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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Responsible for leading real estate, facilities management, building projects, Agile workplace development, travel and fleet for Unilever. Manages a portfolio of in excess of 10 million sqm. Responsible for creating the strategy and roadmap for the function and executing it globally through a mixture of c.900 permanent employees and 3000+ contractors.
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.
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.
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.
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...).
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.
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.
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.