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Neil Blake, PhD
Global Head, Forecasting and Analytics, CBRE GWS Ltd
Dr Blake is Global Head of Forecasting and Analytics at CBRE. His responsibilities include developing CBRE’s globally consistent economic and real estate view. He also leads on the development of CBRE’s real estate performance outlook in EMEA as well as being closely involved with the co-ordination of CBRE’s view on global real estate investment performance. An economist by background, with over 30 years’ experience in economic modelling and forecasting; Neil joined CBRE from Oxford Economics, the economic forecasting consultancy, in 2012. At Oxford Economics, he was Director of Economic Analysis and had primary responsibility for the analysis of international cities and regional services, commercial property, housing and retail markets, as well as global macroeconomic and financial sector analysis. Prior to joining Oxford Economics in 2008, Dr Blake was a founding director of Business Strategies Limited, which became part of Experian in 2002 Neil has extensive knowledge of economic modelling and forecasting particularly with regards to real estate related applications. These include modelling international property returns for leading investors, assessing the property market impact of a Eurozone breakup, work for the Barker Review on the economic effects of restrictions on housing supply, work for the European Commission on the cause of bubbles in the housing market, the RICS City Office Model, “How Much Space?” and “Retail Voids” for the BCSC and the IPF Research Foundation’s project on “Property and Inflation”, interest rates in the long-term and the impact on property pricing, contributing to the development of an investment strategy for major investors as well as modelling the link between economic development and the demand for commercial and residential space in the Middle East. Neil is a member of a number of industry bodies and a frequent speaker at industry events as well as being a regular media spokesman for CBRE.
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Head of Global Corporate Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase
Michael Davidson is the Head of the Global Corporate Real Estate Portfolio at JP Morgan Chase and Co. (JPM), encompassing 45 Million square feet (sf) across 456 Locations, supporting ~215K employees, with a $2.7 Billion Annual Operating Plan. Davidson is an appointed JPM “Community & Civic Ambassador” and joined the Firm in 2010. Currently focused on the JP Morgan World Headquarters Strategy & Integrated Workplace Experience in NYC, Davidson leads the development and delivery of JPM’s real estate and location strategy across the Americas, EMEA & Asia, including the technology, design, construction and change management supporting the Firm’s reimagined workplace experience, to attract and retain talent and energize the integration between Real Estate, Technology and HR.
Managing Director, EMEA, Hickey & Associates LLC
With over three decades advising corporate real estate leaders, Guy is the firm’s Managing Director, EMEA. Guy has led countless clients with strategic location services, including portfolio management, incentive negotiations, strategic consulting, project management, transaction management, facilities management, and lease administration. Prior to joining Hickey, Guy lead EMEA Corporate Solutions for Colliers, a global real estate firm. Guy is based in the firm’s London, UK office.
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Head of Data Analytics, BAUAKADEMIE Performance Management GmbH
Sipho Fuhr was born in Berlin, Germany. He studied Civil Engineering and Facilities Management at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and University of Applied Sciences Berlin. After graduating with a Master degree and experiences in companies such as Merck KGaA and Foncia, Sipho leads the data analysis at BAUAKADEMIE Perfomance Management. BAUAKADEMIE runs data-driven networks in Real Estate with over 50 international corporates like Bayer, eBay, BMW and Infineon Technologies.
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Director, Key Accounts & New Business Development, Panattoni Europe
Mathieu Giguere, as Director for Key Accounts & New Business Development is responsible for acquiring new business and markets in light of the dynamic growth in online trade in Europe. Immediately prior to joining Panattoni, he served as Director of Real Estate Management at WeWork, with responsibility for the company’s expansion in the Central European markets. In 2014, he joined Amazon, where he stayed for four years. As Senior Manager /Head of Real Estate, he was responsible for the expansion and management of Amazon’s real estate portfolio in three different regions CEE, SEU and MENA. During his time at Amazon, Mathieu completed more than 25 transactions in 10 countries, totalling over 1.5 million square meters of logistic/fulfillment space and completed 11 BTS projects in Continental Europe with a total value in excess of EUR 1 billion.
Managing Director, Axis Real Estate Limited
Mr Gitonga is one of the founders and is currently the Managing Director at Axis Real Estate Ltd which started operated in 1998. Prior to going into private business, he worked with Lonrho Properties for 6 years and prior to that he worked in various roles in Government. He is a highly qualified professional with over 33 years over experience in the Real Estate Industry. He holds an MSc (Econ) in Urban Development Planning from the University of London and a BA (Land Economics) from the University of Nairobi. Professionally he is a member of The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (Valuation & Estate Agents Chapter) and a Registered Estate Agent. Gikonyo also serves as a Director at the Kenya Property Developers Association (KPDA) and is also currently the Chair of the Land & Physical Planning Sector Board at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).
Eldar Gizzatov, PhD
Cofounder, CEO, Basking.io
Eldar is the founding CEO of Basking.io, having worked on the venture since its inception in 2017. Prior to starting Basking, Eldar was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Allianz X, where he was a founder and CEO at FairFleet - the drone services marketplace for real estate and insurance. Eldar also has more than 10 years of experience in partnership management, pricing, marketing strategy, and marketing communications, working at Lendico, MobileSmith, Autodesk Inc. and Integrated Energy Systems. Eldar earned an MBA from Duke University and a PhD in Political Science from Moscow State University.
Mary-Louise Gray, MCR
Regional Director, RE&F Microsoft, EMEA, Microsoft Limited
Mary-Louise currently heads up Real Estate and Facilities Management for Microsoft in EMEA. Previously Mary-Louise has held roles as Head of Real Estate and Design and Construction for AMEX in EMEA, within CBRE supporting the Bank of America account on Strategy and Transformation for both EMEA and APAC and Deutsche Bank for five years, where she ran Transformation and Change programmes globally.
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Executive MD - EMEA Occupier Services, Colliers International Corporate Solutions Limited
Andrew leads integrated service delivery for all occupier clients at Colliers International in EMEA specialising in corporate real estate services, portfolio strategy, transaction management, brokerage, lease administration, project management, workplace services, and facilities management outsourcing advisory. He has extensive global corporate real estate experience advising large corporations on their global real estate organization and strategy over the last 18 years, having worked across EMEA, North America and Asia Pacific. Andrew also currently serves on the global board of directors of CoreNet Global.
Director | Head of EMEA Research, Colliers International
Damian is the Director and Head of EMEA Research for Colliers International. Previously he was the Director and Head of Eastern European Research with Colliers for 7 years. Damian has worked within the real estate profession across EMEA for 20 years, living and working from bases in London, Dubai, Prague and more recently Helsinki. He began spent the first 10 years of his career in London, as a development/investment consultant for an independent research house. This was prior to joining CBRE where he led emerging market research in MENA and CEE for 3 years. He resigned from CBRE to develop and manage his own independent consultancy based in the UK, before joining Colliers in 2009. Damian uses his analytical skills to take a forward looking view of market opportunities and challenges impacting the industry.
VP, Head of Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK
Adam Hoy is an internationally recognized leader with over 20 years’ experience working predominately within Corporate Real Estate, Facilities Management, Workplace Services and Sustainability for FTSE 100 companies such as Pfizer, Unilever and Nestlé. Adam holds a degree in Purchasing and Production Operations and an MBA from St Louis University. Adam is focused and driven in exploring all the new technologies and ideas to be at the forefront of what the new world (post COVID) will be for corporate real estate, facilities services and the modern employer and upmost ensuring a safe and thriving working environment.
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Ronen Journo, SLCR
SVP, Enterprise & Workplace Strategy, WeWork
Experienced real estate operations Vice President with a demonstrated history of achievements in diverse international markets, enabling business transformation, enhancing the workplace experience and leading global and regional organisations. Skilled in aligning strategic business direction with workforce planning and tactical delivery, developing strong cross-functional partnerships among different cultures and scaling innovative solutions for operational excellence within corporate real estate and facilities portfolios. During my journey I have had the opportunity to lead, witness and contribute to several transformative disruptions from outsourcing (Procord) to the birth of activity based working and convergence of people, place and technology (DEGW) to the virtualization of work through technology (Cisco), to the renaissance of physical communities (WeWork) and innovations driven by PropTech (Board roles mentoring and guiding incredible innovators). A passionate human connector who thrives in a multi-cultural community. Inspired by family, reading, karate (brown belt), diving (+30 yrs; Dive Master + Master Scuba), chasing marathons (20th) and being a true student for life.
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Executive Partner - Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield
For more than 30 years Katsikakis has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Katsikakis’ unrivalled insight on the future of work benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance. During her career Katsikakis has advised some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft, on how best to achieve tangible business goals through their workplaces. She has been instrumental in developing the vision and research to futureproof commercial developments around the world, most recently London’s TwentyTwo, the progressive 1.3m sq ft office development currently under construction in the City of London and Europe’s first major WELL-certified new-build project. She serves on the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.
Lead Happiness Consultant, Laughology
Dave ‘Billy Elliot’ Keeling grew up in a pit village in Nottinghamshire and was tap dancing three times a week by the age of ten. Never one to shy away from challenge and risk, he then moved into the world of acting and trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Dave has worked extensively in theatre and television. His credits include Downtown Abbey, Eastenders, and Coronation Street. Dave has been Laughologist since 2008. Highly engaging, dynamic, fast-paced and quick-witted, he has been delivering workshops and programmes for Laughology in education, health and business. As a facilitator, presenter and trainer, Dave has worked nationally and internationally in business and education for the last 20 years. He specialises in change management, improving teamwork and communication, developing creativity and enhancing wellbeing.
Global Principal Design & Strategy, JACOBS
As a Design Principal, James specializes in leading Jacobs’ global practice to deliver high performing workplace experiences. Promoting our position on knowledge driven design, James considers all aspects of design, integrating experience, performance data to provide engaging spaces with measurable outcomes. Industry involvement provides participation in thought leadership about design in his participation as a VP on the IIDA International Board of Directors.
Managing Principal, Trascent Management Consulting, LLC.
Rakesh Kishan is Managing Principal, Americas & EMEA, at Trascent. He advises Fortune 500 companies on global CRE/FM outsourcing initiatives to increase efficiency in FM through best practices. He has spearheaded outsourcing initiatives on a global scale and within diverse portfolios and has advised major corporations across the entire outsourcing life-cycle: from structuring global FM outsourcing initiatives, to optimizing governance structures and processes and to implementing interventions to renew troubled relationships. Mr. Kishan has pioneered innovative approaches to structuring contract pricing to foster continued supplier innovation across each stage of the contract life-span.
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Director, Emerging Technologies, Jacobs
Natasha is the Director of Emerging Technologies at Jacobs. Currently, she runs an Emerging Ideas Innovation program which is focused on incubating transformational ideas, technologies, and tools in parallel to cultivating and validating emerging ideas based on client needs as well as the Jacobs strategic mission, to advance the practice through innovative processes.
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Gloria Mamwa, MCR
Regional Head, Property, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank
Gloria S Mamwa, MCR is the Regional Head of Property, Africa & Middle East for Standard Chartered Bank. Gloria leads a team of over 2000 full time and outsourced workers to deliver property operations. She provides leadership and accountability for Asset and Lease Transaction Management, Facilities Management, Project Management, Safety and Security as well as Operational Risk for the function in the Africa & Middle East region. Additionally, she provides oversight and leadership for country managers in Uganda and Tanzania. Gloria is responsible for 3,000,000 sq. ft. in the East Africa Cluster. She is the Risk control owner for all Property related risks, including Health and Safety, Security and Business Continuity Management in this cluster.
President, Americas Life Sciences, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions
Ken Manke is the Life Sciences President for the Americas. Working within the firm’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) segment, he has oversight of client accounts operating in the Life Sciences industry whose service requirements include facilities management, project management, advisory and transaction, and consulting services. Ken is also responsible for aligning CBRE’s capabilities with changing industry needs, further enhancing quality and compliance support and providing exceptional outcomes to clients. Previously, Ken was the Global Alliance Director for a large pharmaceutical client, with accountability for all facilities management, real estate and project management services provided to the client globally.
Global Lead, Workplace Performnce Strategies, Jacobs
Amy leads the Jacobs Workplace Performance Strategies team. Performance Strategies links business needs, design, culture and work to inform new ways of working and reimagine how work and place can drive business performance.
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Global Lead, Space Strategies, Jacobs
Lisa leads Jacobs’ global Workplace Space Strategy practice, specializing in the development and delivery of workplace solutions that synthesize business goals, design and new ways of working with strategic real estate planning.
Chief Growth Officer, Sodexo
Sylvia Metayer is Sodexo’s Chief Growth Officer since September 2019 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2015. In her role, Sylvia has responsibility for ensuring that Strategy, Marketing and Sales are aligned around a consistent client and consumer-centric go-to-market strategy, all powered by Digital and Innovation. Sylvia was previously CEO of Sodexo’s Corporate Services Worldwide Segment. Sylvia is a Non Executive Director for Page Group, a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation and serves on the Research Orientation Committee and the Strategic Advisory Board at HEC Business School. Within Sodexo, Sylvia is a founding member of SoTogether, the Group’s women network, and Executive sponsor of Pride, its LGBT network. Sylvia holds a business degree from the HEC. She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and of the University of Ottawa, Canada. Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, and speaks French and English. Sylvia Metayer is Sodexo’s Chief Growth Officer since September 2019 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2015. In her role, Sylvia has responsibility for ensuring that Strategy, Marketing and Sales are aligned around a consistent client and consumer-centric go-to-market strategy, all powered by Digital and Innovation. Sylvia was previously CEO of Sodexo’s Corporate Services Worldwide Segment. Sylvia is a Non Executive Director for Page Group, a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation and serves on the Research Orientation Committee and the Strategic Advisory Board at HEC Business School. Within Sodexo, Sylvia is a founding member of SoTogether, the Group’s women network, and Executive sponsor of Pride, its LGBT network. Sylvia holds a business degree from the HEC. She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and of the University of Ottawa, Canada. Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, and speaks French and English.
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Head of Real Estate - Europe, XPO Logistics
Charles is a chartered surveyor with 30 years’ of experience in commercial real estate, predominantly in the industrial and logistics sector across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has worked for several large corporates including Walt Disney, General Electric and SEGRO plc. Charles has been with XPO Logistics for over two years and with a team of ten people oversees all their real estate needs. XPO have a portfolio of over 588 transport and warehousing facilities totalling 6 million square metres in 15 countries.
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Expert New Work – Lead Marketing & Business Development, OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten GmbH
After studying architecture and business economics at RWTH Aachen, Bettina started her career in project management and workplace strategy. As a strategic consultant Bettina leads several client projects in the field of real estate strategy focusing on operating models and new work. In her current position as Head of Marketing and Business Development and Expert New Work at OSA Architects in Munich, Bettina drives the development of new project and workplace ideas.
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Daaf Serné, MCR
Director, Real Estate & Workplace Services, ServiceNow
Daaf Serne is the director for Real Estate & Workplace at ServiceNow. In his role, he is responsible for Real Estate & Workplace at large and connects the needs and ambitions of his internal customers/teams within the corporation. Making the world of work, work better for people is in the company’s DNA and is also embedded in the WPS culture. His main interests are around (sustainable) real estate and the question if we can make our work better and more efficient. He is convinced that a lot of answers are to be found in data/technology and tries to stay on top of the rapid development in the still somewhat ‘conservative’ market space.
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Managing Director, Advisory & Transaction Services Africa, CBRE Excellerate
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John Wentzel, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Tsebo Holdings SA
Dr. John Wentzel is a highly experienced industry executive. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Systems as well as two masters degree. His career has seen him work for a range of companies in the FMCG, banking, logistics, retail and service industries. His focus has been on strategic execution, operations and the turnaround of business units and companies. Dr. Wentzel is currently CEO of Tsebo International a pan-African services company operating across 21 countries. He has previously held c-suite positions for various public and private sector companies. He has board level experience in both executive and non-executive positions for private and public sector companies. Dr. Wentzel continues to pursue an active academic career as his way of sharing his expertise and helping the next generation of business leaders to grow. He teaches on the MBA program at one of the leading business school in Africa, is a fellow at its Centre for African Markets & Marketing, serves as a supervisor for Ph.D. and Masters level students and acts as an external examiner in the business and engineering faculties at the University of Pretoria. He is a highly regarded expert on doing business in emerging markets as well as regular conference speaker and published academic in this field.
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