Keynote Speakers

Kongjian Yu

Professor, College of Architecture and Landscape, Peking University

Founder, Turenscape

Kongjian Yu, Doctor of Design at Harvard, is a professor and the founding dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape at Peking University. He is the founder and design principal of Turenscape. His pioneering researches on ecological security patterns and sponge cities have been adopted by the Chinese government as guiding theory for the nationwide ecological campaign. His projects have won numerous international awards, including 12 ASLA Excellence and Honour Awards and 5 WAF World Best Landscape of The Year Awards, and a ULI global award of excellence. He lectures worldwide, including over 60 keynote speeches at international conferences, and has taught for 5 years at Harvard GSD as a visiting professor. He was elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of American Society of Landscape Architects. He received the Doctor Honoris Causa from the Sapienza University of Rome and Honorary Doctor from Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Adam White


President of the Landscape Institute (LI) Director at Davies White Ltd.

Adam White is a Fellow and the 43rd President of the ‘Royal Chartered’ Landscape Institute. Along with landscape architect Andrèe Davies, they established Davies White Ltd in 2008. They are Double RHS Gold Medal, Double People’s Choice Award and RHS Best in Show winning landscape architects. Adam is a Member of the Garden Media Guild and a design member of BALI. Adam was made a Fellow in 2012 for his services to ‘children’s health & wellbeing’. During 2018 and 2019 Adam & Andrèe designed four RHS #BackToNature gardens with HRH the Duchess of Cambridge to help reconnect families with nature. Also in 2019 Adam has been supporting Sir David Attenborough’s work and at the #LIAwards he presented Sir David with a LI lifetime achievement Medal and made him an Honorary Landscape Architect. Adam and Andrèe’s work has been profiled in The Times, Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian. Their Lyric Theatre Roof Garden project is listed in Elle Decors Worlds Top 10 Most Enchanting Gardens.

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Founder & Director of Landprocess

Founder of Porous City Network

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect who works on building green public space that tackles climate change. She founded and directs Landprocess, a landscape architecture firm based in Bangkok that focuses on improving Thailand’s productive public spaces. At the same time, she leads the Porous City Network, a landscape architecture social enterprise working to increase urban resilience in her hometown, Bangkok, Thailand. Her passion is solving urban ecological problems through landscape architectural design. She has worked on notable projects, including a major urban ecological park at the heart of Bangkok and a number of innovative public landscape designs. Kotchakorn is also a highly active campaigner for public green space and is a design consultant for the Redevelopment of Bangkok in celebrating its 250th anniversary. During graduate school, she co-founded the Kounkuey Design Initiative, an international partnership that works with communities in difficult landscapes to design and rebuild public space through a participatory process. She is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Climate Fellow, Atlantic Fellow and Asia Foundation Development Fellow. She received her master’s in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In November 2019, Kotchakorn Voraakhom was named by TIME as one of the TIME100Next, a list that features leaders who are shaping the future of their fields.

Fahmi Fadzil

Member of Parliament,

Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur

Fahmi Fadzil is currently a Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai in Kuala Lumpur. He also serves as the Communications Director for KEADILAN and has been active in politics since the years of the “Reformasi” movement in 1998. Fahmi Fadzil has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering (BSChe) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Prior to joining KEADILAN in 2010, Fahmi Fadzil was a writer and award-winning theatre performer. His work in Lembah Pantai focuses on four development aspects, namely housing, education, urban development and employment. For example, in Q2 2020, the Lembah Pantai Work Centre will be set up to help residents living and working in the constituency. Fahmi Fadzil is also one of the most vocal MPs in Parliament, most recently found to be asking the most number of questions to ministries, championing the dreams and aspirations of the ‘Rakyat’ (People).