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Managing Director, APAC, Cushman & Wakefield
Short Bio (should be 100 words or less). Cameron is a property professional with 20 plus years of experience within the Real Estate industry both within Australia and internationally. A multi-disciplined professional with experience in Client/Stakeholder Management, Solutions Development, Facilities Management, Engineering, Project Management, Real Estate Transactions & Strategy and Sourcing/Procurement.
Real Estate Portfolio Strategy Lead – APAC, China & Japan, Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Brandon Aitken is the Real Estate Portfolio Strategy Lead at Novartis for APAC, China & Japan. In this role, he is responsible for transaction, workplace and occupancy strategy for the region including the role out of the latest Novartis workplace standards and associated change management programs. Brandon has been with Novartis for 2 years where he previously held the role of Real Estate Management Lead, AMEA. Prior to Novartis, he worked for Cushman & Wakefield in both Toronto, Canada and Singapore.
Principal of Interiors Sydney, GroupG SA
Pablo is an experienced Principal and Senior Interior Designer. Having worked with leading design teams within global interior design consultancies for over 16 years, Pablo’s breadth of experience encompasses large scale commercial, retail, education and high-end residential design. He is passionate about design and architectural solutions that engage and enable the untapped potential of people and spaces. Pablo is an active member of a number of industry associations, including the Design Institute of Australian and National Association Women In Construction program.
Sustainability & Health Expert
Samantha manages overall market development of the WELL Building Standard, WELL Community Standard and WELL Portfolio program in South East Asia. Samantha's background in scientific research specializes in environmental science, material safety as well as organizational policy. Previously, Samantha was a research and development manager evaluating building technologies and materials, and helped impart an understanding of scientific research to a wide range of audiences. She has held research roles at Hong Kong CityU, New York University and Vassar College. Samantha holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science and Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Head, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, MSD International GmbH
As Head of HR for MSD in Asia Pacific, Noora leads talent strategy, engagement, leadership development, succession planning, change management, and culture transformation across 14 markets in Asia Pacific. With more than 25 years of experience across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the US, she has a solid reputation as a commercially-astute HR leader with expertise in building organizational capabilities to achieve its strategy and vision. Noora also brings with her a deep understanding of the cultural nuances across the APAC region, and is well-versed in partnering, coaching, and developing international business leaders.
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Executive Director, Global Workplace Strategies, Asia Pacific, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions
Peter Andrew is a Director of Workplace Strategy, leading the Workplace Centre of Excellence function for CBRE across Asia Pacific. He has a vision to transform work and workplace in Asia and Pacific, helping to create beautiful places for people to work meaningfully and productively. Peter is a recognised workplace thought leader and is fascinated about Artificial Intelligence and its impact on how we work and the places we work in the future.
Architectural Researcher, Zyeta Interiors Pvt. Ltd.
Aparna Anirudhan is the head of Research at Zyeta Interiors and holds a masters degree in Architectural Research from the University of Bath. Through her role, she aims to be a catalyst in the dynamic process of design thinking by integrating the theory and practice of architecture, closely collaborated with data and analysis. She strongly believes in the power of design to both amaze and delight. This principle is reflected in her whitepaper which explores the potential of interior design along with its elements in creating humane work environments. A bibliophile and a gourmand, she indulges her interests across her travels with her nose buried in a book. Her idea of a good workout session is having a dance-off with her three-year-old daughter.
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Executive Director, Corporate Solutions, Colliers International Pacific Limited
Abhishek brings 19 years of experience in commercial brokerage and corporate solutions and has worked in Hong Kong, India and Singapore. As Managing Director of Corporate Solutions Asia Pacific, Abhishek is responsible for account generation and management of key corporate clients in the region. In addition, he specialises in working with technology companies that are entering and expanding in Asia.
Head - International Client Solutions, Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd
Anoma Behal Baste is Head – International Client Solutions at Space Matrix and leverages her 18 years of experience in the architecture & design industry, her expertise in workplace strategy and project execution methodologies, and her keen understanding of the business challenges within the APACJ region to translate her clients’ vision into efficient work environments. As a business architect with a keen interest in urban infrastructure, she is passionate about homelessness alleviation, architectural conservation, and sustainable building practices. She is also an educator and a published poet. Anoma describes herself as a creative multi hyphenate and an eternal explorer. For the Singapore Summit 2020, She explores what makes leaders and teams translate into successful organisations and where strong relationships factor into the whole equation. Anoma is a Chapter Leader for Core Net Global in Singapore and was a speaker at the Corenet Global Summit in Hong Kong in 2018. She has also contributed to “The Essential Guide to Corporate Real Estate”. Anoma was co-faculty for workplace strategy implementation course at the 2017 Corenet MCR session in Shanghai.
Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific, Adecco Group
Victoria Bethlehem is the Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific for The Adecco Group in charge of human resources excellence for multiple Adecco Group brands that includes Adecco, Spring Professional, Modis and VSN. Before moving to her current Asia Pacific role in July 2017, Victoria was the SVP, Global Talent Management, The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland. She held this role since December 2012 when she relocated from Sydney, Australia, having held the position of Director of Human Resources, The Adecco Group Australia & NZ, since June 2010. Prior to joining The Adecco Group, Victoria spent 12 years with Randstad Australia & New Zealand – her last role being Director of People & Development, based in Sydney. She began her career in the staffing & recruitment sector in 1995 with the Kelly Group in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Senior Director, Account Management, JLL
Dominic Brown, PhD
Head of South East Asia / Australia and New Zealand Research, Cushman & Wakefield
Dominic has been involved in demographic and urban analysis for over 15 years and has undertaken a diverse arrange of property studies including: market research and insight, thought leadership, centre network strategies and strategic economic development opportunity studies. He has also given evidence before the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland as an independent expert witness. Dominic has an extensive academic background with an Honours degree and a PhD in Geography and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor to the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland.
Caroline Burns, PhD
Founder & Managing Director, Workplace Revolution
Caroline’s 20-plus years of entrepreneurial experience, business leadership and strategic thinking is valued by Clients and colleagues, and sought-after by young leaders who she coaches and learns from. She partners with Clients to identify and optimise opportunities associated with the transformation of work+place, from portfolio, campus or single office perspectives. She is a firm believer in the need to engage deeply with Clients and co-create bespoke solutions for every challenge, and her PhD research examined the relationship between business outcomes, organisational context and CRE. Caroline has served on several private company boards, including as non-executive global board director for CoreNet Global.
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Client Services Director, APAC, Cushman & Wakefield
Since relocating to Singapore in 2005 Andrew has led teams delivering some of the largest headquarter projects in the region including Standard Chartered and DBS, plus the final delivery of Changi T3, T1 and CAG’s “Workplace Transformation”. In his current role as Director of Client Services for APAC Project Management he is a vital link to multiple International key accounts driving consistency and shared success. Andrew will be presenting at CoreNet with one such client, Microsoft, sharing the outcome of their own Singapore HQ completed in 2019.
Asia Pacific Real Estate Design & Project Leader, Ernst & Young
Tommy is an accomplished real estate professional with over 20 years of global experience in corporate workplace strategy and project management. He has proven track records delivering real estate strategic programs supporting business and cultural transformation. In his current role as the Asia Pacific Design & Project Leader at EY, Tommy is responsible for deploying EY@Work, a global workplace program, and related capital project activities in Greater China, Oceania, ASEAN, Korea and Japan. Prior to that, he has taken up diverse leadership roles in top Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and Fortune 100 companies. Tommy holds a Bachelor in Architecture from University of Southern California and a Master's from Harvard University.
Regional Director of Ref APAC, GSK
Senior executive with intensive international experience in Real Estate and Facility filed. Have been worked in banking industry for 8 years in HK. In China since 2008 with Microsoft, Nike and GSK. A strong leader of cross functional team, with significant experience in setting the strategic agenda! A highly accomplished leader with strong track record over the past 20 years.
Head, Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank Ltd.
Erwin Chong is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration for DBS Bank Ltd. DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 250 branches across 15 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and also has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth, namely, Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Erwin manages all corporate real estate owned or leased properties across all markets and regions the bank operates in, and manages a team of 80 professionals in Real Estate strategy and transactions, project management and facilities management. Erwin was previously with Citi, for 9 years, and was the head of its Singapore Corporate Real Estate team. Prior to Citi, Erwin was a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.
Senior Director – Transaction Management, CBRE PTE LTD
Evvanna Chua is a Senior Director in the CBRE Transaction Management team, managing governance and operations as well as corporate occupier client account teams. Evvanna’s extensive experience in corporate real estate has developed from years spent within client teams of IBM and Microsoft, followed by Cushman & Wakefield where she was SEA Hub Lead for Transaction Management. During this time, Evvanna has played key roles in developing and managing real estate strategies for a wide range of clients from diverse industries and sectors. Evvanna holds a Masters of Technology Management from the University of Queensland (Australia) as well as Bachelor of Building (Honors) from the National University of Singapore.
Ming Lee Chua, MCR
Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
As Global Real Estate Director at Unilever between 2012 and 2017, Ming Lee worked closely with internal stakeholders, business partners and external service partners to provide strategies to meet business needs, including the delivery of the LEVEL 3 start-up innovation hub in Singapore. Ming Lee was responsible for Unilever’s real estate strategy and transaction execution and data and analytics across their 9M sqm portfolio globally.
Now at Cushman & Wakefield, Ming Lee delivers her valuable insights into occupiers’ real estate goals through her leadership of C&W’s GOS service lines and account management delivery platforms in APAC.
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FM Executive Director, CBRE
Andrew leads the APAC Sales & Client Solutions team within CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions division. He has broad exposure to the APAC region and Europe, having lived and worked in Australia, the UK, China and Hong Kong where he is currently based. Andrew has extensive experience in Facilities Management and Property Management across APAC. His vertical industry experience includes Mining, Oil and Gas, Sports and Leisure, Corporate (including Pharmaceutical, Hi-tech, FMCG, and Industrial Manufacturing), Healthcare and Education. Andrew moved into the Property and Facilities Management Industry in 2001, after 12 years in Hotel Management roles working with Marriott and Accor in Europe and Australia.
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Chief of Strategy & Operations, Comfy
Erica Eaton leads the Business Development & Strategy team at Comfy, a leading workplace experience solution provider. Erica brings her decadeâ€™s worth of expertise in the buildings technologies industry to shaping Comfyâ€™s go-to-market plan and product roadmap. Her team builds strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across the commercial real estate market and technology partners in the workplace experience industry.
Lee Elliott, PhD
Global Head of Occupier Research, Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd.
A thought-leader with more than 20 years’ experience analysing trends in Corporate Real Estate, Lee leads Knight Frank’s dedicated Global Occupier Research programme. His passion is to develop market insight and foresight that supports the growth of both occupier and Landlord clients; advances real estate industry thinking and solutions; and ultimately supports a stronger inter-relationship between the supply and demand-side of global property markets. Prior to joining Knight Frank, Lee was a Regional Director at JLL where he was, amongst other things, responsible for the conception, design and delivery of their Global Corporate Real Estate Survey.
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Director, Paul Falzon and Associates Pte Ltd
Paul Falzon is a corporate trainer, coach and creative consultant who has taught thousands of people to communicate well over the past 20 years, from preschoolers to members of the C Suite. He runs his own training company – Paul Falzon And Associates – and specializes in presentation skills, storytelling and innovation. Paul has worked with schools like Nanyang Technological University and companies like Google, Shell and Wildlife Reserves Singapore. He coaches, trains and consults people from across the professional spectrum. Paul also draws on his experience as an actor, writer and director for theatre and television to keep his work engaging.
Managing Principal, Asia Pacific, Trascent Management Consulting, LLC
Mr. Fastovsky is a Managing Principal in charge of the Asia Pacific region for Trascent and is based in Singapore. He provides project management and client relationship expertise in the delivery of outsourcing services, organizational effectiveness and re-design and performance improvement. He has particular expertise in real estate, project management and facilities management (RE/PM/FM) outsourcing, capacity planning, financial analysis and benchmarking. Mr. Fastovsky holds a Master of Business Administration, MBA, degree from New York University's Stern School of Business (NYU) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University.
Director - International Client Solutions, Space Matrix
A passionate global representative, an architect, a workplace strategist, an artist and a volunteer. I have experience working in five countries - Singapore, India, Germany, Iran and US and have traveled 50+ countries. Backed by a nine year of proven track-record of success in design, workplace and business strategy, and global account management across the borders and driven by a passion to take up the challenging role in every capacity. Deep understanding of workplace design & strategy. Consistently provides unique solutions for global clients. Efficient delivery and honest communication with a technical and business stakeholder alike. Also an author of "Understanding of an ornamentation in Islamic architecture" and co-author of "MATRA: The measure.
Director, Consulting, JLL
Bryan is a professional with over a decade of experience across corporate and government property portfolios. As a Workplace Strategy consultant, he helps clients envision and design workspaces where employees can thrive. He enjoys applying economic thinking to workplace programs and developing programs that enhance the human experience.
Bryan is the Young Leader Executive for the Australian Chapter of CoreNet Global. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics), a Specialist Certificate of Economic Design from University of Melbourne and Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive).
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Workplace Experience Manager – APAC, Vanguard
Appointed to this role in 2017, Adrian is responsible for overseeing all Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management activities throughout the region. This includes providing expertise in project management, commercial construction, design management and facilities management whilst maintaining a strong focus on creating the best workplaces of the future. Adrian previously led the Vanguard Australia’s Client Administration and Reconciliations teams, and prior to joining Vanguard in 2004 Adrian spent eight years at Merrill Lynch as a Team Leader and worked in a number of roles across the business.
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Real Estate Project Executive, Google
Emily Hake is currently a Real Estate Project Executive at Google. She covers the company’s portfolio in north Asia ensuring Google’s offices meets expanding headcount and using workspace to help Google thrive. Prior to working for Google, Emily worked as a service provider in various industries; financial, tech, and pharma as well as across several countries. She is passionate about helping her teams achieve advancements in workplace innovation, greater sustainability, and making sure everyone’s having a blast.
Conductor and Comedian
Rainer Hersch is unique - he is both an internationally recognized conductor and stand-up comic who has closed the show some of the world’s most famous comedy clubs including Carolines in New York and the Comedy Store in London.
Rainer started his working life in concert agencies, managing some of the great artists of the world. At the same time he developed a hobby - performing stand-up comedy on the London circuit. Short, unpaid slots led to longer, paid appearances and gradually developed into a parallel career. In time, Rainer realised that this was his true vocation and gave up his last straight musical job, Touring Manager of the London Festival Orchestra, to enter the world of professional comedy. Twenty-four years later, this unique training has kept him in constant demand – combining laughter with music. In addition, he has built up a considerable reputation as a broadcaster and presenter for the BBC and Classic FM. He has also been consistently delighting corporate audiences with entertainments that are witty, interactive and fun. These range from classical themed sets with his mini orchestra, corrupting well known works with hilarious effect, to pop singalongs based on classic rock hits.
As keynote speaker Rainer Hersch uses his experience conducting some of the great orchestras of the world to provide fascinating insights into leadership, teamwork and motivation.
Senior Project Manager, Farpoint Prima
Alex has over 15 years’ experience in construction industry and recently graduated from the Master of Construction Management Program, University College Estate Management in the UK. For the past three years Alex was Project Manager for the US$26M integrated fitout in Sequis Tower for the Gunung Sewu Group, reporting directly to the Group Chairman. In this role he was responsible for the delivery of the physical environment, internal stakeholder sign-offs, and coordination with key internal stakeholders including shareholders, human resources, operations and change management leaders. Prior to this role Alex was responsible for managing major mixeduse development projects in Jakarta.
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Managing Director, Bullseye International GmbH
Thomas is a culture consultant, coach and trainer. He draws upon successful sales management and growth of Fortune 500 global accounts including Hyundai, Toyota, Nissan, Honda. Focusing on people and building relationships, Thomas uses insights, tools, analytics and methods that allow people and their companies to convert culture into business advantages. Experienced working in teams encompassing over 40 nationalities, Thomas is a certified practitioner of Hofstede Insights. A native New Yorker with Swiss roots, Thomas has been living and working in Germany for over 23 years.
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Managing Director, Trascent Management Consulting
David Jones is a recognised authority in real estate and facilities outsourcing for multi-national corporations and an early influencer in the globalisation of corporate real estate since 1998. He leverages over 30 years’ experience providing strategic advice at C-level and has an extensive personal network from managing multi-regional, multi-functional account teams worldwide.
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Global 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.
Sylvia Koh-Gratton, MCR
SVP, Business Park & Commercial Portfolio, CapitaLand Commercial Ltd
Sylvia has over 20 years of real estate experience spanning business operations, finance, consulting and technology. At CapitaLand, Sylvia is responsible for transforming CapitaLand’s business park and commercial portfolio to be ready for the future of work - developing, strategizing and implementing new space mixes and solutions for tenants, as well as leading the business’ digital and technology strategy. Prior to Capitaland, Sylvia led the Asia Pacific Occupier Consulting business for JLL with a team of 30 consultants across 8 cities, and was instrumental in the development of JLL’s business intelligence and technology innovation offerings to clients.
Founder, Metis Talent Management
As a facilitator, coach and business partner Ruchika is committed to accelerating growth for people and businesses. She is the Founder of Metis, a Talent Management practice that helps organisations develop forward looking talent solutions to confront business challenges and help people achieve their potential. Previously, her career journey has brought exciting experiences through leadership roles in Business Development, Human Resources and Consulting in organisations like Xander Investment Management, Hilton Hotels and Willis Towers Watson. Ruchika is also passionate about helping women overcome barriers as they navigate the careers they seek to craft for themselves.
Philipp Kristian Diekhoner
Philipp Kristian is a trust futurist, millennial innovation strategist, TEDx speaker and author of The Trust Economy. A nomad and trailblazer travelling 300+ days a year, he works with some of the best and largest names in business on building a more trusted future. He is the definitive millennial voice on trust and innovation in the digital age. Philipp’s keynotes explore the future of work, business and everyday life. He speaks about digital transformation, disruptive innovation, smart cities, transformational technologies and start-up ecosystems. He distils the complexity of our hyper-connected digital age into simple, pragmatic directions – deep-diving into the role of ethics, artificial intelligence and sustainability in shaping this progress.
Global Head of Indirects, NTT Global Sourcing
Director, Real Estate & Workplace, APJ, VMware
Sushil Kumar is a Senior Director for Real Estate & Workplace Asia Pacific at VMware. With over 15 years’ experience on both provider and client side, Sushil is passionate about making an impact on organisational productivity and increasing workplace collaboration. Sushil believes workplace is an integral and key element to an organisations success; he has led many high profile workplace programs and projects and has mentored and led high performing teams across Asia Pacific.
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Head - Workplace Solutions, Sodexo Technical Services India Pvt. Ltd.
Seasoned Workplace Strategy and Change professional, currently heading Workplace Solutions for the Corporate Services segment with Sodexo India. With a career spanning over 15 years within Global Consulting and Strategy roles with Global organizations, Amit brings rich experience in CRE Transformation, Workplace Strategy & Change, and Workplace Technology within Indian and Global landscape. He is passionate about creating Intelligent Human-Centric Workplaces that augment Quality of Life of the occupants and create engaging & purposeful Consumer Experiences based on a solid foundation of Workplace Strategy, Design and Technology. He also trains and consults Workplace & CRE leaders through his industry speaking engagements and contribution as a Corenet Faculty.
Ee Tiong Lim
Studio Director, Gensler
Ee Tiong Lim is Studio Director of Gensler, Singapore. He is a UK registered architect and a RIBA Singapore Chapter committee member. He practiced in London, Hong Kong and Singapore and has delivered large scale architecture and master plan projects in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Many of his projects involve complex design and contextual challenges. He specializes in design and delivery of Super High Rise projects, Mixed use developments, Transport Orientated Developments (TOD) and master planning developments. He has led and was involved in many prestigious tall building projects including Vingroup Landmark 81 project, China Merchants Bank Shanghai Headquarters project, China Merchants Securities Shenzhen Headquarters project. Ee Tiong actively participants in speaking engagements sharing his experience and his works. He also regularly supports and contributes to architecture schools as a guest reviewer.
Chief Executive Officer, Asia, Lendlease
Tony Lombardo was appointed Chief Executive Officer Asia in May 2016 and is based in Singapore. Tony was previously Group Chief Financial Officer based in Sydney from November 2011 to May 2016. He joined Lendlease in July 2007 as Group Head of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). In this role Tony led a number of initiatives including refocusing the Group's overall business strategy. Prior to joining Lendlease, Tony spent almost ten years at GE, with responsibilities across numerous functional disciplines including Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance, for both GE Capital and GE Corporate. Tony gained international experience during his last three and a half years with GE Capital. Based in Connecticut, USA Tony was Vice President - Strategy of GE Money and prior to that Director of M&A, where he was successfully involved in closing six international transactions across Eastern Europe and SE Asia. Prior to this, Tony worked at KPMG in Audit for four and a half years. Tony holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from RMIT University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
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Geo Lead - APAC, Uber
Paul Luciani, PhD
Asia-Pacific Real Estate Leader, EY (Ernst & Young)
Dr Paul J Luciani leads the EY Asia Pacific Real Estate team in managing over 4.M square feet of office space across 23 countries. In his 14 years with EY, Paul has held positions focusing on procurement, real estate, facility management, travel, corporate hospitality, and corporate card programs. Previously, Paul held key management positions in Manufacturing, Banking & Finance, Insurance, Government, and retail industry sectors. Paul is the author of numerous publications centered on optimizing indirect costs through the use of predictive analytics, and was instrumental in globalizing the real estate function for EY. Paul lectures at numerous Universities at Post Graduate level in Property, Real Estate, and Facility Management. Paul holds a Doctorate in Facility Management focusing on Procurement cycles from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master’s Degree in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, and two Diplomas in Building Sciences from the Sydney Institute of Technology. Paul has recently been awarded digital certifications in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Database integration through the EY Digital Badge Programs
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Instant Offices Holdings Inc
Sean has over 25 years’ experience of working in the outsourced services and IT sectors with roles across Asia-Pacific before moving into real estate. For the past five years, he has led the expansion of the Instant Group, the leading global flexible workspace specialist offices with offices now in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Sydney and Melbourne. During that time Instant has grown in the region from less than 10 employees to more than 50 by the end of 2020 and working for clients including American Express, Expedia, Datacom, GSK and Morgan Stanley on a variety of real estate solutions. Sean brings his outsourcing experience to bear in the real estate market, offering clients an independent alternative to the traditional way of procuring and managing workspace. Instant works in partnership with our clients to define their CRE strategy and find, create and manage their workspaces. Drawing on our global network and expertise we deliver bespoke property solutions that are aligned to our clients’ business needs. Given its 20 years of operation in the sector, Instant holds the industry-leading data on the flexible workspace market, using this information on supply, demand and pricing to inform client requirements and also provide benchmarking.
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International Director, JLL
Principal - People and Culture Consulting, Schiavello
Keti Malkoski joined Schiavello Group as an expert in people and culture, workspace strategy and change enablement. Keti has worked for some of the largest organisations globally and in Australia, linking people and culture considerations to enhanced digital and physical environments. Focusing on human experiences, Keti collaborates with key business and industry stakeholders to drive positive behavioural change. With a Bachelor's and Honours in Psychology and Master's of Organisational Psychology, Keti takes a scientific and analytical approach to understanding the impact of workspaces on employee attitudes and behaviour and optimising imperative business outcomes.
Senior Managing Director - Occupant Experience, Savills
Melissa Marsh is the Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches', to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions.
With a background in social science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active provocateur and contributor to many professional and research communities associated with the built world, including the AIA, CoreNet Global, IFMA, EDRA, and more.
RE&F Portfolio Lead, APAC, Microsoft Operations Pte. Ltd
Ashish Mehrotra is an experienced CRE professional who is currently leading Microsoft’s RE&F Portfolio for the APAC region. He is responsible for driving the overall strategy for the region with emphasis on long term growth sustainability aligned to business needs, designing and building intelligent workplaces to foster productivity, collaboration and increasing employee satisfaction. Ashish has more than 20 years of experience in the CRE industry and has delivered complex real estate strategies along with large infrastructure projects through his career.
Senior Vice President, Service Operations APAC, Sodexo Services Asia Pte Ltd
Pascal has 30yrs of working experience in the construction, Oil & Gas, Inspection & Certification and FM industry across Asia (China, HK, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore). Currently he is Senior Vice President, Service Operations at Sodexo APAC. Service Operations leverages Sodexo’s know-how & global scale to enhance the quality of life of those we serve & create more value for our clients. To do so, Service Operations provides expertise to Sodexo’s operational teams so that they can offer consumers the best Food &Facilities Management services, supported by state-of-the art procurement &technology, in the best possible health & safety conditions.
Associate Partner, Hofstede Insights Japan
Chika is a culture related facilitator with global experience working for several multinational institutions. During her professional life at GE and Hewlett-Packard in Japan, she led various cross functional projects, working with people from more than 50 nationalities. She knows impacts of culture on management. Her facilitation methods have been shaped by the combination of experiences and academic insights of the legacy of the works of Professor Hofstede. She is fully certified to use his research on Intercultural Management Organizational Culture and. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Chika has lived in London, Barcelona and is currently based in Chicago, USA.
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Design Manager, Zyeta Interiors Pvt. Ltd.
Shwetha Nadgir, a Design Manager at Zyeta, strongly believes in the adage change is the only constant. Armoured with Architecture and Construction Management as her qualifications, she ensures end to end management of projects, manoeuvring them through their life cycles. Her thought pool is a delicate amalgamation of art and management skills which helps her in catering to her clients requirements. Her charismatic and witty nature comes from the rich textures of being brought up in 5 different countries and travelling to 10 more. Palpably, she is a global nomad with a voracious curiosity of learning about different places, people and cultures. A quirky orator and a wine enthusiast, she can indulge you in stimulating conversations on just about any subject.
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Executive Director | Corporate Solutions, Colliers International
Amit is an Executive Director in Colliers, working within the Corporate Solutions team. Amit leads Asia Occupier Consulting platform and Corporate Solution’s India account management hub. Amit has a multifaceted real estate experience of over 17 years that includes successfully concluding land, office and capital market transactions; hospitality operator search; undertaking consulting assignment for clients on their property decisions and authoring research papers. He has extensively worked on projects across South Asia.
Executive Director, Singapore IT Hub, Global Data Science Lead, MSD International GmbH
Julie began her career more than 25 years ago at Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA as a scientist doing basic research on inflammatory diseases. As her interest in data generation and clinical studies grew, she then advanced her career in clinical development, enabling her to take on various global and regional leadership roles in IT and Product Development. Over the years, Julie’s responsibilities expanded across different continents, with primary focus in the US, Belgium, China, Japan, and now Singapore. Leading MSD’s global data science team from the Singapore IT Hub, Julie’s main duty lies in driving the Hub’s role in harnessing advanced technology and nurturing inventions for life. As the Hub leader, she oversees a wide range of teams including IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity, Data Science and Analytics and Cloud Services, among others. Julie is passionate about all things digital – from rejuvenating corporate culture to promoting collaboration, she believes that technology plays a crucial role in establishing the workforce of the future. She actively engages the local start-ups and universities in Japan, China and Asia Pacific (JCAP) with a two-fold objective: firstly, to grow the emerging fields of data science and cybersecurity in the region, and to develop the local talent pool to help improve Singapore’s future healthcare ecosystem. Julie currently lives in Singapore with her family. In her free time, she enjoys learning about world cultures through their art, music, and folk stories. She also seeks out opportunities to connect with people from different walks of life, where diversity and cultural uniqueness play an integral part in fostering innovation. She is a member of Gartner Research Board in Singapore, a community of senior executives in the world’s largest and most complex organizations that work together to develop and share insights required to achieve lasting, positive transformation.
Leah Ong, MCR
Director Real Estate, Volvo Real Estate Group
Working in the property industry for over 18 years, Leah has extensive experience in the areas of office, industrial and the retail sectors both nationally and internationally in the corporate real estate field. Leah is responsible for the Real Estate team at Volvo Group Australia managing FM services, delivering real estate projects and strategic planning aligned to the business objectives. Leah has held roles on National Diversity and Inclusion Networks, QLD Committee for the Property Council of Australia and she is currently the Program Leader for CoreNet Global Australia. Leah is passionate about supporting and mentoring women in the real estate field as well as actively volunteering with a number of local and international charities.
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Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI)
As Managing Director — APAC and Middle East, Gopalakrishnan manages business and market development of LEED and other GBCI rating systems for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. His expertise includes corporate strategy, international market expansion, branding, and business unit creation. An alumnus of College of Engineering, Guindy and IIM Kolkata, he has more than 20 years of corporate experience in Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Nayan is a Consulting Practice Area Leader at Gensler with a background in Architecture and Sociology. She has 17 years of experience working on design and research projects of various scales in EMEA and Asia Pacific. With experience in delivering workplace strategy, change management, post occupancy evaluations, and global guideline projects for clients, Nayan has worked on projects of various scales across sectors including Financial, R&D, FMCG, Technology and Learning environments. Nayan currently leads multidisciplinary team responsible for research, strategy and design output. She also leads a number of Gensler’s Asia-Pac client relationships.
Global Head, Workplace, Standard Chartered Bank
As Global Head of Workplace Sheridan is responsible for Facilities Management, Workplace Services, Project Management, Energy & Environment and Workplace Design & Effectiveness for the bank’s commercial portfolio of 13.3m sq ft, spread across 63 markets and 1,600 buildings. Sheridan joined SCB in 2005 after 4 years in Hong Kong with the Corporate Real Estate function of the global telecommunications company Nortel as an embedded service provider (CBRE), in the role of Head of Facilities and Project Management across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to Nortel, he spent 20 years in the hospitality industry, managing first class resorts in Florida, Hawaii, Micronesia and China. The Asia Pacific region has been Sheridan’s home for more than 30 years, making SCB, an Asia and developing economies focused bank, his ideal place to work. Sheridan’s first job was at the age of 13, when his family bought a small motel in Maine, in the Northeastern US, where he grew up in the 1970s. Sheridan is married with one son and one daughter. His personal interests include golf, travel and reading. He is also a passionate champion in Singapore for the Bank’s Living with HIV program, lecturing to schools and companies across the country.
Associate, M Moser Associates Ltd
Aurelie began her career in an investment bank before switching to the design industry. Actively involved in M Moser’s strategic growth across industries and regions, she works closely with clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their business needs to adapt to market changes. Aurelie specialises in clients seeking business transformation and a change of workplace culture, and firmly believes that the power of design stretches far beyond aesthetics to support an organisation’s business objectives. As a strong workplace activist, Aurelie also advocates M Moser’s dynamic, flexible, driven, and knowledge-hungry culture both internally and through industry events to empower future leaders and support our next generation of global talent. She is originally from France and was raised in Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mainland China.
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Director, EMEA & APAC Workplace Solutions, Polycom Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
13 years+ Corporate Real Estate experience in both service provider and occupier side roles across EMEA and APAC. Wide breadth of experience at both executor and management level including ownership of Facilities Management, Project Management and Transaction Management Currently leading all aspects of Polycom’s Leased and owned office portfolio across EMEA and APAC including portfolio strategy, business alignment and day to day operations, including Facilities Management, Project Management and Transaction Management with direct budget ownership. Portfolio of approx. 75 leased offices (500k+ sf) across 30+ countries Previously was CRE in Yahoo.
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Managing Director, ChangeWorq Pte Ltd
Neil is an Independent Strategy and Change Management Consultant, as well as a teacher and speaker on the subject. He is particularly interested in helping clients work through the spatial, cultural, psychological & technological factors in order to create more effective and inspiring environments. His approach is founded on data analytics to inform design and strategy decisions, running in parallel with business engagement to support strategic decision making. Neil’s experience of business outside the world of workplace strategy, enables him to connect in a unique way with clients and designers alike, to drive positive business outcomes. His strategy work a range of options including covers Activity Based Working Strategies, Implementing Pilot Space Designs, Scenario Modelling to assess space requirements, Workplace Assessments, Design Briefing, Change Management Programmes and Communications.
Final Year Undergraduate, National University of Singapore
A final year undergraduate at NUS Real Estate and a member of Gen-Z, Enqi is passionate about issues revolving around corporate real estate and was a previous contestant in the CoreNet academic challenge. Enqi has also previously completed a range of internship stints in various real estate functions such as real estate banking, consultancy, research and facilities management.
Chairman, The Social Capital Institute
Arun is the founder of ‘The Social Capital Institute’ which was built with the mission of evangelizing the concept of ‘Social Capital’--which he believes is the currency that propels the human neural evolution forward. The Institute was built with the mission of educating and evangelizing this thinking. The institute’s thinking has been gaining substantial acceptance and association from luminaries from around the world. Arun Sundar is also an eminent opinion leader in the Asia Pacific technology space. Arun has built, led and advised many technology businesses both in the region and world-wide. In his personal capacity, Arun is an eminent champion and commentator on the subjects of ‘Leadership and Enterprises of the Future’ , ‘Analytics’ and ‘AI’ Arun is the Founding Chairman of the Asia Analytics Alliance and a board member of Asia Cloud Computing Association. Arun's strategy of pivoting his earlier venture TrustSphere into a globally renowned People Analytics player is a Harvard Business Review Case Study. Arun is a guest lecturer and speaker at Universities and Conferences around the world. A TEDx speaker, he is the board member and advisor to various technology ventures. Arun’s contributions to the world of Technology was recognized with an award from the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Govt of Kerala India.
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Chief Customer Solutions Officer, CapitaLand Ltd
Mr Aylwin Tan is responsible for formulating and executing industry formation and development, marketing and key customer engagement strategies for CapitaLand Group. He is also the Chairman of AIRmaker, a co-innovation platform focusing on start-ups in the space of Internet of Things. Prior to CapitaLand, he was at the Singapore Economic Development Board and Trade Development Board (now Enterprise Singapore).
Yu Ru Tan
Final Year Student, National University of Singapore
I am a final year student majoring in Real Estate in the National University of Singapore. My interest in this field would be in urban planning, especially in that of developing nations because I find that intriguing to work with. Outside of work and school, I enjoy picking up new languages and a great cup of americano coffee.
RVP, Global Client Collaboration, Asia Pacific, Steelcase Hong Kong Ltd
Jason and his team at Steelcase partner with clients, improving their workspaces and cultures to deliver stronger business performance. With more than 20 years’ experience across workplace design, office furniture, building and real estate industries, Jason has built trust and respect amongst clients throughout the Asia Pacific region, with his energetic, positive and forward-thinking approach. His team are responsible for forging strong partnerships with multinational companies, harnessing Steelcase’s deep research and insights, to identify the most relevant issues that will influence their work. Together, they envision and deliver customized workplace solutions to transform their businesses in meaningful ways. Solutions factor in considerations such as best practice work environments; real estate optimization; enhanced collaboration and performance; workplace culture; wellbeing; employee engagement; and talent attraction and development.
Client Solutions Director
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Director, FM Transformaiton - APAC, Johnson & Johnson Pte Ltd
A transformation specialist, delivering complex change projects for Fortune 100 companies in the area of Operations, Workplace and Workflow transformation Overall experience of 24 years in the Corporate Real Estate industry doing leadership roles • Currently APAC FM Transformation Director for J&J • Was Director – Workplace (Global) for Rolls Royce and APAC lead for FM Ops in Cisco Systems • Been an independent consultant to various corporates and an advisor to technology start-ups on Operational strategies Armed with training in Six Sigma, Lean and TOC, Sanjeev has worked across the globe in the area of work and workflow transformation involving complex change management in Operational processes, work environment and work culture in the corporations he worked for
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Davin Wang, PhD
Managing Director, Real Estate & Project Financing, CapBridge Pte Ltd
Dr Davin Wang is the Managing Director for Real Estate and Project Financing at CapBridge, a leading global private capital raising platform. Previously, Davin held senior positions in both private and public firms such as Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Airlines and the Economic Development Board of Singapore, covering roles related to technology, real estate and investment. He is also currently the Vice Chairman of CoreNet Global Singapore Chapter and serves as adjunct faculty at the Business School of Singapore Management University. Davin remains research active with academic collaborations in real estate finance, behavioral economics and technology applications in real estate.
VP, Global Workplace and Enterprise Services, Merck
Don Watson is responsible for Global Workplace & Enterprise Services which consists of the following:
- Global Real Estate Services which includes real estate strategy, transactions & dispositions, and workplace solutions.
- Facilities Management Operations covering approximately 272 sites worldwide. This includes management of all site services, facility maintenance, and capital improvements at the sites. In addition, there are Centers of Excellence for Maintenance Reliability and Energy Sustainability
- Executive Sponsor for Merck Capability Network: Employee Business Resource Group focused on creating an inclusive and empowering environment for persons with a disability.
Global Head of Marketing, Instant Offices Holdings Inc (The Instant Group)
John is a property marketing expert who has worked with a number of leading brands including Sotheby’s International Realty, Land Securities, Woods Bagot, Brookfield, Instant, Unispace and Knight Frank, where he was most recently Global Head of Comms. He sits on the board of the Property Marketing Awards. His experience spans both the commercial and residential sector with particular experience of writing market reports and hosting industry events. In the past year, he has acted as a keynote speaker at the JP Morgan Real Estate conference, a CoreNet UK Workspace Seminar on co-working, chaired a session at CoreNet Global Summit in EMEA, MIPIM UK and Worktech London.
Head of Energy & Sustainability Services, South Asia, JLL
Xuchao leads a team of subject matter experts across the region to provide sustainability solutions for JLL’s clients, particularly in the following areas: Green Building Certification, Energy Management, and Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Xuchao has held several other roles prior to the current one, including JLL’s Head of ESS team for Greater China and Sustainability Consultant for Arup. He had also worked in the Energy and Sustainability Unit (ESU) at the National University of Singapore as a researcher, developing Singapore’s energy benchmarks for commercial buildings.
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Founder & CEO, Minor Mynas
Hillary Yip is the 14-year-old founder and CEO of Minor Mynas, which aims to build a global kid’s community on the safest online platform possible. In 2016, her original idea of Minor Mynas received the 1st Prize and Best Business Award at the AIA Emerging Entrepreneur challenge in Hong Kong, which jump started her entrepreneurship journey. The Minor Mynas beta iOS app was launched in May 2017. As of April 2019, the app has close to 60,000 downloads across more than 50 countries. Hillary is actively engaged in many speaking opportunities to inspire young people in schools, entrepreneurship boot camps, and leadership classes.
Head of Workplace Health & Wellbeing, Lend Lease
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.
Senior IT Program Manager, Digital Workplace, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd.
Daniel Yuan is an experienced IT Program Manager who is currently managing the Digital Transformation programs in Asia region. He is responsible for driving the digital workplace transformation IT solutioning implementation, and evaluation of smart building and IoT solution to meet the unique business needs from each subsidiary in-line with the office move or major refresh projects. Daniel has more than 20 years of experiences in managing global and regional IT projects cross varied industries such as Aviation and Transportations, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Education industry.
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Executive Vice President, Colliers International
Chris Zlocki is an Executive Vice President for Occupier Services and the Head of Service Excellence at Colliers America. With other 22 years’ experience, Chris is focused on ensuring Colliers' occupier clients receive best-in-class service delivery reinforced continuous improvement. He is responsible for account growth, account strategy & innovation initiatives with an emphasis on maximising service excellence, strategic engagement, executive mentorship and ongoing leadership of Technology and Consulting Services in the Americas.
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