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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order by surname)


Through knowledge-sharing by visionaries and experts from all over the world, we seek to establish that sustainability is now on an utmost important agenda of mankind, which is indispensable from the growth and development of our global communities. 


Our keynote speakers will be sharing their thoughts and perspectives on distinct topics of sustainable living. Meet the inspiring keynote speakers of ICSDE 2020 by registration now! 





Dr Julie King

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries at the University of South Wales


Dr King has worked in academia over 25 years, in 1994 she joined Nottingham Trent University establishing a pioneering online trend sourcing website, creating the first CD catalogue of designer catwalk collections for Drapers in 1998.


At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she established the first MA in Fashion and Textiles in the Asia Pacific region, and was Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University between 2003-2014, becoming Director of the Fashion and Design Institute in Mauritius on sabbatical from DMU. In 2014 she became Head of Fashion at the University of Northampton, and in 2019 moved to The University of South Wales to become Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries. Since 2003 she has been Events Director for the ASBCI, is the Textile Institute’s Chair of the Design Special Interest Group, and a member of the FTC Steering Committee since 2012. She is an academic consultant at the University of Hull, works with the Open University and has been a visiting professor, guest judge and academic consultant at numerous global institutions.


An expert in colour forecasting, the subject of her PhD, she worked as a forecaster with Global Colour Research, has published in books, journals, delivered conference papers, guest lectures and keynote speeches. She is regularly invited to review conference abstracts and papers and participate in the organising committees of such events.








Prof Alan Kin-Tak Lau

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development) at the Swinburne University of Technology


Professor Lau is a product designer, practical engineer, academic and manager in both the academic and commercial sectors. He received 4-year craft apprentice training in an engineering company in Hong Kong beginning in 1987. He went on to obtain Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University, Australia in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2001. He was appointed Assistant Professor at PolyU in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor and then Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013, he was appointed Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering in the same university. Due to his strong connection with the Hong Kong product design and development industry, he was also appointed as Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering in the same year. In the past 10 years, he has been involved in over 50 projects with local small and medium enterprises. The nature of works includes but not limited to material and structural failure analysis, product design platform and life cycle management, aviation and new materials for aircraft and digital transformation for business sector. Currently, he is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development) of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Dr Lau has received numerous research and teaching awards in the past years. His publications have led him received over 19,500 citations with h-index of 67 of his published articles to date. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Arts.  He is also Independent Non-Executive Director of King’s Flair International (Holdings) Limited. Last year, he was named as the Australian research theme leader in “Advanced composite materials”.




Prof Stephen Lau

Honorary Professor, The University of Hong Kong &

Visiting Professor, Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture


Trained as an Architect (HKU and the Bartlett), Professor Lau specializes in sustainable building and urban design. He has expertise in architectural acoustics, light and lighting, green building rating and design. He is a Registered Architect (HK), Certified Carbon Auditor, proficiency in LEED (U.S.A.), BREEAM (U.K.), GBL Assessor (China Green Building).


Previously at HKU (1985-2014) - Chair of Faculty, Associate Dean (HR/Resources) Associate Dean (International), Acting Head, M. Arch Coordinator, Director of the PhD Programme, Associate Professor. He has completed sixty research projects as Principal Investigator with research interests on Asian Mega-cities, and human-oriented environmental and building design. Internationally, he was a member to the European Union EU-Urban Knowledge Asia Network UKNA, the EU-Multiple and Intensive Land Use MILU Research Project, and the International Society of Habitat Engineering and Design ISHED (Japan), CIB Task Group 39- Megacities; International Initiatives on Sustainable Built Environment iiSBE (Canada). In practice, He has won awards, prizes, competitions as collaborators/leader of international/local design teams; advisor to OMA-AMO Asia (2010-14), and Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall RMJM-HK. He exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennale 2009.


He has been Visiting Professor to the Utrecht University the Netherlands, Senior Visiting Fellow UNSW, and Honorary Professor to numerous universities in China. Currently, he is Honorary Professor to the University of Hong Kong, Tongji, Southeast, and others; he serves as Vice-Chair of the China Green Building Council Hong Kong and Macau Chapters.


At the National University of Singapore, he served as Deputy Head - Research, Director: PhD Programme, Tropical Technologies Laboratory, M.Sc. Integrated Sustainable Design, Centre of Advanced Study of Architecture. He supervised research students, M Arch theses, taught modules in climatic responsive architecture, green buildings, and sustainability seminars.


In research, he is Co-Principal Investigator of two public-funded multidisciplinary research projects on Building Integrated Photovoltaics, he is also PI, Co-PI of other research grants on urban noise modelling, biophilia and climatic responsive passive design, and three projects of the Tropical Technologies: renewable energies, productive façade and natural ventilation. His current research interest is Human-oriented Building and Environment Design; Man-Machine Interactive Control (IoT) of Building Performance; Building Use Study; and Biophilic Urbanism. Professionally, he is an active member of the China Green Building Council and lectured regularly in China.









Prof Ming-Jer Tsai

Associate Dean of the College of Bioresources and Agriculture & Director, the Experimental Forest at the National Taiwan University


Immersed himself in forestry for over 30 years, Dr Tsai has focused on wooden construction, wood preservation, wood mechanics, investigation & restoration of damaged wood structures and forest therapy throughout his academic career. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Forestry from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan in 1985 & 1987 respectively. He received his PhD from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany in 1996. He started his career in National Taiwan University as the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Later, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry at the National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor and Full Professor in the School of Forestry and Resource Conservation in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Since 2014, he became the Director of the Experimental Forest and was further appointed as the Associate Dean of the College of Bioresources and Agriculture, National Taiwan University.


Dr Tsai’s contribution to forestry and agriculture has been widely recognized. He has been awarded by different academic and professional bodies, including Grant of Emachu Research Fund, Distinguished Contribution on Restoration on Historical Buildings in Taiwan, Grant of Chinese Forestry Association, Grant of Chinese Forest Product Industry – Association for distinguished contribution on Wood Physics and Grant of Top 10 Outstanding Agricultural Experts in Taiwan, 2016. As an expert in Wood physics, he has provided his expertise to several organizations cross-disciplinarily such as the National Center for Research and Preservation of Cultural Properties under the Council of Cultural Affairs & National Standard Bureau in the Department of Economic Affairs.


He is the reviewer of various international journals and was the member of the International Editorial Board of Materials and Design in 2009. Furthermore, he has been the Deputy Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) since 2002.