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For the 2nd consecutive year, BrandHK proudly presents WRLDCTY, the global forum for urban innovation. While the global COVID-19 pandemic has kept us physically apart, the virtual WRLDCTY Festival unites cities and urban innovators more strongly than ever. Our programme this year highlights the qualities and aspirations of Hong Kong’s urbanity and mobility: Airport City vision, harbourfront experience, new cultural landmarks, entrepreneurial flair, night safaris and exciting opportunities in the Greater Bay Area.

Discussion panels

From City Airport to Airport City

The global pandemic brought air travel to a grinding halt, but it didn’t distract from the visionary infrastructural developments underway in Hong Kong. Airport Authority Hong Kong’s mammoth “Airport City” project is taking shape with a view to securing Hong Kong as the region’s international aviation hub… a Double Gateway to the world and the Greater Bay Area. Game-changing projects outlined in the “Airport City” blueprint, involving investment of over HK$40 billion (US$5.12 billion) and targeting 2030 for completion, will re-define the travel-business-lifestyle relationship in the 21st century. This panel discussion invites experts from various fields to discuss the possibilities/prospects under the “Airport City” vision and how it will take technology, sustainability, economic activity and city living to the next level.


Emily Tan, Correspondent, CNBC International
Emily Tan, 
CNBC International


Chee Choong Ng, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, DHL Express Hong Kong & Macau
Chee Choong Ng, Senior VP & MD, DHL Hong Kong & Macau
Larry Leung, Vice President, Operations, K11 Concepts Limited
Larry Leung, Vice President, Operations, K11 Concepts Limited
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations, Airport Authority Hong Kong
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations, AAHK

Urban Innovation in Hong Kong: Smart City and Beyond

From the world’s largest arts and cultural development, to a world-class harbourfront experience and people-centric smart city, Hong Kong’s urban landscape is being transformed like never before. This panel gathers leading policy- and place-makers, architects and innovators to discuss the future of smart city living from different perspectives.


    Dr Winnie Tang, Founder and Chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong) Ltd
    Dr Winnie Tang, Founder
    and Chairman of Esri
    China (Hong Kong) Ltd


    Inge Goudsmit, Assistant
    Professor, School
    of Architecture, CUHK
    Vincent Ng,
    Chairman, Harbourfront Commission


    Feel the energy and business vibrancy of Hong Kong start-ups. Meet Benjamin Quinlan, Rhaime Kim and Daniel Wong who get their visions and dreams off the ground with just a little push.


      Benjamin Quinlan,
      CEO & Managing Partner, Quinlan & Associates
      Rhaime Kim,
      COO, Rice Robotics
      Daniel Wong,
      COO, Talon (Hong Kong)

      “Full of Surprises” Experiences

      Our Labour of Love - First Expert Insider Tour of M+

      Sneak peek at M+… find out why Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, opening at Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District on November 12, is so remarkable. Museum Director, Suhanya Raffel guides you on an architectural tour of the world’s newest museum sensation.

      Dr Winnie Tang, Founder and Chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong) Ltd
      Suhanya Raffel,
      Museum Director, M+

      Hong Kong’s Nighttime Safaris

      Go off the beaten track on some adrenaline-pumping tours to experience the lesser-known side of Hong Kong: challenging mountain bike trail adventures, nocturnal bird-watching, searching for water buffalo and even snake-hunting – all brought to you by Hong Kong’s night safari experts Roland Sharman, Alex Croney and William Sargent. These episodes include:

      - Close Encounters With Snakes 
      - What A Wonderful Underwater World 
      - At The Top of Asia's World City


      Roland Sharman,
      Founder & Adventurer
      Alex Croney,
      Diving Instructor,
      Sai Kung Scuba
      William Sargent,
      Hong Kong Snake Expert

      Diversity and Connectivity: What You Need to Know about Greater Bay Area

      Get a fresh perspective on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (known as “GBA) to find out why the growth potential in this emerging economic region is too good to miss. Angel investor Karena Belin provides her take on the opportunities ahead. 

      Karena Belin,
      Co-Founder, COO/CFO,
      RO, AngelHub