CoreNet Global Summit, Amsterdam 2019
Amsterdam | 10 - 12 September 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

James is Senior Real Estate Manager at PwC dealing with the UK's occupational strategy and transactions. Currently occupying 1.6m sq ft across 22 UK offices. The average age of PwC’s 23,000 UK staff, including Partners is 27. As such, the wants and opinions of the Millennial workforce is paramount to the strategy and design of the PwC workplace.

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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Bartolo, James

Partner, International Occupier Services, Knight Frank

James Bartolo focuses is on Transaction Management and Portfolio Strategy, assisting multi-national corporates with their real estate strategy and working with a global network of market experts to drive results.

James is a trouble-shooter who enjoys finding solutions and fulfilling requirements no matter how demanding. Having worked in service delivery for his entire professional career, he strives to understand the needs of the customer and to set out a clear process for getting from start to finish on each transaction.

James is a former international rugby player, giving him a firm focus on collaboration and results.

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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Boogaard, Jan Jaap

Head of EMEA Workplace Advisory, Colliers International

JanJaap and his team help organizations rethink the way they work and develop innovative office an workplace concepts that impact on organizational goals like productivity, engagement and well-being. JanJaap has a background in organisation studies and worked for many corporate clients in more than 20 countries across the world. He is Head of the Colliers Workplace Advisory team in EMEA since 2016.

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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Carroll, Tom

Head of EMEA Corporate Research, JLL

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

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

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

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Danzig, Laura

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

Laura joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2014 to develop and implement a Sustainability Services division in Spain. Laura brings her experience in complex finance and background in urban sustainability to her ability to providing clients with sustainable, cutting-edge, solutions that maximize profits, improve image and align with their corporate objectives. She believes that the social and environmental aspects of sustainability solutions are equally as important when structuring innovative responsible investment and CRE strategies. She is a LEED AP and has a Masters in Sustainable Urban Planning from University of Barcelona and a BA from Amherst College in Environmental Studies and Economics. She volunteers for PWN Barcelona, working towards diversity and gender equality in corporate leadership positions.

de Groot, Annelou

Development Director – The Netherland, IWG

Annelou de Groot is currently working as a member of the Dutch management board at IWG. She has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. She graduated her Master in Finance by creating and writing a thesis on an ‘Office building valuation tool - based on user experience’. She then started her career at Deloitte Real Estate Consultants and amongst others she worked for 8 years as director of a National agency firm. Nowadays she is seen as an expert on flexible office space, frequently giving lectures on this theme. Her specific role at IWG is growing the network and as IWG’s client base consists out of 50% corporates, she knows how to match real estate with corporate demand.

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.

Duncan-Sletten, Nathalie

Client Solutions Manager, CBRE

Nathalie has almost a decade’s experience in the Corporate Real Estate sector. In her current role she is at the forefront of client interactions for the project management group. She has firsthand experience of corporate occupiers’ strategic priorities across EMEA and globally. Nathalie works with clients to determine the best operational model to suit their business requirements. She is an active advocate for wellbeing in the workplace and offers workplace yoga sessions to her CBRE colleagues.

Nathalie holds an MA in Chinese Studies and an MSc in Marketing. She is fluent in Mandarin and bilingual in Italian and English.


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.

Fatema, Nishar

Associate Director - Global Client Services, Space Matrix

A passionate global representative, architect, workplace design strategist, artist, and a volunteer - Nishar is part of the core-cell Space Matrix global team. She has work experience in five countries: Singapore, India, Germany, Iran and the US, and has traveled to more than 45. Her career is backed by an eight-year proven track record in workplace design and business strategy. Nishar manages global clients of North America for design and execution in APAC. Deep understanding of the workplace design & build is her key asset. She provides unique solutions for global clients challenged with setting offices in APAC, providing efficient delivery and honest communication with technical and business stakeholders alike.

Nishar is also an author of the research piece "Understanding of an ornamentation in Islamic architecture" and contributor to a book on vernacular housing of North India called "MATRA: The measure".


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.

Ford, Simon

Area Vice President Sales, CyrusOne

Simon is European Area Vice President, Sales at CyrusOne, responsible for client engagement across the region and delivering the very best in data center excellence to customers.
With over 25 years experience in commercial real estate, Simon has lead teams in both the corporate and service provider environments and brings a unique perspective to his role supporting client on their data center requirements.
Prior to joining CyrusOne Simon lead the EMEA Corporate Solutions division at Colliers International. During his time there, Simon was instrumental in building up the profile and service capability of the team and growing the business by over 100% within 2 years. He advised clients on a range of projects, from leased acquisition of technical and traditional space, to M&A Consulting, and sale and leaseback of owned technical facilities to specialist Data Centre Funds.

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.


Gizzatov, Eldar

Cofounder, CEO,

Eldar is the founding CEO of, having worked on the venture since its inception in 2017. 

Prior to starting Basking, Eldar was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Allianz X, where he was a founder and CEO at FairFleet - the drone services marketplace for real estate and insurance. 

Eldar also has more than 10 years of experience in partnership management, pricing, marketing strategy, and marketing communications, working at Lendico, MobileSmith, Autodesk Inc. and Integrated Energy Systems. 

Eldar earned an MBA from Duke University and a PhD in Political Science from Moscow State University.


Granger, Daniel

Director of Real Estate Programme Management, Turner & Townsend

Daniel Leads Turner & Townsend’s programme management business and has worked with Zurich Insurance for the last 4 years. Originally a key contributor to Zurich’s workplace of the future initiative, he has seen a range of concepts and ideas mature into their workplace transformation programme. Passionate about the role that real estate plays in driving business strategy and employee experience, Daniel is a senior member of Turner & Townsend’s service development group, responsible for developing enhanced approaches to the delivery of global Real Estate programmes and projects.

Gray, Whitney

Senior Vice President, Delos Insights, Delos

Dr. Gray brings over a decade of expertise as a global leader in the intersection of health and built environment. At Delos, she leads the Delos Insights team focused on conducting research to support industry adoption of healthy building practices. She led the development of the first case studies focused on the WELL Building Standard, and helped to launch over 100 educational and training sessions related to WELL in over 30 countries, reaching over 15,000 professionals. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University. Dr. Gray received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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.

Halewood, Justin

Real Estate, Strategy and Delivery Manager, EMEA, Red Hat

Justin is a corporate real estate professional with a background in sustainability and specialism in flexible space. Previously at Standard Chartered Bank, he now has responsibility for real estate, strategy and delivery for Red hat’s office portfolio in Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

Hallissey, Andrew

Executive Managing Director - Occupier Services EMEA, Colliers EMEA Limited

Andrew leads integrated service delivery for all occupier clients at Colliers International in EMEA specialising in corporate real estate services, portfolio strategy, transaction management, brokerage, lease administration, project management, workplace services, and facilities management outsourcing advisory.  He has extensive global corporate real estate experience advising large corporations on their global real estate organization and strategy over the last 18 years, having worked across EMEA, North America and Asia Pacific. Andrew also currently serves on the global board of directors of 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”.


Himsl, Ernie

Director | EMEA Corporate Solutions, Colliers International

13 years of overall experience, the last 7 years in EMEA.  My career has been entirely focused on Occupier services moving from Transaction Management to Corporate Solutions.


  • In 2006 as Head of Agency for Colliers in Slovakia our team won the prestigious Agency of the Year Award. ​
  • Working with our Global CS team won one of Colliers largest corporate mandates to date, British Telecom (BT)
  • Won the inaugural Canadian Oxford Properties Poker Championship
  • Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR)
  • Licensed realtor, Ontario Canada​

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. 


Hoogeboom, Marlies

Head of Workspace and Operations UK & EMEA, The Instant Group

Originally from the Netherlands Marlies Hoogeboom MD of Workspace and Operations for the UK & EMEA for The Instant group.

Responsible for delivery and expansion of the workplace value proposition delivering WAAS and operations within UK and EMEA.

Qualified coach supporting female talent in business and previously MD at Sodexo covering UK and international Workplace Services experience on several corporate client accounts whilst leading the global strategy for gender balance and diversity for UK and Ireland.

Hut, Anna Jaike

Workstyle Consultant, Veldhoen + Company SEA Pte. Ltd.

Anna Jaike Hut is a consultant  at Veldhoen + Company, the founder of Activity Based Working (ABW) and they have offices in Australia, Asia, New York, London, Sweden and the Netherlands. Anna Jaike has a background in Psychology and Sociology, both in the direction of Labor and Organization. During her master's she has developed a strong interest in the behavioral and cultural side of organizational change and has researched the influence of the organizational culture on organizational processes. Anna Jaike believes in a holistic and iterative approach to organizational change in which the human side is central.

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.


Kamen, David

Americas Real Estate Services Leader | Business Enablement, EY

David is the Americas Real Estate Leader at Ernst & Young.     In this role, he is responsible for managing a team of professionals and the firm’s Americas portfolio that includes strategic planning, all real estate, design/construction, project management and leading the “EY@Work” workplace transformation. 

David has over 20 years with several companies in the real estate industry including; Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Consulting; Aon Insurance as Global Exec VP-Real estate & Facilities, and Johnson Controls as Global Director, Consulting.   

David is currently the Global Chair-Elect for CoreNet Global and will begin serving the 2-year term in March, 2018.   David is has earned the MCR.h real estate designation and has served as lead faculty for the last 15 years at CoreNet.  David is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles and has taught real estate courses at Roosevelt University and an adjunct faculty at New York University.

David is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a double major as bachelors in Political Science and Sociology.   David is the father of three children and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Katsikakis, Despina

International Partner, Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield

For more than 30 years Katsikakis has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide.

As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Katsikakis’ unrivalled insight on the future of work benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance.

During her career Katsikakis has advised some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft, on how best to achieve tangible business goals through their workplaces. She has been instrumental in developing the vision and research to futureproof commercial developments around the world, most recently London’s TwentyTwo, the progressive 1.3m sq ft office development currently under construction in the City of London and Europe’s first major WELL-certified new-build project.
She serves on the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.

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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.


Lee, Jake

Principal Consultant, Biometix Pty Ltd

Jake has completed a number of biometric access control and digital identity projects in Australia, Asia and North America. Jake has delivered both major systems and high-level strategic pieces at the national and international level. Jake recently completed writing the technology sections for the B5/M5 (UK, US, Canada, NZ and Australia) Border of the Future 2030 multi-national strategy.

Jake has completed novel research on biometrics, including the release of a widely used morph image dataset. His current research is focused on the operationalisation of multi-algorithm biometrics, improving biometric performance through model ensembles and feature vector augmentation.

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.

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.

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.

Milne, Rebecca

Manager, Incendium

Rebecca is currently a manager at Incendium where she works with a range of clients on operational challenges as well outsourcing and procurement. Prior to focusing on CRE she has worked at EY in New Zealand in performance improvement and then went on to help set up an investment fund that focussed on early stage technology ventures that integrated social impact and profit. Her varied experience gives her a fresh and diverse approach to CRE.

Monaghan, John

Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco

John Monaghan is a Technical Solutions Architect in the Cisco EMEAR Enterprise Networking team.

He supports Cisco's Ecosystem Solutions, working with a range of third party companies to help them build applications on top of Cisco infrastructure.
John has experience across the range of technologies in the Enterprise Networks area - ranging from infrastructure, through to wifi, security, applications, IoT and Enterprise Mobility Management.

His work involves helping customers and partners understand Cisco technology and solutions and assisting them with pilots, trials and deployments.

Morley, David

Head of Workplace Transformation, Zurich Insurance

Passionate workplace professional exploring how workplace experience and local communities can enable Zurich’s workplaces of the future. Over 14 years in Zurich I have moved from Operational MI and Business Insight into Property Management and now Workplace Transformation. During my time as UK Head of Zurich’s workplace portfolio I led a strategy to reduce 30% of costs and space over a 3 year cycle and am now focused on improving the workplace effectiveness of our global portfolio. Zurich Places is our emerging strategy which will bring together people, place and technology to establish our workplace experience.

Mostien, Peter

Global Workplace Strategy & Projects Manager, ING

Peter is architect and Msc in real estate and he has a 25 years’ experience within corporate real estate.  He started at bpost, which is the leading postal operator in Belgium, where he managed a large logistics and retail portfolio on a national scale.  Currently Peter works for ING, which is a global bank with a strong European base, with customers and 54.000 employees in over 40 countries, where he is responsible for the Global Workplace strategy and manages large fit-out projects globally.

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

Jason has over 20 years experience of large scale projects in the Construction & Property sectors in a wide ranging capacity. He has regularly been engaged in the delivery of complex, client-focused solutions across the full spectrum of services.

Jason was project lead of the new Microsoft Ireland New Campus HQ project over the last 5 years, playing an integral role in delivering the project in line with the clients exit strategy from their existing portfolio, consolidating 4 no. buildings into a new ‘State of the Art’ 500,000 sq.ft. flagship building.

Key project successes were ensuring that the project produced the required deliverables within the defined quality, time and cost constraints, as well as facilitating full realization of benefits defined in the business case through provision of guidance for the project team and ensuring communication was maintained between all stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle.

O'Neil, Samantha

Offering Manager, IBM Ireland

Samantha O’Neill is an Offering Manager in IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT). She collaborates with clients, industry partners and product teams to understand market needs and opportunities, which in turn drives solution requirements. With expertise in AI and machine learning, Samantha is a member of TRIRIGA Building Insights team, which focuses on how to optimize facilities using IoT data and augmented Intelligence. Samantha is currently pursuing a Masters in applied science and data analytics from the Technological University of Dublin.

Ofodile, Elo

Head of Business Development, VergeSense

Elo has 20 years of experience as a technology executive in a variety of industries, including Fintech and Proptech. He has held senior positions at Thomson Reuters, Moody’s and several startups in the proptech space.  He currently leads Business Development efforts at VergeSense.  He holds a BS in from Northeastern University.

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.

Poole-Wilson, William

Director, Will & Partners

Will founded Will & Partners in 2018 having previously worked as a Principal at Perkins + Will. He studied at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and qualified as an architect in 1998. William leads focus groups into building efficiency and workplace strategy. In 2018 James was co-authored the British Council for Offices' major Health & Wellbeing Research report 'Wellness Matters'.

Prischul, Peter

International Director, eFM

Peter Prischl manages internationalization at Drees & Sommer, an international professional services firm for construction, real estate, workplace and infrastructure with more than 2.800 employees, more than 40 offices, and activities in more than 100 countries. Drees & Sommer’s Corporate Real Estate practice covers all aspects of development consulting, engineering, workplace design, project management, and real estate and facility management consulting over the lifecycle of corporate facilities.

Before, he has worked in smart building, steel, machine tool and electronics industries.

He is the supervisory board chairperson of Mödling Wohnen GmbH, the real estate company of that town.

He serves on ISO Committee 267 responsible for Facility Management ISO Standards.

Pullen, Matt

Managing Director, Europe, CyrusOne

Matt is responsible for driving the growth of CyrusOne’s European portfolio and delivering the very best in data center excellence to our customers. 

Matt joined CyrusOne following its acquisition of Zenium Data Centers in 2018. As Managing Director, Matt was instrumental in establishing Zenium as a leading European data center developer and operator with best-in-class facilities and a high-quality customer base with an emphasis on hyperscale cloud companies. At the time of sale, Zenium’s portfolio totaled 40,000 sq m of world-class technical space serving Europe’s two largest data center markets, London and Frankfurt. 

Matt has extensive relationships in the corporate community and a unique understanding of the property investment dynamics of data centers.

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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Quispel, Elsbeth

Head of Strategy & Innovation, Cushman & Wakefield

Elsbeth is responsible for strategic advisory services at Cushman & Wakefield. Working jointly with their real estate experts on a broad range of strategic client assignments. She has a leading role in Cushman & Wakefield´s digital transformation with the purpose to offer data-driven advisory to their clients and innovate. Sustainability is one of the specific themes she focuses on, from a strategic as well as a data-driven performance point of view. She has over 12 years’ experience in this field, having advised occupier and investor clients building their sustainability strategy and supporting it`s delivery.


Rankin, James

Head of Research and Insight, The Instant Group

James leads The Instant Group’s growing Research and Insight team who focus both on primary industry research and turning Instants own market-leading data into actional insight. James is a research specialist who has worked across a number of B2B and B2C industries providing insight to both internal and external clients. James is seen as an industry data expert and provides information on industry trends at many events globally. As data and research becomes key to this growing segment of the industry demand for accurate data has grown, James has been pivotal in Instant’s move to support great industry awareness through data and research.

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.


Sala, Alessandra

Head of Analytics Research, Nokia Bell Lab

Alessandra Sala is the Head of the Bell-Labs Analytics Research. In her prior appointment, she was the technical manager for the Data Analytics and Operations Research group in Bell Labs Ireland. Before that, she held a research associate position in the Department of Computer Science at University of California Santa Barbara. During this appointment, she was a key contributor of several funded proposals from National Science Foundation in USA and her research was awarded with the Cisco Research Award in 2011. She focused her research on modeling massive graphs with an emphasis on mitigating privacy threats for Online Social Network users. Before that, she worked for two years as post-doctoral fellow with the CurrentLab research group led by Prof. Ben Y.Zhao. Before UCSB, she completed her Ph.D in Computer Science at University of Salerno, Italy.

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.

Serné, Daaf

Director, Global Real Estate & Workplace, ServiceNow Inc.

Daaf Serne is the director for Real Estate & Workplace at ServiceNow. In his role, he is responsible for Real Estate & Workplace at large and connects the needs and ambitions of his internal customers/teams within the corporation. Making the world of work, work better for people is in the company’s DNA and is also embedded in the WPS culture. His main interests are around (sustainable) real estate and the question if we can make our work better and more efficient. He is convinced that a lot of answers are to be found in data/technology and tries to stay on top of the rapid development in the still somewhat ‘conservative’ market space.


Shingler, Imogen

Consultant, Incendium Consulting

Imogen completed an Economics degree at the University of Sheffield prior to starting her career at Incendium. She currently works with a range of private sector clients delivering large scale procurement and transformation projects. She has also recently completed an MSc Real Estate, where she earned Distinction.  

Siebrands, Amanda

Senior Strategic Portfolio Manager, ING

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).

Soudunsaari, Aki

Co-Founder and Strategy Director, Naava

Aki Soudunsaari is founding partner, and chief entrepreneurial officer, of Naava, a Helsinki, Finland- based startup building “active green walls” that clean air with plants and technology.  Aki's personal mission is to improve people's health, happiness and performance.

After working as a teacher of physical education and health sciences, Aki worked on his PhD in the Jyväskylä University School of Business during which he met Naava's co-founder Niko. Aki aims through Naava to bring clean air and its health benefits to offices, classrooms and indoor spaces worldwide and to create natural environments where people can feel healthier and happier.


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.

Stelpstra, Gerda

Associate Partner, Strategic Consulting, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield

As a strategic consultant, Gerda focusses on delivering tailor made, evidence based, workplace concepts that lie at the basis of an inclusive workplace design. Her passion is creating environments that foster people´s health and wellbeing. Currently, she serves as a concept advisor for the community concept for the International WELL Building Institute. With a background in Business Anthropology, she has a unique look at the world around her, including the built environment.

Stormacq, Sébastien

Developer Evangelist, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Seb is inspiring builders to unlock the value of the AWS cloud, using his secret blend of passion, enthusiasm, customer advocacy, curiosity and creativity. Seb worked as consultant and pre-sales engineer for the last 20+ years with large enterprises and startups helping them transform business requirements into technical solutions, unlock the value of middleware, mobile applications, and scale systems to meet customer demand. Before joining the AWS Evangelist team, Seb built & lead the AWS technical training team in EMEA, and the Alexa solution architecture team in UK, France, Italy and Spain. Seb is a regular blogger on his personal web site and on Medium.

Thakur, Akshay

Head of Smart Solutions, EMEA, JLL

Akshay has 18 years of experience in multiple technology focused roles and currently leads the Smart Solutions Practice in EMEA. He focuses on driving value to clients through the development of outcome-based solutions that incorporate the integration of intelligent, high-performance building systems and smart workplace applications. Akshay clients understand how to apply Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and smart building strategies to enable a data driven approach to corporate real estate and to enable an enhanced employee experience.


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. 

Van Bael, Eric

CEO, Spacewell

Eric Van Bael is CEO at Spacewell, a technology firm supporting its clients across the globe to improve the performance of their building portfolios.

Eric joined Spacewell in 2017 as VP Global Sales and took the helm as CEO in April 2019. Prior to that, Eric held various senior management positions within HP Enterprise as Managing Director, in international sales and ultimately as VP for Worldwide Software Services Delivery.

Eric is a seasoned IT professional, passionate about strategic value creation and establishing lasting win-win relationships. He has proven to be a strong communicator focused on execution & stakeholder management across cultures and geographies.


van der Burg, Gideon

Managing Director Benelux, Leesman

Gideon van der Burg has a background in the office furniture industry in various commercial management roles at Royal Ahrend. Combined with a Masters degree in Finance he is a strong advocate of Evidence Based Design in working environments. In 2015 he joined Leesman becoming responsible for the Benelux market and beyond. Leesman measures how well workplaces support the employees who use them and delivers deep data insights to drive better workplace strategies. With 595,000+ respondents Leesman now holds the largest independent global benchmark database on workplace effectiveness.


van Lin, Jean-Pierre

Marketing Director, KeenCorp

Jean-Pierre van Lin leads KeenCorp’s marketing development and communication. He has years of experience with corporate giants like SABMiller, Diageo, Tesco and a number of start-up businesses, notably Circle Health, a private health clinic initiative by ex-Goldman Sachs execs and most recently a venture in Virtual Reality. Jean-Pierre has launched brands and businesses in over 25 countries having started his career in Central Africa with Heineken. He has lived and worked in London for 18 years and is now back in his home country the Netherlands.

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”!

Wallis, Raefer

Founder / CEO, GIGA

Raefer Wallis is an Architect and the founder of GIGA, an independent third party combining the development of building standards with cloud technology to increase the accessibility and impact of healthy buildings globally. GIGA’s key programs include RESET and ORIGIN: RESET is the world’s first building standard to assess and benchmark the health performance of buildings using continuous monitoring. ORIGIN is the world’s largest hub of data on building materials and a proud supporter of the mindful Materials initiative.

Regularly invited to lecture around the world, his work has been featured by the NYT, CNN, CBC, TED, WSJ, Guardian, Architectural Digest and many more.


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, 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”

Wiseman, Harriet

Associate, HLW International

Harriet Wiseman is an associate from HLW’s London office. HLW are a global design firm, specialising in architecture, interior design and workplace strategy. The London team design and deliver workplaces for a wide range of clients, from tech sector leaders to financial service heavy weights and charities. Our designers are passionate about delivering innovation and excellence, with a core driver in every project being to support the wellbeing and health of the client’s employees and to create an environment that provides them with a productive and enjoyable daily experience.


Zatta, Steven

Director, Global Client Intelligence, Cushman & Wakefield

Steven Zatta is part of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services Strategy organization where he works on initiatives to help advance the objectives of the company.  Mr. Zatta also works on office solution assignments, helping C&W clients align real estate solutions with their unique financial, operating, and workforce objectives. He has extensive experience in leading quantitative and qualitative research projects to enhance organizational strategic decision making and improve operational efficiency.

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.