Cities of the future: Urbanisation, megacities and how we will live in the future

In ASEAN alone, there are 20 cities with over 1.5 million citizens. From 2017 to 2030, South-east Asia’s urban population will grow by 100m people to 373m. In 2030, four cities – Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh – will have populations of over 10m people, while Kuala Lumpur will be close and Singapore is projected to have around 7m people.

What are the challenges of promoting productive, inclusive and sustainable urbanisation? How can cities be engines of development? What are the implications at the city-level for climate change, including mitigation and adaptation? How can businesses thrive in these cities?


Lara Boro

Group Chief Executive of The Economist Group

Nai Jia Lee

Head of Real Estate Intelligence, Data and Software Solutions at PropertyGuru

Caroline Wong

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer at James Cook University, Singapore

Hugh Lim

Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities

Sumana Rajarethnam

Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network


Times below are shown as GMT+8

08:00 – 08:30 – Doors open and registration

08:30 – 09:00 – Opening presentation

09:00 – 09:45 – Panel discussion

09:45 – 10:00 – Q&A and networking

Event Details


Raffles Hotel Singapore
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673

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