CoreNet Global Summit, Amsterdam 2016
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15 September 2016   |  09:00 - 10:30

Opening General Session: Emerging Issues - Defining Our Future

Geopolitical events, the global economy, sustainability, and advances in technology all influence the way organisations behave. Stock market volatility, unrest in the Middle East, currency and debt concerns in a range of emerging markets, climate change, and doubts over the viability of the Eurozone are potent forces uppermost in mind. But where are we headed? Keynote speaker Mujtaba Rahman, who leads Eurasia Group’s Europe practice, will provide a fascinating look into what’s happening in Europe which this year faces multiple risks – BREXIT, GREXIT, refugees – and the economic and geopolitical implications these carry.

15 September 2016   |  11:00 - 12:00

Disruptive Technologies in Real Estate: Are You Ready?

The pace of technological innovation is accelerating at a blinding rate, creating significant disruptions in business and society. The way organisations work, their real estate needs and the functionality of the buildings they occupy are facing profound changes. Over the next few years, 'third platform' technologies will bring new devices to the workplace, which will open up new ways of collaborating, change how space is designed and create new management paradigms.

15 September 2016   |  11:00 - 12:00

Busy is for Losers!

Busy isn’t an inevitable consequence of modern organizational life; it’s a choice and a bad strategy. Over the last 20 years, our physical world hasn’t really changed and this has masked the fact that our psychological world is completely transformed. Technology has disrupted core psychological processes, such as how we think, focus and communicate. Our time-served strategies for coping with heavy demands, such as time management, were developed for a different world and no longer help; in fact, they make things worse. This session will help you rethink your response to a world of too much information and demand. It will provide practical, research-based strategies, to help you to escape the feeling of overwhelm, because busy is for losers!

15 September 2016   |  11:00 - 12:00

The Real World of Real Estate: How Economics and Geopolitics Affect Occupiers

Choose your global issue: Brexit or even the break-up of the EU, the slowdown in China, war in the Middle East, currency wars and emerging market debt concerns. Most events come and go without affecting the way organisations operate but others have wide-reaching implications. In this ever-changing economic landscape how can occupiers of commercial real estate stay a step ahead, and how can they incorporate these unpredictable and often inter-connected events into their long-term planning and day-to-day decision-making? Which should these focus on and which can they safely ignore?

15 September 2016   |  11:00 - 12:00

Use Your Brain - Apply Neuroscience Insights

Neuroscience research has proven that our physical environment can help us think better. By partnering with neuroscientists, Steelcase researchers have gained new insights into how our brains shape thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This new science was applied to reimagining how workplaces can be designed to optimise brain performance; supporting focus, creativity, learning, rejuvenation or collaboration with the least amount of stress.

15 September 2016   |  11:00 - 12:00

Executive Track (By Invitation Only)

21st Century Challenges
Engage in rich discussion of 21st Century challenges and opportunities with Mujtaba Rahman, European Practice Head of Eurasia Group. Mujtaba’s expertise in global political risk is highly sought after. He is a trusted advisor to corporations and investors who seek to manage risk in an unstable world. Always candid and thought provoking, Mujtaba will tap into his vast experience to explore a wide range of topics relating to global business and politics. In a small intimate group setting, this is an opportunity to ask questions, engage in fearless discussions with your peers, and think critically.

15 September 2016   |  11:00 - 12:00

Undesigning the Office

When you are Facebook how can you attract and retain creative talent and still retain your startup roots? Facebook grew from a dorm room to almost 20,000 employees in over 33 counties and stayed true to the "un-design" principles of its office spaces.

15 September 2016   |  13:30 - 14:30

Enabling Change

Effective leaders understand how to manage change, an essential skill when working in a rapidly changing business environment. Enabling Change is an interactive program that provides approaches and tools to increase your effectiveness at leading change initiatives at the department, team, or organisation level. By focusing on the emotional and behavioral aspect of change, you will strengthen your ability to understand how others react and how to effectively lead them through change.

15 September 2016   |  13:30 - 14:30

A New Global Order: Manufacturing in the Post-BRICs Era

Goldman Sachs recent decision to merge their BRICs fund with other emerging markets has symbolically marked the end of the BRICs era. As China's economy slows, the effects are being felt across global financial markets.

15 September 2016   |  13:30 - 14:30

The Edge: The World’s Most Sustainable Building

How does good design and advances in technology help to create a sustainable and truly revolutionary business ecosystem? Amsterdam's landmark The Edge building is recognised as one of the most innovative and sustainable office buildings in the world. It achieved a BREEAM rating of outstanding and score of 98.36%. In 2015, The Edge and OVG received the Sustainable Leadership Awarded presented by CoreNet Global and were awarded The 2015 Global Innovator’s Award. During this session you will experience the completed building and consider how innovative design, technology and advanced data analytics have been used to create an office environment with outstanding levels of sustainability. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of how The Edge's advanced data analytics system, enables real time, interactive control and dashboard monitoring of every facet of the building. The benefits of using central and smartphone applications to provide facilities managers and end-users with incredibly fine degrees of control over the building's state-of-the-art connected lighting system and temperature/ventilation systems will be examined. Discover how the orientation and location of the Edge helps deliver enough energy to power every laptop, smartphone and electric car used by occupants. You will gain insights on lessons learnt about how wellbeing is enhanced by an efficient use of space and increased interaction with the building's systems. The speakers will share a fascinating look at how the organisation's culture has changed in response to the interactive working environment.

15 September 2016   |  13:30 - 14:30

In the Wake of Brexit

Brexit. The unexpected happened. The result is enormous uncertainty that’s sending shockwaves from kitchen tables in Britain to the trading floors of the world’s financial centers. This session will examine the implications of Brexit for the UK, new challenges for a world in flux and what it may mean for CRE professionals.

15 September 2016   |  13:30 - 14:30

Unleash the Unexpected Potential!

In the coming years we will have a multi-generation workforce with five generations in the workplace. In 2025 the Millennials will take up 75% of the global workforce, according to estimations by Deloitte. This group, born between 1980 and 1999, has different expectations regarding jobs and pay. A large proportion of their motivation comes from a good work-life balance and a sense of purpose beyond financial success. Exactly that motivation will create new solutions to already existing problems. Paring these Young Leaders with the experience of Senior Leaders and insights from outside our CRE profession, will be the foundations that shapes the future.

15 September 2016   |  13:30 - 14:30

Measuring Knowledge Worker Productivity: The 6 Factors That Change Everything

Have you been searching for the Holy Grail - a broadly applicable metric for measuring knowledge worker productivity? If you had it, you could prove that lower panels, white noise, blue walls, more natural light, etc. have a positive effect on productivity (or not). You would be able to prove causation, and have clearer answers about what to do and what not to do to contribute to worker performance with proven data instead of subjective opinions. This session highlights how Advanced Workplace Associates and The Center for Evidence-Based Management set out to search for evidence once and for all that such indisputable metrics do exist. What they found is that the universal metric cannot exist but in the process they did find 6 factors that are scientifically proven to correlate to knowledge worker performance, which can act as a proxy measure. Engage in rich discussion about initiatives to increase these 6 factors in your organisation, and then propose ways that the workplace can support those initiatives to improve performance.

15 September 2016   |  15:00 - 16:00

Team Readiness: How Culturally Diverse Teams Can Benefit From Their Differences

A culturally diverse environment can be heaven or hell to work in. Oscar van Weerdenburg will present ideas on how international managers can steer avoidance from conflict. Using a clear and constructive framework of intercultural readiness, Oscar will encourage you to reconsider your current cultural assumptions, to benchmark your intercultural competences and to get ready for your unique cross-border challenge. This is an opportunity to explore and integrate different perspectives, and develop the intercultural competences needed to benefit from cultural diversity.

15 September 2016   |  15:00 - 16:00

Measuring Added Value in CRE Alignment

One of the long-standing issues in the field of Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM) is the alignment of an organisation’s real estate to the corporate strategy. CRE alignment is even defined by some as the raison d’etre of CREM, it is the range of activities undertaken to attune corporate real estate optimally to corporate performance. Extensive research into existing CRE alignment models brought valuable insights into steps, components and variables that are needed in the alignment process. Despite that, it is not clear if existing CRE alignment models had much uptake in practice and they fall short in a number of aspects. In most models little to no attention is given to the design and selection of the alternative portfolio that adds most value to the organisation. The Preference-based Accommodation Strategy (PAS) design procedure is a decision support tool that measures the added value of enhanced CRE decision making. In the PAS procedure an alternative real estate portfolio is designed that adds most value to the organisation. The procedure is tested in two real life cases at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

15 September 2016   |  15:00 - 16:00

Uncovering CRE's Future Risks

Are you aware of the future corporate real estate risk within your organization? Engage with the session presenters and participants in a discussion that delves into the future of 2025. You will participate in making an inventory of future risk perceptions in the context of future challenges for corporate real estate. Collectively you will share your insights and discover how risk perception is likely to change based on an on the spot analysis of potential future risks and comparing them to an existing 2014 risk perception benchmark study. Through interactive exercises you will discuss the findings to build insights about the differences in future risk perception. You may even be surprised to learn of trends or events that are likely to happen between now and 2025 and how they might cause a change in risk perception. Risk perception is the subjective judgment made about the characteristics and severity of risks and potential threats. How organizations and professionals react to the evidence of risk is mediated by many factors. The evaluation of evidence, trends, how information is communicated, social and cultural influence, political and economic interests, and even personal experiences can all influence perceptions about risk.

15 September 2016   |  15:00 - 16:00

Workplace: Productivity Asset or Cost Liability?

The biggest cost in an organisation is its people; followed by the place that they are provided to do the work. It is commonplace for organisations to view their people costs as an investment in an asset but property struggles to make that transition.

15 September 2016   |  15:00 - 16:00

Mind the Skills Gap - The War for Talent

The term War for Talent comes from a late-'90s warning from McKinsey & Co. that alerted the business world to a coming talent shortage and urged companies to prioritise talent strategies around recruiting, retaining, and developing key employees. Data tells us that there are simply fewer post-baby-boom workers to replace the baby-boom retirement in the US and Europe, and Many companies still prioritize going outside for talent. This session explores: Who should take the lead on this issue? Is the skills gap real? Is the lack of gender diversity contributing to the skills gaps? Learn how you can win the war by developing internal staff!

15 September 2016   |  15:00 - 16:00

Target 2020: Health and Human Sustainability

Imagine the office in 2020: how will our personal desire to live healthier lives transform the world of work. And what will a healthy life look like 10 years from now? The work environment is changing, impacted by the constantly increasing numbers of older citizens, the growing influence of automation, smart and sustainable buildings and the need to retain talent? What are the opportunities for real estate in this era of big data and DIY health? Can the workplace strategy drive value within the business by moving beyond sustainability to human sustainability?

15 September 2016   |  16:30 - 17:00

Tech Hub - Applying Cognitive Computing (Watson analytics) and the Internet of Things to Corporate Real Estate

Two technologies with huge potential for transforming CRE are cognitive computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). In this session we describe how they are being applied to provide new insights and to help optimise the operations in a number of buildings, including the headquarters of sustainable building consultancy, Tyrens AB in Stockholm.

15 September 2016   |  16:30 - 17:00

Idea Interchange - The Corporate Real Estate Leader: Leadership Training in a Climate of Uncertainty

According to Gallup, about 60% of all businesses have a shortage of leadership talent and 50% of workers have left jobs because of bad leadership. Growing leaders from within becomes essential. Especially in a climate of economic, social and political uncertainty, what are the challenges with Leadership Training?

15 September 2016   |  16:30 - 17:00

Learning Theatre - How Can Space Impact Employee Engagement?

Constantly responding to volatile market conditions, while also reinventing and innovating ahead of the curve, requires a more resilient organisation. This level of resiliency demands a group of employees who are highly engaged. But the reality is there aren’t as many highly engaged workers as organisations need and it is becoming a bottom-line issue. How can CRE be a part of a holistic strategy to increase engagement?

16 September 2016   |  09:00 - 09:30

Tech Hub - Machine Learning / Neural Networks Technologies in Real Estate

AI technology is revolutionizing processes and structures within real estate organizations. LEVERTON is developing and applying disruptive deep learning / machine learning technology to extract and manage data from corporate documents in more than 20 languages. Adding to their accomplishments, LEVERTON is a Finalist in the 2016 Global Innovator’s Award which recognizes excellence and innovation in corporate real estate.

16 September 2016   |  09:00 - 09:30

Learning Theatre - Efficient Property Divestments: Online Auctions and Negotiauctions Applied

Have you ever wondered if you have secured the optimal price when divesting corporate properties? You don't need to wonder anymore.

16 September 2016   |  09:00 - 09:30

Idea Interchange - Why Millennials Matter

What do we know about Millennials? If we're to believe what we read we will think they're tech-savvy, connected, urban, educated, and in debt. But is this an accurate reflection?

16 September 2016   |  09:00 - 09:30

Knowledge Cafe - The Energy Challenge: Rolls-Royce Sustainability Strategy

Did you ever think that your Sustainability idea could be the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of strategies? Kenny Tan of Rolls-Royce will share the initiative and the process to install solar photovoltaic systems (PV) to the Seletar Campus in Singapore. This includes the business case to install the vast PV systems, the supplier selection process, the various avenues to obtain internal and external approvals and lessons learned. The session will highlight their global environmental and energy strategy and how this fits into the company's sustainability mission.

16 September 2016   |  09:00 - 10:00

Oil: The Commodity We Love to Hate

The world's largest oil producers continue to increase production AND there’s a huge fall in oil prices. What’s wrong with that picture? Discover the thinking of two economists as they analyse the recent geopolitical and economic events and share their views on what ripple effects may impact you at a practical level.

16 September 2016   |  09:45 - 10:15

Learning Theatre - The Digital Mindset - Challenges of the Digital Age

The anxiety of missing out makes businesses hyperventilate over transformational initiatives when it comes to “digital”. But, is this the right answer to the digital revolution, the digital age? Change initiatives take place to move an organisation from one state to another. However, the accelerated speed of technology makes it hard to change from a non- or semi-digital organisation to a digital one. It’s a permanent evolution that requires continuous improvement and constant adaptation of new technologies. An organisation that succeeds in the digital age addresses these challenges with a certain skillset: the “Digital Mindset”.

16 September 2016   |  09:45 - 10:15

Knowledge Cafe - The Quantified Workplace: From Individual Performance to Collective Growth

Globally there continues to be a focus on increasing revenues and decreasing costs, and how increasing productivity can support these goals. Considering the human factor is therefore becoming of huge importance, especially in today’s disruptive world of big data and smart buildings. Harold will look at measuring stress, wellbeing and productivity and then how to balance the wellbeing of the employee with the wellbeing of the revenue growth – wellbeing in relation to “well billing”. A final aspect to be taken in account in this discussion is the dilemma of privacy versus corporate health.

16 September 2016   |  09:45 - 10:15

Tech Hub - How Integrated Data Can Change Portfolio Decisions

Shell Real Estate strives to provide safe, secure and productive environments that allow people to perform at their best. To drive better business outcomes there is a need for good and transparent management information. Discover how Shell has used of management information and close integration with Shell Businesses and Functions to enable strategic business decisions.

16 September 2016   |  09:45 - 10:15

Idea Interchange -Talent as Location Factor Number 1

The 'war for talent' will intensify the upcoming years, as having and keeping the right talent is a crucial success factor for all companies. Addressing this challenge is not only a matter of a stimulating work environment for millennials, the question is also which locations have the most attractive talent pools.

16 September 2016   |  10:30 - 11:00

Knowledge Cafe - Time to Move! Applying the Principals of Active Design

Over the past three decades, the structure of the built environment is increasingly recognized as an important facilitator (or inhibitor) of a healthy lifestyle, given that where and how individual’s work determines their opportunities to be physically active. Active Design is a series of specific guidelines based on extensive research by an interdisciplinary team of government and private sector professionals to address obesity and chronic diseases as well as improve worker health and well-being.

16 September 2016   |  10:30 - 11:00

Idea Interchange: Small Actions, Big Impact

Creating change in organisations doesn’t happen overnight and it is rarely one action that makes the shift required. Gain new insights on the small actions that can be taken on a daily basis from the Board Room to the Post Room to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

16 September 2016   |  10:30 - 11:00

Tech Hub - Technology and the Transformation of the Workplace: a Bottom-Up Perspective

There is a growing realisation that we are facing tectonic shifts in our political, economic and social relations: ranging from geopolitical uncertainties, to the disruptive impact of technology and challenges to maintain a development path that is environmental and socially sustainable.

16 September 2016   |  10:30 - 11:00

Learning Theatre: All Things Are Not Equal

At present, the way property assets are measured varies dramatically. With so many different methods of measurement in use, it makes it difficult to accurately compare space. The International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC) is working together to develop and embed a single property measurement standard to ensure that property assets are measured in a consistent way, creating a more transparent marketplace, greater public trust, stronger investor confidence, and increased market stability. CoreNet Global is a member of the Coalition and invites you to learn more about the standards and progress that’s being made.

16 September 2016   |  11:15 - 12:15

Are You Prepared to Survive a Terror Attack?

2015 was the year that shocked Europe with recent events; the refugee crisis, Egyptian and Parisian terror attacks, Cologne New Year’s events and the spread of ISIS. These events are causing companies to re-assess risk, security, and training. This interactive session, led by ICP (International Corporate Protection), one of the world's leading threat management companies, will explore the risks, safety and security challenges of international travel and business, as well as day-to-day routine travel in metropolitan cities.

16 September 2016   |  11:15 - 12:15

User EXPERIENCE: The Next Big Thing!

"Taking actions to create value for someone else or a group of individuals" is the definition of Experience. It sounds straightforward yet it is a significantly misunderstood topic. How do you create an outstanding user experience at work, deploy strategy, measure impact and calculate ROI? What does an experience entail and demand? Can you influence and control it? Can you provoke memorable moments? Where do you start?

16 September 2016   |  11:15 - 12:15

Leading beyond Busyness

Research suggests the average knowledge worker is thinking less than 30 minutes a day, and switching their attention every 3 minutes. That’s dumb! So how, as a leader, can you help people to think and create more effectively; and how can you support them to manage their sense of overwhelm? This session will explore what you can do with your team to help them to focus and work in a more sustainable manner. In addition, we know that our environment is a huge driver of behaviour; so it will also explore simple changes in the environment which can trigger more effective and healthier working practices.

16 September 2016   |  11:15 - 12:15

M&As – A Big Deal for Corporate Real Estate!

Global M&A activity hit a new high in 2015, which saw the first run of back-to-back $1 trillion+ quarters since 2000. In Europe, healthy corporate balance sheets, renewed confidence and attractive financing conditions have boosted this activity. Companies are once again exploring M&As as a way to secure a competitive edge. Real estate can be a highly efficient way to maximise value from these mega deals. However, CRE executives, are operating against an increasingly complex backdrop. How well are you prepared to navigate a complicated market? Are we learning from our experiences and adapting to our environment, or are we locked into a path that leaves us as inflexible as the physical real estate assets that we manage? Panelists will share their insights into what facilitates a successful M&A programme, and review when property should enter discussions to deliver the greatest value.

16 September 2016   |  14:15 - 15:15

Tweak the Environment: Behavioural Design as a Catalyst for Change

The environment influences people more than we may think. Even small modifications to the environment can lead to an enormous impact. One of the major reasons why this happens is that people are operating on behavioural autopilots, which are triggered by habits and routines. This makes change sometimes really hard to realise and leads to a behavior that is not in favor of a change initiative. Behavioural Design can help overcoming the daily rut and favour the implementation of change. Analyzing and designing the environment can support and catalyst the success of initiatives that are in need of behavioural changes. People adapt to the culture and environment that they are in. So it’s better to build a great one.

16 September 2016   |  14:15 - 15:15

Flexible Workers and Workspace: Coming of Age

Are you perplexed by the increase in contingent workforce, co-working and WeWork? During this session, leading flexible workplace specialists will drill down to explain what is behind these changes.

16 September 2016   |  14:15 - 15:15

Building Organisational Resiliency in an Uncertain World

Disruption is the new norm. Change is the only constant. Sometimes change is a chosen directional shift, but frequently it manifests itself in an external nudge. Have you been nudged lately? How can you manage such rapid change? Social science would say that there is a single element that underpins all successful coping strategies… resilience. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development found 90% of hiring mangers cited resilience as a key attribute necessary for the workforce of the future. This session will look at definitions of personal and organisational resilience. Learn what lessons academia and the HR community offers on how to build and manage resilient teams. Discover how resiliency can help embed successful change programmes and personal strategies for developing your own resilience as a leader.

16 September 2016   |  14:15 - 15:15

Positive Energy Buildings: in Europe and Africa

It starts with ambition. Unilever embedded their Sustainable Living Plan in their business strategy and business model. By doing so, they have already reduced the carbon emission per ton of production by 65% compared to 1995 levels. By 2030 Unilever targets to become 'carbon positive' in operations. This means 100% of the energy across the operations will come from renewable sources.

16 September 2016   |  15:45 - 17:00

Closing General Session: Creating a Better Future

Darwin never said ‘survival of the fittest’; he said ‘survival of the most agile’. As new technologies and societal trends make existing business models obsolete, this lesson is becoming increasingly clear. In this challenging but fun session, futurist Mark Stevenson will ask you to look into the abyss. Why do organisations fail in times of change, what can we learn from their actions and how can we avoid a similar fate? How can we be literate about the challenges and choices the future offers us as organisations and individuals and use that knowledge to help us navigate an uncertain future? What skills and attitudes do we need to cultivate?