CoreNet Global Summit, Amsterdam 2019
Amsterdam | 10 - 12 September 2019
Regular Registration Rates Expire 29 July 2019


Aguilar, Ann Marie

Director of Operations, EMEA, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

Ann Marie Aguilar joined the IWBI team in 2016, and from a base in London oversees the day-to-day activities of IWBI Europe/MENA regions. She supports the business development and technical teams and is the first point of contact for clients and design teams interested in all applications of WELL Certification. Ann Marie’s expertise in environmental sustainability and well-being has helped deliver strategic adoption of WELL into the UK, Ireland and continental Europe with support from BRE, Green Building Councils and other partners in the UK and abroad. She is also responsible for implementing new directives for research, growth, recruitment and education. She earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and received Chartered Environmentalist status in 2012. 


Ainsworth, James

Senior Real Estate Manager, PWC

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.

Arantes, Beatriz

Manager, WorkSpace Futures, Steelcase

Beatriz Arantes leads WorkSpace Futures research for Steelcase EMEA out of the Learning + Innovation Center in Munich, where she works with teams across the organization to integrate user-centered insights into product and service development. An environmental psychologist by training, Beatriz has spent the last 15 years researching topics such as national culture, neuroscience, and wellbeing at work, with the goal of designing meaningful and healthy workplace experiences. A Brazilian national and global citizen, she has enjoyed living in 9 countries.

Arkesteijn, Monique

Assistant Professor Real Estate Management, Delft University of Technology

Monique Arkesteijn studies alignment processes between corporate real estate and corporate strategy for over 25 years as a researcher and practitioner. Currently, she is finalising her PhD on CRE alignment with a specific interest in design and decision modelling. The Preference-based Accommodation Strategy (PAS) approach she tested and developed, is able to measure the added value of existing and new CRE portfolios. Monique served on the CoreNet Global board for the last four years and is an enthusiastic and empathetic assistant professor real estate management at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology.

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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.

Banks, Cristina

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces where she leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners in innovative research projects and distribution of state of the art information regarding the development and implementation of healthy workplaces.  She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she has taught courses in management, organizational behavior and leadership to graduate and undergraduate students for 34 years.  She has 42 years of experience founding and leading two organizational consulting firms.  She is a nationally recognized expert in management practices and job design.

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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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Bott, Robin

Managing Consultant, AON

Robin is a chartered occupational psychologist with over 10 years in the assessment field. He has delivered hundreds of assessments as well as having written thousands of psychometric questions. This has given him a deep understanding of the psychology of people in the workplace.  Clients he has previously worked with include Hilton Hotels, Imperial Tobacco, Sanofi, Starbucks, Moody’s Investors Services, Lidl, Primark, Ping Pong, Wolseley, Starcom MediaVest Group, Dixons Retail, Greene King and easyJet.

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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den Uyl, Ruben

Strategic Real Estate Consultant, Colliers International

Ruben den Uyl graduated in 2019 at the Delft University of Technology in the domain of Real Estate Management. With a background in Architecture, user centered design is the focus point of his workflow. These two perspectives came together in his graduation research, where Ruben researched the relationship between stress and the physical work environment with a smart ring, creating a new method for stress research. Nowadays, Ruben advises occupiers to accelerate their success through real estate at Colliers International, in both the strategic domain, as well as the physical environment.

Dunstone, Ted

Managing Director, Biometrix

Elliott, Lee  

Global Head of Occupier Research, Knight Frank

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.


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

Manager Workplace Experience Transformation, Phillip Morris International

Vasco leads Workplace Experience Transformation initiatives looking for both incremental and breakthrough improvements. He is passionate about supporting change positively and unleashing human capital. He has spent the last 14 years at PMI, leading people towards 21st century transformation. Vasco has set every tactic known to mankind to teach people to fly before they could walk. He is a famous corporate navigator that masters juggling, smuggling, office politics and many other glorious pursuits of diverse ingenuity.

Garcia, Sandra

Applied Research Consultant, Steelcase

Sandra Garcia has over 9 years of industry experience working with global clients, architects and designers on projects aiming to develop work experiences that drive engagement, organizational resiliency, and employee wellbeing.

Born and raised in Mexico and based in Paris since 2011 she has been exposed to different cultures, and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Sandra has a master’s degree in Sociology of the Enterprise and Strategy of Change from Sciences Po Paris, is certified in PROSCI Change Management, and has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Monterrey (International Commerce, and International Marketing) in Mexico.

Sandra Garcia has over 9 years of industry experience working with global clients, architects and designers on projects aiming to develop work experiences that drive engagement, organizational resiliency, and employee wellbeing.

Born and raised in Mexico and based in Paris since 2011 she has been exposed to different cultures, and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Sandra has a master’s degree in Sociology of the Enterprise and Strategy of Change from Sciences Po Paris, is certified in PROSCI Change Management, and has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Monterrey (International Commerce, and International Marketing) in Mexico.

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.


Grime, Tim

Director, TMG Consulting

Tim Grime is a security architect working in Australia and internationally as a trusted adviser to major enterprises that want to deliver the best possible security outcome or identity management experience. He is the director of TMG Strategy, helping clients to utilise technology to improve their current business and be ready for the future.

Tim is a technology enthusiast in the areas of analytic technology, biometrics and smart integration. He is qualified as a Security Consultant and has delivered several major industrial projects through Canada, India and Africa region before returning to Australia to work. He has worked with corporations to view security as a business enabling group that is well integrated into their goals. Key areas of TMG security support include business intelligence (BI), metadata and proactive security technology.

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 an 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.

Hessing, Tica

Human Geographer & Urban Planner, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield

Tica is a Human Geographer & Urban Planner in the Strategic Consulting team at Cushman & Wakefield. She worked as a location analyst in Amsterdam before transferring to Sydney. Tica has advised corporate clients in finance, technology and government to develop real estate and workplace strategies across Australia.

Tica is one of the Leaders of Tomorrow at Cushman & Wakefield, A Young Leader of Corenet and a volunteer in the Property Industry Foundation. She has published articles about workplace performance and the future of work, and spoken at industry forums.

Being a millennial herself, and Dutch, Tica doesn’t mince words. Her passion and curiosity about the future is infectious. “If you want to be prepared for the new world of work, you have to imagine it first”.


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. 


Jancourt, Melissa

Associate Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers

Melissa Jancourt, CID, LEED AP is a designer and strategist at HGA, where she co-leads Work|SIGHT, the firm’s national strategic planning group to original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. She engages clients and teams in translating business mission and operations into strategies that target improvements in employee engagement, health, and happiness—all critical components of well-being, in both the design process and the built environment.

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.

Kuvshinnikov, Dennis

Principal, Interior Design, ABD Architects

Dennis Kuvshinnikov works at ABD architects for more than 18 years and during this time he has developed interior department in bureau to be one of the most significant at the Russian fit out industry. He had personal impact on such significant for Russian market projects as Siemens headquarters in Moscow, Adidas Home of Sport, Kaspersky Lab, GSK, Johnson&Johnson, EY, Nestle and many others.  Being high quality professional he also actively attends in Russian industry development, as an expert he always takes part in awards as Jury member and takes part in conferences and other events as speaker.

Köhler, Anja

Associate Product Manager, EDGE Technologies

Anja Köhler has a background in Architecture as well as Real Estate Management and graduated at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2019. In her graduation study, she investigated the relation of acoustic privacy and personalized workplaces with the employees’ self-rated level of happiness. After her graduation, she started to work at EDGE Technologies in Amsterdam, developing smart, sustainable, and healthy office buildings, following her aim to make our (work) environment healthier and its occupants happier.

Lazaroae, Bogdan

Director, Headquarters Project Office and Transition Office, NATO

Bogdan is the Director of the NATO Headquarters Project Office and Transition Office (HQPO/TO).  He leads the joint office responsible for the delivery of the new NATO HQ campus as well as the multiple transition projects necessary for the policy, procedural and operational transition and physical relocation to the new headquarters environment.  Bogdan accumulated more than 20 years working on two continents and multiple business cultures as a business transformation leader with enterprise-wide project, financial, policy and operational experience.


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.


Marrable, Chris

Director, Strategic Consulting ANZ, Cushman & Wakefield

Chris Marrable is well known in Australia as a trusted adviser to major enterprises that utilise real estate to deliver their services and products. He is the Head of Strategic Consulting in Australia for Cushman & Wakefield, helping clients to drive their investment in real estate to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness for their business.

Chris is an expert in delivering “futureproof” real estate solutions that match the enterprise performance needs of major corporate occupiers in the private and public sector. He qualified as an Architect in Sydney and London and delivered several major commercial and residential projects in the UK before returning to Australia. With post graduate qualifications and accreditation in Facilities Management and Land Economy he has held senior roles in corporate real estate for the past 20 years. He has spoken at many industry forums and published research in workplace ecology and emerging practice in corporate real estate.


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.

McKenzie, Locke

Strategic Tenant Relations, Global Office Portfolio, Deka Immobilien GmbH

Working for a German-based landlord/investor with 45 million ft² of office space under management, Locke’s job is to build strategic relationships with corporate occupiers to better understand who will be using this space in the future and how.

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.

Morley, David

Head of Workplace Transformation, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.

Nikitina,  Natalia

Partner, Head of Office Group, Cushman & Wakefield

Natalia Nikitina has worked in the Russian real estate market for more than 13 years and has extensive experience with international corporate clients. Before joining Cushman & Wakefield, Natalia worked as Executive Director for office projects at «K2 Business Park», where she was responsible for attracting new tenants, and also for the legal, operational, and marketing activities of the complex.

Earlier, Natalia worked for such prominent international companies as Ernst & Young, REGUS, JLL, and CBRE. Natalia advised such major clients, as Coca-Cola, Richemont, Moody’s, Fitch Ratings, Renault Bank, Mitsubishi Corporation, and others.

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.

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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Reid-Dodick, John

Chief People Officer, WeWork

JRD served as WeWork’s chief people officer for two years helping the company's start-up culture thrive as it scaled four-fold into new markets across the globe. Together with WeWork co-founder, Miguel McKelvey, JRD created the culture operating system" or “cultureOS,” which is the subject a Harvard Business School case study taught in Jeffrey Rayport’s Scaling Tech Ventures class.

As SVP, Culture, JRD now uses the cultureOS as part of WeWork’s efforts to help enterprises and entrepreneurs build and evolve great cultures. JRD previously served as chief people officer at Dun & Bradstreet from 2014 to 2016, where the human resources portfolio included real estate and workplace strategy, and at AOL from 2011 to 2013. He joined AOL from Thomson Reuters, where he led human resources for Thomson Reuters Markets. Prior to that, he held senior human resources roles at Reuters in New York and London.

Rizk, Katia

Sales Director, Steelcase

Katia Rizk has over 25 years of industry experience working with leading organizations to help manage the complexity of creating great work experiences, wherever work happens.

Born and raised in Lebanon and the United States, she is now living in Paris where she held global and currently regional roles for Steelcase in sales and strategic projects.

She is a founding member and since April 2019 the Chair of the CoreNet Global France Chapter.

Katia has a master degree in Architecture and Interior Design from the Lebanese School of Fine Arts- ALBA and a certificate in Managing a Business Unit from EMLyon Business School.

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 Ireland

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. Other project experience includes the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center and Vancouver Global development Center among others.

Sciabarrasi, Luigi 

Global Head of Real Estate, AECOM

With over 30 years’ experience in real estate at national & international level for a wide range of global corporate organisations. Luigi joined AECOM, a Fortune 200 Company, 3 years ago as Head of Global Real Estate. Managing 15 m sqft across 400+ locations. He faces the challenges of managing the volume of real estate acquired through mergers, right-sizing the future portfolio for 89,000 employees, whilst actively rolling out agile working.

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 leads the Global Sustainability & Wellness practice.  He has consulted on over 100 diverse sustainability projects across the globe with clients such as Google, Salesforce, Akamai, Adobe and the Wharton School of Business to name a few.  Alex is WELL Faculty, USGBC Faculty & Fitwel Ambassador and has taught sustainability workshops through organizations such as the USGBC, AIA, Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas Business School among others.  He is a proud father of three boys – ages 8, 5, and 2.

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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.

Travina, Inna

Head of Fitout Project & Development Services, JLL

Inna is responsible for leading of Fit-out Project Management services of the PDS group JLL. She is a real estate professional with 12 years’ experience in fit-out and reconstruction projects. Inna uses her experience ability to set up the project strategy and innovatively align its goals with those of client and key stakeholders, and to direct the project team to solve a project’s unique challenges, balancing its financial goals with the highest quality planning and design. 

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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White, Matt

Founding Director, MATT Architecture

White, Matthew

Founding Director, MATT Architecture

Matt White founded MATT Architecture in 2011, a studio of architects and designers based in the heart of London’s glittering West End, Leicester Square. The studio’s work is difficult to categorise - but there’s definitely Joy, Curiosity, Generosity, Humility, Commerciality, Skill and Insight in its approach (…you may find ‘JCuGHCoSI’ a helpful Acronym to remember these points). MATT’s Corporate Real Estate Projects currently include a new home for Zurich Financial Services in Swindon and Warner Bros’ European Post-Production HQ in Soho.


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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Zimenkova, Vera

Regional Director, Corporate Solutions & Occupier Advisors, Colliers International

In her current position Vera is responsible for the creation and implementation of workflow schedule for the team, formulating goals and targets, authoring recommendations and leading key meetings with clients. Throughout her career of over 13 years of consulting for corporate occupiers Vera has worked on more than 100 very diversified projects:

  • Over 350,000 sq m in successfully completed projects
  • Over 450,000 sq m in RE strategies and portfolio audits and restructuring
  • Advised on over $1,500 million in transaction value.