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The program features world-class faculty from HKUST as well as leading international experts from among the most reputable overseas universities. Their expertise covers a wide range of topics in policies and practices in promoting sustainable development across different countries.
Professor Kira MATUS (Lead Faculty)
Associate Professor
Division of Public Policy
Division of Social Sciences
Division of the Environment and Sustainability
Professor Kira MATUS is an associate professor in the Division of Public Policy, Division of Social Sciences and the Division of the Environment and Sustainability.  She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2009, and she was previously on the faculty at the London School of Economics and at University College London, and a visiting research fellow in Harvard’s Sustainability Science Program.  Her primary research focus is at the intersection of innovation, sustainability science, and public policy, focusing on sustainable production-consumption systems. A large portion of her research is on how policy interacts with the development and implementation of "green" technologies in supply chains.  She also is interested in the relationship between urban regions and their ‘hinterlands,’ and how urban policies can influence behavior across supply chains.  Prof. MATUS is a member of Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Network on Sustainable Production and Consumption (working group on Urban Provisioning), and an executive board member of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Professor Hong LO
Department Head and Chair Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Hong LO joined HKUST as an Assistant Professor in 1996, and rose through the ranks to Chair Professor. He was Associate Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2009 to 2011, and served as Associate Dean of the School of Engineering from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his position at HKUST, he was with the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise is in transportation system modeling, system reliability analysis, public transport, dynamic traffic assignment and control. Professor Lo is a dedicated educator, bestowed the School Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award twice. Professor Lo is very active in the transportation research community, for instance, serving as Convener of the International Scientific Committee of the series International Conference of Advanced Systems for Public Transportation (CASPT), Founding Editor-in-Chief of Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics, Managing Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and on the editorial boards of many international journals, including Transportation Research Part B, ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, among several others. Locally, he serves on the Transport Advisory Committee advising the Chief Executive in Council of the Hong Kong government, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Feasibility Study Expert Panel, as Vice-President of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies. Prof Lo is a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Research Associate
City Leadership Laboratory
University College London
Dr Jenny MCARTHUR is a Research Associate at City Leadership Laboratory, University College London.
Jenny has a background in civil engineering and economics, and her current research investigates urban policy and the governance of urban infrastructure systems - with a strong focus on sustainability transitions and supporting the economic, environmental and social benefits of urbanisation. Jenny has worked with city governments across a range of contexts, including the United Kingdom, Australasia and the Gulf Region.
Professor Xun WU
Institute for Public Policy
Professor Xun WU is a professor at the Division of Social Science and Division of Environment.  He is also Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership & Public Policy Executive Education.
Professor Wu is a policy scientist with a strong interest in the linkage between policy analysis and public management. Trained in engineering, economics, public administration, and policy analysis, his research seeks to make contribution to the design of effective public policies in dealing emerging policy challenges across Asian countries. His research interests include policy innovations, water resource management, health policy reform, and anti-corruption, and his work has been published in top journals in his fields of study, such as Policy Sciences, Public Administration Review, Governance, Social Sciences & Medicine, and Water Resources Research.  He is a co-editor of the Cambridge University Press (CUP) Series in Comparative Public Policy.
He has been involved extensively in consultancy and executive education. He has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNEP, International Vaccine Institute, and numerous government agencies on a variety of topics.  He has designed and delivered customized executive education programs in policy development, leadership, and public sector management for a diverse range of clients, such as Bank of Indonesia, Yunnan Provincial Government of China, Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore, General Secretariat of the Executive Council (GSEC) of UAE, and Ministry of Water Resources of Nepal.
Prior to joining HKUST, he held a faculty position (2001-2015) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore, while serving as the Director of the Institute of Water Policy.
Professor YANG Qiang
New Bright Professor of Engineering,
Chair Professor and Head
Computer Science and Engineering Department
Professor Qiang YANG is New Bright Professor of Engineering, Chair Professor and Head of Computer Science and Engineering Department at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He was the founding head of the Huawei Noah's Ark Lab (2012‐2015). He is currently the Technical Advisor to WeChat. His research interests are data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, IAPR and AAAS, and ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park in 1989, and had been a faculty member at University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University in Canada. He had been the founding Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) between 2009 and 2014, and is the founding Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Big Data (IEEE TBD). He has been conference and program chairs for international conferences such as ACM KDD 2010 and 2012, ACM IUI 2010, IEEE Big Data 2013, ACM RecSys 2013 and Program Chair for the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in 2015.
Dr. Masaru YARIME
Associate Professor
School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong
Dr. Masaru YARIME received B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Economics and Policy Studies of Technological Change from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Previously he worked as Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Then he has taken the position of Project Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) in the University of Tokyo in Japan, prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong as an associate professor in the School of Energy and Environment in January 2017. He also has appointments as Honorary Reader in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) of University College London in the United Kingdom and Visiting Scholar of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute. He was awarded Abe Fellow 2014 by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of the United States.
His research interests center around examining public policy, corporate strategy, and institutional design on science, technology, and innovation for energy, environment, and sustainability. For the past years he has been engaged in research, educational, and societal activities from interdisciplinary perspectives, with an aim to understand the complex interfaces among natural sciences, engineering and social sciences and the dynamic interactions between technology and institutions in creating sustainability innovation. He is particularly interested in exploring the structure, functions, and evolution of innovation systems involving various types of knowledge, actors, and institutions in society. He has been involved in numerous projects through cooperation and collaboration with key stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and civil society in industrialized as well as developing countries.
He has contributed to many sustainability initiatives at international organizations, such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative on Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change), and the Expert Group on Catalogue of Policy Support Tools and Methodologies in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Currently he is serving on the editorial board of international journals, including Sustainability Science, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and Frontiers in Energy Research – Energy Systems and Policy.
Professor Lin YE
Professor, School of Government
Center for Chinese Public Administration Research
Associate Director, SYSU MPA Program
Associate Director, Center of Urban and Local Governance
Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Professor Lin YE is a professor at School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China. He is the associate director of the MPA program and associate director of Center for Urban and Local Governance at SYSU. Before joining SYSU, he was an assistant professor at Roosevelt University, Chicago, USA. He received his master’s degree in public administration and doctoral degree in urban and public affairs both from University of Louisville, USA. Professor Ye published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and monographs in both English and Chinese and provides consulting work for government agencies, social organizations and public enterprises in China.

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