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JLL addresses at the Shanghai Pujiang Innovation Forum on how Chinese Cities contribute to Global Innovation

​​SHANGHAI, 22 September 2017 - As part of its ongoing efforts to plan and build more innovative cities, JLL (NYSE:JLL) will join the Pujiang Innovation Forum in Shanghai by the invitation of the committee to deliver a keynote address on city​ innovation hubs at this globally renowned development conference which will be held on September 23rd and 24th.

The Pujiang Innovation Forum is jointly hosted by China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Shanghai Municipal Government since 2008. This year is the forum's 10th anniversary and there will be key government officials attending this forum, including Mr. HAN Zheng, the member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Communist Party Secretary of Shanghai; Mr. YING Yong, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Committee, Mayor of Shanghai; Mr. XU Guanhua, President of Pujiang Innovation Forum, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Mr. WAN Gang, Vice Chairman of The National Committee of The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, President of China Association for Science and Technology, Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology; and Mr. Søren Pind, Minister of Higher Education and Science, Kingdom of Denmark. Denmark is the country of honor this year.

Ms. Rosemary Feenan, Director of Global Research Programmes will represent JLL to deliver a presentation at this conference. "With China rapidly becoming a centre for innovation, it's an honor to take part in the Pujiang Innovation Forum," Feenan said. The London-based researcher, who is travelling to China expressly for the event, added that, "Joining this gathering of thought leaders from around the world is a unique opportunity to explore how promoting scientific and technical innovation can fuel economic development and create more sustainable cities."

Real Estate Strategy to Drive City Innovation and Transformation

Ms Feenan's speech, "Innovation Hubs: A New Geography of Opportunity," outlines how communities can put in place the basic innovation infrastructure necessary to ensure that their cities have the capacity to foster growth. The keynote presentation also explores examples of new innovation geographies and formats for development hubs emerging in China, including the fostering of high technology economic zones to drive innovation and transform communities.

The country's creation of high tech centers, such as the Zhongguancun technology hub, the Chengdu innovation zone, Shanghai's Zhangjiang high tech park and Shenzhen's technology hub can already be seen to transform China's innovation geography, creating areas that are becoming global leaders in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and other key sectors.

"Innovation is now a key driver of city success," Ms Feenan points out. "Every city can innovate, but not every community has the capacity to craft an integrated innovation ecosystem that will foster sustainable growth."

Joint Discussion with Policy Leaders on Innovation Hubs

At the event, Ms Feenan and other JLL leaders have the privilege of working side-by-side with government officials, scholars, and urban planners to make an impact on city development. The gathering aims to enhance interaction among government departments, enterprises, universities and research institutes and promote the release of new policies.

The forum is hosted by China's Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. WAN Gang and Mr. YING Yong, Mayor of Shanghai Municipality.

"The world's leading cities are also leading centres of technical advancement and discovery," notes JLL's Managing Director for Eastern China, Eddie Ng. "JLL is honored to share what we have learned from planning and studying the most innovative cities in the world, and to work together with government officials from China and leaders from other parts of the globe participating in the Pujiang Innovation Forum."

Ms. Feenan will be delivering her address on the same stage as leading experts from Europe and China including Mr. WANG Zhang, President of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS); Arto Mustikkaniemi, Counsellor (Science, Technology and Innovation), Embassy of Finland; Sylvie Blanco, Director of Innovation at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Member of GIANT Innovation Campus Strategic Board, France; Charlotte Brogren, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Director General at the Swedish government's VINNOVA development agency and Erin Walsh, Head of City Strategies at Future Cities Catapult, United Kingdom.

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JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the second quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of nearly 80,000. As of June 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $57.6 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information​​, visit

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 36,800 employees operating in 95 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won the ‘World’s Best’ and ‘Best in Asia Pacific’ International Property Consultancy at the International Property Awards in 2016 and was named number one real estate investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific for the sixth consecutive year by Real Capital Analytics.​​  

In Greater China, the firm was named ‘Best Property Consultancy in China’ at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2016, and has more than 2,200 professionals and 14,000 on-site staff providing quality real estate advice and services in over 80 cities across the country​.​​​​​​​​​​​