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


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Receptionist, JLL, Asia Pacific

JiLL is one of her company’s most talked about employees and she’s currently on special leave to meet you at CoreNet.

She’s the first face you’ll see when you walk into JLL’s facilities management division in Sydney. Standing at 57cm tall, JiLL can recognize employees’ faces and can carry out basic administrative tasks such as meeting and greeting guests and pointing them in the right direction.

She’s part of JLL IFM's innovation programme and is the first step for property managers to assess the opportunities for artificial intelligence in the workplace.

As robots move from being novelty objects into mainstream use, their role in our everyday life is constantly debated. Is she a sign of things to come?

Andrew, Peter

Director – Workplace Strategy Centre of Excellence, CBRE

Peter Andrew, MCR.h.w, a Director on the Workplace Strategy Team, which is part of the Occupier Consulting business line. He is responsible for developing and managing a regional workplace strategies team and driving market-recognised thought leadership, product development, standards of excellence, and quality control across practice areas. He has more than 20 years of experience as a specialist in design strategy, strategic briefing and space planning.

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Arkesteijn, Monique

Assistant Professor Real Estate Management, Delft University of Technology

Ir. Monique Arkesteijn is assistant professor of Real Estate Management at the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. She started at the faculty as a student in 1986 and was one of the first MBE graduates in 1993. She had various positions as project manager and consultant at Starke Diekstra, in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, and as partner at Diephuis Stevens. She re-joined the REM section of Hans de Jonge in 2003 after finishing a MBA and a travel around the world. Since 2013 she is team leader of the REM section and as such a member of the department’s daily board. Her research topics include CRE strategies, CRE alignment and measuring added value for both corporate, public and semi-public organisations. Monique is in the last phase of her PhD study on preference-based accommodation strategy design. Currently she is board member of CoreNet Global. Monique is the (co-)author of Designing an Accommodation Strategy (2009), The power of pluralism for urban strategies (2012) and the award winning paper in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate on Designing a preference-based accommodation strategy: A pilot study at Delft University of Technology (2015). 

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Austin, Neil

Vice President, Real Estate Portfolio Management & Transaction Services, Omnicom Group, Inc.

Neil recently joined Omnicom as Vice President, Real Estate Portfolio Management and Transaction Management, based in New York. Omnicom’s property portfolio covers 17 million sqft across the world in 67 countries

Until recently Neil was Global Head of Asset Management for the Royal Bank of Scotland, with a property portfolio covering 34 million sq ft in 4,500 buildings across the world, based in London.

Previously Global Head of Real Estate Strategy at ABN AMRO, Neil joined RBS in 2007 following its takeover of the Dutch bank. Before that, he spent an eventful time at Enron, managing EMEA and Asia until 2002, and started his career as a graduate at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Neil has extensive knowledge of global real estate markets specializing in strategic real estate, M&A, supplier procurement and management, portfolio, asset and transaction management, partly gained from time living in Hong Kong and Singapore, each for three years.

As well as being a member of the RICS, Neil is currently a Board Member of CoreNet Global and a past President of CoreNet Global’s UK Chapter.

Married with two children, he is a keen sportsmen and enjoys both watching and taking part whenever possible.


Barker, Kyle

Head of International Development, WeWork

Beesley, Ryan

Asset Management Solution Expert, IBM

Ryan Beesley is a Global Solutions Expert on the IBM Watson IoT Team. In his current role, Ryan is responsible for bringing his in-depth industry experience and global reach to support clients in the development and deployment of enterprise solutions designed to increase business value. 

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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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Bowens, Michael

Executive Director - Regional Tenant Representation - Asia, Colliers International

Michael Bowens is a Corporate Real Estate professional based in Singapore providing transaction management, account management and strategic planning to large corporate occupiers all across the Asia-Pacific region. Michael has represented some of the world's largest multinationals throughout the region including: Philips, Flextronics, Microsoft, Siemens, OSRAM, Chevron, Energizer Holdings, Hanes Brands, Singapore Airlines. Michael has 14 years of experience working in the Asia Pacific region.

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Bradbury, Thomas

CEO, Labrador Technology, Inc.

Tom is the founder and CEO of Labrador Technology. A deeply strategic and entrepreneurial thinker, he is a practicing principal in IT management consulting engagements. Tom’s in-depth knowledge of the industry and his close attention to client needs has led him to the creation of WorkplaceUX™, an exciting new offering. WorkplaceUX™ is an innovative approach to helping clients understand how to improve their work experience and maximize efficiency and output using the right technology. Tom created an original framework to discover these needs through the eyes of the users by leading them through 6 major pillars of a company environment. 

Brand, Nick

Regional Head of CRES Asia Pacific and Middle East, Barclays Bank PLC

Nick Brand is Regional Head of Barclays Corporate Real Estate Solutions for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  Nick joined Barclays in 2006, holding Capital Projects roles in EMEA. He was appointed Global Head of Capital Projects in 2014, and assumed his current role in 2015.

Nick was previously with JPMorgan in Hong Kong, and before that, based in the UK and Asia with international consultancy and construction groups.  

Nick has a degree in Construction Engineering Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore Built Environment Business Group Committee and CoreNet Global. 

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Brodie, Shaun

Head of Occupier Research, Greater China, Cushman & Wakefield

Shaun produces a variety of property research material for DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield, including white papers on China’s property market, tailored property market research reports, property market introductions and updates for clients and regular quarterly, biannual and annual DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield property market publications. In addition, Shaun writes property market related articles for trade publications, magazines and newspapers and is often a speaker at property seminars and conferences. Shaun has a MSc in Surveying from the University of Reading and is both a Chartered Surveyor and a Chartered Builder.

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Browne, Chris

Head of Global Occupier Services, Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield

As Chief Executive of GOS, Asia Pacific, Chris provides strategic vision and leadership for Cushman & Wakefield’s GOS operations in Asia Pacific which include occupier consulting, tenant representation, project management, facilities management and portfolio administration. As such, he provides leadership and strategic direction to the execution of integrated facilities management, project and development management, transaction management, strategic consulting, and portfolio administration services for clients with multi-market, multi-location portfolios across the globe. He has the ability to develop consistent platforms, inspire and energize our people and deliver the definitive Cushman & Wakefield experience for our clients. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2015 and is based in the Singapore office.

Chris came to Cushman & Wakefield from JLL, where he was most recently COO, Americas Corporate Solutions. In that role, he was responsible for developing and implementing Corporate Solutions’ strategy for operations, with an emphasis on operational efficiency, business process optimization, quality management, and risk mitigation. Chris also oversaw the division’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Americas’ business intelligence and data management strategies. In addition, he managed platform components including Supply Chain and Procurement, Account Deployment and Transformation, Client Accounting, Service Center operations and Legal. Chris served on JLL’s Americas Executive Committee, Corporate Solutions Americas Executive Committee, and the Global IFM Board. Prior to JLL, he held a global leadership role with Hewlett-Packard and Americas and EMEA leadership roles at CBRE.

Brunner, Piers

Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Knight Frank

Piers Brunner has 26 years of experience in the real estate industry, with 20 years in Asia.

Prior to joining Knight Frank, Piers worked for Colliers for 20 years. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Colliers’ Asia, managing 30 offices in 14 countries. 

Piers has run multi-disciplinary businesses in Indonesia, Hong Kong as well as Asia-wide corporate solutions with deep-rooted client connections in the region’s real estate sector. With his wealth of experience in tenant representation, track record in major leasing and investment transactions, and his leadership experience, Piers is tasked to further develop Knight Frank’s business across Greater China.

Burns, Caroline

Managing Director, Workplace Revolution

Caroline is widely recognised as a leader in the workplace and real estate profession, and her extensive experience working, living and travelling in Asia is sought out by clients and colleagues worldwide. 

She has over 20 years business leadership and consulting experience, and her strategic point-of-view has been valued not only by clients but also by a number of private company boards on which she has served in executive and non-executive director roles.

Caroline’s entrepreneurial attitude and highly consultative approach have led her to successfully establish and grow professional practices within multinational firms and as new start-ups. 

Nurturing empowered teams and cultivating strategic client relationships have been key ingredients in the success of these businesses.  She has demonstrated resilience in facing both economic and cultural challenges working in Asia for the past decade, and this commitment is widely respected within the industry.  Caroline is a trusted adviser, coach and "go-to person" for clients, colleagues and co-workers.

Her client experience ranges across banking and finance, technology, pharmaceutical, energy and resources, legal and professional services, consumer goods and public sector in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.  Select clients Caroline has worked closely with during her career include American Express, ANZ Bank, Bank Muscat, BHP Billiton, Bloomberg, CapitaLand, Cisco, Citi, Deutsche Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, JP Morgan, Macquarie Group, Manulife, Marsh & McLennan Co., Manulife, Microsoft, Nike and SingTel.

In addition to building the Workplace Revolution consulting business in Asia, Caroline leads GSK’s APAC Workplace Change and Design team, working closely with Paul Rogers to support successful organisational and workplace change initiatives within the Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities team.

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Cai, Betty

Integrated Facility Management Manager, Sodexo (Shanghai) Management Service Co., Ltd.

Betty has worked in a variety of Facility management positions over 13 years with Intel, ST and JLL in both company and service provider roles.  In addition to Facility Management, she also specializes in communication and project management. Betty is a graduate of Jiao Tong University and holds PMP professional certificates.

Carr, Jessica

Head of Place Design and Experience, Haworth

Jessica possesses 10 years experience developing workplace design and strategy,  for corporate, government, healthcare and education sectors. Jessica's expertise is in ethnographic design, interior design and design-thinking workshop facilitation. Jessica is part of the Haworth Strategic Services team; leading strategic client engagements and co-creative workplace solutions with Haworth’s premier clients in South East Asia, India and across the Asia Pacific region.


Chan, Tommy

Asia Pacific Design Construction Leader, Ernst & Young

Tommy is an accomplished real estate professional with 18 years of experience in corporate workplace strategy and project management across Asia and US. He has proven track records delivering real estate strategic programs supporting business and cultural transformation.

In his current role as the Asia-Pacific Design Construction Leader at EY, Tommy is responsible for deploying EY@Work, a global workplace program, and all related capital project activities in Greater China, Oceania, ASEAN, Korea, India and Japan. Prior to that, he has taken up diverse leadership roles in top Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and Fortune 100 companies.

Tommy holds a Bachelor in Architecture from University of Southern California and a Master's from Harvard University.

Chang, David

Regional Head of Portfolio, Workplace, and Estates, Asia Pacific, HSBC

David is the Head of Portfolio, Workplace, and Estates for the Asia Pacific region. He leads and advises on all real estate portfolio strategy and workplace initiatives for HSBC’s 17msf portfolio spanning 19 countries. As a strategy leader with 15 years of experience, David has broad experience in managing cross-functional teams and implementing innovative strategies across the real estate lifecycle in Asia Pacific and US regions.

David has prior experience in executing strategy roles at CBRE, developing new revenue streams for AdWords at Google, Inc, and serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh. He has an MBA from Duke University and a B.S. in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.

Chaturvedi, Ajay

ASA Property Manager, Standard Chartered Bank

Ajay Chaturvedi is the Property Manager for Standard Chartered Bank, ASEAN and South ASA (ASA) region. He is with Standard Chartered Bank, since 2003 working in multiple capacities within Retail Banking and Operational Risk departments of the bank, before joining the Property Team in India in 2011. Within the Property department he has handled responsibilities like Business Alignment and Strategy. Before joining the Bank, Ajay was working in IT sector as a Programmer and knows a number of Programming languages.

Cheng, Louie

President & Founder, PureLiving

Originally from the US, Louie founded PureLiving in 2010 to meet the demand for clean indoor air and water in China.  Today, with operations in 5 cities across China and India, PureLiving is the total provider for assessment, engineering, implementation, and monitoring of indoor environmental quality. Over 40% of the Fortune 100 companies in China are PureLiving clients.

Louie has over 20 years of scientific consulting experience as a chemical warfare engineer with the US Army, trained with the US CDC, and was formerly the Asia Strategy Director for Thomson Reuters’ Scientific Division.

Louie is the chapter director of the China Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association, has personally led over 1600 indoor environmental and green building projects and is a frequent public speaker for radio, television, and industry associations including CoreNet Global, IFMA, and BOMA. He holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from Dartmouth Business School.

Ching, Meng-Chew

Workplace Services Director, Asia Pacific, Unilever Asia Pacific Ltd.

Meng-Chew is an experienced Corp Real Estate (CRE) executive well known in the Asian CRE circles, being one of the early pioneers in this region. Currently he is heading up Unilever’s Corp Real Estate organization in Asia as Workplace Services Director, and sits on the Global Workplace Leadership Team responsible for Unilever’s Global portfolio of more than 10 mil sqm.

Prior to joining Unilever, Meng-Chew was the Asia Pacific Regional Director for GlaxoSmithKline and Nokia thru the years 2005-2011. He started his corporate real estate career in Sun Microsystems in 1996, kick starting SUN’s property portfolio at the beginning of CRE’s evolution in Asia. Meng-Chew was also the China Chapter Chair-person for Corenet Global from 2004-2008 and has been a regular speaker in Corenet Summits and Seminars.

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Chong, Erwin

Head, Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank Ltd.

Erwin Chong is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration for DBS Bank Ltd. DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 250 branches across 15 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and also has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth, namely, Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. 

Erwin manages all corporate real estate owned or leased properties across all markets and regions the bank operates in, and manages a team of 80 professionals in Real Estate strategy and transactions, project management and facilities management. Erwin was previously with Citi, for 9 years, and was the head of its Singapore Corporate Real Estate team. Prior to Citi, Erwin was a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.

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Chong, Vivien

Lead of Workplace Strategy & Change Management, China, Cushman & Wakefield

Vivien leads the Workplace Strategy and Change Management team for Cushman & Wakefield in China. With a unique education background in Psychology, Interior Design and Real Estate Finance, her academic qualifications and over ten years of industry experience provide her with an unparalleled insight as to how workplace can be used as a tool to support corporations in achieving their business objectives.

Bi-lingual, bi-culture and having lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and now China, Vivien is passionate about creating better workplaces (not just more beautiful workplaces) that enable higher staff satisfaction, better collaboration and greater loyalty amongst employees.

Chong, William

Head Business Technology, Corporate Solutions APAC, JLL

William leads a Business-IT team responsible for driving forward real estate technology solution strategy for clients of JLL’s Corporate Solutions business in Asia Pacific. Working with business leaders, clients and technology leaders, he identifies key needs and formulates effective solutions to enable business to achieve their objectives.

William has been managing the strategic use of technology to enable businesses to grow in the Asia-Pacific region for over 2 decades. His experience spans several industries including real estate services, online marketplace (B2B) and product localization (L10n). Technology enablers he has worked with include Corporate Real Estate (CRE) applications and Internet of Things (IoT), location intelligence, business intelligence including end user BI and data exploration, collaboration/commerce platforms, knowledge management, computer-assisted translation and translation memory systems.

In his role at JLL, William has successfully enabled our Corporate Solutions clients to drive CRE efficiencies and yield valuable insights through the use of technology tools and methodologies. These clients include leaders in the banking, energy, technology, automotive, services and FMCG sectors.

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Chow, Alton

Vice President & Managing Director - Central China, AECOM

Alton Chow is Vice President and Managing Director for Central China at AECOM which includes the Shanghai, Suzhou, Ningbo, Wuhan, Chongqing, and Chengdu Offices. As leader, he drives the entire business focusing on strategic development and management for the firm’s holistic services which encompass disciplines ranging from Design, Build, Finance, and Operational capabilities.

Professionally trained as an architect with over 20 years’ experience, Mr. Chow has built a reputation in the industry by implementing innovative methodologies and strategic thinking to enhance the ability to deliver high quality integrated projects thereby rethinking and changing the way the industry operates.

Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Chow was the Managing Director at Woods Bagot Shanghai and a member of the Asia Regional Executive Committee, Senior Associate at Gensler serving as Studio Director and Practice Area Leader for Commercial, Hospitality, and Mixed Use Projects, and Managing Director for Wilson Associates building and driving the China practice.

In addition to his role at AECOM, Mr. Chow also plays an active role in the design community and is currently Vice President of AIA Shanghai, a board member for the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, and on the Advisory Board for ULI in China.

Chua, Ming Lee

Global Real Estate Director, Unilever Asia Pte Ltd

Ming Lee joined Unilever for since 2013. She currently has 3 global roles. The first is the Real Estate Strategy and Planning, 2nd, Real Estate Transaction Governance and management and 3rd is Workplace Services Data and Analytics.  Unilever has a global portfolio of 110mil sf (offices, retail, manufacturing and warehouses) with a total owned asset base of €3.1Billion.  Working very closely with internal stakeholders, business partners and external service partners to provide strategies to meet business needs, drive consistent delivery and portfolio performance in the Unilever’s Real Estate Portfolio.

Prior to taking up the global RE Role, Ming Lee has RE transaction responsibilities for 3 of the 8 clusters in Unilever (SEAA, NA, NAMET & RUB). She currently holds client relationships with global business stakeholders.

Before joining Unilever, Ming Lee has worked with Jones Lang LaSalle in the Corporate Solutions team for more than 18 years, managing different accounts across Asia Pacific. Some of her clients she has worked with included Procter & Gamble, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Bank and DBS Bank.

Ming Lee has worked in different cities throughout her career namely, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

During her free time, Ming Lee likes to play golf and very interested in Zumba, a Latin base fitness dance routine.

She is a member of CoreNet Global and is currently taking her Senior Leader in Corporate Real estate qualification.

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Chung, Gordon

Lifestyle Services Director, Sodexo

Gordon is Sodexo’s APAC Lifestyle Services Director, responsible for developing and supporting Sodexo’s health and wellness services throughout the region.  A US expatriate, with over 20 years in Asia, Gordon was part of Sodexo’s solution team pioneering China’s first holistic workplace wellness offering for NOKIA in 2008.  With degrees in nutritional science and medical services, he was among the first generation of foreign professionals who participated in the development of China’s fitness and leisure market including 10 years as Swissotel’s Fitness Center Operations Director.  He has also held senior management positions with premium clubhouses, fitness centers and yoga studios.

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Coster, Steve

Principal, Board Director, HASSELL

Steve is a specialist in workplace strategy and design. He uses architecture and design to help unlock value for organisations. 

Steve has developed workplace strategies, project briefs, design frameworks and workplace change management plans for a diverse range of organisations. He is particularly focused on how physical places (and the design process itself) can support organisational culture, change, talent attraction, wellbeing and business performance.  

Steve has been involved in some of Australia’s most progressive workplaces. His experience also spans co-working communities, office buildings, laboratories, University campuses and city precincts. 

Steve is a Principal and Board Director at international design firm HASSELL.  He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. 

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Court, Caroline

Head of Real Estate - East Asia & Oceania, Ericsson

Caroline is responsible for all operational real estate and facilities management in East Asia & Oceania, including strategic planning, financial control & reporting, and programme management.

The REFM team is driving the evolvement of Ericsson workplace experience to best support the business, end user consumers, and brand; including the use of SMART technology, advancing sustainability initiatives and continual cost management.

Caroline joined Ericsson in April 2016, following roles at JLL, KPMG and latterly Cushman & Wakefield, based in London, and Hong Kong since 2013.

Ericsson has been at the forefront of communications technology for 140 years committed to the vision of a Networked Society; currently 40% of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. 

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Cuff, Chris

Regional Executive Director, Occupier Services, Colliers International

Chris Cuff, MCR, SIOR, joined Colliers in 2008 as Regional Executive Director and was based in Shanghai until 2015 when he relocated to Singapore.  Chris leads the Client Solutions practice within Colliers’ Occupier Services business in Asia. Chris has 22 years of experience in commercial real estate – from 1993 to 2003 in North America and since 2003 in Asia working in both emerging and developed markets. Chris was recognized as one of CoreNet’s “Top-Rated Global Faculty” in 2009, 2013 and 2015.

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D'Britto, Stanley

Chief Operating Officer and Director, ISS Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd.

Stanley is an accomplished professional with over 18 years of rich experience in Facility Management Industry in India. Stanley is currently Chief Operating Officer with ISS Facility Services which is one of the Leading Facility Services Company in India.

An innovative thinker and strategic decision maker with expertise in all aspects of Facility Management, providing customers with optimize and efficient solutions, excellence in services and bringing in the most paramount and latest technologies.

He is one of the members of Board of Directors for ISS India.

DeMuro, Mike

Senior Director, International - Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities, Microsoft

Mike DeMuro is Senior Director for Microsoft’s international real estate and facilities organisation.  This group is responsible for directing the site selection, design, construction and operation of our offices and labs in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The portfolio houses 66k employees in 13 million square feet across 110 countries and 300 buildings.

Mike joined Microsoft in 2011 and prior to that spent 10 years at Intel Corporation.  He has extensive international experience, having spent most of the last decade living and working in China and Europe. 

He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and three sons.

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Franks, Mark

Singapore Business Manager, CBRE GWS (SCB Client Account)

Although new to the industry, the past 3 years have brought a unique perspective and approach to operational and contractual optimisation initiatives within the company. Having graduated with a Hotel Management Degree, I then shifted straight into an oil and gas role that then shifted into a private consultancy role across all industry sectors in Australia.  The opportunity to work within this sector is a perfect balance in bringing in an ‘outsiders’ view to operations and matching this to the optimal practices of the business(es) and finding the new way of getting the job done.

Gao, Passy

HR Director, GWS, CBRE

Passy Gao is the HR Director of GWS Greater China at CBRE, based in Shanghai. She is a HR business partner for the GWS Divisional Leader of GWS, and HR strategist within the management team to ensure CBRE values, standards, quality and local regulations are followed.  Major areas of responsibility include Talent Management, Leadership Development and Retention, Organization Effectiveness, Employee Relations.  She is an Associate Coach Certified by International Coach Federal. Passy is passionate about attracting, developing and retaining talent in the industry. She was MBA Program Coach for Shanghai Jiao Tong University and KEDGE Business School AEMBA program in 2015.

Gray, Emily

Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Emily leads the APAC Transaction Management Team at Cushman & Wakefield, part of the Global Occupier Services division. Emily has a reputation for an innovative approach, is seen as a change agent and thrives on taking responsibility for developing, and implementing, solutions. Her responsibilities extend to resourcing client teams, including setting up secondments.

Emily has been with C&W for 10+ years, originally from London she moved to Hong Kong 5 years ago. An active member of CoreNet Global, Emily is the Vice Chair of the CoreNet Global Hong Kong chapter.

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Grundy, Chris

Director of IT & AV, Cundall

Chris leads Cundall’s IT and audio visual discipline. Having completed over 250 full lifecycle projects with values ranging from £0.5million to over £500 million, he has worked on projects that span all industry sectors.

Chris works globally with occupiers to design and implement information systems that enable value, allow remote management and reduce cyber security risk.

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Gu, Cathy

Technology Practice Area Leader / Design Strategist, Gensler

Cathy joined Gensler’s workplace consulting sector with 24 years of professional experience. With 15 years of industry expertise, she leverages her interior design, space programming, and workplace strategy knowledge to provide clients with integrated services.  Passionate about workplace wellness, she is part of a design strategy team that investigates end user needs to deliver holistic design solutions. She also gathers insights from Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index and translates these for the China market. Cathy is a leader of our firm’s regional Technology Practice Area, responsible for some of the most innovative workplaces in Asia for clients like Alibaba, Microsoft, and Shell. Cathy is a frequent speaker, appearing at CoreNet Global and DTZ-sponsored events.

Henoch, Grit

Global Account Director APAC, Interface

Grit Henoch is Global Account Director APAC at Interface since 2013, based in Singapore. She manages global and regional relationships with the largest and most influential MNCs and leads a team of Account Managers across the region. Grit has a diverse background and is a global citizen with over 10 years of experience in commercial functions such as Account Management, Marketing and Sales, across Europe, MEA and Asia. She has a strong conviction that the key to building and retaining clientele is engaging in rightful business practices keeping in view she has a background in US-FCPA and Due Diligence. 

Higgins, Russell

Director, MD&D Facilities, Pacific Region | MD&D Global Supply China, Johnson & Johnson

Russell currently oversees the J&J portfolio in China a mix of all asset types: Manufacturing plants, Commercial offices, R&D labs and training institutes.

He is responsible and accountable for delivering Quality, Safe, Compliant and productive workplace environments.

A seasoned professional with 20+ years’ experience in Engineering, Project Management, Maintenance, Facilities & EHS having worked across 3 continents for large multinational companies.

Holt, Nicholas

Asia Pacific Head of Research, Knight Frank

Nicholas leads Knight Frank’s research platform across the Asia-Pacific region. His role includes co-ordinating research teams, tracking market performance and producing market commentary and reports. His special areas of interest within the field include government policy and intervention, cycle analysis, and intra-regional capital flows.

Nicholas has a large amount of international experience, dealing with a wide range of research and consultancy projects in the UK, mainland Europe, and throughout Asia-Pacific.

He joined Knight Frank in 2010, previously heading up the research and consultancy division in Vietnam. In this role he advised both domestic and international clients on a wide range of issues and projects, carrying out project feasibility studies, highest and best use analysis, providing development recommendations and master planning consultancy.

Prior to this, he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle in France where he was responsible for valuation and value related advisory for a large number of English and non-English speaking institutional investors, corporate clients and developers. Work included regular pan European advisory work across France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Hungary.

Educated at the London School of Economics (LSE), with a BSc in Economics, Nicholas went on to study for a Masters (MA) in Town and Country Planning from the University of Sheffield and a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Surveying from the University of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Huang, Ruyi (Joanna)

Senior Discipline Engineer, Johnson & Johnson

10 years’ experience in delivering Engineering & Design from inception to completion through projects delivery across office building, R&D facility, medical science center and manufacturing plant in Pharmaceutical, Consumer and Medical Device industries for Johnson & Johnson major capital construction projects (investment > USD 10MM) in Asia Pacific region.

Hughes, Nick

Regional Head of Workplace, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

Nick Hughes is the Regional Head of Workplace for ASEAN and South Asia. 

Nick has worked on the Client and service provider side in Corporate Real Estate for the past 20 years in the Middle East and Asia.

He has been based in Singapore for 3 years, and is responsible for all Workplace standards, governance, continual improvement and developing / influencing stakeholders and vendor partners with the Bank’s Workplace evolution. Recently, particular focus has been on delivering the Bank’s new Changi Business Park 2 facility in Singapore and managing the transition of facilities, project and asset management services to our vendor partners in ASEAN.

Previously, Nick was based in Dubai where he managed the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region. Nick managed the DIFC Building acquisition and negotiated the Agreement for Lease for the new Dubai Head Office at Downtown. Nick also previously managed the Bank’s global M&A activity from a property diligence and integration perspective.

Nick is married with 2 children.

Jiang, Aileen

Financial Director, Phillips Lighting (China) Investment Company

Aileen manages the finance for all enabling functions for Philips Lighting Greater China, including real estate.

Johnson, Ben

Director, FreeState

Ben is a founding Director of FreeState, the award winning Experience Masterplanners responsible for storyboarding some of the world’s greatest brands. FreeState work with some of the most exciting clients in the world, from Sony and Samsung, to Virgin Atlantic and MTV, to Brookfield Property and the City of Blackpool. They are now translating this experience into commercial architecture with a particularly focus on designing personal, multi-sensory and multi-dimensional sequences of engaging moments that unfold over time, inspiring feelings of attraction, of involvement and of belonging within the built form. Ben and FreeState stands at the forefront of a very modern and multi-sensory wave of experience design.


Koh, Sylvia

Region Head, Asia Pacific Consulting, JLL

Sylvia heads up JLL’s consulting business across Asia Pacific, providing clients with portfolio and workplace strategy solutions.  Sylvia has extensive corporate real estate and consulting experience across the region and has worked with major clients in all industries such as Credit Suisse, Amazon, GSK and Shell among others.  

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Kuo, Kaiser

The Sinica Podcast Founder,

Kaiser Kuo is a recognizable and influential figure in China’s technology scene. The Chinese American is the former director of International 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.” He is a frequent guest on the CCTV News program Dialogue, where he has debated issues ranging from Internet vigilantism to Feng-shui. Mr. Kuo has been the anchor columnist for the popular English-language monthly magazine that’s Beijing and its successor, The Beijinger, for a full decade contributing a satire column called “Ich Bin Ein Beijinger.”

Langan, Kate

GM Group Property, ANZ

Kate Langan joined the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group as Group General Manager Property in late 2009, responsible for over 1 million sqm of space across 34 countries.

Prior to joining ANZ, Kate was a Regional Director with JLL, where she held a number of senior roles in Singapore and Australia, managing the international portfolios of DBS, Procter & Gamble and the Australian Taxation Office.

A qualified Architect by profession, Kate has practiced architecture in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, where she also lead the CRE-Asia Team for Bank of America across 14 countries, and subsequently, was Director Facilities for the British Council during the hand-over of administration from Britain to China.

Kate will assume the role of Chairman of the CoreNet Global Board in April 2016

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LiVigne, Nick

Manager - Workplace Transformation, Verizon

Nick manages Verizon’s global workplace strategy. By leveraging the confluence of design, place and culture, Nick’s work creates an attractive workplace experience that unleashes the individual and collective potential of Verizon’s employees. He also leads Verizon’s Global Coworking venture, which is repurposing the company’s legacy assets as collaborative workplaces for startups and entrepreneurs. The venture provides a platform for the company’s innovation groups to interact and co-create with local entrepreneurial communities. Nick has 10 years of experience in the corporate real estate industry and holds a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.

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Low, Andrew

Principal, HASSELL

Andrew is a Principal and leader of the Commercial & Workplace Sector at HASSELL.

Andrew works extensively on the interplay between architecture, urban design and workplace, utilising design as a mechanism to realise the potential of any given project to create real value for our clients and the cities we operate in.

At a time when changing expectations and economic imperatives see citizens demanding a richer variety of experience from their cities, Andrew brings a clear understanding of how the drivers of successful commercial architecture, hospitality and workplace can be combined to create meaningful, authentic spaces that connect people with place.

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Luciani, Paul

Asia Pacific Real Estate Leader, EY

Paul has considerable experience leading property teams for a range of Companies and Industries including EY, Allianz, David Jones, Westpac and WD & HO Wills.

Each of these groups required commercial, retail and specialist property requirements that require a diversified framework of disciplines.

Paul has specific knowledge of how Property (Real Estate & Associated infrastructure), Facility Management, Workplace Management, Capex (Design & Construction), and Commodity Procurement encompassing strategic, tactical, and operational aspects affects corporate strategy delivery.

Paul is currently employed by EY as Asia Pacific Executive Director of Real Estate where he sits on a global committee responsible for a total spend of $1.3 Billion dollars (USD), predominantly focusing on Asia Pacific, Japan, and India.

Paul is also a Lecturer at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Technology Sydney where he is the course lecturer for Property and Facility related Masters Programs

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Lynch, Sean

Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The Instant Group

Sean joined The Instant Group in 2015 to lead our expansion in the Asia Pacific region and cater for the increase in client demand for flexible workspace solutions. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience, predominantly in the outsourced services sector in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific.  This includes nearly five years as Operations Director, Asia Pacific for global business process outsourcing firm Williams Lea, where he led delivery and implementation of services for clients across the region. More recently, Sean has held client leadership roles in New Zealand, where he worked for regional technology firms Fronde and Datacom.

Mao, Maureen

Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank

With close to 19 years of experience in the Corporate Real Estate industry, Maureen is currently leading DBS China’s real estate portfolio & assets management.

In her 12 years of service in DBS, she has successfully built up the DBS China franchise by delivering 40 locations of main branches and retails for institutional business and customer banking business.

Prior to DBS, Maureen had worked for Intel China for almost 8 years and her major role was in the corporate service sector.  She was performing the leading role in China for R&D set up in Shanghai as well as real estate and facility management for 10 remote cities in China.

Marrable, Chris

Director, Strategic Consulting, ANZ, Cushman & Wakefield

Chris is an expert in helping enterprises to utilise real estate to deliver products or services more effectively. He is the Head of Strategic Consulting at Cushman & Wakefield in Australia. Chris qualified as an Architect in Sydney and London and delivered several major commercial and residential projects in the UK before returning to Australia. With post graduate qualifications and accreditation in Facilities Management and Land Economy he has held senior roles in corporate real estate for the past 25 years. He has spoken at many industry forums and published research in workplace ecology and emerging practice in corporate real estate.


Marsh, Melissa

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

Melissa Marsh is the Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches', to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions.

With a background in social science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active provocateur and contributor to many professional and research communities associated with the built world, including the AIA, CoreNet Global, IFMA, EDRA, and more.

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Mehta, Manoj

CEO, naked Group

Manoj came to China in 2005 and joined naked as Group Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. Manoj has led the growth of naked by setting up a strategic direction, creating process driven systems, attracting & retaining global talent and developing a cool-fun place to work. Under Manoj’s leadership, naked has earned recognition beyond its financial success, receiving numerous third party awards for its design, operations, energy & water conservation initiatives.

With the launch of businesses in 2015 - naked Bite – restaurant business, naked Sail – Luxury Yachts, and naked Hub – Co-working spaces, naked has evolved from a resort brand to a lifestyle brand. In 2016, naked also launched naked Discovery – creative learning center as well several new resorts, and 7 co-working spaces in Shanghai. naked plans to open another 24 naked hub locations in 2017 across Asia Pacific.

Manoj has also been actively engaged in Shanghai community life – serving as the Chairman of the Board for Shanghai Community Sports Club and President of Shanghai Cricket Club. Manoj also serves as a senior Board advisor for China’s largest tire manufacturing company.

Before joining naked, Manoj previously worked for Goodyear and Ford Motor Company in the U.S. Manoj has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA in Strategy & Finance from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Manoj’s multicultural background, senior management experience and strong academic foundation allow him to perfectly combine strategic thinking with practical execution. Beyond his work at naked, Manoj is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Advisory panel of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Mirmelli, David

Director, Global Corporate Services – Europe, Middle East, Africa, BMC

David Mirmelli, MBA, MCR is Director, Global Corporate Services - Europe, Middle East, Africa for BMC and is responsible for corporate real estate, facilities, projects, health, safety and environmental management.

Over the past 6 years he has contributed to BMC’s global “Office of The Future” and Digital Workplace transformation. 

BMC is a global leader in innovative software solutions that enable businesses to transform into digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive advantage in distributed, mainframe, virtual and cloud environments. 82% of the Fortune 500 rely on BMC to accelerate their digital initiatives

Misovicova, Maria

Programme Manager, Partnerships, Strategy and Programme Management Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

Maria is leading the development of strategic partnerships with bilateral donors, development banks, philanthropies and the private sector in United Nations ESCAP. She is a co-founder of the “She4She” initiative in ESCAP – an informal network to support women in their career development. Maria has a rich working experience within and outside the UN that has taken her across the world to Switzerland, Japan and Chile, and currently Thailand. Prior to joining the United Nations, Maria was a diplomat working in Slovakia’s Foreign Service, looking after economic agenda. She worked as a Trade Negotiator at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and headed trade negotiating teams in Slovakia’s accession to OECD and European Union. Maria has a strong track record in mentoring and coaching young professional women. During her diplomatic posting in Geneva, she was a co-creator of the “World Trade Organization Women’s Initiative” which was comprised of women ambassadors and diplomats. Maria has degrees in economics and international law, and took an executive leadership programme at Harvard Kennedy School.

Morgan, Rebecca

Regional Head of Facilities Management, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Barclays Bank PLC

Rebecca has worked at Barclays for 10 years in the UK and Singapore. She has held a number of roles in the Barclays Corporate Real Estate Department in both the UK and Asia including Facilities Management and the Chief Operating Office (COO). Her experience spans across a number of industry sectors including Banking, Higher Education and Charities prior to joining Barclays.

Mullane, Richard

Principal, HASSELL

Richard is an architect, urban designer and planner with extensive experience in multidisciplinary master planning projects. He has worked in London, Sydney and Shanghai and currently leads HASSELL’s Urban Design projects across the China region from our Shanghai studio. A strong advocate for collaborative and site-responsive design processes, Richard also contributes to critical urban projects globally across the practice.

Richard aims to unlock the potential of cities and unique local experiences for his clients. His background has created opportunities for him to work across disciplines and scales, from large-scale public master planning to small-scale landscapes or commercial projects, he has delivered innovative urban projects across his 15 years of experience.


Nadendla, Venkat

Regional Technical Lead, CBRE

An accomplished Electrical and Electronics Engineer with unique set of technical expertise and management skills in Engineering operations and maintenance seeking challenging managerial assignments having a wide scope of growth with highly reputed organization.

Nagy, Gabor

Research Program Manager, Haworth, Inc.

Dr. Gabor Nagy holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis on workplace performance; he is also a proud CoreNet MCR candidate. As Haworth's Research Program Manager in San Francisco, he is responsible for applied research on corporate culture, workstyle, and workplace performance, and provides advisory services to clients. Gabor's passion in the last several years has focused on the interdisciplinary field of Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) where he has used wearable technology and big data to map informal organizational and value networks, for the benefit of increasing performance at client organizations.

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Newgreen, Adam

Senior Director, CBRE

Adam is the CBRE Regional Director for the Microsoft Account.  As the primary point of accountability in Asia, Adam is responsible for managing and overseeing delivery of all real estate and facilities services for Microsoft including portfolio strategy, transaction management, project management and integrated facilities management.  The portfolio comprises 5.9m sq ft across 18 countries in Asia.  Prior to joining the CBRE, Adam was Director Head of Real Estate in Barclays and Senior Associate in Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

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Ng, Kin

Director, CRES Project Management

Kin Ng has over 20 years experience in corporate real estate and project management services. Prior to joining CRES, Kin Ng was the head of Real Estate organization for Alcatel-Lucent in the APAC region. Over his 20 years of experience in real estate industry, he has held leadership roles in a wide variety of functions including master plan, lease transaction, project and facility management activities.

Kin Ng holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering, and received an MBA in 1999. Kin Ng has been certified with Chartered and Registered Professional Engineer since 1994. 


Osman-Rani, Azran

CEO of iflix Malaysia; COO iflix Group, iflix

Azran Osman-Rani is currently the CEO of iflix in Malaysia, and its Group COO – a disruptive internet television  service that was launched in May 2015 and now operates across Southeast Asia and scaling to emerging markets in other regions. Iflix aims to radically change how entertainment content is delivered to consumers in emerging markets, and how to address the threat of piracy for content owners by offering a compelling and very affordable service.

Previously, Azran pioneered the long-haul, low-cost airline model as the founding CEO of AirAsia X. He led the growth from start-up to US$1 billion in revenue and a public-listing in six years, breaking many low-cost airline industry conventions and introducing innovations.

Azran held previous positions as Senior Director of Business Development at Astro All Asia Networks, SVP of Business Transformation at the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, and Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company. 

He holds a Masters degree in Management Science & Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University.


Papabathini, Kenneth Paul

Director, Real Estate & Facilities (APAC & India Region) , BMC Software Pvt. Ltd.

Kenneth Paul Papabathini, MCR, MRICS is Director, Real Estate & Facilities – APAC, India Region for BMC Software. Kenneth is a CoreNet member from India with over 25 years’ international experience in Facilities, Portfolio and Project Management, with major multinational organizations and is based out of Pune, India.


Parekh, Nayan

Firmwide Practice Area Leader, Consulting, Gensler

Nayan Parekh, RA, is interested in interdisciplinary design that is end user-led and creates business value.

With experience working in workplace consulting, architecture and urban strategy and research practices both in India and the UK, Nayan has worked on projects of various scales across sectors including financial, R&D, FMCG, technology and learning environments.

Nayan has worked in multidisciplinary teams responsible for research and design output, and also for project management and liaison. Her international experience ranges from the grassroots level, working in non-government organizations in India, to design strategy, architectural design and policy research in the UK.

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Pomeroy, Jason

Founding Principal, Pomeroy Studio

Prof. Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV personality at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda. He graduated with Bachelor and Post-Graduate degrees with distinction from the Canterbury School of Architecture; received his Master’s degree from Cambridge University, and his PhD from the University of Westminster. He is the Founding Principal of Singapore - based sustainable urbanism, architecture, design and research firm Pomeroy Studio. Prior to founding Pomeroy Studio, Jason worked in Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Bahrain and Kuala Lumpur. His architectural, real estate and construction experience has borne influence in international construction, development and design firms that have included YRM, Kajima and Broadway Malyan. In 2008, he relocated to Asia to successfully establish Broadway Malyan’s Singapore office. Jason’s award-winning projects transcend scale and discipline and include the Idea House and B House: the first carbon zero and operational carbon negative houses in Asia and Singapore respectively, Trump Tower Manila: the tallest residential tower in the Philippines, and Newpark: a 247 acre eco - township set to contain the first zero-carbon public realm in Johor, Malaysia.

His leadership role in Pomeroy Studio provides the vision and creative direction in both design and research, and is personally involved in the studio’s projects. He is committed and passionate about all aspects of green design, and in particular zero energy development, modular construction, and vertical urban theory – 3 fields of research that underpin the design works of the studio. In addition to leading Pomeroy Studio, Jason is the author of, ‘POG: Pod Off-Grid Explorations into Low Energy Waterborne Communities’ (2016), ‘The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat’ (2014) and ‘Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today’ (2011). Jason also promotes the role architecture plays in society through his award winning television series on Channel NewsAsia - ‘City Redesign’ (Singapore) and ‘City Time Traveller’. He also continues to be a featured speaker at global conferences and events including TEDx and the World Architecture.

Pratt, Robert James

Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Design & Construction, Tishman Speyer

Robert James Pratt has served as Tishman Speyer’s Global Co-head Managing Director of Design & Construction. Mr. Pratt joined Tishman Speyer in 1998 and is heading up the firm’s design and construction activities in China. Mr. Pratt was the project executive for the Goldman Sachs Headquarters building in New York from 2004 to its completion in 2009. Prior to 2004, he was responsible for directing Tishman Speyer's design and construction activities on the west coast of the United States. Previously, Mr. Pratt had extensive experience in his career at various Bovis group companies including projects in Chicago and New York as well as Canary Wharf in London, Petronas Tower One at Kuala Lumpur City Centre and The Venetian in Las Vegas. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a B Arch in 1982.

罗伯特.詹姆斯.布拉特先生担任铁狮门设计与工程部门的董事总经理兼全球联席负责人, 1998年加入美国铁狮门房地产公司,目前负责中国区设计与施工的开发工作。 布拉特先生从2004年至2009年担任美国纽约高盛总部大楼的项目执行总监。在2004年之前,他负责铁狮门美国西部项目设计与施工的项目。此前,布拉特先生曾就职于Bovis集团,拥有多年丰富经验,负责芝加哥、纽约,伦敦金融区、吉隆坡双子塔一期以及拉斯维加斯威尼斯人酒店的项目。布拉特先生于1982年获得美国美国伊利诺伊斯理工大学的建筑学士学位。

Pressacco, Steven

Sales Director, Southeast Asia & Oceania, Teknion

Based out of Singapore, Steven currently leads Teknion’s sales efforts, and manages a team across Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand.  He joined Teknion in 2010, developing and growing business in the New York market, before relocating in June of 2014 to Teknion’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Steven holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career in the automotive industry, giving him a strong technical foundation which has deemed extremely helpful in the contract furniture industry. Steven has a passion for the built environment, how people work, learn, and conduct business.

Puybaraud, Marie

Global Head of Research at JLL Corporate Solutions, JLL

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

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Pyott, Morag

Regional Head of Corporate Real Estate Asia-Pacific, HSBC

Morag is the Head of Corporate Real Estate Services for the Asia Pacific region. She joined HSBC in March 2015 and is based in Hong Kong.  Working closely with the ASP Businesses and Functions, the CRE team is responsible for the strategy & planning, delivery and operation of all Group properties – owned and leased, office, branch, residential and data centres - supporting business needs and operational effectiveness goals of the Organisation.  The HSBC portfolio in ASP covers some 17m sq ft across 19 countries.

Morag has over 20 years of experience in the corporate real estate and construction industries in Asia and UK. Her skills and experience include leading and managing culturally diverse teams in all aspects of corporate real estate management: strategy & planning, transaction management, facilities and project management. After working in London, UK for 6 years, she moved to Hong Kong in 1996, where she continues to work today.She has been a member of CoreNet Global since 2001.  She holds the MCR designation and has served as a member of the HK CoreNet Chapter committee.

Qu, Kun

Segment Director, Jiangsu, Zhejiang & Wuhan; Corporate Services, Sodexo China

Kun oversees Sodexo’s Corporate Services in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Wuhan, covering both catering and facilities management services. By leading over 80 sites’ operation and with the previous leadership of Sodexo Food Center of Expertise, Kun has developed unique expertise with proven success records in several areas including kitchen design & engineering, project management and facilities management. Prior to Sodexo, Kun was Sales Manager at MEDIA6, a shop fitting and merchandising group, and China Chief Representative for a Belgian agrifood group. Kun holds a M.S. degree in Science and Engineering.

Reader, Billie Ann

Regional Account Director, Asia Pacific and Middle East, ISS Asia Pacific PTE Ltd

Billie Reader is the Regional Account Director for the Asia Pacific and Middle East (APME) region working on the Barclays Bank Plc account, responsible for delivering the Project Unity scope to all Barclays entities across the region. Billie joined ISS in 2013 and moved to Singapore in May 2013 as the Finance and Commercial Director, then in March 2016, she was appointed to her current role.

Rogers, Paul

Vice President & Head of AsiaPac, Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities, GSK Pte Ltd

Paul Rogers is Vice President & Head of AsiaPac – Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities.  Paul leads the company’s real estate and Facilities function in AsiaPac across  400 sites in 21 countries and over the last 4 years has transformed how the RE function can strategically add value to the companies P&L and balance sheet.

With more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical and FMCG  industry, Paul is a proven supply chain and business leader, having led and delivered in an international, multi site context "transforming supply chains and teams’’ to maximise efficiency, improve customer service, improve speed to market and transform the balance sheet performance.

Paul graduated from the University of Surrey, UK, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.  He is also a Chartered Engineer under the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.  Previously Paul has also worked for Proctor & Gamble and PepsiCo.

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Rushton, Jo

Global Real Estate Regional Director - Asia Pacific, AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company.  Its purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Real Estate support the business by optimising the portfolio to create an efficient, productive and cost effective workplace.

As the Regional Director in Asia I work with all the business units to understand their strategic business direction and help translate that into their optimum property strategy. 

I have been with AstraZeneca for 20 years and originally qualified as a Chartered accountant with KPMG prior to my move into Real Estate.

Sargent, Kay

Senior Principal, Director of WorkPlace, HOK

Kay Sargent brings over 30 years of experience in the interiors industry. Her work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay specializes in helping companies identify their unique organizational DNA and requirements, align their space with their business goals, develop the workplace of the future and deliver it across their global portfolio.   

Prior to joining HOK as Senior Principal for Strategic Accounts and Workplace; Kay served as Director of Workplace Strategies for Lendlease; VP of A&D and Workplace Strategies for Teknion; and as a Principal for Interior Architects in Washington, DC. Kay has a BFA in interiors from VCU and studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design in NY.  Kay was recently elected to serve on the CoreNet Global Board and currently serves on the National ASID Foundation Board and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ.  She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE, community. Kay speaks regularly at CoreNet, IFMA and other industry events globally and has twice been honored with the ‘Luminary Award’ from CoreNet Global for being one of the top rated speakers and was the “Top Rated Presenter” at the Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies conference. Kay was recently selected as a ‘POWER WOMEN’ by Bisnow and is a networker and mentor to many in the industry, and as such is a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward

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Schlotter, Dirk

Director Global Real Estate, Verizon Communications, Inc.

Dirk Schlotter is the Director of Real Estate Operations for Verizon Communications and is responsible for the global workplace strategy and all international properties of Verizon outside the United States, covering more than 50 countries and 1,000 assets across the globe. Dirk received his pre-law degree from Mayence University School of Law and a degree in Business Administration from the Wiesbaden Institute of Commerce & Industry.

Sear, Darren

Global Head, Energy and Environments, Standard Chartered Bank PLC

Over 25 years of experience in the property industry, working across the UK, Southern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Roles have been varied between consultant, contractor and client providing a varied outlook on requirements / expectations and opportunities. Joined SCB to head up engineering solutions across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas. Now leading the Energy and Environmental strategy within Property function for the Bank.

Shailesh, Kumar

Regional Head of Supply Partner Management – ASEAN & South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

Shailesh has over 25 years of experience in people management skills, starting his career with Indian Army as Captain Infantry, leading his way through variety of roles within the Bank in Corporate Real Estate Services/Property.

He has recently taken over the role of Regional Head – Supply Partner Management – ASEAN & South Asia for Standard Chartered Bank. He was the Head of Property – Malaysia for over five years based in KL and continues to double-hat at this point of time. In his new role, he is responsible for guidance and oversights of the supply partner management job family for the region and facilitates the “Regional Partnership” between Property and Supply Partners. His key focus being innovation and transformation for good of the Bank.

Shailesh, in his earlier assignment in Malaysia has played role of a Coach and Mentor, by unifying the team to work as ONE engine to Bank’s growth in alignment with Business and Customers. His business acumen has witnessed in bringing the Property portfolio leaner and fitter; aligning with Bank’s aspirations. He is part of a team of specialist who creates the right environment for success.

Shailesh has Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Hons) from Delhi University, Master of Corporate Real Estate and a Certified Protection Professional. He is the current “Chair” of CoreNet Global Malaysia Chapter.

He is married and enjoys adventurous sports.

Shen, Audrey

Senior Director, Facilities & EHS, Adidas Group China

Audrey has been working at the Adidas Group China for over 5 years and leads the corporate real estate and facilities management, EHS in China. She was formerly with Unilever and Philips and has over 15 years working experience in Facility and Project Management in multinational companies.

Smith, Christopher

Managing Director, Asia Corporate Real Estate, Manulife

Chris oversees Manulife’s real estate portfolio throughout Asia, comprising over 3,000,000 s.f. of leased and owned property across 10 territories, and housing over 50,000 staff and agents. He has over 20 years’ experience in project management, leasing, property operations and facility management. Chris has been based in Hong Kong for the past 6 years, where he has taken the lead in delivering projects, driving change, and increasing professionalism and efficiency throughout Manulife’s portfolio. 

Smith, Randy

Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle Corporation

Randy Smith, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle Corporation, started his real estate career upon joining Oracle in 1989.  He is currently responsible for real estate and facility operations for Oracle’s global portfolio of approximately 25 M square feet.

Randy graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a M.S. in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an A.B. in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.  

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Tang, Tammy

Executive Director – Industrial Services, Colliers International

Tammy Tang is a Corporate Real Estate professional based in Shanghai with over 20 years' experience in the China real estate market. In the last 10 years, Tammy focused her work around business parks, industrial and data centers. Her expertise includes site selection, acquisition, disposition and portfolio strategy for occupiers, as well as development consulting, portfolio strategy, investment and project lease and sales for developers and investors.

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Tran, Margareth

Workplace Strategy Senior Manager, CBRE

Margareth is a Senior Manager within CBRE’s Workplace Strategy Team, a division under Global Workplace Solutions. Based in Shanghai, Margareth works with clients from a variety of industries to understand their workplace challenges and aspirations, and create workplaces which reflect company culture and enhance user experience. In addition to working with clients to develop workplace strategies and guidelines, Margareth has also helped businesses and employees successfully adapt to their new ways of working by designing and implementing change management and communications programs.

Vazquez, John M.

SVP Global Real Estate, Verizon

John M. Vazquez joined Verizon in January of 2012 as Sr. Vice President of Global Real Estate. In this role, he is responsible for over 110 million square feet of real estate and 4,500 facilities in 54 countries. He manages a group of more than 600 real estate professionals and directs efforts in the optimization of the Verizon portfolio. Core to this is leading the strategic direction of facility management and services, leasing, asset management, design & construction, workplace design and energy management programs across the Verizon footprint.

Under John’s leadership Global Real Estate has developed a multi-year transformational, strategic plan focused on improving the performance of real estate assets while proactively improving the physical real estate portfolio. Strategic programs include developing location strategies for labor and customer markets, improving operations & infrastructure and enhancing GRE capabilities. A social focus is maintained on managing demand and supply side energy management transformation with fuel cell and solar technology to reduce carbon footprint and improve environmental stewardship.

John’s vast knowledge and experience as a key innovator has led to recent appearances and interviews including Bloomberg News and American Builders Quarterly.

Prior to his position at Verizon, John served as Vice President of Vendor Sourcing and Corporate Services as well as Chief Procurement Officer at MetLife (2004 – 2012).  He has also held positions at JP Morgan Chase (1993 – 2003) as SVP Director of Global Facilities and at IBM (1983 – 1993) as Real Estate Program Manager for HQ Operations.

John received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984 and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in 1993.  John serves on the Board of Visitors for Sacred Heart University, served on the Engineering Board of Fairfield University and on various professional associations.  John is actively involved in several public and community services, including ASPIRA, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and the Special Olympics.   

Walters, Megan

International Director, Head of Research, JLL Asia Pacific

Dr Megan Walters is an International Director at JLL and head of research, leading a team of 170 researchers in Asia Pacific, part of a team of 300 researchers globally. The team is provides research thought leadership, data collection and analysis across the markets, including JLL’s Real Estate Intelligence Service, considered the industry’s leading market research service for real estate.

Dr Walters, is a Fellow of RICS with a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in institutional economics of real estate. Megan has an interest in the issues of multiple ownership property (strata title) and property rights on urban environments and city development. Megan joined JLL in 2010 as Head of Research, Asia Pacific Capital Markets, a role responsible for advising investor clients and generating publications on office, retail and industrial real estate trends in capital markets. She is also a member of the JLL Global Research Executive with responsibility for the global office leasing group.   

Megan sits on the research committees of ANREV and APREA and is the ULI Women’s Leadership representative for Asia Pacific on the WLI Global Committee. Megan held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at National University of Singapore and served on the RICS International Governing Council for 2009 to 2015.

Ware, Sheridan

Chief Information Officer - Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield

Sheridan is an award-winning business transformation leader with over 15 years’ experience guiding teams to deliver superior technology, innovation and user experience outcomes. In her role as Cushman & Wakefield’s CIO in the Asia Pacific region, Sheridan leads a team that provides innovative, intuitive and insightful technology platforms for the real estate industry. She’s passionate about building an eco-system of like-minded partners that are leveraging property to transform the way we work, shop and live.

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Warrier, Jayan

Director, Positive Performance Consulting, Singapore

Jayan works with organiszations in developing a culture of purposeful, conscious and positive work life.  He is a Leadership Development Consultant,  an Organizational Development practitioner, Coach and a workshop facilitator, with more than 20 years corporate experience in Human Resources, Sales and Business. He led the regional leadership development portfolio at Hewlett Packard Personal Systems Group, before founding Latitude Leadership and Positive Performance Consulting Pte Ltd. Jayan is a practicing senior Action Learning Coach with the World Institute for Action Learning, a Certified Professional Facilitator at International Association of Facilitators. Jayan is pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology focusing on happiness and the expansiveness of human potential.

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Watson, Thomas

Director of Engineering, PureLiving

Since 2012 Tom has been leading indoor environmental improvement projects throughout mainland China, having started his career in the UK in construction management since moving to China in 2009 Tom has been working on the frontline of the most challenging indoor environmental quality battleground.

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Wong, Christopher

Senior Manager, Global Real Estate, APAC, AstraZeneca

As a senior manager in AstraZeneca’s Global Real Estate group, Chris manages stakeholder engagement, strategy development, and project execution in Asia Pacific. He holds a Master in Business Administration and brings 8 years of experience in consulting, workplace and portfolio strategy, and project management.  Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Chris was most recently with JLL in Shanghai and Singapore as an Associate Director in their corporate consulting group.

Wong, Colin

Head of Industrial Practice Greater China, Odgers Berndtson

Colin Wong is the Head of Industrial Practice Greater China for Odgers Berndtson, based in Shanghai.  He specializes in senior executive search in Manufacturing, Automotives and Real Estate, and has completed a number of senior real estate assignments related to land acquisition, development, leasing and property management.   Before moving to Shanghai in 2014, he was based in Hong Kong for 11 years including the last five years with Odgers Berndtson.

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, he worked for another international executive search firm in Hong Kong.  Earlier in his career he was an entrepreneur in electronic manufacturing services in South China, where he set up sourcing offices and manufacturing facilities in China. 

Colin grew up and studied in the UK, and holds a BSc in Technology & Management from the University of Bradford, UK.

Wong, Tony

Director, Workplace Resources, Asia Pacific and Japan, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Tony is a Registered Architect and seasoned CRE/FM executive with experience in managing multi-discipline international teams to deliver real estate projects and services to meet business results. He moved from architecture to CRE/FM since 1990, and had covered almost all aspects of CRE&FM for JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Cisco. After serving in investment banks for 20 years, Tony took a career turn in 2011 and moved to Cisco Systems to be the Director, Workplace Resources for Asia Pacific region, managing delivery of RE, Construction and FM.

Tony was the Founding Chairman of the CoreNet Global Asia Pacific Chapter in 1993 and was on its global board from 2009-12.  He was one of the earliest members of the IFMA HK and had also been active in architectural institutions such as HKIA, UIA and ARCASIA.  Tony regularly delivers talks at CRE/FM events and lectures in universities across the Asia Pacific region.

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Woo, Alvin

Energy Lead, CBRE

Alvin has 17 years of working experience in the field of Energy and Sustainability Design. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from RMIT and a MSc in Sustainable Building Design from University of Nottingham. Prior to joining CBRE, Alvin is the Vice President of CPGreen, the sustainability arm of CPG Consultants. He works with a team of Architects and Engineers to design Green Buildings using Building Simulation Tools and improve building energy efficiency through Passive and Active design enhancement. Some notable projects includes NTU Hive, National Gallery Singapore, Interpol Global Complex, etc. In his line of energy efficiency, he conducts energy audit for clients to identify areas of improvements and carried out project implementation to crystallize the savings. Alvin is a BCA registered Green Mark Manager and Energy Auditor.

Woodburn, James

Regional Director, Head of Real Estate Asia Pacific, WPP Group PLC

James is responsible for the WPP Group of Companies real estate footprint, overseeing the Groups 5 million Sqft leasehold portfolio across Asia Pacific.  WPP is the world leader in Marketing and Advertising services, comprising over 150 operating companies, and accommodating approximately 150,000 staff worldwide.

James has over 20 years experience in real estate, having cut his teeth in Sydney office leasing in the 1990’s, and has worked as a leading tenant representative across most Australian markets. James has gained experience in Asia, working for both institutional and private equity owners, before taking on his latest role in 2010 at WPP. James is one of the few executives in the Industry to have worked on all sides of the leasing transaction during his career.

Wright, Jonathan

Associate Director, Regional Tenant Representation, Colliers International

Jonathan has over 12 years’ experience in a range of transaction based roles across UK, Middle East and Asia.

Notably, Jonathan has assisted a number of flexible workspace operators enter new markets, particularly in the Middle East and Asia and in 2016 set-up Colliers International’s Flexible Workspace Practice Group for APAC.

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Wu, Jianfeng

CFO, GE Healthcare Asia Supply Chain, General Electric

Jianfeng joined GE through the FMP program in France in 2003. She then spent 3 years in company’s Corporate Audit Staff for 3 years covering financial and compliance audits cross different GE divisions cross Europe and Asia. She came back in Shanghai in 2009 and took over the Greater China Clinic System Finance manager role then progressed to the China Healthcare service CFO role. She moved to the current Asia Supply China CFO role since April 2016.

Jianfeng hold a BA and Master degree in accounting from ESC Du Havre, France and a MBA degree from University of Illinois at Chicago USA.

Xie, Andy

Independent Economist,

Dr Andy Xie is Shanghai-based independent economist specialising in China and Asia.  He is also a guest columnist for the South China Morning Post. Dr Xie is one of the few economists who has accurately predicted economic bubbles including the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and the more recent subprime meltdown in the United States. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1997 and was Managing Director and Head of the firm’s Asia/Pacific economics team until 2006. Prior to that he spent two years with Macquarie Bank in Singapore, where he was an associate director in corporate finance. He also spent five years as an economist with the World Bank. He was voted one of the 50 most influential persons in finance by Bloomberg Magazine in 2013.  He was voted by institutional investors as the best economist in Asia Pacific between 2000-06 in Institutional Investors poll.   The CCTV and the WEF voted him one of the ten future leaders in China in 2001.

Xin, Li

Managing Director, Caixin Global

Li Xin is Managing Director of Caixin Global, a subsidiary of Caixin Media. She was the Managing Editor of the Chinese Wall Street Journal and the Editor for Chinese language Dow Jones news wire. Prior to that, she was the Managing Editor of Caixin: China Economics & Finance, an English-language magazine, and Caixin Online at Caixin Media. In 2006, she founded Caijing Magazine’s first bureau in the United States, as a correspondent of politics and economics. Li moved back to China in 2007 to head Caijing Magazine’s English website. Li was a documentary producer at China Central Television between 2001 and 2004. She has a bachelor's degree on English from Tsinghua University and a master's degree on Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a fellow of the fourth class of Aspen China Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Xu, Allen

One-SH FM Manager, Johnson & Johnson

Yin, Jesse

Business Project Leader, Johnson & Johnson

Graduated from SUFE with International Banking major, Jesse spent the initial 12 years in finance management roles in E&Y, GE and D&B.  Successfully transferred to operation and PM aspects, Jesse led the business integration for J&J DePuy Synthes China and One J&J Shanghai campus.  With the very unique cross-functional experience, Jesse is strong in bridging the business demand with enable function delivery, change management, project management and also strategy plan & driving.

Young, Duncan

Head of Workplace Health & Wellbeing, Lend Lease

Duncan is the head of workplace health & wellbeing for Lend Lease’s new global head office at Barangaroo, Sydney and consults to external business wanting to develop their own health & productivity strategies. Interest in Health & Wellbeing of employees continues to grow as businesses acknowledge its impact on attraction and retention of employees, a major cost of running a business. This is an emerging field that fills in the gaps between physical green buildings and maximising employee performance.

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Zamora, Mike

Managing Director, Asia Real Estate Advisors

Mr. Zamora is currently the Managing Director at Asia Real Estate Advisors, which provides portfolio and locational strategy for Corporations, along with due diligence, financial and advisor services for Real Estate Investment Companies and Funds throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

His experience encompasses many functions in the real estate industry and many geographies.  For the past 20+ years he has worked on real estate projects throughout the entire Asia Pacific Region. 

He has worked in the Corporate Real Estate arena, where he helped Cisco develop a 10,000+ person / 2.5 million sf campus in India.  He also planned a 3,000+ person campus in Sydney, Singapore and Shanghai. While at Cisco the portfolio consisted of 70+ location in 13 countries in approximately 5.3 million square feet.

Mr. Zamora was also a Director at Brooke International where he provided real estate consulting services for clients throughout the Asia Pacific region. When he initially arrived in Hong Kong, he was the Vice President for Koll Asia Pacific, a US based real estate development company.  At Koll he oversaw the development of a 300 room hotel project in China and a 1,200 acre new town development in Thailand. While in the US, Mr. Zamora worked for the Koll Company as an Asset Manager for a 1.5 million square feet mixed use project.   

He started his career in the US, working in the fields of: Architecture, Development and Real Estate Finance.  Mr. Zamora is still a registered Architect in the US.  In addition to working throughout Asia, Mr. Zamora has also worked in London, Boston, New York, Newport Beach and Phoenix.

Mr. Zamora previously served on the Harvard Business School of Hong Kong Association’s Board of Directors.  He has also served on  CoreNet’s Global Board of Directors.  He has spoken at MIPIM and other real estate conferences. He has taught multiple real estate courses throughout Asia, Europe and the US for real estate professionals. His real estate articles have been published in various real estate journals. 

He graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration and attained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University. 

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Zhu, William

China FM Platform Director, Sodexo

William Zhu is the China FM Platform Director for Sodexo.  He has 30 years of experience in facility management.  William is a graduate of Chongqing University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  William has worked as an electrical engineer and facility manager for China Petrochemical Company, Young’s Engineering Company, and Intel.