ULI has appointed David Faulkner as its new president for the Asia Pacific region. Faulkner, who most recently was managing director, valuation and advisory services, at Colliers International in Hong Kong, takes the position immediately, leading the Institute’s activities across Asia Pacific. ULI, with more than 45,000 members globally, has more than 2,500 members in seven key Asia Pacific markets—Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and South Korea.
Faulkner will lead on the delivery of ULI Asia Pacific’s strategic plan, which targets growth in individual and corporate membership, increased member engagement with ULI’s activities and programs, and development of a significant presence in Mainland China. He will lead members and staff to deliver impact programs such as Advisory Services and UrbanPlan, as well as the region’s virtual and in-person events program, including the REImagine virtual forum, the ULI Asia Pacific Convivium, and the ULI Asia Pacific Summit, which next year will be held in Tokyo in May.
Faulkner is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry. In December 2019, he retired from Colliers International, where he was responsible for the 250-person valuation and advisory services team in 14 markets. He has been based in Asia for more than 35 years, joining Colliers International in 2003 after 15 years with Insignia Brooke. Faulkner has advised on projects in Hong Kong, China, and many markets in the region, including north Asia, the ASEAN countries, south Asia, and central Asia. He has expertise in all major sectors, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, hospitality, and leisure.
Faulkner has been a ULI member since 2001 and is a global governing trustee. Before joining the private sector in 1988, he spent nine years with government, both in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
“As both a real estate professional with over 40 years of experience and an engaged ULI member, David will bring a valuable and unique perspective to the role of president in our Asia Pacific region,” says W. Edward Walter, global chief executive of ULI. “I look forward to working with David and our members in the region to grow our presence and expand our impact across Asia Pacific.”
“As a ULI member for nearly 20 years, it is an honor to take up the position as president for the Institute’s Asia Pacific region,” says Faulkner. “I am passionate about improving the built environment and the quality of life of urban residents through better planning, education, technology, and sustainability. I believe ULI has a critical role to play in providing leadership on these key issues, and I cannot wait to work with the members and staff team in Asia Pacific to deliver on our mission.”
“David has been an active and passionate member of ULI for nearly two decades, and in that time he has served as a global governing trustee and as a member of both the ULI Hong Kong and ULI Asia Pacific executive committees,” says Nicholas Brooke, chair of ULI Asia Pacific. “Nobody is better placed to take up the role as president for the region than David, and I know he will do an excellent job in growing our membership and delivering our programs to make a meaningful impact in our cities.”