Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Tropics Forum

Challenges & opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region



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15 December 2016
United Nations Conference Centre
Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand

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Join us for a special event that explores the challenges and opportunities for sustainable infrastructure development in the world’s tropical zone. Hosted by State of the Tropics alliance partners James Cook University and Mahidol University, the forum will bring together business leaders, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders from throughout the Asia-Pacific to explore the critical role the region has to play as the world redefines the global development agenda.

State of the Tropics is a global alliance of leading research institutions providing in-depth coverage and analysis of key social, economic and environmental issues affecting the tropical world. With the support of the Australian Government’s Australia-ASEAN Council this forum is part of a series of events exploring key development issues in the Asia-Pacific region and its significance to the tropics and beyond.


image-200Ms Octavia Borthwick – Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Thailand

With a long and distinguished career working in foreign affairs, trade and development in the region, Ms Borthwick brings to the role not only a strong understanding of the political-economies of the region – but importantly a strong understanding of current trends and trajectories.

marcus-lane-225x300  Professor Marcus Lane – Dean, Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University.

Professor Lane has research experience in diverse aspects of environmental policy and management. His particular research foci are: Indigenous environmental management, agri-environmental management, and the social and economic impacts of major resource developments such as mining, forestry and tourism. Forest management and, in particular, the contested transition of forests to conservation tenures, is a particular specialisation.

He has won awards for his research in environmental impact assessment and has been recognised as one of the most cited scholars of planning by the (American) Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. His current work is concerned with social and economic transition in rural landscapes.

Prior to joining James Cook University, Professor Lane was Dean (Academic) of Arts, Education and Law at Griffith University. In this role he had responsibility for academic staff and programs, Internationalisation and marketing. In 2007, Professor Lane was recruited by CSIRO to establish and lead the Social and Economic Sciences Research Program. In five years, this Program grew to 150 scientists located across Australia and deploying to a diverse range of research agendas, including: biosecurity, land and water management, international development, and agriculture.

gabby Gabrielle Costigan – CEO, Asia Linfox Logistics

Gabby has a distinguished international logistics career with great experience in managing international supply chains.
As CEO Asia Linfox Logistics, Gabby is responsible for efficiently managing Linfox operations across Asia, developing the senior leadership team and nurturing our business footprint.
Gabby has vast experience in managing diverse and complex supply chains across Asia. Her logistics experience includes leading roles in the aviation industry and in the Australian and US military.
Gabby holds a Master of Arts, Strategy and Management and a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of New South Wales and Diplomas in Defence Studies and Logistics Management from the Australian
Command and Staff College in Canberra.

11cmmu_0596_sooksanAssociate Professor Sooksan Kantabutra
Associate Dean for Research, College of Management, Mahidol University

A graduate of Chiang Mai University, Associate Professor Sooksan Kantabutra completed his Ph.D. at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Mahidol University in 2002, Dr. Kantabutra worked with a global consulting firm where he advised multinational corporations on leadership and change for several years, after graduating with an MBA from Bentley University, Massachusetts, USA. Internationally, Dr. Kantabutra has been a Research Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership in Australia and the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change, Hong Kong Institute of Education in China.

As a recipient of Mahidol University’s Most Internationally Cited Researcher Award, Dr. Kantabutra has published extensively in the area of vision-based leadership, sustainable leadership and sustainable enterprises. His significant contribution to the field of strategy and leadership is a proposed theory of organizational vision that bridges the gap among the prevailing vision-based leadership theories, and has been adopted by practitioners and extended by researchers throughout the world. Given his original research, Dr. Kantabutra was named by Emerald Publishing Group in the UK, for three consecutive years, Highly Commended Paper Award Winners for his vision and sustainable leadership research reports at Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence and by the World Human Resource Development Congress 2012 the Outstanding Leadership Award Winner for his leadership and contribution to the field. In Thailand, Dr. Kantabutra was a member of the pioneering team at Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board to investigate into the application of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy of Sufficiency Economy in business enterprises. His pioneering research on the royal philosophy of Sufficiency Economy in business organizations has informed policies and practices of numerous businesses in Thailand today.

Dr. Kantabutra is a board member for Thailand Sustainable Development Institute and the Center of the Study of Sufficiency Economy at Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration. Since 2003, Dr Kantabutra has promoted the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy among business people in Thailand. Among his key roles, he has directed the development of the Sufficiency Economy Business Standard for Thailand’s Royal Development Projects Board. He is also a member of the Thai Government’s strategic committee to promote the philosophy in the business and industry sectors.

santucciLorenzo Santucci, Chief, ad interim
Sustainable Urban Development Section
Environment and Development Division
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Lorenzo is currently the Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he has been employed since 2005. He is responsible for different projects and topics pertaining to sustainable urban development, including low carbon and resource-efficient cities, sustainable infrastructure development, and good governance, among others. He was responsible for the development of the Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific, a comprehensive blueprint for countries in Asia-Pacific to pursue a low carbon green growth development path, as well as other publications, such as the Guidelines for Inclusive and Sustainable Infrastructure, or Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities.


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