CoreNet Global Summit, Hong Kong 2019
Hong Kong | 12 - 14 March 2019
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Speakers

Andrew, Peter

Senior Director - Workplace Centre of Excellence APAC, CBRE

Peter Andrew, MCR, 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.

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Armstrong, Tony

Senior Vice President, IWBi Asia, International WELL Building Institute

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.



Barras, Scott

Regional Head of Property Asean & South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank



Bee Chan, Angela

Innovation Lead, Schneider Electric

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.

  



Bell, Nathan

Principal, FreeState

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.



Bell, Simon

Managing Director, FITCH Design

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.



Boland, Shelley

Regional Head Property, Greater China and North Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

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.

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Boulle, Moira

Global Change Management Strategist, Microsoft

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.



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.



Busch, Jennifer

Vice President A&D, Teknion

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. 

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Candido, Christhina

Program Director - Bachelor of Architecture and Environments, University of Sydney

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.



Carmichael, Andrew

Director, Client Services, APAC Project Management, Cushman & Wakefield

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.



Chan, Marcos

Executive Director, Head of Research for Hong Kong, Southern China and Taiwan, CBRE

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.



Chang, David

Global Head of Strategy, Corporate Real Estate, HSBC

David is the Head of Portfolio Optimisation for HSBC in the Asia Pacific region, taking on a leadership role in real estate portfolio strategy, planning, and management for HSBC’s 15m+ sqft portfolio. David has broad experience in managing cross-functional teams and implementing innovative workplace strategies across the real estate lifecycle. He focuses on creating a portfolio and workplace strategy that aligns to HSBC’s corporate operational effectiveness goals and acts as the primary relationship interface for CRE with key customer groups and real estate partners. David has 10+ years of experience in developing strategic and operational initiatives for large corporate occupiers across the Asia Pacific and Americas regions.



Chua, Ming Lee

Head of Account Management and Service Lines, Global Occupier Services, APAC, Cushman & Wakefield

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.

  



Cox, Paula

Regional Account Dircetor, Sodexo



Dickens, Sarah

Group Design Associate, Cachet Group

Sarah is the Group Design Associate for AU and NZ at Cachet Group. Her seventeen-year career in commercial interior design includes international experience across all segments of the market with a focus on blue chip organisations. After mastering her craft, she progressed to leadership roles fostering and mentoring the next generation of talent, being at the forefront of industry trends and working to shape the future of design industry in AU.



Elliott, Lee  

Head of Global Occupier Research, Knight Frank



Escudero, Sergio

Strategist, Gensler

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.



Froud, Bryan

Senior Occupancy Planning Manager, JLL

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.



Fry, Glenn

Senior Director, Client Solutions Area, CBRE



Gaffney, Tom

Regional Managing Director, The Greater Bay Area & Hong Kong, CBRE

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.



Gilbert, Victoria

Associate Director, Wellness Consulting Asia Pacific, Colliers International

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.



Green, Andrew

Group Director, PTS Consulting Group



Hanna, Kat

Associate Director, Urban Change, Research and Insight UK,, Cushman & Wakefield



Holt, Nicholas

Asia Pacific Head of Research, Knight Frank Asia Pacific

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).



Kishida, Shoko

Project Manager, Itoki Corporation



Koh-Gratton, Sylvia

Head of Asset Value Creation and Management, Capitaland Commercial Pte Ltd

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.



Lam, May

Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Fung (1937) Management Limited

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.



Langan, Kate

Group General Manager Property, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group

Kate is the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group General Manager Property, responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s global footprint across 34 countries.

Kate has worked in both the private & public sectors of the Property Industry, as a service provider & an end-user. She has held a number of senior roles in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia managing international portfolios for major MNCs.

A qualified Architect, Kate achieved her Masters from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art and is passionate about the contribution that creative built form can bring to end-user experience in a digital age.

Kate has been a Board Member for the Property Council of Australia (Victoria), is currently Past-Chairwoman of the global Board of Directors for CoreNet Global, and sits on the Infrastructure Advisory Panel for the University of Melbourne.

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Leong, Lynette

Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand Commercial

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.



Leung, Wing

Director, M Moser Associates



Lim, Susan

Director, Six Ideas   

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.

 



Long, Simon

Principal Consultant - Technology & Innovation, PTS Consulting Group

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.

 



Low, Andrew

Principal, HASSELL

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.

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Luciani, Paul

Asia-Pacific Real Estate Leader, EY

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.

  



Marsh, Melissa

Founder & Executive Director, PLASTARC, Inc., Senior Managing Director - Occupant Experience / Savills Studley

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.

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Meehan, Iolanda

Managing Partner, Veldhoen+Company SEA

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Monk, Julia

Senior Principal | Director of Hospitality, Interior Design, HOK

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. 



Muldoon, Jessica

Head of People and Culture, Cachet Group

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.  

  



Nepomuceno, Jun

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

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.



Oldman, Tim

CEO, Leesman

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

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

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

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Orr, Gordon

Chairman, Westchel

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.

 



Parekh, Nayan

Firmwide Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler

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.



Parsonson, Gregory

Director, Cachet Group

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.



Pistauer, Christian

Director, Future Office Design Ltd.

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.



Pole, Simon

Global Design Director, Unispace

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.

  



Puybaraud, Marie

Global Head of Corporate Research, JLL

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

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Rothe, Peggie

Development Director, Leesman

Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.

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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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Schmeja, Paul

CEO, First Contact



Shikarwar, Anil Singh

Senior Vice President, Siemens Ltd. China

Mr. Shikarwar joined Siemens in 1989 and held positions in various business-fields, including Head of Siemens Real Estate South Asia, Executive Vice President Siemens Ltd. India, Head of Strategic Purchasing & Logistics, Vice President Siemens Ltd. India, Head of Manufacturing & Logistics, as well as Head of Siemens Real Estate Asia, Siemens AG, Germany.  Since 2012, he is as Head of Siemens Real Estate Asia-Australia responsible for the entire Siemens’ real estate business, portfolio, and all related tasks across the region.



Sloane, Penny

Managing Director, Siren Design Singapore

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. 



Somani, Abhinav

CEO, LEVERTON

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.



Thurman, Paul

Clinical Professor of Management, Director of Non-Degree Executive Education Programs, Columbia University

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. Thurman 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, received his MBA (with highest honors) from Columbia, and completed doctoral (DrPH) coursework in health policy and management at the State University of New York. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) from Ecole des Ponts, in Paris, France.



Usher, Neil

Executive Consultant, workessence



Wilkinson, Robert

Associate Director, Corporate Solutions Asia Pacific, Colliers International

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.