CoreNet Global Summit, Singapore 2018
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Andrew, Peter

Senior Director - Workplace Centre of Excellence APAC, CBRE

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

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Anthony, Zelda

Head of Blockchain ASEAN, IBM

Zelda Anthony is IBM’s Head of Blockchain, ASEAN, based in Singapore. 

She is responsible for developing IBM’s blockchain business in the ASEAN region including understanding the key blockchain trends and opportunities and how they can benefit IBM’s customers across all industries, developing IBM’s blockchain strategy for the region and building an ecosystem with partners and Fintechs.

Prior to the Blockchain leadership role, Zelda was Head of Payments for APAC at IBM and prior to that she spent 7 years at SWIFT where she held roles including, Head of Compliance products APAC, Head of ASEAN, Head of New Customers APAC and Head of Oceania.

Ariza,  Abel

Regional Account Director, Sodexo Services Asia Pte Ltd

Abel Ariza is Sodexo Asia Pacific’s Regional Account Director for Unilever. He has been partnering with Unilever for the last 6 years. Initially in South Europe with oversight over Spain, France, Italy, Turkey and UAE where he led successful & smooth vendor transitions for 20 Unilever sites. Since 2016 he is holding the regional responsibility for Unilever account across APAC within Sodexo's Strategic Accounts Organization. Prior to joining Sodexo, Abel worked for ISS between 2003 and 2010, holding different positions from Sales Manager to Global Solutions Manager, where he deployed and handled operations for HP in Europe and Asia, the first global account for ISS. He has also served as a freelance consultant for Private Equity firms with interest to enter key markets in Europe through the acquisition of FM companies.

Aydt, Heiko

Senior Researcher, Singapore-ETH Centre, Future Cities Laboratory

Heiko Aydt is a senior researcher at the Singapore-ETH Centre's Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) where he leads and coordinates research activities on topics such as the urban heat challenge and responsive cities. He first learned about ‘blockchain’ in 2013 and has been an advocate of the technology ever since. In addition to experimenting with the technology, he recently founded a working group at FCL to explore questions regarding the impact of blockchain technology on cities. Heiko Aydt received a PhD degree in Computer Science (NTU, Singapore) and a MSc degree in Software Engineering of Distributed Systems (KTH, Stockholm).

Baker, Lindsay

President, Comfy

Lindsay Baker is a technologist and catalyst of the cutting edge in smart building, having led some of the most successful building initiatives in the country. Lindsay is the President of Comfy, a software company based in Oakland, California. She serves on the board of the US Green Building Council in Northern California, and was a lead convener and author of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as having worked in Google's real estate sustainability team. She did her PhD work in Building Science at UC Berkeley on human interactions with the built environment, and has published broadly on these issues and others throughout the building industry.

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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Blake-Smith, Tamagin

Senior Associate, HASSELL Design Pte Ltd

Tamagin leads the HASSELL Workplace Team in Singapore.

He specialises in Workplace design with a core focus on the complex and ever changing nature of design strategies. He has a strong belief that people form the heart of all conceptual thinking and central to establishing design concepts.

He was the lead architect responsible for the design and delivery of the GSK Singapore workplace.

Blouin, Jesse

Director of Operations - Solutions Development, JLL

Jesse Blouin is the Director of Operations within the Solutions Development group for JLL. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Business Intelligence and Data Governance for one of the firm’s largest clients where he developed and grew the platform and provided support to all service lines and regions. He has also served in a number of other analytics and operational roles since joining JLL in 2010. Prior to joining JLL, he worked as a registered investment broker at the Vanguard Group Inc. He has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Vermont as well as a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

Jesse lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Elyse and son Porter. He enjoys traveling, golf and spending time with his family.

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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Brittain, Garry

BI & Analytics Practice Leader, Corporate Solutions, JLL Australia

Garry is responsible for BI & Analytics service delivery within JLL’s Corporate Solutions Business in Australia. After almost a decade at JLL, Garry has expansive CRE domain knowledge having previously worked across the business to engineer and optimise activities ranging from capital works to M&A.

Holding a Masters degree in Business Analytics and as an active member of the Australian analytics community he realises opportunity in the application of data to solve problems and build capability.

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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Brown, Graham

Director, Transaction Management, JAPA, American Express

Graham Brown, MRICS, is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years experience in corporate real estate. He is currently responsible for portfolio planning and transaction management across Amex's 2.2 million sq ft Asia Pacific office portfolio. 

A key role has been to help expand, reshape and modernise the portfolio to accommodate Amex's alternative workplace solution, which has involved the acquisition and disposal of in excess of 800,000 sq ft of office space across the region. 

Prior to joining Amex, Graham held senior CRE management roles with CBRE, Orange and Allied Lyons working extensively in all major markets across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

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Burns, Caroline

Managing Director, Workplace Revolution

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

Caroline’s 20 years of entrepreneurial business leadership and consulting experience have led her to successfully establish and grow professional practices within multinational firms and as new start-ups.  Her strategic, nuanced perspectives are valued by clients and colleagues, and increasingly sought-after by the upcoming generation of young industry professionals who she enjoys coaching guiding through their career choices.

Caroline has also served on several private company and professional boards, including currently as a non-executive board director for CoreNet Global, the leading professional association for corporate real estate executives.

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.

Caroline brings this leadership experience, reputation, deep industry knowledge and passion to her role as Managing Director and Founder of Workplace Revolution, building the core team and Community of Partners across the region. 

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Busch, Jennifer

Vice President A&D, Teknion

Jennifer Busch, IIDA, brings more than 25 years of experience in the interiors industry to her position as Vice President of Architecture & Design at Teknion. This includes highly visible roles with Contract Magazine for 21 years, 11 of them as Editor in Chief, and as Vice President of A&D Market Development at Interface. At Teknion, Jennifer develops and manages business relationships with major architecture and design firms throughout North America.  Throughout her career, Jennifer has cultivated meaningful relationships with designers on all levels, and has been actively involved in the design community, participating in speaking engagements as a moderator or as a featured speaker, organizing thought leadership conferences, hosting customer experience and networking events, and jurying numerous industry competitions. 

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Chan, Luyi

Local Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Luyi Chan is a corporate and real estate lawyer with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, property acquisitions and disposals, and property leasing matters. Luyi’s work includes corporate restructuring, post-acquisition integration, joint ventures and corporate advisory matters. She advises a broad range of local and multinational clients in various industry sectors, including real estate, retail, automotive, manufacturing, technology consulting, biotechnology and aerospace.

Chevez, Agustin  

Senior Researcher, HASSELL

As an Architect and academic Agustin has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and environments that best support our working lives. He is driven to discover how work has shaped our civilization and given purpose to our existence. Agustin’s interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture at RMIT University. His work has been presented at various international forums and publications. Agustin is a Senior Researcher at HASSELL and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation at Swinburne University.


Ching, Meng-Chew

Workplace Service Delivery Director, Unilever

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.

Chong, Erwin

Senior VP / Head, Corporate Real Estate Strategy & Administration (CRESA), 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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Choo, Stephen

Senior Client Partner & Managing Director of Products Group Singapore, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Dr. Stephen Choo is Senior Client Partner & Managing Director (Products). Stephen partners with world's leading firms in utilizing Korn Ferry’s intellectual properties, latest technologies and best-in-class data to better attract, engage and retain talent to achieve high performance. He is sought after as an international keynote speaker for his expert views on the future of work around the world. Stephen is President of the University of Western Australia (UWA)’s Alumni Network Singapore. In 2016 Stephen was awarded the UWA Business School Alumni Award for his contributions to enhance the international reputation of UWA within Asia.


Chua, Ming Lee

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

As Global Real Estate Director at Unilever between 2012 and 2017, Ming Lee worked closely with internal stakeholders, business partners and external service partners to provide strategies to meet business needs, including the delivery of the LEVEL 3 start-up innovation hub in Singapore. Ming Lee was responsible for Unilever’s real estate strategy and transaction execution and data and analytics across their 9M sqm portfolio globally.

Now at Cushman & Wakefield, Ming Lee delivers her valuable insights into occupiers’ real estate goals through her leadership of C&W’s GOS service lines and account management delivery platforms in APAC.


Corbett, John

Head of Asia Pacific & Japan, APJC Workplace Resources, Cisco Systems

Having formally entered the real estate industry in the early 90s as a real estate Valuer, John’s career journey has intersected several associated disciplines including agency, real estate finance and corporate real estate advocacy, before working full time for Cisco in 2005 where was responsible for Cisco’s real estate delivery across the wider APJ region which scaled to circa 6 million sqft.

As recently as 2014, John’s Cisco career advanced to a more diversified role where he now leads a multitude of interconnecting corporate real estate disciplines within Cisco’s Workplace Resources organization, which finds itself at an interesting place within Cisco’s IOT strategy with the convergence of workplace technologies and real estate strategy.

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Couse, Anthony

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, JLL

Anthony Couse is Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific at JLL. In three decades at the firm, he has worked with investors, landlords and tenants in all areas of commercial real estate. Based in Singapore, Anthony is responsible for the company’s overall operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Anthony writes frequently about major trends affecting real estate markets and the future of how people work. In his spare time, he enjoys running and cycling.

Curtiss, Mary

Head of Energy and Sustainability, Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services, HP

Mary has over 20 years of experience in the construction and sustainability industry. As the Global Head of Energy and Sustainability, she is responsible for developing and driving HP’s strategy for all matters related to renewable energy, sustainability and energy efficiency in the global portfolio.  HP has established a goal of 100% renewable electricity as well as a 25% reduction on carbon emissions based on 2015.  Sustainability is core to our values at HP and is demonstrated in how we do business.

Prior to coming onboard with HP, Inc., Mary was with Siemens as a National Director for Enterprise Efficiency.  In this role she worked with external clients on energy program solutions as well as the Siemens' global energy efficiency program to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.   Mary was previously at JLL and responsible for business development and program execution for JLL’s Sustainability Business. Here she managed a team of thirty Energy and Sustainability professionals to achieve client results. Along with the Energy and Sustainability work for JLL and Siemens, Mary is involved in a number of industry-leading forums in the San Francisco Bay Area to drive improved efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.  Mary also helped establish the Women’s Network at JLL.

Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her 3 boys exploring California's forests and beaches.

Dery, Kristine

Research Scientist, MIT Center for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan School of Management

Kristine Dery is a Research Scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management in the Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR). Kristine leads MIT CISR’s research on the Digital Workplace, Employee Experience and Talent for Digital. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative data, she examines how top performing organizations: (1) design and manage the digital workplace to deliver greater employee experience (and consequently, greater business value), and (2) build competitive workplaces that attract and foster talent in the digital era. This work stems from a longer term research focus on the relationship between HRM and IS which has generated publications on mobile connectivity, the strategic impact of human resource information systems, gamification and recruitment, and the management of remote workers. She is regularly a key note speaker for industry and has designed and delivered numerous MIT Executive Education courses based around her research and the broader MIT CISR research on digital disruption.

Prior to joining CISR, Kristine was at the University of Sydney where she was a leading researcher on two Australian Research Council (ARC) funded projects: Human Resource Information Systems and the Strategic Significance of the HR Function, and New Technology and Talent Acquisition in Australian Professional Services Firms. These projects and other research resulted in publications in journals such as MISQE, the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and Organizational Dynamics. She designed and taught post-graduate and MBA courses in Human Resource Information Systems and Management Communication, together with a range of Executive Education seminars.

She co-founded the Digital Disruption Research Group in Sydney and has previously held management roles in the tourism, hotel and airline industries in Australia, NZ and the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Auckland, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.


Dutt, Sanjay

CEO, Operations & Private Funds, Ascendas-Singbridge India

Mr Sanjay Dutt is the CEO- Operations and Private Funds of Ascendas-Singbridge India.

Sanjay has over 22 years of experience in the real estate business in India and spearheaded major strategies across cities. As CEO of Ascendas-Singbridge's India Operations and Private Funds, Sanjay is involved in strategic planning and in expanding and enhancing the Group's portfolio of assets in the country. His role is to develop and manage commercial real estate developments and investments under private funds and Group's balance sheet, which includes IT parks/ SEZ's, Industrial and Integrated Developments.

Sanjay was previously the Managing Director of India at Cushman & Wakefield, where he used to provide end-to-end real estate solutions across State government and State owned entities, Occupiers, Developers and Investors. The businesses include Research, Valuation, Strategic Consulting, Transaction Services, Project Management and Asset Management Services.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2012, he was the CEO Business with Jones Lang Lasalle (2008 – 2012). Earlier in his career, Sanjay also worked for Cushman & Wakefield (2001 – 2008) and CBRE (1996 - 2001). He also had a short stint working in the logistics sector in the late 1980s, as an entrepreneur.

Sanjay holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, Accounting & Business Management from Delhi University, India and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Human Resource from the International Management Institute, New Delhi, India. He was awarded Fellowship by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and is Past Chair for CORENET, India Chapter.​


Eckblad, Ginny

Co-Founder, GorillaSpace

Ginny is the co-founder at GorillaSpace, a B2B marketplace that connects space users to space owners for workspace rental at every stage of their business growth. Graduated from HEC Paris, Ginny is well versed in business development for B2B software, having been in 5 different leadership roles at a large FinTech company. She loves the fast pace and impact startups have in enriching the lives of people. She started GorillaSpace because she wants to enable businesses to thrive and succeed, while making the best real estate decisions. A personal goal - to have a great day at work every day - and for others to enjoy the same.


Elliott, Greg

Regional Workplace Lead, Asia Pacific, HSBC

Greg has over 25 years of architectural and corporate real estate experience across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Greg ran his own design consultancy in Singapore for 9 years and was then with Nokia for 8 years, helping lead their global workplace development program. Greg joined HSBC one year ago as Head of Workplace for Asia Pacific, incorporating and developing his knowledge and experience from the tech industry into the finance sector. Greg received his honours degree in Architecture from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and after working for a year in Paris, gained an Architectural Diploma from the Bartlett School at UCL, London.

Falzon, Paul

Associate Trainer, Highspark

Originally from Melbourne Australia, Paul Falzon draws on his background as an actor, writer and director to make his training creative and engaging. He has over 20 year’s experience in education and training and eight years’ experience teaching public speaking subjects at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of communication (NTU). World University Rankings. Paul has also coached full time faculty members at NTU, working with them on their delivery in lectures and tutorials as they applied for tenured positions. As a trainer, Paul specialises in soft skills courses, such as Persuasive Speaking and Enhancing Innovation in the workplace. He has worked with the following companies Shell, BP, Barclays, MFA, California Fitness.

Freeman, Mark

Senior Manager, Global Dining, Microsoft

Mark Freeman is responsible for feeding the employees of Microsoft on a global scale. He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his 40-year career in the food business. He is an innovator and considered a leader in the onsite foodservice industry. His leadership has taken the program down many different paths including growing their own lettuce, supporting local farms and farmers, and an active member of the Slow Food Nation. Technology is always a part of the program, which allows Freeman to support the constant integration of Microsoft’s products.

French, Simon

Workplace and Design Director, Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK

Simon is the head of GSK’s Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities (WREF) Team and is responsible for the company’s SMART Working workplace standard. He currently oversees the development of GSK’s agile workplace and staff amenities across the global portfolio and drives evolution in these areas via employee and stakeholder engagement. 

Simon has 30+ years’ international experience in workplace design, project execution and delivery. Simon is passionate about the evolution of work and workplace, its impact on both the individual and group community and our advancement to a better future for all.

Gartshore, Kieran

Director, Asia Pacific, The Instant Group

Kieran has been at The Instant Group since 2014 having worked in the London office as part of the Managed Workspaces team for clients across the UK and EMEA. In 2015, he moved to Sydney to grow the Asia Pacific business, where most recently was instrumental in delivering an innovative workplace solution for American Express. Prior to this, Kieran worked as a Development Manager in his native city of Brisbane, specialising in mixed-use business park developments and investments.

Kieran is responsible for developing Instant’s flexible workspace solutions in the AsiaPac region for our clients. He has over 10 years’ experience within the global property market, having worked across Australia, Asia and Europe in delivering managed workspaces and flexible solutions.

Gielgen, Raphael

Head of Research & Trendscouting, Vitra International AG

Raphael Gielgen has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. His curiosity for architecture, technology and social change in the context of working environments is his fuel - always connected to the question of how the global working world is changing and what impact it has on existing business models. Always on a journey to discover how tomorrow’s work place will look. My work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the varied Vitra team with the results of my observations and cognitions by trend clusters, market analysis and business cases. Keep the Good work up!

Gioioso, Paul

Global Head, Corporate Real Estate, Johnson & Johnson

Paul leads an international team of Real Estate professionals that plan and manage J&J’s global real estate portfolio.  Over the past four years, he has transformed J&J’s real estate function into a value added capability with strategic insight into the business, having direct accountability to add $250MM in value to J&J.

Paul has been involved in the planning, engineering, and managing of projects for the past twenty years for J&J, Merck, Schering Plough and various engineering firms, providing  leadership in areas of global planning, process integration, project management, operations leadership, and workplace innovation.

Paul earned his MBA in finance, is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds Master of Science degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers University.  Paul is an active member of CoreNet Global a global Board member.

Gladwish, Luke

Associate Director, Pepper Property

Associate Director of Pepper’s Workplace and Project Advisory team. Luke is responsible for providing impartial, expert advice to corporate occupiers on workplace strategy, design and use -including due diligence, project governance and engaging ‘best in class’ consultant teams to deliver outputs. Luke has vast experience in project delivery across property and infrastructure sectors in public and private sectors.

Grim, Terry

Founding Partner, Foresight Alliance

Terry Grim is a founding partner with Foresight Alliance.  Foresight Alliance is a futures research, futures strategy, and futures education consultancy firm that works to help clients gain a clearer vision of the possible futures they face, while integrating futures and foresight thinking into their organization.  Terry’s prior IBM experience includes senior positions as a member of the space program software development team, an international management assignment, and a headquarters position in Corporate Strategy.  Terry has taught in the University of Houston’s Studies of the Futures Master’s degree program for 10 years.

 Terry is the author of the Foresight Maturity Model (FMM), a results-oriented approach to evaluating an organization’s foresight capacities based on best practices in the field. FMM received the Most Important Futures Work award in 2013. Terry has a BS in Computer Science from University of Florida, and an MS in Studies of the Future and MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology both from the University of Houston– Clear Lake.  

She is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) and is currently serving as a member of their board.

Guan, Shane

Senior Director, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE

Shane has over 20 years’ experience in the CRE industry, covering corporate real estate, investment consultancy, property development and project marketing in both China and overseas.
In the past 13 years, he has been working in the CRE field with strong experience in portfolio strategies and facilities operations for MNC’s such as UTC, Motorola, Cisco, Agilent, Nortel, Ingersoll Rand and Johnson Controls in over 15 countries across Asia Pacific.

Shane serves CoreNet Global as a board member in a tenure of three years, and he has been an active CoreNet Global China member for over 10 years. Shane has twice been awarded the Top-Faculty of Master of Corporate Real Estate course. He is also a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institution.

Hadjkali, Nabila

Global Head, Data Governance and Management, Corporate Solutions, JLL

Nabila is head of the Data Governance in APAC. She is responsible for driving the real estate data strategy for clients of JLL Corporate Solutions in Asia Pacific. Working with business leaders and clients, she identifies key data needs and formulates, in collaboration with business and technology teams, the effective solutions to have reliable and shared information to support the delivery of business objectives.

Hallas, Chris

Director of Sales, Comfy

Chris is passionate about the impact great workplace technology is having on people’s lives. As Director of Sales at Comfy working with some of Comfy’s earliest and largest clients, Chris has helped foster Comfy’s customer-centric culture. He joined Comfy from Opower, where we worked with leading utilities to achieve their energy efficiency targets using software and behavioral science. After 6 years in London’s financial services industry, Chris moved to the U.S. to pursue a sustainability-focused MBA at UC Berkeley. Chris lives in Berkeley with his wife and two young sons.

Haskins, Andrew

Executive Director |Research |Asia, Colliers International

Andrew joined Colliers International in early 2016, and is responsible for directing the research output across the regional offices in Asia. He drives his team with an integrated and client-centric research approach, delivering strategic, forward-looking market insights for the benefit of clients and Colliers.

He has 29 years of experience of equity, strategy and property research, including 15 years in Asia. He has deep expertise in strategic analysis, forecasting, accounting and valuation, and has good understanding of regional and global trends and their impact on markets.

Hessing, Tica

Human Geographer & Urban Planner, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield

Tica is a Human Geographer & Urban Planner in the Strategic Consulting team at Cushman & Wakefield. She worked as a location analyst in Amsterdam before transferring to Sydney. Tica has advised corporate clients in finance, technology and government to develop real estate and workplace strategies across Australia.

Tica is one of the Leaders of Tomorrow at Cushman & Wakefield, A Young Leader of Corenet and a volunteer in the Property Industry Foundation. She has published articles about workplace performance and the future of work, and spoken at industry forums.

Being a millennial herself, and Dutch, Tica doesn’t mince words. Her passion and curiosity about the future is infectious. “If you want to be prepared for the new world of work, you have to imagine it first”.


Ho, HoChun

Global Head, Data Governance and Management, Corporate Solutions, JLL

HoChun Ho oversees global data governance and management for the Corporate Solutions business line at JLL. The scope includes data standards and stewardship, master data management, data quality, meta-data management and the overall data roadmap. He also mentors JLL and its clients on overall enterprise data strategy to leverage industry best practices and leading edge technology in enterprise information management, business intelligence and big data.  

HoChun has more than 28 years of data management experience, across banking, insurance, financial services, pharmaceutical, research, telecommunication, media and e-commerce. He has implemented data governance, architecture, integration and business intelligence in Fortune 100 organizations.  HoChun is a board member of OSCRE.


Joshi, Guarav

AVP, Head of Enterprise Sales, JustCo

Khanna, Ayesha

Co-Founder and CEO, ADDO AI

Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She is a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company, SmartDubai, which is transforming the city's governance and service delivery, and YES Bank, one of India's largest banks. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia. Prior to founding ADDO AI, Ayesha spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University. Ayesha has been named one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning for emerging industries.

Lawford, James

Director of Real Estate, Johnson & Johnson

James is accountable for all real estate activities in the Asia Pacific region and serves as senior real estate contact to the J&J Group of Companies to develop and implement consistent and comprehensive solutions that support the growth of the businesses in the region. Based in Singapore.  James brings over 20 years of professional experience in Real Estate, strategy development and execution, project management, and facilities management.

Prior to Citi, James worked for Citi Group, Jones Lang LaSalle and Nelson Bakewell in EMEA and APAC. 

Lee, Jin Hian

Founder & CEO,

Jin is the tech co-founder of Evie, and is passionate about building solutions to tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Jin leads a team of world-class product managers & engineers that are dedicated to building the A.I. assistant that will power the future of work. Jin graduated from Stanford University with BSc. & MSc. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1999,and has spent fifteen years building and launching innovative mobile & Internet media products on a global scale at companies like Yahoo. 

Leonard, Steve

Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Mr. Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as software, hardware and services. As Founding CEO of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr. Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage technology companies from Singapore.


Li, Francis

Digital China Head, CapitaLand

Francis Li leads the Digital China team in pushing CapitaLand’s boundaries on innovation and leveraging technology for business transformation. She activates CapitaLand’s digital strategy in China, such as CAPITASTAR customer engagement digital platform. It connects CapitaLand’s various businesses including integrated developments, shopping malls, residential, offices and serviced residences with leading Internet enterprises to form a seamless trans-industry integrated real estate ecosystem. Ms Li is also responsible for building CapitaLand’s competitive edge in China by leveraging on new technology and new business model to benefit the company and stay ahead in the changing market.

Li, Heather

Program & Project Manager, Director of Real Estate, APAC, WPP Limited

Heather is based in Hong Kong and was educated in Sydney graduated with a Computer Science degree. She has lived and worked in Australia for over 20 years. Heather will be joining WPP in March 2018 where she will be responsible for project managing APAC real estate workplace design and capital office fit out. She was previously at Zurich for over 17 years also responsible for all their capital office projects and workplace strategies in the APAC and Middle East regions. Heather has a special interest in deploying new ways of working integrate with technology and behavioral science.

Lubis, Tondy

APAC Regional Workplace Leader, LinkedIn

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

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Lyle, Adam

Executive Chairman, Padang & Co

Drawing on his 20 years of corporate expertise Adam moved into consulting and training, firstly in Australia and over the last 12 years in Asia, living in Taiwan and now Singapore. 

At Padang & Co he leads a team that has created a new model of collaborative, open innovation to bring dynamic SMEs, MNCs, start-ups, government, and the community together.

As operator of the LEVEL 3 workspace, Padang & Co aim to build and grow a vibrant, dynamic and innovative start-up ecosystem within Unilever through community engagement events and activities such as roundtables, talks, networking drinks and mentoring initiatives.


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

Senior Vice President Chief Operating Officer, China T&O, DBS Bank China

A typical Shanghainese with 20 years’ professional career in Corporate Real Estate & Operation Management in MNCs.

Maureen is playing the key role in real estate portfolio and assets management, Global Procurement Service, Centralized Risk Management & Quality Assurance for DBS China.

In her 13 years’ service in DBS. Maureen had successful build up DBS China franchise by delivering 40 locations of main branches and retails for Institution Banking Group and Customer Banking Group.

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

Marrable, Chris

Director, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield (NSW) Pty Limited

Chris Marrable is well known in Australia as a trusted adviser to major enterprises that utilise real estate to deliver their services and products. He is the Head of Strategic Consulting in Australia for Cushman & Wakefield, helping clients to drive their investment in real estate to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness for their business.

Chris is an expert in delivering “futureproof” real estate solutions that match the enterprise performance needs of major corporate occupiers in the private and public sector. He qualified as an Architect in Sydney and London and delivered several major commercial and residential projects in the UK before returning to Australia. With post graduate qualifications and accreditation in Facilities Management and Land Economy he has held senior roles in corporate real estate for the past 20 years. He has spoken at many industry forums and published research in workplace ecology and emerging practice in corporate real estate.


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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Messer, Jori

Workplace Solutions Director, Lendlease

Jori Messer has over 15 years of experience across real estate, retail and hotel industries in Asia Pacific and Europe. He joined Lendlease in January 2018 as Workplace Solutions Director and is based at Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) where he is responsible for the development of Lendlease’s strategy for Shared Workspace in Singapore.

Prior to Lendlease, Jori worked for Regus, a leading global workplace solutions provider, in senior roles within the company across Asia Pacific. He subsequently joined The Working Capitol (TWC) in Singapore and served as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Jori has extensive experience in the shared workspace industry in business development, sales & commercial strategy, operations, hospitality management, brand and product design, marketing, financial performance management, commercial real estate, new market expansion and building and leading high-performance multinational teams.

Jori holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel Management from Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands.

Monk, Julia

Director of Hospitality Design, HOK

Julia Monk, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is a senior vice president and director of hospitality based in HOK’s Hong Kong office.

Prior to joining HOK in 2013, Julia was a managing partner of BBG-BBGM, an architectural and interior design practice she helped found in 1984.  Julia earned her architectural degree from Ball State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named the AIA Outstanding Senior and the Alpha Rho Chi Recipient.  She has been an industry leader in the field of hospitality design since 1978 and recipient of the industry’s highest honors, including 1992 Distinguished Contributor IDLNY, 1994 Crain’s 40-Under-40, 1999 BSU Distinguished Alumni Award, Hospitality Design 2002 Platinum Circle Award, 2008 Top Woman in Real Estate and 2014 Women in Business United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Award .

Her projects and ideas are often published in leading hospitality and design journals, such as Interior Design, Hospitality Design, Boutique Design, Sleeper, Hotel and Motel Management,, Contract and Crain’s New York Business.  In 1992, Beverly Russell published the book “Women in Design,” and Julia was featured as one of 32 notable female designers of contemporary interiors.

A licensed architect and interior designer, Julia is a member of the AIA, IIDA, ULI, NEWH.  She co-founded the New York chapter of the AIA Architecture of Hospitality Committee and is a member of the ULI Asia Pacific Hospitality Committee and ULI WLI.  She is on the advisory boards of HD Magazine and Radical Innovation Award.  She teaches an annual course at Harvard Graduate School of Design on the Design and Development of Hotels and is a renowned keynote speaker and panelist at premier hospitality events.

Mumford, Peter

Director, Southeast Asia, Eurasia Group

As head of Eurasia Group’s Southeast Asia coverage, Peter helps clients navigate this dynamic region that offers enormous opportunities but is very diverse and requires a detailed understanding of complex, changing political and regulatory systems to ensure success. He is based in the Singapore office.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Peter spent 15 years as a British diplomat working with governments, international institutions, and the private sector across Asia. Most recently, he spent more than four years based in Southeast Asia leading the UK government’s political economy analysis of developments across the region. He also managed a large portfolio of technical cooperation projects, working closely with governments across the region and ASEAN institutions on infrastructure (especially public-private partnerships), financial
services, trade policy, and business environment issues.

Peter previously led, from Beijing, the UK government’s political economy analysis of China and capacity-building projects on financial market development. He likewise negotiated breakthroughs on market access and London becoming an offshore renminbi market—for which he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. 

Ng, Seng Chor

Regional Real Estate & Workplace Manager, Asia Pacific, Airbnb

Seng Chor heads the APAC Real Estate and Workplace team at Airbnb. He is part of Airbnb’s regional Employee Experience leadership team. To meet the demands of the rapidly changing market place and the competition for the best talents, he advocates for change in CRE and challenges the status quo.

Prior to Airbnb, he held various CRE leadership positions in IBM, Thomson Reuters and the University of Western Australia.

Nguyen, Jordan

Founder CEO, Psykinetic

Dr. Jordan Nguyen’s mission in life is to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to be a driving force behind positive human and technological evolution into the future. He designs life-changing technologies focusing on intelligent, futuristic and inclusive technology for the disability sector. He believes the relationship between humanity and technology is constantly changing and its role in our lives is becoming more integrated, leading us to a future that is ‘Beyond Superhuman’. A passionate advocate for social change Jordan follows the mantra “One Life, Persist to Improve Many”; he believes each life has the capacity to improve many others fuelled by empathy, and that this simple idea can change the world.

Jordan completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2012, and was awarded into the prestigious UTS Chancellor’s List. For this Jordan drew on his own experience of having almost broken his own neck years before, so he developed a mind-controlled smart wheelchair for people with high-level physical disability. This smart wheelchair uses cameras to view its environment and provides autonomous navigation assistance to the operator whilst they control it purely by thought. This amazing work has led to Jordan being a hot topic of discussion in the media. He has been featured in a range of TV, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews, most notably ABC’s Catalyst and Channel TEN’s The Project.

Nooteboom, Gijs

Managing Partner, Veldhoen + Company

As a consultant, Gijs, together with his Veldhoen + Company colleagues, develops and implements innovative work styles based upon the principle of Activity Based Working (working anywhere, anytime, with whoever you need).

With 13 years experience as a General Manager in the packaging Industry in the Netherlands and Germany, Gijs moved into the area of New Ways of Working in 2005 and became Managing Partner of Veldhoen + Company, Australia, 4 years ago.

Gijs talks vividly about the ever-changing world of work as well as the wealth of experience gained from seeing many local and international companies transform to an Activity Based Working environment.

His talks are always entertaining, inspiring, thought provoking… and sometimes even a little challenging. 

O'Neill, Nigel

Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, CBRE

Nigel O’Neill joined CBRE in 2016 as the Chief Digital & Technology Officer for Asia Pacific. 

Within CBRE Nigel is a member of the global Digital & Tech leadership team and has accountability for not only ensuring the operational delivery of CBRE’s technology in APAC but also helping CBRE remain at the vanguard of digital innovation in real estate. 

Prior to joining CBRE he was the Executive Director of a technology consultancy where he helped to grow the organization from a start-up to an international enterprise.  Previous organizations also include Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered, Dow Jones, Energis and MCI.

Paine, Richard

Managing Director, Paya Lebar Quarter by Lendlease

Richard Paine has 30 years of property industry experience and has worked on numerous high profile projects, in partnership with co-investors in the Asia Pacific region.

With 17 years’ real estate experience in Asia, Richard has developed an extensive network with government agencies, investors, banks and key stakeholders. Richard has a very good understanding of the success factors for property development, ownership and performance.

Richard now leads the S$3.2 billion Paya Lebar Quarter, a centrally located international mixed-use development and a key catalyst to the URA masterplan to transform Paya Lebar into Singapore’s new business hub. 

Parker, Rob

Global Occupier Services APAC, Cushman & Wakefield

As part of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services team, Rob has spent 6 years managing key client accounts across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North and South America. Since January 2016 Rob has been based in Singapore, with a focus on serving Cushman & Wakefield’s occupier clients in the Asia Pacific region.

Rob is a regular contributor of forward-looking thought-leadership on behalf of Cushman & Wakefield, including published articles in a range of internal and external publications. He writes on emerging technologies and industry disruption, including blockchain and digital transformation.


Peel, Norrie

Head Facilities Operations APAC, Real Estate & Facilities, Experienced Corporate Real Estate Executive

Norrie Peel is a very experienced Corporate Real Estate Executive. After obtaining a Bachelor of Interior Design from University of Manitoba, Canada, she began her career in Toronto Canada, and moved to Hong Kong in 1990.  Since then, she has held a variety of positions with prominent design firms and regional positions in charge of project management and currently facilities management for Multinational Corporates in the APAC region. During this time she has been actively involved in responding to corporation change as a result of divestitures and Mergers & Acquisitions. 

Peters, Edward

Senior Director, GWS Hong Kong Taiwan, CBRE

Ed Peters is the Global Workplace Solutions lead at CBRE for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. He has 13 years’ experience in the corporate real estate industry in both EMEA and Asia having worked in London and Hong Kong.  Between 2012-2017 he was the AsiaPacific Account Director for HP/ HPE. During this time, he supported HPE with the separation into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc in Asia Pacific, the separation of the ES business in China to form H3C, and the divestiture of the Enterprise Services business to CSC to form DXC Technology in 2017.

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.

Pring, Ben

Leader - Future of Work Center, Cognizant

Ben Pring co-leads Cognizant's Future of Work Center and came to Cognizant in September 2011 after spending the previous 15 years with Gartner as a senior industry analyst researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. Prior to Gartner, Ben worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand.

At Gartner, Ben was one of the lead analysts on all things Cloud.  He wrote the industry's first research notes on Cloud Computing (in 1997!). Ben became well known in the IT industry for providing predictions of the nature and velocity of the change that would impact everyone as the paradigm shifted again and Cloud Computing become the foundation for the next wave of competition in global IT. Ben was also heavily involved in tracking and analyzing the emergence of IT talent from outside western markets and the impact that globalization would have on business and IT strategies for organizations of all types.

Ben's expertise in helping clients see around corners, think the unthinkable and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences brought him to Cognizant, where his charter is to research and analyze how clients can leverage the incredibly powerful new opportunities that are being created. Now based near Boston, MA, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University in the UK where he grew up.

Pugh, Tony

Regional Client Services Director Hong Kong, The Instant Group

Tony joined TMF in January 2017 from Morgan Stanley where he spent the last seven years heading up their regional transactions team managing a portfolio of 700,000 sq. ft. in 36 cities across the region.  Tony has over 23 years’ experience in the region and has held a number of senior positions including roles at Barclays Capital and Oracle where he was APAC Director of Real Estate and Facilities for nearly seven years. He has also worked at JLL and Savills.

Rexach, Frank

Vice President Enterprise, Asia Pacific, WeWork

Frank Rexach is Vice President Enterprise at WeWork, Asia Pacific.  His focus is to support Enterprise clients to activate their tenancies, buildings and precincts leveraging Powered By We and the WeWork global platform.

Based in Shanghai, Frank held senior leadership roles across multiple industries with a focus on developing international markets, prior to joining WeWork.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Southern California and his Masters from Thunderbird (American Graduate School of International Management). 


Rush, Adam

Regional Director Consulting, Greater China, Cushman & Wakefield

Sargent, Kay

Senior Principal, Director of WorkPlace, HOK

A recognized expert in workplace design and strategy, Kay has spent more than 30 years optimizing global real estate portfolios and creating innovative work environments for Fortune 500 companies. As director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice, Kay helps companies identify their unique organizational DNA, align space with business goals, and develop and deliver the workplace of the future across continents. Kay serves on the CoreNet Global Board and the National ASID Foundation Board of Trustees. A co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries community and founding member of Upward’s DC chapter, Kay is also on the advisory board of Work Design Magazine.

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Schlotter, Dirk

Director Global Real Estate, Verizon Communications, Inc.

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

His area of responsibility includes global strategic initiatives like transforming the workspace to an activity based workplace, the global CoWorking program and the integration of purposeful digital experience in the workplace.
Further all international property related operations including asset, energy and transaction management, strategic portfolio planning as well as design and construction,
general building services and the overall workplace experience.

Shaw, Steven

Executive Principal - Singapore, Aedas

Steven has an extensive history in design and planning spanning 30 years, 21 in Asia expertise in the corporate and retail sectors.  He has worked across Asia, Australia, and America and gained a wealth of insight working in these diverse markets. Trained as an architect, Steven understands the three dimensionality of space and the impact it can have on people. Significant projects under Steven’s leadership include MTR’s Corporate Headquarters - Hong Kong, Mallesons Stephen Jacques – Sydney, the transformational change of Suncorp Metway in Australia along with the KNMA Art Museum in New Delhi. Utilizing his expertise in working with existing buildings, he assists clients to maximize the potential and long-term benefits of their real estate assets as well as attracting and retaining tenants.

Sun, Gene

Healthcare Vertical Market Leader, Asia Pacific, Johnson Controls, Plc.

Gene serves as Healthcare Vertical Market Leader for Johnson Controls Asia Pacific. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining industry-leading value propositions, thought leadership of vertical marketing, solution development, strategy account sales and sales market share capture within the healthcare vertical. Based at the company’s headquarters in Shanghai, China, Gene works with Johnson Controls strategic partners and key stakeholders in Healthcare segment to deliver value for customers across the region.

Throughout his 20 years’ experience in ELV (Extra Low Voltage) and energy management, Gene has held numerous leadership positions in buildings business including product marketing, technical support and service, customer care center, competence center, and most recently, healthcare vertical market leader for Johnson Controls Asia Pacific.

Gene holds doctor’s degree in Management, Master’s degree in Intelligent Building, and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Information from Tongji University.

Swaminathan, Veerappan

Founder & Director, Sustainable Living Lab

Veera is a social innovator from Singapore who works in the space between Sustainability and the Maker Movement. He’s among the pioneers of the Maker Movement in Singapore, having started the first local makerspace in 2011 and has gone on to develop the ecosystem around the maker movement in Southeast Asia. A firm believer in making that is purposeful, he has co-founded 4 maker organisations which are working to advance sustainable development goals, address youth unemployment, develop new businesses and seed networks for makers in Southeast Asia.

He is an INK Fellow and sits on the Lotus-NUS Fund approving panel for social enterprises.

Tay, Gavin

Research Director, Gartner, Inc.

Gavin Tay is a Research Director in Gartner research and a member of the digital workplace team. His research focuses on global digital workplace programs, smart buildings and the cloud office (such as Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite). He advises clients on enterprise strategies to enable more effective ways of working, to increase employee engagement and agility, and to use consumer-oriented styles and technologies. With more than 21 years of industrial experience, Mr. Tay has been instrumental in optimizing complex migration projects across numerous multinational organizations. He is also acquainted with the challenges faced by CIOs, business IT management and architect teams in the adoption, governance, and integration of content services technologies. Globally, he is often sought after for his keen understanding of pragmatic strategies and best practices that solve real business issues when successfully delivering such initiatives.

Tobe, Akihiko

General Manager (Urban Solutions Business Unit), Hitachi Ltd

Tobe-san has over 35 years of professional experience at Hitachi Ltd., having worked through several fields as a system engineer, such as CAD/CAM, ITS and telematics.

He is now the General Manager of the Smart City Division – Urban Solutions Business Unit. As such, he develops and promotes new businesses in urban developments.

Tobe-san hold a Bachelor of Science from Chiba University (Japan) and a Master of Science from the University of Michigan (USA).

Tunstall, Steve

CEO & Co-Founder,

Insurtech, Insurance & Risk champion with 30 year’s experience 15 years P&L responsibility.

Driving Radical change in the provision of insurance services for corporations including Blockchain, ethereum & smart contracts integrated. Author of RISK and the Asian CEO.


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Walters, Megan

Head of Research, Asia Pacific, JLL

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

Megan is a Fellow of RICS with a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in institutional economics of real estate. She 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.

Warrier, Jayan

Leadership Development Consultant, Latitude Leadership Pte. Ltd.

Jayan is a Leadership Development Consultant,  an Organizational Development practitioner, Coach and a workshop facilitator, with more than 25 years corporate experience in Human Resources, Leadership Development, Sales and Business. He led the regional leadership development portfolio at Hewlett Packard Personal Systems Group, before founding Latitude Leadership Pte Ltd, Singapore. Jayan is a practicing senior Action Learning Coach with the World Institute for Action Learning, a Certified Professional Facilitator at International Association of Facilitators. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Organisational Psychology. He is interested in Happiness, Self-actualisation and Leadership.

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Williams, John

Head of Marketing, The Instant Group

John is a property marketing expert who has worked with a number of leading brands including Sotheby’s International Realty, Land Securities, Woods Bagot, Brookfield, Instant, Unispace and Knight Frank.  He sits on the board of the Property Marketing Awards and has presented at the EG Marketing Summit for the past three years. His experience spans both the commercial and residential sector.  In the past year, he has acted as a key note speaker at the JP Morgan Real Estate conference, a Corenet UK Workspace Seminar on co-working, chaired a session at Cornet EMEA, MIPIM UK and Worktech London.


Windridge, Rhian

Account Lead Google Asia Pacific, CBRE

Rhian is a Director at CBRE currently leading a regional PMO Account in Asia Pacific for a major tech client. Rhian is interested in technology as an enabler for change, and using real estate to inspire, tell great stories and challenge the norm. Rhian has worked in London, Sydney and Singapore, delivering workplace projects for various clients and operating at significant scale across a variety of projects in her portfolio as PMO lead. Her background in regeneration and complex Government projects in the UK feeds into her understanding of the challenges of urbanisation and creation of "place". Rhian is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), as well as advisor to the WorkTech global conference team and British Chamber of Commerce Committee member in Singapore.

Wise, Simon

Property Head of Process Governance and Effectiveness, Standard Chartered Bank

Over 24 years of Asia based experience in both in-house corporate environments and consultancy. 

Currently focusing on developing and designing the bank's property function’s end to end process ecosystem, together with alignment of regulatory programmes, governance and assurance. Also responsible for Process optimization, and influencer & champion of simplification initiatives, utilising human centered design techniques.

Areas of specialism in delivering advisory work on portfolio and strategic occupancy planning, capital planning and programme management including procurement, design, contracts and third party administration. Experience includes working within multi disciplined real estate teams delivering acquisition and disposition, facilities management and construction management services.

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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Yu, Echo

Director, Practical OD Solutions Pte. Ltd.

Echo has worked in Organizational Development, Leadership and People Development since 1993. She has lived and worked in several countries in North America, Europe and Asia.  Echo has worked as an independent consultant/coach since 2010, helping organizations and teams to build effective working relationships, providing leadership development and coaching to leaders. She has worked with many global MNC's and has been recognized for the depth and quality of her work. Her clients include Exxon Mobil, Siemens, SHELL, OSRAM, Standard Chartered Bank, MARS, Tetra Pak, Novartis, and many more.

Echo’s skills include the facilitation of crucial conversations between leader and team members, also across functions to enhance collaboration. Her passion is to support and challenge individuals in the internal process of grounding self.

Zegras, Christopher

Associate Professor of Transportation and Urban Planning, MIT

Christopher Zegras is Associate Professor of Transportation and Urban Planning in the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where he teaches classes on integrated land use-transportation planning, quantitative methods, and transportation finance. He has also co-taught urban design and planning studios and practica in Beijing, Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Boston, and Cartagena, Colombia. He is the Lead Principal Investigator for the Future Urban Mobility research group, sponsored by the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, and is MIT Lead of Transportation Systems under the MIT Portugal Program.

He has consulted widely for a diverse range of organizations, including the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Canadian, German, US, and Peruvian Governments, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Center for Regional Development. He has a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, also from MIT.

Zesach, Jan

Senior Project Manager, Design & Construction Management (DCM), AMEA, Novartis

Born and educated in Denmark, he is a senior manager with 25 years of experience across procurement, warehouse & distribution, integrated facilities management, print media & advertising, insurance, oil refining & convenience retail, design & construction and the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to his current role, he was Country Head, Real Estate & Facilities Services (REFS), ANZ, and was part of the team that delivered the new state-of-the-art Activity Based Working (ABW) Novartis head-office in Sydney completed late 2015.

Bringing his open and collaborate engagement style and pragmatic change management principles with him into the AMEA region where he is now responsible for the turn-key delivery of new office build and renovations.

He has been with Novartis for over 6 years. Mr Zesach holds a degree from The Danish School of Media and Journalism and is currently based in Singapore.

Zhou, Jim

Senior Portfolio Manager, Greater China, Microsoft

Jim spent a large part of his career serving the global top 500 MNC including Microsoft, Intel, Xerox etc. Leading and participating the construction management and facility operation functions including large projects, e.g. Intel Chengdu, Intel Dalian factory, Microsoft R&D centers etc.

Jim embed CRE and FM knowledge into corporate decision process, enhanced the business partnership position of CRE and facility functions in the corporate structure. He also passionate about developing & training talent and building strong teams.

Zialcita, Sigrid

Managing Director/Head of Research and Advisory Services for the Asia Pacific Region, Cushman & Wakefield

Sigrid is responsible for leading a group that provides thought leadership across 15 countries in Asia Pacific.  Based in Singapore, she is a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by CoreNet, BOMA, American Chamber of Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce, ICSC, and Property Guru among others.  Her commentary on real estate markets is regularly featured in a wide array of global publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, New York Times and Reuters. Additionally, she has made several television appearances on financial networks and radio such as CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, National Public Radio and Channel News Asia.