We are delighted to invite Fellows and Life Fellows to the Exclusive Fellows Session during the Planning Festival 2021.
It is an opportunity for PIA to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution that Fellows and Life Fellows have made to the planning profession.
Just as importantly, this will be an opportunity to network and catch up with other Fellows, whilst enjoying a short panel presentation facilitated by PIA President, Darren Crombie RPIA (Fellow) with special guests from our international planning association counterparts.
Leo R. Asuncion, Jr., AICP
President, American Planning Association, USA
Leo R. Asuncion is a commissioner with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and previously served as director and administrator of the State of Hawaii Office of Planning. Leo has over 30 years of extensive experience in planning, policy analysis, and management throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region, in both the public and private sectors, through previous positions with Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., SSFM International, Inc., the Hawaii State Judiciary, and the State Land Use Commission. He has also chaired or been a member of a number of governmental boards, commissions, task forces and councils during his professional career.
Leo holds a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hawaii. He has served in a number of leadership roles within APA, including serving on the Board of Directors and the Chapter Presidents Council, and as APA Hawaii Chapter president. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International, a board member of McKinley High School (Honolulu) Business Academy, and past chair of the Coastal States Organization.
Dr Wei Yang FRTPI FACSS MCIHT
President, Royal Town Planning Institute, UK
Wei is the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2021. She is a lead figure in researching, promoting, and implementing 21st Century Garden City approach worldwide. She has extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams. Her professional strengths lie in combining innovative planning inspirations with feasible implementation solutions.
Wei is the Founder of Wei Yang & Partners, an award-winning master planning firm in London. Actively promoting joined up thinking between different professionals, Wei is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, an Independent Trustee of the Landscape Institute, a board member of the British Library, and a Board Trustee of Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. Wei is the Global Planners Network (GPN)’s representative at UN Habitat Professional Forum.
Chair, New Zealand Planning Institute, NZ
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Reginald is the newly elected Chair of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and occupies the Te Ao Māori position on the NZPI Board. He is the first person to hold the Te Ao Māori position on the Board and the first person of Māori descent to hold the position of NZPI Chair. Reginald has worked in local government positions across New Zealand and the private sector working in both regulatory, policy and hearing commissioner roles, and has significant experience working in a Te Ao Māori frame within the Resource Management Act legislation of New Zealand. Reginald was integral to the establishment of and was Chair for many years of Papa Pounamu, a collective under NZPI progressing; the recognition and incorporation of Māori planning, culture and perspectives, and; the increase of Māori planners, in New Zealand. This experience places him in a strong position to lead NZPI with upcoming legislative resource management reform to provide an Aotearoa New Zealand planning framework.
Reginald had the privilege to attend, present and most importantly meet PIA delegates at the PIA conference held in the Gold Coast, in which he spoke as part of the conference and at the Fellows event. Reginald is looking forward to reconnect and extend connections with PIA Fellows and contributing to the discussion from a Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.
Darren Crombie RPIA (Fellow)
President, Planning Institute of Australia
Darren is a Principal and Director with E3 Advisory, an independent, employee owned infrastructure advisory firm providing strategic services to clients across Australia and internationally.
Darren has some 25 years experience in the Australian infrastructure, planning, economic development, and transport sectors. In that time, he has held senior executive roles in the infrastructure, planning and economic development portfolios in the Queensland Government, and in the transport and infrastructure portfolio in the Australian Government. His most recent role prior to joining E3 was as Queensland’s Deputy Director General infrastructure policy and planning.
Darren holds an Honours degree and a research Masters degree in Regional and Town Planning from the University of Queensland, and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australian National University and the Australia New Zealand School of Government. He is a Registered Planner and has been a member of PIA since 1996 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has previously represented Australia on UN and APEC bodies.
Darren became the National President of the Planning Institute of Australia in November 2020 after having served as the Queensland Director and chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee since 2014.