Hong Kong | 12 - 14 March 2019
Samantha Allen is a Director of Market Development for IWBI Asia. International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard® (WELL), the
world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. The WELL building certification program is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features and other aspects of the built environments that impact the health and well-being of the people in the spaces we create.
After several years of solid industry experience in New York, Samantha has returned to Hong Kong. At IWBI, Samantha supervises the overall market development, education around and greater adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ and WELL Community Standard™ in the Asia Pacific region. Samantha joined IWBI with a body of experience from her background in scientific research, particularly her expertise in public health. Previously, Samantha was a research and development manager with the Delos Labs team at Delos, IWBI’s parent organization. She assisted in the evaluation of technologies and building materials for safety and efficacy, and helped impart an understanding of science to others by translating scientific research into a language that can be understood by a wide range of audiences. Additionally, she was involved in the development of operations for the Well Living Lab in China.
Samantha specializes in environmental science and organizational policy, as well as toxicology. She obtained her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Policy from Columbia University, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College, New York.
Todd Anderson MCR, SLCR, President of Strategic Accounts of Newmark Knight Frank Global Corporate Services, is a career global real estate professional with over 30 years of proactive, innovative, solutions-oriented and visionary leadership in delivering exceptional client service and results through integrated global corporate services. Mr. Anderson’s responsibilities include the delivery and performance of the services provided to NKF’s largest global accounts. Prior to his current position he was President of GCS Client Solutions business development of corporate accounts.
Mr. Anderson is an active in CoreNet Global. He teaches the longest continuous course in the MCR program, “Real Estate Transactions’ Impact on Corporate Financial Statements”, and has received CoreNet Global’s Top-Rated Faculty Award every year since 2000. He has also served on the board of directors and as president of the Southern California chapter.
Peter Andrew, MCR.h, MCR.w, is a Director on the Workplace Strategy Team, which is part of the Occupier Consulting business line. He is responsible for developing and managing a regional workplace strategies team and driving market-recognised thought leadership, product development, standards of excellence, and quality control across practice areas. He has more than 20 years of experience as a specialist in design strategy, strategic briefing and space planning.
Building Institute™ (Asia). IWBITM is a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard® (WELL), the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. The WELL building certification program is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features and other aspects of the built environments that impact the health and well-being of the people in the spaces we create.
Having played a pioneering role in the proliferation of the WELL Building Standard in Australia, Tony Armstrong is now representing the International WELL Building Institute across Asia. Premier organizations are on the front foot in developing a new wave of innovative healthy environments, including Sino-Ocean, Swire, Hines, GuocoLand, Poly, Lendlease, Grosvenor, Zhongnan, Everbright, Vanke, Tenhong, Gemdale, China Merchants, MOMA, China Life, Mirvac, Investa, Cbus, Charter Hall, Frasers, Obayashi, Shimizu, CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Cushman & Wakefield, Tencent, WPP, IKEA, Haworth, Manulife and Citibank. Elite practitioners are attaining the status of WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) and WELL Faculty to provide professional expertise, such as Arup, AECOM, WSP, Atkins, Bureau Veritas, Cundall, NDY, Glumac, Aurecon, EMSI, CABR, SRIBS, BEE, KKECO, Steve Leung Designers, Steven Leach, Gensler, HOK, HKS and M Moser Associates.
Scott Barras is the Head of Property for Asean & South Asia having just moved to Singapore in 2018 after a spell as Head of Property for Africa and the Middle East for Standard Chartered Bank.
Scott leads a team who are responsible for all corporate real estate transactions and the management of the banks facilities region wide. This equates to over 328 properties in 15 markets, spanning over 5.6million sq ft.
Previously, Scott was the Regional Head of Project Management for SCB Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan based in Dubai and notably oversaw the construction of Standard Chartered Tower and the movement into the building.
He had been based in Dubai for 12 years and his other roles have included Project Management positions for British based consultancies WS Atkins and EC Harris as well as delivering real estate solutions for General Electric in the Middle East.
He is married to Catherine and has two children, Elizabeth and Leo. His French is passable “if you are under 5 years old” in his own words!
Angela Bee Chan is Australia’s Innovation Hacker. She is the Innovation Lead at Schneider Electric Pacific and is the Founder and CEO of Hackathons Australia. She is most passionate about activating innovation.
Angela started her career in Public Relations specializing in food and lifestyle before working in the IT sector in marketing. Alongside her career she participated in over 30 hackathons and has now made her passion for innovation full time. Now she fosters a culture of innovation at Schneider Electric, aligning her programs around business goals and strategies.
At Space Matrix, Anoma Baste, manages and drives repeat business for key accounts to the APAC region. As an architect and workplace consultant, she has worked with several clients such as Uber, Abbott, Goldman Sachs, Vodafone, Facebook, ServiceNow on design and build projects over 17 years. She is a keen observer of workplace trends and employee engagement. In her role as advisor, she explores what inspires people, impacts business in the world of workplace design. Her interests lie in leadership training, alignment between corporate and individual employee goals - along with how they translate into company vision, values and brand within spaces and the use of technology that makes a real difference to enable desired work styles to facilitate productivity. She is a Chapter leader for the Corenet Singapore Committee, is a published author and has been faculty for the Corenet MCR sessions.
Nathan leads the experience design team at FreeState. Having previously worked for global digital, advertising and innovation agencies, Nathan now stands at the forefront of a modern and multi-sensory wave of brand and spatial experience. He brings unique insight into how experience, brand, tech and design are aligned to create workplaces of the future.
Simon is Managing Director of FITCH, Singapore. He has over twenty years (so he is very old indeed!) covering a broad spectrum of industries: financial services, organised (and disorganised) retail, technology, real estate, telecommunications, and aviation.
Prior to re-joining FITCH in 2017, Simon worked with Landor as Executive Director Strategy SEAP&J (Singapore and subsequently Sydney). Prior to this, Brand Union, Interbrand (both Singapore) and FITCH (Mumbai). He holds a postgraduate master’s degree in strategic marketing and a BA in design, from Australia. He began his career as a designer before moving into strategy.
James Bernardo is the Regional Programme Director at Garage Society, an innovative work community with locations in Hong Kong, South East Asia and India. He spearheaded the development of the company's knowledge-sharing platform Garage Academy from the ground up after joining in 2015, and it has since become a leading platform for technology, startup, and creative-focused events and courses.
Originally from London, he studied Law at the University of Warwick before entering programme management roles within the public sector, from the London Olympics 2012 to transnational cooperation initiatives within the European Union. James has been living in Hong Kong for the past four years.
Malti Bhojwani, Singaporean, is a certified professional PCC coach with the ICF (International Coach Federation) trained in Somatic work, NLP and Ontological Coaching (Newfield) as well as Yoga (YAA – Yoga Alliance America), a meditation teacher, a certified facilitator of transformation through values (Corporate Evolutions-Perth) and Barrett’s Cultural Transformation Tools Certified, Gita Bellin and Associates Accredited Lead Facilitator of Transformation and she’s trained in the Foundations of Neuroscience in coaching.
Joyce Bi is currently GSK Global Service Performance & Development Director based in China. Her team is accountable for 15 amenity services globally and all customer measures to support over 300 GSK offices and R&D. She defines global service standards, benchmark, technology and work closely with operations and service partners to deploy locally. She was Asia amenity lead in her previous role and designed service architecture for GSK Asia Headquarter, lead IFM contract sourcing in region and roll-out in over 12 countries. Before that she worked for Sodexo in China and France in Marketing, Consulting, Transition and Operations projects.
Career spent delivering results in global financial services environment, drawing on international director experience in both banking and real estate management roles.
Extensive Corporate Real Estate experience in developing and executing workplace strategy that links to organisational strategic objectives and maximising commercial value. Involved in strategic planning to align the real estate and facility management function with the core business.
Proven people management expertise across multiple business lines and multiple geographic regions to deliver results. Strong leadership, coaching and interpersonal skills with previous direct and matrix supervisory experience of senior teams
Commercially astute business person with strong supplier management, strategic planning and influencing skills
Successfully integrating business groups and functions to deliver results, through developing and apply creative solutions to market and real estate challenges.
Moira has a key role in new projects at Microsoft where she is responsible for delivering workplaces that provide the very best employee experience. She drives project outcomes so that the physical workplace is aligned to Microsoft’s cultural and business goals.
The global vision starts with inspiring employees, engaging customers, optimizing operations, and changing the very nature of how the company does business. Microsoft are bringing technology and products together in experiences and solutions, and they are rethinking how they can unlock value for employees and customers. Creating a modern workplace is one area where Microsoft drive companywide transformation and Moira is responsible for the success of this programme.
With a very demanding job, Ben Breen believes that a great attribute of Space Matrix is a lack of a design ego, not imposing a fixed formula on clients. With 24 years industry experience entailing a wide range of engineering expertise,
including structural and civil, mechanical and electrical, quantity surveying and project management, among others, Ben has a sound understanding of how to run projects. He is adamant, moreover, that client satisfaction and feedback is the key to success, and that knowledge has established Ben as a strong leader whose capabilities have strengthened Space Matrix’s standing as an industry leader. He leads the way in using technology to take project delivery to another
Originally from Australia, Ben began his career as a site engineer in Singapore, and quickly graduated to managing large-scale projects, before returning to Australia to join a large project management firm. Two years later back in Singapore, he set up the international arm of a project management firm, then set up and ran his own business for seven years. His experience made him a prime candidate for Space Matrix, which he joined in 2014 as Managing Director
for South East Asia.
Dominic has been involved in demographic and urban analysis for over 15 years and has undertaken a diverse arrange of property studies including: market research and insight, thought leadership, centre network strategies and strategic economic development opportunity studies. He has also given evidence before the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland as an independent expert witness.
Dominic has an extensive academic background with an Honours degree and a PhD in Geography and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor to the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland.
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.
Jennifer Busch, IIDA, brings more than 25 years of experience in the interiors industry to her position as Vice President of Architecture & Design at Teknion. This includes highly visible roles with Contract Magazine for 21 years, 11 of them as Editor in Chief, and as Vice President of A&D Market Development at Interface. At Teknion, Jennifer develops and manages business relationships with major architecture and design firms throughout North America. Throughout her career, Jennifer has cultivated meaningful relationships with designers on all levels, and has been actively involved in the design community, participating in speaking engagements as a moderator or as a featured speaker, organizing thought leadership conferences, hosting customer experience and networking events, and jurying numerous industry competitions.
Dr Christhina Candido is a Senior Lecturer and Research Supervisor at Sydney University. She is an architect by training, holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and Environmental Science from Macquarie University. She leads multidisciplinary investigations focused on contemporary open-plan offices and activity-based working with a view to bridge the gap between workspace design, occupant satisfaction, productivity and health. Her research aims to provide the empirical basis needed to transform the way workspaces are designed now and in the future. She also leads the building occupants survey system Australia tool and has publications that include indoor environmental quality and post-occupancy evaluation research fields, with emphasis on workplace.
Since relocating to Singapore in 2005 Andrew has led teams delivering some of the largest headquarter projects in the region including Standard Chartered and DBS, plus the final delivery of Changi T3, T1 and CAG’s “Workplace Transformation”. In his current role as Director of Client Services for APAC Project Management he is a vital link to multiple International key accounts driving consistency and shared success. Andrew will be presenting at CoreNet with one such client, Microsoft, supporting them on projects in India, Australia, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
Marcos joined CBRE in 2014 and is currently Executive Director and Head of Research for Hong Kong, Southern China and Taiwan. He is a member of CBRE’s Asia Pacific Research Executive Committee. Marcos oversees a team of research professionals, covering key property sectors across his region.
Marcos has over 20 years of property market experience behind him and has a profound understanding of the real estate market in the Greater China region. With his strong research background in real estate agency, he is well-versed with occupier trends and investor requirements. Mr Chan is also an active property market commentator in the media.
Grace Chen works tirelessly to promote an integrated practice of design excellence supported by technical innovation and a collaborative team-based project management culture. Her strong communication and design skills make her an excellent leader of project teams and ensure inter-disciplinary collaboration. She has gained extensive experience with mixed-use, healthcare, education, commercial, and interior typologies. Across all of her projects, Ms. Chen’s eye for detail and devotion to creating architecture that fosters community through urban space has allowed her to excel in developing the firm’s Shanghai office into a leading voice for civic architecture in the region.
Passionate about the intersect between sustainability, health & wellbeing and technology, Joelle helps make sense of the complexity surrounding smart, green and healthy buildings and cities; and speaks frequently on Asia Pacific green building trends.
Prior to MANN+HUMMEL, she was the Regional Head at World Green Building Council, championing global adoption of net zero carbon and healthy buildings. She previously headed up the Smart Sustainable Cities team at the Singapore Economic Development Board, driving public-private partnerships through living lab platforms. She practiced as an architect earlier in her career and draws on ~15 years’ of experience in different parts of the sustainable building ecosystem.
Mignonne Chen is the Head of Wellness for Asia Pacific at JP Morgan. She is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for the strategy, vision, implementation of the Wellness programs for 60K employees in 14 countries in Asia Pacific. Mignonne is also a trained physiotherapist and graduated from The University of Melbourne with an honors degree in Physiotherapy and has worked in Australia, England and Hong Kong. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling to visit new cities and playing sports.
Joanne is a Certified Facility Manager since 2005 and over 19 years practical facilities management; project management and Real Estate experience in Asia Pacific region. She has 13 years’ experience in senior management role. Currently Joanne is Reginal Director for APAC. She joined in 2015. She was acting as multiple roles to cover Real Estate and Facilities function for GSK APAC region. Joanne has rich experience worked in MNCs which including Citibank, Microsoft and Nike prior to GSK.
As APAC Lead for Host by CBRE, Shobhit oversees development of the team, go to market strategy, sales and operations in the region. Host by CBRE is an advisory led technology and people services platform to elevate experience and increase agility for occupiers and investor clients. Leading a dynamic business line, Shobhit is based out of Singapore and drives strategic direction, growth and team development in APAC. Shobhit brings years of experience in workplace, agile real estate strategy, experience design, and PropTech. In the previous role, he led CBRE’s South East Asia Workplace Advisory business; building the team into an industry benchmark in region.
As Global Real Estate Director at Unilever between 2012 and 2017, Ming Lee worked closely with internal stakeholders, business partners and external service partners to provide strategies to meet business needs, including the delivery of the LEVEL 3 start-up innovation hub in Singapore. Ming Lee was responsible for Unilever’s real estate strategy and transaction execution and data and analytics across their 9M sqm portfolio globally.
Now at Cushman & Wakefield, Ming Lee delivers her valuable insights into occupiers’ real estate goals through her leadership of C&W’s GOS service lines and account management delivery platforms in APAC.
Caroline is Head of Real Estate & Facilities Management for East Asia & Oceania, one of the five global hubs at Ericsson, where she is responsible for delivery and management of all operational workspace. Ericsson Global REFM develops and operates productive, differentiated and attractive workplaces to support the business, end users, and brand through the use of smart technology, advancing sustainability initiatives and continual cost management.
Paula Cox is currently the Regional Account Director for GSK based in Singapore. Paula has been working for GSK for the last year and has been with Sodexo for 17 yrs. Before joining GSK in APAC, she worked as the Global Operations Director on the Zurich account where she delivered our service thru the Quality of Life lense across the UK, Europe and US. Paula was part of the team that successfully secured the 1st global IFM contract for Sodexo.
Ross Criddle joined Knight Frank in 2010 and leads Knight Frank’s occupier services platform across the Asia-Pacific region. Ross has over 18 years’ commercial real estate experience with a focus on account management & transaction management and office leasing.
Ross has previous experience across EMEA markets, his current focus is on Corporate Services work for the entire Asia-Pacific region, specialising in complex projects in emerging markets for manufacturing and banking sector clients.
Ross is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2012) and a Licensed Estate Agent (2010). He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Land Management from Reading University (2000) and holds an MBA from Manchester University (2016).
A strong leader and expert in Facilities Management with a solid track record in the consumer goods, energy, and chemical industries. A BS Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines) with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Degree from the University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii). Work experiences in industry leaders like Shell, Procter & Gamble, and Firmenich. Key strengths and demonstrated expertise in Communications, Third Party/Vendor Governance, Facilities Management Outsourcing, Operational Excellence, Key Stakeholders Management, and Strategic Leadership. Highly skilled in Consumer and Customer Insights, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Consumer Products, Operations Management, and Cross-functional Team Leadership.
Erica Eaton leads the Business Development & Strategy team at Comfy, a leading workplace experience solution provider. Erica brings her decade's worth of expertise in the buildings technologies industry to shaping Comfy’s go-to-market plan and product roadmap. Her team builds strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across the commercial real estate market and technology partners. Prior to Comfy, Erica spent over eight years with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency business where she led open innovation and managed strategic initiatives to achieve business growth.
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.
Mathias spent the last 14 years developing global programs to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Johnson & Johnson’s workplaces globally.
His strategy team within J&J Facilities Management (FM) Organization is accountable for a holistic and integrated solutions to deliver a consistent and optimized workplace including ownership of the FM service catalogue and responsibility for global governance and performance management.
The group is also validating the application and performance of J&J’s workplace programs and solutions globally to address today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.
Sergio is a motivated and team-oriented strategist with 4 years of New York Design and Real Estate experience and a multi-disciplinary background. Now living and working in Hong Kong, he is passionate about our mega-cities and the impact that design can have on them and the urban challenges of our time. He is fascinated by how public and private interests can shape the everyday experience of consumers, employees, and the public.
Bryan Ezell specializes in managing and deploying Savills client-facing technologies and digital brokerage platform. In the ever-changing world of technology and commercial real estate, Bryan is determined to develop resources that fully leverage technology and support enhanced real estate decision-making for all Savills clients. His proficiency in business intelligence provides clients with the information and knowledge they need to make strategic choices related to their real estate portfolios, and he has delivered these services on global multi-market portfolios.
Bryan has provided technology solutions for clients including the development and implementation of customized real estate software, data integration, analysis and visualization services, and implementation support for integrated workplace management system (IWMS) platforms. Bryan’s business intelligence experience includes leading the development of interactive dashboards, reports and planning tools. Bryan has also created data warehouse environments, bringing together disparate data sources to allow for large amounts of data to be quickly analyzed and become actionable.
As co-product manager of Knowledge Cubed, Savills data management, visualization and analytics platform, Bryan is focused on executing a digital transformation of the Savills real estate services platform. By implementing and capturing key data flows, this groundbreaking software gives clients the extra step they need when approaching the evolutionary real estate market.
Bryan joined Savills with its acquisition of Vertical Integration, a Florida-based firm that provided integrated, full-service real estate solutions domestically and internationally for corporate and government entities.
Bryan has over 12 years’ experience in commercial real estate, specializing in occupancy planning and portfolio strategy. He has a passion for creating dynamic workplaces and using design thinking principles to solve complex workplace problems.
Bryan has a Specialist Certificate in Economic Design from the University of Melbourne, and leads the CoreNet Global Young Leader Committee for the Australian Chapter.
Glenn Fry is an international CRE leader, specialising in the development of workplace solutions for the world's top blue chip organisations.
With over 18 years of operational and business development experience in CRE, in 2016 Glenn transferred from London to Hong Kong to take up an APAC leadership role for CBRE.
He sits on a Strategic Advisory Board for CoreNet Global and is a regular lecturer and public speaker in FM, CRE, workplace and global outsourcing trends.
In 2014 Glenn was named as one of CoreNet Global's 36 under 36, a global watch list for the industry's top young leaders.
Tom Gaffney is Regional Managing Director, The Greater Bay Area & Hong Kong at CBRE, with responsibility for all of CBRE’s business activities in those territories. Tom is also a member of CBRE’s Greater China Executive Committee, which shapes and drives the strategy for the region. He has more than 17 years of industry experience and has held a variety of roles in leasing, asset management and investments. Outside of CBRE, Tom is a member of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Victoria is an experienced sustainability professional with extensive international consulting experience, focused on integrating wellness and sustainability principles into corporate strategy and building design. Previously in her role as Vice President at the International WELL Building Institute, Victoria was instrumental in the launch and expansion of the WELL Building Standard in Asia Pacific. She has consulted on over 25 projects in the region, including completing the first commercial project to achieve WELL certification in Asia, for Haworth in Shanghai. Victoria has worked closely with many multinational companies, developers, and occupiers.
Personal coach, monk, lifestyle & motivational strategist, author Gaur Gopal Das, has devoted his life to sharing deeper spiritual insights with the world. Gaur Gopal Das started his career as an electrical engineer, then decided to become a life coach. Since then, he has used wisdom from the ages to help audiences think deeper and find simple solutions to difficult problems.
A disciple of Radhanath Swami, and a senior monk in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Gaur Gopal Das has travelled all around the globe to give motivational speeches and lectures on spirituality. A role model and an icon for millions of people, Gaur Gopal Das has inspired many young minds through his quotations, his writings and his talks.
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.
Chris has over 14 years’ experience in commercial property, working with large corporate occupiers, institutional landlords, and agencies both in Australia and in the UK. Chris’s specialty is the management of large diverse portfolios and he has extensive experience in preparing portfolio strategies, executing transactions across commercial offices, retail sites, and critical environments, sale and lease-backs, workplace strategy and in the management of complex, pre-commitment transactions.
Chris has extensive experience working in integrated account teams for some of Australia's largest companies and in doing so has gained valuable insight into the occupancy challenges faced by large corporates. Chris’s broad experience means he is often relied upon as a trusted advisor across many disciplines within corporate real estate.
Connie has worked with Gensler globally for 20 years in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Her passion is creating truly thoughtful solutions and experiences for her clients.
In addition to servicing clients and leading design teams, Connie is currently a firmwide industry leader for Financial Services Firms. And she is a workplace leader for the Asia region.
Nicholas leads Knight Frank’s research platform across the Asia-Pacific region. His role includes co-ordinating research teams, tracking market performance and producing market commentary and reports. His special areas of interest within the field include government policy and intervention, cycle analysis, and intra-regional capital flows.
Nicholas has a large amount of international experience, dealing with a wide range of research and consultancy projects in the UK, mainland Europe, and throughout Asia-Pacific.
He joined Knight Frank in 2010, previously heading up the research and consultancy division in Vietnam. In this role he advised both domestic and international clients on a wide range of issues and projects, carrying out project feasibility studies, highest and best use analysis, providing development recommendations and master planning consultancy.
Prior to this, he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle in France where he was responsible for valuation and value related advisory for a large number of English and non-English speaking institutional investors, corporate clients and developers. Work included regular pan European advisory work across France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Hungary.
Educated at the London School of Economics (LSE), with a BSc in Economics, Nicholas went on to study for a Masters (MA) in Town and Country Planning from the University of Sheffield and a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Surveying from the University of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and is currently the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China.
Brian Hopkins is the Digital Design Director at Ennead Architects. Interested in computational design and rigorous geometric form making, he is in charge of the research and development of new technologies, processes and workflows that make our projects possible. Mr. Hopkin’s focus over the past two years has revolved around the adoption and integration of smart building concepts into the core of Ennead’s buildings. He is currently in the process of developing a bespoke smart building application which will power Ennead’s future work.
I hold ME from Kyoto Institute of Technology, researching how workplace influences workers’ communication and creative activities. After I joined ITOKI Corporation, Japan’s office furniture firm, I have worked as a researcher, analyst, consultant and planner in the field of workplace and workstyle strategy. In 2017, ITOKI Corporation has decided to move its HQ in Tokyo. In that project, my mission was to apply our knowledge about the new way of working to the creation of the new workplace; which was a big challenge for ourselves. Since then I have started working as a work-style change manager in the organization.
Sylvia has 20 years of experience spanning business operations, finance and real estate. Sylvia is the Head of Asset Value Creation and Management for Capitaland, one of the largest developer in Asia Pacific. Sylvia is responsible for transforming its commercial portfolio to be ready for the future of work - developing, strategizing and implementing new space mixes and solutions for tenants. Prior to Capitaland, Sylvia led the Asia Pacific Occupier Consulting business for JLL with a team of 30 consultants across 8 cities. Sylvia was also instrumental in the development of JLL’s business intelligence and technology innovation offerings to clients.
As the Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of JustCo, Wan Long is responsible of driving new business strategies and market share, to meet the company’s sales growth and revenue targets across all markets.
Under Wan Long’s mentorship and training programmes, the JustCo Enterprise360 team was set up to cater one-stop bespoke workplace solutions to Fortune 500 companies and multinational organisations. Wan Long is a firm believer of conducting business with integrity, and he translates this into the goodwill that him and his team has earned with JustCo’s clientele over the years.
May Lam, a seasoned Corporate Real Estate Executive, developed her career from being a finance and accounting professional to becoming an expert in work environment, real estate portfolio management and facilities. She has diverse work experience in many industries such as Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Banking and IT. May joined the Fung Group in 2014 and is currently Senior Vice President, Corporate Services. May manages the corporate commercial real estate portfolio for the Fung Group globally, covering end to end from transaction, projects to facility management.
May holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Administrative Studies from York University, Canada. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Canada.
Kate joined the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in 2009, responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s footprint across 34 countries.
Kate has worked in both private & public sectors, as a service provider & an end-user. She has held a number of senior roles in London, Hong Kong, Singapore & Australia managing international portfolios for major MNCs.
A qualified Architect, Kate is passionate about creating the best end-user experience in this digital age.
Kate has been a Board Member for the Property Council of Australia (Victoria) and is the immediate Past-Chairwoman of CoreNet Global.
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.
John is the Head of Benefits and Wellness for Asia Pacific at JP Morgan. He has over 13 years of experience spanning across HR, consulting and most recently a HR technology startup as the Head of Consulting and Business Development. Prior to that, John was the Regional Compensation and Benefits Manager for BlackRock APAC, based in Hong Kong.
In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing basketball and football, and also is an avid photographer. John earned a Honour Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science and Computer Science, from University of Toronto.
Samson Lee is with AllianceBernstein Hong Kong Ltd. in the capacity of Operations VP to direct the development and coordination of facilities operations throughout Asia Pacific. He pioneered the corporation’s global transformation goal on office workplace and completed the pilot project for their Hong Kong office in 2017.
Samson was past president of the IFMA Hong Kong Chapter and currently Trustee of IFMA Foundation, a task group focused in education, with the vision of “Making Facility Management a Career of Choice”.
Lynette was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CapitaLand Commercial, a wholly-owned business unit of CapitaLand, with effect from 1 November 2017 to grow a global office operating platform, including capabilities relating to the future of work. Prior to the
appointment, Lynette was the CEO and Executive Director of CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management Limited (CCTML) for 10 years. CCTML is the manager of CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT), the first and largest commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. Under Lynette’s leadership, CCT has solidified its position as the largest office landlord in Singapore. It grew in profitability every year and its portfolio value increased almost threefold to S$10 billion, with a mixed-use development that could add approximately S$2 billion to CCT when completed.
Acacia Leroy keeps a sharp eye on global consumer trends and innovations in order to direct trend thinking and content in Asia. Her regional trend briefings and expert opinion have been featured in various publications. In the past year alone, Acacia has delivered more than 55 trend keynotes and innovation workshops in 12+ countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Acacia is also an experienced facilitator and conducts innovation workshops for clients around the globe.
Joining Swiss Re in 2014, Nicholas has broad responsibility for leading Swiss Re’s regional corporate real estate requirements taking in real estate strategy and portfolio optimization, facilities, capital projects, technology and workplace. Prior to joining Swiss Re Nicholas has held various real estate/ICT leadership roles with other global companies including Nomura, Johnson Controls, Macquarie Group, Goldman Sachs and Honeywell.
Wing Leung has more than 30 years of experience working on design-build project management. His experience and communication have resulted in a loyal client base including many well-known businesses within the multinational corporate sector. His experience in delivering remote projects for international corporates has involved setting up first offices in Asia with a focus on the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in China. With this particular knowledge and understanding, he has adapted to work with clients across a range of sectors including Co-Working, FinTech and Healthcare, to deliver innovative projects across the globe.
Adeline Liew is the Global Account Manager for the Asia-Pacific region at Interface’s headquarters in Singapore. Working with the country managers in the region, she oversees 29 key global accounts and their strategic partnerships with Interface. As part of Interface’s Global and Strategic Business team, Adeline supports customer operations in over 20 countries, and spearheads business and strategic negotiations. Her keen interest in sustainability development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has also led her to develop a system to increase the adoption of Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), which the United Nations (UN) have featured in their reports. Adeline is a passionate outdoors enthusiast and enjoys scuba diving and canyoning whenever she can.
Su is a co-founder and director of Six Ideas, a globally networked organisation of thinkers and practitioners concerned with the future of work, learning and life.
With a background in design, change management and organizational coaching, Su’s work is focused on helping organisations and individuals maximise the potential of change events. She is particularly interested in what motivates people to perform and how the behaviour of people is influenced by their environment. She has over 25 years’ experience in business and place strategy, stakeholder engagement and change facilitation, working across Asia and Australia.
Simon Long is passionate technologist, with over 15 years of consulting experience in enterprise technology projects. Having defined technology strategies and solutions for finance, education and government clients across the globe, this wide range of experience has provided him with a unique insight into the current, emerging and future technology trends for working spaces.
As an evangelist of ‘experience driven technology design’ he is always keen to ensure that technology is an effective enabler of a seamless user experience that doesn’t detract from the overall design and vision of the workplace.
Andrew is a Principal and leader of the Commercial & Workplace Sector at HASSELL.
Andrew works extensively on the interplay between architecture, urban design and workplace, utilising design as a mechanism to realise the potential of any given project to create real value for our clients and the cities we operate in.
At a time when changing expectations and economic imperatives see citizens demanding a richer variety of experience from their cities, Andrew brings a clear understanding of how the drivers of successful commercial architecture, hospitality and workplace can be combined to create meaningful, authentic spaces that connect people with place.
Dr Paul J Luciani leads the EY Asia Pacific & Japan Real Estate team in managing over 4.M square feet of office space across 23 countries. In his 13 years with EY, Paul has held positions focusing on procurement, real estate, facility management, travel, corporate hospitality, and corporate card programs.
Previously, Paul held key management positions in Manufacturing, Banking & Finance, Insurance, Government, and retail industry sectors. Paul is the author of numerous publications centered on optimizing indirect costs through the use of predictive analytics, and was instrumental in globalizing the real estate function for EY.
Paul lectures at numerous Universities at Post Graduate level in Property, Real Estate, and Facility Management. Paul holds a Doctorate in Facility Management focusing on Procurement cycles from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master’s Degree in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, and two Diplomas in Building Sciences from the Sydney Institute of Technology.
As Regional Vice President of Design Services at Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s Asia-Pacific region, Stephen Luk leads a Design Services team to guide the development of Hyatt hotels and maintain a coherent experience across all company brands and property types. Stephen and his Design Services team works with project designers to define and develop expectations of our brands to ensure every Hyatt hotel represents the brands and experiences.
Stephen is also heavily invested in the growth and personal development of his team. He is a strong believer in Hyatt’s nurturing values: “We care of people so that can be their best.”
Sean joined The Instant Group in 2015 to lead our expansion in the Asia Pacific region and cater for the increase in client demand for flexible workspace solutions. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience, predominantly in the outsourced services sector in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. This includes nearly five years as Operations Director, Asia Pacific for global business process outsourcing firm Williams Lea, where he led delivery and implementation of services for clients across the region. More recently, Sean has held client leadership roles in New Zealand, where he worked for regional technology firms Fronde and Datacom.
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.
Melissa Marsh is the Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches', to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions.
With a background in social science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active provocateur and contributor to many professional and research communities associated with the built world, including the AIA, CoreNet Global, IFMA, EDRA, and more.
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.
Julia has been a renowned leader in the hospitality architectural and design industry since 1978. She has been the recipient of the industry’s highest honors, including the prestigious Platinum Circle Award. Julia is a member of the AIA, IIDA, ULI and NEWH. She co-founded the New York chapter of the AIA Architecture of Hospitality Committee and is an active member of the ULI Asia Pacific Hospitality Committee and ULI WLI. She serves on the advisory boards of HD Magazine and Radical Innovation Award; teaches an annual course at Harvard Graduate School of Design; judges for The Hoteliers Awards and AHEAD; and, speaks as an industry panelist and keynote speaker.
Jessica is Head of People and Culture for AU and NZ at Cachet Group. She is an experienced business leader specialising in the employee lifecycle, organisational design, development and culture. Her qualifications include a B.Bus majoring in Human Resources Management and a GradCert in Accounting and Finance. She has spent thirteen years of her career in Human Resources roles of which six were at an Executive level in a Fortune 500 company.
Sanjay Narang currently heads the Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) Program and sponsors the SMART Buildings Team at Intel for Asia. He has over 20 years of Industry experience and has been with Intel for 15 years, leading and managing diverse set of portfolios including Facilities Risks & Controls, Industry Best Practices & Benchmarking, M&A Integrations, Financial Planning & Budgeting, Real Estate Planning and Project Management.
He holds an MBA from QUT, Australia, and is PMP certified. He is passionate about Technology solutions that could enhance Occupant Experience and/or Operational Efficiencies. His strong belief is that Future of RE/FM will be driven on automated intelligent decisions, developed using deep learning algorithms and perfected through the integration of human behaviors and experiences (HR) and technology use-cases (IT).
Jun is the Asia Pacific Region Head for Global Real Estate of J.P.Morgan and is based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the management of the corporate real estate requirements in Asia Pacific including the Global Service Centers in India and the Philippines.
Prior to joining J.P.Morgan, Jun was with Citi, and was responsible for all its APAC real estate management including the retail branches.
Jun spent some time early in his career teaching civil engineering and project economics modeling courses in the U.P. College of Engineering, and working as a construction project manager and head of information systems with a prominent construction company.
Jun had a B.S. in Civil Engineering (Cum Laude) degree from the University of the Philippines.
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.
Scott Ong is Head of Business Development of the International Business Group at YITU Technology where he drives sales strategies and leads business development activities.
He brings with him more than 20 years of technical and business management experience across various industries including Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Building Management, Retail and Manufacturing. Over the past decade, Scott has focussed on developing core solutions for Smart City and Biometrics Security initiatives.
Drawing on his deep industry knowledge, insights into the commercial applications of emerging technologies, and customer relationships forged over his career, Scott has successfully developed and delivered on multiple projects from Asia to the Americas.
Scott graduated from RMIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Gordon is a non executive director at the following Hong Kong listed companies: Lenovo, Swire and Meituan. Additionally he is Vice Chairman of the China Britain Business Council. Prior to this he was with McKinsey nearly 30 years, leading their practice in China for over 20 years. He has more than 1.5 million followers on LinkedIn. He splits his time between China and the United Kingdom.
My research-driven insights reveal opportunities in places organizations, entrepreneurs and executives have been conditioned to ignore. As an expert in organizational commitment and design, I help you to think differently in order to drive true and lasting innovation and client engagement.
I have a passion for translating complex academic ideas into accessible and actionable insights for industries who are looking to engage and inspire a new, modern workforce that has shifted dramatically in recent years. I’ve been a keynote speaker for numerous groups and thousands of people.
I am a sociologist, professor and researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, where I also serve as the Executive Director of the Social Research Lab. My research has appeared in numerous academic and trade publications. I earned my B.A. in English from Texas Lutheran University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.
Nayan is interested in interdisciplinary design that is end user-led and creates business value.
With experience working in workplace consulting, architecture and urban strategy and research practices both in India and the UK, Nayan has worked on projects of various scales across sectors including financial, R&D, FMCG, technology and learning environments.
Nayan has worked in multidisciplinary teams responsible for research and design output, and also for project management and liaison. Her international experience ranges from the grassroots level, working in non-government organizations in India, to design strategy, architectural design and policy research in the UK.
Greg is a Director and co-founder of Cachet Group. He has experience across all aspects of the design and build industry and graduated from Wellington University with a B.Arch(Hons). After spending the early part of his career working in corporate organisations and as an independent contractor he turned his hand to business leadership to combine his experience, knowledge and passion to create a company to deliver world class commercial interiors.
Steven’s work focuses on the psychology of people and business: By creating an understanding of the relationship between psychological ‘drivers’, commercial imperatives and individual performance, he enables executives, teams and organisations to leverage their own knowledge and wisdom in order to reach their full potential. With a background in change management, Steven has worked across all organizational levels, including CEOs and their boards. Steven is a UK qualified, foundation-level Psychotherapist and an accredited facilitator of the UK Government’s Training Development Agency. He holds an MBA from London Business School, a Diploma in International Marketing from INSEAD, and a BA from the University of Melbourne.
With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from NYU and after a four year solo trip around the world, Chelsea Perino first discovered her love for advertising in Cape Town, South Africa. There, Chelsea spent two years running all things marketing related for an experiential marketing startup, before returning to New York to complete her MA in Public and Organizational Relations.
Since then Chelsea has worked in advertising both in New York and most recently in Seoul, South Korea, leading digital strategy for a global mobile communications brand. Now based in Hong Kong, Chelsea is the Global Marketing Director at The Executive Centre, Asia’s premiere private and remote workspace and coworking provider.
Chelsea is passionate about organizational culture and believes that creating a dynamic and collaborative working experience positively affects team morale, productivity, and fosters community. Through a newly developed global marketing strategy and complete re-brand, her goal is to establish The Executive Centre as the leader in workspace experience, community and corporate-culture facilitation.
As Global Head of Workplace Sheridan is responsible for Facilities Management, Project Management, Energy & Environment and Workplace Design & Effectiveness for the bank’s commercial portfolio of 13.3m sq ft, spread across 63 markets and 1,600 buildings.
Sheridan joined SCB in 2005 after 4 years in Hong Kong with the Corporate Real Estate function of the global telecommunications company Nortel as an embedded service provider (CBRE), in the role of Head of Facilities and Project Management across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to Nortel, he spent 20 years in the hospitality industry, managing first class resorts in Florida, Hawaii, Micronesia and China.
Aurelie began her career in an investment bank before switching to the design industry. Actively involved in M Moser’s strategic growth across industries and regions, she works closely with clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their business needs to adapt to market changes.
Aurelie specialises in clients seeking business transformation and a change of workplace culture, and firmly believes that the power of design stretches far beyond aesthetics to support an organisation’s business objectives.
As a strong workplace activist, Aurelie also advocates M Moser’s dynamic, flexible, driven, and knowledge-hungry culture both internally and through industry events to empower future leaders and support our next generation of global talent. She is originally from France and was raised in Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mainland China.
Christian is a Masters level qualified Architect specialising in workplace strategy with work experience in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently the Director of his own business Future Office Design, which is the culmination of a varied expertise in design, a passion for workspace and extensive industry experience. He has a strong focus on corporate interiors, workplace strategy, activity-based-working and how to translate a business strategy to high performing and exciting workplaces that make a positive difference to their users. Some of his projects include Johnson & Johnson Zug, Citi Bank, Ikea Sydney and Auckland Council.
With 20 years’ experience leading exceptional and complex projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, Simon’s ideas enhance workplace performance and change the way businesses do business. He is a global leader in agile workstyles across multiple industry sectors, delivering ground-breaking concepts and award winning environments for his clients.
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...).
Morag is the Head of Corporate Real Estate Services for the Asia Pacific region. She joined HSBC in March 2015 and is based in Hong Kong. Working closely with the ASP Businesses and Functions, the CRE team is responsible for the strategy & planning, delivery and operation of all Group properties – owned and leased, office, branch, residential and data centres - supporting business needs and operational effectiveness goals of the Organisation. The HSBC portfolio in ASP covers some 17m sq ft across 19 countries.
Morag has over 20 years of experience in the corporate real estate and construction industries in Asia and UK. Her skills and experience include leading and managing culturally diverse teams in all aspects of corporate real estate management: strategy & planning, transaction management, facilities and project management. After working in London, UK for 6 years, she moved to Hong Kong in 1996, where she continues to work today.She has been a member of CoreNet Global since 2001. She holds the MCR designation and has served as a member of the HK CoreNet Chapter committee.
As Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific for Edge Technology Group, Emily Randall oversees all aspects of business development, strategy and operations for the region. Emily joined the Edge team in 2015 to expand the Singapore office and establish the Hong Kong and Sydney offices. Under her leadership, Edge has quickly distinguished itself as the premier IT partner for APAC-based financial firms, with over thirty-five employees supporting many of the largest funds in the region. Based in Hong Kong since 2010, Emily uses her local expertise and understanding of regional requirements to ensure the Edge platform consistently meets the unique needs of each of her clients.
Before joining Edge, Emily held several leadership roles with Eze Software Group and served as COO for Messer Financial Software. Emily graduated from Tufts University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science.
With over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Shrini Rao was one of the first professionals to join the service industry in India. As a founding member of Vestian, Shrini quickly realised that evolution of workplace was crucial to the productivity of employees. Keeping that in mind, he built a platform that covers all aspects of the workplace from transaction services, project management, build and facilities Management within Vestian. His expertise lies in not just identifying requirements, innovations and improvements needed in the sector, but also looking beyond the traditional business models to explore and shape the future of the organised workplace. Prior to Vestian, Shrini was responsible for successfully establishing the Asia Pacific operations of UGL Equis and has also held senior positions in Cushman & Wakefield and Colliers in Asia.
Renyi heads the Culture function for Prudential Singapore. His experience covers People Development, OD & Transformation partnering with internal business stakeholders and external clients across the Technology, Services, Logistics and Financial Services (FS) industries. Prior to Prudential, Renyi managed the Talent, Learning & Organisation Development with a financial institution where he was responsible for the talent management and development covering the Singapore office. He has a keen interest in analytics, learning and competency development and engaged on a range of people and change initiatives during his time in the consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Outside of work, Renyi is a passionate marathoner. He has spoken at events within the Asia HR community around talent and culture.
Frank Rexach is Vice President Enterprise at WeWork, Asia Pacific. His focus is to support Enterprise clients to activate their tenancies, buildings and precincts leveraging Powered By We and the WeWork global platform.
Based in Shanghai, Frank held senior leadership roles across multiple industries with a focus on developing international markets, prior to joining WeWork.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Southern California and his Masters from Thunderbird (American Graduate School of International Management).
Martijn Roordink founded Spaces in 2006, together with Rattan Chadha (former CEO Mexx, now CEO CitizenM hotels) and Frederique Keuning (Creative Director). Spaces was built upon the idea that the work environment should be more personal, creative and stimulating. They wanted to build a community of likeminded others; a community of entrepreneurs, SME’s, intrapreneurs and global workers. Drawing on experience and expertise in real estate and services, Roordink is focused entirely on the growth of Spaces, which is currently in the midst of an aggressive expansion. By end of 2018 Spaces will have 250 locations worldwide. An entrepreneur at heart, he has also run his own company EFFIC, an intermediate which organises services for real estate owners and users, since 2004. Based in Amsterdam, Roordink also has a passion for food and wine.
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.
Neil is an Independent Strategy and Change Management Consultant, as well as a teacher and speaker on the subject. He is particularly interested in helping clients work through the spatial, cultural, psychological & technological factors in order to create more effective and inspiring environments. His approach is founded on data analytics to inform design and strategy decisions, running in parallel with business engagement to support strategic decision making. Neil’s experience of business outside the world of workplace strategy, enables him to connect in a unique way with clients and designers alike, to drive positive business outcomes.
His strategy work a range of options including covers Activity Based Working Strategies, Implementing Pilot Space Designs, Scenario Modelling to assess space requirements, Workplace Assessments, Design Briefing, Change Management Programmes and Communications.
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.
Graeme is Head of Workplace Experience at MYOB. He has over 20 years of experience in influencing and transforming Workplaces. His tertiary qualifications in Project Management and Interior Design qualifications as well as having lived and worked in the UK, Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Australia provides Graeme a unique perspective on how to drive effective outcomes in the workplace.
A founding member of the First Contact Executive Team since 2009, Paul is an accomplished service leader in the design and delivery of Front of House and Workplace Experience.
A graduate of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, his unique style of service management contributed to successful pre-openings of award-winning hotels, establishing teams focussed on systematic service innovation.
As Village Operations Manager for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Paul managed the planning, execution and delivery of the 6,500 bed Athletes Village.
Considering all facets of the guest and employee experience, First Contact has earned market-leader status for service delivery in Australia partnering with clients including JLL, EY, Optus and ANZ Banking Group.
Mr. Anil Singh Shikarwar’s career path is characterized by various leadership positions in multiple business fields of Siemens. Relocating across Asia and Europe he gathered a wide variety of experiences in the areas of Manufacturing, Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain Management, and Logistics.
Since 2012, as Head of Siemens Real Estate Asia-Australia, he carries full end-to-end responsibility (including P&L) for the entire Siemens’ real estate business of the region. He is located in Shanghai from where he oversees Siemens’ industrial & office-portfolio, and related development & transaction projects in Asia-Pacific.
Throughout a thirty-year career rooted in the legacy of modernism, Peter Schubert has designed award-winning buildings both in the United States and abroad that include a range of typologies, including commercial, hospitality, science and technology, and master planning. Fusing a passion for urbanism with iconic architecture that integrates local culture, history, and context, he creates purposeful buildings and civic places. He consistently demonstrates how aesthetic and urbanistic goals can reinforce one another, applying this philosophy and bringing an exceptional level of architectural excellence first to commercial buildings and then to hospitality, educational, healthcare and institutional projects around the world.
Known affectionately as Mr. Toilet, Jack Sim is passionate about sanitation. After having achieved success in the corporate world, Jack decided to devote the rest of his life to “giving back”. Since then, he has become a leading social entrepreneur and sanitation advocate. His work has broken the taboo around toilets by bringing the sanitation crisis to the global media spotlight. Known for his unique efforts in combining humour and serious facts to advocate for improved sanitation conditions globally, Sim has mobilised a global movement involving governments, policy makers, UN agencies, international civil society, thought leaders and activists to work together in addressing the sanitation crisis. In 1998, he established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS). This was soon followed with a global body on sanitation – the World Toilet Organization (WTO) in 2001. Today, WTO is a growing network of 235 organizations in 58 countries. In 2011, Sim created another milestone for WTO and Singapore by being the first Singapore-based nonprofit organization to create and implement a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment. In 2013, Sim worked to designate 19 November as an official UN World Toilet Day. On 24 July 2013, the resolution was adopted by consensus and was co-sponsored to more than 100 countries.
Penny is the co-owner and founder of Siren Design Singapore and played a lead role in all major design projects for Siren Design Australia and Singapore since its inception in 2005; she has become one of the industry’s top creative forces winning the Perspective 40 under 40 Design Star of the Future award in Asia. Penny moved to Singapore at the end of 2011 and has since opened the Siren Design Singapore Office.
Abhinav (Abe) is an experienced investment, financial, technology, business development, and operations strategist. He is currently the CEO for LEVERTON, residing in New York City. Abe has worked with many law firms and institutions over the years and has a deep understanding of the real estate technology / CREtech / PropTech space. With LEVERTON, Abe is revolutionizing how corporations use artificial intelligence based machine and deep learning algorithms for data extraction.
A VR_ AR industry professional with 20 years of industry experience. Heads the EON Reality APAC operations based in Singapore.
Alex is a Workplace Psychologist who:
Jason Taper is the Regional Vice President of Global Client Collaboration for Steelcase Asia Pacific. In his role, Jason leads a team which leverages Steelcase’s global insights and footprint to help our clients augment the performance of their workspaces in the Asia Pacific region. With over 20 years of experience in the furniture, building and construction industry, Jason has built a wealth of experience in the Asia Pacific region specifically in Australia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Jason is a watersports lover; he likes surfing and paddling with friends and family.
MBA finance professional, managing Real Estate delivery and budget for Asia.
Professor Thurman, a Columbia MBA valedictorian, service award winner, and multiple teaching award recipient, has extensive experience helping a variety of governments and corporations realize value from innovative leadership, operations, and technology strategies. Paul teaches strategic management and data analysis at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and has led the department's Non-Degree Executive Education Programs and its Professional Development Program. Previously, he was a Healthcare Research Fellow, Professor, and MBA Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and has held professorships in China, India, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, and Iceland. His recent peer-reviewed research has focused on scientific collaboration and its effect on research quality, and on cancer drug patents, FDA approvals, and market pricing. He received his BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and his MBA (valedictorian) from Columbia. He was awarded his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Ecole des Ponts Business School, in Paris, France.
With over 25 years in the industry as a property, workplace and change leader, Neil has delivered innovative environments for organisations in a variety of sectors, all over the world including Warner Bros., Honeywell, Rio Tinto and Sky. Together with this practical experience, his influential blog (www.workessence.com), regular conference talks and occasional performance poetry have made him a leading thinker in the profession. His first book The Elemental Workplace was published in March 2018.
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.
Andrew is a Partner with Deloitte Consulting, based in Hong Kong. He has over 20 years of experience in organizational transformation. He has lived and worked in Asia for 12 years and is an advisor on culture, leadership and people strategy. He has spent much of his career at large global organizations developing leading enterprise wide talent strategies to enable high performance. For the past 8 years Andrew has been a trusted advisor to large corporations who are embarking on transformational change where alignment and capability among leaders and engagement among employees is critical to bringing about change. Andrew is the Future of Work leader for Deloitte providing advice and solutions to clients for how to affect change through the redesign of Work, Workforce and Workplace strategies.
Don Watson is responsible for Global Workplace and Enterprise Services which consists of the following:
Don holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and a MBA from Seton Hall University. He is a former President of the NJ CoreNet Chapter.
Duncan helms the Office Services division at Colliers International, where he leads his team in providing timely advice to clients on strategic positioning and best market practices, as well as driving complex negotiations for his clients within the Singapore commercial market.
Leveraging his strong client network across Asia Pacific, United States, United Kingdom and Europe, Duncan cultivates and nurtures healthy relationships with multinational corporations which have corporate real estate portfolio in Singapore and the Asia
He also has expertise in workplace strategy, of which he assists his clients to identify and maximise corporate real estate space for productivity, financial savings and end-user friendly work environments.
Robert has been with Colliers’ Corporate Solutions team since 2011 and provides transaction management, account management and strategic consultancy services to large corporate occupiers across Asia Pacific. His role involves navigating difficult and complex real estate assignments for his clients. Half Venezuelan, half English, and fluent in Mandarin, Rob has lived in Asia for over 20 years and brings a diverse background in commercial and industrial real estate transactions, as well as a deep understanding of China’s unique real estate markets.
Tony is a Registered Architect and seasoned CRE/FM executive with experience in managing multi-discipline international teams to deliver real estate projects and services to meet business results. He moved from architecture to CRE/FM since 1990, and had covered almost all aspects of CRE&FM for JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Cisco. After serving in investment banks for 20 years, Tony took a career turn in 2011 and moved to Cisco Systems to be the Director, Workplace Resources for Asia Pacific region, managing delivery of RE, Construction and FM.
Tony was the Founding Chairman of the CoreNet Global Asia Pacific Chapter in 1993 and was on its global board from 2009-12. He was one of the earliest members of the IFMA HK and had also been active in architectural institutions such as HKIA, UIA and ARCASIA. Tony regularly delivers talks at CRE/FM events and lectures in universities across the Asia Pacific region.
Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to expert on brand leadership for national media outlets, an in-demand speaker and consultant, and an influential writer. As a regular contributor to several well-known international publishers and media outlets, she challenges business professionals to think differently about brand leadership. She is author of several books including the bestseller What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest and the new book FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies.
Her experience includes several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King, Land Rover, and Unilever and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she garnered major corporate awards as the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy. She has run her own firm as an independent consulting partner since 2004. Outside of her professional roles, Denise counts hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, dancing with a professional ballet company, and flying a helicopter as some of her greatest life experiences.
Elly is a seasoned HR, learning and development professional with over 20 years of experience specializing in organizational culture & behaviors; team alignment and strategic planning sessions, as well as leadership and management development. She is often commented by her clients as someone who is passionate, dynamic, inspiring, and someone who brings learning beyond theories, highly application-focused. Elly holds a first class honor degree from the University of Hong Kong, with a subsequent master research degree from Oxford University. She can facilitate workshops in English, Cantonese as well as Mandarin & Shanghai dialect. She started off her career as a management trainee of the British Swire Group; thereafter moving into total quality management and HR arena with a number of different industries. She spent another 10 years of her career with the banking field, being HSBC’s unit head for leadership & management development in Asia Pacific, as well as DBS Group head of Learning & Development, Talent Management.