HSR Asia 2024
  HSR Asia 2024 is a comprehensive 2-day programme that aims to explore the transformative benefits of high-speed rail, focusing on its impact on the environment, economies and societies. The conference will provide a holistic view of the high-speed rail in the Asia Pacific region covering policy, innovative technology, infrastructure, economic impacts, future trends. It encourages collaboration among stakeholders, fosters discussions on innovation and explores the broader social and environmental aspects of high-speed rail development. The inclusion of innovative technology sessions emphasizes the role of cutting-edge solutions in driving these transformative changes.

Participants will gain insights into various funding models, the role of private investment, and real-world case studies showcasing successful financing strategies in high-speed rail projects.
  Advisory Panel

T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Solutions ARUP, United Kingdom
Mark Loader, PMO Director, Southern Section, HS2, SCS Railways, United Kingdom
David Hyland, Managing Director, Rail Personnel
  Panel of Industry Specialists and Government

Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal, CEO, MyHSR Corp, Malaysia
T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Solutions, ARUP, United Kingdom
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Honorary CEO, UIC; Président du Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes
Adj. Prof Andrea Giuricin, Transport Economist at CESISP, University Milan Bicocca
CEO,TRA Consulting; Senior Transport Consultant, World Bank, Asia and Africa
Manmohan Parkash, Former Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank
  Programme At A Glance

Day 1, 3rd September 2024
The first day of the conference will bring together industry leaders to discuss how to deliver cost-effective rail projects in the current market conditions, featuring a range of panel discussions and presentations focusing on current challenges looking at value for money project development, affordability and commercial options, financing models and funding, drawing on experience from recent and current projects in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region.

3rd September 2024
Networking Evening Drinks

Day 2, 4th September 2024
The second day will move to focus on how new technology and innovation can help ensure projects are delivered in the most cost effective manner both in during construction and future operations and maintenance.  The day will look at the latest developments in the use of AI and innovation in the delivery of high-speed rail and other projects around the world, including an expert panel discussing their applicability and benefits for projects in the region such as the KL-Singapore HSR project.
  Conference Outline

Day 1, 3rd September 2024

8:00 Morning Coffee & Registration
9:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address and Overview of HSR Asian 2024
T C Chew, Director, Global Rail Solutions ARUP, United Kingdom
  Bridging Innovation and Connectivity
  Opening Keynote Address
Transformative Potential of high speed rail in Asia Pacific

KL-SG HSR Update – Opportunities and challenges and moving forward

Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal, CEO, MyHSR, Malaysia

International Keynote Address
The Value of Rail
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Honorary CEO, UIC
Président du Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes  (via zoom)

Keynote Panel Discussion – Transformative impact of high-speed rail on the environment and the positive outcome on the economy. Rail Project Update

Morning Coffee and Networking Opportunities

HSR project updates
  Lunch and Networking Opportunities
  Funding and Financing High Speed Rail
  How can Transit-Oriented Development contribut
  • Land swap options
  • Can the KL Sentral success be repeated

Innovative FInancing Modalities to Fund Complex Intraregional Railway Projects.
Manmohan’s experience of financing over 10,000 kms of railway projects in Asian economie will be used as illustration including pioneering the structure of high speed railway project financing in China. This model was highly successful and adopted by the Chinese railways to fund their ambitious high-speed railway development. Examples from these projects to propose options for the Singapore-Kualalumpur line. Accessing funds is an issue and raising money through long-term green bonds and coupons will be covered under the ambit of green financing.
Manmohan Parkash, Former Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank

Interactive Panel Discussion: How to ensure projects are cost effective, affordable and financeable
HSR and global sustainability – the race to save the planet!

  • Many countries including China, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are using high speed rail development as a core tool in their efforts to combat climate change whilst creating jobs and mobility
  • Ever increasing fuel prices means that hsr is not a question of ‘if’ a country decides to implement it but rather ‘when and how fast’ can hsr be developed and implemented
  • Effectively using renewable energy sources to power high speed rail development
  • Economies of scale when choosing high speed?
  Afternoon Tea and Networking Opportunities
  Post Pandemic Impacts on Major Projects

How to Address inflation and Increased Material Prices

  • Phased Delivery Models
  • Geopolitical Impact
5:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and key takeaways from the day
7:00 Networking Evening Drinks
  Day 2, Wednesday, 4th September 2024

8:30 Morning Coffee & Registration
9:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address and Recap from Day 1
  How is ESG shaping the future of rail
Can environmental benefits fund project
  • Rail De-carbonisation, Sustainability and Resilience
  Morning Coffee and Networking Opportunities
  Lessons Learned and Applicable
  HSR Private Operator: The Importance of Economic Regulation
  • Italo, the first HSR private operator
  • Open Access competition
  • Italy, France and Spain as business case
  • Infrastructure manager and Railway operator
  • Access Charge and capacity allocation
Adj. Prof Andrea Giuricin, Transport Economist at CESISP,University Milan Bicocca
CEO,TRA Consulting; Senior Transport Consultant, World Bank, Asia, and Africa
  • Brazil HSR project
  • Etihad Rail Passenger services – how they can be financed
  • Egypt HSR – lessons learned
  Improving cost effective delivery through technology – HSR Technology Showcase
  The role of AI and Advanced Innovation in Rail

Emerging Technologies in High-Speed Rail Operations

AI and Automation for Safety and Efficiency

Sustainable Infrastructure Innovations

Technology for Social Benefits
  Lunch and Networking Opportunities
  Smart Stations and Customer Experience

Can New Technologies make HSR affordable?
  • The switch from Electric to Hydrogen trains – is this viable?
  • Dual use HSR lines (passenger and freight) pros and cons
High Speed Rail Air Links
  Afternoon Tea and Networking Opportunities
  Future Challenges and Opportunities
  Interactive Roundtable Sessions
This is an unparalleled opportunity to not only listen but to get involved in intensive discussions on the key issues that are currently impacting high speed rail development and implementation.  Participants have the option to choose which roundtable session to attend.
  1. Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration – Addressing Environmental and Social Concerns
  2. Successful Project Management of High-Speed Rail Projects – Keeping your Project on track and under cost. The Economics of implementing high speed rail – cost vs benefits
  3. Innovative Technology for High-Speed Rail Development
5:30 Chairman’s Closing Address- Future Policy Frameworks
Recap of Key Insights and Learning. Acknowledgements and Appreciation and an Invitation to Future Collaborations
  Panel of Industry Specialists and Government

T C Chew
Global Rail Solutions Leader, ARUP, United Kingdom

As Arup’s Global Rail Business Leader, TC leads an international team of rail experts working on all kinds of rail transit systems, including high-speed, metros, light and heavy rail. As an advisor to governments and delivery bodies responsible for major rail projects, TC’s focus is on helping clients to unlock the transformative potential of rail.

Prior to Arup, TC was the President of Global Business Operations. During his time as Projects Director at MTR Corporation TC was responsible for all new railway projects in Hong Kong, TC also held senior portfolio with other Rail Transport related organisations including Bombardier Transportation, Singapore Land Transport Authority and London Underground. TC is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well other professional institutions in the UK.

Mark Loader
PMO Director, Southern Section, HS2, SCS Railways, United Kingdom

Mark is currently PMO director for the southern section of the HS2 project. He has more than with more than 30 years of experience in the development, delivery and operation of rail systems around the world. Prior to this he held senior positions on the Rail Baltica high speed rail project and the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail. Mark has worked for civil contractors, equipment suppliers, operators and consultants. His regional experience includes working on rail projects in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Australia. He started his career with British Rail and then spent 10 years working around the world, including work with suppliers and projects in 25 countries on 5 continents. He was worked on a range of transport technologies from Cable Cars to maglev, and has acted as a champion for the introduction of innovation and new technologies.

Dato' Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal
CEO, MyHSR Corp, Malaysia

Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal bin Mohamed Kamal is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR Corp). He has led the company and steered the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project since its inception and through the various milestones and challenges in the last eight years. Among the highlights were the launch of the seven Malaysian HSR stations’ concept designs, completion of the Public Inspection exercise, selection of the Project Delivery Partners for the local civil works, and many others. Most recently, Mohd Nur led the launch of the Request for Information exercise to seek concept proposals from the private sector, locally and abroad, in line with the aspiration of the Government of Malaysia.

Mohd Nur has also realised a number of key accomplishments as the CEO of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) between 2008 and 2015, including the successful launch of the Go-KL bus services and development of the National Land Public Transport Masterplan which helped set the vision for the public transport industry in Malaysia. He also led the initial efforts in developing the concept for the MRT project up to its successful launch. Mohd Nur brings with him over two decades of diversified experience both internationally and locally having served in management consultancy firms AT Kearney and Accenture, as well as in DRB-HICOM Bhd. He also led the development of the critically-acclaimed National Higher Education Action Plan at the Ministry of Higher Education. Dato’ Mohd Nur holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy, Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Illinois. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Decision Sciences from the University of Denver in Colorado.

Adj. Prof Andrea Giuricin
Transport Economist at CESISP, University Milan Bicocca
CEO, TRA Consulting
Senior Transport Consultant, World Bank, Asia and Africa

Adj.Prof. Dr. Andrea Giuricin is CEO of TRA consulting, a strategic consultancy company based in Barcelona and Milan with international customers from Europe, Middle East, Asia, America working with the top management (CEO and President) in the strategic and operational decisions.

He created the “studies office” for the CEO of Italo-NTV, the first private high speed rail company in open access competition and he worked in the first HSR markets open to the competition (Italy, South Korea, Spain and France) as strategic and operational consultant for the CEOs and top managers of the Railway companies. He is working with several other project in the rail industry, including rail freight operators and infrastructure managers.

He is senior transport consultant for the World Bank, reforming transport sector in Asia and Africa and for the United Nations. In the last years he was speaker at International Transport Forum of OECD.

He is teaching Transport Economics at University Milano Bicocca in Italy. In the same University he is responsible for the development of transport studies at CESISP – Unimib and he is adj. Prof. at University of Southern California, United States. He is also former visiting professor at China Academy of Railway Sciences, the leader organization in the world for the railway industry. He is also professor at UIC (International Association of Railways).

Dr. Andrea Giuricin cooperates and works with several Transport Authorities (CNMC in Spain, ART in Italy, CMA in UK, LATRA Tanzania, SPAD in Malaysia, RSR in South Africa), with the European Commission and European Railway Agency.

Manmohan Parkash
Former Senior Advisor, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank

An international finance expert, Mr. Parkash has over 38 years of experience in infrastructure development, finance, strategic leadership, and portfolio management in Asia Pacific countries. He has held senior positions with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India. He has a deep understanding of the international development agenda and multilateral institutions. He has shaped policy frameworks and mobilized billions of dollars from multiple sources for equitable and sustainable development in developing countries. He has structured financing of several large infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors. He has consistently delivered outstanding results by forging strong partnerships with governments, multilaterals, private sector, and other stakeholders; and driving organizational reforms. He is an inspiring leader, technology enthusiast, and a catalyst of change. Mr. Parkash has authored numerous publications including on energy, transport, climate change, environment, innovative financing modalities, trade, and regional cooperation.


David Hyland
Managing Director, Rail Personnel

David Hyland has over 50 years experience working with railways around the world and has been running Rail Personnel, an international recruitment business with offices in Australia, Asia, South Africa, India and North America that specialises in recruiting people for the rail industry since 1999. His work brings him into contact with many in the rail industry and enables him to keep up to date with what is happening in the rail industry around the world.

David started his career with the Australian railways in 1970 after graduating in civil engineering from the University of NSW. He then worked for a number of companies in manufacturing and consulting before forming his own consulting business in 1987 to do engineering and economic feasibility studies for railways in Australia and South East Asia. He has lived in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong and is currently based in Hong Kong working with clients in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Viknesh Jean-Pierre Loubinoux
Honorary CEO, UIC
Président du Cercle des Nouveaux Mondes


As the Government of Malaysia’s project delivery vehicle for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project, MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR Corp) is responsible for the development and implementation of this high-impact and game-changing initiative that will drive Malaysia towards becoming a developed nation. The KL-SG HSR is envisioned to be more than just a rail transportation project. It is expected to be a growth engine that will unlock the socio-economic potentials along the Southern corridor of Peninsular Malaysia, spurring the development of key economic centres and intermediate cities while boosting the various industries and their supporting ecosystem, creating jobs and business opportunities for all.

During the Request For Information (RFI) exercise between August and November 2024, MyHSR Corp is tasked to seek concept proposals from local and international firms or consortia to design, finance, build, operate, and transfer the KL-SG HSR based on the public-private partnership model. Incorporated in 2015, MyHSR Corp is wholly-owned by the Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport Malaysia.

Website: www.myhsr.com.my

Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL)
is the operator of KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit services that connect Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA T1 & T2) and the city. This year marks ERL’s 21 years of service. Throughout the years, ERL has taken many initiatives to deliver a safe and reliable public transport system. ERL has also been recognised locally and internationally for consistently providing high standards of service. Since its service launch in April 2002, ERL has carried over 115 million passengers onboard its trains and has consistently maintained its 99.7% on-time service performance record.

Incorporated in 1996, ERL is a private limited company owned by Malaysia’s foremost companies. YTL Corporation Berhad, Lembaga Tabung Haji, SIPP Rail Sdn Bhd and Trisilco Equity Sdn Bhd. The operations and maintenance are efficiently managed by ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd (E-MAS).

Website: www.kliaekspres.com

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Our database profiles over 35,000 rail professionals, allowing us to source candidates globally. More than 7,000 visitors access the Rail Personnel website each month for information about jobs, rail people and latest developments in the rail industry.

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Across the world, we shape and deliver major rail projects for clients in the public and private sector. Our approach combines systems-thinking, the latest technologies and decades of experience.
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