Testimonials

Find out what others found most beneficial in joining the APCS. 

Mayors, Deputy Mayors and City Leaders

 

Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland

"Our Sister City relationship with Brisbane, and the opportunity to participate in discussion and debate around challenges facing our cities were good reasons to attend the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS) & Mayors' Forum. The 2019APCS was an opportunity to share Auckland's experience and perspectives on climate resilience, traffic congestion, homelessness and waste management. We appreciated the professional approach and competency of Brisbane, home of the APCS, in putting the programme together."

 

Pan Men-An, County Magistrate, Pingtung County 

"It was my absolute honour to have joined the 2019APCS, to exchange experiences with several international leaders on innovative measures for improvements in city development and share with the delegates the transformation and creation of Pingtung County. This conference has made unprecedented impacts and created countless business collaboration opportunities. I strongly believe the 2021APCS will be the centre of attention with meaningful international interactions."

 

Madam Tan Jialing, Vice Chairwoman of Chongqing Municipal Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

"The 2019APCS is such an excellent platform to bring city leaders, businesses and universities from the Asia Pacific region together. Chongqing, as Brisbane's Sister City, prizes the opportunity to be part of the 2019APCS to foster our relations and showcase our ideas and practices for overall urban development."

 

Speakers

 

Luca De Leonardis, Head - Australia & New Zealand, Invest Hong Kong 

"The 2019APCS proved to be a fruitful event packed with so much knowledge and great speakers. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to catch the latest trend and opportunities offered by different regions in Australasia by promoting communication between city government representatives, professional organisations and companies. I want to thank Brisbane City Council for making the 2019APCS a real success."

 

Katrina Donaghy, Co-Founder, Civic Ledger

"I attended the 2017APCS as a member of the Lord Mayor’s Delegation and as a panelist talking about blockchain technologies in cities. Being the first time that I had attended the Summit, I was not sure what to expect. As I was representing my company, Civic Ledger, the Summit enabled me to connect with delegates from other cities with some of these contacts leading to strong opportunities for collaboration on projects outside of Brisbane – opportunities that would not have been possible if we had not attended 2017APCS. Our panel consisting of five women and one male – all of us immersed in blockchain technologies from a variety of viewpoints – was very well received and enjoyed by the attendees. The experience was invaluable." 

 

Partners

 

Paul Spiro, National and Queensland Chairman, Gadens Lawyers

"The 2019APCS was very professionally managed and organised. The Summit launch function at Howard Smith Wharves was simply stunning. Being able to showcase Brisbane, home of the APCS, to the delegates via the spectacular backdrop of the Story Bridge, the Brisbane River and pyrotechnics display was truly memorable. I believe Gadens Lawyers obtained great value from our involvement and partnership with the City of Brisbane. I'm very happy with the content, branding and ultimately the strong attendance at our concurrent session on Tuesday. It was an exceptional APCS of which Brisbane should be immensely proud. I look forward to continuing my involvement in this quality event and concept." 

 

Professor Paul Burton, Director of Cities Research Institute, Griffith University

"It was, again, enjoyable and stimulating experience to work with such a group of talented young professionals motivated to make our cities better places." 

 

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director of Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University 

"What a privilege to work with the dynamic and diverse group of young professionals through the Asia Pacific Cities Summit. As the emerging and future leaders of the Asia Pacific region, their commitment to addressing the challenges ahead- to improve the way our cities function to support safer, more innovative, inclusive and connected communities - was invigorating and inspirational. 

 

Jessica Yuen, Project Manager, Strategic Planning, Griffith Business School, Griffith University 

"I thoroughly enjoyed partnering with the team at Brisbane City Council to deliver a Young Professionals' Forum that was thought-provoking and interactive."

 

Scott Smith, CEO, Council of Mayors (SEQ) 

"As Sponsors and delegates of the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors' Forum, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) received unprecedented access to government and business leaders from across the Asia Pacific. We have formed lasting and productive relationships with regions across the globe that continue to create opportunities for South East Queensland. We look forward to continuing our involvement in 2021 and beyond."

 

Delegates

 

Brendan Markey-Towler, BEHAVIOUR INNOVATION

"Making the most out of conferences and summits can often present a daunting challenge - angling to run into people 'accidentally-on-purpose' in the coffee line; lurking around after sessions and the like. Meet@APCS preserves the spontaneity of a Summit, while also going a long way to help provide a more structured environment which allows especially smaller businesses the opportunity to maximise the value they can realise from contacts made and deals struck at the Summit." 

 

Peter Clowes, Founder and Creative Director, MAXART

"APCS was a unique opportunity to broaden my business perspective and step away from the office and re-think my approach. It was inspiring to see what other people are doing in the technology industry and to hear from high-level keynote speakers. The connections that I made were easily equivalent to 10 domestic business trips and I have made a number of solid business leads from the event."

 

Exhibitors

 

David Wardle, Managing Director, Quik Corp

"Quik Corp was very proud to be involved with the 2019APCS. This was our second time as a participant and once again we couldn't be happier with the outcomes achieved. As a business, we have secured many high-value connections, while also expanding our knowledge base for future potential projects in our region. A "must-do" if you want to further your business horizons." 

 

Karen Sanders, Co-Founder & General Manager, Real Serious Games 

"Real Serious Games was pleased to be an exhibitor at the 2019APCS. The Summit provided an excellent opportunity to connect with local and international delegates as well as other businesses. In addition, the conference speakers presented on topics that were both insightful and informative. There were many highlights from the event however, you need to attend the Summit to fully appreciate the immense value for businesses and individuals." 

 

Karen Fitzgibbons, General Manager - Commercial Operations, Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

"The 2019APCS provided CCIQ with the opportunity to connect and share ideas with a larger international audience. The program themes including 'Sustainability of Cities' provided a wonderful platform for CCIQ to showcase our international trade and ecoBiz initiatives. CCIQ is proud to have represented the interests of Queensland's industry to drive new growth to our Sunshine State through the Summit."

 

Young Professionals 

 

Ben Davie, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology 

"I am glad I chose to be part of the 2019APCS in Brisbane. As a Young Professional delegate, I got to engage with a great combination of students and professionals from a range of backgrounds. Having a discussion with the Vice Mayor of Daejeon about his city at the Mayors' and Young Professionals' Dinner was particularly noteworthy since I will be studying there in 2020 whilst on exchange. I really appreciated being able to make these connections and exploring what goes into making a city function over the three days. A big thanks to Brisbane City Council for their effort in creating such a wonderful event." 

 

Johannes De-Hoop, Graduate Engineer, Airbus 

"The 2019APCS was a good opportunity for young professionals like myself to network and develop connections across different industries and governments domestic and abroad. It was also an opportunity to listen in on different leaders of business enterprises speak on their solutions for tackling urban challenges. The Young Professionals' Forum provided an insightful experience in workshopping solutions to tackle current issues. The 2019APCS allowed me to form global business networks in which I will reflect on as one of the highlights of my early career as an engineer." 

 

Oliver Bateman, Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Griffith University 

"My experience at the 2019APCS Young Professionals' Forum is one I will never forget! This opportunity enabled me to network and become close friends with my peers across all sectors of private and public industry, whilst also being able to interact with Mayors and influential leaders across the Asia Pacific region. Within the Young Professionals' Forum, my peers and I came up with influential and innovative ideas to common challenges faced in global cities such as Brisbane and were presented at the end of the Summit to all delegates." 

 

Samantha Carter, Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith University

"From meeting Marc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix, to hearing inspirational speakers talk about the changes our societies are facing today, the 2019APCS was a once in a lifetime experience! The environment of the Young Professionals' Forum was one of growth and learning, which enabled me to further shape my views and opinions on the world around me."

 

Alexandar Byrne, Bachelor of Commerce, Economics and Finance, Griffith University 

"The 2019APCS Young Professionals' Forum was an invaluable experience, providing me with an in-depth appreciation of the spectrum of modern challenges that global cities face. From long-term sustainability, livability and transport, the issues that cities and their respective governments are faced with are multi-faceted and will require innovative solutions to successfully overcome. By bringing together the thought-leaders of tomorrow, the program facilitated an unparalleled idea ecosystem. This experience has prompted me to fully appreciate the limitless potential that collaboration and diversity can bring in addressing the fundamental problems facing our future quality of life." 

 

Volunteers

 

Shiyin Zhang, Master of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, The University of Queensland

"The 2019APCS event undoubtedly broadened my horizon about how things worked int the real business world and helped me identify key future trends in the industry. This mega event also improved my leadership and made me a better team player. I believe everyone involved in this international event has built their own significant business relationships or personal rapport with talent from all over the world." 

 

Baliyan Hitesh, Director Client Services, Upskill World Australia

"I loved volunteering and representing Brisbane City for the 2019APCS delegates. It was a unique opportunity to 'contribute & connect', working along with spirited fellow volunteers tirelessly contributing to make the event successful. Professionally, it helped me broaden my perspective and re-think my engagement with technology as a business owner." 

 

Host Cities

 

Kaohsiung City Government, host City of the 2013APCS 

"We proudly hosted the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2013APCS) and Mayors' Forum. A total of 102 cities participated in the 2013APCS, including more than 2200 delegates. More than 93 business-matching meetings were hosted, 27 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed and NTD $2.5 billion worth of business opportunities were created at the 2013APCS. Hosting the 2013APCS enabled Kaohsiung to lead the continued cooperation of the APCS entity for the benefits of regional cities and accelerated the momentum to transform Kaohsiung to be a multi-functional international harbour city." 

 

Daejeon Metropolitan City, host City of the 2017APCS 

"Hosting the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) and Mayors' Forum allowed Daejeon to solidify its leading role in the fourth industrial revolution to an international audience. Thanks to the 2017APCS, the citizens and the youth of Daejeon have been able to meet world-renowned leaders and have gained great insights while the City of Daejeon has re-established itself as a hub city in the Asia Pacific region." 

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