Director - Mr. David Nieh

Director - Pacific Basin Economic Council

Head of China - Lend Lease


David is a Director of the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He was appointed Head of China for Lendlease in April 2012 and is based in Shanghai, China.

David is responsible for growing the company’s footprint in China and introducing Lend Lease’s unique integrated model into China, offering property services spanning the entire property value chain including investment, development, project management, construction and asset management. David brings vast experience in development and is a renowned thought leader on sustainability in the built environment.

David previously served as General Manager for Shui On Land, one of China’s preeminent and most sustainable property developers. He was responsible for the planning, entitlements, business development, project management and development of their Knowledge Communities, working closely with government, venture capital, banking partners, and top Chinese and international institutions.

He is a registered architect and certified planner, as well as an accredited professional in sustainable design. He started and directed the studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s Shanghai office, and was the chief architect for the City of San Jose and Redevelopment Agency. He has taught architecture, urban design and urban studies at Stanford University, where he was also a faculty affiliate of the Graduate School of Business.

David is currently a Board Member of the Global Reporting Initiative, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and the China Chapter of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association. He is a Shanghai Executive Committee member of the Urban Land Institute. David has been a speaker and a moderator at the Boao Forum, an APEC CEO Summit member and speaker at the Great Hall of the People.

He is an appointed advisor to China Development Bank Capital, China Nobel Forum, the US-China Clean Energy Forum, Beijing University College of Architecture and Landscape, Stanford University Architecture Program and University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

David holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California/Berkeley.