Built to Last

Championing Gender Equality and Diversity in the Built Environment

Built to Last

Championing Gender Equality and Diversity in the Built Environment

The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong invites organisations and individuals connected with and operating in the Built Environment sector in Hong Kong to take part in a live event championing gender equality and diversity.

In mid-2021 AustCham undertook research into the attitudes, perceptions and barriers to career progression women face working in the built environment sector in Hong Kong, across advisory, design, construction and infrastructure industries. This groundbreaking survey - the first of its kind in Hong Kong - provides insights into the issues companies need to address to build a pipeline of talent, retain and grow their talent base in the face of changing industries, and structural challenges for women working in the sector.

On Thursday 11 November, the Chamber will host a 120-person face-to-face event where the findings of our research will be revealed, followed by a discussion of the results, implications and recommendations with industry leaders in the sector. Media coverage across Hong Kong and Australia is expected.

The event will include:

  • insights and the findings of the research
  • discussion on common barriers to women's progression across industries
  • recommendations for the public and private sectors to improve women's participation outcomes
  • networking opportunities with industry experts and sector leaders

Who should attend?

  • Senior representatives across the built environment sectors (real estate; construction; infrastructure; architecture; design)
  • Talent leaders seeking insight on diversity and inclusion in the built environment
  • Corporate, public and not for profit leaders interested in advancing diversity and inclusion outcomes in Hong Kong

Event rundown:
5.00pm Guests Arrive/Registration
5.45pm Presentation and Panel Discussion 
7.00pm Networking
8.00pm Event Concludes

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Lavinia Smith.

Interested attendees can contact AustCham for registration.

Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.


Platinum Sponsor
Leighton Asia
Leighton Asia

Gold Sponsor
Turner & Townsend
Turner & Townsend
MTR Corporation
MTR Corporation

Silver Sponsor
JEB Group
JEB Group

Supported By


Thu, November 11, 2021


05:00 PM - 08:00 PM



Eaton Club



Christina Gaw
Managing Principal, Global Head of Capital Markets & Co-Chair of Alternative Investments | Gaw Capital Partners

Christina is a Managing Principal, Global Head of Capital Markets and Co-Chair of Alternative Investments. She works closely with limited partners relating to capital raising and new product developments. Gaw Capital is a real estate private equity firm and has raised six commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund, a growth equity fund and provides services for separate account direct investments globally. The firm has over USD$ 30.7 billion in AUM as of Q1 2021. She also serves as Executive Director of Pioneer Global Group (0224.HK) and Independent Non-Executive Director and Member of the Finance and General Committee and the Sustainability Committee of CLP Holdings Limited (0002.HK).

Ms. Gaw was named Global PERE’s Rainmaker 30 and awarded “Business Women of the Year Awards” by CEO Today Global Awards in 2019, and named as one of the Top 10 PERE’s Women of Influence in 2021.

Prior to joining Gaw Capital, Christina had an investment banking career with Goldman Sachs and UBS as Managing Director for over 15 years, with responsibilities as Head of Asia Equities Distribution and as Head of APAC Capital Introduction team within Prime Brokerage. She has deep experience in covering some of the largest institutional investors globally.

Christina is also active in community and educational sector capacity work in Hong Kong. She is currently an honorary advisor of Hong Kong PropTech Association, a board member of InspiringHK Sports Foundation and an advisor of Teach for Hong Kong, Time Auction, finance committee member and board member of Hong Kong International School, board member of Stellart International School of Arts, executive committee vice chairwoman of St. Paul’s Co-educational College Alumni Association, corporate member of the Cheltenham Ladies College UK, school supervisor for TWGHs S. C. Gaw Memorial College and the council member of Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She has also served as the board member of The Women’s Foundation for over 10 years from 2009 to 2019 and the board treasurer of The Hong Kong Ballet Group from 2010 to 2017.

Christina received her B.S in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, California. 

Morag Pyott
Head of Corporate Services, Asia Pacific | HSBC

Morag is the head of Corporate Services at HSBC for the Asia Pacific region.   Morag joined HSBC in March 2015 and is based in Hong Kong. Working closely with the global businesses and functions, Corporate Services is responsible for devising, planning and delivering best-in-class office, retail, training, residential, data centre and protective services solutions across this diverse region.  The CS team is instrumental in supporting HSBC’s ambition around Future of Work as well as Energy & Sustainability. The HSBC property portfolio in ASP is circa. 15+ million SF across 19 geographies, supporting 120,000+ employees. HSBC is a landlord, developer and tenant, therefore the role of CS is diverse.



Morag has over 25 years of experience in the corporate real estate and construction industries in Asia and UK.  Her skills and experience include leading and managing culturally diverse teams in all aspects of corporate real estate management: strategy & planning, transaction management, facilities & project management, as well as Protective Security. She started her career in the Oil & Gas Industry and after working in London for 6 years, she moved to Hong Kong in 1996, where she continues to work today.

Michael Camerlengo
Partner, Head of Infrastructure and Head of Government | KPMG

Michael leads the Government practice for KPMG in the Asia Pacific region and the Infrastructure sector for KPMG in China.


He is an experienced advisor in social and economic development and is passionate about advancing communities through equality and opportunities for all. Michael advises central and local governments, NGOs, investors and multi-national corporations on a wide range of matters covering ESG, public infrastructure & real estate, strategy, public policy & reform, leadership development and organisational transformation.


Michael joined KPMG in 2004 in Melbourne and is based in Hong Kong. Michael is also Chair of the Australian Chamber’s Construction Property & Infrastructure Committee.

Gillian Meller
Legal and Governance Director | MTR Corporation Limited

Gillian Meller is MTR Corporation Limited’s Legal and Governance Director since 22 February 2021. She was the Legal Director & Secretary between September 2011 and June 2016, and the Legal and European Business Director between July 2016 and February 2021. She is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal, company secretarial, insurance and risk management functions and a central procurement and supply chain function. She is also responsible for leading the Company’s assurance function with the aim of providing a strengthened second line of defence across key risk areas of the Company. Before joining MTR, Gill was Director of Legal Services for Metronet Rail SSL Limited and a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna in London, the United Kingdom. She graduated from Hertford College, University of Oxford and obtained her postgraduate qualifications in law from The College of Law in the United Kingdom. Ms Meller is qualified to practise as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales. She is a vice chairman of the Legal Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, the President of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute(‘HKCGI’).

Chloe Chan
Senior Associate Consultant | Arcadis

Chloe is a young and bright consultant who transforms communities and built environments through infrastructure strategy and integrated technology. She is currently a part of Arcadis’ Business Advisory team, and was previously a part of PwC’s Infrastructure & Integrated Urban Advisory practice and Technology Consulting practice providing advisory services on strategy development, procurement strategy, socio-economic impact assessments, organization transformation, and project management for local and global clients. 


With skills and experience in leading culturally diverse teams and applying technology to unlock potential in spaces to meet diverse community needs, Chloe is passionate about applying her intersectional experience to solve infrastructure problems that can drive diversity in society. Through her leadership initiatives, she believes that it is important for industries to reflect the diversity of communities they serve. She was previously the co-founder of PwC Hong Kong’s first Women’s Group (M-Power) and the President of the Women in Business Society at the London School of Economics – LSE’s largest platform for connecting women to wider communities. She currently volunteers as a certified yoga teacher through the Andiappan Yoga Community for the socially disadvantaged in Hong Kong.  

Johanny Pérez D'Oleo
Planning Manager | Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd.

Johanny is a Manager at Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd. Since joining Leighton Asia’s Pre-contract and Services department in 2017, she has been actively involved in the tender process for some of the most exciting and important construction projects in Hong Kong. She has a strong background working through the different stages of public and private projects, and works closely with the tender team to provide safe, high quality and innovative solutions to project clients.


Leighton Asia is the contractor behind some of Asia's most prestigious projects. With over 46 years of history, Leighton Asia has built a strong track record as an international contractor delivering infrastructure projects ranging from complex civil engineering projects including tunnels, rail and road networks, and renewable energy infrastructure, to building projects encompassing schools, embassies, airports, rail terminus, luxury high-rise residential towers, and large-scale leisure complexes. The company is a member of the CIMIC Group, an engineering-led construction, mining, services and public private partnerships leader working across the lifecycle of assets, infrastructure and resources projects.


Johanny is a Civil Engineer and worked for Consultants and Contractors in the Dominican Republic for seven years before she undertook a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering in Spain. She has over 19 years’ experience in engineering and construction, including 15 years focusing on planning and project control of diverse and complex civil and building projects in the Dominican Republic, Spain and Hong Kong. Johanny is an accredited Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute (PMP®). She is a member of Women in Business Committee of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and one of the founder members of Leighton Asia’s Women in Construction Group.