Interviews

Hear what industry leaders have to say about the opportunities and challenges in the Southeast Asian Construction Market in the interviews below.

Willy Winarko is a radio personality, tech-enthusiast and smart city professional based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Willy is Currently working with Qlue Indonesia, a technology start-up focusing on geospatial technology and smart city development. Qlue operates in 8 cities in Indonesia, with international clients in Malaysia and India, among many others.

With a background in broadcasting and political activism, Willy speaks to a large urban audience and understand the needs of the common citizen. In recent years, he has been working closely with the youth and local communities in finding ways to make Jakarta a more suitable city to live in.

Willy believes that technology will have a huge impact in modern city living, and we should be aware of these changes as soon as possible. Utilization of smart city technology will not just increase the quality of life for citizens, but also open new opportunities to those willing to develop solutions in the coming years.

Q. Why is it important for construction sector professionals to know about Indonesia’s Smart City Vision?

A. "A smart city's definition is very broad and can be open to interpretation. Sometimes, smart city development becomes fragmented due to our hunger for current technology/technology used by other countries and cities."

Q. While having IOTs and the most updated tech is important, fundamentals come first. is it integrated? how is data managed? can it be accessed by customers/citizens? Is the public ready? are there local habits? can we benefit from AI? 

A. "These are just a few things we can explore."

Q. What is their role in creating a smart city?

A. "For professionals & businesses, they can offer customized solutions to specific branches of governments. For Govt. officials, they can adopt the most effective technology for their needs, taking an integrated approach in development."

Q. Who are the right people to attend your talk at The Big 5 Construct Indonesia?

A. "Government officials/businesses directly dealing with govt. / professionals in tech, construction, etc."

Q. How does it benefit them to know about your topic?

A. "They can understand the landscape better. I will give insights about the current development in the works, as well as potential developments to come."

Q. Why is Indonesia the best country in Southeast Asia to hold innovation in construction talks?

A. "Infrastructure has been a priority in Indonesia's current administration. Govt. spending is high, with many opportunities. Huge economy, with much development needed."

Register for free  here to attend Willy Winarko's session on What Makes a Smart City, Smart? on 10 November from 12pm to 1pm.

Todd Lauchlan is the Country Head for Jones Lang LaSakke in Indonesia. He has full responsibility for the management and performance of the Indonesian office. Todd is also currently holding the position as the Head of Eurocham Property Working Group, Indonesia.

Todd's career spans over 22 years as a property professional, including more than 16 years of working and living internationally, predominantly in emerging markets.

In 2006, Todd joined Sama Dubai, a Dubai government entity, to work as regional manager for sales and marketing. In 2008, Todd joined the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) in Abu Dhabi as head of residential sales before becoming the head of TDIC's strategic services team.

Q. Could you give us a brief overview of the progress of major asset classes across Jakarta?

A. "The economy is improving across all major asset classes; investment in coming in and demand is rising. The industrial market is where we are seeing the most growth, with e-commerce, consumer companies and logistics providers taking presentence."

Q. In your opinion, which is the most influential upcoming new project in Jakarta, and why?

A. "The most important projects fall under the public transport sector, namely within the rail infrastructure segment. Within this category there are three major projects affecting the way that Jakarta will function going forwards. The airport express, Jakarta MRT (mass rapid transit), and Jakarta LRT (light rail transit), will all help push the growth of real estate development in surrounding areas by promoting manoeuvrability to and from them."

Q. Who are the right people to attend your talk at The Big 5 Construct Indonesia?

A. "Anyone who is related to the construction, property, and retail groups are right for this talk."

Q. How does it benefit them to know about your topic?

A. "It will help them to know what is happening in the future, afford them insight into new projects which they might not know about, and help them to sense drivers of demand that might be of use to them."

Q. Why is Indonesia the best place in Southeast Asia for construction trade fairs to be held?

A. "Indonesia has the biggest market, the biggest population against its economy, the strongest growth, and open distance to develop. There is so much to be done here."

Register for free  here to attend Todd Lauchlan's session on Property Market Overview - Exciting Upcoming Projects across the City on 10 November from 9:30am to 10:30am.

 

Ari Firmandi has spent a number of years of work experience in project appraisal and structuring, risk management, project transaction advisory, engineering operations management, project controls, project management and engineering in the infrastructure, mining, and oil & gas sectors. He manages across discipline expertise, ranges from technical, legal, finance, socio-economic, environmental, and procurement background. As transaction advisor, he provided support from earliest stages of project cycle, from project initial evaluation (screening), to feasibility study due diligence, government readiness-and-support assessment, procurement, investors interactions and negotiations, and financial close. He was also involved in a number of large-scale onshore/offshore engineering and construction projects, as well as mining and infrastructure in the United States, Australia and Indonesia. He earned MBA and MSc both from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, United States, and went to Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) where he received Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Q. Can you summarize 3rd generation PPP evolution?

A. "From its first existence, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) has transformed from merely an alternative of project financing (1st generation), to generation of economic development for specific community surrounding project area or even a country (2nd generation), and now is changing again to become a more wide spread and benefit the people through sustainable development after the project is complete and in operational (3rd generation)."

Q. How popular is the idea that construction projects should benefit the community in Indonesia? 

A. "It’s very popular. Construction projects are labor intensive—thus, they create jobs, increase the economy. Not only that, construction projects would also need to benefit the people who are the direct beneficiary of projects, from the aspects of social and environmental development."

Q. Who are the right people to attend your talk at The Big 5 Construct Indonesia? 

A. "Everybody. Construction and Infrastructure projects are currently the primodona as the main locomative of Indonesian economy. So it’s time for all academic community, government, and private sectors to attend the program and learn from the experts regarding its current trend."

Q. How does it benefit them to know about your topic?

A. "We should view Construction projects beyond engineering and financing them; we should also concern about the people and community who are eventually the primary beneficiary after the projects become fully functional as plan."

Q. Why is Indonesia a country where construction best practices talks are held?

A. "We are the G2O country, one the biggest economy in the world, and its economic growth is one of the fastest. Which means, it’s growing and growing. In terms of construction state of the art, it shall use the latest construction techonolgy and implement the most efficient and effective way in delivering its final product to customers, the users of infrastructure facilities."

Register for free  here to attend Ari Firmandi's session on Implementing People-First Public-Private Partnership Projects in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals on 10 November from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

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