Keynote Speakers


Norliza Hashim is the Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia, a Centre of Excellence for Community Well-being and Urban Sustainability, under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia; where she leads a team that focus on the implementation of sustainable urbanisation policies in cities and regions through the Malaysia SDG Cities program and shared knowledge platforms, development of innovative urban community-based solutions and through collaborative partnerships.

Norliza was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor to the International Islamic University Malaysia at the Kulliyah of Architecture Environmental Design, where she provides guidance on sustainable development agenda and the development of future planning directions for the university.

She is a professional Town Planner and her experience of 30 years covers a wide spectrum of the planning discipline and she has developed master plans and blueprints that has contributed towards Malaysia’s nation building. She had led a team of experts to develop the Low Carbon Cities Assessment Framework for the Ministry of Environment and Water and is the Adviser to the Malaysian Institute of Planner’s Low Carbon Cities and Sustainability Centre. She was President of Malaysia Institute of Planners and was the Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Housing, an accredited organisation of the UN-Habitat.

Norliza sits on the Leadership Council for Sustainable Development Solutions Network Malaysia, a Fellow Member of Institute MASA and several organisation related to sustainability as her passion lies in promoting the sustainability agenda and in providing innovative solutions that contributes towards better quality of life and built environment for cities and nations.

Prof. Zhang Ji from Tsinghua University

Zhang Jie is a professor of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University and the dean of the Tsinghua Heritage Conservation Institute. Zhang is the vice-chairman of the Historical and Cultural Cities Academic Committee for the Urban Planning Society of China, the head of the Historical and Cultural Streets Committee for the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics, and the executive member of the Historic Towns and Villages Committee for the International Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

Zhang has also been in charge of many key historical and cultural protection and planning projects, including the city of Guangzhou in the Guangdong province and the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys in Fuzhou, Fujian province. Zhang is a winner of a dozen national and international awards.

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