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Amoroso, Claudio

Head Projects & Strategic Development, Swiss Re Management Ltd

Claudio Amoroso has many years of work experience in strategic and operational roles with management responsibility. He is currently responsible to analyse market trends and provide related intelligence to management to steer better decision. His team manages strategic initiatives and high impact projects for the division globally; especially in the area of digital solutions. Claudio is a Swiss-Italian dual national and holds a Master of Science in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences from ETH Zurich.

Attwood, Greg

Head of Development Management, Turner & Townsend

Greg’s experience bridges commercial and technical aspects of projects in the real estate sector, ranging from commercial office to residential, retail, and mixed-use development. He has held a range of strategic and delivery-focused roles, exposing him to all stages of the development process, from initial business case development through to feasibility, design, planning, funding, marketing, construction and leasing/sales.

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. 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 the Atlanta Chapter and is among the Top Rated Faculty for CoreNet Global. 

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Bruckner, Christine

Director, M Moser Associates

Christine is an architect actively supporting best practice, sustainability and wellness in design. As a Director with M Moser Associates, she brings her experience with urban integration, revitalization and design excellence to guide development of our built environment at all scales. Her focus is working with client and community stakeholders to encourage deep dive investigation, coordination and sustainable best practice. As a LEED AP and BEAM Professional, Christine is also an early adapter of the InternationalWELL Building institute and leads M Moser’s global WELL integrative design solution initiatives.

Buck, René

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.

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Ewert, Michael

Head of Business Intelligence and Business Solutions EMEA, JLL

Michael excels at helping deliver tangible outcomes from owned and leased real estate using sophisticated data and analytics strategies for EMEA’s best companies.

Currently, he’s the Head of Business Intelligence & Business Solutions, EMEA at JLL, helping clients increase efficiency and deepen their insight into their portfolios leveraging our Center of Excellence and JLL’s big data and analytics platform ‘RED’. In his role he is leading various innovation initiatives to adopt JLL's portfolio services and technology to the changing ecosystem and identify the right partners to establish applications and products leveraging artificial intelligence, IoT & Big Data.

Fonseca, Vasco

Workplace Experience Transformation, Phillip Morris (PMI)

Ford, Simon

Head of EMEA Data Centre Advisory, Colliers International

Geenen, Roel

Managing Partner, Veldhoen + Company

Roel Geenen is a managing partner at Veldhoen + Company, the founder of Activity Based Working (ABW) in The Netherlands. As a senior working style consultant, he guides (international) organizations in modernizing their way of working. He believes that ABW is an important source of energy for the development of organizations and people. This makes him a very interesting and inspiring discussion partner for clients and directors. Roel studied Facility Management, Business Administration and Political Science and started his career at Veldhoen + Company in 2000. Since 2011, Roel is the managing partner of Veldhoen + Company.

Gehrig, Thomas

Head CRES Service Management, Swiss Re Management Ltd

Thomas Gehrig is Head of Corporate Real Estate Services Management at Swiss Re Management Ltd. and has many years of experience in Global Real Estate Management. Among other things he was responsible for high sales volume of CHF 1 billion, the introduction of new workplace concepts and the implementation of workplace analytics solutions. Thomas holds diplomas in Civil Engineering HTL, Industrial Engineering FH and an MBA in International Real Estate Management. He is a lecturer at two Swiss universities of applied sciences and a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Gillen, Nicola

Global Practice Lead, Strategy+ Director, AECOM

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.


Grimm, Matthias

Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities (GRF), SAP SE

Matthias Grimm is the Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities (GRF) at SAP SE with authorized signatory. He also serves as Vice President where he has responsibility for close to 400 employees; overseeing a yearly operational budget of close to 700m Euro and investments exceeding 300m Euro every year.
His organization has global responsibility for the strategic, tactical and operational business related to Real Estate Management, Facility Management and Data Center Services.

Matthias joined SAP in 2002 and was leading the Facility and Real Estate Organization for SAP AG from 2003-2007. In 2007 the Global Real Estate and Facility Management Organization was established under his leadership.

Prior to joining SAP Matthias worked as engineer in several companies. Overall, he has more than 20 years professional experience in Real Estate and Facilities.

His Master Thesis was promoted in 1994 from the German Engineer Association with a price award.
In 2018 he was named “Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year” from CoreNet Global.

Hersch, Rainer

Conductor and Stand-up Comic,

Rainer Hersch is unique - he is both in internationally recognized conductor and stand-up comic who has closed the show some of the world’s most famous comedy clubs including Carolines in New York and the Comedy Store in London

Rainer started his working life in concert agencies, managing some of the great artists of the world.  At the same time he developed a hobby - performing stand-up comedy on the London circuit.  Short, unpaid slots led to longer, paid appearances and gradually developed into a parallel career.  In time, Rainer realised that this was his true vocation and gave up his last straight musical job, Touring Manager of the London Festival Orchestra, to enter the world of professional comedy.

Twenty-four years later, this unique training has kept him in constant demand – combining laughter with music.  In addition, he has built up a considerable reputation as a broadcaster and presenter for the BBC and Classic FM.  He has also been consistently delighting corporate audiences with entertainments that are witty, interactive and fun.  These range from classical themed sets with his mini orchestra, corrupting well known works with hilarious effect, to pop singalongs based on classic rock hits.

 As keynote speaker Rainer Hersch uses his experience conducting some of the great orchestras of the world to provide fascinating insights into leadership, teamwork and motivation.

Hofmann, Marco

Head of Line of Business Real Estate, SAP

Marco Hofmann is the Head of Line of Business Real Estate, operating out of the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam. Together with his team he drives forward and develops innovation in his field while cooperating closely with customers and partners. Based on the SAP Cloud Platform, the team has released a cloud solution for corporate real estate and compliant lease accounting. 


Jylhä, Tuuli

Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology

In my current research, I am interested in the smart use of resources in (corporate) real estate management. In addition to materials, energy and natural resources, I see human resources and their social capital as essential. I am especially interested in featuring the concept of waste in the smart use of resources in CREM by streamlining the value creation through re-engineering, re-designing and re-structuring. My passion is to move the CREM industry towards near-zero waste.


Kelly, Caroline

Manager, WorkSpace Futures, Steelcase

Caroline Kelly leads the Market Insights and Sensemaking team for Steelcase. She focuses on understanding work, worker and workplace through sensing, data analytics and behavioral prototyping. She has published and presented her work in a range of healthcare and environmental design journals and conferences. She has a Masters’ Degree in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was a Research Assistant at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and the Human Factors Lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Kessler, Thomas

Co-founder & CEO, Locatee

Thomas Kessler is co-founder and CEO of Locatee. He holds an M.A. from the University of St. Gallen in Business Innovation. Locatee was founded with the belief that connecting employees with their office buildings through technology enables organisations to strive. Locatee empowers organisations to create more engaging work environments while significantly reducing the costs for space, energy and other resources. He's a member of CoreNet Global Young Leaders.


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.

Macko, Matt

Founder, stok

Since founding stok, Matt Macko has grown a team of passionate leaders in the sustainable real estate industry. Over a decade in, stok is poised to scale due to investments Matt spearheaded in culture, brand, and new services. Matt has developed robust tools to assess the residual value of investments in sustainability and is credited with co-developing new methods for stakeholder engagement. Recently, Matt co-authored “The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings,” a research report published by stok. Today, Matt is focused on driving innovation through new business models, scaling the brand, and attracting exceptional people to the stok family.


Matlon, Michal

User Experience Specialist, HB Reavis

Michal Matloň is a user experience specialist at HB Reavis, where he helps to create spaces which enhance people’s health, productivity and overall satisfaction. With background in applied psychology, he’s exploring how our environment affects our thinking, feeling and behavior and what it means for the business world. In the past year, Michal co-managed the process of research and design of new HB Reavis headquarters, as well as the change management process during this project.

Meehan, Iolanda

Managing Partner, SEA & Japan, Veldhoen + Company SEA Pte. Ltd.

Iolanda Meehan is the Managing Partner for Veldhoen+Company in Asia. Iolanda has more than 20 years of experience in previous roles as HR management consultant and as business leader in PwC, Philips and Haworth. She has a BSc in Economics and Management and is a graduate of Change Leadership Programs from Stanford and Wharton universities and is an accredited Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). Iolanda is passionate about the Future of Work, Leadership and Trust and Employee Wellbeing.

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Meliško, Tomáš

Head of Symbiosy, HB Reavis

Tomáš Meliško joined HB Reavis in September 2015, where he acts as a strategic partner in setting up new, innovative and people-centric business lines of the company, such as the Origameo Workplace Consulting, or HubHub co-working offices. Tomáš currently leads the Symbiotic Building agenda where he and his team focus on creating cutting edge solutions for improving user experience in the area workplace comfort, seamless access, collaboration boost and workspace data insights.

Tomas graduated in management at Imperial College London and studied law at the University of East Anglia.

Nagy, Gabor

Research Program Manager, Haworth, Inc.

Dr. Gabor Nagy is Haworth’s Research Program Manager in San Francisco. He leads research and client advisory engagements targeting innovation, collaboration and organizational culture to develop high performing workplaces. He conducted research on how organizations can leverage coworking as innovation driver and is currently doing global research on how to build successful startup incubators and accelerators. Gabor’s past achievements include using Organizational Network Analysis to quantify collaboration patterns, developing Haworth’s LENS™ client consulting toolkit, as well as a Collaborative Innovation Network (CoIN) system. Gabor has two patents granted in multiple countries, is a frequent speaker at international conferences and the author of several publications and a research book.

Norris, Steve

Partner, Incendium Consulting Limited

An experienced Corporate Real Estate professional, Steve has managed worldwide teams and programmes as both a service provider and in-house leader for over 25 years.

In senior roles with EY, Cushman & Wakefield, Nokia Siemens Networks and ARCADIS, Steve has had a truly global career across diverse sectors, including living overseas for 10 years and managing successful delivery across five continents.

O'Connell, Jason

Project Director, Mace Group

Oldman, Tim

CEO, Leesman

As the founder of Leesman, Tim Oldman sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardised pre and post occupancy evaluation tool. He started his career in 1991 as a designer in the gritty world of transport design and by 2003 moved away from the front line, having developed a greater interest in the business strategy of workplace.

In 2006, he joined Swiss furniture giant Vitra as Director of Workplace Strategy, commissioning several milestone research projects. In 2009 he was working as an independent advisor to several leading global organisations, advising leadership teams on the alignment of their workplace strategies. This led to the exploration and development of new models, tools and theories and ultimately to the founding of Leesman in 2010.

Leesman is now the leading workplace effectiveness and employee experience database containing almost half a million employee responses worldwide. As CEO, Tim is responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand internationally and expanding and contributing to the Leesman Insights think tank side of the business.

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Pack, James

Managing Director, Sentinel RPI

James is director and founder of Sustainability Management Consultancy, Sentinel RPI. He has worked in corporate real estate sector for 23 years. With a background in corporate real estate and construction James articulates the benefits of sustainable, health and wellness strategies to clients, advisors and delivery teams to improve outcomes. In 2018 he co-wrote the British Council for Offices’ landmark Health & Wellbeing research report 'Wellness Matters'. He is a member of the CoreNet Global United Kingdom Chapter Executive Committee.


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.

Penny, Claire

Global Leader IOT for Buildings, IBM

Claire is the Global Leader for the IBM IOT for Buildings. Claire gets to combine all her passion, experience and learning from the past 18 years and focus it into IOT for Buildings and Retail, focusing on the user experience and operation of the building. In this role, Claire is also driving IBMs thinking and vision to strategically shape IBMs Building and Retail cognitive (IOT) solutions, which are helping clients to put AI to work!


Puybaraud, Marie

Global Head of Corporate Research, JLL

Dr. Marie Puybaraud is one of the most recognised world Thought Leader on Workplace Innovation, with a significant track record of research on CRE/FM and Workplace industry futures, workplace strategies, technologies, generational issues at work and with publications in leading international press like the Journal of CRE, The Economist, NewStateman, The FT, Le Monde, Le Figaro, BBC News on line, Daily Telegraph, Il Sore 24, Handesblatt, in the G8 Summit Report and presentations and keynote speeches at all major global symposium and consortium on CRE, FM and Workplace (McKinsey, Milan Furniture Fair, SIOP Conference, WorkTech, CoreNet Global, Workplace Trends, IFMA...).

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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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Sahni, Sam

Regional Principal, Strategy, Unispace

Sam is our Regional Principal, Strategy based in Unispace’s London studio. Highly experienced within the consulting and construction industry, Sam’s knowledge comes from exposure to a variety of sectors including Finance, FMCG, Real Estate and Engineering, proving him a dynamic leader, with the ability to build business, develop client bases and take accountability for complex projects. A thought leader among his peers, Sam has also been an author of organisational white papers and has presented at number of industry conferences.


Sargent, Kay

Senior Principal | Director of WorkPlace, HOK

In her 33 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 leads HOK’s WorkPlace team where she oversees a team working with clients to deliver workplace solutions around the world. Kay serves on the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects and on the CoreNet Global Board. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, and NCQLP.  Kay is one of the founders of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community, and a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.

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Schumacher, Jeff

Senior Portfolio Manager, Microsoft

Jeff is a 14 year Microsoft veteran with 10 of the years a member of Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities team.  In a variety of roles both global and in the US, he has led the Project Delivery Platform for Microsoft and has managed several high impact Microsoft Real Estate portfolios including US Public Sector, Americas Operation Center, and Canada’s engineering sites. 

Simon, Marc

Head of Real Estate & Facilities Management Excellence, SANOFI

18 months ago, I was Global Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Director at Dassault Systèmes and President of Corenet Global chapter France (+10000 members all over the world). After 20 years of successful track records in different functions and projects, I have accepted to take new challenges at Sanofi. After one year and half, most of them are completed or on track. Proud to see what we achieved as a team during this period. Now, with the next generation of workplace Experience@Sanofi which has been validated at Executive level, we are back on the race, at the heart of the business transformation: we are contributing to change the way we work at Sanofi. Time to envision the future and look for new challenge(s).

Spilger, Alex

Senior Vice President, Global Occupier 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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Steen, Annemarie

Owner, SteenTrain

Dutch speaker Annemarie (MA) has a sparkling, creative and playful personality. She is ‘Serious about Playfulness’ and has a strong vision about the importance of Play for adults in dealing with today’s challenges, especially in the corporate world. She loves to invite her audience into playful and meaningful learningexperiences. Annemarie is owner of SteenTrain, a trainingcompany that designs and delivers innovative ‘playful learning’ programs on culture, innovation and leadership. Annemarie is also senior faculty at THNK, School of Creative Leadership (Amsterdam) and guest lecturer at the Estonian Business School, where she was awarded “Best visiting lecturer” by her MBA students.

Trompenaars, Fons

Author and Consultant,

Dr. Fons Trompenaars is recognised around world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business. He wrote Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business which sold over 200,000 copies and was translated into 16 languages. Fons has spent over 30 years helping Fortune 500 leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance. Listed regularly as one of the world’s most influential, living, management thinkers, he has been awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development. Fons was voted one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2011 by HR Magazine. He was inducted in the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2017 which salutes distinguished Management Thinkers and their contributions. 

von Platen, Ilka

Organizational Development Manager, workingwell

An organizational psychologist by training, Ilka leverages the knowledge and methods of psychology to understand human behaviour in the wonderful world of work. What does that mean in practice?  People-centric strategy development, results-focused workshops, and coaching leaders and employees to implement “new work”!

Weninger, Robin

Managing Director, shapingwork LWL GmbH

Robin Weninger is the Managing Director of the management think-tank shapingwork and the Director of Education at the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC). Robin works closely together with universities, thought leaders and management thinkers to develop state of the art management practices and frameworks. He designs individual coaching and training programs for organisational needs and runs management courses at business schools. In 2015 Robin was honoured as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and is currently the Curator of the Frankfurt Hub. His credo is “Creating something beautiful by leading change and maximising empathy”.

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Williams, John

CMO, The Instant Group

John is a property marketing expert who has worked with a number of leading brands including Sotheby’s International Realty, Land Securities, Woods Bagot, Brookfield, Instant, Unispace and Knight Frank.  He sits on the board of the Property Marketing Awards and has presented at the EG Marketing Summit for the past three years. His experience spans both the commercial and residential sector.  In the past year, he has acted as a key note speaker at the JP Morgan Real Estate conference, a Corenet UK Workspace Seminar on co-working, chaired a session at Cornet EMEA, MIPIM UK and Worktech London.


Williams, Phil

Executive Vice President of Building and Human Performance, Delos

At Delos, Phil directs the confluence of buildings, data, and people for "SMARTer and HEALTHier" buildings and communities. The improved performance of people in the workplace, for themselves and business, is the greatest untapped potential of any initiative present in today's conversation. Phil has spent 38 years in the commercial design, engineering, construction and development industry. He holds advisory roles with Center for the Built Environment (CBE), Eco-Districts, the Well Living Laboratory (a Delos-Mayo Clinic research collaborative), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) FLEXLAB industry advisory council and is a co-author of “The Healthy Work Place NUDGE”

Wright, Gordon

Senior Vice President, Director of WorkPlace, HOK

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

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