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Aurecon’s new Client Director for Infrastructure in Asia - Lili Tao

Lili Tao has been appointed as Aurecon’s new Client Director for Infrastructure, Asia

Lili has a diverse Infrastructure background, having managed major infrastructure projects across the UK, Hong Kong, Mainland China and in Singapore

04 October 2019 – Building bridges is more than structures for Aurecon’s new Client Director for Infrastructure, Asia.

Since the start of her career in engineering, Lili Tao has acted as a bridge, bringing multiple disciplines together, initially for small projects then moving onto mega infrastructure like Crossrail in the UK, the Hong Kong International Airport expansion and the Offshore Marine Centre in Singapore.

She now has a different type of bridge challenge, bringing global engineering, design, and advisory company Aurecon’s solid reputation for innovation, safety, quality and exceptional client delivery and growing this in its major growth market, Asia.

As Aurecon’s new Client Director for Infrastructure in Asia, Lili, who is based in the firm’s Singapore office, will work with Hong Kong based Client Director Keith Chong, the global client leadership team and the Asia leadership team to build on project successes such as the MRTA Purple Line in Thailand, Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and the recent awarding of the contract to design three of the first five stations on Singapore’s Jurong Regional Line as well as major structures for the rail line.

“Being a Bridge is not new to me. My journey brought me a long way from originally growing up in Beijing, working in the UK, to returning to Asia, initially being based in Hong Kong to now settling in Singapore – an international gateway,” Lili said.

“What this has taught me is in our global business world, when you can bridge cultures and transfer knowledge from one sector to another and continuously build on this, you can achieve really innovative outcomes and find solutions to complex problems for clients.”

Lili has a diverse Infrastructure background, having managed major infrastructure projects across the UK, Hong Kong, Mainland China and in Singapore. As someone who grew up in an engineering family with her father a telecommunications engineer and living near project sites, it was no surprise that Lili was drawn to the profession.

“While I was working in the UK, I was an apprentice to the first female President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Jean Venables CBE, which gave me invaluable insight into how senior female figures operate in the industry. It stressed to me the importance of having female role models who are changing the industries they work in for the better for young aspiring engineers,” Lili said.

It’s something Lili is passionate about and is keen to increase the diversity of people and ideas to reflect those of Aurecon’s clients and its clients’ customers so that infrastructure is designed with the user at the centre.

In recent years, Lili has held several roles at Aurecon, including Lead Project Manager and Technical Director, and Project Services Lead for Singapore.

Managing Director for Infrastructure Ben Stapleton said he was excited to have Lili step into this critical infrastructure market leadership role and ensure exceptional service across the region.

“Lili has demonstrated a unique ability to tackle complex technical challenges with good business acumen. It’s this passion that allows her to make the complex simple for our clients,” Ben said.

Lili takes on this role as Scott Smith returns to Australia after 10 years in the region to take on the Client Director for Transport – Victoria and South Australia.


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