CoreNet Global Summit, Shanghai 2017
Shanghai | 21-23 March 2017 | Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai


Breakout Sessions

March 22, 2017   |  9:00 - 10:30

Opening General Session: New Rules and Bold Moves

Companies need to be consistently making bold moves, even at the very peak of their success. This is exactly the sort of thing that new startups and small-scale enterprises do best. But, it’s an approach to business that can be learned and applied just as effectively by large organisations and industry incumbents—in fact, by anyone who’s willing to challenge the status quo wherever they are. As someone who has built, and continues to build, ‘attacker’ businesses and lead teams from startup to IPO, Azran Osman-Rani passionately believes that organisations and corporations can deploy similar structures, focus and creativity that single-minded entrepreneurs have used to create break-through business models and innovative products and services. Provocative and entertaining, Osman-Rani will share practical ideas to infuse you with an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovator’s mindset. Masterful at blurring business lines and transcending boundaries, Osman-Rani’s thought-provoking presentation will kick off the CoreNet Global Summit and set the stage for a robust two days of information exchange.

March 22, 2017   |  11:00 - 12:00

Executive Track (By Invitation Only)

Building on the Keynote presentation, Malaysian CEO and entrepreneur, Azran Osman-Rani shares his hands-on experiences of launching disruptive attacker start-ups from the ground up. The first was a start-up within an existing traditional corporate structure and the second an internet technology start-up. In both cases, shaping the right mindsets and attitudes, hiring for values, and driving an agile, short-term sprint-focused organisational rhythm were common factors that led to breakthrough business models and innovative features. This is your opportunity to bring forward top-of-mind issues, gain practical, implementable advice from him as well as from the collective wisdom of your peers.

March 22, 2017   |  11:00 - 12:00

Global Cities and the Future of Real Estate

How will cities shape the future? How will the future shape cities? This timely session will examine the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A diverse panel comprised of a Developer, Corporate User, Architect, Tenant Rep Service Provider and a Researcher will examine the implications for real estate and the dynamic fluctuations of a world in change.

March 22, 2017   |  11:00 - 12:00

CRE Advisors: Are They Representing You?

Are you satisfied with how you’re being represented by CRE advisors in tenant advisory, transaction management and site selection? Your colleagues will share insights and talk candidly on what they expect and receive from their CRE advisors. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with them and take the conversation in directions that interest you.

March 22, 2017   |  11:00 - 12:00

Flexible Workspace: Not Just Flip Flops and Backpacks

Traditional serviced office operators are facing challenges from new operators, both local and International, who offer a blend of serviced office and coworking space, together with a number of smaller, pure coworking, spaces run by local entrepreneurs. With this increased competition, traditional serviced office operators are reviewing their growth strategies and product offerings to ensure they remain competitive. The emergence of this new brand of flexible workspace was initially fueled by the exponential growth of tech start-ups, which is now one of the factors driving MNCs to use such spaces - enabling access to talent, community and alignment with innovation strategies employed by start-ups. More recently, MNCs are considering flexible workspace for mid-office functions that have no synergy with the start-up scene. In challenging economic times, banks, insurance firms and others are looking to reposition their real estate portfolio and exit some traditional leases; instead developing relationships with flexible workspace operators to allow themselves access to shorter lease terms and office space by the desk rather than the sq. ft., enabling real estate costs to be managed directly alongside headcount - in turn preventing overexposure to real estate costs during times of economic and political uncertainty. This session will explore how MNCs are utilising flexible workspace as part of their portfolio and what benefits it brings them, as well as some of the potential pitfalls. It will include an overview of the APAC market, setting out the context for the rise of the contingent workforce and large scale increase in the use of flexible workspace by MNCs as well as SMEs in APAC.

March 22, 2017   |  11:00 - 12:00

Asia’s Got (Female) Talent!

Large gender gaps in economic opportunities and outcomes exist in almost all countries. Women earn less, have fewer assets, bear the burden of unpaid work and care, and are largely concentrated in vulnerable and low-paying activities. Gender diversity is a challenge often faced by firms across all industries and the corporate real estate field is no exception. Despite the known benefits of a gender-equal society many companies are failing to achieve a gender balance in their senior ranks, especially in Asia. Why is this the case and how can we change it? A panel comprised of UN Women, corporate real estate female leaders, and a diversity expert will examine the barriers to gender diversity, the types of changes that businesses need to make in order to create an enabling environment, and steps that businesses can take to overcome inherent challenges during this timely session.

March 22, 2017   |  11:00 - 12:00

**SESSION CANCELLED** - Confluence of Internet of Things (IoT) and Physical Security

The emergence of embedded digital technology and the drive to efficient, smart buildings has fueled new business models and opportunities. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to connect the multitude of everyday devices, previously closed systems have been opened up to remote access, control and exploitation. Cyber threats continue to represent a current and growing contribution to business risk, building an understanding and resilience to these risks requires increased emphasis across the physical and logical domains. This session will help you identify the threat, apply best practices, judiciously use security technology, and assist in keep your organisations and projects safe.

March 22, 2017   |  13:30 - 14:30

CityTech: Intelligent Real Estate For Smarter Cities In China

The world is urbanising, and China is no exception. Cities in China are taking on ever-increasing economic importance, the use of technology is increasing and resources are becoming scarcer. By making the best use of the latest technology and the solutions it brings, smart cities can attempt to allocate high-demand resources more efficiently. When they work, smart cities can really take things to the next level by improving the quality of life of citizens, enhancing services provided, reducing costs and resource consumption, and improving connectivity between the people and the city government. In China today, there are more than 300 government-approved plans for smart city development in some form or another. Shanghai is one example of a Chinese city with a number of approved plans in place. In 2011, for example, Shanghai introduced the three-year Smart Shanghai plan. Since then, the city has successfully ensured that its smart city goals are quite citizen-life oriented. When implementing a smart city plan, cities in China should think seriously about their commercial real estate assets. Smart real estate development, which successfully incorporates and implements the latest technology, can enhance efficiency, increase asset value and augment sustainability. Smart offices can be managed more efficiently through the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) platforms and Integrated Workplace Management Systems.

March 22, 2017   |  13:30 - 14:30

The Science and Mystery Of Human Experiences: Implications For the Asian Workplace

Experience can be defined as "an impression created by an event or an occurrence to create value for someone or a group of individuals." It sounds straightforward yet it is a significantly misunderstood topic. How do you create an outstanding human experience at work, while successfully deploying strategy, measuring value and calculating returns on investment? What does an experience entail and demand? Could you influence and control it? Could you provoke memorable moments? Where do you start?

March 22, 2017   |  13:30 - 14:30

Improving Decision Making At Oracle

An important way for Real Estate to show value and to align with corporate strategy is in the location selection process. Recently Oracle used its internal location assessment tool and process to select a new location for a growing line of business in Europe. Delft University and Oracle collaborated on testing a new model for assessing locations based on Delft research, called Preference-based Accommodation Strategy (PAS), and ran a parallel location assessment. The primary difference in this tool is the use of preference curves, rather than the more standard weighting of criteria. By using the same data and criteria as the previous study, but working with the Oracle business contact to establish preference curves, the model was used to compare the prior results. Not only did the PAS model confirm and provide better detail on the selected location, it could also be used to select the best combination of multiple locations.

March 22, 2017   |  13:30 - 14:30

TransPHARMation: The Transformation of Pharmaceutical and Life Science Labs and Workplaces

The Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry is going through significant transformation and has unique real estate and workplace requirements. Why? Because 99% of pharmaceutical research fails. Antibiotics are losing effectiveness and new alternatives are required. Meanwhile, drug research has shifted from blockbuster to smart 'targeted' drugs. Simultaneously new technologies are transforming the idea of "what is a lab?". These dynamics mean that partnerships and collaboration are critical to drive innovation. Recently two enlightening research studies have been conducted on this sector. The first global paper looks at the evolution of labs - miniaturisation, automation, artificial intelligence, virtual labs. The second APAC regional study looks at how the industry is embracing alternative workplace strategies. This session will include summary presentations of the research followed by an interactive discussion and a look at some of the most innovative new workplace solutions in the region.

March 22, 2017   |  13:30 - 14:30

Little More Happier: Practices From the Field of Positive Psychology

If we inquire deep into the aspirations and consequent actions of people, we end up with the ultimate currency - the drive to be happy. Recent findings in psychology links happy workplaces to increased productivity, innovation and talent retention. Happy individuals tend to experience higher levels of well-being and longevity. Organisations and communities are attempting to influence the happiness index, including some nations who have instituted policies and measurement mechanisms. In this session, we will present a framework to understand happiness with the factors that influence it. We will share few techniques proven by research to live a well-balanced, sustainable and self-fulfilled life, thus role modeling and leading others around you.

March 22, 2017   |  15:00 - 16:00

Smart Cities: Beyond Technology

When you think of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination would be to imagine driverless cars whizzing through streets, bike sharing schemes, talking fridges, and the use of Big Data as big brother. Such a utopian (or dystopian) vision is largely based on technology - specifically information and communication technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and imagines a future where lives are made easier and more productive – thanks to technology. However, amongst all the talk of technological innovations in Smart Cities, it is easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community engagement plays in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City. In this session, Prof Pomeroy considers different case studies from around the world - investigating their unique characteristics, and ultimately asking whether such environments really enhance our daily lives.

March 22, 2017   |  15:00 - 16:00

Designing For the Fintech Revolution in Asia

The Fintech sector is changing organisational and space requirements for the future. Financial services are beginning to use technology as customer touch-points and technology services are creating financial systems that are more efficient. This is creating an inherent tension between worker types that traditionally inhabit each of these sectors. This session will focus on these changes and the resultant impact on workplace design when the two divergent sectors meet. It will provide valuable lessons for organisational real estate strategy and spatial solutions for the future.

March 22, 2017   |  15:00 - 16:00

Robots: Friend or Foe?

Many have spoken about the 21st century as a place where spaceships roam the skies and robots take over our planet. While much of science fiction remains as fiction, working alongside robots is not as far-fetched as one might think. New technology advancements mean there is growing potential to safely bring the power and precision of robots closer together with the creative and problem-solving ability of humans. This could dramatically increase productivity and help companies safeguard their bottom line. For example, driverless cars are forecast to make up 75% of all traffic by 2040, an upcoming industry disruptor which spells new possibilities. In the areas of real estate, various roles ranging from receptionists to quality control and even intricate aspects of building and construction are starting to see the use of robotics in roles previously only known to be filled by humans. What does this mean for us? If robots are the future of work, will humans end up being obsolete? How is this relevant to us in real estate? Even if robots can be deployed in CRE roles humans typically dislike or are ill-equipped to do, what are the implications of human-robot collaboration in the real estate industry, and how can CRE professionals successfully implement such a change? The session will explore the key technologies driving the change, and more importantly it will identify how technological change will impact CRE strategy at a portfolio, building and workplace level over the short, medium and longer term.

March 22, 2017   |  15:00 - 16:00

Enabling the Business – the Unilever Campus Transformation

In keeping with Unilever’s workplace strategy to enable the business in ever changing business context, Unilever’s Workplace Services recently completed a 2.5 year transformation of an old, outdated office environment at their LK1 campus in Shanghai. This complete makeover will support Unilever’s multi-billion dollar business in North Asia and introduce an agile environment that can flex to changing business needs. Without disrupting the daily business operations for close to 1500 employees (over the entire 30 month construction period), a carefully thought out strategic plan and flawless execution were essential to the last detail. This new office supports the dynamic changes in the business structure and has helped to enable reorganisation of the various business groups. Throughout this session you will discover the challenges of this significant undertaking including how the infrastructure has changed to allay the concerns of indoor air quality and improve it to a high degree of compliance.

March 22, 2017   |  15:00 - 16:00

One Belt, One Road: Mapping China's Further Integration Into the Global Economy

The one belt, one road initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government. The initiative aims to enhance the connectivity, cooperation and open trade between China and over 60 countries across the proposed belt route and Europe. It is also intended to further market integration and create a regional economic co-operation framework of benefit to all. The trillion US dollar infrastructure projects are set to create huge growth opportunities across the world but particularly in China and Asia. This session will focus on the main projects and goals the policy has already achieved and look to where the future focus is focused. You will gain valuable insights about the challenges and benefits 3rd and 4th tier cities will face and how occupiers and developers can be best placed to maximise opportunities that arise from the policy. This includes how Central and South East Asia are set to benefit through increased construction, business growth and commercial development. Understanding how these projects are due to change the world's economy is an essential requirement for investors and occupiers alike looking to benefit from one of the largest changes to global trade.

March 22, 2017   |  15:00 - 16:00

Verizon Accelerates Brand through Global Co-working Initiative

As Verizon network technology has advanced, the amount of space needed to house its equipment has reduced over time, leaving large pockets of unused space throughout legacy owned assets. In Fall 2015 Verizon announced a creative strategy to repurpose this space by opening coworking communities. The first building was launched in Lower Manhattan, and additional locations in Boston and Washington, DC are under development. Verizon recognises that the most innovative new ideas often come from outside traditional corporate R&D departments. By inviting entrepreneurial communities into their coworking spaces, Verizon has direct access to high value talent, local tech startup subcultures, and global innovation networks. Product innovation teams aim to tap into the energy of these communities to spur new ideas and improve Verizon's brand presence in critical growth markets. Verizon's Global Real Estate team is also applying lessons learned from its coworking venture to their global corporate workplace strategy. At the heart of this real estate strategy is an understanding of space as a critical opportunity to create a platform for innovation, collaboration and communication to support the business.

March 23, 2017   |  9:00 - 9:30

Knowledge Café - The Skycourt and Skygarden: Towards A Vertical Urban Theory

The creation of new building forms and typologies that balance open space within high density development is a phenomenon increasingly being realised in Asian cities, and has started to redefine the tall building within the city. This lecture focuses on two semi-public social spaces that cross the urban-architectural-landscape boundaries – namely, skycourts and skygardens. During this session, Professor Pomeroy will consider them in light of their social, economic, environmental and spatial contribution to the urban habitat and argue that they are ‘alternative’ social spaces that form part of a broader, open space infrastructure that replenishes the loss of open space within the urban habitat.

March 23, 2017   |  9:00 - 9:30

Learning Theatre - Picture This: Workplace Beyond the Boundaries

More and more corporations are seeking to push the boundaries and position themselves globally with work environments that not only address their culture and functional needs, but establish a tie across regions. The speed of change is driving a need for more agile solutions. Political and economic tensions; technological advances; environmental and human centric well-being all matter in developing solutions. Corporations are seeking innovative solutions and the need to think outside the box, and perhaps outside the traditional office boundaries. During this session we will discuss key steps that you can take to position yourself for creating a successful global portfolio.

March 23, 2017   |  9:00 - 9:30

Young Leader xChange - Taking Ownership Of Your Career

The Young Leaders of CoreNet Global will host an open discussion about career growth, skills, and how to future proof your career. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with others to share experiences through discussion and conversation.

March 23, 2017   |  9:00 - 10:00

Transforming the Colleague Journey In India

Imagine 15,000 colleagues spread across 4 major cities in India (Chennai, Noida, Mumbai and Pune) trying to get to work safely and in a timely fashion! The challenge was delivering an automated Transportation Service for everyone! The CRE Team partnered with Barclays Business Units and their strategic Facilities Management partner to develop a solution relying on technology and collaboration. Barclays is one of the first companies to deliver a fully automated Transportation Service. This session will highlight their journey and detail the technology features including real time GPS tracking of vehicles; live data base of vehicle and documentation; built-in panic buttons, mobile app, and automatic routing of journey. This collaborative project has been a great success for the firm and has helped provide an enhanced colleague experience while managing compliance effectively in a complex environment.

March 23, 2017   |  9:00 - 10:00

Employees and the Experience Economy

Recruiting and retaining top talent with a focus on engagement and productivity remains a top challenge across all industries. In the experience economy, creating a compelling place for people to work and thrive has moved to the top of the CEO agenda. The workplace is the new frontier of real estate transformation and insightful workplace strategy solutions can yield tremendous value in solving business challenges, not just real estate problems. In line with this need, Cushman & Wakefield developed a way to measure the value of workplace experience: Experience Per Square Foot. This new measurement, EPS2, scores the employee experience in the workplace, identifying the drivers and areas of improvement that deliver bottom line benefits. This calculation measures more than 60 elements across four key experience drivers: Physical, Mental, Purpose and Emotional. These core elements are then mapped to strategies that align and integrate employee experience in the workplace, driving further benefits to businesses. Join this timely session which will examine the benefits and challenges associated with aligning employee experience within the experience economy.

March 23, 2017   |  9:45 - 10:15

**SESSION CANCELLED** - Knowledge Café - Transforming Facilities Management Through Energy Analytics

Sophisticated facility managers are looking to the newest data analytics to optimise facility operations. Although cost savings might be the foundation of the business case, the benefits also include improved maintenance and asset reliability, skills enhancement for the FM team, and more constructive discussions between engineering, finance and management. This session will illustrate the process with tales from the trenches – examples of companies who have implemented real-time analytics as a driver for transformation, surprising issues that have come up, and the types of benefits that have been realized.

March 23, 2017   |  9:45 - 10:15

Young Leader xChange - Speed Mentoring – Part One

This roundtable session will foster mentoring relationships with seasoned corporate real estate executives and those new to the profession. The informal question and answer session will provide a comfortable platform for career advice and best practice sharing.

March 23, 2017   |  9:45 - 10:15

Learning Theatre - Not Second Best!

Secondments blur the lines and transcend the boundaries between end user and service provider. The legal and accounting professions have relied on secondment strategies for years and now secondments are gaining traction within the corporate real estate industry in APAC. As quick fix to solve a talent gap, a successful secondment can provide huge benefits for all involved, but they can fail more often than they succeed presenting risks to key relationships and talent retention. Are they worth the risk and do we even have a choice?

March 23, 2017   |  9:45 - 10:15

Tech Hub - MyIT, Digital Workplace

MyIT, BMC’s Digital Workplace is a family of products built to maximize employee agility, productivity and engagement by delivering the same consumer-oriented experience workers enjoy in their personal lives. In the digital workplace, IT, HR, facility management and business groups can offer employees one-stop-shopping for the tools they need to do their work effortlessly. Combining mobile apps and social collaboration, formless requests and context-aware services, workers can find answers, request services and ask for help with the ease of Amazon and speed of Facebook. Providing more time to focus on profitability.

March 23, 2017   |  10:30 - 11:00

Young Leader xChange - Speed Mentoring – Part Two

The roundtables continue with young leaders and seasoned corporate real estate executives and those new to the profession. The informal question and answer session will provide a comfortable platform for career advice and best practice sharing.

March 23, 2017   |  10:30 - 11:00

Knowledge Café - Co-working Spaces: Designing For Profits and Health

One of the fastest growing segments of real estate is co-working and creative workspaces. More and more companies are rejecting standard fixed offices in favor of community-based, flexible offices. But today's users demand not just a pretty place to work, but one that is also healthy. Louie Cheng, President of indoor environmental quality consultancy PureLiving, takes us though what co-working spaces are doing about air quality, the economics, and best practices. Manoj Mehta, the CEO of Naked Hub, will share his experiences creating clean air in their rollout of nearly 30 centers by the end of 2017.

March 23, 2017   |  10:30 - 11:00

Learning Theatre - Innovation Is Key at Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank’s promise includes diversity and inclusion in the workplace - that is the essence of who they are, and the same applies to their CRE/property team. They are there for their business partners through good times and bad, and always endeavor to do the right thing. They strive to create an inclusive environment for all employees and to improve the work-life balance of all staff. This session will highlight how innovation is the differentiator. Discover their techniques to drive efficiency and accomplish it with corresponding improvements in performance which leads to the mutual success of CRE and its Business Partners.

March 23, 2017   |  10:30 - 11:00

Tech Hub - Drones: Eyes In the Sky or Hurdles To Cross?

Mention the words "small drone" and what might come to mind are hobbyists flying remote-controlled objects resembling miniature helicopters. Though many operate drones for fun, the technology is also gaining acceptance on the commercial side. Armed with powerful video and/or photographic attributes, these small, flying objects are providing "eyes in the sky" for companies, allowing them to collect data, deliver goods and to check on the status of projects. Alibaba, Wal-Mart Stores and Amazon are looking to drone usage for ecommerce, while warehouse operators use the technology for inventory control. On the commercial real estate side, property developers and brokers are experimenting with the multi-propeller devices for purposes ranging from aerial photos to boost marketing efforts, to real-time safety observations on construction sites. Still, the era of drones in the commercial economy is in its infancy, meaning more innovations are required to boost software and hardware capabilities. In addition, rules and regulations for drone flight need to be honed before the technology can be more acceptable and widely adopted.

March 23, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

Can Your Building Be Hacked?

The technological silos that historically existed in corporate buildings placed limitations on how buildings were managed and operated. The days of one system for one function, discrete with no communication to other systems, are quickly eroding. We are moving into the ‘information sharing’ age of buildings. To achieve information sharing, integration of building systems and enterprise systems are required through the joining of two often discrete worlds - the IT department and Real Estate. By working together you can help minimise the risk of hacking. This practical session will cover how a holistic approach to security is required so that your corporation will not be exposed to excessive risk, non-compliance, and the potential for internal and external hackers.

March 23, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

From Shanghai to San Francisco: National Culture, Organisational Culture and Workplace Design

Blurring the lines and transcending the boundaries means that global companies are dealing with different national cultures in countries they do business in, while having various organisational cultures themselves. If culture trumps strategy, as it has been noted in numerous business books, this begs a question: Does national culture trump organisational culture, or is it the other way around? And should global companies design their workplaces for local national cultures or their global organisational culture in mind? This highly interactive session will introduce two cultural frameworks, and will explore their interrelationships and workplace design implications. This fun and playful session will help you learn about various cultural elements and the role they play in workplace design. Understanding both organisational and national cultures, and the role they play in workplace design is key, not only to attract and retain top talent, but also to ensure to build high-performing workplaces from Shanghai to San Francisco.

March 23, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

Balance and Renew Your Energy Workshop

The way in which we work can cause exhaustion and contribute to job stress. This lively workshop demonstrates valuable stress and resiliency techniques that can improve and nurture your energy, restore focus and help to prevent injury and illness. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to use biofeedback monitors to gain insights into your energy levels and how to reduce fatigue.

March 23, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

Integrator Model: Lines Blurred and Driving REal Value

The Microsoft Integrator Model was established in October 2011. Prior to the implementation of the model, Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities (RE&F) were not seen as a strategic partner to the business. RE&F operated in silos and there was no consistency in delivery and operations. There was an inability to harness best in class service providers to drive real value for Microsoft and positively impact the employee and customer experience. Under the model, CBRE was appointed as the global strategic real estate and business partner accountable for execution excellence across all aspects of real estate and facilities. This session will focus on how the deliberate blurring of lines has enabled a fundamental shift in the planning, delivery and operation of corporate real estate at Microsoft. The discussion will also include the development of their data warehouse and use of Power BI Dashboard that has resulted in one source of the truth for data which is driving optimal decision making.

March 23, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

Healthy Choices - GSK’s Internal & External Partnering Strategies For Growth In Asia

As one of the world's largest healthcare companies GSK is focused on three priorities: grow a balanced global business, deliver more products of value and simplify the operating model. These strategic priorities translate into a drive within the Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities (WREF) team to seek out key internal and external partners to optimise service delivery. The Asia region is particularly complex & diverse, with five distinctly different business types and over 400 assets. Combine this with a focus on significant business growth driven by Asian leadership and innovation for Asian consumers, and you have a need for transformational thinking and integrated solutions from the APAC WREF team. Working on a "thin client" model, the APAC WREF team has focused on optimising the real estate supply chain around three pillars: 1.Increase productivity through SMARTWorking; 2.Increase efficiency through enterprise FM and services standardisation; and 3.Become a "friend" of the business in order to understand their aspirations and painpoints, and communicate the value RE and FM can deliver, creating savings to reinvest in local business growth. This session will outline the thinking behind these strategies, the implementation models and share initial observations on the unfolding changes across the region.

March 23, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

Live Debate: CRE and Finance Roles In the Impact Of Lease Accounting Changes. Whose Baby Is It?

The International Accounting Standards Board and Financial Accounting Standards Board have introduced new leasing guidance that will require many companies to bring leases on balance sheet for the first time. The proposed changes will affect how Corporate Real Estate (CRE) and Finance teams consider the effects of leasing and accounting on real estate decisions. While the issuance and delivery of new standards has been defined, the situation from an adoption and implementation perspective seems uncertain as stakeholders within the organisation grapple with “whose responsibility it really is.” This session will be conducted in a debate format between CRE and Finance teams, where the focal point of discussion is to determine where the responsibility and accountability lies for the successful integration of new leasing standards. CRE executives will argue that the accounting impact of leases is a finance and accounting issue and not one that should be addressed by the real estate professionals, while Finance will contend that they do not have the market intelligence and appropriate expertise to provide the right forecasting insights required for the changes, and therefore are not in a position to comment on such arrangements. This lively discussion will uncover the challenges each party would face, determine the ownership and roadmap from an operational standpoint and discover if the intersection points might spring a new model of business operations.

March 23, 2017   |  12:30 - 14:00

China Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Featured Luncheon Speaker Dr. Andy Xie)

Anti-globalization is a new political force in the West. The United States is already shifting away from globalization. Europe is moving in that direction too. The global environment is becoming more and more challenging for China. On the other hand, China’s economic cycle is way overextended and full of problems. In 2017, the US will put pressure on China to appreciate the currency, open door to US goods, and open new industries to US investment. The US wants symmetry in the bilateral relationship but China’s political system is based on protecting the CCP’s vested interests. This will be a huge struggle to accommodate. At the same time, China is the largest trading partner for all major East Asian economies. Most of the trade -- especially with Japan, Korea and Taiwan -- is in products for third markets, like the US and EU. Also, one third of China's imports are equipment, mostly for export factories. If China exports to the US are blocked, there will be a huge impact on Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Southeast Asia mostly exports commodities and agricultural goods to China, so the impact there is more limited. Indonesia has the largest market share in China's foodstuff imports, and Thailand is the largest tourism market for China, so obviously, there is more resilience there.

March 23, 2017   |  14:15 - 15:15

Smart Buildings and Wellness: Wireless IAQ Sensors and Cloud Monitoring

In China's challenging environment, where outdoor air routinely exceeds the WHO 24-hour PM2.5 exposure limit by 10x, real-time monitoring data is now used by many facilities managers to manage indoor air quality. For IEQ professionals, continuous monitoring of the indoor environment provides an insight to the bigger picture which spot testing can sometimes omit. By going one step further and measuring other parameters such as water, sound, light, and occupancy density, building owners and operators can allow their buildings to "talk" to them about their performance. Research of health analytics provided by the team behind RESET, a green building certification focused on IAQ, suggests that buildings and companies in Shanghai, China who have taken steps to improve the indoor environmental quality offer their employees longer life. The data is derived from fixed air quality monitors and focuses on PM2.5 which is now considered a primary responsible pollutant for cancers and early mortality. As a consequence, in Shanghai, one of the world's fiercest battlefields for talent, good employees are increasingly considering workplace health and safety as a factor in selecting where and for whom to work. Measured "wellness" data is also applicable outside of China, as before long we will also be able to incorporate wearable data devices which can generate an overall wellness score for a building. The implications are limitless. Insurance companies, for example, may become lead adopters of using this technology by offering lower premiums to companies which achieve certain levels of good indoor environmental quality.

March 23, 2017   |  14:15 - 15:15

The 'Quality of Life' Workplace Experience: An Integrated FM Approach

With an aim to attract a young workforce, organisations are including facilities around health, fitness and recreational spaces in their workplaces. While the FM teams are adept at managing and designing the traditional spaces, a holistic solution encompassing these aspects is somewhat lacking. The challenge is to create workplace experiences that integrate seamlessly within the premises and are embraced by end users. A common occurrence is that solutions are created and managed in silos, without much insights into the end-user needs, preferences, market conditions or company objectives. Consequently, the utilisation is low, creating the mistaken perception that these services and programs are ineffective or unpopular. This case study of the J&J Shanghai office will focus on a unique Quality of Life solution. Discover how form, function and services can come together to positively impact workplace Quality of Life, drive deeper engagement and help retain the workforce of 2017 and beyond.

March 23, 2017   |  14:15 - 15:15

Growth: Where Will There Be Growth? China, US, EM’s, EU, Japan? Will China Have A Hard Landing?

Renowned economist, Dr. Andy Xie, will offer opinions on the finance sector -- currencies, bonds, stocks and properties. He predicts that the US will raise interest rates. Will China do so too? Will China continue to devalue the currency? He will also examine key industries: the commodities sector (which did well in 2016), consumer sector (which did very well in 2016), IT (which also did very well in 2016), bio/pharma, and finance (which was in trouble in 2016). This timely analysis will cover the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.

March 23, 2017   |  14:15 - 15:15

Delivering on the "Here for Good" Promise

In 2014, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and CBRE agreed to a broad reaching Property & Workplace partnership across Asia Pacific and beyond. This was designed to provide SCB with services that created financial benefits as well as help them achieve their CSR goals and support their corporate "Here for good" message. A key part of this partnership was the creation of a unique Energy Management framework and program. Lessons learnt from partnering across organisations including across countries and disciplines will be shared. The panelists will discuss how an effective energy management framework was developed and the work of the teams to track, measure and understand energy and portfolio dynamics in each market. You will develop a deeper understanding of how they identified various energy management and reduction opportunities to implement a guaranteed energy reduction with risk/reward outcomes.

March 23, 2017   |  14:15 - 15:15

Not Quite Public, Not Quite Private

Commercial developments are going up faster than ever, with little consideration given to their role as part of the city, or how they connect the people that will inhabit them. But is there a better way? Not Quite Public Not Quite Private explores through a series of case studies, how good design and experiential architecture can reconnect people with each other and the city around them. How buildings can be shaped to enhance casual interaction and creative collaboration with the ultimate outcome of creating greater economic, cultural and social value for developers, tenants and the wider city. The case studies include projects from across the globe which already blur the lines between public and private spaces, as well as a social experiment undertaken by HASSELL's London Studio. This experiment features a prototype building atrium, designed to improve the public's engagement, usage and enjoyment of the space, rather than commercial based goals. The panel will discuss the learnings from the case studies and the social experiment. Delegates will be invited to participate in a discussion on how new private developments can best give back to the city and how issues such as security can be addressed.

March 23, 2017   |  14:15 - 15:15

East Meets West: Perspectives to Be the BEST We Can Be!

Eastern wisdom traditions have many practices to enhance our lives, to increase our well-being and thrive. These time tested philosophies profess a world beyond what is seen, with immense power and unimaginable possibilities. With the development in quantum, neurobiology and psychology, we now have more scientifically proven insights into such realms of possibilities. In this session, we will understand what science has learned about consciousness, mind and origins of matter. We will explore how this links to the concepts of spirit, energy and the other side of existence from eastern traditions. You will get to open your mind and challenge some of your beliefs – allowing you to explore your potential, well-being and continued growth.

March 23, 2017   |  15:45 - 17:00

Closing General Session: Live on Stage: A Podcast Presentation

Kaiser Kuo is a recognizable and influential figure in China's technology scene. The Chinese American is the former head of communications for, China's leading search engine, and former bureau chief for Red Herring, a popular technology business magazine. His diverse background certainly blurs the lines between art and business and transcends traditional career pathways. He is also a founding member of Tang Dynasty, one of the first heavy metal bands in China. He now leads The Sinica Podcast, "a weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world." In the closing general session, Kuo will host an on-stage podcast with a thought-provoking discussion with Li Xin, Managing Director of Caixin Global for the benefit of the CoreNet Global Summit audience, the association’s membership at large – and his global followers.

September 14, 2017   |  11:15 - 12:15

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Join this focused workshop to understand the limitations of the brain’s executive centre and how to deploy the neuroscience of optimal performance. Get a clear overview of the growing neuroscience evidence base of the benefits of mindfulness for attention, stress reduction, performance, decision-making, emotion regulation and wellbeing. Explore the case for a mindfulness-based leadership paradigm for the 21st century.