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Executive Vice President, Newmark
Roy Abernathy joined Newmark in December 2017 and currently leads the Workplace and Consulting practice in the firm’s Global Corporate Services (GCS) division. A 27-year workplace veteran, Abernathy has substantial expertise in development, sustainability, energy performance, business process, change management, workplace strategy and commercial real estate. He has been involved in more than 15 million square feet of real estate transactions within the corporate, law, communications, education and healthcare sectors, including four of the largest U.S. corporate mergers during the 1990s. Transactions have ranged from single facility transactions to those with more than 10,000 facilities. Abernathy also leads the Newmark New Normal Team which is focused on assisting clients to create new ways of working post-COVID-19. He and his team work with public and private institutions on planning and implementing new ways of using space in the initial stages of occupancy through what will become the new normal. Abernathy has put together platforms that address the technology, physical and behavioral changes needed to create a safe and supportive environment as we reshape work and workplace.
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Hannah Barham-Brown, PhD
Doctor & Disability Advocate
Disability is still a barrier to employment for millions of people – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Drawing on her own experience in the medical profession, Dr. Hannah Barham-Brown argues that people with disabilities are an asset more employers need to harness. She is a tireless campaigner for the rights of disabled people, particularly in the world of work.
Insight Programme Manager, MillerKnoll
Oliver works within the MillerKnoll (formerly Herman Miller) Insight Group, which is responsible for the commissioning, overseeing, and presenting of Insights into the latest thinking in workplace design and associated issues. The subjects covered include The Future of Work, Happiness in the workplace, Cognitive Ergonomics, Creativity in the Workplace, Agile Working and the Psychology of Collaboration. Oliver has also been a Living Office specialist since 2014 where through the Discovery Process, MillerKnoll helps organizations to purposefully consider the behaviors they feel will help them meet their business objectives and to design spaces that support those. After completing his Masters in 2009 Oliver moved to Norway to begin a teaching career in applied Psychology before joining Herman Miller in January 2011. Since then, he has become a valued member of the Insight team working closely with the international sales force, as well as public and private sector clients. He has been involved with a variety of international office projects and has been based in Dubai since 2015 to deliver Insights throughout MEA regions.
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 Europe in Nijmegen and The Hague (the Netherlands), Frankfurt and London; in the US in Atlanta, Los Angeles and the Bay Area; and in Asia in Singapore and Shanghai. The firm employs 70 professionals 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.
Vice President, Global Workplace Experience Manager, Swiss Re Management Ltd
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Christhina Candido, PhD
A/Prof | Director - SHE Lab, The University of Melbourne
Principal/Studio Director, Gensler Europe
As a Consulting & Real Estate Services Leader for Gensler Europe and a Strategy Director based in Gensler’s London office, Jane regularly advises clients on best practice workplace design, approaching each project with a detailed understanding of the impact of design on business performance. With more than 25 years of experience spanning all aspects of workplace consultancy, Jane’s portfolio contains a variety of well-known projects across a range of sectors including advertising, media, banking, publishing, education, and the private sector. Recognised by colleagues and clients alike for her ability to provide positive and unambiguous solutions to complex client briefs, Jane approaches each project with a thorough understanding of the physical, social, and cultural mechanics that contribute to highly efficient workplaces. Jane graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design from Middlesex University, U.K., and is a Member of the Workplace Consulting Organisation (WCO).
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Lecturer, UNSW Business School
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Sabine Ehm, MCR
Thought Leadership & Research Manager, Locatee – Uncover Workplace Insights
Sabine is the Thought Leadership & Research Manager at Locatee where she tunes into the important discussions and trends happening in CRE. She holds an university degree in Real Estate Management and has completed the Master of Corporate Real Estate program from CoreNet. As a former Corporate Real Estate Manager at Adidas, responsible for the EMEA region, and Asset Manager at Siemens, she knows today's CRE challenges very well.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Castellum AB
Filip is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Castellum AB-one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the Nordics. He develops and leads the highly innovative and targeted sustainability advocacy strategies and is responsible for ESG reporting, including through GRI, EPRA, TCFD, GRESB, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and the EU Taxonomy. He is a global spokesperson and serves as the member of the EPRA Sustainability Committee and GRESB Benchmark Committee.
Lee Elliott, PhD
Global Head of Occupier Research, Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd.
A thought-leader with more than 20 years’ experience analysing trends in Corporate Real Estate, Lee leads Knight Frank’s dedicated Global Occupier Research programme. His passion is to develop market insight and foresight that supports the growth of both occupier and landlord clients; advances real estate industry thinking and solutions; and ultimately supports a stronger inter-relationship between the supply and demand-side of global property markets. Prior to joining Knight Frank, Lee was a Regional Director at JLL where he was, amongst other things, responsible for the conception, design and delivery of their Global Corporate Real Estate Survey.
David Engwicht turns spaces into places much like one turns a house into a home. He pioneered agile methods of placemaking which focus on "doing" rather than planning or talking. He's a passionate designer, artist, author, communicator, and social inventor known as one of the world’s most inventive thinkers on creating vibrant public spaces. Nothing gives him greater joy than working with communities to breathe new life into dead spaces – and telling the stories of how they all came together.
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Regional Principal, Design Operations, Unispace
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International Partner, Cushman & Wakefield
Nicola is Director and Global Practice Lead for Workplace (Strategy Plus) at AECOM. She is an architect with a business degree. Her team includes architects, designers, psychologists and sociologists focused on workplace strategy, design and change management. Nicola specialises in the relationship between behaviour and the built environment. Clients include Rolls-Royce, BMS, BP, Sky, Estee Lauder Companies, Palace of Westminster and Museum of London. Now based in London, Nicola has worked across Europe, North America and Asia. She leads thought leadership around the future of work, regularly publishing and speaking at conferences.
Whitney Gray, PhD
Senior Vice President, International Well Building Institute
Dr. Whitney Austin Gray leads research at the International WELL Building Institute, supporting best practices in building design and operations, community development and organizational policies that contribute to improved public health for everyone, everywhere. She received her Ph.D. and BA in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was the first public health professional to become a LEED AP.
Strategic Client Director, Leesman
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Director, Lazari Investments Limited
Executive MD - EMEA Occupier Services, Colliers International Corporate Solutions Limited
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Anne-Marie Imafidon, PhD
CEO, Tech Space Thought-leader & Champion of Diversity in STEM
At the age of 11, Anne-Marie Imafidon was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing, and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford. She co-founded the Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the STEM sectors. In her work she explores what’s next in technology and how it will impact the future of work.
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Executive Partner - Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield
For more than 30 years Katsikakis has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Katsikakis’ unrivalled insight on the future of work benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance. During her career Katsikakis has advised some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft, on how best to achieve tangible business goals through their workplaces. She has been instrumental in developing the vision and research to futureproof commercial developments around the world, most recently London’s TwentyTwo, the progressive 1.3m sq ft office development currently under construction in the City of London and Europe’s first major WELL-certified new-build project. She serves on the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.
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Sr. Director Real Estate, Salesforce
Gordon L'Estrange leads the delivery of global projects for the Salesforce Real Estate & Workplace Services team. A licensed architect who spent 25 years leading commercial interior architecture studios for various architectural firms, he joined Salesforce in 2016 to help transform our workplaces into the physical representation of our culture and values.
Strategy Director, Interior Architects
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Head of West End Agency, CBRE Ltd
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EMEA Regional Workplace Strategist, Microsoft
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RE Strategy Manager, Shell International BV (Real Estate)
Markus Peschl, PhD
Director of Cognitive Science Research, University of Vienna
Professor of cognitive science and innovation at the University of Vienna. His areas of research include innovation, cognitive science, organizational design and strategy, and spaces for knowledge and innovation work. He is a co-founder of the Cognitive Science Hub at the University of Vienna and the head of the international Middle European Joint Masters Program in Cognitive Science. Markus spent several years at the University of California, San Diego, and at the University of Sussex for post-doctoral research. He is a co-founder of the theLivingCore Knowledge and Innovation Architects and holds guest professorships at several European Universities.
Global Head of Corporate Research, JLL SAS
Dr. Marie Puybaraud is one of the world’s most recognized thought leaders on the Future of Work and Human Experience with a significant track record of research on CRE/FM, workplace industry futures, workplace innovation, technologies and generational issues at work. Her insight has been featured in leading international press and she has delivered presentations and keynote speeches at a vast range of major global symposiums and conferences (including McKinsey, Milan Furniture Fair, SIOP Conference, WorkTech, CoreNet, Workplace Trends and IFMA). Her latest research focused on workplace trends, flex space, metrics and human performance. www.futureofwork.jll – www.humanexperience.jll.
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Global Head of Workplace Management, ISS World
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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.
Senior Associate Interior Design, Perkins&Will
Executive Director, Consulting, UK, CBRE Ltd
Kate is a leader in CBRE’s Consulting business; her work can be a single project or a global programme, developing a new strategy, creating a transformative experience or deriving greater intelligence from data. A futurist, feminist and regular speaker on inclusive design and the future of work, she is also an active Mentor, Co-Chair our Women’s Network and Exec Sponsor our Next Gen Talent (Apprentices & Grads) & Balance Women’s Leadership Programmes.
Director, Head of London Occupier Cost Management, Turner & Townsend
Director, Integrated Facilities Management, JLL
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National Director Segment Strategy - Workplace, Tarkett
Leslie Thompson is Director of Workplace Segment Strategy for Tarkett North America. As part of strategic marketing, Leslie works closely with design on trend forecasting, research and new product development for the workplace segment. She is passionate about design, strategy and people. Leslie truly believes that when we bring together different voices and ideas we create synergy. She finds inspiration in collaborative dialogue with the architecture and design community, IIDA, CoreNet and the global Tarkett group to further expand the company’s design leadership position.
- Speakers beginning with V
Richard Van Hooijdonk
Trendwatcher and Futurist
As a futurist, keynote speaker and trend watcher, Richard van Hooijdonk is an authority on the emergence of new technologies. His inspirational sessions have been attended by more than 550,000 people and he is also a regular guest on television and radio programmes.
With his international research team, he investigates trends in robotics, drones, self-driving systems, 3D & 4D printing, sensors, blockchain, quantum computing, neurotech, biotech, platforms and augmented & virtual reality. Together with artificial intelligence, these technologies provide ground-breaking opportunities, but also challenges and threats for people, businesses and governments.
His passion is to inject a fresh new mindset that helps people and organizations understand, embrace and discover the world of tomorrow.
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Executive Director - Head of EMEA Advisory Project & Cost Management, CBRE Ltd
Associate Director, Colliers International Property Consultants Limited
Senior Principal, Director of WorkPlace, HOK
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