The Space Factor: How Does the Workplace Drive Innovation? 空间元素:办公空间如何推动创新?

The Space Factor: How Does the Workplace Drive Innovation? 空间元素:办公空间如何推动创新?

Design Republic-Design Commune Manifesto Gallery, 3F. No. 511 Jiangning Road, Jingan District, Shanghai, Monday, September 9th, 2013, 6:00pm–8:00pm
设计共和-设计公社 宣言展厅,上海市静安区江宁路511号3楼,2013年,9月9日星期一,晚上6:00–8:00

Top-performing companies know the modern office can either ignite or hamper productivity. The savvy ones — companies like Tencent, Alipay and Suning — go one step further: they design offices to drive innovation, foster strong cultures and enable employee happiness and wellbeing. New technologies allow for new forms of creativity and collaboration. What are the opportunities and challenges? What are the new metrics?

Join NBBJ, the architects for the Google, Amazon, Tencent and Alipay headquarters, as we host leading technology, social science, consulting and design experts for a debate on the future of the workplace.

If you would like to attend, please contact Cindy,, 86.21.6138.4703.


Emily Chong

VP of Marketing, frog

As AVP of Marketing at frog, Ms. Emily Chong leads the company's regional marketing strategies and initiatives in Asia, including brand management, PR, partnerships, and business development support. She is also the publisher of Insights_China, a new publication that offers direct, in-the-field discoveries of Chinese consumer habits and aspirations, combined with deep observations of trends taking place in China.

Prior to frog, Ms Chong was VP of Marketing at Symbio, a software development company specializing in mobile, web and embedded technologies. She started her career leading multiple marketing initiatives within American Express in New York City, including premium hotel and airline programs for the affluent segments and the first NFC-compatible payment product in the US.

Ms Chong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She has frequently delivered talks about consumer insights and innovation in Asia at various events, including South by Southwest Interactive 2013, the FutureChina Global Business Forum, and the World Economic Forum.

Jason Heredia

VP, Marketing Asia Pacific, Steelcase

Jason Heredia is vice president of Marketing for Steelcase Asia Pacific. Appointed in June 2011, he leads product development, engineering, marketing and brand in the Asia Pacific region. Steelcase works to bring human insight to business by studying how people work, wherever they work. Those insights can help organizations achieve a higher level of performance, by creating places that unlock the promise of their people.

Prior to his current role, Jason was a vice president of marketing and a founding member in the creation of Coalesse, a premium brand of Steelcase Inc. Coalesse collaborates with the world's leading designers to create inspirational furnishings for the new work lifestyles.

In 2000, Jason was Manager of Field Research for Steelcase's Advanced Concepts Research and Development team. In this role, he led observational user-insight studies, beta site development, and research “deep dives”, that utilized the IDEO innovation process to envision future product and business concepts. He also co-led development of BlueSpace, a joint effort with IBM Watson Research Labs, which sought to understand the emergence of ubiquitous computing in the workplace.

Quoted as an expert on the workplace and the future of work in leading publications such as the New York Times, Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine and Dwell, he is a native of the United States. Jason earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Marketing from Indiana University and currently lives with his family in Hong Kong.

Xiaojun Lou

VP, President Office, Suning Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Before joining Suning Real Estate Co., Ltd, Mr. Xiaojun Lou was the Deputy Manager of Nanjing Overseas Construction Engineering Group, Nanjing Construction Engineering Real Estate Development Company and Nanjing Tongyu Real Estate Development Company. Ever since he took on the leadership role of the Suning Real Estate Company of Suning Group in 2002, the company has been focusing on developing high-end real estate projects. To date, Suning Real Estate’s commercial projects, including Suning Plaza, five star hotels and landmark buildings, have proliferated in many Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. Xiaojun Lou believes in the Suning management philosophy “Integrate social resources and achieve win-win.” From project planning to management, he works closely with leading international companies to develop strategic partnership to provide the top notch quality projects. Suning headquarters and headquarters, which is currently under construction, are the two major projects that he has been spearheading.

Jesse Price

Managing Partner, Reya Group

Jesse Price is the Managing Partner and Founder of Reya Group. In his 14 years in China, Jesse has advised top CEOs on culture, brand, and innovation related to their China, Asia Pacific and global operations. In addition, Jesse has built a number of international expertise networks bringing together the top practitioners in the fields of organizational development to innovate around complex problems. At Reya, Jesse is responsible for strategy, client services, and alliance partner formation. Prior to Reya, He was the Asia Pacific and Middle East client services director for Ideation Group; marketing director and part of the founding management team for Design Republic; a founder of one of Shanghai’s leading Brand Consulting Firms; and the Provost of Sias University of Business and Management, a school celebrating its 15th anniversary with over 20,000 students.

Jonathan Ward

Partner, NBBJ

The design of transformational architecture has been the focus and passion for Jonathan Ward the past 18 years. During these years, Jonathan has led the design and delivery of a variety of progressive high rise buildings for highly innovative global clients, such as NHN, Tencent, Samsung and Chinatrust. Jonathan is an advocate for developing and advancing the use of computer technolog in the design process. He believes these tools can open new design possibilities and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of large, complex building projects.

Yanling Duan

Curator & Associate Director, Design Shanghai 2013; Founder, Niwota Future Hub & Duia Communication

Duan Yanling is a senior crossover media person, an expert of design innovation, brand communication and innovative services, and an advocate and leader of the art of living, "Think and Enjoy East Mindstyle." She a founder and director of operations of 2011 Beijing International Design Week, an expert judge of the Design For Asia Award presented by Hong Kong Design Centre, an expert consultant of 2012 China Design Exhibition and 2012 Shenzhen Fashion Design Week, and a special promotions ambassador of the Andrew Martin Award for renown in the interior design industry. She is a previous presenter and current guest commentator of CCTV English Channel, former co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Italian architecture and design magazines “Home” and “live” and the ATCASA online network design channel.

After graduating from the University of Stockholm, where she majored in Advertisement and Media, she joined Kapel Group and studied graduate courses of international advertising and media at Pace University in New York. A Chinese disciple of English philosopher and exchange scholar Theodore Zeding, she is the Beijing representative of the Oxford Muse Foundation in Cambridge, for which she created a bilingual Chinese-English book, “Pekingese before Olympics.”