CoreNet Global Summit, Madrid 2018
Madrid | 25 - 27 September 2018 | NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
The largest gathering of corporate real estate professionals in Europe


Abeijon Giraldez, Maria Rosa

Workplace Resources Area Manager, Nokia

Berthold, Bryan

Managing Director, Workplace Strategy & Change Management, Cushman & Wakefield

Mr. Berthold is the Managing Director of Workplace Strategy & Change Management within C&W’s Strategic Consulting practice.  This practice includes all aspects of developing integrated experiences for clients and employees.  Mr. Berthold works to lead and inspire teams to improve a client’s brand experience with solutions that drive culture and integrate people, place and technology.

Workplace Strategy focus is unique in its breadth. While many have focused on discrete segments of workplace, Workplace Strategy includes cultural alignment, client and employee experience, workplace strategy, technology strategy, sustainable designs, health & wellness strategies, change management, and service strategy. 

The practice leverages best practice research, systems, design thinking, and key partnerships across Cushman & Wakefield and the entire industry.  Workplace Strategy brings clients to the forefront of new ways of working and building compelling client and workplace experiences that increase value, improve the bottom line and accelerate a client’s progress toward their strategic objectives.  Workplace Strategy serves as client catalyst within the Global Consulting Group, helping to drive change, create compelling experiences.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Berthold was SVP, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta where he rolled out their first Alternative Workplace program and co-working space.  He began his 20+ year career as an architect, and is an industry leader in workplace strategy, change management and the alignment of business and real estate strategies.

Mr. Berthold was the 2014 CoreNet Global Corporate Executive of the Year for Atlanta and is a Top Faculty-rated instructor for CoreNet Global.  He has been active in workplace strategies with SunTrust Bank, Altisource, TD Financial Group, Washington Mutual, Capital One and Fleet Boston Financial.  At Capital One, Bryan led the award winning, Future of Work alternative workplace strategy program that garnered the CoreNet Global, Global Innovator’s Award; Great Places to Work, Best Practices award; Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility 4 times; and Working Woman’s Best Place to Work.

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Cantor, Jennifer

Director of Global Business Operations, Cisco Systems

Jennifer Cantor leads the Global Operations for Cisco’s real estate portfolio and onsite services at over 400 locations.  In this role, Jennifer is responsible for developing the strategy, accelerating technology adoption, and operating the Workplace Resources organisation as efficiently and effectively as possible.  She is focused on advancing digital operations and predictive analytics to transform Cisco’s Workplace Resources. 

Carroll, Tom

Head of EMEA Corporate Research, JLL

Tom Carroll is Head of JLL’s Corporate Research team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Specialising in the provision of insight and strategy support to Corporate Clients, Tom has international experience working with Clients across industries including Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Allen & Overy, AstraZeneca, UBS, Credit Suisse, Adidas, Honeywell, Sanofi, SAP and Exxon Mobil amongst many others.

Tom is responsible for analysing real estate and market trends across the EMEA region including economic and real estate market analysis, portfolio research and CRE strategy. In addition to advisory and strategy support for clients, Tom has also developed a number of white papers on issues ranging from the Future of Work, Technology transforming Real Estate, Emerging Market strategy, Real Estate in M&A and Organisational Design. Tom regularly appears at international conferences and in the press including the Financial Times, City AM, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many others.

Tom is based in London and has worked in real estate and financial services for over a decade.

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Catchlove, Mark

Director – Insight Group EMEA, Herman Miller Ltd

Mark has been employed in the office interiors industry for over 30 years, working on projects with many leading public and private organisations. 

Mark is responsible for sharing Herman Miller’s Insights into the latest thinking in workplace design and related issues.

He has delivered more than 400 seminars around the world.

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Chevez, Agustin  

Senior Researcher, HASSELL

As an Architect and academic Agustin has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and environments that best support our working lives. He is driven to discover how work has shaped our civilization and given purpose to our existence. Agustin’s interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture at RMIT University. His work has been presented at various international forums and publications. Agustin is a Senior Researcher at HASSELL and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation at Swinburne University.


Chopra, Samit

International Director | Head of Integrated Portfolio Services, JLL

Global services, client relationships and general management leader with over 20 years of real estate experience in leading and collaborating with multi-regional teams delivering strategic real estate advisory services to corporate clients.

Samit’s personal and professional ethos are centred around innovation, entrepreneurship and continuous improvement, values that I promote within our teams and bring to our clients.

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Ciralli, Manlio

Senior Executive of Brand Management, Business Strategy and Sales, The Adecco Group

Regional responsibility for the Group's brand portfolio strategy and positioning (Adecco, Badenoch & Clark, Lee Hecht Harrison, Modis, Spring). In charge of designing branding and business strategy including digital innovation, public affairs, marketing and communications (media, digital, media relations, PR and events).

Crane, Andrew

Director, Sodexo

Decker, Tobias

Head of Line of Business Real Estate, SAP Innovation Center

Tobias Decker is the Head of Line of Business Real Estate at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam, Germany. In close collaboration with customers and partners, Tobias and his team help drive and develop disruptive innovations within the field of digital real estate. Currently, Tobias oversees the development of both a new cloud and a digital twin solution for corporate real estate. Before joining SAP in 2001, Tobias Decker worked in IT project management for the world’s leading construction companies. As a result, he possesses a solid understanding in software applications, real estate management and the building industry. Suitably for this purpose, Tobias Decker holds two degrees in civil engineering from universities in Cologne and Aachen, Germany.

Duckworth, John

Managing Director UK & EMEA, The Instant Group

John leads Instant in the UK & EMEA, a business providing companies with flexible office solutions and advice through our Serviced, Managed and Enterprise services.

Previously John was at JLL where he held various senior roles in London, Warsaw/CEE, and Paris over an 18 year period. Before joining Instant, John sat on the UK Board with responsibility for the Corporate Services and Project Management + Design & Build businesses.

Fitzpatrick, Lynn

Head of Real Estate Service - Europe, Mastercard

Lynn leads the RES team for the Europe region within Mastercard.  The team is responsible for the lifecycle of Mastercard’s occupancy, encompassing Facilities management, transactions, capital projects, lease administration and strategic reviews, across 52 sites and 36 countries.

Foster, Charlie

Managing Director, Real Estate, Cannacord

Charlie leads the real estate sector.  Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity in 2014, Charlie was Head of Strategy & Research for the Real Estate Finance business at RBS and before that he was Head of Real Estate Research at Oriel Securities, an Extel ranked top 3 team with a leading corporate client list and dominant position bringing companies to the market. Charlie is a Chartered Surveyor having worked at JLL, CBRE and Land Securities before moving into Investment Banking.

Furones Ferre, Miguel Angel

Presidente De Honor - Non Executive Chairman, Publicis Communications Espana

Miguel Angel Furones has been the Spanish creative who has held the top job in a multinational advertising network: Global Creative Director of Leo Burnett, responsible for 96 agencies in 94 countries. With his appointment, he was the fourth "Worldwide Chief Creative Officer" of the agency, since its founder, Leo Burnett opened in 1935.

He began his career as a creative at JWT Spain and Contrapunto.  At thirty-years of age he founded Vitruvius, an independent local agency, that ten years later was acquired by Leo Burnett.  Once in the multinational he was Creative Director for Europe and Latin America President before assuming global responsibility.

Following the acquisition of Leo Burnett by Publicis Group, Miguel Angel Furones was named chairman of Publicis Group Media for Iberia. After this and as a request of the group he created the IgnitionK agency and is currently Non-Executive Chairman for Publicis Communications.

Miguel Angel Furones has been president of the Spanish Association of Advertising Agencies. He has published books of essays such as "El mundo de la publicidad " and " Tres mil años de internet”.  Short stories and poetry as "El color de las palabras " and " Quince historias que vienen a cuento " , and novels  El escritor de anuncios ", “Primera Clase” and the most recent “El té de Kunming”.

Gall, Catherine

Director of Research, 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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Gerard Hoendervanger, Jan

Senior Researcher & Lecturer, Hanzehogeschool

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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Gladwish, Luke

Associate Director, Pepper Property

Associate Director of Pepper’s Workplace and Project Advisory team. Luke is responsible for providing impartial, expert advice to corporate occupiers on workplace strategy, design and use -including due diligence, project governance and engaging ‘best in class’ consultant teams to deliver outputs. Luke has vast experience in project delivery across property and infrastructure sectors in public and private sectors.

Gray, Whitney

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Delos

Dr. Gray oversees health research and development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products.

Dr. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, supports AIA, ULI, and EDRA. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, BA in Public Health Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, and the first public health professional to become LEED AP.

Hallissey, Andrew

Global Director - Client Solutions Hong Kong, CBRE

Andrew Hallissey is a Global Director in CBRE's Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) division. Andrew is based in CBRE’s New York city office and has responsibility for the design, implementation and management of real estate solutions for CBRE’s largest corporate clients.   In addition to managing many of CBRE’s North American based strategic client relationships, Andrew also provides global oversight for a range of CBRE’s Asian and European based corporate clients.  Andrew’s client and market focused responsibility covers all CBRE’s geographic regions – Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, in addition to CBRE’s primary occupier focused service lines of portfolio strategy, transaction management, portfolio management, facilities management, project management and workplace consulting. 

Harbinson, Edward

Corporate Marketing Manager, The Instant Group

Havranek, Susanna

Project Consultant, SAP, SAP

Hewitt, Elaine

CEO, National Health Services Property Services (NHSPS)

Hofmann, Marco

Director Business Development, LoB Real Estate, SAP SE

Marco Hofmann is responsible for Business Development of SAP´s real estate management solutions. In his global role as Director Business Development he works closely together with customers and partners to identify new business opportunities.

Marco studied business administration at the DHBW Mannheim and worked in the real estate department of a global pharmaceutical company. After several roles in sales, he took over responsibility for solution sales of SAP Real Estate Management in Germany and professional service industries. Additionally, he is an experienced Innovation Coach, using Design Thinking to identify and develop innovations with customers and partners.

Houel, Nicolas

General Manager, Technology Accounts, CBRE

Multi-lingual Facilities Management operator, business development professional and leader, excelling in problem solving, influencing within a corporate environment and developing people to meet their potential. Currently responsible for providing leadership and support on 11 client accounts that fall within the technology division at CBRE, with P&L accountability totalling circa £25m+.

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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Johnson, Simon

Partner, Incendium

Journo, Ronen

SVP, Enterprise & Workplace Strategy, WeWork

Most recently appointed as the SVP of Enterprise and Workplace strategy at WeWork, Ronen has over 20 years experience in the real estate sector and has played a significant part in implementation and strategic workplace roles at Procord (acquired by Johnson Controls), DEGW and Cisco.

In his new role at WeWork, Ronen will lead WeWork’s expansion across Europe, Israel and Australia.

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Katsikakis, Despina

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.

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Kihlman, Pontus

Executive Consultant, Rapal Oy

Pontus Kihlman, MSc. (Eng.) of workplace analytics company Rapal has been working in with real estate, construction, organizational development and workplace development nearly two decades. He has been working with business excellence and transformational change, as well as workplace and business development in Finland and the Nordics. In his current position, Kihlman helps organizations investigate and assess their workplace performance. In the capacity of Head of the Smart Way of Working Network, at Project Management Association Finland, he is also invited guest speaker at various events on the topics related to real estate and the future of work.

Kishan, Rakesh

Managing Principal, Trascent Management Consulting,Trascent, Trascent

Rakesh Kishan is a founding partner of Trascent Management Consulting, LLC and the Managing Principal, Americas & EMEA. He advises blue-chip companies on global CRE/FM outsourcing initiatives to increase efficiency in FM through best practices. An expert in the growing market for outsourced FM services, he has spearheaded outsourcing initiatives on a global scale and within diverse portfolios and has advised major corporations across the entire outsourcing life-cycle: from structuring global FM outsourcing initiatives, to optimizing governance structures and processes and to implementing interventions to renew troubled relationships. Mr. Kishan has pioneered innovative approaches to structuring contract pricing to foster continued supplier innovation across each stage of the contract life-span.

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Koester, Georg

Blockchain Topic Owner, SAP SE

As a topic owner for Blockchain at SAP’s Cloud Platform Innovation unit, where he is also coordinating their machine learning solutions, Georg Koester is an expert on new technologies from an enterprise perspective. With SAP being the market leader in enterprise application software, Georg works at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. He has a background in Software Engineering, Business Studies and Design Thinking, having graduated from the Hasso-Plattner-Institute of Potsdam, Germany, and the Design Thinking Schools in Potsdam and Stanford, USA.


Krabbe, Frederic

Project Manager – Strategic Facility Management, Bayer Real Estate GmbH

Frederic started his career at REMONDIS and worked as a Facility and Energy Manager with focus on site management for 6 years. In 2014 he joined Bayer Real Estate as a Facility Manager. In several projects he developed Facility Management on a tactical and operational level. After 2 years he became part of the global Strategic Facility Management initiative at Bayer. Since 2017 he has been leading this initiative.

Langan, Kate

GM Group Property, ANZ

Kate joined the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group as Group General Manager Property in 2009, responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s global footprint across 34 countries.

Kate has worked in both private & public sectors, as a service provider & an end-user. She has held a number of senior roles in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia managing international portfolios for major MNCs.

A qualified Architect, Kate achieved her Masters from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art and is passionate about the contribution that creative built form can bring to end-user experience in a digital age.

Kate has been a Board Member for the Property Council of Australia (Victoria) and is currently Past-Chairwoman of the global Board of Directors for CoreNet Global.

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Leitner, Jeff

Innovator in Residence, University of Southern California

Jeff Leitner is an experienced social innovator and expert on engineering social change.  He is Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California, housed in the world’s largest school of social work. There, he facilitated design and development of the nation’s first doctorate in social innovation.

He is a Fellow at New America, where he partnered with the OECD to develop the first-ever sequencing of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Leitner is founding director of UX for Good, a multi-year initiative to leverage experience design to solve social challenges.  There, he has partnered with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education to advance social-emotional learning in public schools and with Aegis Trust to boost the impact of genocide memorials in Africa and Europe.

Leitner was founding director of Insight Labs, which enlisted more than 800 senior strategists, designers and artists to help nearly 50 corporations, institutions and governments in the U.S. and Europe untangle social challenges.

Lepe, Miguel

Director Corporate Purchasing & Group Travel Management, Amadeus IT Group

Lettink, Nick

Workplace Strategist, YNNO

Nick Lettink is as a professional workplace strategist working at YNNO and primarily involved in projects with a focus on strategy development, workplace- and work style analysis and on the development of workplace concepts. According to Nick one of the most important aspects of a successful workplace concept implementation is the focus on change management. Therefore, he also focuses on the management of the to the new environment related change processes that enable organizations to increase their ability to change and perform well in a new way of working. Nick has strong analytical skills and his ability to structure complex issues gives him broad deployable possibilities. He did amongst others scientific research to the aspects that determine the attractiveness of the (experienced and holistic) workspace in relation to workstyles and activities performed by different users of workspaces. With his energy and passion for concept development and facility management Nick actively contributes to multiple knowledge groups and guest lectures at universities. As chairman of the expertgroup ‘Human-based work-environments’ he tries to contribute to the field of facility management in general and therewith to all users of the diversity of workspaces.

Lowrie, Doug

Global Workplace Strategist, Microsoft

Doug Lowrie, A strategic thinker who disrupts conventional thinking about the workplace and its role in organizational performance. His keen analytical mind demands sound logic in workplace programs and is skilled at balancing evolving workplace concepts against cultural variety, changing demographics and the growth mindset.

Lubis, Tondy

APAC Regional Workplace Leader, LinkedIn

As APAC Regional Workplace Leader for LinkedIn, Tondy Lubis, CFM, LEED AP, focuses on creating workplaces that translate the company's vision, mission and business objectives. His interest and research is on coping with individual differences in the workplace strategy, design and operation, believing that workplace should be able to accommodate everyone's needs, not to generalize everyone and to design/operate workplace as if everyone is the same.

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Lunny, Chris

Director of Operations – Global Facilities and Real Estate, 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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Mackay, Alison

Director of Operations, EMEAR, Cisco Systems

Masterton, Irene

Commercial Director Estates DWP,

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McClimans, Margo

Leadership and Intercultural Coach and Trainer, Coaching Without Borders

Margo McClimans is a Certified executive coach, trainer, speaker, author. Margo designs and delivers leadership development training, intercultural communication and diversity training. 1:1 coaching for executives and individuals, as well as team coaching and workshop facilitation. She is the author of the book The Four Channels: A Businesswoman's Guide to Cracking Confidence.  Margo works with managers from Global 500 organizations to develop their “soft skills”. Her clients build self-awareness and develop leadership skills such as motivation, conflict management, influencing, creating high performing teams, active listening, asserting, dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty, personal confidence, change management, coaching, performance management, and more.  Margo has worked with over 2000 managers from all levels, including managing director and country CEO level, hailing from over 60 nations. She works in English or Italian, has a partial working knowledge of French and German and can read and write Arabic.  Her company is Coaching Without Borders GmbH and she works with a network of over 2 dozen coaches located across the globe to deliver customized training programs and coaching in a variety of languages and locations.


Mokritsky, Yelena

Principal, Senior Project Interior Designer, HOK

Yelena Mokritsky is a strategic thinker working in the Design industry for almost two decades. As a Principal and Senior Project Designer in the Interiors group at HOK Yelena specializes in corporate interiors, leading a team of gifted and skilled designers. With a talent for design and a keen ability to problem solve, Yelena uses every project as an opportunity to tell a unique story while creating an environment that is functional and beautiful.

Mosch, John

Business Operations Manager, Cisco Systems

Murray, Neil

CEO, EMEA Corporate Solutions, JLL

Neil is CEO of Corporate Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also a member of the JLL Corporate Solutions Board, EMEA Strategy and Operations Executive and the Global Client Advisory Board.
As CEO of Corporate Solutions, EMEA, he has management responsibility for all services JLL provides to corporates across 29 countries in EMEA, through a team of more than 7,500 people.

Muñoz, Elvira

Director Interior Design Continental Europe, AECOM

At AECOM, Elvira is constantly seeking ways to improve our services in order to offer the best design solutions to our clients, identifying and optimizing the opportunities, ensuring a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved in the process

Elvira has developed a highly skilled and flexible team of Architects, Interior Designers and Consultants that deliver high quality design solutions for corporations, hoteliers, and universities in any part of the world, offering a fully integrated service.

Her main interest is to help design and build meaningful working environments that stay relevant throughout the years and evolve with the organizations, enabling talent to shine.

O'Donnell, Andy

EMEIA Real Estate Leader (Mature Markets) | Procurement - Real Estate Services, EY

Real Estate professional for over 15 years managing large-scale change programmes wrapped around a real estate transaction. Passion for innovation and change driving greater employee engagement and transformative work approaches.

Now working to drive value for EY managing a single EMEA team delivering solutions to c.90,000 people. He believes in partnering with the supply chain to drive an approach where everyone wins and that Real Estate programmes need to always about the future, rarely about the present day.

Ogg, Gavin

Partner, Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Gavin Ogg is lead Partner of the specialist Strategic Asset & FM Consultancy group at G&T, and has been with G&T for 13 years.  Prior to this Gavin was in client side FM.  Gavin is MBA educated and is especially interested in the review and alignment of FM to corporate objectives and best management practices.

Gavin’s team specialise in procurement for large complex estates but provide a range of support to improve the value and performance of their client’s asset management and FM functions, as well as to improve the operational outcomes for new build projects.

Oldman, Tim

CEO, Leesman

As the Founder of Leesman, Tim sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardized pre and post occupancy evaluation tool. The Leesman Index is now broadly recognized as the first initiative to offer clients a dynamic occupier satisfaction-benchmarking tool, where the absolute consistency of data collection provides an ever-richer resource of comparative data. This is now quite simply the largest research project of its kind ever undertaken. As CEO, Tim is responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand here and internationally, and for exploring the opportunities to develop parallel focused products for the Higher Education and Healthcare markets.

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Pasi, Paolo

Strategic Sourcing Director Professional & Business Services, Heineken

After the bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Paolo started his career in Procurement at Nestle’ as European Lead Buyer for Raw Materials commodities. To strengthen his knowledge of Indirect procurement, Paolo moved to Pirelli, TNT Express and HEINEKEN where he held several procurement positions across different indirect procurement categories. Since February 15th 2018, Paolo is the Strategic Sourcing Director Professional & Business Services at HEINEKEN Global Procurement where, together with his team, he is responsible for sourcing ICT and Professional Services, Fleet, Travel, Professional Staffing, HR services, Facility Services and Corporate Real Estate. 

Patjas, Maija

Director, Workplace Management Services, Rapal Oy

Maija has a decade of in-depth experience from workplace development, management and research. She manages a business unit that develops innovative software tools for global corporations and workplace developers and has been involved in hundreds of space related projects.

Perske, Keith

Leader, Workplace Innovation, Americas, Colliers International

Keith Perske has spent a career at the intersection where the evolving nature of work collides with the traditional, rigid work environment.  Keith leads the Workplace Innovation consulting practice for Colliers international where he helps clients create environments that engage employees, drive culture, promote wellness, enable productivity leading to competitive advantage.  Previously, he was the global leader for Workplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson where he lead a team to develop and implement a new set of workplace principles for the company’s 60 mil SF portfolio.  He has been a VP at HOK Architects and at Home Savings of America (Chase) and he ran his own workplace consulting practice (now sold).  He spent nine years with Sun Microsystems when they built the largest alternative work program on the planet.  Keith is a speaker (SXSW, TEDx, CoreNet, IFMA, IAMC, CoREtech), educator (CoreNet Global) and writer on the power of place to make people’s work lives better.

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Pickering, Sam

Director, Incendium Consulting Limited

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.

Prischl, Peter

Managing Director, International, Drees & Sommer

Peter Prischl worked in int'l mgmt. positions in mgmt. consulting, alternative energy building systems, steel and hard materials, Corporate Real Estate Mgmt., electronics and building automation in Austria, Sweden and Germany. 1996 he became the managing director of Reality Consult, which became part of Drees & Sommer in 2016. 

Rodriguez Pastrana, Jose

Sr. Workplace Consultant & PM, AECOM

Jose is a decisive and creative architect. His experience in workplace consultancy spans all of the different stages – change management, office space planning, design and execution – and he has worked on a broad range of national and international projects.  Recent projects include Qatar Petroleum’s 300,000m² headquarters in Doha, and Sony Music’s Madrid headquarters.

In the last 3 years, José became the key account manager for Accenture, developing eight different high-technological projects for them including the Digital Hub, corporate offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Johannesburg, and their state-of-the-art Liquid Studio

Rothe, Peggie

Development Director, Leesman

Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.

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Rozzo, Giacomo

Workplace Strategist, Il Prisma

Giacomo is a workplace strategist with a passion for understanding the relationships between humans, spaces and tools. His professional life unwraps, just like a diversified geological stratigraphy from Geology, through graphic design and communication strategies to his landing at Il Prisma, with whom he shares from the very beginning the mission to help enhance human experience in the spaces where “people meet companies”.

Here, by triangulating corporate identity, people behaviors and habits, and social trends, he’s been helping companies translate analysis insights into effective space experiences, able to enhance employees’ wellbeing, sense of belonging and, consequently, productivity.

Sargent, Kay

Director of WorkPlace, HOK

In her 30+ years of experience Kay’s work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay serves as Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team where she oversees a team working with clients to deliver workplace solutions around the world. Kay was recently elected to serve on the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects and serves on the CoreNet Global Board. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ.  Kay is a co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community, and a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.

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Scollo, Federica

Head of International Business Development, il Prisma UK

Federica is a Senior International Real Estate professional with almost 20 years’ experience in the commercial property arena gained in  design, commercial agency, development consultancy, tenant rep, investment agency, transaction and corporate consultancy. 

She is currently Head of International Business Development at Il Prisma and prior to this she has held senior positions in leading global real estate consultancies (DTZ- C&W) both as a market facing consultant and also a Director, Head of Agency and team leader. She has worked in both Italy and the UK advising International and domestic landlords and occupiers.

Shtofman, Kevin

National Blockchain Lead – Real Estate, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kevin Shtofman serves as the National Blockchain Lead – US, in the Real Estate practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kevin has over 14 years combined experience in providing strategic, financial, accounting, business improvement, and technology services to owners, operators, developers, service providers, and asset managers in the Real Estate industry.

Kevin has been working on Blockchain, Robotics, and Cognitive Automation initiatives for the past two years and has presented to audiences from coast to coast in 21 cities to date, including multiple podcasts and news articles.

Smith, Renee

Director, TM Virable, CBRE

Soto, Monica

Director, 3g Office

Monica gained a degree in Interior Design from the IED University in Madrid and subsequently completed a masters degree in Interior Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York in 2002. She has over 18 years of experience in the workplace industry and has worked as lead designer on a variety of projects in the technology, communication, legal, banking and commercial sectors.

Monica Soto joined 3g office Spain as a Director in June 2016 having previously worked as a director for as a director Perkins Will and SHCA Architects in London. Her involvement with global clients gives her an invaluable insight into the future of workplace.

She currently leads a multidisciplinary group of design thinkers, architects, product designers, workplace specialist and psychologist that share the passion for transforming, improving and inspiring the lives of individuals and organizations."

Spilger, Alex

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

Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield where he focuses on the intersection of sustainability, technology and innovation within the Commercial Real Estate sector.  He has consulted with technology clients such as Google, Salesforce, Adobe and Genentech among others and was an early adopter of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. 

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Stone, Matthew

Head of Long Income, M&G Real Estate

Matthew manages the long income real estate team at M&G Real Estate. Prior to joining he was property director at Kingfisher plc, one of the largest global home improvement retailer’s, where he was responsible for property investment and M&A activities. Before that Matthew was Head of Corporate Finance, EMEA for Cushman and Wakefield for nine years and was responsible for a number of high-profile sale-and-leaseback transactions. He has extensive knowledge of European real estate and has worked with public sector clients during his time at Nelson Bakewell.

Matthew is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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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Thurman, Paul

Clinical Professor of Management, Director of Non-Degree Executive Education Programs, Columbia University

Professor Thurman, a Columbia MBA valedictorian, service award winner, and multiple teaching award recipient, has extensive experience helping a variety of governments and corporations realize value from innovative leadership, operations, and technology strategies. Thurman teaches strategic management and data analysis at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and has led the department's Non-Degree Executive Education Programs and its Professional Development Program. Previously, he was a Healthcare Research Fellow, Professor, and MBA Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and has held professorships in China, India, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, and Iceland. His recent peer-reviewed research has focused on scientific collaboration and its effect on research quality, and on cancer drug patents, FDA approvals, and market pricing. He received his BS in Mathematics from Stanford University, received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia, and completed doctoral (DrPH) coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) from Ecole des Ponts, in Paris, France.

Tietema, Yvette

Sound Environment Specialist, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Yvette Tietema (1987) has studied Facility Management, Organisational psychology and Business Administration with a specialisation in Change Management. Already working for almost 6 years’  as Concept Developer at Saint-Gobain Ecophon specialised in how people react to sound in office environments. She combines her previous working experience as a workplace strategist in her current work, which lead to almost 10 years of work experience in the area workplace strategy and change management related to workplaces and training of employees. She has a special interest in neuro organizational psychology and improving concentration possibilities of teams and individuals.

Tovey, Phillip

Manager Workplace Strategy, American Express

Phillip Tovey studied product design and manufacture at university and has since been applying design thinking to all sorts of business conundrums. Having worked with a diverse range of organisations he is currently part of the Global Real Estate and Workplace Experience team at American Express.

van Wyk , Bertie 

Insight Programme Manager, Herman Miller Ltd

Bertie started with Herman Miller in 2006 after completing 2 degrees in International Business & Marketing. His contributions covered multiple departments within Herman Miller including Global Marketing, Business Development and Dealer Management. Bertie created marketing campaigns across Europe, Middle East & Africa and traveled extensively. Bertie shares Herman Miller Insights across the European region in conferences as well as client workshops.


Vizzini, Gilberto

Country Manager, il Prisma UK

After working into luxury, services and events communication, today he drives the Il Prisma UK branch and supports strategy on international projects. His focus is on understanding people's needs and finding the best solutions to create spaces that support them, building the imaginary bridge between customers and brands, and enhancing their CX and their life.

Vowles, Mark

Director of Workplace Innovations and Operations, Unilever

A chartered surveyor, I have worked in real estate and facilities management for over 15 years. I started my career working in construction as a project manager. I then joined Deloitte Real Estate Consulting where I worked for eleven years on a range of private and public-sector projects across real estate strategy, operations and assurance. These projects covered FM outsourcing, real estate organization design, M&A transaction due diligence and capital programme management. In my current role in Unilever Workplace I am responsible for implementing global performance programmes including zero-based budgeting and cost management, digital workplace strategy, second generation FM contract outsourcing and implementing sustainability and safety and security standards.

Wallace, Martin

Head of Leasing, Brookfield

Head of Office Leasing at Brookfield, previously held senior positions at Montagu Evans, Colliers, and JLL

Wildeman, Youri

Marketing & Channel Director, Lone Rooftop

Directly after completing his Marketing studies, Youri entered the Tech Industry. He started his career at a b2b marketing agency, followed by technology leaders such as SAS, Google and Informatica. That’s also where his fascination for data started, and the huge added value enterprises can derive from data-drive decision making. After spending 2 year in Dubai to head up Marketing for Informatica’s rapidly growing Emerging Markets region, Youri decided to move back to Amsterdam and join Lone Rooftop in 2015. At Lone Rooftop, he looks after Global Business Development and Lone Rooftop’s growing partner ecosystem.


Williams, Eli

Building Solutions Group Enterprise Director, UTC Building Solutions Group

Eli Williams joined UTC in January 2016 as the Building Solutions Group Enterprise Director for EMEA.  Prior to working with UTC he held positions in Sales Leadership across western Europe for Honeywell and Tyco. Originally from California, Eli began his career in the US in Electronic Security and has worked in many areas of the business, including leading Engineering and Software design teams,  Customer Satisfaction and Support,

At Tyco Eli held positions in EMEA leadership in the areas of Product Management, Marketing, Brand Manager, and Sales Director of western Europe, managing 20+ brands and sales teams responsible for European Sales. More recently Eli held positions of Sales Director at Honeywell Building Solutions where he lead a team of 150 sales people responsible for central Europe, and was responsible for large integrated projects such as Airports, Nuclear Facilities, and Smart low-carbon Skyscrapers.

He has a Masters of Science from Texas A&M with a focus in Bio-Chemistry and large system programming, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Humboldt University in California in Oceanography.  He has lived in Europe for 18 years and is now based in Paris.

Williams, John

Consultant, Unispace

Yearley, Alister

Associate, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Alister is an Associate within Global Occupier Services at Cushman & Wakefield with a background in Facilities Management. Alister offers integrated real estate solutions for international corporate occupiers who seek to outsource their property services in order to maximise value from their commercial property portfolio. Alister has over 8 years’ experience in developing and implementing real estate strategies across multiple industry sectors on behalf of leading global organisations.

As Co-Founder of the I-Suite at Cushman & Wakefield, Alister has developed a programme of events tailored specifically for the ‘Influencers’ within Real Estate and related industries. Alister has hosted and moderated a number of panel discussions across themes such as Digital Disruption, Innovation and Personal Brand. These events typically draw attendance of up to 50 guests.

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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