots in Taishan, Guangdong, China, Yan was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, to a restaurateur father and a grocer mother. Yan began to cook at the age of 12. He moved to Hong Kong when he was 13.
Promoting Chinese cuisine, making it easy for the cook and tasty for the guests has been his life-long mission. Yan is now a world celebrity chef, television host and Chinese food ambassador.
Metro started their career in 1998 singing aboard several ships with Celebrity Cruises. After recording two trendsetting albums, in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Metro has established themselves as powerful artists in the Asian music market.
They recorded their first Cantonese music video, My Pride, in 2009 and the response was overwhelming. Shortly after, in 2010, Metro recorded Beyond’s famous rock ballad, Under A Vast Sky, making them a household name in Asian communities around the world. Metro currently makes their home in Hong Kong, China.
Animal Welfare Activist
Chang works for the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society and fights hard for the survival of the dolphins with the local research team. His team’s aim is to help the population of Chinese white dolphins and finless porpoises to thrive within Hong Kong water.
Besides working for wild animals, the team also aims to deal with captivity issue. As a person who has seen both captive and wild dolphins during his work, Taison has the sense about the difference between animals in both environments. Recent years, he actively works with local and international activist group and involved in protests and public awareness event in Hong Kong, as well as Mainland China.
In consumer robotics a lot of attention is given to technical achievements, especially to create humanoid robots. Industrial designer Tommie Varekamp argues that robots with less technology, but more focus on character are better at bringing technology closer to users and humans in general.
Tommie Varekamp works as designer and project manager at Orange Creatives, an international design agency in Guangzhou. Having studied ‘Design for Interaction’ in the Netherlands, he gets really enthusiastic about the user experience of smart products. Especially when cooperating with all the involved disciplines, to make sure that everyone contributes to one coherent design.
Tommie Varekamp目前在广州的一家国际设计公司Orange Creatives工作，是一名设计师和项目经理。在荷兰学习了交互设计之后，他就尤为关注智能产品的用户体验。特别是保证各部门的项目组成员都能发挥所长，设计出一致的作品。
Tristan Roquette is the founder of Teamacting, a consulting firm specialized in management and leadership. He believes in there is a better version of leadership - and a better version of workplace.
Roquette also advises the European Chamber of Commerce in China and Roquette Asia.
Educator & Innovator
Disasters have become a new normal for lots of people. Yanjun Cai argues that vulnerable populations, who are equipped with invisible capacities, can demonstrate innovation and transformation through disaster experiences.
Yanjun is a PhD Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii. As an educator and innovator in various institutes all over the world, such as University at Albany, UNDP, ADB, Yanjun’s work lie in community development and resilience building through creative approaches.
Zhiyong Xi is professor at Sun Yat-sen University and Michigan State University. In the world’s largest farm located in Guangzhou, Xi and his team of researchers are experimenting with using the biology of the Aedes mosquito against itself.
It’s all part of a plan to suppress a mosquito that can transmit Dengue Fever and the Zika virus. And so far, the results are promising.