Ecosperity is a series of sustainability-focused conferences presented by Singapore-based investment company Temasek in Singapore.
The conference brings together CEOs, innovators, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world to explore the latest issues on sustainable growth. The name “Ecosperity” combines ecology with prosperity – embodying the belief that growth can take place in a sustainable manner.
This year, the 2015 conference will focus on urbanisation and the challenges and opportunities arising from developing smart and sustainable cities.
As the pace of urbanisation accelerates worldwide, political and business leaders face the challenge of helping cities grow and prosper without compromising on their long-term sustainability.
Rapid population growth, coupled with large-scale industrialisation, is putting severe strains on the environment and creating social tensions. With urban areas expected to absorb most of this development, both mature and growing economies will need to find ways to manage this growth in a sustainable way.
Ecosperity 2015 will seek to find these solutions with a high-impact discussion spanning policy and policies, the role of capital, urban planning and development, and will cast its eye to the cities of the future.
Ecosperity 2015 is presented by Temasek, in partnership with Goldman Sachs. In addition to the main conference, Temasek also presents the adjunct Ecosperity Young Leaders Dialogue, which is organised by the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies and the NUS School of Design and Environment this year.
Temasek is pleased to have the support of the Centre for Liveable Cities as our Knowledge Partner for this event.
Incorporated in 1974, Temasek is an investment company based in Singapore. Supported by 10 offices globally, Temasek owns a S$266 billion portfolio as at 31 March 2015, with investments mainly in Singapore and Asia.
Temasek recognises that as world economies develop and a significant portion of the global population urbanises, global prosperity needs to be achieved in an environmentally sustainable way. As an active investor, Temasek aims to deliver sustainable returns to our shareholder over the long term. As a responsible investor and a trusted steward, Temasek strives for our communities’ advancement across generations.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
Goldman Sachs believes that a healthy environment is necessary for the well-being of society, its people and its business, and is the foundation for a sustainable and strong economy. In addition to having a strong track record in convening and providing thought leadership on environmental sustainability, the firm has also been at the forefront of its industry in establishing a comprehensive Environmental Policy Framework and promoting market-based solutions that benefit the environment.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) is a university-level research institute established to advance multidisciplinary research in real estate and related fields. The institute promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and high-impact research on broad real estate issues in relation to finance, economics, urban development, wealth accumulation, demography, and environmental policies. IRES aspires to be the global leader in real estate studies, centred in Asia, by advancing thought leadership in the field of real estate, fostering excellence in research, education and outreach. IRES endeavours to be the beacon for the next generation of leaders in real estate by pushing the frontiers of knowledge and rising up to the challenges of tomorrow.
The National University of Singapore’s School of Design & Environment (SDE) traces its roots back to 1958, when the Department of Architecture offered a five-year programme in the Singapore Polytechnic. From these humble beginnings, the School has grown into a world-class institution offering programmes in architecture, project and facilities management, real estate and industrial design. From training professionals responsible for the building of the nation in its fledgling years of independence, to nurturing graduates equipped for the challenges of the future; the School provides an education which prepares its graduates to meet the current and future challenges of the design industry in relation to the built environment. Since its establishment over five decades ago, SDE has nurtured and groomed more than 5,000 graduates. On the strength of its rich heritage and visionary leadership, the School is poised to remain at the forefront of global excellence in education and research.
The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was established in June 2008 by the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore. The Centre brings together Singapore’s expertise on sustainable urban development across public and private sectors. It aims to distil and develop Singapore’s experience in good governance, integrated urban planning, effective resource management, affordable quality housing, efficient transport management and environmental sustainability. Besides being a key repository of Singapore’s expertise in urban management, the Centre will facilitate the sharing of best practices and learning among cities in the region and globally through conferences, forums, seminars and workshops. Working with other international and local think tanks and research institutions, the CLC will also undertake policy-oriented research that is timely, practical and relevant. For more information, visit www.clc.gov.sg.