Keeping the resolution to be healthier, fitter, and more environmentally conscious is made easy in Supriya Prakash Sen’s vision for cities of the future. Strap up your boots and take a leap of faith towards a brighter future.
Walkability can be a financially savvy strategy! Research has shown that designing a city for Walkability yields benefits in terms of the environment, social cohesiveness, health benefits for an ageing society- but what is new is that it can also be an economically astute strategy. Knowledge workers want to live, work and play downtown, where they can raise families in healthy environments and maximize their creativity. Financing tools like value capture finance and yield cos can help engineer this change by providing a structure that will draw investors, corporations and private partners into the project in a cohesive way. This week, in Hong Kong’s Walk 21 conference, I had opportunity to describe some tools and frameworks that can be useful for doing this. But as I emphasized – there’s more to it than this.
While innovative financial tools and public private partnerships are important to make sure that the right infrastructure is implemented, social change needs more than a set of financial tools and techniques bolted on to a fundamentally warped way of thinking that doesn’t fit the new reality. In other words, engendering large-scale behavior change in our societies will also need a bottom-up, paradigm shift in mindsets. It’s such a waste of potential if the cities of developing Asia continue to be strangled by the self-serving, bureaucracy-led, corruption-ridden real estate development methods which have brought them to their present sad state of affairs.
Key points include:
- Zero-carbon cities
- Efficient, equitable and enduring cities of tomorrow
- Hong Kong Walk 21
Read the full article, Walkability as the new source of competitive advantage for cities, on LinkedIn.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Christoph Traxler with Dr. Traxler Consulting. Chris has more than 15 years experience as an executive board member within Centrotec, a European group of companies active in many fields including medical technology/ in-vitro-diagnostics, precision engineering, HVAC, solar and plastics technology. Centrotec has 600m revenues, is publicly listed at the Frankfurt stock exchange, but majority-owned by a family, so Chris also knows the world of a family office.
Before Centrotec Chris spent four years at McKinsey as associate and engagement manager, with an industry focus on banks and utilities, and a functional focus on corporate finance & strategy. Projects he has worked on range from M&A via restructuring to risk management, usually with some analytical problem at its core.
Chris has studied theoretical physics and mathematics obtained his Ph.D. (in German “Dr.”) at Giessen university. His love of science and technology remained unchanged throughout his management career, in his free time he likes to look into new trends such as deep learning, 3D printing or smart home.
During his studies, he was advising a finance portal on financial derivatives calculations.
Chris lives in Fulda, Germany, which is a very central location between Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Kassel, Giessen and Erfurt.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Shailendra Gupta with SG Consulting. Dr. Shailendra Gupta is an alum of McKinsey & Company, and has 25 years of experience in executive roles at large as well as pre-IPO technology companies. He specializes in Strategy, Business Development and Operations where he has a significant track record of achievement. Shailendra has an MBA from Wharton and a PhD from the University of Maryland in Mechanical Engineering. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two teenage children.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Steve Rooks. Steve Rooks has spent the last 25 years driving value creation across many different industries as a private equity portfolio advisor to TorQuest Partners, AMP Capital, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), Sun Capital and TPG Capital, an executive at Avaya and Bell Canada, and a management consultant at Bain & Company. His most recent PE portfolio efforts were for TorQuest Partners and AMP Capital to lead value creation in their respective North American portfolios, for Ontario Teachers to drive a Lean/ Operational Excellence transformation at an marine container terminal operator, and for Sun Capital to drive a merger consolidation of the Canadian operations for a folding carton manufacturer.
At Avaya, Steve was the GM for the $3.8B Enterprise Segment and a major alliance with HP. Steve joined Avaya from TPG Capital (one of Avaya’s owners), where he worked for several years with management teams to drive value creation and turnarounds across a range of TPG’s portfolio companies globally, including rapid $85+ million increases in EBITDA at a coal power and mine business, a medical device manufacturer, and a casino and hospitality business. Prior to joining TPG, Steve drove a $250 million transformation of customer experience at Bell Canada across all channels.
Steve joined Bell Canada after working for 8 years at Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, helping to drive change across many different industries and on the full range of topline and bottomline business challenges. He began his career as an engineer in IBM’s manufacturing division.
Steve holds a BASc (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto, an MASc (Honours) in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Steve also holds 3 patents in applied image processing.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Mika Malin. Mika has broad experience in line management and business development roles, as a senior executive and as a management consultant. He’s tackled complex board level as well as factory floor level business problems as a consultant at the BCG, in a boutique consulting firm and as an independent consultant.
Mika has a track record of successfully leading businesses and people with a P&L responsibility, as well as planning and executing strategy and M&A transactions in a publicly listed media company as a member of the corporate leadership team. He’s sharpened his marketing and sales skills in world-class fast moving consumer goods companies, in both local and international roles.
MBA from Harvard Business School has provided him with a solid foundation for strategic thinking, an analytical mindset to problem solving and a structured approach towards business issues.
Mika is analytical but action-oriented, he believes in concrete strategy and brilliant execution, he like to structure complex issues into actionable concepts, he take challenges seriously but want to have fun in the team.
Mika lives in Helsinki with his wife and daughter. In his spare time he runs the Harvard Club of Finland as the President of a non-profit organization of 120 members, and what ever spare time he has left, he spends in the hockey rink or on the golf course.
Mika’s geographic focus is in the Nordics and Europe, but will be happy to discuss relevant opportunities beyond these regions as well.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome George Nahra with GZN Consulting. George spent four years in the Chicago office of McKinsey, in the retail and sales & marketing practices, serving predominantly retailers and other consumer-facing clients.
After leaving McKinsey, he spent several years as a Senior Management Associate at Bridgewater Associates. He then returned to retail, re-joining Abercrombie & Fitch (where he started his career several years earlier) and building the company’s first Strategic Planning function.
He then move to Chico’s FAS, a women’s apparel/accessories retailer with three principal brands: Chico’s, White House I Black Market, and Soma. At Chico’s FAS, George led Strategy, Business Development, and International.
George has been an independent consultant twice – once between working for Abercrombie and Chico’s, and most recently since roughly December 2019. He serves retailers across a wide range of topics.
George lives in Fort Myers, FL, with his wife and dog. He’d be happy to collaborate on any retail projects