Matthew Aldridge Manages the Real Estate and Facilities for BMC Software in Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has been with BMC for 6 years. Matthew works with the Director of Real Estate, David Mirmelli and he is based out of their Winnersh office near Reading. Last year Matthew spent a few months travelling to the north of Israel, Tel Hai to help manage the successful completion of BMC’s 6.5 Million dollar 39,747 Square Foot office construction and fit out project.
Ir. Monique Arkesteijn is assistant professor of Real Estate Management at the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. She started at the faculty as a student in 1986 and was one of the first MBE graduates in 1993. She had various positions as project manager and consultant at Starke Diekstra, in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, and as partner at Diephuis Stevens. She re-joined the REM section of Hans de Jonge in 2003 after finishing a MBA and a travel around the world. Since 2013 she is team leader of the REM section and as such a member of the department’s daily board. Her research topics include CRE strategies, CRE alignment and measuring added value for both corporate, public and semi-public organisations. Monique is in the last phase of her PhD study on preference-based accommodation strategy design. Currently she is board member of CoreNet Global. Monique is the (co-)author of Designing an Accommodation Strategy (2009), The power of pluralism for urban strategies (2012) and the award winning paper in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate on Designing a preference-based accommodation strategy: A pilot study at Delft University of Technology (2015).
Kelly has 18 years’ experience helping clients and teams navigate complexity as they seek to create better workplaces. She uses her training in behavioral research methods, sociology, communication strategy and business to facilitate the adjustment to new ways of working. Her education combined with diverse project experience, as workplace strategist and corporate end user, enables her to provide a broad societal context for working environments.
René Buck is founder and CEO of Buck Consultants International (started in 1985), a leading independent footprint strategy, location/site selection and supply chain consulting company. Buck Consultants International has offices in Nijmegen (the Netherlands), The Hague (the Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Frankfurt (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Paris (France), Atlanta (US), Singapore and Shanghai (China).
Buck Consultants International has a track record of advising more than 900 large and midsize companies, in 50 countries all over the world. René Buck is a thought leader in the industry, spoke at numerous conferences (including various CoreNet Global Summits) and is seen by international media as a leading location strategy and site selection expert.
Louise Chester, founder of Mindfulness at Work and Managing Director of Potential Project UK, first started practicing Mindfulness in 1994. It helped her retain her equanimity and balance, while sustaining a pressured career in senior Global Director roles in investment banking and fund management.
She later founded a flourishing consultancy practice offering financial and strategic advice to business leaders and entrepreneurs. In 2010, she established Mindfulness at Work Ltd. with the express intention of supporting organisations to provide easily-accessible, highly-effective Mindfulness training, to enable their teams to have greater focus and clarity, deliver greater value and thrive not just in the workplace, but in all areas of their life.
Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer, focused on architecture, innovation science, technology and art. Matthew has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow with Carlo Ratti. Matthew has given a Talk@ Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations' Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.
Michael joined C&W in 1985 and has worked in New York, Hong Kong and London. He was appointed a Salaried Partner in 1989 and an Equity Partner in 1999. Michael has been a speaker and panelist at CoreNet Chapter Meetings, European and Global Summits. In 2010 Michael was asked to be responsible for the teaching of the Enterprise Alignment course (part of the MCR programme) in EMEA. As part of his CSR role, Michael has spoken at a number of forums on how corporates should respond to the CSR challenge. He has presented at the Ecobuild Seminar and the Sustain Magazine CSR conference in the UK. Michael has written a number of articles which have been published in the Property and Business press including RE Europe, Management Today, World Business and The LEADER Magazine. Michael has been a guest lecturer at Reading University for the Real Estate course and at Cambridge University on the corporate real estate agenda.
Tom Dewaele is 38 and has almost 15 years’ experience in various fields across HR, both in expertise and as HR business partner.
He started his career in market research but after one year moved to HR, joining beer industry leader AB InBev to join the trainee program. He took various roles in HR expertise focusing on talent development and on reward. He worked as business partner in different environments including factories, sales & marketing offices, business centers and headquarters. In his last role he was HR Director joining the board of 1bn EUR business in BeNeFralux.
He joined Unilever in 2010 as VP Reward for Europe. In July 2013 he moved to Warsaw to become the VP HR for CEE, double hatting as HR Director for Poland and Baltics. After 3,5 years of living in Warsaw, he moved to the UK and since December 2016, he took up the role as Global HR Services lead for Unilever. In his new role he is part of Unilever global business services organization and member of the global HR leadership team at Unilever.
Being a native Belgian, Tom studied Psychology at the Catholic University in Leuven and a master in business planning at the Vlekho Business School in Brussels.
He is happily married with Veerle and has 2 daughters of 10 and 5 years old. He is located in London, UK. His passions include running, snowboarding and travelling.
Piotr Dziwok graduated from the Universities in Moscow, Krakow, Katowice and completed the MBA University in Minnesota. He led Shell Chemicals Division in the CEE and CIS and was Chemicals Director for Latin America and board member for Shell Brazil. He also led global CVP and an organizational change for Shell Global Fuel Cards. In 2011 he became Country Chair of Shell Companies in Poland and the GM of Shell Business Operations Krakow. In May 2017 he took the role of GM CP Operations Delivery Centre, remaining the Country Chair role.
Will Esterly is Real Estate Portfolio Leader for the EMEA-India region at Procter & Gamble. He started his career at the company in 1996 as Project Manager. Since that time he has worked on many different positions in different regions, including countries like Costa Rica, Singapore and Switzerland.
Michael excels at helping deliver tangible outcomes from owned and leased real estate using sophisticated data and analytics strategies for EMEA’s best companies.
Currently, he’s the Head of Business Intelligence & Business Solutions, EMEA at JLL, helping clients increase efficiency and deepen their insight into their portfolios leveraging our Center of Excellence and JLL’s big data and analytics platform ‘RED’. In his role he is leading various innovation initiatives to adopt JLL's portfolio services and technology to the changing ecosystem and identify the right partners to establish applications and products leveraging artificial intelligence, IoT & Big Data.
Thomas is a landscape architect and holds an MBA in General Management. His wealth of experience is rooted in highly diverse multi-stakeholder projects and his focus on the decisive details that often make the difference for the whole is extremely valuable for our clients. Thomas is a member of the Board of PDMA Austria and the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science; he teaches at several European universities.
A French native who has studied and worked in 5 countries, Catherine Gall has been conducting user-centered workplace research for more than 15 years and has created the Steelcase Research Practice in Europe in 2004. A creative design thinker, she is passionate about innovation and experience design and is constantly seeking to understand the interplay of space, technology and behaviours. What is getting her most excited lately are recent discoveries about connections between the brain and the body that have significant implications for creativity, learning and focus in the workplace. She is a visiting professor at IE University in Madrid and regularly contributes to conferences and publications on the topic of workplace research.
Charlotte is an Associate Director within Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services Team, advising key clients on maximizing the efficiency of their Global Real Estate Portfolio.
Charlotte worked at Cushman and Wakefield for five years. The role involved secondments at EY, Associated British Foods and The Crown Estate.
Charlotte holds a BA (Hons) in Geography and MSc in Real Estate. She is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and Vice-Chair of the Young Leaders Group. More recently, Charlotte was identified as one of CoreNet Global’s 36 under 36 Young Leaders.
Nicola is Director and Global Practice Lead for Workplace (Strategy Plus) at AECOM. She is an architect with a business degree. Her team includes architects, designers, psychologists and sociologists focused on workplace strategy, design and change management. Nicola specialises in the relationship between behaviour and the built environment. Clients include Rolls-Royce, BMS, BP, Sky, Estee Lauder Companies, Palace of Westminster and Museum of London. Now based in London, Nicola has worked across Europe, North America and Asia. She leads thought leadership around the future of work, regularly publishing and speaking at conferences.
Catherine Guizol has 20 years of experience as corporate end-user in real estate (management, projects & transactions). She is an inclusive French leader who is passionate about new ways of working and their positive impact on performance. She is a happiness maker and change enabler. Catherine led the new HQ Project of Coca-Cola in France. She is a graduate of the Université de Rennes and is a Lawyer.
Madalina Hanc is an architect and freelance journalist, who writes on contemporary office, residential and cultural architectural projects. Her research explores the impacts of the built environment on human performance, well-being and behaviour, reviewing both measurable environmental parameters and psycho-social aspects of human experiences to the built environment. Madalina holds an MSc degree in Environmental Design and Engineering and is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment. She has been awarded an industrially funded Studentship sponsored by British Land, Cushman and Wakefield, RBS and CoreNet Global. Her PhD thesis, “The value of the workplace for organisations: Developing new metrics”, develops an holistic approach to understanding and measuring workplace effectiveness from the viewpoint of the user. The main output is a set of innovative metrics that connect the physical and social aspects of the workplace.
Chartered psychologist, Honorary Research Fellow (Exon) and member of the Health Professions Council. His background is in office design with a PhD in the psychology of working space.
Knight’s published peer reviewed research undermines the efficacy of modern office design and management. His evidence demonstrates that increases of 40% in well-being and 32% in productivity are possible compared to established best practice.
Robert is a highly experienced management consultant and operational manager with 30 years of extensive purchasing, sales and business experience across a wide range of industries and sectors.
He has built a successful consulting business specializing in procurement, sales and commercial management which has seen continued year on year growth for the past 15 years. His consulting assignments take in Europe, the US and the Middle East and South East Asia. Robert developed The Purchasing Profile, a self-administered diagnostic to allow consultants and line managers to develop operational strategies for the supply chain and to benchmark their performance in 20 areas of purchasing against other organizations.
Robert is also a well-known and respected trainer and speaker. For over 15 years, he has been developing and delivering highly interactive and focused training programmes and workshops for senior managers through to more introductory levels across a range of industry sectors and public, private and not-for-profit sectors. His clients include, Virgin Atlantic Airways, SKF (USA and Sweden), Motion Industries (USA), BAT (Worldwide), A Swedish Investment Company, Alta Investment Partners, HG Capital, Augentius, Imperial College Venture Team.
An architect and planner, Alexi combines academic and professional roles. She is Professor of Facility & Environment Management at UCL, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, and founding director of AMA Alexi Marmot Associates, specialists in evidence-based consultative design. Her work focuses on briefing, design, operations and evaluation of workplaces, learning environments and cultural buildings. An author of books on offices, she has recently written Space on demand: Coworkspaces and space matchmaker apps and a chapter, Workplace trends around the world. Recent research explores physical activity within office buildings linked to heath outcomes, and new tools to explore productivity.
Emilio is CEO of LEVERTON. As a passionate data strategist, entrepreneur, ex-banker and researcher – Emilio revolutionizes how individuals work with data and documents. LEVERTON develops and applies disruptive deep learning technologies to extract, structure and manage data from corporate documents in more than 20 languages. Our platform empowers corporations and investors to be more efficient and effective with their data & document management.
28-year-old Patrick McCrae is a rising star of the workplace and property worlds. In 2009, straight from graduation, Patrick founded art consultancy ARTIQ who curate thoughtful, high-end art collections for the workplace, residential & hospitality sectors. His first client? Deloitte. Every year since, the company’s turnover has doubled and the London-based business now directly employs fifteen people and has over 120 artists on its books. Patrick has always sought to quantify the impact of art on workplace wellbeing and even productivity, working with Dr Jenny Thomas on a white paper on the subject, published in précis form by The Occupiers Journal in 2015 and in an authored article for OnOffice Magazine in 2016. This month, FX Magazine named Patrick ‘One to Watch’.
Richard is responsible for Cushman & Wakefield’s CIS Group in EMEA and APAC covering Account Management, Property and Asset Management, Project Management, Facilities Management, Lease Administration and Sustainability. Prior to becoming Head of CIS in both regions, Richard built the APAC Account Management team to a recognised leader in the field. He focused on developing the strategies, processes and tools required for global corporates to deliver property portfolios designed for their businesses.
David Mirmelli, MBA, MCR is Director, Global Corporate Services - Europe, Middle East, Africa for BMC and is responsible for corporate real estate, facilities, projects, health, safety and environmental management.
Over the past 6 years he has contributed to BMC’s global “Office of The Future” and Digital Workplace transformation.
BMC is a global leader in innovative software solutions that enable businesses to transform into digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive advantage in distributed, mainframe, virtual and cloud environments. 82% of the Fortune 500 rely on BMC to accelerate their digital initiatives
Jane Muir-Sands joined Unilever in May 2016 as Vice President for Workplace and Travel Services, with a remit to transform and optimise the organisation. Her focus is on delivering inspiring work spaces and services which attract and retain great talent; places which empower employees to concentrate on growing the business – while also supporting Unilever by providing financial and sustainable value back to the company.
At Unilever, Workplace and Travel Services manages a global portfolio with a footprint of 8.9 million square meters and a net book value of €2.7 billion. The Workplace and Travel Services budget of €7.8 billion makes up 10 percent of Unilever’s overhead and includes an annual travel spend of €300 million. Jane also leads the Employee Experience Executive within Unilever which is working across multiple functions to define the employee experience at Unilever, the systems that support it, and the infrastructure required to enable it. As the lines between IT and workplace have started to blur, this work includes development of a joint strategy for smart buildings in the digital age.
Before joining Unilever, Jane was at Shell for ten years, most recently as the global portfolio planning lead. During her tenure she had three main roles: leading a project to standardise ways of working and processes, policies and standards across real estate, facilities management and travel; setting up and leading a major programme in collaboration with HR, IT and workplace to make Shell ‘a great place to work’; and setting up scenario-based strategic portfolio planning, looking at total costs of occupancy as a basis to support decision making.
At Shell Jane was the leader on the upfront strategy and planning – as well as integration of assets - following their $80 billion acquisition of BG Group, a merger that was among the top ten in corporate history.
Jane has worked in corporate real estate for nearly 20 years, completing an M.Phil in Land Economy at Cambridge University in 1999. She trained as a graduate surveyor with Lambert Smith Hampton, and has also held positions at KPMG and Deloitte.
Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. He is a native of Sweden, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media and columnist in Aftonbladet, one of the largest news portals in Sweden.
He has written 20 books, covering a broad range of topics, including global economics and popular science. His most recent book, the celebrated Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (2016) was chosen the Book of the year of The Economist, Guardian and Observer. Johan Norberg regularly writes and hosts documentaries on development, economics and current affairs, in most cases for American television, including Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis, Power to the People, Free or Equal and Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives. He is a passionate, experienced and acclaimed speaker. Norberg has been particularly celebrated for an ability to make complex ideas easily accessible and to challenge his audience with truly sharp thinking for a rapidly changing world.
Tomas is the founder and CEO of 720 Degrees, technology company helping organizations such as GE Healthcare, Nokia, Danske Bank and many others with optimization of their workspaces for employee well-being & satisfaction through automated indoor environmental sensing and cloud analytics solution. Recently, 720 Degrees has been awarded 'Best IoT Startup' in the Nordic region and nominated for Environmental Awareness Award by IFMA New York. Tomas has studied business and technology at Aalto University in Finland, Seoul National University in South Korea, and Brno University of Technology in Czech Republic.
As the Founder of Leesman, Tim sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardized pre and post occupancy evaluation tool. The Leesman Index is now broadly recognized as the first initiative to offer clients a dynamic occupier satisfaction-benchmarking tool, where the absolute consistency of data collection provides an ever-richer resource of comparative data. This is now quite simply the largest research project of its kind ever undertaken. As CEO, Tim is responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand here and internationally, and for exploring the opportunities to develop parallel focused products for the Higher Education and Healthcare markets.
Andrew is the Global Head of Acoustics for Cundall, an award-winning multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. He is also the Specialists sector lead, helping coordinate international expansion strategies.
He has been working in Acoustics Consultancy for 20 years and has presented numerous papers on practical aspects of real-world Acoustics. He is a member of the Institute Of Acoustics' Building Acoustics Group and is Immediate Past Chair of the Association of Noise Consultants.
Dr. Rachel Permuth is the Global Vice President for Research for Corporate Services at Sodexo. Prior to working at Sodexo, she spent 10 years as a behavioral scientist at the National Institutes of Health. Rachel’s work revolves around understanding and measuring Quality of Life drivers in the workplace – both from the person and the built environment perspectives.
Rachel also leads the Sodexo Corporate Market’s practice on Experience Design in the workplace.
Markus F. Peschl is professor for Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science at the Dept. of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria. He spent two years at the University of California, San Diego and 1/2 year at the University of Sussex for post-doctoral research. Furthermore, he studied philosophy for 1 1/2 years in France.
His focus of research is on the question of knowledge creation and innovation in various contexts: in natural and artificial cognitive (neural) systems, in science, in organizations, in educational settings, as well as in the context of knowledge technologies and their embedding in social systems.
Flore Pradere is head of the research dedicated to management trends and new ways of working at JLL France. She has 10 years’ experience in marketing research and has conducted since 2012 an ambitious research program on the future of work. Her aim is to transform the way leaders apprehend their offices, inviting them to look at RE as a tool of value creation and employees engagement. Her last releases deal with the gen Y and Z, the contribution of RE to change management and transformation, brand and identity issues, the impact of technology and mobile working.
Katarzyna (Kasia) blends the data expertise, industry experience to successfully implement the data governance program in the corporate real estate world. Ability to communicate efficiently allows her to build the bridge between IT and business stakeholders, and explain the complex data concepts in a clear and concise way. Kasia is Regional Data Governance Lead at JLL.
Dr. Marie Puybaraud is one of the most recognised world Thought Leader on Workplace Innovation, with a significant track record of research on CRE/FM and Workplace industry futures, workplace strategies, technologies, generational issues at work and with publications in leading international press like the Journal of CRE, The Economist, NewStateman, The FT, Le Monde, Le Figaro, BBC News on line, Daily Telegraph, Il Sore 24, Handesblatt, in the G8 Summit Report and presentations and keynote speeches at all major global symposium and consortium on CRE, FM and Workplace (McKinsey, Milan Furniture Fair, SIOP Conference, WorkTech, CoreNet Global, Workplace Trends, IFMA...).
James has been an active member of CoreNet Global for the past 3 years and is the UK Chapter Young Leader President for 2017 and a member of the executive committee. James is part of the Corporate Solutions team at Colliers International for the last 4 years, providing strategic advice to corporate occupier clients across the EMEA region.
David Rowan is Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK, Condé Nast's award-winning technology-and-innovations magazine that strives to stays ahead of the trends transforming our world.
David travels extensively to investigate the world’s most innovative companies and entrepreneurs, spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Nest, Xiaomi and many other disruptive start-ups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. David has interviewed influencers ranging from will.i.am to James Murdoch, Zaha Hadid to David Cameron.
His most recent awards include Techmark Technology Journalist of the Year, DMA Editor of the Year and British Society of Magazine Editors' Editor of the Year.
David brings his extensive experience as a newspaper and magazine editor, and television broadcaster, to communicating complex trends in clear, accessible ways that give audiences that "Aha" moment of understanding. His presentations are fast-paced, energetic, visually stimulating, packed with concrete examples, and infused with wit.
Tomasz Rudolf is Founder and CEO of The Heart, European Center for Corporate-Startup Collaboration. He has almost two decades of experience driving innovation processes in large corporations, including 3M, Mastercard, Saudi Aramco, P&G. The Heart is a single point of contact for corporate innovation leaders who want to engage with ready-to-scale startups in Europe and Israel.
A recognized expert in workplace design and strategy, Kay has spent more than 30 years optimizing global real estate portfolios and creating innovative work environments for Fortune 500 companies. As director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice, Kay helps companies identify their unique organizational DNA, align space with business goals, and develop and deliver the workplace of the future across continents. Kay serves on the CoreNet Global Board and the National ASID Foundation Board of Trustees. A co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries community and founding member of Upward’s DC chapter, Kay is also on the advisory board of Work Design Magazine.
Clara Seeger is a Neuroleadership coach, corporate facilitator, speaker and author, specialising in Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence. Oxford-educated (MA, M.Phil) and with a PhD in German literature she worked in investment banking before training as a coach. Clara works with international companies across many sectors and countries, delivering leadership development coaching, mindfulness interventions and coach training.
Clara’s coaching and training approach builds on research from neuroscience, in order to help clients maximise a sense of optimal attention, wellbeing and inner calm. Following the completion of her M.Scin “Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications” at King’s College, London, Clara has developed her own mindfulness-based coaching methodology and is passionate about introducing the benefits and neuroscience of mindfulness to the corporate world, both theoretically and practically. She is the author of Mindfulness at Work in a Week (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016), a practical and neuroscience-based introduction to mindfulness for the workplace. Her previous book Investing in Meaning –An Alternative Approach to Leveraging your Portfolio(Completely Novel, 2012), is a coaching book for helping professionals maximise their sense of meaning at work.
Jon is responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s Workplace Innovation Program in the Americas. The activity-based program is transforming; the design of space, the integration of technology, the workplace policies and the culture. Jon launched J&J’s Workplace Innovation Program in November of 2009.
During his 25+ year career, Jon has also worked in project management, construction management, engineering, facilities management and commercial real estate. He has directed work in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America and Central America.
Jon holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Randy Smith, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle Corporation, started his real estate career upon joining Oracle in 1989. He is currently responsible for real estate and facility operations for Oracle’s global portfolio of approximately 25 M square feet.
Randy graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a M.S. in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an A.B. in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.
Professor Thurman, a Columbia MBA valedictorian, service award winner, and multiple teaching award recipient, has extensive experience helping a variety of governments and corporations realize value from innovative leadership, operations, and technology strategies. Thurman teaches strategic management and data analysis at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and has led the department's Non-Degree Executive Education Programs and its its Professional Development Program. Previously, he was a Healthcare Research Fellow, Professor, and MBA Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and has held professorships in China, India, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, and Iceland. His recent peer-reviewed research has focused on scientific collaboration and its effect on research quality, and on cancer drug patents, FDA approvals, and market pricing. He received his BS in Mathematics from Stanford University, received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia, and completed doctoral (DrPH) coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) from Ecole des Ponts, in Paris, France.
Johan started his career in real estate as investment broker with C&W. He proceeded to advise on and manage the portfolios of multinational clients including Canon, Nike, Converse and Unilever across Africa, Europe and Asia. Johan has extensive multidisciplinary international experience having lived in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He holds a B.Eng (Electrical) and B.Sc (Physics and Mathematics) from the North West University and is currently with Unilever where he heads up the real estate team in Africa and the Middle East.
John M. Vazquez joined Verizon in January of 2012 as Sr. Vice President of Global Real Estate. In this role, he is responsible for over 110 million square feet of real estate and 4,500 facilities in 54 countries. He manages a group of more than 600 real estate professionals and directs efforts in the optimization of the Verizon portfolio. Core to this is leading the strategic direction of facility management and services, leasing, asset management, design & construction, workplace design and energy management programs across the Verizon footprint.
Under John’s leadership Global Real Estate has developed a multi-year transformational, strategic plan focused on improving the performance of real estate assets while proactively improving the physical real estate portfolio. Strategic programs include developing location strategies for labor and customer markets, improving operations & infrastructure and enhancing GRE capabilities. A social focus is maintained on managing demand and supply side energy management transformation with fuel cell and solar technology to reduce carbon footprint and improve environmental stewardship.
John’s vast knowledge and experience as a key innovator has led to recent appearances and interviews including Bloomberg News and American Builders Quarterly.
Prior to his position at Verizon, John served as Vice President of Vendor Sourcing and Corporate Services as well as Chief Procurement Officer at MetLife (2004 – 2012). He has also held positions at JP Morgan Chase (1993 – 2003) as SVP Director of Global Facilities and at IBM (1983 – 1993) as Real Estate Program Manager for HQ Operations.
John received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984 and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in 1993. John serves on the Board of Visitors for Sacred Heart University, served on the Engineering Board of Fairfield University and on various professional associations. John is actively involved in several public and community services, including ASPIRA, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and the Special Olympics.
Tim Venable is Senior Vice President for CoreNet Global. He leads a team that delivers a wide range of knowledge-based services for association members, including transformational and survey-based research, benchmarking, Discovery Forums, the online Knowledge Center and the Executive Leaders Council, among others. He formerly served as Editor of LEADER magazine, the official publication of CoreNet Global.
Venable joined IDRC (one of CoreNet Global’s predecessor organizations) in 1989 and spent more than 10 years writing for Site Selection magazine, its official publication. During that span, he wrote hundreds of articles on corporate real estate, site selection and economic development. Before joining IDRC, he worked in retail real estate and site selection for Jackson, Miss.-based JFM Inc., a convenience store franchiser, and for two state-level economic development agencies – the Mississippi Dept. of Economic Development and the Mississippi Research and Development Center.
He joined The IDRC Foundation, the research and learning arm of IDRC, in 2000. CoreNet Global was formed in the 2002 integration of IDRC and NACORE.
Venable earned a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1984. He received a bachelor’s degree in American History, with minors in Political Science and French, from Troy State (Ala.) University in 1982.
Steve Weikal is Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, responsible for managing relationships between the Center and its global network of industry partners and nearly 1100 alumni of the MIT Master’s in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program, in 43 countries. He is also a lecturer and researcher, focused on innovative new technology and business models that disrupt the traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate. Steve is the Founder of Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry. He sits on the advisory boards of three real estate technology start-ups.
Steve holds a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) and Master’s in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a licensed attorney, a licensed real estate broker and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Duncan is the head of workplace health & wellbeing for Lend Lease’s new global head office at Barangaroo, Sydney and consults to external business wanting to develop their own health & productivity strategies. Interest in Health & Wellbeing of employees continues to grow as businesses acknowledge its impact on attraction and retention of employees, a major cost of running a business. This is an emerging field that fills in the gaps between physical green buildings and maximising employee performance.
Dr. Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. She is a broadcaster, including for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and was the BBC’s Chief Business Correspondent and host of “Talking Business with Linda Yueh”, as well as Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV.
Professor Yueh is Co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance (GCBA), and sits on the supervisory Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), and as a Trustee of the Coutts Foundation and the Royal Commonwealth Society. She has advised the World Bank, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, World Economic Forum, among many others.
She is widely published and is the Editor of the Economic Growth and Development book series at Routledge. Her books include: Macroeconomics (with Graeme Chamberlin), Globalisation and Economic Growth in China (with Yang Yao), The Law and Economics of Globalisation: New Challenges for a World in Flux, The Future of Asian Trade and Growth: Economic Development with the Emergence of China.