CoreNet Global Summit, Amsterdam 2016

Speakers

Appel, Dr. Ir. Rianne

Assistant Professor Corporate Real Estate, Eindhoven University of Technology

Rianne Appel is assistant Professor in CRE at Eindhoven University of Technology. She is editor of the Journal of CRE and sits on the editorial board of CRE journal. She is a board member of the European Real Estate Society (ERES) and the Dutch Society for RE researchers (VOGON). In her research, she approaches real estate as a production factor for (knowledge) organisations. She focuses on how Corporate Real Estate (CRE) should be managed and how location, building and workspace design choices add value to driving forces of the users (e.g. productivity of employees, innovativeness of organisations, knowledge sharing, flexibility).

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Arkesteijn, Monique

Assistant Professor Real Estate Management, Delft University of Technology

Monique Arkesteijn is an assistant professor real estate management at the university in Delft. She teaches corporate real estate management and is specialised in the alignment of CRE to the organisational objectives. Currently she is working on her PhD thesis about municipal accommodation strategies in which she integrates the newest insights in preference modelling and portfolio strategies. 

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Bangia, Vik

Managing Principal, Verum Consulting, LLC

Vik is the founder and managing principal of Verum Consulting, LLC. He has a 25 year background in corporate real estate, real estate outsourcing best practices, strategic planning and workflow and process improvement. Vik led the corporate real estate function at Fortune 500 firms Unocal Corporation and Ameriprise Financial and has also held senior leadership positions at real estate service provider firms such as Realogy, CresaPartners, United Properties/Northmarq, Struxicon.com, and CBRE. He also serves on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet. Vik has an MBA from Pepperdine University in California as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds the CoreNet Global, Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) professional designation.

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Barkham, Richard

Executive Director and Global Chief Economist, CBRE

Richard Barkham, PhD, is a specialist in macro economics and real estate markets. He joined CBRE in 2014 as Executive Director and Global Chief Economist. Prior to taking up his position with CBRE, Richard was Director of Research for The Grosvenor Group, an international business with circa $10bn of capital under management in real estate. He was also a non-Executive Director of Grosvenor Fund Management where he was involved in fund strategy, risk analysis and capital raising. Richard has extensive academic experience. He is a Visiting Professor at two leading universities in the UK: University College London and the University of Reading. He holds a PHD in economics from the University of Reading where he taught, in the departments of economics and land management, between the years of 1987 and 1998. Richard is the author of two books and numerous academic and industry papers.

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Bartelink, Ir. Ruben

Consultant Corporate & Public Real Estate, AT Osborne

Ruben Bartelink is consultant real estate and asset management at AT Osborne. Ruben provides organizations with strategic advice about asset management and portfolio management. His specialism are disposition, real estate financing, rental negotiations and CRE risk management.

Ruben graduated cum laude on CRE Risk Management at Eindhoven University of Technology, won the CoreNet student award for best master thesis and his publication in ‘The Journal of Corporate Real Estate’ was selected as “Highly Commended Paper by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence”.

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Berretta, Bruno

Associate Director – EMEA Research, Colliers International

Bruno is Associate Director of EMEA Research at Colliers International in London. He specialises in industrial research, with a focus on the European industrial markets. He has undertaken extensive research on high-profile topics like the repatriation trend of manufacturing to Europe, the impacts of robots and automation on industrial real estate, the future of the automotive industry and the development of multi-modal infrastructure in Europe. He speaks three languages: English, Italian and French.

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Bjälnes, Per

IoT & BIM Strategist Tyréns AB, Tyréns AB

Per Bjälnes specialises in the development and use of tools, methods and analytics for transferring and applying information in the design and management of buildings and infrastructure.

Earlier this year Per was project leader for one the the world's fastest large scale IOT installations, where over 1000 sensors were deployed in under 4 hours at Tyrens’ Stockholm HQ building. Per was also engaged for 5 years on the New Karolinska Hospital (NKS) project, to optimise the exchange of information between the hospital and the facilities management service provider.

Per previously worked in mobility service management with Ericsson, Skanska and COOR.

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Bock, Derrick

Head of Workplace Strategy, Global Occupier Services EMEA team, Cushman & Wakefield

Derrick Bock is a design leader and innovator. Through progressive thinking, he has added value to companies, by reducing costs and increasing employee satisfaction. With a background in Architecture, coupled with a focus on Human-Centered insights, he has generated innovative ideas that have driven tangible, positive results. This emphasis on the Human-Experience is the cornerstone that allows for his projects to be widely successful. His exposure to Senior Executives, Directors of Design and Chief Executive Officers (C-suite) has given him the ability to confidently lead and influence all levels of the organisation. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Derrick was Head of Workplace Design at eBay. 

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Buck, René

Founder & CEO, Buck Consultants International

René Buck is founder and CEO of Buck Consultants International (started in 1985), a leading independent footprint strategy, location/site selection and supply chain consulting company. Buck Consultants International has offices in Nijmegen (the Netherlands), The Hague (the Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Frankfurt (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Paris (France), Atlanta (US), Singapore and Shanghai (China).

Buck Consultants International has a track record of advising more than 900 large and midsize companies, in 50 countries all over the world. René Buck is a thought leader in the industry, spoke at numerous conferences (including various CoreNet Global Summits) and is seen by international media as a leading location strategy and site selection expert.

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Carroll, Tom

Head of EMEA Corporate Research, JLL

Head of EMEA Corporate research at JLL. Responsible for supporting the growth strategy of JLL's EMEA and UK Corporate business through the provision of best in class research in six areas: market research, industry sector research, thought leadership, business development support, profile and platform speaking, and regular presentation engagement with clients.

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Clemo, Adam

Global Portfolio Optimisation Manager, HSBC

Adam is an accredited MRICS CRE professional currently working within the Global Corporate Real Estate team of HSBC, supporting the implementation of the Bank's global Office Strategy whilst also working closely with HSBC's transaction partners to provide an oversight of the ongoing transaction activity across all regions. Adam has only recently rejoined the Bank, having spent the last three 3 years working with Johnson Controls GWS, managing real estate transactions on behalf of Marsh & McLennan Inc. across Europe, India and South East Asia.

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Coenders, Harold

Partner | Director Workplace Innovation & Project Management, Colliers International

Harold Coenders is a partner at Colliers International Corporate Solutions Netherlands and has more than 15 years of experience in real estate and workplace innovation. He is specialised in the development of strategies and organisational transition projects, linked to the development of work environments.

In 2000, Harold was the founding father of the development of the Colliers BenchBase® and Occupiers Cost Index which has meanwhile evolved to the largest real estate and facilities database in Europe. In 2015 the Dutch CICS team has launched the Quantified Workplace, redefining Workplace Innovation linking individual performance, well-being, and health to collective growth.

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Crabbe, Tony

Business Psychologist, Crabbe Partnership LTD

Tony Crabbe is a Business Psychologist who works with companies such as Microsoft, News Corporation, Disney, Salesforce, Cisco and HSBC around the world. As a psychologist he focuses on how people think, feel and behave at work.  Tony talks about how busy is for losers.  Busyness is not an inevitable condition at work today; it’s a dumb strategy: it causes us to stall in our careers and lead dull lives.  Drawing on extensive psychological research, Tony challenges a lot of taken-for-granted assumptions about how we work and live; and provides practical approaches to move beyond endless busyness.  His message appeals to employees, leaders and organizations because it’s about more than work-life balance; it’s an approach to achieving success - individually and for companies – in the attention economy.  His talks are engaging, interactive and inspirational.  His first book, ‘Busy: how to thrive in a world of too much’ is published around the world and translated into ten languages.  The international version was recently cited as one of the top 3 leadership books of 2016 in a global book award, and of the ‘Best of 2015’ by Success Magazine. In addition, Tony is a contributor for The Times, Huffington Post and Quartz, and a regular commentator in the media.

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Daniels, Lee

Regional Leader Consulting EMEA, HOK

Lee is HOK’s consulting team leader for the EMEA region designing, developing and executing global Real Estate and workplace strategies, and delivering best in class workplace environments for global clients. Lee has over 16 years’ experience working in blue-chip organizations in national and international markets, dealing effectively in managing property and facilities, change management, business development programs and managing projects. Lee prides himself on the ability to build robust lasting relationships and is renowned to providing innovation solutions to ‘age old’ problems. Lee’s strengths to provide strategic advice, along with executing the strategic plan. His energy encourages creativity and practical application and, he has a natural team building ability.



de Groot Ruiz, Adrian

Director, True Price

Adrian is executive director of True Price, where he leads the development and implementation of the True Price and Integrated Profit & Loss methods in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is a contributor to the Natural Capital Protocol. Adrian is co-initiator of the Dutch SDG Charter Foundation, bringing together 80+ organizations to realize the SDGs. He is recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and has blogged in the Huffington Post. Adrian holds a PhD in Economics, was assistant professor of Finance at Radboud University and has multiple publications in global top-10 peer-reviewed economics journal.

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de Wert, Thijs

Team Lead New Generation Marketing, Fresh Forces (Frisse Blikken)

Thijs is a ‘fresh force’ with experience in marketing, communications and HR. Translating complex information into meaningful stories is his challenge and he’s always looking for new ways to get a message across. During the last couple of years he has had the opportunity to develop himself as an all-round professional in the field of Marketing & Communications. He has worked with a large client base, while he, at the same time, has had the opportunity to develop build a team of young MarCom professionals in a dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial organization like Fresh Forces.

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Dreyer, Susanne

Strategy Manager Corporate Real Estate, Royal Dutch Shell

Susanne Dreyer is the CRE Strategy Manager for the Global Projects & Technology business within Shell.

In her role she is responsible to develop real estate strategies necessary to deliver non-hydrocarbon infrastructure and a property portfolio that meets business needs in an affordable, competitive and credible manner.

Prior this role Susanne worked in New Business Development in Upstream responsible for identifying new M&A and Divestments opportunities for the Shell Group.

Susanne joined Shell in 2010 after having worked for Deutsche Bank in various RE related roles-mainly focused around M&A and Integration projects-across the globe for over 10 years.

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Fonseca, Sofia

Vice President, HOK

Sofia is passionate about aligning business strategies with visions for the built environment. 20+ years of experience in design thinking and innovation services providing visioning, workplace innovation, change management and space planning services for institutional and corporate clients means experience on a variety of project types. At the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Sofia teaches classes and conducts research in architecture and interior design. She was the editor of Problem Seeking, An Architectural Programming Primer (Fourth Edition). She earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from The Honors College at the University of Houston.

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Fowler, Harry

Finance Graduate Intern, CBRE

I have just recently graduated from university in Cardiff in Wales with a First-Class Honors in Business Finance. I have been at the company for 2 months now having turned down 2 scholarship offers in Cardiff and Columbia in the states. My current role is strategic financial analysis, which allows me to work alongside senior members of finance team and our clients. I often invest in the stock exchange and enjoy doing so, this is what lead me to working in the financial analysis area.

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Frost, Shelley

Head of Consulting, JLL

Shelley is Head of Consulting and is one of the Lead Directors of Corporate Solutions team based in London. Her background spans 20 years within consultancy and advisory and has international experience in corporate real estate issues, advising major occupiers on their property portfolios, outsourcing, workplace, organisational and location strategy.

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Gall, Catherine

Experience Research Director, Steelcase

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.

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Geddes, Will

Managing Director, International Corporate Protection

With twenty-five years experience within the specialist security sectors, Will Geddes has provided support to many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 corporations, High Profile Individuals and government agencies across the world. A specialist in Human Threat Management, he has operated in many developed and emerging markets, including hostile and high-risk locations including Iraq and Afghanistan. Will is also a regular keynote speaker at industry gatherings and a regular commentator on international risk and security situations for the international press and media.

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Gehner, Ellen

Senior Consultant Risk Management, AT Osborne

Ellen is consultant risk management in the real estate and infrastructure sector at AT Osborne. In this function she is concerned with risk management projects varying from the development of a risk management method, execution of risk analyses, and implementing risk management in a project organisation. In addition she is a qualified lead auditor and a guest lecturer at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate. Ellen did her PhD on the subject of 'Knowingly taking risk; investment decision making in real estate development' at the faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology. 

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Gerard Hoendervanger, Jan

Senior Researcher & Lecturer, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, University of Groningen

Jan Gerard Hoendervanger works as a senior researcher and lecturer at Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Groningen, the Netherlands. Within ‘NoorderRuimte’, Centre of Research and Innovation for Built Environment, he collaborates with practitioners, students, and researchers from various disciplines. Key themes in his work are: healthy workplace, workspace design, Corporate Real Estate Management, and New Ways of Working. In his PhD research, a co-creation of Hanze UAS, University of Groningen, and NWO, he analyses psychological aspects of activity-based work environments. He has a background as a management consultant and studying Management Science at the University of Twente.

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Glatte, Thomas

Director Group Real Estate & Facility Management, BASF SE

Dr. Thomas Glatte is the Director of Group Real Estate & Facility Management for BASF, the globally leading chemical company. He has studied civil engineering, property law and real estate management. After two years as a site construction manager of German-based Philipp Holzmann AG in Thailand and India in the 1990s, Thomas moved to the corporate real estate department of BASF. Being based in Ludwigshafen/Germany and Hong Kong, he managed for seven years the corporation’s real estate and industrial site selection projects in Asia-Pacific, especially in China, Japan and Korea. In 2005 Thomas became in charge of BASF Group’s corporate real estate activities which included its portfolio and asset management. Since 2008, his responsibilities were expanded by BASF Group’s facility management operations. Additionally, Thomas is working as a lecturer for property development and real estate management at Universities in Stuttgart, Dresden and Mainz, Germany as well as at IREBS real estate academy, Eltville. Furthermore, he serves as past President of CoreNet Global’s Central Europe Chapter and as a board member of the German-Chinese Institution of real estate valuation and management in Berlin.

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Green, Charlie

Co-CEO, The Office Group

A qualified chartered surveyor, Charlie began his career client-side working on property development. He was part of the team to set up MWB Business Exchange in 1998; however, with a desire to create something different & more considered in terms of design & value, Charlie started The Office Group (TOG) with Olly Olsen in 2003. Today, TOG provide c.1m sq ft of flexible space in London and are the largest provider of co-working spaces in the UK.

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Hahn, Hannah

Global WorkPlace Innovation Manager, CBRE

Hannah is leading CBRE´s Global WorkPlace Innovation research programme which drives thought leadership in the Real Estate, facilities management and workplace.

Hannah is responsible for the trend research and roadmapping. The Global WorkPlace Innovation roadmapping exists to highlight trends from the wider world, such as society, key vertical markets, technologies and the workplace, so that trends can be plotted chronologically till 2050 in order to help plan for CBREs clients identify near and long-term threats and opportunities. Furthermore the roadmap supports to drive clients advanced solutions.

Hannah has several years of experience in innovation and trend research. 2006 she joined Johnson Controls, Automotive Experience Research and Innovation and conducted regular trend research project with an internal and global scope. Furthermore the translation of end user needs into product solutions and concepts in collaboration with internal and external networks has been the focus.

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Henderson, James

Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies

James Henderson has been analysing the Russian oil and gas industry for the past 20 years. Having been Head of Energy for Wood Mackenzie Consultants in the mid-1990s he moved to Moscow as Head of Oil & Gas Research for Renaissance Capital in 1997, and in 1999 became Head of Equity Research. Having returned to the UK in 2002 he became Head of Russia at Lambert Energy Advisory while also studying for his doctoral thesis on partnership in the Russian oil and gas industry at the University of London, which he completed in 2010.

He then became a Senior Research Fellow at OIES contributing works for the Gas and Oil Programmes covering Russia and CIS issues as well as global energy matters that affect the region. He is a BP Professor of Energy at the Skolkovo Management School in Moscow and lectures on energy issues at a number of universities in Europe. His publications include numerous papers on the Russian oil and gas sector, a 2010 book entitled “Non-Gazprom Gas Producers in Russia”, the co-editing of “The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change” for OIES and the recently published “International Partnership in Russia” .

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Hoet, Eelco

Head of Corporate Solutions, JLL Netherlands

Eelco Hoet is the Head of JLL's Netherlands Corporate Solutions team. He holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and is a Master of Science in Real Estate and Housing at the Technical University of Delft.  In his 15 years as CRE professional, he has gained extensive experience in international Transaction Management and Tenant Representation services. 

In his current role he leads the team responsible for delivering services to JLL's corporate clients in the Netherlands. These services includes Strategic Consultancy, Transaction Management, Tenant Representation and Project & Development Services (Project Management).

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Holberton, Richard

Senior Director, EMEA Research & Consulting, CBRE

Richard heads EMEA Occupier Research at CBRE. His role is to develop and refine CBRE’s research agenda in this area through market analysis, client briefings and consultancy.  Richard is also responsible for the flagship European Occupier Survey.

Over the previous three years he led the development of CBRE’s research coverage of the European logistics markets. Richard has extensive experience in the analysis of commercial property markets, and holds Masters qualifications in Urban & Regional Planning and Property Investment.

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Johnson, Jan

VP Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel

Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of workplaces. She is a highly respected workplace strategist; leads Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team; and frequently writes, speaks and teaches. 

Combining an Interior Design degree and MBA, Jan has worked for both Perkins + Will and HOK/Advance Strategies where she supported Sun Microsystems and co-developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program. 

On CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community Knowledge Advisory Panel, Jan has taught MCR classes since 2009. She also helped develop core competencies that define workplace strategy and CoreNet Global’s three new MCR.w courses. 

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Journo, Ronen

Senior Director, Workplace Resources, Global Business Services EMEAR, Cisco

Ronen Journo, Director EMEAR Workplace Resources, Cisco, is responsible for a portfolio that exceeds 4.4M sq. ft. across 79 countries. His team serves an in-house client base of over 18,000 people covering sales, admin and R&D functions.  

Since joining Cisco in 1997, Ronen has held various roles, including two years with the core mergers and acquisitions team. Prior to that, he worked for DEGW and Procord Consulting, which were later acquired by Johnson Controls. Ronen is fluent in French, Spanish and Hebrew.

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Kruger, Mauritz

Leading Professional Architecture Green Building, Royal HaskoningDHV

Mauritz leads the Green Building business line in Southern Africa, and is involved as architect / sustainability consultant on diverse projects: Best Practice Green Building, Certification of Existing Building’s Performance and Energy Audits for airports. He also led his team of colleagues to develop the Green Building Council of South Africa Existing Building Performance rating tool as lead technical consultants. He has since 2007 focused on designing environmentally sustainable buildings through implementation of passive measures, harnessing solar energy, environmental management, energy efficiency, water harvesting and peak demand management by BMS. Has a Master of Architecture from University of Pretoria.

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Langan, Kate

GM Group Property, ANZ

Kate Langan joined the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group as Group General Manager Property in late 2009, responsible for over 1 million sqm of space across 34 countries.

Prior to joining ANZ, Kate was a Regional Director with JLL, where she held a number of senior roles in Singapore and Australia, managing the international portfolios of DBS, Procter & Gamble and the Australian Taxation Office.

A qualified Architect by profession, Kate has practiced architecture in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, where she also lead the CRE-Asia Team for Bank of America across 14 countries, and subsequently, was Director Facilities for the British Council during the hand-over of administration from Britain to China.

Kate will assume the role of Chairman of the CoreNet Global Board in April 2016

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Lewis, Gareth

Director PwC Real Estate Group, PwC

Gareth is a director in the real estate group of PwC, based in their London office. He has worked both as a consultant and in various roles as an industry representative for the UK and European real estate sector. Gareth has benefited from a multi-disciplined approach and a wide-ranging exposure to the industry C-suite at a UK, EU and global level.

Having started his career as an accountant and tax advisor at EY in London and New York, Gareth took a role as Director of Finance at the British Property Federation (BPF) where he led an industry initiative to successfully persuade the UK government to introduce REIT legislation. His close involvement with the listed property sector led him to accept a role at the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) based in Brussels.

In summary, Gareth’s 20 years’ experience has given him a unique perspective on the real estate market and particularly the evolving role and challenges facing listed property companies.

At PwC Gareth helps SWF and other real estate businesses in the development and execution of their real estate strategy/operations and drives the provision of PwC’s knowledge and insight relevant to real estate businesses. He leads the annual PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate report for Europe and coordinates the PwC thought leadership that is of most relevance to real businesses including the disruptive forces of the megatrends.

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Lunny, Chris

Director - Facilities, Culinary and Security, Facebook

Chris oversees Facebook’s global real estate portfolio. Prior to working at Facebook, Chris worked as a Director of Real Estate at Sybase looking after its Asia Pacific real estate. Chris is a licensed attorney with degrees in business, philosophy and cooking. He lives in Mill Valley with his wife, daughter and dog Ludwig.

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Matthaei, Emilio

CEO, LEVERTON

Emilio Matthaei is CEO of LEVERTON. As a passionate data strategist, entrepreneur, ex-banker and researcher, Emilio revolutionizes how individuals work with data and documents. With LEVERTON, he brings innovative technology to various industries – LegalTech, PropTech, CRETech, FinTech.

Before LEVERTON, Emilio spent six years with Houlihan Lokey and Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking in London. He was involved in >20 financial transactions (incl IPOs, M&As, Capital Increases and Restructurings).

Emilio studied Economics and Management in Bonn and Leipzig and graduated with a PhD (summa cum laude) in the field Strategic Management. He wrote two books ('Strategies for Innovators' and 'The Nature of Executive Work') and spent a year as Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford.

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Mawson, Andrew

Founder and Managing Director, Advanced Workplace Associates

Andrew Mawson, Managing Director of AWA, is a leading pioneer, thinker and speaker on matters ‘work and place’. He has the unusual ability to span the worlds of business strategy, organisational design, work strategy, workplace design and change management. In his consulting work he has led workplace change programmes with clients including Invesco, Unicef, Willis, Direct Line Group, National Rail and Merrill Lynch. In 2014 Andrew worked with the UK Cabinet Office as an adviser, participating in a review of 13 government departments’ performance in implementing agile working as part of the government’s Civil Service Reform programme which has been instrumental in reducing the UK Government’s property portfolio by 20%.

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Middleton, Richard

Head of Occupier Services, EMEA & APAC, Cushman & Wakefield

Richard is responsible for Cushman & Wakefield’s CIS Group in EMEA and APAC covering Account Management, Property and Asset Management, Project Management, Facilities Management, Lease Administration and Sustainability. Prior to becoming Head of CIS in both regions, Richard built the APAC Account Management team to a recognised leader in the field. He focused on developing the strategies, processes and tools required for global corporates to deliver property portfolios designed for their businesses.

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Miles, Trevor

Real Estate & Facilities Consulting Lead, IBM

Trevor assists clients in achieving smarter corporate real estate and facilities management solutions. These are often enabled by digital technology to support them in achieving their core business objectives (e.g. efficiency, cost reduction, environmental sustainability, performance improvement, organisation transformation, post-merger integration).

Prior to joining IBM Trevor worked in management consultancy with PwC and as a valuation / investment surveyor at a leading private practice firm of Chartered Surveyors. Trevor is a regular speaker at conferences and was one of the editors of the CoreNet: "Essential Guide to Corporate Real Estate".

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Morahan, Brigid

Associate Director, CBRE

Brigid is an Associate Director within the CBRE GWS Transaction Management team. With over 10 years' experience in the real estate industry, Brigid specialises in corporate mergers and divestments. Commencing her career in Australia, Brigid offers flexibility and extensive knowledge in a diverse number of markets globally. Along with chairing the GWS Junior Board, she is an active member of RICS and CoreNet UK Young Leaders.

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Navarro, Alejandro

Director - Technology, Source8

Alejandro is a Civil Engineer in Electronics and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Innovation and Technology. He is an expert on digital technologies and the opportunities and challenges they present to businesses and the future of work.

With over 20 years of professional experience, Alejandro has worked extensively in LATAM and EMEAR, providing advice and delivering solutions to Fortune 500 companies in areas such as strategy definition, market analysis, product development, performance improvement and change management.

Alejandro is the Director of Technology at Source8 in London and he is currently focused on identifying and developing novel business solutions to help transform the way organisations work. He has published articles in industry magazines and co-authored studies on data centres and emerging markets.

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Nelson, Elizabeth

PhD Candidate, Biomedical Signals and Systems, University of Twente

Based in Holland and working globally with new technologies and innovative research for agencies and big name brands in my 10+ year career. Current research is pushing digital health insights into the business world as well as contributing toward a  PhD from the University of Twente. This research is collected through perception studies, biological data analysis via wearable technologies, experiments, measurement development and Big Data analysis.  



Nenonen, Suvi

Workplace Strategist, Learning Environments, Newsec

Dr. Nenonen is responsible for work and learning environment projects at Newsec  Corporate Solutions. She has a strong experience of workplace change management processes. She has published e.g. Use and design manual of activity based work environments, together with Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. She is using user centered design methods to drive cultural change.

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Norris, Steve

Partner, Incendium Consulting Limited

Steve is a globally experienced Corporate Real Estate professional who has managed worldwide teams and programmes as both a service provider and in-house leader.

As one of the co-founders of Incendium Consulting, Steve brings his skills to FTSE 100 corporations seeking independent insight and expertise to maximise the shareholder value from their real estate assets and services. An experienced industry speaker and award winner, Steve thrives on problem solving and bringing clear and concise insights to his clients.

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Oldman, Tim

CEO, Leesman

As the Founder of Leesman, Tim sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardised pre and post occupancy evaluation tool. The Leesman Index is now broadly recognised 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.

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Olofsson, Henrik

Global Key Account Manager & Facilitator, Celemi

Henrik has extensive experience from management positions in companies, both in the service and manufacturing industry. He is currently Global Key Account Manager and Facilitator at Celemi. Celemi has a long history of supplying MNCs with outstanding learning experiences through experiential learning with emphasis on business simulations. Henrik is facilitating Celemi simulations to numerous key accounts in the EMEA region, including ABB, Nokia, PwC, Airbus, Qube, GfK, etc. 

Before joining Celemi Henrik held a senior management position at one of Sweden’s largest real estate brokers. His responsibilities included developing business processes and implementing strategic expansion plans by setting up new offices. Henrik holds bachelor degrees in Real Estate Science and Media and Communications Science/International Relations from Lund University. 

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Oosting, Wouter

Senior Director Workplace Strategies & Design, CBRE

Wouter Oosting has a personal ambition to transform work and workplaces in EMEA. He  continuously seeks ways to make companies go beyond their routine and start creating more humancentric  buildings that drive business performance, better work practices and enhance the lives of the everyday worker. Wouter is based in Amsterdam and leads the CBRE Workplace Strategies & Design team. With the Netherlands being a front runner in new ways of working.

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Parker, Monica

Founder, HATCH

Monica has been navigating and communicating organisational change for more than a decade. An international speaker and presenter, she is a blogger for the Huffington Post and has appeared on BBC Worldwide as an authority on workplace strategy. Her early career was punctuated by her work as a homicide investigator defending death row inmates for Florida’s Department of Justice. Her academic qualifications include the University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania at Wharton and Queens University Belfast. She began HATCH to help businesses challenge the status quo and inspire positive action in their work lives.

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Peschl, Markus

Director Cognitive Science Research, University of Vienna

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.

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Pickering, Sam

Senior Director, Source8

Sam is a real estate expert with particular specialisms in sustainability and risk. Sam was previously head of energy and sustainability for EMEA at CBRE, before moving to Source8 as a senior director and head of Risk Management. Sam worked on programs with many corporates within a property and wider business context. Sam has a diverse career having previously flown helicopters around the world with the British Army and brings a unique perspective to Real Estate.

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Popescu, Ilinca

Business Manager, Steelcase

Ilinca joined Steelcase in 2014 and is focused on creating great spaces wherever work happens. She applies a design thinking approach to develop user-centered solutions for leading organizations and dealer partners and is accountable for growing business across brands and vertical markets in the Netherlands.

Before joining Steelcase, Ilinca worked as a Director of Education for AmeriCanic Training Center in Beijing, China, being responsible for curriculum development and strategic management. Prior to that, she held a research position at a Dutch Think Thank, as well as several roles in NGOs. 

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Puybaraud, Dr. Marie

Global Head of Corporate Research, JLL

Dr. Marie Puybaraud is one of the most recognized 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, Workplace Trends, IFMA...).

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Rahman, Mujtaba

Managing Director Europe, Eurasia Group

Mujtaba Rahman focuses on European political economy. In addition to leading Eurasia Group's Europe practice, Mujtaba has primary responsibility for all aspects of EU/eurozone coverage, as well as leading country coverage on Greece, Cyprus, and the UK.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Mujtaba worked at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, and at the UK Treasury. He is an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern Business School and teaches political risk to graduate students at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. In addition, Mujtaba regularly appears in the media, providing commentary on European affairs for publications including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and television appearances on the BBC, Bloomberg, and CNBC.

Mujtaba holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MA in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks French and Urdu.

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Rieck, Allan Kehlet

Managing Partner, True-Market-Value.com

Allan Kehlet Rieck is Managing Partner at True-Market-Value.com. TrueMarketValue is an independent transaction advisory dedicated to supporting you obtain the optimal sales price for your properties. TrueMarketValue are advisors on NegotiAuctions and digital negotiations which provides higher sales values while giving full compliance assurance, transparency and comfort. The structured process furthermore improves resource efficiency and caters well for a dynamic world.

Allan was global head of Corporate Real Estate Management for the Maersk Group for eight years before joining TrueMarketValue and he has divested 25 properties on five continents.

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Rothe, Dr. Peggie

Development Director, Leesman

Before joining Leesman in 2014, Peggie worked at Aalto University (Finland) where she did research with a focus on corporate real estate and workplace management. Her topics included usability of work environments, office occupiers’ workplace preferences and corporate short-distance office relocations. She has published her findings in several peer-reviewed academic journals and earned her doctorate in 2015. Peggie brings to the team a wide understanding of the user perspective of the built environment and is passionate about modern ways of working and the strategic role of workplaces. Therefore, her works aims to help organisations understand the link between people and place with the Leesman survey.

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Russell, Simon

Managing Director, Russell Media

Problem solver and innovator, Simon develops creative digital solutions that are interactive, engaging, accessible and targeted. With over twenty years experience Simon has been involved in many technology based projects ranging from automising manufacturing techniques through the introduction of emerging technology, creating communication campaigns for global brands, developing highly functional international web sites right through to bespoke.

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Sailer, Kerstin

Reader in Social and Spatial Networks, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Dr. Kerstin Sailer is Reader in Social and Spatial Networks at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, and Director of Research and Innovation at Spacelab. She is fascinated by the impact of spatial design on people and social behaviours inside a range of buildings such as offices, laboratories, hospitals and schools. An architect by training, her research interests combine complex buildings, workplace environments and space usage with social networks, organisational theory and organisational behaviour. At the Bartlett she leads the module ‘Buildings, Organisations, Networks’ in the MSc ‘Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities’. Kerstin has won several awards and scholarships for her research and has been invited to present her work at a variety of national and international conferences and events.  

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Scheurwater, Sander

Director Corporate Affairs, Europe, RICS

Sander Scheurwater is a Dutch national and studied Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam where he achieved his Masters in 2000. He majored in sociological economics.

In 2000, Sander started his career at the EU Affairs Office of General Motors where he was responsible for technical and environmental issues.

In 2006, where he currently is Head of External Affairs & EU Liaison for the RICS Europe region. Besides EU Affairs, his current responsibilities include market recognition of RICS, national policy & public affairs and the development and adoption of international standards.

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Schmits, Benoît

Director Worldwide Facility Management, GSK

Benoît Schmits is the Director Worldwide Facility Management of GSK Vaccines. He is amongst other things responsible for the Global Facility Management strategy, management of outsourcing partners and the development of outsourcing strategies. Benoît has recently been involved in the Novartis Vaccines acquisition from both a pre-merger and post-merger integration perspective. In addition to this Benoît has vast experience as a business unit manager of a large production department and the management of multiple company programmes such as services re-engineering, SAP implementation and security strategies.

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Schuermans, Nikki

Account Manager - Advisory & Transaction Services - Occupier Account Services, CBRE

Nikki Schuermans is working as an Account Manager within CBRE’s Occupier A&T Accounts Services team. In her role she is responsible for delivering consulting services and managing both national as international corporate accounts. Nikki advises corporate occupiers in relation to both portfolio as well as  location strategy, portfolio optimization and  transaction management. 

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Schuitemaker, Wouter

Managing Director, Hickey & Associates

Wouter Schuitemaker is Managing Director, EMEA for Hickey and Associates, LLC, a global site selection, public incentive advisory and workforce solutions company. Wouter leads the firm’s expansion throughout the EMEA region, working closely with clients to provide location selection strategies, analysis and capture of public incentive and government aid opportunities, and the identification of workforce solutions.



Sie, Dave

Senior Manager, Deloitte Real Estate Consulting

Dave is Senior Manager in the Real Estate Consulting practice of Deloitte (NL). He has more than 10 years of experience successfully delivering cross-border real estate transformation programs across the full spectrum of the real estate lifecycle. Advising clients on their real estate and location strategy, portfolio and (digital) property operations. With The Edge in Amsterdam being his home base, he plays a business advisory role within the ongoing transition of the Edge 2.0; actually capturing the promised connected value of this smartest and most sustainable office building in the world. He holds an Engineering degree from the Delft University of Technology with a double major in Real Estate and Architecture, class of 2004.

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Simon, Marc

Director, Global WW Corporate Real Estate, Facilities and Sustainability, Dassault Systemes

He is currently Global WW Real Estate & Facilities Director at Dassault Systèmes and President of Corenet Global chapter France (Networking Group). He joined Dassault Systèmes in 1997, where he held various positions in development, services, customer support, operations management and budget governance of the following functions: IT&S, HR and real estate (including Facilities).His passion is innovation and business transformation, He is always looking for new challenges.

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Spee, Roel

Global Leader, IBM Global Business Services

Roel Spee is global leader of Plant Location International (IBM-PLI) which is the global center of excellence in IBM Global Business Services for corporate location strategies and economic development services. Roel has close to 30 years of experience as location strategy and economic development consultant. During his career, Roel has built up strong expertise in advising international companies in location choices for a broad variety of industries and investment projects (manufacturing plants, distribution centers, headquarters, R&D operations, shared services centers, data centers, etc). Besides being a key advisor to IBM internally, external clients include many market leading Fortune 500 companies as well as fast growing companies in new emerging industries and markets. He assisted corporate executives from international companies around the world with their strategic location choices for over 300 projects. Roel is one of the founding members of the Site Selectors Guild, and chairs it’s International Committee. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Asset Management Council (IAMC).

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Spilger, Alex

Senior Vice President, Project & Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefied and has worked on over 100 diverse green building projects with clients such as Google, Salesforce, Skype and GoPro.  In addition to his project work, Alex has also taught over 300 green building workshops through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects and the Stanford Graduate School of Business among others.  

Alex serves on the Programs Committee for CoreNet Northern California and the ULI Sustainability Committee.  He a LEED & WELL Accredited Professional and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA. 



Stevenson, Mark

Cofounder, What We Do Differently

Mark is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on technology and societal trends – helping you see where the world is going – and how to adapt. As such he in constant demand as a consultant, trainer and speaker on future trends, cultural change and innovation. He is the author of the internationally best selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future which has been translated into 12 languages and was described by Wired as “a very coherent and entertaining journey through the world of future technology”. Mark's second book, We Do Things Differently: travels on the cutting edge of change, will be published in September 2016.

Mark has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is the ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.

His many advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, Civilised Bank, Comic Relief, Atlas of the Future and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

As founder of the cultural change agency We Do Things Differently (wdtd.co.uk) he spends much of his life working across the globe with organisations of every hue, helping them see their role in creating a better future, or to die gracefully if they need to. The company’s clients are a diverse mix of government agencies, NGOs, corporates and arts organisations.

TED curator Chris Anderson remarks, “Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason”.

Mark is also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play (co-written with Jack Milner) Octopus Soup will tour internationally in 2017.

 



Stokkers, Anja

Director of Campus Real Estate and Facility Management, TU Delft, The Netherlands

I enjoy working on complex problems within a social context, such as the habitability of cities, how hospitals function or the real estate portfolio of a socially engaged organization. The sustainability of organizations and the responsible use of resources are where I’m inspired by. The challenge is to make sure everything works optimally, using the materials you have at hand, together with the people you engage with.

Since 2011 I am Director Real Estate and Facility Management at the TU Delft. Our goal is to optimize the functionality of the real estate port folio for students and employees.

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Stransky, Karel

Director, EMEA Corporate Solutions, Colliers International

Karel Stránský is Director of EMEA Corporate Solutions focusing on the European industrial real estate market. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Karel is focused on developing business with Pan European and Global corporations with predominant industrial portfolios, managing strategical and complex real estate transactions in both developed and emerging European markets in cooperation with local offices of Colliers International. Karel speaks five languages including English, Russian, German, Czech and Slovak.



Sweeney, Charlotte

CEO, Charlotte Sweeney Associates

Charlotte is an experienced & pragmatic change agent with expert knowledge of equality, diversity, inclusion, health & wellbeing, change management, employee engagement and corporate culture shift at a global and local level. She has most recently spending over three years as International Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Nomura International PLC. Within that time she developed and implemented Nomura’s first Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.



Tan, Kenny

Rolls-Royce, Operations Executive, Asia Pacific, Singapore Pte Ltd

Kenny Tan is the Asia Pacific lead responsible for real estate planning, design & construction, and facilities management. Based in Singapore, he supports all Rolls-Royce business sectors in their regional property related planning and helping them to make strategic decisions. In his current role, Kenny needs to collaborate extensively with all corporate functions and business sectors within the organization. Kenny holds a Bachelor in Engineering and a Master in Technology Management from University of New South Wales, Australia. 



Tenanes, John

Vice President-Facilities, Culinary and Security, Facebook

John Tenanes is the Vice President of Global Facilities and Real Estate at Facebook where he oversees worldwide operations for real estate, culinary and security.  He is a licensed architect with more than 30 years’ experience with leading Silicon Valley companies including Oracle, Siebel and Sun Microsystems.  His passion for architecture has led to a career where he uses his broad expertise to help lead the creation of high quality, sustainable buildings.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Wentworth Institute in Massachusetts.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.  He lives in Palo Alto with his wife Becky and in his free time enjoys cooking, and of course being on Facebook.

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Thakur, Akshay

Business Development Manager, IoT Solutions Group, Cisco

Akshay is focused on the Cisco Digital Ceiling and Smart Building technologies. As the business development lead for EMEAR and APJC, Akshay is responsible for go-to-market, partner enablement, eco-system development, industry relations, and overall solution promotion.

Akshay obtained his Engineering degree in Computer/Networks from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and is a former Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP), along with other Cisco certifications.

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Thorpe, Kevin

Chief Economist, Global Head of Research, Cushman and Wakefield

As Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Chief Economist, Kevin focuses on worldwide economic trends and forecasts. He and the firm’s research team collect and analyze information, and produce insightful studies on events, markets, industries, and other micro- and macro-economic factors that affect commercial real estate supply-demand fundamentals in nearly 380 global markets. Kevin has developed econometric models to predict market trends, is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and has authored studies and survey reports. In 2014, Kevin was recognized as NABE’s most accurate economic forecaster and received its Outlook Award.



Timms, Perry

Director – People & Learning, Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, Media Zoo

A Chartered CIPD Member; facilitator & coach, I have led technology-driven business change for over 20 years. Energy, passion and insight around people development are my trademarks. I am an international speaker and author on HR and the future of work. I was voted a top 10 blogger, recently topping HCM Essentials'​ International Tweeters list, and am also an Executive Consultant to 2015 "HRD of the Year" Karen Beaven (River Island).  A tenacious reader; enthused networker and voracious learner, I describe myself as a life-aholic determined to change the world of work; one conversation at a time.

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Tuinenburg, Robert

Director Workplace Services EMEA, Unilever

In this role Robert is responsible for Real Estate, Projects, Facility management services, travel, fleet, events and deployment of the Unilever Sustainability and Agile Working strategic agenda. Robert holds an academic degree for Business & Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam). He started his career in Finance and Information Technology, where he held different senior positions, before he moved to his current role as Director of EMEA, Employee Services - Workplace| Enterprise & Technology Solutions. Robert is particularly interested in building strategic partnerships, which will enable Unilever to drive the integrated Workplace offering delivering a Human Centred Workspace ultimately.

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Ubels, Erik

Chief Technology Officer, OVG Real Estate

Erik Ubels, realized at Deloitte in close relationship with OVG The Edge in Amsterdam. Since January 2016 Erik is CTO at OVG Real Estate, as Chief Technology Officer, he is driving innovation and application of technology in the widest context you can imagine related to Real Tech, real estate technology. This includes building process, building material, HVAC installation Internet of Things, energy, including solar. At OVG they take pride in building the world’s most amazing buildings, not just smart as in energy efficiency, but intelligent, to learn from the building and to make it a better place to work, improving users’ comfort and wellbeing.

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Van der Burgt, Rene

Global M&A, PMI and Divestment Lead, Philips Real Estate

René van der Burgt is the Global Centre of Excellence Partner for Real Estate Portfolio Management and is the Real Estate lead in M&A, Divestments and Post Merger Integration programs at Philips. He is a seasoned professional with over 35 years of working experience in various business and real estate roles. Since 2011 he has been involved in over 15 acquisitions and carve-out programs. Moreover, he has developed the Real Estate M&A and Divestment processes and policies at Philips including a handbook with best practices.

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Van der Linden, Kees

Managing Partner for Benelux, True-Market-Value.com

Entrepreneurial financial and real estate executive with 25+ years of experience (oa. KPMG,Philips) in a broad range of real estate, financial and business competencies.

Vice President Philips International (2000-2015)

Various European and Global Executive Real Estate functions (2000-2015)  ao. :

- Co-initiated and co-developed Philips Corporate Real Estate, nowadays considered in the International Corporate Real Estate Industry to be ’’best in class’’
- Managed global real estate (transactions, projects) partnerships (Member of the Global Client Advisory Board of JLL)
- Managed global execution of all real estate transactions generating over the past 10 years 1 Billion Euro plus revenues (ao High Tech Campus Eindhoven 425 Mio Euro sales proceeds)

Managing partner TrueMarketValue Benelux (2016)

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Van der Mije, Remco

Head of Corporate Consulting, JLL, JLL

Remco is the Head of Strategic Consulting at JLL Netherlands, interfacing between business operations and Corporate Real Estate. Remco is passionate about strategy, data analytics, financial modelling and CRE. Remco works both domestically and internationally and is focused on corporate clients. In recent months he has been involved in multiple global and regional M&A, divestment and PMI projects for Philips and GSK. In addition to his M&A capabilities, Remco has specialized himself in portfolio planning & optimization, business location advisory and CRE management & design. 



Van der Vorm, Peter

Market Leader Benelux, CBRE

Peter is Managing Director of the division Global WorkPlace Solutions, Benelux within CBRE. He has worked with GWS since 2013 and is now responsible for over 25 relationships with global companies in the region, supporting them in achieving their business goals. Prior to this he worked for over 20 years with other international FM providers.  He is responsible for the client relationship with Deloitte at an Executive level. This relationship started nine years ago with a scope which covers more than 45 properties across The Netherlands and a transfer of 130+ employees. After consolidating, unifying and increasing the quality of output, the partnership currently focuses on innovation and enhancing user satisfaction (when required), using new technology embedded in day-to-day processes. 



van der Walt, Johan

Real Estate Lead, Africa and Middle East, Unilever

Johan started his career in real estate as investment broker with C&W. He proceeded to advise on and manage the portfolios of multinational clients including Canon, Nike, Converse and Unilever across Africa, Europe and Asia. Johan has extensive multidisciplinary international experience having lived in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He holds a B.Eng (Electrical) and B.Sc (Physics and Mathematics) from the North West University and is currently with Unilever where he heads up the real estate team in Africa and the Middle East.

 



Van Noppen, Jaco

VP Operational Excellence Shell Real Estate, Business Operations & Corporate Travel, Shell International BV

Jaco van Noppen leads on the Real Estate strategy and planning processes, performance appraisals with the Businesses and coordination of internal communications with stakeholders. Jaco also acts as a custodian for the Annual Plan of Shell Real Estate, Business Operations and Corporate Travel. Jaco is a member of Shell Real Estate Leadership Team in which he supports Real Estate on strategic priorities and program.

Before his role at Shell Real Estate, Jaco was Head of Corporate Real Estate at ABN AMRO Bank and Fortis Bank. Jaco Studied Architecture & Construction and also graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam, with a Master of Science degree in Business Administration with majors in Strategic Management. He has MBAs from IMD Geneva and INSEAD Fontainebleau.

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van Steenbergen, Frederik

Partner/Workplace Strategist, YNNO

Frederik van Steenbergen is specialized in the field of innovative housing and as a partner responsible for the projects in the field of workplace innovation. With his sense of (interior) architecture he guides organizations to a new way of working.  Frederik is active in CoreNet Global, the international network of professionals engaged in workplace strategy and real estate. Frederik studied Architecture, Real Estate and Housing at the Technical University of Delft.

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van Weerdenburg, Oscar

Founder, Intercultural Business Improvement

Oscar van Weerdenburg is one the most frequently invited guest speakers on cultural issues at large international corporate conferences. He has held over a 1000 workshops and presentations for more than 40 multinational organisations on successfully managing cultural differences. He has lectured at the Michigan Business School and the Rotterdam School of Management, and frequently acts as visiting professor for Duke Corporate Education, Nijenrode Business School, and INSEAD. In 2008 Oscar was awarded Best Lecturer of the Year Award by clients of CHAMPS, Sweden’s largest business school, for his sharp, colourful and humorous way of capturing how cultural differences affect globally operating organisations.

In 1996, Oscar founded Intercultural Business Improvement (IBI) and since then has been involved in extensive research on intercultural competences and how they impact the effectiveness of culturally diverse teams and organisations. IBI’s Intercultural Readiness Check has been one of the first valid and reliable intercultural assessment tools available today. He has published numerous articles on intercultural management, literature and philosophy, and for many years wrote for de Volkskrant, one of the major daily newspapers in the Netherlands. In April 2014, he published Intercultural Readiness: Four competences for working across cultures (Palgrave Macmillan) together with Ursula Brinkmann.



Van Wezel, Ruud

Senior Lecturer, Den Haag School, Den Haag School

External Examiner at The University of Greenwich Senior Lecturer - De Haagse Hogeschool; 1995 - Present (21 years) Voorzitter - NEN - January 2011 - Present (5 years 1 month)



Watson, Yvette

Facility Manager, Dutch National Library

Yvette Watson is facility manager at the Dutch National Library and passionate about circular and inclusive business models. As Chairman of the FMN expert team on CSR issues Yvette creates awareness on the opportunities facility managers have for boosting the sustainability performance of their organization. Furthermore Yvette is co-founder of PHI Notes, a smart circular notebook which offers the comfort of physical writing, the genius of a whiteboard and the efficiency of digital organizing.

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Welton, Sarah

Senior Associate, International WELL Building Institute

Sarah Welton is a Senior Associate at the International WELL Building Institute and helped to develop the WELL Building Standards.  She acts as the primary point of contact for prospective clients and WELL registered projects while overseeing the administration of the WELL Building Standard and the certification process. Sarah has a degree in Public Health and Planning from Columbia University.

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Weninger, Robin

Managing Director, shapingwork

Robin Weninger is the Managing Director of the think-tank shapingwork as well as of the tech start-up incoverage. He works closely together with universities, thought leaders and management thinkers to develop state of the art management practices, frameworks and best-practices, which are then implemented into the innovative software platform incoverage. Robin designs individual coaching and training programs for specific organisational needs and runs management courses at business schools. In 2015 Robin was honoured as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

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Williams, John

Head of Marketing, 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 and Knight Frank, where he was most recently Global Head of Comms. He now sits on the board of the Property Marketing Awards and is chair of the 2016 Estates Gazette Marketing Summit.

His experience spans both the commercial and residential sector and he has spent the past year working for the Instant Group, the global flexible workspace specialist. The transition from working for large, long-standing brands in the conventional office market leaves him well placed to gauge the progress of the flexible office market, particularly the rise of co-working and the increased numbers of brands in a very competitive market.

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Wright, Gordon

Director of WorkPlace, HOK

Gordon is the director of HOK's global WorkPlace practice and a member of the firm's marketing board. Based in San Francisco, he leads diverse project teams that solve clients' business and organizational challenges related to real estate business process, strategic planning, workplace strategy and the management of change. With more than 20 years of experience, Gordon has served as principal-in-charge on numerous large-scale, strategic consulting projects that have improved the built environment and transformed the workplace experience for organizations around the world. Gordon is a member of CoreNet Global and the Urban Land Institute.

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Young, Duncan

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.

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