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Abel Samaniego founded DABBEL in 2018 with the mission to offer the most scalable, cost-efficient and sustainable software to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in commercial buildings worldwide. DABBEL AI, a cloud-based AI software add-on, increases the value of the buildings by delivering up to 40% energy savings and CO2emissions reduction. DABBEL AI aims to transform the building automation market and takes building sustainability to the next level.
The industrial engineer specialised in Automation originally comes from Alicante, Spain. The idea came to Abel during a semester abroad in Poland, where he noticed how inefficient the buildings were in terms of energy consumption. After finishing his studies in Industrial Engineering in 2013, his career brought him to Germany, where he worked as Project Engineer to automate high-tech plants for the industry. There he developed DABBEL from concept to market stage with his co-founders since 2016.
As Head of Divestments for Skanska’s commercial development unit in CEE, Adrian Karczewicz is responsible for sourcing buyers and conducting transaction processes in four CEE markets: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
While working at Skanska, Adrian and the transactions team have divested nearly 30 office buildings totaling almost EUR 1.5bn. He conducted not only single asset transactions but also office portfolio deals across Skanska’s CEE markets. His team also led Skanska’s first ever hotel divestment in Poland.
During his time at Skanska, Adrian has established partnerships with many new investors entering CEE markets. He has developed good relationships with investors who have become Skanska repeat clients. Being strongly focused on market-making activities, Adrian meets with investment managers and investors each year to showcase Skanska’s CEE projects and discuss clients’ strategies and requirements. With this in mind, he visits a number of countries including Germany, the UK, Canada, and South Korea. Adrian’s proactive approach and relationship-building were recognized by the Skanska Group worldwide with the 2017 Market Maker Award. He is always willing to share his knowledge with colleagues from other Skanska markets. He was involved in the sales process of a Skanska asset in London – the Monument office building (GBP 118m). Adrian started his professional career in 1997 as an analyst at Gerald Eve International. He then went on to work for Knight Frank in Warsaw, and GE Capital Golub Real Estate. Prior to joining Skanska in 2013, he worked for Echo Investment as the director responsible for the company’s asset divestments.
Real Asset Media is the publishing arm of Investment Briefings, the leading pan-European event provider, creating forums in the major centres of Europe to link local market investment expertise with pools of capital in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Scandinavia and beyond into the US, North America, M/E and Asia. Investment Briefings also runs a series of events at the main exhibitions and trade fairs including MIPIM. MAPIC, Transport Logistics, Business Arena, Provada as well as a dedicated stand, The International Investors Lounge, at EXPO Real.
Real Asset Media launched a series of new publications designed to meet the needs of the current market. With a focus on sharing thought leadership, and creating personalized news and data resources, Real Asset Media launched a daily newsletter, The Real Asset Day, a special focus bi-monthly publication, Real Asset Insight, distributed at the major events including MIPIM and EXPO Real, as well as Living Retail focused on the retail, F&B and leisure industry. With 16,000 registered readers, listeners & viewers, and attendees, Real Asset Media and Investment Briefings is the chosen resource for leading cross-border decision-makers.
Anna Duchnowska joined Invesco Real Estate in March 2014 and was made Managing Director for Asset Management Europe in September 2020.
Anna is responsible for heading the Polish Office, in addition to being responsible for business development and asset management of a large portfolio of local assets, she is also heading a retail practice within European Asset Management. She is a member of the European Steering Committee.
Anna has extensive professional experience in asset management, investment, leasing and finance within the CEE and Polish property markets. Prior to joining Invesco Real Estate, Anna worked for Colliers International Poland, AIB Polonia Property Fund and KPMG.
Her professional qualifications include a Master of Economics degree from the Warsaw School of Economics and an Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota. Anna is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants (FCCA) and a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
Previous roles in the Council include the City Deal Programme and Programme Manager for the development of the Glasgow Operations Centre as part of the Future City Demonstrator.
Graduating from Heriot Watt University with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, she started her career in PA Consulting Group working throughout the UK and Europe with finance, oil and gas and public sector clients. She moved to Luxembourg, working for a Eurobond clearing house before returning to London and, subsequently, Glasgow working in both financial services and Scottish Enterprise.
Antonio is at the frontier of the real estate & information industry in Iberia. With over 20 years experience in the market, he is the founder of Iberian Property, the leading news, data & events platform for Iberian Investment Real Estate.
Antonio is also the founder and director of Vida Imobiliária (www.vidaimobiliaria.com), the local language professional magazine for the Portuguese spoken world in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.
He is also a partner of Confidencial Imobiliário (www.confidencialimobiliario.com), a leading information service for the residential market, covering both Portugal & Spain and has been a Fellow of the RICS since 2014 and Board Member of RICS Portugal since 2017.
Antonio studied at the Universidade do Porto followed by a Masters at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and was also a Vice President at MSCI from 2000-2016.
Arnout Scholten is a partner in our Real Estate & Construction Practice Group and co-heads the global CMS Real Estate & Construction Practice Area Group. He specialises in real estate transactions, project development and lease law.
Arnout advises on major refurbishments, area (re)developments and (turnkey) sale and purchase contracts, including the notarial aspects.
Ben Bannatyne is president of Prologis Europe and chairman of the company’s European Management Executive Committee. He is responsible for Europe’s leading logistics real estate platform, which comprises 19 million square meters across 12 countries, as of 31 December 2021.
Previously, Ben has served as the company’s managing director and regional head for Central & Eastern Europe – a role which he held for more than seven years and with overall responsibility for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Ben joined Prologis in 2008 from JLL where he was managing director for Central Europe. An accomplished leader, Ben has significant real estate knowledge and expertise, with over 27 years’ of experience.
Ben graduated from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, with a degree in land economy (BLE). He is also a UK trained chartered surveyor (MRICS).
Leads the Capital Markets team, tasked with stepping up its acquisition and development programme and leading its sales strategies, not only in the UK and Ireland but across mainland Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa. DHL is the largest operator of logistics space in the world with a real estate portfolio of 30 million square meters across 220 countries and territories.
Previously Managing Director at Round Hill Capital, building logistics investment platforms and led them in buying and managing logistics and industrial investment properties throughout Europe.
Benjamin joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats on January 2018.
Benjamin has extensive experience in the work with clients on complex real estate transactions. He advises on a broad range of aspects related to it, including acquisition and disposal of real estate assets or companies, of French or pan-European portfolios, the structuring of projects with the creation of regulated and non-regulated investment vehicles and funds such as OPCIs and the acquisitions or disposals.
Benjamin’s work also covers property development transactions, commercial leases and real estate financing.
Benjamin’s client base extends private and public sectors and includes domestic and international investors, asset managers and property companies which he assists on national and cross-border real estate projects.
Benjamin Cartier-Bresson, has been heading the Paris office of Berlin Hyp AG since May 2011. Part of the German Savings Banks Finance Group, the bank offers structured finance solutions for commercial real estate in France.
The targeted clientele are experienced, financially strong investors from the private and commercial sectors in Germany and abroad, as well as capital investment companies, housing societies and selected developers and construction companies.
Besides acquisition loans, the bank offers refinancing facilities, development facilities and bridge loans for single assets and portfolios. Hedging products and valuation services are also offered to the clients. While the bank usually acts as arranger, it also takes participations in a selection of key syndicated loans.
Beeing active in property finance for 15 years, Cartier-Bresson has extensive expertise in French and European property lending. His exposure to commercial real estate began with Archon Group in 1999, where he organised the leverage of distressed portfolios owned by the Whitehall funds. In 2004, he took over the French & Benelux CMBS origination desk of Credit Suisse, based in London.
In addition to participating as a panelist at international conferences, Cartier-Bresson is involved in education programmes of business schools and universities, where he serves as a guest lecturer.
Cartier-Bresson studied econometrics at Panthéon-Assas University in Paris, where he completed a master’s degree in statistics and data processing in 1994.
Brian Welsh became Head of Student at Round Hill Capital in 2021, having joined as Chief Executive of The Nido Collection, the Group’s UK, Ireland and Continental European student accommodation investment and operational platform and brand in October 2017.
Brian leads the continuing expansion of Round Hill’s student accommodation business as well as exploring the extension of the brand and operational platform into alternative asset classes. Welsh will be responsible for spearheading Round Hill’s investment, development and operational strategy across the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe and developing the Group’s wider international ambitions. Round Hill has funding already in place to help to support the delivery of its identified pipeline of over 5,000 beds across the UK and Ireland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Spain and the Group is in advanced discussions to deliver on its objective to grow its student accommodation portfolio to at least 20,000 beds by 2020 in these markets.
Brian has over 14 years’ experience of the student accommodation and PRS markets across the UK and Europe, where he has been responsible for the development and management of over 20,000 beds. He joined Round Hill from The Student Housing Company Ltd and its development arm ThreeSixtyDevelopments (formerly Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd), one of the UK’s fastest-growing Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) companies. As Chief Operating Officer at The Student Housing Company Ltd from January 2011, Welsh was responsible for strategy and leadership of a team which purchased, operated, developed, refurbished, financed and disposed of a total of over 14,000 beds across Spain, the UK and Ireland. Prior to this, from 2005 Welsh was at Liberty Living plc, latterly as Head of Operational Management where he worked with the CEO to integrate a number of previously separate organisations into what became one of the most respected private providers of PBSA.
As Chief Operating Officer and Director of Professional Services, Dr Carol Clugston is involved in strategic planning, budgeting and the implementation of complex multi-partner strategic projects.
Most recently, Carol has played a major role in the planning, funding and directing of the academic capital infrastructure projects at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, now the largest hospital in Western Europe. These projects, totalling over £70 million since 2012, include a Clinical Innovation Zone for industry; a Teaching & Learning Centre; Clinical Research Facilities; and an Imaging Centre of Excellence (‘ICE’, incorporating Scotland’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner). The ICE facility is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the second largest City Deal in the UK, which will stimulate economic growth in the life science sector through the establishment of world class R&D and commercialisation facilities. Carol has been closely involved in Glasgow’s leadership of Precision Medicine, including the development of the £20M Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, of which she is a Board member.
As Director of Professional Services, Carol also has responsibility for all professional services and operational functions within the College, including academic and research support services, human resources, IT, and Facilities. This includes managerial responsibility for all the professional, administrative and support staff in the College’s three Schools and seven Research Institutes.
Carols is a Lay Advisor of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, providing a high-level non-medical perspective on all aspects of College policy across the UK and internationally.
Carol has recently been awarded a prestigious Lord Provost’s Award from the City of Glasgow in the category of health, in recognition of the major role she has had at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).
Caspar Preysing is Head of the Federal Gigabit Office and Director of Digital Infrastructure Advisory at PwC.
In recent years, he has supported the establishment and operation of broadband competence centers in several federal states and advised various market participants on the development and implementation of their gigabit strategies. He has been leading complex projects for public and private clients for over 20 years and has extensive experience in financing, strategy development and project management.
He holds a Master’s degree in Economics & Politics from the University of Edinburgh, is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Business Mediator (IHK).
Charles has 7 years of experience in Real Estate / Finance and Banking and has been with Aareal Bank for more than 5 years, holding several positions from the Paris office to the HQ in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Currently he is working in the special hotel financing team where they are originating and structuring hotel financings from Northern America to Asia with of course a strong presence in Europe.
Since more than 3 years, he has supported, with the hotel team, the opportunity to expand Aareal senior financing to the student housing asset class, which is another exciting field of the business. As of now, Aareal Bank is currently active in the main European countries for student housing and also in Australia.
With 30 years’ international experience in the real estate logistics and industrial sector, Charles Pease has substantial occupational and business experience.
Prior to joining GXO, formerly part of XPO Logistics, which is now the world’s largest pure play contract logistics provider, Charles worked at several Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 corporates including SEGRO PLC, General Electric and Walt Disney. He now oversees all of GXO’s real estate matters in Europe which comprises 500 locations in 15 countries and a portfolio totalling 6 million square metres supported by a team of ten real estate professionals.
As Chief Investment Officer, Charles-Antoine van Aelst (35) is responsible for Aedifica’s investment activities. Mr. van Aelst obtained a Master of Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp and a Master of Financial Management at Vlerick Management School. In 2008, he started his career at Aedifica as Corporate Analyst, being responsible for Investor Relations as well. Later, he became Investment Manager (2011) and Investment Officer (2016).
Since September 2017 Charles-Antoine Van Aelst held the position of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Aedifica plc.
Christian is a founding partner of Waterway Investments, manages the Frankfurt office and is responsible for all aspects of the transaction process on behalf of Waterway´s international client base.
Prior to co-founding Waterway in 2011, Christian has worked for various American opportunity funds (Rockpoint Group, Hudson Advisors/Lone Star Funds) as well as German open-ended fund vehicles (SEB Asset Management). He received a Master´s in Economics from Freie Universität Berlin/Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil and a Master´s in Real Estate Economics from European Business School (ebs), Germany. Christian is fluent in German, English, French and Portuguese.
Christiane Conrads heads the German Real Estate Desk at PwC Legal London since 1 January 2018 and is a member of the Real Estate Law Practice Group.
She has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, with partic- ular emphasis on developments and investment work. Christiane advises national and international corporations, investors and banks on real es- tate law, including in particular acquisitions and disposals. She also ad- vises real property owners and occupiers on various matters of asset and facility management.
In addition, Christiane is an expert in sustainability in the built environ- ment. She focuses on innovations and developing suites of documenta- tion as well as best practice in this dynamic area, including the creation of award winning green building management concepts and a German Green Lease Model.
Before joining PwC Christiane Conrads worked in real estate teams of leading international and national law firms.
Clare Thomas is a partner in CMS’s Real Estate group. She has experience acting for property companies, funds, institutions and international investors on acquisitions, disposals, lettings and developments. Her transactional expertise spans a range of sectors including office, hotel, retail and mixed use. Significant transactions include acting on the acquisition by a Chinese investor of We Work’s European HQ in the City for £271 million and acquiring the Kensington Forum, one of London’s largest hotels for a U.K. private equity company. She also recently led one of the largest office acquisitions to take place in Canary Wharf since 2014.
She regularly speaks at industry events and leads the publication of CMS’s annual real estate thought leadership, with the most recent looking at the future of urban living across 6 key European Cities. She has been named as one of Bisnow’s 51 most influential women in real estate and appeared in The Lawyers Hot 100 List 2019.
She was elected to Aberdeen City Council in 2007 and became the Council Leader in May 2014, Co-Leader in 2017 and Council Leader in 2021. Jenny is the Chair of Aberdeen City Region Deal Joint Committee, Chair of Community Planning Aberdeen and Chair of Net Zero Vision – City Leadership Board. Jenny is also a member of Visit Aberdeenshire Board and Aberdeen Inspired Board and was named the Scottish Local Politician of the Year 2017.
Jenny was born in Aberdeen, is married and has a grown-up son. She graduated from Aberdeen University with an honour’s degree in Economic History.
Jenny spent 25 years as Customs Officer with HM Customs and Excise; at Aberdeen Airport and Dundee Port; and throughout the North East as a VAT Inspector and Compliance Officer; latterly Jenny was a Business Education Support Officer throughout Scotland with HM Revenue and Customs.
He has been an elected representative in Dundee since 2012, holding senior positions in the governing administration including Convener of Housing and Convener of Neighbourhood Services.
As the political leader, John and his team set the strategic direction, agenda, and policy development of Dundee City Council. This includes a leading role and oversight of Dundee’s £1 billion Waterfront Regeneration, the creation of the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc and the £350 million Tay Cities Deal.
John also chairs the Policy & Resources Committee which oversees the City Council’s gross revenue budget of £544m and gross capital programme of £346m.
He is involved in several key bodies including the Academic Health Science Partnership, the Dundee Fairness Commission and the Dundee Partnership which encompasses public bodies such as NHS Tayside & Police Scotland in addition to the private sector, academia and voluntary sector.
He also holds the role of Chairman of the Scottish Cities Alliance, an organisation which is a unique collaboration of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth & Stirling in partnership with the Scottish Government. The Alliance is focussed on sustainability, economic development and promoting investment opportunities across the cities.
Since the beginning of 2017, Cristina has been working exclusively in the research area as director of research. She is responsible for the analysis of the real estate market, trend predictions, production of reports and market presentations for all the property sectors: office, retail, logistics, hotel and residential, both for leasing and investment.
On the consultancy side, Cristina has carried out several market and strategic studies, as well as the definition and positioning of real estate products in the different sectors of real estate activity, for both national and international clients.
Daniel joined Cain International in 2017 and leads the firm’s investment origination and execution activities across Continental Europe.
Daniel has over 20 years of real estate experience across Continental Europe. Prior to joining Cain International, Daniel was a managing director at Tristan Capital Partners for seven years, where he sourced and closed over €2.5 billion of transactions. Before that, Daniel spent five years with MGPA, where he was head of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), specialising in regional acquisitions, which amounted to over €1.5 billion over the five-year period. Priot to MGPA, Daniel worked at Heitman for three years where his role included managing acquisitions for a pan-European logistics fund.
In February 2010, Daniel was awarded Professional of the Year at the CEE Retail Awards. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Anderson and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Leeds.
In 2006 he joined the Institut de l'Epargne immobilière et Foncière (real estate and land savings institute) as an analyst and specialised in unlisted real estate fund for France (SCPIs and OPCIs (real estate partnerships and investment schemes). Daniel is the co-author of the book "Les OPCI" published by Delmas (September 2008). He joined Primonial REIM in 2011 as Head of Development, then became Head of Research, Strategy and Sustainable Development in 2019.
David is a Director in PwC’s dedicated Energy and Infrastructure deals team.
He has worked on a number of sector-related deals during his career in the UK and Australia including buy and sell side due diligence on:
– Airports, Airlines and Air traffic control
– Digital infrastructure (Fibre, Towers, Data centres)
– New Energy (EV Charging, Battery Storage, Smart meters)
– Water utilities, electricity distribution and transmission networks
– Ports, Terminals, storage and pipelines
– Rail and rolling stock
– Offshore wind and renewable energy generation
In addition he has worked on deals across a number of other sectors including mining, industrial products, IT software, food services and consumer products.
Diana Ettner rejoined the firm in 2018, after having initiated her professional career here between 2002 and 2005. She is a member of the administrative and public law and urban planning and environment teams.
She was Advisor of the State Secretary of Justice (2002-2005) and of the State Secretary of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (2009-2011), and worked at SRS Advogados between 2002 and 2018, as a member of the public law department of the firm.
Diana Ettner practices mainly in the areas of administrative law, particularly public procurement and urban planning, and administrative litigation. She has participated in the conception and execution of several policies on cutting red tape and better regulation and owns a deep experience on legistics and legislative procedure matters.
She regularly participates as speaker in seminars and conferences in Administrative Law and Better Regulation.
Diana Ettner holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Law and Public Procurement, with her thesis addressing the civil liability of the State and public entities.
Dirk is Head of Hotels for Colliers EMEA region, based from Amsterdam. The Colliers EMEA team is part of the Colliers Global Hotels team with specialists across EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Dirk is also partner and Chief Executive Officer for Colliers in the Netherlands with 330 dedicated professionals over 4 dedicated offices.
Dirk has over 30 years’ experience in hotel consulting in the global market with a focus on transaction advisory, brokerage and innovation. Dirk and his team of 80+ hospitality professionals work worldwide wit a particular focus on Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Dirk is an experienced entrepreneur with his company ICS. He executed over 200 hotel loyalty card programs for most the major hotel brands in 27 countries across Europe, the Middle East, India, China, Brasil and Russia.
Dirk combined his expertise as an entrepreneur and a hotel operations specialist and incorporated the current Hotels division of Colliers in the Netherlands in 2010 and took the Colliers Hotel department to market leadership in Dutch market.
Due to his focus on consumer behaviour and his early interest in applied technology combined with his global experience in the hospitality sector, Dirk has become an expert on branding and a thought leader in hospitality value drivers and growth models. In his role as one of the Colliers hospitality leaders, Dirk combines his knowledge, expertise and experience with the global capital markets and focusses on major brokerage and M&A assignments across the continents.
Dorota has over 20 years of experience in real estate, finance and banking. As Senior Partner and Head of the Corporate Finance business line she provides advice on customers’ financial needs, including debt financing, mezzanine financing, raising capital and gaining capital partners, and also offering support in acquiring companies and entering the stock exchange. In May this year, Dorota advised on the first investment transaction in the student housing sector in Poland.
Prior to joining Colliers International, she was a senior partner at Griffin Real Estate for 11 years, where she was responsible for the Group’s management and investments, and also for the first mezzanine fund operating in Poland. She co-created the logistics platform that is co-managed by Griffin. Earlier, as CEO at Griffin Premium RE, the first REIT fund, she successfully launched the fund on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. She was a member of the team responsible for acquiring shares in Echo Investment SA, one of the biggest transactions on the Polish real estate market, in which she was responsible for due diligence and financing the acquisition. Before joining Griffin, for over 10 years, she held director positions in the HypoVereinsbank/UniCredit Group, and also in their subsidiaries, monitoring real estate investment banking and managing real estate. Dorota Wysokinska-Kuzdra has graduated from SGH Warsaw School of Economics, the University of Cologne and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Dorota also chairs the Polish branch of the Urban Land Institute – an international non-profit organisation supporting responsible planning and sustainable development of cities and providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge between leading experts and participants in the real estate market in Poland and abroad.
Carsten is partner at Linklaters LLP and based in the Frankfurt and Munich office.
Carsten has specialised experience in real estate transactions and real estate private equity. He has been involved in a number of high-profile transactions with a total volume of several billion Euros. His experience includes asset- and share deal transactions in all asset classes including offices and retail. He recently advised on some of the largest cross-border transactions in the logistics market.
Before joining Linklaters, Carsten was Head of DLA Piper ́s International and German Real Estate Practice.
Gerd Leutner advises German and international companies on structuring their business activities in Germany with a focus on M&A, restructuring of groups of companies, change of legal form and mergers (domestic and cross-border). His practice includes corporate and contract law (limited liability companies, partnerships, sector-specific contracts), international private law and international procedural law.
Gerd has special hotel, smart mobility, electromobility, transport, logistics and rail sector expertise as well as long-standing experience advising major business cooperations, including public-private partnerships. As the coordinator of CMS’s German-French Group, he particularly focuses on German-French mandates and on supporting the firm’s German-French teams of advisors.
Before joining CMS, Gerd startet his legal career with a business law firm in Düsseldorf in 1998. In 2001/2002, he was seconded to CMS in Paris and in 2004 became a partner. He regularly publishes articles on German-French corporate law topics and speaks on German corporate law and M&A issues. Gerd also represents CMS in the “rail” and “telematics” steering committees of Deutsches Verkehrsforum (German Transport Forum).
Michael Nauta advises buyers and sellers on German and international real estate and portfolio transactions, including due diligence and financing. He acts for investors on project developments and drafts and negotiates purchase and rental agreements for property owners. Michael’s practice also covers private equity and funds as well as the restructuring of distressed real estate.
Michael started his career at Taylor Wessing in 2013 and joined CMS in 2017.
Prior to founding StoneVest, he was CEO of Frasers Property Europe from 2013 to 2019, where he initially acquired the business of Geneba Properties NV and then launched the industrial real estate portfolio from scratch, building to a total volume of around €1.6 billion assets under management.
Between 2001 and 2012, Wulf Meinel was Managing Director and partner of The Carlyle Group, where he was responsible for the German real estate business. He previously held leading roles at LaSalle Investment Management and various German mortgage banks.
He studied law and political science at Bonn and Freiburg universities and holds a PhD in European law.
Eric is the Managing Partner of Cushman & Wakefield’s in Portugal, leading a team of 80 professionals in consultancy and real estate agency, as well as participating more directly in investment services and shopping centres development.
Eric van Leuven (born 1961) is a Dutch national but has lived and worked in Portugal since 1982. He studied Portuguese Language & Literature at universities in Nijmegen (Holland) and Lisbon.
In 1987, he set up George Knight Estate Agents in Lisbon. In 1991, Cushman & Wakefield (then Healey & Baker) acquired the commercial property division of George Knight and Eric became Managing Director. In 1992 he became an Equity Partner in the European business.
As a member of C&W’s EMEA Board from 2007 to 2012 he chaired the local boards of the firm’s offices in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Greece.
He is currently a member of the firm’s European Executive Council.
In 2000 Eric was elected a Fellow of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) as an “eminent professional” in recognition of his role in the development of the commercial property market in Portugal. He is also Vice-President of ACAI (the Portuguese Association of Property Consultants and Valuers) and of the Dutch-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.
Erol Riza set up Mithra Capital Advisors, after a banking career of 35 years, to focus on two sectors which have been the core of interest and based on global drivers such as climate change and ageing.
Erol Riza is an international banking and finance professional who gained 35 year’s experience working for international prime banks in London predominantly in debt capital markets. In his capacity as an international arranger of debt financing his experience spans the range of borrowers from financial institutions, private large corporates and state-owned entities as well as central government. The transactions arranged for borrowers range from plain syndicated loans, private placements and structured finance. The geographical distribution of borrowers included most of Europe, North Africa and selected new member states of the EU.
The banking career started as a business developer in senior positions with banks such Tokyo Mitsubishi International, ABN AMRO Bank and DEPFA Bank. Erol Riza left full time banking in 2007 to focus, as an independent advisor, on environment and healthcare infrastructure as a well as real estate and infrastructure finance. The financial crisis in Cyprus in 2013, and bail in of Bank of Cyprus, led to Erol Riza being appointed by the Central Bank of Cyprus, on the board of Bank of Cyprus and subsequently voted as Vice Chairman of the interim board (Head of Board Risk Committee) to implement the stability program of the Eurogroup.
Erol Riza, together with strategic partners in London, Cyprus and selected EU countries is currently working on supporting property owners, developers and professional investors from the EU, the UK, the US and Israel to originate and finance projects that are linked to senior living and the green economy. The sector of senior living of interest is quite broad from independent living, assisted living and housing with care.
My strengths lay in coaching and development, helping drive teams to embed a growth culture while delivering on revenue targets & achieving ambitious YoY Growth.
Francesca Brady is CEO at AirRated, which provides certification for indoor air quality to evaluate the health of indoor environments. Francesca can talk about healthy buildings, the importance of, and best practices around, air quality, and what role technology can play in improving wellbeing in the built environment.
Francesca holds a Masters degree in Environmental Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. During her degree, Francesca became passionate about the topic of indoor air quality (IAQ) which has largely been ignored:
“So much emphasis is dedicated to outdoor air quality, yet we have overlooked the spaces where we work and live and spend 90% of our lives.”
Subsequently, in 2019, Francesca joined AirRated to further channel her knowledge and generate awareness of the effects of IAQ on the health, well-being, and productivity of people. As Head of Environmental Research, she contributed to the development of the AirScore – a tangible and quantifiable building certification which aims to set the global benchmark for indoor air quality by communicating the health of indoor environments. The goal of the AirScore being to educate and advise people about healthy buildings and promote best practices.
Within her first 12 months at AirRated, Francesca was fast-tracked to the position of CEO and is continuously keen to educate others on the importance and value of good indoor air quality across the built environment. She is a frequent speaker at events at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, local schools and is currently an active member of the IWBI’s Taskforce for COVID-19.
“In the near future, I hope to see legislation come into effect to ensure that healthy indoor environments are mandatory and not just ‘nice to have’.”
Frédéric is President and Managing Partner of Mozaïc AM and has over 15 years experience in the healthcare sector.
On behalf of its clients/investors, Mozaïc has acquired and is managing over 250M€ of healthcare real estate in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Frédéric is the co-founder of Residial – Perial’s first regulated investment vehicle in France dedicated to nursing homes and nurseries, which was created as a joint venture between Mozaïc and Perial Asset Management.
Prior to this, Frédéric was the President of Senior Santé, an owner and operator of nursing homes in France. During his tenure, he was responsible for operations developing the group’s operating model and processes. During that period it funded, developed, built, delivered and sold 11 nursing homes (circa 50,000 m2).
Prior to Senior Santé/B-Patrimoine, Frédéric held various positions within HSBC (London) and Lazard (New York and London).
Frédéric graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris and speaks French, English, Spanish, Italian and Arabic.
Federico joined Savills in January 2020 from Pares Advogados where he had trained as a lawyer after completing a master’s degree in law and financial markets at the NOVA School of Law in Lisbon.
Frederico is a senior consultant in the office agency department of Savills and is based in the Lisbon office.
Guillaume has a 15-year experience in the real estate industry and is Managing Partner at FARO CAPITAL PARTNERS, a boutique real estate investment and asset management company. He held senior positions at AEW and CBRE Global Investors from 2006 to 2017.
When at AEW, he was head of offices asset management, in charge of AM and disposals for France, Benelux and Spain. He managed a Pan-European portfolio with a total value of c. €7 bn with a team of 14 professionals. Guillaume was notably involved in acquisitions strategies, investments committees, investors’ relations and was a member of the firm’s European Management Committee.
Prior to joining AEW, Guillaume was a Director/Fund Principal at CBRE Global Investors within the Strategic Partners Europe Funds series, opportunistic/value added real estate funds over the Eurozone countries.
Before that, Guillaume was an analyst at Deloitte Finance, within the Real Estate Advisory and M&A departments.
Fellow member of the RICS, Guillaume holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from ESTP School and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Real Estate from Paris Dauphine University – where he is also a teacher in Paris and Casablanca.
BioClavis is a Glasgow-based personalised diagnostics spin-out of BioSpyder Technologies. We leverage the proprietary TempO-Seq® transcriptomic/genomic platform technology, capable of efficiently analysing large cohorts with customisable biomarker panels of tens to thousands of genes, quickly and inexpensively. Therefore, we’re enabling the full promise and clinical utility of ‘omic testing to deliver cost-effective care for individual patients in coordination with and context of the practical realities in today’s healthcare systems.
TempO-Seq has critical usability features, controls, and does not require specialised instrumentation, ideal for expansion into the clinic. These strengths – in concert with centralised patient samples, clinical research partners, and economic decision making – allow accelerating content discovery, product development and adoption of a new generation of cost-disruptive precision medicine testing worldwide.
Herman joined the company in 2017 and is responsible for all research related activities supporting strategic investment and project decisions. Prior to joining, Herman worked for 16 years at Multi Corporation.
MARK, formerly Meyer Bergman, has unrivaled experience in delivering world-class urban solutions. Ability, know how and a true understanding of people’s work-life relationship are all key to our success. With our team of specialists, we nurture these qualities in every investment, from inception to divestment. Using our extensive network we diligently scour and source off-market opportunities. From city centre shops, offices and apartments to corporate opportunities. While every urban space is different we consistently create visionary solutions through three defined aspects; design concepts, active asset management and investment acumen. This is how we continue to grow our portfolio and galvanise our reputation as the leading name in urban investment and management.
Target transactions types:
- Core assets whose performance might be improved through skilled and focused active asset management
- Corporate entities
- Portfolios of attractive assets
- Investment targets in need of financial restructuring
- Joint Venture opportunities with developers, retailers and other investors
- Opportunities to acquire REIT entities in various European geographies
Herman joined Ellandi in 2021 to lead the Research & Analytics department, creating data driven insights on shopper behaviour and location trends, and overseeing all research supporting Ellandi’s strategic, investment, capital raising and project decisions.
Prior to joining Ellandi, Herman worked as Head of Research at MARK Capital Management, known as Meyer Bergman until November 2020.
Herman is member of several UK and international property research communities including Society Property Researchers, ULI Urban Land Institute and RICS Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors.
After graduating from State University in Groningen with a Master’s in Human Geography with Economic Geography, Herman secured a PhD in Human Geography at Utrecht University in 1999. He is a regular guest lecturer at universities.
Hubert Abt has been working in the real estate industry for over 30 years. He worked in the land banking sector and provided equity and Mezzanine capital for real various real estate projects.
In 2013 he founded NEW WORK Offices in Budapest, which provides various flexible office solutions. Since then he developed the business model further and grew the company to 25 locations in 5 countries making NEW WORK Offices the fastest growing Serviced Office Provider in the CEE.
He incorporated NEW WORK into a closed joint-stock company in 2018 and now leads the company as CEO while focusing investor relations, and developing NEW WORK Living and other innovative product lines.
Iryna Pylypchuk joined INREV as director of research and market Information in September 2020 and brings nearly two decades of investment research experience. Iryna was most recently senior market analyst at Fidelity International, where she spent over four years overseeing market research for the core European and UK markets, developing new strands of analysis for each region to enhance the investment process and inform strategy. Prior to this, Pylypchuk spent over a decade as director of EMEA and subsequently of global research at CBRE.
Iryna will be responsible for maintaining the quality and seamless delivery of INREV’s research and market insights, with the aim of enhancing transparency for investors across Europe and the world. She will also play an important role in expanding the breadth and synergy of products and capitalizing on INREV’s digital infrastructure to enhance members’ access to research and market insights.
Iryna holds a BA Honours degree in Business Studies from Middlesex University Business School, London, as well as a BA degree in International Economics from Ternopil Academy of National Economy, Ukraine.
Ivan McKee was appointed Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise in May 2021.
His career has involved a number of senior roles in manufacturing and business, managing companies in the UK as well as Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.
Early in his career, Ivan spent two years with VSO in Bangladesh. He is currently a trustee of the charity CEI, which supports education and health projects in Bangladesh.
Ivan has been MSP for Glasgow Provan since May 2016. He was brought up in Glasgow where he studied at the University of Strathclyde. He also studied at the University of Newcastle.
He was previously the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.
Jaap van der Bijl joined Altera as CEO in November 2016.
Altera Vastgoed N.V. is a real estate investor for pension funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors. Since its inception in January 2000 with assets of € 750 million and four shareholders, the fund has grown to over € 2,6 billion AUM with over 50 shareholders
We serve institutional investors and offer them the opportunity to invest indirectly in Dutch property. As a non-listed sector-specific private property fund Altera manages portfolios within the framework of a single company. Shareholders have the opportunity to invest in residential and convenience retail at their discretion. The investment strategy is core based, no leverage, cost efficient integrated management, strong focus on sustainability & ESG and transparency and compliance with best practices.
James joined PwC in July 2018 in the Corporate Finance team to lead our Infrastructure M&A Advisory team.
James has over 20 years of M&A experience and prior to PwC spent 18 years at HSBC Bank plc where he was Global Head of Advisory for the Infrastructure and Real Estate Group.
James has advised clients on a wide variety of domestic and global corporate finance transactions. He has considerable transaction origination, structuring, financing and lead execution experience including public company takeovers, acquisitions and disposals, mergers, joint ventures, equity fundraising and IPOs, acquisition financing and other structured finance transactions.
James works in the Infrastructure, Power and Utilities, Transport, Business Services and Real Estate sectors, with a particular focus on airports having worked on all the major airport transactions since he led the sale of Gatwick Airport in 2009.
James is an FCA Approved person and a qualified corporate finance solicitor.
Jarek leads the Strategy and Research team at Grosvenor Europe, with responsibility for driving business strategy through detailed market research and high-level strategic projects.
Before joining Grosvenor in 2017, Jarek held senior positions in research and risk departments of Norges Bank Real Estate Management. Prior to that he worked at RREEF (currently DWS) and at IVG analyzing global property markets. He also spent several years conducting academic research at the University of Freiburg.
Jarek holds degrees in Economics, Finance and Banking, and Quantitative Methods from the University of Freiburg and Warsaw School of Economics and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Freiburg.
Jesse leads Green Street’s European Advisory team. He began working with Green Street in 2011 and has more than 20 years of diverse financial and investment experience, including working in mergers & acquisitions with Morgan Stanley, corporate finance with MGM Mirage and equity research with Bear Stearns. Since 2005, Jesse has been active in the European listed real estate market, working initially as a buyside investor for Heitman and Cohen & Steers, before taking on his current assignment with Green Street’s Advisory & Consulting team in London.
Jesse holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Jessica joined DWS in 2004 and is Managing Director and Head of European Real Estate Portfolio Management, including Global and European funds, international client SMA strategies and asset management services. Jessica has experience across all asset classes including living sectors across Europe as well portfolio management, asset management and fund raising.
Jessica leads a large team and is responsible for the UK business real estate P&L. Jessica was previously Head of UK Transactions and has acquired and sold assets covering all sectors, including corporate transactions and offshore structuring. She has originated and led over £8.5 billion of transactions over her career. Responsible for an international client base acquiring assets from Core to Value add strategies in residential, office, logistics and hospitality sectors. Jessica is also board member/company director for DWS Global Alternatives Ltd.
Jessica is a member of the European Real Estate leadership team, a voting member on the European Investment Committee, and chair of the DWS People’s Engagement Group as well as a BPF (British Property Federation) board member. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management, Investment Management Certificate and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Joana joined Savills after the acquisition of Aguirre Newman in 2017, keeping the role of architecture director.
Joana started her professional career in 2001 at Melo e Liz Design, an interior design company and worked there for three years while she was studying for her degree in interior design. After 3 years of working in different areas such as finance, commercial and construction management, Joana was promoted to operations manager of the company. In 2007, Melo e Liz Design merged with Aguirre Newman where she maintained in the same role. In 2009 Joana was promoted to architecture director. She prides herself on providing a high quality service to her clients and Joana joined Savills after the acquisition of Aguirre Newman, keeping the role of architecture director.
Joana lives near Lisbon, Montijo, with her husband and two children. For over 10 years Joana has practiced classical ballet and loves sports, especially dancing and motorsports.
João Torroaes Valente joined the firm in 2018, as a partner, to coordinate the corporate real estate practice at Morais Leitão, where he heads the Corporate Real Estate & Tourism Department.
João is a corporate real estate, tourism and investment fund specialist. He advises national and foreign investors on corporate real estate transactions, including the development and sale and purchase of shopping centres, retail parks, offices, and logistic, residential and tourism projects.
Previously he worked as counsel at Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho in Lisbon’s office (2004-2018), and at Vasconcelos, F. Sá Carneiro, Fontes & Associados (2000-2004).
João is a lecturer in postgraduate courses at the Católica Lisbon School of Law, the University of Lisbon School of Law and at the Porto Business School, where he lectures on real estate & tourism joint ventures, real estate financing, tourism & leisure, and real estate investment vehicles.
He also regularly participates as speaker in seminars and conferences on real estate, tourism and investment funds, having authored several articles on his areas of expertise.
Johannes Märklin has been a member of the Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group since 14 January 2021. As Chief Debt Financing Officer (CDFO), he is responsible together with Sebastian Ernst for the overall Private Debt division with the business units Debt Advisory & Structuring, Debt Finance, Valuation Services and Mezzanine Investments of HFS.
He has worked in the German banking sector for 25 years and is a co-founder of Aggregate Financial Services. Previously, he was responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Private Debt Syndicate in its Corporate Finance and Debt Capital Markets division with teams in Frankfurt, London, Singapore and Tokyo. In this role, Johannes Märklin developed tailor-made financing solutions for international corporate clients, including real estate companies and financial institutions, and expanded the distribution of capital market products to institutional investors in Europe and Asia.
Johannes Märklin holds a diploma in business administration from Germany and an MBA from the University of Wales.
Julie joined UKGBC as CEO in 2015, and has since been credited with transforming its strategy into a more member-focused, holistic sustainability agenda with a strong focus on impact measurement. At the helm of a fantastic team, Julie and UKGBC have some important achievements to celebrate – including galvanizing industry support for a net zero carbon legislative target in 2019, and influencing government policy at both national and local levels on a range of impact areas including net zero carbon, biodiversity net gain, climate resilience, and waste and resources strategy amongst others.
Julie is a Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission. She also Chairs the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, and sits on both the Green Construction Board and Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group. Most recently she was appointed as a Trustee of the purpose-driven charity Blueprint for Better Business. In December 2019, she was named one of three best persons of the decade by Property Week.
Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, having come into JLL as a result of an acquisition. At JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA.
Justyna Kedzierska-Klukowska joined Berlin Hyp in 2015. Having graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg, she worked for Bank Austria Creditanstalt, HypoVereinsbank and Bank BPH before her previous position at Bank Pekao, UniCredit Group, as Director in Commercial Real Estate Finance Division. Justyna holds CCIM designation and has extensive specialist expertise as well as excellent knowledge of the market.
Berlin Hyp specialises in large-volume real estate finance for professional investors and housing societies, for whom the Bank develops individual financing solutions. As an enterprise forming a Group together with the German savings banks, it also makes an extensive spectrum of products and services available to these institutions. Berlin Hyp is not only at the forefront as the issuer of the first Green Pfandbrief; the bank also supports the financing of sustainable real estate. Berlin Hyp’s clear focus, 150 years of experience and the ability to actively shape the digital transformation in the real estate sector with an eye to the future characterise the Bank as a leading German real estate and Pfandbrief bank.
Kevin is a Director in the Savills Research team where he heads up research capability into industrial and logistics markets. Kevin co-ordinates market data collection across the UK and is author of the periodical Big Shed Briefing reports.
He specialises in topic and trend based research by applying “real life” issues to logistics and industrial property. Key examples being a landmark study into the real estate implications of the growing waste management and recycling industry and the landmark Warehouse of the Future Report.
Kevin regularly presents at industry events and has appeared at The Estates Gazette European Distribution Summit, the Retail Week Supply Chain Summit, Warehousing Futures and other events for the IPF, IPD and the CPD Foundation
Kevin is a member of Industrial Agents Society, CILT, IPF and Past Chair of the Society of Property Researchers.
Kevin Rush is the Director of Regional Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region.
A graduate of the University of Glasgow, he worked as a political adviser at Westminster and Holyrood before joining Glasgow City Council in 2008 to provide policy advice to the Leader of the Council. In this role, he was responsible for the establishment of the Glasgow Living Wage and employment initiatives such as the Commonwealth Jobs Fund and Commonwealth Graduate Fund.
He became Senior Adviser to the Leader early in 2012, where he managed the Leader’s Office. In January 2014, after a period as Assistant Head of Economic Development, he was appointed Head of Economic Development at Glasgow City Council, in which he had responsibility for employment, inward investment and business support in Glasgow. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of the Glasgow Economic Strategy 2016-23.
He was appointed to his current role in August 2017 where he is responsible for driving forward the implementation of the Glasgow City Region Economic Strategy and overseeing the delivery of the Glasgow City Deal.
Kevin lives in Glasgow with his wife and three young children.
Kit is the Green Economy Manager for Glasgow City Council, where he leads on the development of the Green New Deal for Glasgow, as well as fostering the wider systemic transformation for an economy which works for the wellbeing of all, within planetary boundaries.
Prior to this, Kit was a Climate Resilience Business Manager for sustainability charity, Sniffer, where he set up and managed the Climate Ready Clyde partnership – a group of 15 organisations collaborating. A key part of this role was developing the Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan – a transformational strategy to ensure Glasgow City Region flourishes in its future climate in a decade.
Kit has also had various additional roles at the intersection of local and regional development and climate, including advising the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on its climate change and social justice programme, and working on climate policy and economic development for Newcastle City Council. He was a contributing author to the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. In 2020 he was named one of only five of EIT Climate-KIC’s Climate Action Champions. He also sits on the ISO and BSi working groups on climate adaptation standards, and is a Director of Alston Moor Community Energy.
Kristof has 20 years of professional experience of which the last 8 years in the sector of logistics real estate, working on transactions, asset management and development projects.
From 2007 to 2013, he held several senior management positions with Goodman in Europe, including Head of Capital Transactions, Regional Director Germany and Commercial Director Europe. Kristof was leading Goodman’s development, asset management and transaction teams located in the 11 country offices in Europe. As member of the senior management, he also helped form and execute the strategy of Goodman’s logistics funds in Europe.
Prior to joining Goodman, Kristof was Associate Principal with McKinsey in Brussels where he served clients from a wide range of sectors in strategic and operational topics. Kristof holds a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and an MBA from the Vlerick Management School (Belgium). He speaks Dutch, French, English and (some) German.
Kristof formed Logistics Capital Partners in 2014, and is now joint owner with James and Andrea.
We invest in profitable and high impact businesses within the emerging and frontier markets digital value chain, focusing on rural connectivity, access to data and digital solutions that increase productivity and improve access to products and services. We tailor our financing to the needs of each investee. The financing can be in the form of equity, mezzanine financing or debt.
– Originating new investment opportunities, negotiating and executing investments
– Leading the project team throughout the entire investment cycle
– Monitoring key trends and industry developments in target countries
Laura de Wit is of Dutch nationality and studied law in Amsterdam. She has worked for 12 year in an international legal environment throughout Europe and now lives with her 2 sons in Switzerland. Laura lived in 5 countries and speaks 5 languages.
Besides law, project management and development in commercial and residential real estate business are her passion and her wide range of skills and international database allow her to successfully bringcross border projects and investment together.
As the part owner of a Swiss construction business Laura developed, manages and finances her own “new style” commercial real estate projects and wants to continue this concept throughout Europe.
As an associate in a Business Residences, Senior residences and Student Housing company, Laura has worked successfully throughout Europe on transforming office buildings and hotels and now continues this concept mostly in the UK, Portugal, Switzerland and Holland.
Laura he aim for the next few years is to develop the above further and also focus on her skills as a public speaker and business coach and has set herself high goals towards this. NO does not exist in her vocabulary and she believes that everything is possible if you are ready to go for it. As a coach she aims for you to bring out the best in yourself, also if you can’t see what that is yet. She makes you take responsibility for your future plans, no matter how big you want them to be. Her motto is “weather you think you can or you think you can’t, you are always right”!
Co-founder of Spaceflow, a company changing the way how people connect with spaces and buildings around them – making amenities, smart building features and community life available right in the palm of your hand.
We are growing rapidly to enhance tenants experience globally.
Graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. Passionate about PropTech, mindfulness and sustainability.
Since October 2008 Dr. Marcus Cieleback is leading the Research department of PATRIZIA Immobilien AG, currently as Chief Economist. His focus includes the risk-return based analysis and comparison of European and global real estate markets and the development of econometric models for forecasting the commercial and residential markets to develop individual investment strategies. Within these analyses special focus is given to the institutional framework of the markets, especially in the residential sector, as it provides the “rules of the game”. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a published author in various international journals.
He studied economics at the University in Freiburg and the London School of Economics. He completed his doctorate at the University of Bayreuth in 2001 in the area of real estate finance, focussing on option theoretic aspects of special German mortgage contracts. A year later he joined MEAG, the asset management company of Munich Re Group. At MEAG, Dr. Cieleback was responsible for the strategic real estate market analysis and comparative asset class studies, advising on asset allocation aspects regarding real estate. Later he joined Eurohypo AG, the global German mortgage bank, as Head of Research.
Marcus joined Savills in 2009 and now specialises in providing Investment advice on the acquisition and disposal of out-of-town retail and leisure properties across the UK.
Marcus speciliases in the Logistics markets across Europe.Having spent 10 years in the UK business, the last 5 of which specialising in retail, Marcus moved to the European team in January 2019 to focus on Logistics.
Both markets are currently being defined by the rise of e-commerce. This has led Savills to form the Omnichannel Retail group, which combines our expertise and experience in both the retail and logistics markets to provide an integrated advisory service to our Clients.
Marcus is Head of European Operational Capital Markets at Savills. He joined Savills in 2007 as Head of the Student Investment Team – a team of 6 fee earners whose main focus is on the student investment and education sector.
During the last 10 years Marcus has acted for a number of different developers and operators in the acquisition of sites and buildings across the UK and Europe. Marcus has acquired or sold in excess of 20,000 bed spaces. Along with members of the team, Marcus is also involved with a number of universities /colleges advising them on wider accommodation reviews and strategies.
Marek Matraszek was born in the UK and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1984. Following a year in Poland teaching at the Catholic University of Lublin, he returned to Magdalen to obtain a Master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies in 1987. He then continued his studies at Oxford, reading for a doctoral dissertation.
Marek moved to Poland in 1990 as a freelance political consultant, and worked closely with both the British Conservative Party and the US Republican Party in assisting their activities in Central Europe. In 1992 he was appointed to represent the Margaret Thatcher Foundation in the region, and continued to be active in political journalism and think-tank work in Central Europe.
He co-established CEC in the early 1990s as the first Western-style public affairs boutique consultancy in the region, and since then has grown the Warsaw office of the company into the leading public affairs and political communications agency in Poland. Today he specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals in Poland, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole. Although his experience stretches across most industrial sectors, he has a special expertise in defence, aviation and energy, and currently advises leading Western defence companies on their strategic campaigns in Poland and the region.
Mark established Analytiqa in 2002, as a specialist logistics and supply chain market analysis company, assisting clients to grow and profit in challenging and competitive markets. Analytiqa provides research and analysis services across multiple industry verticals for clients on a global basis, along the length of supply chains.
Analytiqa supports its clients’ commercial and strategic objectives through the delivery of high quality, relevant research and actionable insight. Analytiqa assists clients’ to better understand their customers or competitors, deliver market entry strategies, source service providers, identify opportunities for expansion or merge with, or acquire competitors.
Analytiqa’s global client base includes 3PLs, manufacturers, retailers, financial services, property companies, truck manufacturers, software companies, private equity, consulting and professional services companies …and many other associated service providers.
Matthias Leube is Chief Executive Officer at Colliers International in Germany. He is responsible for the German business of the international commercial real estate firm Colliers International. In addition he leads the national Capital Markets Team. Matthias Leube is a real estate expert with indepth expertise in portfolio and high volume transactions as well as capital – nationally and internationally. Prior to Colliers International he held positions as Managing Director at Axa Investment Managers Real Assets, Deutsche Bank and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Matthias Leube holds a degree in real estate economcics from European Business School (ebs) and is member of the associations RICS and ZIA. He speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
Michelle Buxton, is founder and CEO of proptech trailblazer Toolbox Group – the creators of award-winning real estate community engagement and management technology Mallcomm. With more than 20 years’ expertise in engaging real estate users in the changing ways they live, work, shop and play, Michelle is a leading expert, innovator and influencer in the proptech arena.
She spent her early career in retail real estate in South Africa, voted Cape Times Business Person of the Year, before setting up her innovation agency in the UK in 2000. Since then she has been providing visionary strategic insight and advice, innovative marketing services and leading technology solutions to real estate across Europe, and now the USA. The company is working in 22 countries with over 360 retail, office and mixed-use locations including Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Savills, British Land, King’s Cross, Brookfield Properties and many more.
Monika was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Colliers in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in 2021, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Monika is a proven leader and industry expert with more than 20 years of experience at Colliers, including 10 years as Managing Partner of Poland. She is a member of RICS, the CEO Round Table, Young Presidents’ Organization and Women Leadership in Business Foundation. Monika’s passion for real estate and her focus on providing a complex and tailored service to clients has been recognised among market professionals. In April 2015, Monika was named Professional of the Year in the prestigious industry competition the CEE Quality Awards co-organised by the Financial Times. Monika is one of the twelve members of the Colliers EMEA Board, which determines the company’s strategy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Monika graduated from the Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Development and Society, and holds an MBA from The Polish Open University affiliated with Oxford Brookes in London.
Niek is a logistics expert specialised in both letting and investment. He jointly heads the Logistics & Industrial department of Savills in the Netherlands.
Niek started his career in real estate back in 2005 at an international real estate advisor, where he started with a general traineeship and developed into an all-round advisor in the logistics and industrial sector working in South-West Brabant, Amsterdam and Utrecht. After 8 years Niek switched to the investor side, working as an asset manager. In September of 2015 Niek joined Savills, to expand the logistics & industrial team together with Douglas van Oers. Due to his extensive network in both the logistics occupier market and the real estate sector as a whole, Niek is able to find a suitable solution for every real estate issue.
Niek and his family live in Naarden. He is a sports fanatic and can often be found on the football field or on his racing bike.
Nils Hübener is Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group. In this position, he has direct responsibility for all deal sourcing processes and structuring as well as the implementation of the group’s acquisitions and disposals. He is also responsible for the departments of Investment, Equity Raising, Marketing, Research and Client Relations. Nils Hübener was born in Berlin and has a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the TU Berlin and a master’s degree in European Property Development and Planning from the University College London.
He has over 20 years of experience working in the real estate industry and profound expertise, particularly in the areas of real estate investments and asset management. He started his career as Acquisitions Manager International Investments at Bavaria Objekt- & Baubetreuung in Berlin. This was followed by positions as Head of Branch at IBI Real Estate in Paris and London, Vice President International Acquisitions and subsequently Head of Transactions Western & Southern Europe at DB Real Estate Investment and as Head of Real Estate Management Europe and Head of Real Estate Investments at SEB Asset Management in Frankfurt/Main (since 2015 Savills IM). Most recently, he held the position as Global Chief Investment Officer at BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management, being responsible for transaction and asset management. In April 2020, he was appointed to the Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group.
Patrícia Viana coordinates the real estate practice at Abreu Advogados and the immigration law subdivision handling complex real estate transactions.
Among Patrícia Viana’s key areas of expertise are M&A operations related to real estate, sale and leaseback transactions as well as construction matters.
She has advised approximately 500 foreign investors in real estate acquisition operations in the context of real estate investments in Portugal, the programs Golden Visa Portugal and Non-Habitual Resident Portugal.
Since 2014 she has participated in M&A operations related to real estate investments, especially in the retail area – Shopping Centres – and coordinated due diligence teams and was also involved in the negotiation and closing of the operations in which she was involved.
In 2008 she was in secondment at a real estate fund management firm where she assisted on the day to day activities of the managed funds, in the years that followed she participated in the creation and regulation of investment funds in Angola and Portugal.
Between 2006 and 2010 her activity was centred primarily on advising real estate developers in constructions, licensing and sale of residential and tourism development as part of the team responsible for licensing and development of a number of tourism projects.
She has extensive experience in advising on sale & leaseback transactions as well as renting in the context of construction.
Patrícia Viana is regularly consulted by foreign offices regarding the Golden Visa and Non-Habitual Resident in Portugal programs and has contributed to Folha de São Paulo articles on Portuguese tax exemptions for foreign residents.
In 2020 Patrícia Viana was nominated in Legal 500 Real Estate and Construction ranking of Next Generation Partners.
Patrícia Viana is a has been with Abreu Advogados since 2008. Abreu Advogados is consistently recognized as one of the most prominent real estate investment law firms in Portugal.
Paul is part of the development team responsible for the vision and delivery of projects.
Prior to Fabrix, he was an Associate at Savills within the London commercial development team.
Paul holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Cambridge and is a professional member of the RICS.
Paulo Sarmento is an International Partner at Cushman & Wakefield. He heads the 13-strong Capital Markets team in Lisbon and is also a part of the International Capital Markets team in London.
With more than 22 years experience in managing international real estate retail development, investment and management, Paulo´s specific focus and expertise has been in the areas of retail and mixed-use development, retail leasing, property management and asset management.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2018, Paulo served as Principal at Meyer Bergman, focusing on acquisitions and asset management in Southern Europe. Before, he worked at Multi Development as Managing Director for Italy and Brazil, and as Commercial Director for Southern Europe, and at Sonae Sierra as Leasing & Marketing Manager.
Paulo holds a degree in Psychology from Universidade de Psicologia e Ciências de Educação de Lisboa and an MBA –General Management, from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Paulo begun his career in the real estate sector in 1993 as a commercial and finance director in Ferrovial and Vallehermoso. Since then, he occupied several executive positions in real estate consultancy firms and agencies, such as Lusivial, Donaldsons, Healey & Baker, Reflexo and GVA Consultimo. In 2000 Paulo established his own real estate company, Cosmopolita, assuming the positon of general director. Currently, Paulo is head of country and at the same time he is one of the direction members of the British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, and president of ACAI (Association of Consultancy Company and Property Valuation).
Paulo spends his spare time with his family, riding bikes, running and reading.
Peter Helfrich was appointed Managing Partner at Primevest CP in August 2021. Peter joined from PATRIZIA AG where he was Head of Southwest Europe; Country Manager Netherlands and a Senior Managing Director for over seven years. He is also currently a member of the advisory board of Dutch Smart digital car park operator ParkBee and a member of the advisory board of the PATRIZIA Foundation. Prior to this, Helfrich worked and lived in Sweden, Germany and Italy for CBRE Global Investors EMEA and ING Real Estate Investment Management.
Peter holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of Amsterdam.
Petra Blazkova joined LaSalle Investment Management in 2019 as Senior Strategist within its European Research & Strategy team, with responsibility for overseeing Continental European market analysis from the London office.
Petra joins LaSalle from Real Capital Analytics, where she had worked as Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Analytics, since 2015. Prior to that she was based in Singapore as Head of Asia Pacific Capital Markets Research at CBRE, having joined the company in 2011. From 2008 to 2010 she was Head of EMEA Capital Markets Research within the Capital Markets division of JLL, the commercial real estate services firm of which LaSalle is an independent subsidiary, where she executed research to inform the direct and indirect European real estate allocations of leading institutional clients. She previously held research roles focused on the European real estate market at King Sturge (now merged with JLL) and Colliers International.
Philip is Head of Continental Europe based in Munich. He joined LaSalle in September 2018 and oversees all operations and strategies in Europe ex-UK. Philip is responsible for the acquisitions, asset management and fund management teams across all of Continental Europe. He is a member of the European Management Board.
Philip is a German national, educated as a lawyer and has 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and has built up a distinguished reputation in the German, European and Global real estate markets. He was previously at Corestate Capital as the Co-Chief Investment Officer where he oversaw €16 billion AUM in real estate. Prior to this, he spent eight years in several leadership roles at Union Investment Real Estate where he oversaw the European Investment activities and subsequently the global team with a focus on the Americas and Asia. Including his previous positions with ING Real Estate and Credit Suisse Philip has built up a track record in Investments & Sales totaling over €12 billion.
Dr. Thomas Beyerle is in central responsibility as Group Head of Research in the internationally operating Catella Group and will substantially expand the independent market research. In this capacity he will also function as Managing Director.
His function particular involves all research activities according to transactions, investment planning, fundraising and all research publication within the Catella Group. His role will include the Group companies Catella AB, Catella Corporate Finance AB, Catella Real Estate AG Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, Catella Property GmbH and he will be Managing Director of Catella Property Valuation GmbH Chartered Surveyors.
Thomas Beyerle, Phd and graduated geographer, studied geography and business management at the universities of Stuttgart and Mannheim. From 1995 to 1999 he was Head of Division at Stuttgart-based Dr. Lübke Immobilien GmbH, a subsidiary of Dresdner Bank. From 1999 until 2002, when Dresdner Bank was taken over by Allianz he was director and head of the Research & Consulting division of Dresdner Bank Real-Estate Group (since 2003 of DEGI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immobilienfonds mbH). After the takeover of DEGI by Aberdeen Property Investors plc. in 2008 he was appointed Head of Global Research for the Aberdeen Group. Dr. Beyerle most recently worked with IVG Immobilien AG as Managing Director and was responsible for the sustainability activities and research.
Dr. Beyerle has been temporary lecturer of various real-estate colleges and training institutes for more than 10 years. He runs the working group “market analysis and demand research" for gif. e.V. Gesellschaft für immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung. Furthermore, he is speaker at renowned real-estate congresses and author of numerous articles and textbooks.
Since June 2021, after having been CEO for two and a half years, Rainer Nonnengässer (born 1963) is Executive Chairman of the International Campus Group.
The International Campus Group is one of the leading platforms for Student Housing and Micro Living in Germany and Northern Europe. International Campus counts among the pioneers of this asset class and has been active for more than a decade as developer, investor, asset manager and operator of innovative apartment houses. While the brand THE FIZZ focuses on students, the HVNS brand, pronounced “havens,” is aimed at urban professionals. At the moment, the International Campus Group has around 6,000 beds under construction or in operation. The goal is to build up a proprietary real estate portfolio of 10,000 beds in Central Europe by 2023.
Until 2018 Nonnengaesser was CEO Micro-Living at MPC (Staytoo). He has more than 20 years experience in the real estate industry. After working at the investment company Union Investment, the trained banker held various management positions and board positions within the AXA Group since 1998. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Nonnengässer was CEO of YOUNIQ AG (one of the market leaders for student housing). He has directed all project development, asset management, sale & purchase activities and was in charge of ongoing improvement of operational processes and operational management of student accommodation sites. Mr. Nonnengässer was responsible for investor relations and institutional clients. Experience of development of 1,870 student apartments on 9 sites; approx. 3,000 units under management.
Robert Dobrzycki set up Panattoni Europe’s headquarters for the CEE region in Poland in 2005. Being a Chief Executive Officer Europe, he has responsibility for the operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. For 11 years under Mr.Dobrzycki’s management PE achieved the position of market leader in Poland and a high brand recognition in Central Europe. Effectively managed, currently, the company has developed over 4 million sqm of warehouse and industrial space. Since 2007 PE was the most active developer on the Polish market year by year, currently initiating 90% of new developments and keeping vacancy rate of the portfolio under management at average 2% – much below the market levels.
Awarded CEEQA “Industry Professional of the Year and CEEQA “Industrial Developer of the Year” and was named “Industrial developer of the decade 2000-2010” for Poland at the Eurobuild Awards 2010.
Up till now Panattoni Europe won more than 60 prizes in many real state contests. After 11 years of intensive work becomes a market leader developer ever.
Following in the footsteps of success in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany, he has decided to expand into other European markets. The developer has opened another office – in Bucharest, Romania and will focus on developing build-to-suit investments but also plans to create its own multi-tenant logistics centre near Bucharest
Dr Roddy Yarr is Executive Lead for Sustainability. Roddy is a sustainability expert who is responsible for the development and delivery of climate change and social responsibility initiatives that address the University’s response to net zero and sustainability issues across all of its operational assets in west central Scotland.
Roddy leads the Sustainable Strathclyde team which is delivering the University’s Climate Change and Social Responsibility Plan and net zero targets. Roddy successfully led the delivery of the £20M District Heating project at the main campus and developed the design and funding programme that has enabled the delivery of the University’s first energy carbon neutral building in operation at the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Roddy has also developed an innovative, bold and collaborative ‘Climate Neutral Districts’ vision deploying 100% renewable heat, power, active travel, adaptation and well being solutions across all University assets in the central belt of Scotland. The vision takes a partnership approach to enable ‘scale and speed’ of climate action in Glasgow and region, with people at the centre.
Roddy advises the Sustainable Glasgow Partnership Group and is on the board of Climate Ready Clyde and the Clyde Climate Forest Programme Group. He also leads the Clyde Mission ‘Net Zero’ Group that is seeking to decarbonise the Clyde Corridor. Roddy is an external advisor and Board member of the West Dunbartonshire Energy Board LLP which operates the award winning Queens Quay Heat Pump and Energy Centre. He is an external advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Sustainability Board.
Roger has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate sector. Roger joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1980 in London where he had a role in drafting valuation standards (Red Book). Since 1995 until the end of 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield Spain, leading the company to attain a leading position in the sector.
In the 2017 New Year’s honours’ list, Roger was awarded an MBE for his services to British businesses in Spain and to Anglo-Spanish trade and investment.
He holds an Urban Estate Surveying degree from Trent Polytechnic University (Nottingham, UK) and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Until May 2016, he was the President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain. Roger is Chairman of the Editorial Board of Iberian Property and since January 2020 RICS Chairman in Spain.
Since 2012 Van Bloois has been a visiting lecturer at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate on the subjects of (health care) property finance/investments, business cases and assetmanagement. In the past few years, as leader of the Health care Division, Van Bloois has written numerous articles, participated as speaker at congresses and been active in the field of strategic (real estate) issues at board room level.
In his role as partner Van Bloois is particularly focused on expanding the activities in healthcare and the investor community. As a result of increased internationalisation not only the established order but also international investors are looking for alternative asset categories to invest in (health care, education, student housing and thematic investments). HEVO plays a valuable connecting role between the public and private sector as a consultant and risk-bearing party.
Sabine Georgi join ULI Europe in April 2021 as Managing Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sabine has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry and has held senior positions at well-known member organizations. As Country Manager of RICS Germany, her focus was on business development, the establishment of globally valid standards and political advice in order to advance the concerns and goals of the international organization in Germany. Previously, Georgi worked at the Central Real Estate Committee (ZIA) as Head of the Real Estate and Capital Markets Department. There she was responsible for real estate valuation, financing, market transparency and office properties.
Sabine has worked for BBT GmbH and the Association of Berlin and Brandenburg Housing Companies (BBU) as a graduate in business administration (BA). She is also a founding member of FRAUEN ! N GUIDED TOUR (F! F), an initiative of the German real estate industry that advocates for more women in management positions.
Sally Bruer is a leading authority in the field of logistics and industrial property research and is a trusted advisor to institutional investors, developers and occupiers as well as a sought-after speaker at industry events.
Sally joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2021 from Tritax Management where she led the research function and where she was responsible for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of property market dynamics, as well as broader economic and sectoral trends, and assisting with fund management investment strategy.
Sally previously held roles at DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield) as a research analyst from 2002 and from 2005 to 2017, Sally was Head of Industrial Research at Gerald Eve. Sally is a member of the Society of Property Researchers and the Investment Property Forum.
Sean Culey (SCOR-P, FCILT) is an award-winning keynote speaker on the topic of disruptive technologies and their impact on supply chains, businesses, the economy, and society. He is the author of ‘Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity’, an in-depth examination of the causes of technological disruption and how the current wave of technological change will completely disrupt our business models, economy and society at large. Sean is also the author of numerous articles published in magazines such as Forbes, The World Financial Review and The European Business Review.
Sean helps companies to strategically design and deliver transformation programs and new customer-centric business models and align their organization to ensure they are executed successfully. He has 25 years of experience including 6 years as CEO of a boutique business consultancy, 10 years at Cadbury Schweppes as the Global Design Authority on what was the world’s largest SAP implementation, and VP of Marketing for a supply chain analytics company.
Sean is also Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), and an Advisor for the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM). He is also the UK’s only certified SCOR Master Instructor and a futurist for IBM Watson Supply Chain.
Siena Golan is a Property Market Research Analyst at DWS. She joined DWS in 2019 from CBRE and specialises in the student housing, retail, and hotels sectors, and covers transactions in Southern Europe as well as working closely with the ESG team on environmental risk and real estate.
She is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, qualifying through the Research route in 2018, as well as the ULI and IPF.
Siena has a MSc in Real Estate from the University College of Estate Management, before which she studied Geography at the University of Cambridge.
Based in London, Simon Mallinson joined Real Capital Analytics in January 2013. Simon has board level responsibility for EMEA and APAC, with a particular passion for the continued development of RCA’s industry-leading client service and capital markets analytics.
Previously, Simon was Senior Director leading European Research at Invesco Real Estate. Prior to Invesco, Simon held a number of roles with IPD (now part of MSCI) in London and the United States. As Head of US Services, based in Chicago, he established IPD’s first North American office.
Simon is a Board Member of US association NCREIF, a member of RICS and is active across a number of other global real estate associations. He holds degrees from both Leeds and Manchester University, UK. Simon has set foot in 48 U.S. states and is looking for an excuse to visit Maine and Alaska.
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- Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt / Rechtsanwältin) since 2015
- LL.M. (Maastricht)
Field of law
- Energy suppliers
- Companies in the real estate industry
Sophie Chick has recently joined ULI as the Research Director for Europe. She is responsible for developing and delivering original, objective research on a wide range of issues related to land use, climate change and sustainability, real estate development and investment, and the built environment.
Prior to joining ULI, Sophie was the head of department for Savills World Research team and the lead researcher on ESG in the Urban Environment. Working across all property sectors, she delivered market leading research on global real estate markets and the international forces that shape them.
Before her global role, she moved to Sydney, Australia in 2016 for two years, where she set up a residential research department for Savills. This role was followed by a period at Mirvac, an Australian owner and developer, which saw her working closely with the capital transaction team to best understand risks and opportunities for potential purchases and sales. Sophie began her career at Savills in 2010 in the UK residential research team.
Stefan joined Bonard in 2010 and later became Head of Marketing, Communications & PR. His main responsibility is brand awareness, strategic partnerships, lead generation, and content marketing. The company, under his supervision, successfully rebranded to Bonard in February 2019.
Stefan is also a speaker and panellist at various conferences on international education and student housing and is often quoted by industry media. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and is a strong networker as he speaks English, French and Spanish. He considers himself to be a global citizen, an avid traveller, a news follower and a sports lover. He loves to hang out with his family and friends and supports Chelsea FC.
Stefan Voß specialises in real estate law with a focus on property transactions. He advises portfolio holders on an ongoing basis on all aspects of real estate, landlord and tenant law. His clients also include national and international investors that are buying and selling (operator) properties in the health and care industries, often via sale and leaseback transactions. Furthermore, Stefan handles the property law aspects of renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms.
He joined CMS in 2001, spent six months on secondment with the property fund manager Cordea Savills in London and in 2009, became a partner of our firm. Alongside his legal practice, Stefan also lectures at Württembergische Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts-Akademie, an institute for further professional education, and has published numerous articles on real estate law.
Steffen Hofmann is Founder and Managing Partner of iMallinvest. He founded the company in 2014 and previously worked for Henderson Global Investors and Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft.
Steffen is a genuine European retail real estate specialist with more than 20 years of industry experience. Having operated in eight international markets (GER, AUT, UK, SWE, ESP, POR, ITA, HUN) he displays a sophisticated understanding of retail investment and asset management mechanics across the continent.
Steffen is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Council of Shopping Centres (GCSP) and has also been chairing the Asset Management panel of the GCSP for many years. As a regular lecturer at the International Real Estate Business School (IREBS), he contributes to the training and development of industry professionals in the German real estate market.
Stephen has over 25 years’ commercial property experience, predominately office led developments, in both the private and public sectors on both the client and consulting side in a range of roles including Property & Asset Management, Consultancy, Agency and Development.
Projects include large scale mixed-use Business Parks incorporating some of Scotland’s largest and best office developments including EcoCampus (235,000 sq.ft), the UK’s first speculative Carbon Neutral Office in 2012, and CityPark1, a 215,000 sq.ft HQ for Wood Group in Aberdeen.
HFD has a track record in sustainable development dating back to Scotland’s first ‘A’ rated EPC development in 2008 and now Glasgow’s first NZC office development at 177 Bothwell St, a 315,000sq.ft office incorporating HFD’s Service Office operation – Opus.
Stephen is a National Judge on the British Council of Offices (BCO) Awards, former Chair of the Scottish Judging Panel and is a member of the BCO Committee in Scotland.
Stephen Miles is an Executive Director in the CBRE EMEA Capital Markets Team and, since 2019, Head of Operational Real Estate Investment, Continental Europe
Stephen’s previous roles have also included leading the Investment Properties Team, working with the firms biggest clients across the region, Global Capital flows coming into the region, transacting cross border portfolios. equity raising for unlisted vehicles, and he has advised institutions on the creation of unlisted fund portfolios, structuring and capital raising.
Stephen has transacted in over €7 billion of real estate deals across EMEA representing clients in both the acquisition and disposal process.
Stuart Patrick CBE is Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, committed to increasing trading opportunities for Chamber members and delivering a strong business influence on the growth of the Glasgow city region.
Stuart joined the Chamber in 2009 and has worked with the Chamber’s team, Board and Governing Council to build the Chamber’s policy voice, evolve member services and support Glasgow in the delivery of an ambitious economic strategy. International trade, transport investment, city centre growth, key industry strategies and youth employment are all important issues for the Chamber.
Stuart has spent over 25 years in urban economic development including 17 years at Scottish Enterprise where he focused on the economic transformation of Glasgow ultimately leading Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and becoming Senior Commercial Director for Scottish Enterprise itself. At the beginning of his career Stuart trained with Ernst & Young where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and he has an MBA from Strathclyde University. He took his first degree at Glasgow University.
Stuart takes an active interest in Glasgow’s economy and is a member of the Glasgow Economic Leadership Board, the Sustainable Glasgow Board and the Glasgow City Centre Strategy Board. He co-chairs the Glasgow Employer Board. He is also chair of Glasgow City of Science and Innovation.
Stuart has a number of personal interests around Glasgow including the chairmanship of the Wise Group and directorships of Glasgow Science Centre, Scottish Opera, Clyde Gateway URC and the Cottier Project. He is a board member of City of Glasgow College.
Tania Tsoneva leads CBRE Investment Management’s Global Infrastructure research capability.
Tania joined CBRE Investment Management in 2021 from S&P Global Ratings, a leading global credit rating agency. There, she was most recently a Director and Lead Analyst within the Infrastructure Ratings team with responsibility for some of the largest issuers globally within the toll road, airport and rail sectors. Throughout her 14-year tenure within S&P, Tania held a number of senior positions within the Infrastructure and Utilities team and served as the leading EMEA corporate hybrid specialist. In these roles she focused on credit risk assessment, client relationship and criteria development for a range of infrastructure companies, including U.K. and European regulated water and network companies, as well as merchant and renewable generators.
A native Bulgarian speaker, Tania started her career in corporate relationship management at ProCredit Bank (Bulgaria) JSC.
Tania earned a BSc in Business Administration and Politics and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria, and an MBA from Bayes Business School. Tania has authored several articles on Infrastructure and ESG-related topics. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Thibault Sartini was born in 1980 in Bondy (France).
After graduating with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Labour Law at Paris II Pathéon-Assas University in 2008, he obtained a Master’s degree in Medical and Hospital Management at ESCP Europe Business School in 2013.
He started his career in 2003 working in the field as a nurse, and subsequently entered Orpea Group in 2008 as Clinic Director, before being promoted to the position of Regional Director. In 2016 he was appointed CEO of Orpea Italy, becoming the youngest Country Director of the Group.
After only 3 years and the development of about 20 facilities, he confirmed his rapid professionnal growth when he was nominated in 2019, CEO of the Cluster New Countries, leading now 5 markets (among which: Italy, Poland, Latvia and China).
Thomas joined Kempen in 2008 as Research Analyst, becoming Head of Infrastructure Research in 2015 and Senior Manager Portfolio Manager Infrastructure in 2018.
Kempen has a strong track record and considerable know-how in real estate, and more recently direct infrastructure. Our real asset team also employs a unique data-driven approach to valuation. Pioneering the integrated use of IT and analytics, our in-house research team processes large quantities of financial, corporate and asset data to understand and visualise trends and cycles in such areas as road traffic, airport passenger numbers and energy prices. Resulting in robust, fact-based decision-making and greater transparency when it comes to investments.
Kempen is the first Dutch asset manager investing globally in listed companies that manage and own infrastructure.
Thomas leads the Real Estate / Real Assets deals team with 100 professionals in Germany and coordinates the deals activities in PwC Europe. He joined PwC in Frankfurt, Germany in 2000 and has been a partner since 2007. Thomas is an active member of the global PwC Real Estate team.
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Tia is Director transactions for the Netherlands at Principal Real Estate Europe, part of the Principal Finance Group, a leading global investment manager offering retirement services, insurance and asset management to businesses, individuals and institutional clients.
Founded in 1897 and member of the Fortune 500. NYSE listing with ticker PFG, market cap ci. $ 18,6 billion. Over 15.000 employees in offices worldwide. With $ 82 billion real estate assets under management, Principal Real Estate Investors in one of the top 10 largest global real estate managers by AUM.
Before joining Principal Real Estate Europe, Tia was a Director with private equity group, Antea Vastgoed Management. Prior to that, she was Asset Manager at Uni-Invest (currently Merin), where she was responsible for the performance of a portfolio of warehouses and offices in the Rotterdam and Eindhoven area, with a total area of 800,000 sqm. From 2004 to 2008, Tia worked for Shell Real Estate and was involved in acquisitions, dispositions and asset management in the EMEA region. Before joining Shell, she worked with NS Vastgoed, the development department of the Dutch railroad, marketing developments and acquisitions. Tia began her career with DTZ, as a real estate agent.
Tia is a Dutch native and is fluent in English, German and Dutch. She holds a law degree from the University of Leiden and a degree in real estate from NVM SOM.
He has handled some of the most important real estate projects carried out in Portugal, particularly in the commercial sector. Tiago specialises in implementing corporate real estate operations, and in retail and commercial licensing.
Over the years, he has been invited to give presentations on specific real estate investment law issues in Portugal. Tiago takes part in debates and gives interviews, and he is regular speaker at Portuguese and international events organised by professionals in the real estate industry. He also contributes regularly with opinion articles on real estate investment law in Portugal.
Tiago Mendonça de Castro is recognized for work in real estate law by Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe and Legal 500. Abreu Advogados regularly advises some of the leading developers and investors regarding real estate investment law in Portugal.Tiago Mendonça de Castro co-heads the Real Estate practice and his experience of over 25 years is focused in the structuring of real estate investments in Portugal, real estate transactions, development of retail schemes and large scale real estate projects and investments, particularly for commercial, housing and industrial purposes, mostly for multinational companies, banks, institutional investors and family offices.
Tobias Kassner joined GARBE as Head of Research in April 2020. A real estate economist and logistics expert, he has over 12 years of experience in the sector. Since 2007, Tobias has served in various capacities at bulwiengesa AG in Berlin and Hamburg, most recently as a partner and head of logistics, industrial and corporate real estate. Due to the companies’ long-standing cooperation, he also knows GARBE very well.
GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH is one of the leading platforms for logistics real estate and multi-let properties of the Unternehmensimmobilien type in Germany and Europe. For more than 30 years, the manager-owned company, headquartered in Hamburg, has counted among the main independent collaboration partners for transport and logistics service providers, the trade sector and the manufacturing industry. GARBE develops, buys, sells, lets, manages and finances high-end commercial properties in attractive locations in Europe. At the moment, GARBE has around 4.5 million square metres of lettable area under management in four different countries that represent property and fund assets in a combined value of c. 3.5 billion euros (as of September 2020).
Tobias Schultheiß FRICS SIOR is managing partner of Blackbird Real Estate GmbH, founded by him in 2011. Tobias qualified from European Business School with a degree in business administration (1997) and as a real estate economist (2001). Since 1997, he was responsible for sales activities on behalf of various national and international investors. He set up the investment department at Eureal and supervised several landmark transactions, which he led to a successful conclusion, at Colliers Schön & Lopez Schmitt GmbH.
With over 23 years of experience in the real estate industry, Tobias Schultheiß has established a network of national and international decision-makers. He has extensive experience in buying and selling advice, valuation, financing and pre-development. His personal track record of successfully closing individual asset and portfolio transactions totals more than € 2.6 billion.
Tobias Schultheiß is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and also their regional group leader Rhein / Main (RICS). Since end of March 2017 he chairs the competence group “real estate risk” at gif e.V. – the society for property researchers in Germany and since April 2020 he is member of SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. In addition to this, Tobias is best selling author of “100 real estate ratios.” Tobias Schultheiß is married and has two children.
Tom Leahy joined RCA in November 2014. In his role as director of market analysis for the EMEA region Leahy is responsible for the development and expansion of the market analytics service for RCA’s European clients. Prior to joining RCA, Leahy was an associate director and then head of research at UK-based property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton. He started his career as an analyst at research consultancy Property Market Analysis (PMA).
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Tom leads Whitehelm’s business development and capital raising initiatives globally. His responsibility covers Whitehelm’s key areas of investment focus including infrastructure equity, high-yield infrastructure debt and listed infrastructure.
Prior to taking on responsibility for Whitehelm’s business development efforts, Tom had over a decade’s experience as a principal infrastructure investor, with expertise in executing and managing investments across Europe, North America and Australia. This experience included leading Whitehelm’s North American origination, execution and asset management efforts.
Tom currently serves as a Director of Igasamex and has previously served on a number of other investee company boards.
Victor Constantinescu is the Managing Partner of Kinstellar’s Bucharest office and the Co-Head of the firm-wide real estate practice. Kinstellar is a leading law firm in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with offices in 10 countries and over 300 lawyers.
Victor focuses on all aspects of real estate transactions in the region for a range of international investment funds and local developers and has over 15 years’ experience locally and regionally. His particular emphasis is on transactional work: acquisitions and sales of commercial real estate, as well as joint ventures, across all asset classes: retail, office, logistics, and agricultural. Since joining Kinstellar in 2017, Victor has led transactions whose combined value exceed EUR 500 million.
Leading international legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 or other benchmark publications all rank him among the top three real estate lawyers in the country. Recent editions of the guides recommend him as “an outstanding practitioner for his commercially-oriented approach”, as well as for “his commercial and precise advice, flexibility and international experience”. He is further described as “experienced, active and well connected’’, with clients appreciating the “very easy communication” with him. Born in Canada, he is a native English speaker.
He began his career practicing in the United States before moving to Romania full-time in 2004. He is admitted to the New York and Bucharest Bars.
I founded Spaces to Places to solve problems and increase profits for commercial property owners and flexible office operators. We help make sense of research, placemaking, and marketing in the flexible workspace sector, helping clients to find their place in the market, secure leads, and grow revenue.
My career was built on a foundation of passion for commercial spaces and how people engage with them. I’ve spearheaded marketing for the first UK Business Improvement District, managed a retail property portfolio for Landsec, and ran property marketing campaigns across three continents as Marketing Director at JLL.
That experience was only ever going to lead to one place, though, and that’s the founding of Spaces to Places. We’re far more than just a marketing agency or placemaking consultant, we’re a strategic partner you can join forces with to turn your space into a place.
My belief is that places should be built for humans, and that relevance to the needs of the market is more important than anything else. But the way we use commercial spaces is changing rapidly. Keeping up with the rate of change is your way of leading the market.
Spaces to Places is here to help you uncover disruptions in the commercial property market and adapt to them. With us, you can make the right decisions to transform your un-optimised space into a flexible, profitable, relevant, and human-centric place.