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Darren Burden - Executive Director, Kai Tak Sports Park, Hong Kong

Darren Burden

Darren is the Executive Director of Kai Tak Sports Park at ASM Global in Hong Kong. Expected to be completed in 2023, Darren leads all aspects of the operation components of the design, build, operate contract for the 28 hectare precinct which comprises a 50,000 seat stadium, 10,000 capacity arena, 5,000 seat public sports ground, 60,000 m2 of retail space, and public open spaces.

Prior to his current role Darren worked as a consultant for the New South Wales Government, leading the business case for the redevelopment of ANZ Stadium, the former Olympic Stadium, in Sydney and prior to that as an operations adviser on the newly completed Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney.

Until July 2018 Darren spent nearly five years as Chief Executive of Vbase, manager of Christchurch’s leading venues including Horncastle Arena, AMI Stadium, Hagley Oval, Air Force Museum Wigram, and the Christchurch Town Hall. With such a diversity of venues the company delivered over 700 sport, entertainment and business events annually – always through the mantra of “make life more eventful”.

Before moving to Vbase Darren spent seven years in Dunedin, firstly working as the Chief Executive of the trust established to masterplan and build Forsyth Barr Stadium in time for Rugby World Cup 2011. Latterly he was the Chief Executive of Dunedin Venues, operator of the stadium as well as the Dunedin Centre and Town Hall.

At the end of 2016 Darren was named ‘Venue Executive of the Year’ and ‘Supreme Venue Person of the Year’ by the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand at their annual awards. In 2018 Darren was named as Asia Pacific ‘Venue Professional of the Year’ by the Asia Pacific Venue Management Association.

Darren originally trained as a surveyor in the UK holding a degree in Building Surveying and becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Subsequently he became a Project Director for one of the largest construction consultancies in the UK. He holds an MBA and was previously Deputy Chair of the Youth Hostel Association NZ.



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