Keynote Speakers

Pamela Bell

Pamela Bell

CEO, PrefabNZ Inc, New Zealand

Pamela Bell is PrefabNZ’s Chief Executive Officer since inception in 2010. PrefabNZ is the hub for offsite construction in New Zealand, with members spanning architecture, engineering, manufacturing, construction, research and other construction professionals.

In 2009, she completed a Master of Architecture thesis ‘Kiwi Prefab: Prefabricated Housing in NZ’. In 2010, Pamela held a Kiwi Prefab Workshop at Victoria University’s School of Architecture and Design with over 140 attendees. They called for an industry organisation to be set-up. Ten industry members were elected to represent a wide range of stakeholders and a wealth of experience. PrefabNZ, the hub for prebuilt construction in NZ, was established and led by Pamela.

In 2012, Pamela co-authored the book ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ with Mark Southcombe (Victoria University). In 2015, Pamela launched the PrefabNZ UNIpod design competition for an open-source universally accessible bathroom pod designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications. In 2016, Pamela co-authored a commemorative book on HIVE, New Zealand’s first Home Innovation Village facilitated by PrefabNZ in response to Canterbury’s earthquakes 2010-2012.

Today, Pam sits on the BRANZ Board that oversees the Building Levy for research towards better buildings. She is a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Building Advisory Panel (BAP) that provides industry input to executives and Ministers.

Dongping Fang

Dongping Fang

Professor, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Dongping Fang is a Professor at Tsinghua University, China. He is the Chair of School of Civil Engineering and the Executive Director of Institute for Future Cities and Infrastructures.

Prof Fang is a former Vice President of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) and the current leader of CIB priority theme – Resilient Urbanization. He has been sitting on boards and committees of many international and national organizations of government, industry and academics. He has been honored as Visiting Professors in Australia, Sweden and the UK, and invited as keynote speakers for many international conferences such as CIB World Building Congress and Urban Transitions Global Summit.

Michael Frishkopf

Michael Frishkopf

Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Michael Frishkopf is Professor of Music, Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Dentistry, and Project Lead (International Indigenous), for the Integrative Health Institute, at the University of Alberta.

His research focuses on the music and sounds of Islam and Sufism, the Arab world, and West Africa, as well as machine learning and music information retrieval, digital repositories and virtual exhibits, music and development, and global health.

He published ‘Music and Media in the Arab World’produced the ‘Virtual Museum of Canadian Traditional Music’ and other media works including “Giving Voice to Hope: Music of Liberian Refugees”, and “Sanitation”.  A co-edited volume, Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam was recently published by University of Texas Press.