Chungha Cha

Co-founder & Chair, Re-Imagining Cities Foundation

Chungha Cha serves as Co-founder & Chair of the Re-Imagining Cities Foundation. Cha has been in finance for 20+ years (Citibank in New York, Sydney and Honolulu, Yasuda Trust Bank in Tokyo, Asian Merchant Bank and CEO of Lone Star Real Estate Funds in Seoul).  And now, since 2008, Cha has focused his career on green buildings and proptech (property technology and construction technology) to help accelerate smart, sustainable cities and communities around the world toward carbon neutrality.

Cha serves as Global Smart Cities Advisor to LG Electronics Group, as Smart Cities Advisor to the Andalucia Smart City Cluster, Spain and is co-Chair of the Green Working Group, EU Chamber of Commerce in Seoul.  We collaborate with global organizations:

  •   Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) in Asia
  •   Smart Cities Council, Washington DC; WeGO Smart Sustainable Cities Organization
  •   MIPIM Proptech Asia; PERE Proptech Hong Kong; FUTURE: Proptech London
  •   World Green Building Council; Architecture 2030 for Net Zero Carbon Cities

Cha graduated Columbia Business School, MBA 1985 (Majors: Accounting, Finance & Real Estate) and the Wharton School, BS in Economics 1979 (Majors: International Finance & Data Science).  Cha is married for 30+ years and have two daughters; in Boston and in New York. Cha enjoys traveling the world to check out smart city initiatives; to speak at real estate and smart city conferences to learn and to share with global experts and investors.

Tuesday, October 1
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm • International Smart Cities: Lessons from Abroadinstitute
In this classroom style-session, learn from smart city practitioners from around the globe who are leading their communities to a more sustainable and equitable future.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • Smart City Project Financing: Choosing the P3 Structure that is Right for Youstage
Sit in on this engaging fireside chat as project developers and financiers take a deep dive into the bringing a smart city deal to fruition. Topics to be addressed in include how to anticipate technology changes, the legal and tax mechanisms available and how to determine which ones are appropriate as well as the pros and cons of various P3 structures.