Speaker line-up at 4th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

Event from October 2-4, 2013, to engage public, private and people sector stakeholders in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues

(Top row, from left) Dr. Rodel Lasco; Senator Loren Legarda; Alicia Bala; Dr. Krasae Chanawongse; (bottom row, from left) Henry Cisneros; Corazon “Dinky” Soliman; Dr. Liu Thai-Ker; Vikram Gandhi.

BANGKOK (September 10, 2013) — More than 130 plenary and track speakers will lead interactive sessions and discussions at the 4th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum which will be held at the Dusit Thani Manila from October 2 to 4.

The event organized by Habitat for Humanity is the leading platform for advocating affordable housing solutions and decent shelter for low-income families, and was last held in the Philippine capital in 2009. It brings under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues.

Plenary speakers include Alicia Bala, Deputy Secretary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations); Henry Cisneros, former US Housing Secretary and Founder/Chairman of institutional investment firm CityView; Philippine Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Committee on Climate Change and Committee on Environment; Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Chairman and Executive Director of Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Center; Dr. Rodel Lasco, Scientific Director of Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center); Dr. Liu Thai-Ker, former Chief Executive Officer of Singapore’s Housing Development Board and Advisory Board Chairman, Center for Liveable Cities; Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development; and Vikram Gandhi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Delhi-based VSG Capital Advisors.

The Forum will feature five discussion tracks focusing on affordable housing finance, disaster resilience and climate change, shared value and corporate social responsibility leadership, housing policy and advocacy, and sustainable housing solutions.

The event will also include a one-day workshop by Wharton School on housing finance, a workshop on the Eco-Town Framework by the Philippine Climate Change Commission, and demonstration/discussion workshops by the Asian Development Bank on energy efficiency technologies and sustainable energy.

Entry to these workshops is free for those who have registered for the Forum but seats are limited. for the Forum and visit for more information.

The Forum is supported by sponsors and partners including Aditya Birla Group, Asian Development Bank, Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Bayer MaterialScience, PT Caturkarsa Megatunggal, Cemex Philippines, Citi, Energy Development Corporation, Philippine Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Move.org, and Philippine Climate Change Commission.

The media have also come onboard as partners of Habitat for Humanity for the Forum. The media partners are , a major Philippine commercial television network; Asian news network ; widely read broadsheet ; and , a social news network in the Philippines.