DR. THOMAS TANG
LEAD EXPERT: LEADERSHIP
Dr. Tang is a Hong Kong-based professional who specialises in sustainability and social innovation. His work focuses on urban settings covering social and environmental issues. From early sustainable building design projects in the 1990s, he has since carried out work on climate resilience, urban design, smart city strategy and social issues such as ageing populations and sustainable communities. As the CEO of a start-up company, he currently works with schools, non-profit organisations and corporations throughout Asia as a strategic advisor.
In his last role, Dr. Tang was a corporate director in the world’s largest engineering company where he set up its Asian sustainability & innovation centre, the Kuala Lumpur Centre for Sustainable Innovation (KLCSI) in 2017. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing regional programmes to improve the company’s sustainability and corporate responsibility performance. He previously held posts in consulting firms where he worked with client companies in the areas of environmental policy & management, sustainable best practices, green buildings, waste management, climate resilience, social impact and business responsibility.
As well as previously being an advisor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC and the United Nations, Dr. Tang is the co-author of “Global Best Practices in Sustainable Urban Development”, a review of 55 cities worldwide and their practices adopted towards achieving livability and sustainable growth.
Professional qualifications include Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and Certified Management Consultant from the Institute of Management Consulting. He is also an Adjunct Professor for the City University of Hong Kong MBA programme and a faculty associate of the Henley Business School.
Dr Tang is an Urban Scholar for UN’s Global Compact Cities Programme, an Advisory Board member of the Enactus initiative in Malaysia for business leaders and academia, a past Advisor to the HK Council for Sustainable Development, and a past President of the Institute of Management Consultants (Hong Kong).
He holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of London and Master in Business Administration from Henley Business School.