We are pleased to welcome on board our newest Asia Council Member:
Xiaoqing Li, Infrastructure Advisory Lead and Precincts and Cities Practice Lead, ASEAN & East Asia at Mott MacDonald – Singapore.
1. If you could personally change or influence one thing within infrastructure and/or energy, what would it be?
A much faster energy transition, especially to support rapid urbanization in Asia. In the era of combating climate change, I deeply believe the importance of energy transition and the role cities play in the energy transition to achieve a net-zero future. Southeast Asia countries, especially less developed ones, are most vulnerable to climate change. Although they are not major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions from a historical perspective, it is still crucial for these countries to play an active role in energy transition through a Just Energy Transition pathway.
2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself at the start of your career?
Be open-minded, keep learning, and be resilient. Be brave. We’re in a fast-changing world. It is important to continue learning and broaden knowledge base in diversified topics to stay relevant. Be brave to take up challenges, which might seem too overwhelming for you when you’re thinking about it, however, you will gain tremendous experience and confidence if you are willing to step up. When you look back, it may not be as difficult as what you have thought.
3. What do you hope to bring to the Asia Council?
A fresh perspective and be a “Change Agent” to facilitate collaborations and knowledge sharing within infrastructure and energy industry to drive a net-zero transition. As part of Asia Council, I’m prepared to work with other council members, industry players and IPFA members to empower and support initiatives that they developed/will develop to achieve the best outcomes.