CoreNet Global Summit, Madrid 2018
Madrid | 25 - 27 September 2018 | NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
The largest gathering of corporate real estate professionals in Europe


Anderson, John R.

Director of Financial Strategy, Imperial College London

John has played a key role in the evolution of the College’s Financial Strategy since 2000 including the establishment of the College's Endowment Fund which now stands at just under half a billion pounds; the development of the Non-Core property portfolio (£8m in 2005 to £135m in 2015). The main objective is to maintain a viable financial strategy for the College to achieve its long term growth ambitions.

John initiated the Imperial White City Campus, enabling the College’s acquisition of the various land assets and establishing consents for 3 million sq ft of mixed use development to date. This includes the development of the GradPad Postgraduate student accommodation portfolio and ThinkSpace’s emerging co-location operation in White City.

Asprey Price, Sue

Head of Corporate Solutions, UK, JLL

As Lead Director of JLL's Corporate Solutions division, Sue helps organisations from all industries improve their real estate performance. She has overseen the implementation of transformational projects with global corporations focusing on workplace strategy, organisational design, real state strategy and change management. As technology, people and data transform what businesses need from real estate, her aim is to help clients thrive in the changing world of work. 

Berthold, Bryan

Managing Director, Workplace Strategy & Change Management, Cushman & Wakefield

Mr. Berthold is the Managing Director of Workplace Strategy & Change Management within C&W’s Strategic Consulting practice.  This practice includes all aspects of developing integrated experiences for clients and employees.  Mr. Berthold works to lead and inspire teams to improve a client’s brand experience with solutions that drive culture and integrate people, place and technology.

Workplace Strategy focus is unique in its breadth. While many have focused on discrete segments of workplace, Workplace Strategy includes cultural alignment, client and employee experience, workplace strategy, technology strategy, sustainable designs, health & wellness strategies, change management, and service strategy. 

The practice leverages best practice research, systems, design thinking, and key partnerships across Cushman & Wakefield and the entire industry.  Workplace Strategy brings clients to the forefront of new ways of working and building compelling client and workplace experiences that increase value, improve the bottom line and accelerate a client’s progress toward their strategic objectives.  Workplace Strategy serves as client catalyst within the Global Consulting Group, helping to drive change, create compelling experiences.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Berthold was SVP, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta where he rolled out their first Alternative Workplace program and co-working space.  He began his 20+ year career as an architect, and is an industry leader in workplace strategy, change management and the alignment of business and real estate strategies.

Mr. Berthold was the 2014 CoreNet Global Corporate Executive of the Year for Atlanta and is a Top Faculty-rated instructor for CoreNet Global.  He has been active in workplace strategies with SunTrust Bank, Altisource, TD Financial Group, Washington Mutual, Capital One and Fleet Boston Financial.  At Capital One, Bryan led the award winning, Future of Work alternative workplace strategy program that garnered the CoreNet Global, Global Innovator’s Award; Great Places to Work, Best Practices award; Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility 4 times; and Working Woman’s Best Place to Work.

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Boggis, Ian

Head of Portfolio and Change Management EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield

Ian has been a Technology Leader for over 10 years, with extensive experience of delivering Enterprise Wide Technology and Business Programs at Cushman and Wakefield, previously leading Global and EMEA Transformation Programs.

His current role is as Head of Portfolio and Change Management in EMEA, with responsibility for delivery of Enterprise Solutions, Infrastructure, Information Security, Innovative and Emerging Technology, Strategic Programs (Business Transformation and M&A), and Change Management.

A key area of focus is enablement through technology, providing value and benefits to clients through new, innovative or emerging technology solutions that can be applied in a practical way for Corporate Real Estate.

Brady, Catriona

Better Places for People Project Manager, World Green Building Council

Catriona Brady is the Project Manager for WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign. The global project supports Green Building Councils and their members to increase the demand and supply of green buildings which are supportive of the health, wellbeing and productivity of the people within them.

Catriona comes from a background in environmental consultancy, with experience in sustainability strategy and certification. She completed a degree in Geography at the University of St Andrews and is based in London, UK.


Cantor, Jennifer

Managing Director, UBS

Jennifer leads the Group Corporate Services for UBS in Europe North/East and MEA.  She previously led the Global Operations for Cisco’s real estate portfolio and onsite services.  In this role, she was responsible for strategy, technology adoption, and efficient operations of the Workplace Resources organization. She focused on advancing digital operations and predictive analytics to transform Cisco’s Workplace Resources.

Carroll, Tom

Head of EMEA Corporate Research, JLL

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

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

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

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Catchlove, Mark

Director – Insight Group EMEA, Herman Miller Ltd

Mark has been employed in the office interiors industry for over 30 years, working on projects with many leading public and private organisations. 

Mark is responsible for sharing Herman Miller’s Insights into the latest thinking in workplace design and related issues.

He has delivered more than 400 seminars around the world.

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Christmann, Bjoern

Head of Global Corporate Real Estate, Bayer Real Estate GmbH

Bjoern Christmann graduated as an industrial engineer of the university of Karlsruhe/Germany. In addition, he acquired a degree as a real estate economist.

His professional career started in 1998 at “Hoechst AG” (Frankfurt/Germany) in the field of Corporate Real Estate Management. After various merger/acquisition activities, he became a member of the Sanofi CREM Executive Real Estate Team and worked in Paris/France.

In 2007, Christmann took over the CREM responsibility at “Bombardier Transportation“ and moved to Berlin/Germany and later to Zurich/Switzerland.

In 2013, he joined Bayer where he has taken over the global responsibility of Bayer’s Corporate Real Estate Management activities.

Furthermore, he is the president of CoreNet Global’s Chapter “Central Europe”.

In his “spare time”, he enjoys sports such as mountain biking, windsurfing, jogging and skiing.

Crane, Andrew

Global Account Director, Sodexo

Early career in the Hotel and Hospitality industry in both large corporate, and later the boutique hotel market. Joined Sodexo in 2004 managing integrated facilities solutions for the Public Sector in the UK. Moved to global strategic accounts in 2010 leading both Operations and Transformation & Change activities. Most recently moving from Account Director Manufacturing facilities solutions for Glaxosmithkline to Global Account Director for Sodexo Unilever.

Cuddihy, John

Visiting Professor, Coventry University

John Cuddihy has over 28 years’ experience in policing roles, focused on counter terrorism investigations, intelligence-led policing and managing institutional change. As a Counter Terrorism Senior Investigations Officer (CTSIO), John led multiple CT investigations between 2007 and 2015, including the investigative response to the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack and the Stockholm bombing in 2011. John was also the strategic lead regarding the continuing investigation into the Locherbie bombing in 1988. He has made high impact contributions in challenging strategic and operational areas of CT policing both nationally and internationally, and has a track record of successfully building organisational capability and delivering transformational change. In his capacity as Detective Chief Superintendent, John led the creation of Police Scotland’s Organised Crime & Counter Terrorism Unit (OCCTU), the first of its kind in Europe.

D'Silva, Rhebeckha

Global Real Estate Lead, Deliveroo

Rhebeckha has been working in the corporate real estate sphere for 8 years, and her specialism lies in tenant representation and advisory across global markets. She currently leads Deliveroo’s global real estate portfolio. Deliveroo, an online food delivery company, was founded in 2013 and over the last four years the company has seen a revenue growth rate of 107,117%, making it the fastest-growing company in Europe. It now operates in 12 countries across 200+ cities from Madrid to Melbourne.


Decker, Tobias

Head of Line of Business Real Estate, SAP Innovation Center

Tobias Decker is the Head of Line of Business Real Estate at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam, Germany. In close collaboration with customers and partners, Tobias and his team help drive and develop disruptive innovations within the field of digital real estate. Currently, Tobias oversees the development of both a new cloud and a digital twin solution for corporate real estate. Before joining SAP in 2001, Tobias Decker worked in IT project management for the world’s leading construction companies. As a result, he possesses a solid understanding in software applications, real estate management and the building industry. Suitably for this purpose, Tobias Decker holds two degrees in civil engineering from universities in Cologne and Aachen, Germany.


Duckworth, John

Managing Director UK & EMEA, The Instant Group

John is MD of Instant in the UK & EMEA, a business providing companies with flexible office solutions and advice through our Serviced, Managed and Enterprise services.

Previously John was at JLL where he held various senior roles in London, Warsaw/CEE, and Paris over an 18-year period.

English, Allison

Client Services Director, Leesman

Allison joined Leesman in 2018 as Client Services Director. With an educational background in visual communications and professional experience in process improvement, systems implementation and client engagement, she is working to drive innovation and strategic client collaboration with Leesman’s broad and diverse client base. Having spent time in dozens of offices around the Americas, APAC and EMEA, Allison’s exposure to various workplace settings and cultures results in a unique perspective of the workplace and how people interact with it.

Fitzpatrick, Lynn

Head of Real Estate Service - Europe, Mastercard

Lynn leads the RES team for the Europe region within Mastercard.  The team is responsible for the lifecycle of Mastercard’s occupancy, encompassing Facilities management, transactions, capital projects, lease administration and strategic reviews, across 52 sites and 36 countries.

Foster, Charlie

Mangaing Director, Head of Real Estate - Europe, Global Investment Banking, Royal Bank of Canada

Charlie is the MD and Head of Real Estate at RBC. He previously led the real estate business at Canaccord Genuity and was Head of Strategy & Research for the Real Estate Finance business at RBS. Charlie is a Chartered Surveyor having worked at JLL, CBRE and Land Securities before moving into Investment Banking.

Gall, Catherine

Director of Research, Steelcase

A French native who has studied and worked in 5 countries, Catherine Gall has been conducting user-centered workplace research for more than 15 years and has created the Steelcase Research Practice in Europe in 2004. A creative design thinker, she is passionate about innovation and experience design and is constantly seeking to understand the interplay of space, technology and behaviours. What is getting her most excited lately are recent discoveries about connections between the brain and the body that have significant implications for creativity, learning and focus in the workplace. She is a visiting professor at IE University in Madrid and regularly contributes to conferences and publications on the topic of workplace research.

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Garrido Piñero, Andrés


Andrés Garrido cofounded CHAINGOTECH in 2017. He serves as the CEO, overseeing operations and sales. Previously he worked for more than 6 years in the Aerospace Sector working for the leading constructor companies such as Boeing and Airbus.

Andrés is an International MBA graduated from IE Business School he also earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Seville, graduating in 2009.


Gerard Hoendervanger, Jan

Senior Researcher & Lecturer, Hanzehogeschool

Jan Gerard Hoendervanger works as a senior researcher and lecturer at Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Groningen, the Netherlands. Within ‘NoorderRuimte’, Centre of Research and Innovation for Built Environment, he collaborates with practitioners, students, and researchers from various disciplines. Key themes in his work are: healthy workplace, workspace design, Corporate Real Estate Management, and New Ways of Working. In his PhD research, a co-creation of Hanze UAS, University of Groningen, and NWO, he analyses psychological aspects of activity-based work environments. He has a background as a management consultant and studying Management Science at the University of Twente.

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Giraldez, Maria

Workplace Resources Area Manager, Nokia

Experienced consultant in strategies and Workplace design, through the implementation of new work models and transformation of corporate offices.

Responsible for the Region South, East and Central Europe at Nokia Workplace Resources, reporting to the Head of Europe Market.

Gray, Mary-Louise

Director, Design and Construction and Facilities Manager, EMEA, American Express

Mary-Louise currently heads up the Design, Construction and Facilities Management for EMEA, for American Express.  Previously Mary-Louise has held roles within CBRE supporting the Bank of America account on Strategy and Transformation for both EMEA and APAC and Deutsche Bank for five years, where she ran Transformation and Change programmes globally.

Gray, Whitney

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Delos

At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients and staff.

Gray, Whitney

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Delos

Dr. Gray oversees health research and development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products.

Dr. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, supports AIA, ULI, and EDRA. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, BA in Public Health Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, and the first public health professional to become LEED AP.


Gunn, Andy

Visiting Fellow, Coventry University

A former senior police officer in the UK with 30 years’ experience in strategic and operational roles, Andrew now acts as an independent consultant for international policing and security organisations specialising in counter terrorism and organised crime.  Operating across the globe on current initiatives promoting peace and security, enhancing capability and capacity of countries across Europe, Middle East and North Africa, tackling violent extremism and strategies focusing on the root causes, Andrew continues to utilise and develop his experience and specialisms.  In addition he acts as a Visiting Fellow at a prominent UK university supporting and enhancing many research projects across the breadth of issues which impact on countering terrorism and organised crime.

Hallissey, Andrew

Executive Managing Director - Occupier Services EMEA, Colliers International, London

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


Haslem, Rosie

Director, Spacelab

Rosie Haslem is a Director at Spacelab, an award-winning architecture and design studio specialising in user-centred design.

With a background in human and social geography, urban design and space syntax theory, Rosie has a unique understanding of how human movement, behaviour and interaction can be influenced by spatial layout. She’s a known industry expert on data-driven design and recently contributed to the government’s whitepaper on how evidence-based design can improve the quality of the built environment.


Henderson, Jamie

Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Jamie is an Associate Director and account manager in Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services team based in London. He works with a range of international corporate clients to deliver portfolio and transaction advisory services and strategic property advice across Cushman & Wakefield’s international network. Jamie is an emerging leader and the co-chair of the Cushman & Wakefield I-Suite, which is an active network of ‘influencers’ in the real estate industry seeking to inspire the next generation of client decision makers and position Cushman & Wakefield at the forefront of innovation and thought leadership.  

Hewitt, Elaine

CEO, National Health Services Property Services (NHSPS)

Elaine joined NHS Property Services in February 2015 and is responsible for overseeing a £3 billion asset portfolio, some 4,000 properties, 3,000 employees and an annual income of over £700 million. At a time of increasing demand for the NHS, the company is reducing costs, creating a more fit for purpose estate and generating vital funds to reinvest to support improvements in frontline patient care.

Prior to this role, Elaine had a long and successful career in BT Group plc. As Group Property Director, Elaine managed the largest corporate property portfolio in the UK and real estate across 70 countries.


Hofmann, Marco

Director Business Development, LoB Real Estate, SAP SE

Marco Hofmann is responsible for Business Development of SAP´s real estate management solutions. In his global role as Director Business Development he works closely together with customers and partners to identify new business opportunities.

Marco studied business administration at the DHBW Mannheim and worked in the real estate department of a global pharmaceutical company. After several roles in sales, he took over responsibility for solution sales of SAP Real Estate Management in Germany and professional service industries. Additionally, he is an experienced Innovation Coach, using Design Thinking to identify and develop innovations with customers and partners.

Houel, Nicolas

General Manager, Technology Accounts, CBRE

Multi-lingual Facilities Management operator, business development professional and leader, excelling in problem solving, influencing within a corporate environment and developing people to meet their potential. Currently responsible for providing leadership and support on 11 client accounts that fall within the technology division at CBRE, with P&L accountability totalling circa £25m+.

Johnson, Jan

VP Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel

Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of workplaces. She is a highly respected workplace strategist; leads Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team; and frequently writes, speaks and teaches. 

Combining an Interior Design degree and MBA, Jan has worked for both Perkins + Will and HOK/Advance Strategies where she supported Sun Microsystems and co-developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program. 

On CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community Knowledge Advisory Panel, Jan has taught MCR classes since 2009. She also helped develop core competencies that define workplace strategy and CoreNet Global’s three new MCR.w courses. 

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Johnson, Simon

Partner, Incendium

Simon Johnson is a co-founder of Incendium and has been working with the Department of Work and Pensions for the last 2.5 years as a fully embedded member of the Estates Senior Leadership team. Simon is the Interim Head of Strategy & Planning having been the Transaction Lead.  Simon has been leading a team of 17 Incendium specialists who have been supporting the Department across all facets of the PRIME contract exit - commercial strategy & negotiation, estate rationalisation & leasing and operating model development & mobilisation.

Since co-founding Incendium, Simon has led a variety of portfolio strategy, supply chain restructuring and embedded leadership roles with clients such as Sage, GSK and Regus.

Journo, Ronen

SVP, Enterprise & Workplace Strategy, WeWork

Most recently appointed as the SVP of Enterprise and Workplace strategy at WeWork, Ronen has over 20 years experience in the real estate sector and has played a significant part in implementation and strategic workplace roles at Procord (acquired by Johnson Controls), DEGW and Cisco.

In his new role at WeWork, Ronen will lead WeWork’s expansion across Europe, Israel and Australia.

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Kane, Chris

Director, Six Ideas UK Limited

As a passionate visionary and futurist, Chris Kane identifies new trends to advance the evolutionary relationship between people and place and is trusted to lead global enterprises through challenging, transformational journeys to discover new ways of working. Chris is an intelligent, strategic thinker with an innate ability to extract clarity from highly complex, cluttered and controversial situations.

His decisions are informed by almost three decades’ experience in Workplace, most recently as founder of Six Ideas UK. He also helps the NHS deliver quality healthcare facilities as a Board member, supports the development of the next wave of new schools as Trustee of REAch2 Academy Trust & chairs a new approach to commercial real estate development with Vanguard Global Realty. Prior to this he was Head of BBC Workplace (2004 – 2013) and VP Corporate Real Estate at The Walt Disney Company (1997 – 2003). 

Katsikakis, Despina

Global Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield

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

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

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

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Kihlman, Pontus

Executive Consultant, Rapal Oy

Pontus Kihlman, MSc. (Eng.) of workplace analytics company Rapal has been working in with real estate, construction, organizational development and workplace development nearly two decades. He has been working with business excellence and transformational change, as well as workplace and business development in Finland and the Nordics. In his current position, Kihlman helps organizations investigate and assess their workplace performance. In the capacity of Head of the Smart Way of Working Network, at Project Management Association Finland, he is also invited guest speaker at various events on the topics related to real estate and the future of work.

Kishan, Rakesh

Managing Principal, Trascent Management Consulting

Rakesh Kishan is a founding partner of Trascent Management Consulting, LLC and the Managing Principal, Americas & EMEA. He advises blue-chip companies on global CRE/FM outsourcing initiatives to increase efficiency in FM through best practices. An expert in the growing market for outsourced FM services, he has spearheaded outsourcing initiatives on a global scale and within diverse portfolios and has advised major corporations across the entire outsourcing life-cycle: from structuring global FM outsourcing initiatives, to optimizing governance structures and processes and to implementing interventions to renew troubled relationships. Mr. Kishan has pioneered innovative approaches to structuring contract pricing to foster continued supplier innovation across each stage of the contract life-span.

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Koester, Georg

Blockchain Topic Owner, SAP SE

As a topic owner for Blockchain at SAP’s Cloud Platform Innovation unit, where he is also coordinating their machine learning solutions, Georg Koester is an expert on new technologies from an enterprise perspective. With SAP being the market leader in enterprise application software, Georg works at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. He has a background in Software Engineering, Business Studies and Design Thinking, having graduated from the Hasso-Plattner-Institute of Potsdam, Germany, and the Design Thinking Schools in Potsdam and Stanford, USA.


Krabbe, Frederic

Project Manager – Strategic Facility Management, Bayer Real Estate GmbH

Frederic started his career at REMONDIS and worked as a Facility and Energy Manager with focus on site management for 6 years. In 2014 he joined Bayer Real Estate as a Facility Manager. In several projects he developed Facility Management on a tactical and operational level. After 2 years he became part of the global Strategic Facility Management initiative at Bayer. Since 2017 he has been leading this initiative.

Langan, Kate

GM Group Property, ANZ

Kate joined the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group as Group General Manager Property in 2009, responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s global 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 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) and is currently Past-Chairwoman of the global Board of Directors for CoreNet Global.

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Leitner, Jeff

Innovator in Residence, University of Southern California

Jeff Leitner is an experienced social innovator and expert on engineering social change.  He is Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California, housed in the world’s largest school of social work. There, he facilitated design and development of the nation’s first doctorate in social innovation.

He is a Fellow at New America, where he partnered with the OECD to develop the first-ever sequencing of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Leitner is founding director of UX for Good, a multi-year initiative to leverage experience design to solve social challenges.  There, he has partnered with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education to advance social-emotional learning in public schools and with Aegis Trust to boost the impact of genocide memorials in Africa and Europe.

Leitner was founding director of Insight Labs, which enlisted more than 800 senior strategists, designers and artists to help nearly 50 corporations, institutions and governments in the U.S. and Europe untangle social challenges.

Lepe, Miguel

Director Corporate Purchasing, Amadeus IT Group SA

Miguel Lepe has spent 24 years of his professional career at Amadeus IT Group in several global management positions in Controlling within the Finance Department. Since 2017 he is Corporate Purchasing Director in Amadeus, globally responsible for Group Purchasing, Group Travel Management and Group Real Estate.  Before joining Amadeus he has worked as CFO and as a consultant in different companies. Miguel holds a degree in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Seville, and a MBA from the University of Deusto.

Lettink, Nick

Workplace Strategist, YNNO

Nick Lettink is as a professional workplace strategist working at YNNO and primarily involved in projects with a focus on strategy development, workplace- and work style analysis and on the development of workplace concepts. According to Nick one of the most important aspects of a successful workplace concept implementation is the focus on change management. Therefore, he also focuses on the management of the to the new environment related change processes that enable organizations to increase their ability to change and perform well in a new way of working. Nick has strong analytical skills and his ability to structure complex issues gives him broad deployable possibilities. He did amongst others scientific research to the aspects that determine the attractiveness of the (experienced and holistic) workspace in relation to workstyles and activities performed by different users of workspaces. With his energy and passion for concept development and facility management Nick actively contributes to multiple knowledge groups and guest lectures at universities. As chairman of the expertgroup ‘Human-based work-environments’ he tries to contribute to the field of facility management in general and therewith to all users of the diversity of workspaces.

Lowrie, Doug

Global Workplace Strategist, Microsoft

Doug Lowrie, A strategic thinker who disrupts conventional thinking about the workplace and its role in organizational performance. His keen analytical mind demands sound logic in workplace programs and is skilled at balancing evolving workplace concepts against cultural variety, changing demographics and the growth mindset.

Lubis, Tondy

APAC Regional Workplace Leader, LinkedIn

As APAC Regional Workplace Leader for LinkedIn, Tondy Lubis, CFM, LEED AP, focuses on creating workplaces that translate the company's vision, mission and business objectives. His interest and research is on coping with individual differences in the workplace strategy, design and operation, believing that workplace should be able to accommodate everyone's needs, not to generalize everyone and to design/operate workplace as if everyone is the same.

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Lunny, Chris

Director of Operations – Global Facilities and Real Estate, Facebook

Chris oversees Facebook’s global real estate portfolio. Prior to working at Facebook, Chris worked as a Director of Real Estate at Sybase looking after its Asia Pacific real estate. Chris is a licensed attorney with degrees in business, philosophy and cooking. He lives in Mill Valley with his wife, daughter and dog Ludwig.

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Marazzini, Roberto

Head of Digital Ventures, The Adecco Group

In charge of digital venture innovation and startup scouting for the Italian market, currently launching a platform that aims to disrupt the way people shape their careers. Previously founder and CEO of several internet companies and market launcher for the German startup powerhouse Rocket Internet.

Martin-Fagg, Roger

Behavioural Economist, Martin-Fagg Associates

Roger began his career as an Economist with the New Zealand Treasury. He was asked to design and run a postgraduate programme in Airline Management for British Airways which ran successfully for 12 years at Thames Valley University.In 1987 he joined Henley Management College to design, deliver and teach bespoke strategic management programmes. This he did for 21 years covering all sectors, but with an emphasis on Financial Services, Construction, and Utilities. For the past ten years, Roger has worked as an Independent Behavioural Economist. He is visiting faculty at Warwick, Ashridge, Bath, Henley and Duke Business Schools where he teaches on MBA and tailored programmes.

Martí, Miguel

CEO, Tech City, Barcelona

Masterton, Irene

Estates Director, Department for Work and Pensions

Irene Masterton was appointed Estates Director in the Department for Works and Pensions in January 2016. She is responsible for negotiating the exit of the PRIME contract, developing and procuring a new service delivery model and rationalisation of the DWP Estate in line with the Department’s 2020 vision. Irene joined DWP from Shell International Petroleum Limited where she was the General Manager, Retail Network Real Estate.

Maze, Gavin

Account Manager, Corporate Real Estate, MRI Software

Experienced key account manager based in London providing real estate solutions to corporate occupiers and managing agents around the globe. Expertise includes providing software solutions for property and lease management, IFRS 16, IWMS and facilities management. 

McClimans, Margo

Leadership and Intercultural Coach and Trainer, Coaching Without Borders

Margo McClimans is a Certified executive coach, trainer, speaker, author. Margo designs and delivers leadership development training, intercultural communication and diversity training. 1:1 coaching for executives and individuals, as well as team coaching and workshop facilitation. She is the author of the book The Four Channels: A Businesswoman's Guide to Cracking Confidence.  Margo works with managers from Global 500 organizations to develop their “soft skills”. Her clients build self-awareness and develop leadership skills such as motivation, conflict management, influencing, creating high performing teams, active listening, asserting, dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty, personal confidence, change management, coaching, performance management, and more.  Margo has worked with over 2000 managers from all levels, including managing director and country CEO level, hailing from over 60 nations. She works in English or Italian, has a partial working knowledge of French and German and can read and write Arabic.  Her company is Coaching Without Borders GmbH and she works with a network of over 2 dozen coaches located across the globe to deliver customized training programs and coaching in a variety of languages and locations.


Mokritsky, Yelena

Principal, Senior Project Interior Designer, HOK

Yelena Mokritsky is a strategic thinker working in the Design industry for almost two decades. As a Principal and Senior Project Designer in the Interiors group at HOK Yelena specializes in corporate interiors, leading a team of gifted and skilled designers. With a talent for design and a keen ability to problem solve, Yelena uses every project as an opportunity to tell a unique story while creating an environment that is functional and beautiful.

Mosch, John

Business Operations Manager, Cisco Systems

John has 15 years’ experience managing analytic efforts for Cisco Systems working with a variety of organizations including Marking, Sales, HR, Engineering, and now Operations (Workplace Resources).  John has a passion for using analytics to turn data into actionable intelligence.  His experience includes all aspects of working with data from definition to collection, database setup, business intelligence, performance management systems, advanced analytics, and process automation.  He also has background as an instructor, which helps him to explain complex analytics in a meaningful way. 

Murray, Neil

CEO, EMEA Corporate Solutions, JLL

Neil is CEO of Corporate Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also a member of the JLL Corporate Solutions Board, EMEA Strategy and Operations Executive and the Global Client Advisory Board.
As CEO of Corporate Solutions, EMEA, he has management responsibility for all services JLL provides to corporates across 29 countries in EMEA, through a team of more than 7,500 people.

Muñoz, Elvira

Director Interior Design Continental Europe, AECOM

At AECOM, Elvira is constantly seeking ways to improve our services in order to offer the best design solutions to our clients, identifying and optimizing the opportunities, ensuring a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved in the process

Elvira has developed a highly skilled and flexible team of Architects, Interior Designers and Consultants that deliver high quality design solutions for corporations, hoteliers, and universities in any part of the world, offering a fully integrated service.

Her main interest is to help design and build meaningful working environments that stay relevant throughout the years and evolve with the organizations, enabling talent to shine.

Navarro, Tomas

Chief Strategy Officer, Publicis Media Groupe

In the Marketing and Advertising sector for more than 20 years, he has occupied a variety of positions in both agencies such as Ruiz Nicoli and now Publicis Spain, and advertisers: Sales Manager of Disneyland Paris, Marketing Management of ebankinter, Strategic Marketing Director of Orange ...

From his current position at Publicis he has worked for clients such as Beefeater, Movistar, Telefonica, Genesis, Ministry of Defense, Springfield, Carrefour, L'Oreal, Ballantine's, Fidelity, Barclays, Bankia, RENFE ...

O'Donnell, Andy

EMEIA Real Estate Leader (Mature Markets) | Procurement - Real Estate Services, EY

Real Estate professional for over 15 years managing large-scale change programmes wrapped around a real estate transaction. Passion for innovation and change driving greater employee engagement and transformative work approaches.

Now working to drive value for EY managing a single EMEA team delivering solutions to c.90,000 people. He believes in partnering with the supply chain to drive an approach where everyone wins and that Real Estate programmes need to always about the future, rarely about the present day.

Odgers, Claire

Regional Head of Property: Europe and Americas Property, Standard Chartered Bank

Claire joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2015 as Regional Head of Facilities Management for Africa and Middle East, and was appointed into her current role in November 2017.  As Regional Head of Property for Europe and Americas, Claire ensures that all aspects of the Property function are well managed, well operated and provide a safe and productive work environment for the staff and customers of Europe and Americas.  This is delivered within country by the local teams.

Claire’s had a varied career over the years: having started her working life as a teacher, she went on to own and run her own restaurant, before moving into the corporate world at Ernst & Young (EY) where her love and passion for Facilities Management was born. After six years she moved to a Service Delivery position as Absa (Barclays) where her seven years challenged her to manage a very large, complex portfolio across all Facilities Management disciplines and positioned Claire very well to take on the SCB Africa and Middle East FM portfolio.


Ogg, Gavin

Partner, Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Gavin Ogg is lead Partner of the specialist Strategic Asset & FM Consultancy group at G&T, and has been with G&T for 13 years.  Prior to this Gavin was in client side FM.  Gavin is MBA educated and is especially interested in the review and alignment of FM to corporate objectives and best management practices.

Gavin’s team specialise in procurement for large complex estates but provide a range of support to improve the value and performance of their client’s asset management and FM functions, as well as to improve the operational outcomes for new build projects.

Oliveira, Inês

Program Partnership Manager, Wayra

Proud portuguese seduced by Spain. Working at Wayra since 2014, passing trough analzlying global investments and generating the open innovation between the startups and the business units, to run an incubator in Madrid.


Parakh, Riddhi

Associate and Architectural Designer, Gensler

Riddhi is an associate and architectural designer in Gensler’s London office, and has been involved in a variety of architectural projects in the UK, Europe and Middle East from concept design to delivery. Her background in design research and computational design highly influences her passion for digital technologies in realm of architecture and design. Riddhi leads the firms Creative Media group in Europe. where she spearheads the use of VR, AR and immersive technologies within Gensler’s London office, and their successful use across various kinds of projects and use-cases. Riddhi is also interested in exploring how these technologies affect the way we use every day spaces, from retail and entertainment through to the workplace, and thus how these impact the role of design and the designer going forward.

Pasi, Paolo

Strategic Sourcing Director Professional & Business Services, Heineken

After the bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Paolo started his career in Procurement at Nestle’ as European Lead Buyer for Raw Materials commodities. To strengthen his knowledge of Indirect procurement, Paolo moved to Pirelli, TNT Express and HEINEKEN where he held several procurement positions across different indirect procurement categories. Since February 15th 2018, Paolo is the Strategic Sourcing Director Professional & Business Services at HEINEKEN Global Procurement where, together with his team, he is responsible for sourcing ICT and Professional Services, Fleet, Travel, Professional Staffing, HR services, Facility Services and Corporate Real Estate. 

Patjas, Maija

Director, Workplace Management Services, Rapal Oy

Maija has a decade of in-depth experience from workplace development, management and research. She manages a business unit that develops innovative software tools for global corporations and workplace developers and has been involved in hundreds of space related projects.

Peschl, Markus

Professor for Cognitive Science & Innovation Studies, University of Vienna

Markus F. Peschl is professor of cognitive science and philosophy of science at the University of Vienna. His areas of research and expertise include innovation, cognitive science, organizational theory and strategy, design, and spaces for knowledge- and innovation work (Enabling Spaces).

He is one of the founders of the inter-faculty interdisciplinary Research Platform for Cognitive Science and the head of the international Middle European Joint Masters Program in Cognitive Science and the Extension Curriculum on Innovation. He spent several years at the University of California, San Diego and at the University of Sussex for post-doctoral research. He is co-founder and CSO of the theLivingCore ( Innovation and Knowledge Architects and holds several guest professorships at European Universities.

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Pickering, Sam

Director, Incendium and President-elect CoreNet Global UK Chapter

Sam Pickering is a Director within Incendium and leads the resilience business specialising in energy, sustainability and risk. Since joining Incendium in 2017, Sam has worked on a variety of engagements, developing CSR and energy reduction strategies, environmental certification and cyber security for numerous corporates including, Red Hat, Hogan Lovells, Regus and Unilever.

Sam is also President-elect for the CoreNet Global UK chapter having been actively involved for over 5 years.

Price, Tom

Business Development Manager, Corporate Real Estate, MRI Software

Experienced Business Development Manager based in the UK as part of MRI Software’s Corporate Real Estate division, focused on providing solutions to corporate occupiers in EMEA. Expertise and recent project focus includes providing software solutions for property and lease management, lease accounting, IFRS16, IWMS and facilities management.

Prischl, Peter

Managing Director, International, Drees & Sommer

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

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

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

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


Rikanovic, Dean

Principal, Design, Unispace

With 15 years’ professional experience, Dean is driven by a passion to craft progressive and innovative workplace design solutions. He is a revered designer, with a collaborative and inclusive leadership style. Currently based in Switzerland, he has practiced across Australia and internationally, leading a number of award-winning projects for global businesses.

Rodriguez Pastrana, Jose

Sr. Workplace Consultant & PM, AECOM

Jose is a decisive and creative architect. His experience in workplace consultancy spans all of the different stages – change management, office space planning, design and execution – and he has worked on a broad range of national and international projects.  Recent projects include Qatar Petroleum’s 300,000m² headquarters in Doha, and Sony Music’s Madrid headquarters.

In the last 3 years, José became the key account manager for Accenture, developing eight different high-technological projects for them including the Digital Hub, corporate offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Johannesburg, and their state-of-the-art Liquid Studio

Rose, Alexandra

Director, Digital Sales, EMEA, CBRE

Alex Rose is currently responsible for digital sales and strategy within CBRE's EMEA Advisory & Transactions business. Floored (now CBRE Build) was acquired by CBRE in Jan. 17' and previously operated as a venture backed start-up based in New York City building next-generation interactive, 3D visualisation software aimed at the real estate industry. Prior to Floored Alex spent time helping real estate owners reduce their environmental impact via. Gridium - a San Francisco based energy analytics start up, and via. CodeGreen Solutions - an NYC sustainability consulting firm.

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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Rozzo, Giacomo

Workplace Strategist, Il Prisma

Giacomo is a workplace strategist with a passion for understanding the relationships between humans, spaces and tools. His professional life unwraps, just like a diversified geological stratigraphy from Geology, through graphic design and communication strategies to his landing at Il Prisma, with whom he shares from the very beginning the mission to help enhance human experience in the spaces where “people meet companies”.

Here, by triangulating corporate identity, people behaviors and habits, and social trends, he’s been helping companies translate analysis insights into effective space experiences, able to enhance employees’ wellbeing, sense of belonging and, consequently, productivity.

Sargent, Kay

Director of WorkPlace, HOK

In her 30+ 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 serves as Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team where she oversees a team working with clients to deliver workplace solutions around the world. Kay was recently elected to serve on the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects and serves on the CoreNet Global Board. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ.  Kay is a co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community, and a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.

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Schlotter, Dirk

Director Global Real Estate, Verizon Communications, Inc.

Mr. Schlotter is Director – Global Real Estate for Verizon Communications and responsible for the global workplace evolution and all international properties of Verizon outside the United States, covering more than 50 countries and 1,000 assets across the globe.

His area of responsibility includes global strategic initiatives like transforming the workspace to an activity based workplace, the global CoWorking program and the integration of purposeful digital experience in the workplace.

Further all international property related operations including asset, energy and transaction management, strategic portfolio planning as well as design and construction,
general building services and the overall workplace experience.

Scollo, Federica

Head of International Business Development, il Prisma UK

Federica is a Senior International Real Estate professional with almost 20 years’ experience in the commercial property arena gained in  design, commercial agency, development consultancy, tenant rep, investment agency, transaction and corporate consultancy. 

She is currently Head of International Business Development at Il Prisma and prior to this she has held senior positions in leading global real estate consultancies (DTZ- C&W) both as a market facing consultant and also a Director, Head of Agency and team leader. She has worked in both Italy and the UK advising International and domestic landlords and occupiers.


Shtofman, Kevin

National Blockchain Lead – Real Estate, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kevin Shtofman serves as the National Blockchain Lead – US, in the Real Estate practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kevin has over 14 years combined experience in providing strategic, financial, accounting, business improvement, and technology services to owners, operators, developers, service providers, and asset managers in the Real Estate industry.

Kevin has been working on Blockchain, Robotics, and Cognitive Automation initiatives for the past two years and has presented to audiences from coast to coast in 21 cities to date, including multiple podcasts and news articles.


Skidmore, Jill

Senior Regional lead: Global Real Estate & Workplace strategy- EMEA, The Coca Cola Company

A highly innovative relationship-driven real estate & business leader.

Broad experience leading international mixed use multi-£m property portfolios primarily for Coca-Cola & Top 10 FTSE group- Diageo plc.

Currently reporting to The Transformation Office of The Coca-Cola Company.

Professionally a Member of CoreNet, Member of RICS and I sit on RICS Commercial Forum.

My qualifications include Honours degree in Geography, Member RICS & Masters in Corporate Real Estate.

I have 3 fantastic children, all grown up and independent and enjoy spending time with them and have supported The Children’s Charity & had the privilege of being a school Governor.

My Interests are wide and include rowing and dragon boating on the Thames most weeks.

Smith, Renee

Director, Advisory & Transactions | Occupier, CBRE

Renee joined CBRE in September 2017. With over ten years’ experience within the property industry, she has worked across both public and private sectors, developing a reputation as a trusted real estate advisor with a focus on service and value.

Renee currently leads the Technology & Media sector for Transaction Management within CBRE’s Advisory & Transactions business across EMEA, providing a consultative approach to service throughout the evolution of client’s real estate strategy. She leads a team of 15 Transaction Managers and 12 Transaction Support and Financial Analysts, servicing 14 clients across the region.

Previously part of JLL Corporate Solutions in Sydney, Australia, Renee was responsible for an account team of six, managing a portfolio of 4,200 interests delivering Lease, Licence and Data Management Services.

Soto, Monica

Director, 3g Office

Monica gained a degree in Interior Design from the IED University in Madrid and subsequently completed a masters degree in Interior Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York in 2002. She has over 18 years of experience in the workplace industry and has worked as lead designer on a variety of projects in the technology, communication, legal, banking and commercial sectors.

Monica Soto joined 3g office Spain as a Director in June 2016 having previously worked as a director for as a director Perkins Will and SHCA Architects in London. Her involvement with global clients gives her an invaluable insight into the future of workplace.

She currently leads a multidisciplinary group of design thinkers, architects, product designers, workplace specialist and psychologist that share the passion for transforming, improving and inspiring the lives of individuals and organizations."

Tenanes, John

Vice President - Facilities, Culinary and Security, Facebook

John Tenanes is the Vice President of Global Facilities and Real Estate at Facebook where he oversees worldwide operations for real estate, culinary and security.  He is a licensed architect with more than 30 years’ experience with leading Silicon Valley companies including Oracle, Siebel and Sun Microsystems.  His passion for architecture has led to a career where he uses his broad expertise to help lead the creation of high quality, sustainable buildings.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Wentworth Institute in Massachusetts.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.  He lives in Palo Alto with his wife Becky and in his free time enjoys cooking, and of course being on Facebook.

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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.

Tietema, Yvette

Sound Environment Specialist, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Yvette Tietema (1987) has studied Facility Management, Organisational psychology and Business Administration with a specialisation in Change Management. Already working for almost 6 years’  as Concept Developer at Saint-Gobain Ecophon specialised in how people react to sound in office environments. She combines her previous working experience as a workplace strategist in her current work, which lead to almost 10 years of work experience in the area workplace strategy and change management related to workplaces and training of employees. She has a special interest in neuro organizational psychology and improving concentration possibilities of teams and individuals.


Tovey, Phillip

Manager Workplace Strategy, American Express

Phillip Tovey studied product design and manufacture at university and has since been applying design thinking to all sorts of business conundrums. Having worked with a diverse range of organisations he is currently part of the Global Real Estate and Workplace Experience team at American Express.

Usher, Neil

Executive Consultant, Unispace

Neil is an internationally experienced senior property, workplace, facilities and change management leader, skilled in all areas of the property lifecycle. He has been in the property industry for 25 years and worked all over the world, originally starting in FM, and latterly as Workplace Director at Sky, passing through the music, film, engineering and mining sectors on the way including seven years as global property head for Rio Tinto. His role at Unispace as Executive Consultant brings this occupier-side experience to bear, encompassing strategy, business development and widening the scope of the service offer to include real estate and FM. He has an influential blog, workessence, is a regular conference and academic speaker, and his first book The Elemental Workplace was published by LID in the UK in March 2018 and in the USA in June.


van Wyk , Bertie 

Workplace Specialist, Herman Miller Ltd

Through my understanding of humancentric design and workplace wellbeing, I aim to effectively equip organisations and individuals with knowledge and skills to become more productive, healthy and connected.


Vickers, Kevin

Investment Director, M&G Real Estate

Kevin is responsible for originating, structuring and executing transactions across the UK and the rest of Europe on behalf of M&G RE long income funds. Prior to joining M&G Real Estate, Kevin worked at Deloitte where he specialised in real estate finance, leading transactions, and advising corporate occupiers across a diverse range of financial structures and property asset classes. His previous experience also includes eight years as a partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s corporate finance team, where he led corporate occupier-led transactions in addition to originating, arranging, and executing sale and lease back deals. Prior to that he worked at EY in their real estate finance business. Kevin has a BSc (Hons) from the University College London and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Vizzini, Gilberto

Country Manager, il Prisma UK

After working into luxury, services and events communication, today he drives the Il Prisma UK branch and supports strategy on international projects. His focus is on understanding people's needs and finding the best solutions to create spaces that support them, building the imaginary bridge between customers and brands, and enhancing their CX and their life.


Vowles, Mark

Director of Workplace Innovations and Operations, Unilever

A chartered surveyor, I have worked in real estate and facilities management for over 15 years. I started my career working in construction as a project manager. I then joined Deloitte Real Estate Consulting where I worked for eleven years on a range of private and public-sector projects across real estate strategy, operations and assurance. These projects covered FM outsourcing, real estate organization design, M&A transaction due diligence and capital programme management. In my current role in Unilever Workplace I am responsible for implementing global performance programmes including zero-based budgeting and cost management, digital workplace strategy, second generation FM contract outsourcing and implementing sustainability and safety and security standards.

Waddell, James

Managing Director, Plantronics Habitat Soundscaping

With over 25 years of experience dedicated to workplace optimization, James is a proven leader in the creation and direction of successful real estate strategies and workplace technology programs within companies of all scales and type. He is a recognized industry leader, focused on leveraging the integration of converged technology systems to enrich and enhance the built environment. Seeking to do more than just solve challenges, James bases his work on creating solutions that drive measurable ROI for the organizations that implement them long into the future.

Wallace, Martin

Head of Leasing, Brookfield

Head of Office Leasing at Brookfield, previously held senior positions at Montagu Evans, Colliers, and JLL.

Wescoatt, Taylor 

Founder, Concrete Venture Capital, London

Taylor founded leading European Proptech investor Concrete VC with PERE heavyweight Starwood Capital Group and Seedcamp, the top European early stage investor. Strategic partnerships with global RE leaders JLL, Fora, Segro, Hammerson, SEGRO, Clifford Chance, and Lockton Insurance drive key insights into the sector's challenges. Concrete invests in early stage tech companies serving the Real Estate sector and helps these companies secure high-level access to the kingmakers in the sector. Taylor previously has founded 2 and worked with hundreds of startups and larger tech companies like idealab!, eBay, TimeOut, and AOL/Netscape.

Wildeman, Youri

Director, Global Business Development, Lone Rooftop

Directly after completing his Marketing studies, Youri entered the Tech Industry. He started his career at a b2b marketing agency, followed by technology leaders such as SAS, Google and Informatica. That’s also where his fascination for data started, and the huge added value enterprises can derive from data-drive decision making. After spending 2 year in Dubai to head up Marketing for Informatica’s rapidly growing Emerging Markets region, Youri decided to move back to Amsterdam and join Lone Rooftop in 2015. At Lone Rooftop, he looks after Global Business Development and Lone Rooftop’s growing partner ecosystem.


Williams, Eli

Building Solutions Group Enterprise Director, UTC

Eli Williams joined UTC in January 2016 as the Building Solutions Group Enterprise Director for EMEA.  Prior to working with UTC he held positions in Sales Leadership across western Europe for Honeywell and Tyco. Originally from California, Eli began his career in the US in Electronic Security and has worked in many areas of the business, including leading Engineering and Software design teams,  Customer Satisfaction and Support,

At Tyco Eli held positions in EMEA leadership in the areas of Product Management, Marketing, Brand Manager, and Sales Director of western Europe, managing 20+ brands and sales teams responsible for European Sales. More recently Eli held positions of Sales Director at Honeywell Building Solutions where he lead a team of 150 sales people responsible for central Europe, and was responsible for large integrated projects such as Airports, Nuclear Facilities, and Smart low-carbon Skyscrapers.

He has a Masters of Science from Texas A&M with a focus in Bio-Chemistry and large system programming, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Humboldt University in California in Oceanography.  He has lived in Europe for 18 years and is now based in Paris.

Zatta, Steven

Director, Global Client Intelligence, Cushman & Wakefield

Steven Zatta possesses a unique combination of strategic business skills, academic analytical capabilities, and intellectual curiosity. As consulting director of CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD’S Global Business Consulting group, he helps clients achieve their business objectives through the design and delivery of best-fit office solutions that align with their financial, operational, and workforce needs. His range of expertise encompasses corporate real estate (CRE), organizational strategy and staff development, performance management, workplace design, headquarters strategy, location planning, and regional master plan strategies. 

Zemaite, Agne

Workplace Anthropologist, Danske Bank

Agne is a workplace anthropologist at Danske Bank. She is designing and implementing usability/quality evaluation framework for different aspects of Danske Bank premises (office space, work environment, facility service concepts, etc.). Collecting data through the most suitable research methods, analyzing it, identifying key insights about workplace improvement areas. In her global role she works closely together with project teams.

“My Master of Applied Cultural Analysis enables my understanding of different human aspects and individual contexts. I reveal patterns for strategic decisions that actually create value. I know that innovating means working in a higher degree of uncertainty. Expertise in understanding end-users is the key element for an upgraded product or an updated service to be successful.” – smiles Agnė.