About Doctoral Exchange

Doctoral Exchange is a public interest research collective founded in 2010 by a group of doctoral students and graduates with a shared respect for Hong Kong’s heritage of excellence and a common conviction in the city’s continuing role on the global stage. Regular meetings are held to discuss the latest hot topics and explore innovative solutions to entrenched challenges. The founding members, with expertise and professional training in disciplines ranging from architecture, urban planning, finance, logistics and education, and creative industries, are committed to conducting research without ideological or political biases in order to identify pragmatic, outside-the-box solutions for complex issues of concern to the community. Such an approach is desperately needed as the current space for public dialogue and deliberation has been dominated by special interest obstructionism, fanned by politicians and a media contingent bent on sensationalism rather than clarifying the issues for the public they serve.


博匯是一個成立於二零一零年、由一群博士生及博士畢業生組成的智庫組織,聚集了一眾對香港的成就引以為傲,並冀望使這個城市在國際舞台上繼續閃耀的熱心成員。 博匯定期舉行會議,對香港的各種議題和社會面對的挑戰進行討論,務求突破固有框架,從香港長遠利益出發,尋找創新而可行的解決方案。博匯的成員來自不同界別,包括建築、城市規劃、金融、物流、教育和創意產業,我們以專業知識與豐富經驗,就社會民生議題作務實客觀的探討。博匯認為,現時部分政治團體維護小眾利益,以及部分媒體偏頗報導,窒礙了社會邁向公平公開的理性討論。我們相信實事求是的理性溝通和客觀分析能為公眾提供一個更具意義的思考平台。

張量童 博士








Dr. Francis Neoton Cheung

Urban Designer

Dr. Francis Neoton Cheung is an urban designer and development expert with a proven track record of holding public positions and handling in Hong Kong and mainland China large-scale public infrastructure projects which include airports and property developments atop railways.

After his seven years study at Queen’s College, Cheung read architecture and urban design and graduated with distinctions at the University of Hong Kong. Upon graduation, he went into private practice as an architect and property development consultant. He has won numerous international design awards, including Taiwan Cheng Kung University’s Outstanding Architectural Talents Award and the Zhuhai Aerotropolis Urban Design International Competition.

As a property developer in his own right, Cheung has developed various commercial and residential projects in Hong Kong, Guangdong Province and northern China.

Between 1992 and 1997, Cheung was appointed by different airport authorities to oversee airport projects in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, with positions including member of the Consultative Committee on the New Airport and Related Projects, which was jointly appointed by the British and Chinese governments. Before the Handover, Cheung was an advisor to the Chinese side of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group.

Among the public bodies Cheung served on over the years include: the eighth plenary session of The All-China Youth Federation, the first Election Committee of the Hong Kong SAR, Buildings and Lands Advisory Committee, Town Planning Appeal Board and the Housing Authority Building Committee.

As the founder and convenor of the Central-Wanchai Reclamation Study Group, Cheung was also one of the first activists advocating minimizing reclamation within the Victoria Harbour.

Cheung also holds a master’s degree in Science in Management Research Studies and Doctor of Business Administration. Cheung is a part vice president of the Hong Kong institute of Architects. He is currently a member of the Institute and The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.

Cheung is the founder and chairman, Neodimensions Group, which comprises several companies respectively in property development of smart cities, innovation and technology and “life culture”, which involves redefining the columbarium industry. 

Francis is also championing the Marine Enclave development to the south of the Special Administrative Region  enabling our younger generations to have a better future. He is also playing a pivotal role in establishing a private sector international innovation and technology hub in the northern New Territories.

In 2010, Cheung established a local think tank – Doctoral Exchange of which he is now the chairman and convenor. This research collective focuses on advocacy planning, urban design and development, strategic planning, land and housing issues. Recent reports include “Optimising Land Resources for Better Housing Provisions in Hong Kong”, “Hong Kong 2050 Vision” and “Marine Enclave Developments for Hong Kong”.

Francis Neoton is currently an advisor to Our Hong Kong Foundation.