Tom Yam

Tom Yam

Tom Yam is a Hong Kong-based management consultant with a doctorate in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has worked at AT&T, Ernst & Young and IBM. He is also a member of the Citizens Task Force on Land Resources, a group of professionals dedicated to broadening and facilitating the debate on critical issues including sustainable development, the optimal uses of land, and the conservation of resources.

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Opinion | Hong Kong must not be misled about the unneeded Lantau Tomorrow Vision

With the proposal for the Lantau project, the Hong Kong government is either misleading the public, or guilty of magical thinking. It seems to believe residents can move in eight years after such a complex project begins.

25 Nov 2020 - 12:53PM

With the proposal for the Lantau project, the Hong Kong government is either misleading the public, or guilty of magical thinking. It seems to believe residents can move in eight years after such a complex project begins.

Hong Kong must not be misled about the unneeded Lantau Tomorrow Vision
Opinion | Why the most expensive reclamation project in Hong Kong’s history will cost far more than HK$624 billion

Not only are the cost and revenue estimates used by the government to argue the case for Lantau Tomorrow dubious under scrutiny, its promise of more affordable housing and better quality of life is also far-fetched.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:11AM

Not only are the cost and revenue estimates used by the government to argue the case for Lantau Tomorrow dubious under scrutiny, its promise of more affordable housing and better quality of life is also far-fetched.

Why the most expensive reclamation project in Hong Kong’s history will cost far more than HK$624 billion
Opinion | Why Lantau reclamation would breed a white elephant, and there’s nothing ‘unavoidable’ about it

The rising tide of voices in favour of large-scale reclamation as the only solution to Hong Kong’s housing crisis is based on skewed numbers and represents the interests of the developer and big business lobby that will profit from the scheme.

21 Aug 2018 - 10:15AM

The rising tide of voices in favour of large-scale reclamation as the only solution to Hong Kong’s housing crisis is based on skewed numbers and represents the interests of the developer and big business lobby that will profit from the scheme.

Why Lantau reclamation would breed a white elephant, and there’s nothing ‘unavoidable’ about it
Why East Lantau Metropolis is yet another conjuring trick by the Hong Kong government
Opposition to creating a  ‘metropolis’ in Hong Kong’s Lantau must be heard
Hong Kong doesn’t need a vast new town rising from the seas off Lantau
Hong Kong’s waste problem: a stinking trail of missed targets, data errors and misdirected efforts
Proposal to build an incinerator in Hong Kong shows up the flaws of government self-regulation
One million people living in a Lantau metropolis: does Hong Kong really want this?
John Nash's 'beautiful mind' opened whole new vista for mathematics

Many mathematicians, including fellow Nobel laureates, have delved further into the game theory he pioneered at the age of only 22.

31 May 2015 - 6:55AM

Many mathematicians, including fellow Nobel laureates, have delved further into the game theory he pioneered at the age of only 22.

John Nash's 'beautiful mind' opened whole new vista for mathematics
Hong Kong's plan to reduce its waste enters the realm of fantasy
Shek Kwu Chau incinerator proposal reflects worry over government power abuse
Taxpayers should not pay more than their fair share for overpriced incinerator

Tomorrow, the Legislative Council's Finance Committee faces a crucial vote on whether to fund the Environment Bureau's mega incinerator to be built on Shek Kwu Chau island.

3 Jul 2014 - 2:58AM

Tomorrow, the Legislative Council's Finance Committee faces a crucial vote on whether to fund the Environment Bureau's mega incinerator to be built on Shek Kwu Chau island.

Taxpayers should not pay more than their fair share for overpriced incinerator
Brain power still the genesis of scientific breakthroughs

Will we ever again see a Newton, a Darwin or an Einstein - scientists who decoded the laws of nature using nothing more than brainpower and a few simple tools? Or can the human mind no longer make fundamental breakthroughs in science without the aid of supercomputers, space missions and enormous expenditure?

9 Feb 2014 - 2:56AM

Will we ever again see a Newton, a Darwin or an Einstein - scientists who decoded the laws of nature using nothing more than brainpower and a few simple tools? Or can the human mind no longer make fundamental breakthroughs in science without the aid of supercomputers, space missions and enormous expenditure?

Brain power still the genesis of scientific breakthroughs
In praise of the low-tech

Writing a science and technology column, you tend to get caught up in the newest or Next Big Thing - Big Data, big discoveries, high-speed trains, high-speed trading. And living in Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta region of mass production and massive infrastructure, you're immersed in the mentality that bigger is better and hi-tech is best.

26 Jan 2014 - 4:53AM

Writing a science and technology column, you tend to get caught up in the newest or Next Big Thing - Big Data, big discoveries, high-speed trains, high-speed trading. And living in Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta region of mass production and massive infrastructure, you're immersed in the mentality that bigger is better and hi-tech is best.

In praise of the low-tech
Lessons for US politicians in Nobel winners' efficient markets theories

The irony could not have been more jarring. As the world waited with bated breath while American politicians decided whether to tip the United States into debt default, three American economists were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.

20 Oct 2013 - 5:26AM

The irony could not have been more jarring. As the world waited with bated breath while American politicians decided whether to tip the United States into debt default, three American economists were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Lessons for US politicians in Nobel winners' efficient markets theories
First priority
15 Aug 2012 - 10:54PM
First priority
Game theory and the South China Sea conflict
Cracks in the code: Encryption may be flimsy armour
The physics behind Bruce Lee's one-inch punch
To see the world in a grain of sand
A spot of fog
3 May 2012 - 12:00AM
A spot of fog
Great things come from small samples
Burning doubt
13 Apr 2012 - 12:00AM
Burning doubt
Blink, and you'll miss it: The blinding speed of trade
Facebook's US$100b assets? It's us
Patterns in nature can help track market swings
Is economics about maths or the mind?
Nobel winners predict chilly end for humanity
Too soon to say modern physics turned on its head