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Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain
Sarah Abrams is Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate at Iron Mountain, a Fortune 1000 company. Sarah leads a global team responsible for real estate/portfolio strategy, transactions, construction and facility management for a portfolio of 90+ million sf in 56 countries. Prior to Iron Mountain, Sarah was president of the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments, where she led the team responsible for providing all real estate and location strategy services to Fidelity's business units. Sarah holds an adjunct faculty appointment at MIT's Center for Real Estate, is the recipient of 7 Luminary Awards was inducted into CoreNet Global's Distinguished Leaders Circle in 2019 and regularly teaches the Capstone Case as part of CoreNet's MCR designation.
Varun Agarwal, MCR, SLCR
Head of Asset Management, Property – Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank
Varun is currently the Head of Asset Management, Property – Africa & Middle East for Standard Chartered Bank. Varun’s role oversees asset management, transaction management, lease administration, strategy, and retail business alignment. With more than 15 years in multiple roles across Mumbai, London, Johannesburg & Dubai; having worked with diverse teams across various continents, Varun strongly believes that diversity drives innovation. Varun is an active member of CoreNet Global, facilitated multiple MCR Finance seminars, was nominated for the 2017 Young Leader Award and is currently the board member for CoreNet Middle East Chapter.
Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, PhD
Associate Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology
Dr Ir Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek is an Associate Professor in corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace management at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. She initiated and chairs the Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) network, is co-editor of the Journal of CRE and a regular speaker at international events. In her research, she approaches workplaces as an important strategic resource for knowledge organizations, studying how they should be managed strategically and how workplace design and use impact employee and organizational outcomes.
Manager, WorkSpace Futures, Steelcase AG
Beatriz Arantes leads WorkSpace Futures research for Steelcase EMEA out of the Innovation + Learning Center in Munich, where she works with teams across the organization to integrate user-centered insights into product and service development. An environmental psychologist by training, Beatriz has spent the last 15 years researching topics such as national culture, neuroscience, and wellbeing at work, with the goal of designing meaningful and healthy workplace experiences. A Brazilian national and global citizen, she has enjoyed living in 9 countries.
Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer, Cushman & Wakefield
As Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Cushman & Wakefield, Nadine Augusta drives global commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a firmwide priority. This includes creating an environment that offers equitable and fair growth opportunities for all employees and the businesses with which Cushman & Wakefield works, while ensuring the firm brings diverse thought and expertise to its clients. Nadine takes a wholistic approach to DEI, with a focus on workforce, workplace and marketplace, especially in the areas of recruiting, talent development and supplier diversity.
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Executive Vice President, Real Estate, Business Service Centres and Corp. Travel, Royal Dutch Shell
Jeri is responsible for leading the global delivery of the non-hydrocarbon physical infrastructure to Shell businesses, projects and ventures in 40+ countries. This includes offices, housing, land assembly, worker accommodations, construction projects, and facilities management for an annual operating expense of $1 billion and capital expense of $300 million. She is a member of the Global Board of Directors for CoreNet Global.
Wayne Berger is the CEO of IWG Americas: United States, Canada and Latin America, the global coworking and workspace leader. The company harnesses the power of flexible working through its companies Regus, Spaces, No. 18, Open Office, HQ, and Signature by Regus. Wayne is a leader and advocate for the transforming world of work. With over 20 years in multi-national leadership positions helping companies improve the way they maximize their office and communities, Wayne is helping lead the acceleration of the workplace revolution— evolving from traditional office space to the new flexible work world.
Director, Business Development, Avuity
Jay Berkemeyer, is the Director Business Development at AVUITY. He has been with the organization for 7 years and is one of their original employees. Responsible for working with Clients to understand challenges and how AVUITY’s hardware and software can solve them. Jay has seen the industry evolve from using occupancy sensors for space studies to becoming a major part of an organizations real estate strategy through smart building initiatives.
Melony Bethala, PhD
Senior Consultant, The Clearing
Dr. Melony Bethala is a qualitative researcher and consultant. As a Regional Workplace Manager for Newmark Knight Frank, she specializes in the human experience of work. Dr. Bethala researches the future of the workplace and establishes diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as anti-discrimination policies for companies in a range of industries. Previously, she served as the lead researcher and project manager for the Global Knowledge Center, NKF’s industry intelligence unit. Dr. Bethala completed her PhD at the University of York in the U.K., where she undertook a social and cultural project on women, diversity and institutions in India and Ireland.
Global Principal Design, Unispace
An architect by training, Natasha has focused her career on an interior projects of all scales. She has spent time practicing in New York and Boston and for the past 12 years has worked in the UK interiors market. She has acted as both Project and Design Director for schemes in the USA, Europe and Middle East, including several award-winning office fit-out projects.
Constance Bowen, MCR.w
SVP-Global Workplace Strategy and Planning, Northern Trust Corporation
Constance Bowen is the Head of Workplace Planning and Strategic Delivery at Northern Trust. As the leader of workplace change initiatives and long term strategic planning, she delivers optimization solutions for the global real estate portfolio that bridge location strategy, real estate, and facilities management. She manages a team that executes a range of capital projects, most notably the 333 S. Wabash program. As program director for the campus transformation effort, she aligns organizational design and enterprise goals with the core components of industry-leading built environments. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Constance served in a variety of capacities at Bank of America, including as the Regional Space Management Lead for both the Headquarters and Central regions which comprised 6.5 million RSF. During her tenure, she was responsible for driving workplace efficiency by supporting merger transitions, portfolio optimization, and client relationship management.
Sr Director of Marketing, CrowdComfort
Chris Brablc leads all research and marketing activities for CrowdComfort, the leader in mobile applications for workplace requests and cleaning compliance. Chris is an expert in identifying industry trends that drive considerable value to enterprise companies in emerging markets. Prior to CrowdComfort, he has led marketing strategy at several venture backed software companies including SmashFly and Tank Utility.
Tracy Brower, PhD, MCR.w
Principal, Applied Research + Consulting, Steelcase
Dr. Tracy Brower is a PhD sociologist studying the sociology of work and the changing nature of work, workers and workplace. She is the author of a new book, The Secrets to Happiness at Work and also Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work. She is a contributor to Forbes.com and Fast Company and a principal with Steelcase’s Applied Research + Consulting group. Tracy is an award-winning speaker and has over 25 years of experience working with global clients to achieve business results. Tracy is an executive advisor to Coda Societies and to the MSU Master Industrial Mathematics Program. Tracy’s work has been featured in TEDx, The Wall Street Journal, Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century (book), Globe and Mail (Canada), InsideHR (Australia), HR Director (UK), T3N (Germany), Real Estate Review Journal, Fortune.com, Inc. Magazine, and more. Tracy holds a PhD in Sociology, a Master of Management in Organizational Culture, and a Master of Corporate Real Estate with a workplace specialization. You can follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or at tracybrower.com.
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Director | Corporate Solutions Asia Pacific, Colliers
Based out of the Singapore office, Henry has over 10 years of Corporate Solutions working across Asia Pacific, with specific experience in Hong Kong and Singapore. Henry is responsible for the management of Colliers key corporate and providing support to the Corporate Solutions team in the development and execution of real estate strategies.
Group 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.
Head of EMEA – Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Global corporate property expert having worked in New York for 13 years; Asia Pacific for 2 and the UK since 2000. I have set up and grown new business lines focused on corporate real estate, ensuring profitability and a strong market presence. I have served as a Board member of CoreNet Global as well as the UK Chapter. Additionally, I am a past President of the RICS in North America. I am an Associate Professor at Oxford Brookes University, teaching corporate real estate and have a series of podcasts on What's Next in corporate real estate. Specialties: Strategic Corporate property advice for large multinationals ensuring their real estate portfolio aligns to business goals and drivers at a global and regional level.
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Regional Director, Tri-Merit
Barry has spent more than 15 years advising clients on specialty tax credits and incentives such as the R&D tax credit, Cost Segregation and other engineering-related programs. He has saved taxpayers millions of dollars in federal and state credits. Barry has experience in many industry sectors such as architecture and engineering, manufacturing, computer science and defense contractors. Barry holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans and an MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO.
Chief Responsibility Officer, CBRE
As Chief Responsibility Officer, Tim Dismond oversees the company’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) efforts. He is a member of CBRE’s Executive Committee, a group of 12 global executives responsible for driving the company’s business worldwide and serves on CBRE’s African American Network Group Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. Dismond served as CBRE’s first global Chief Diversity Officer, leading the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy. In February 2021, his scope of responsibilities expanded to include all ESG efforts including DE&I, Environmental Sustainability, Workplace Safety & Wellbeing, Philanthropy and Public/Government Affairs.
T. Patrick Donnelly, MCR.h
Principal, BHDP Architecture
Serving as Client Leader, Owner and Board Member at BHDP, Patrick is an expert in strategic design of the workplace and is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture, work process, and technology improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the efficiency of work, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. He has facilitated research efforts with Rex Miller resulting in the recent publication of two books: Change Your Space, Change Your Culture and The Healthy Workplace Nudge.
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Director of Marketing & Partner Relations, Avuity
Based in Atlanta, Jarrod is a solutions-focused marketing leader with a history of supporting the technology and collaboration needs of his clients. He has experience as a consultative sales specialist and technology subject matter expert across the southeast US market as well as New York City. Jarrod joined AVUITY in early 2019, having nearly 10 years of tech industry experience with global organizations such as Steelcase and AT&T. Jarrod is now leading AVUITY’s marketing and strategic partnerships as the company continues to grow and expand to new opportunities.
Sabine Ehm, MCR
Thought Leadership & Research Manager, Locatee – Uncover Workplace Insights
Sabine is the Thought Leadership & Research Manager at Locatee where she tunes into the important discussions and trends happening in CRE. She holds an university degree in Real Estate Management and has completed the Master of Corporate Real Estate program from CoreNet. As a former Corporate Real Estate Manager at Adidas, responsible for the EMEA region, and Asset Manager at Siemens, she knows today's CRE challenges very well.
Regional Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Asia, Standard Chartered Bank
Hosanna has 12 years of corporate experience. Currently, she is the Regional Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Asia for Standard Chartered Bank Property team with the primary role of providing strategic and operational leadership within the region comprising 21 countries, 9.2 million sqft. and 625 properties. In this role, Hosanna has the exciting opportunity to bridge her passion on wellbeing and health promotion to enabling the Bank service clients by taking risks in a safe way. Her team is dedicated in the service of colleagues so they may be the best version of themselves while in the workplace.
Principal, Ware Malcomb
Tiffany English is Principal at the San Diego office for Ware Malcomb. Ware Malcomb is an award-winning international design firm, providing planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services for commercial and corporate clients worldwide. Established in 1972, the firm has 22 offices throughout the United States and in Canada, Panama and Mexico. Tiffany has more than 21 years of industry experience. She has won various industry awards, most recently, Southern California’s Most Powerful Women in Commercial Real Estate by Real Estate Forum in 2017, Connected Women of Influence “Women’s Advocate of the Year” in 2015, CREW San Diego’s Most Deals Done award in 2011 and Networker of the Year in 2010, CREW Connections’ Most Deals Done in 2009, and was the recipient of YWCA San Diego County TWIN Award in 2008. Tiffany was recognized on the Engineering News Record (ENR) 20 Under 40 listing in 2011 and was also a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award in 2013, 2011 and 2009. In addition, she has authored numerous industry articles published in trade and business journals. Tiffany is an exceptional leader, focused on the success of her clients, colleagues, and team. She is well known for her drive, enthusiasm, creativity, knowledge, and commitment to inspire and empower all of those that know her. Tiffany demonstrates the importance of building and nurturing relationships and is generous with her time in helping others succeed. She is a dedicated leader, wife, mother of two, and individual that possesses an attitude of excellence in all areas of her life.
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President & CEO, FreeAxez
Earl is the founder of FreeAxez LLC, manufacturer of the Gridd & Gridd Power systems and the Gridd Mobile AI interactive app. He is an entrepreneur, innovator, and industry thought leader. His visionary leadership has produced adaptive cabling distribution systems that are revolutionizing cable management. In this unprecedented time of change, Gridd provides ample flexibility for ever-changing technologies. His ongoing, groundbreaking developments are creating new trends in the built environment and are changing workplace culture.
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VP of Strategy, FM Systems
Brian Haines is a twenty-year veteran of marketing and product management of Cloud and desktop products specifically created for the building industry. Brian is the Vice President of Strategy where he defines and communicates FM:System’s corporate strategy and provides key insights into the future of the industry and the evolving needs of the market and customer base. Brian writes extensively on the topic of BIM and facilities and contributes a bi-monthly column to Revit Community online and is an active blogger. Brian currently serves as vice-chair for the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) COBie Task Group (CTG).
CEO: Asia-Pacific; Africa; Northern, Central & Eastern Europe, IWG
Gareth has worked at IWG for seven years, initially as Group COO and now as the Regional CEO responsible for IWG’s 52 countries in Asia Pacific, Africa and Northern/Central Europe. Prior to joining IWG, Gareth held senior roles in the Financial Services, Cable TV and Home Emergency services sectors and started his career as a consultant at BCG.
Partner, Head of People & Culture, Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd
Over the past 20 years, Kristin has worked for a number of international organizations across Asia Pacific. With a passion for building a strong people culture she is also focused on driving business transformation through all aspects of Human Resources including talent management, recruitment and retention, employee engagement, learning and development, organizational design and diversity and inclusion. In her previous role as Global Director of People and Culture, she was responsible for delivering the global diversity agenda for Travelex and having joined Knight Frank in March this year, has already made significant inroads into their Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap including designing and launching a new D&I strategy with a number of key initiatives which are under way. In addition to working in Singapore for 6 years, she also spent most of her school years living in South-East Asia.
Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Wendy is a Manager within Deloitte’s Real Estate and Location Strategy Practice. Wendy has more than a decade of experience supporting Fortune 100 clients through the development of strategies supporting Real Estate groups and their portfolios. Wendy’s experience spans a variety of portfolio / workplace transformation program types, workplace digital strategy design and roadmap development, workstyle mapping and analysis, corporate real estate capability development and performance management program development, workplace focused change management, strategic communication and client relationship management. She has worked both in North America and on many Global Engagements. Prior to Deloitte, Wendy worked as the leader of Workplace Strategy and Occupancy Planning for the world’s largest beverage company, developing the Workplace Strategy for a 2.2 million square foot headquarters campus and establishing the global workplace strategy and standards program which was then across the global portfolio.
Tica Hessing, MCR
Human Geographer & Workplace Strategy Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
As Cushman & Wakefield’s Human Geographer & Workplace Strategy Manager, Tica combines her social science background with corporate real estate knowledge to develop innovative workplace strategies for organisations. Tica is passionate about the future of work and the role technology plays in creating and facilitating workplace experiences. Over the last 5 years Tica has become a sought-after voice in the industry, is a regular conference presenter and has been interviewed by various TV networks and newspapers, including the ABC, the BBC and the Australian Financial Review. Most recently, Tica has been at the forefront of the transformation of workplaces in response to COVID19.
Executive Managing Director - Global Technology, Newmark
Carla Hinson is executive managing director in its Global Corporate Services (GCS) division at Newmark. As the GCS Head of Technology – Americas, Ms. Hinson is accountable for technology implementation and delivery for all clients across the Americas. Ms. Hinson has over 20 years of experience in corporate real estate technology.
Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, IWG
Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Ewout Holst has been with IWG for three years, leading the EMEA & UK enterprise team for the world’s largest workspace operator. He works closely with global organizations to achieve optimal business performance through smarter, strategic real estate management. Ewout helps corporates navigate the new world through smarter, more agile solutions. He is passionate about the future of workspace and combines his global experience with his innovative perspective to develop bespoke portfolio solutions. As a global citizen with 20+ years living abroad, his experience stretches across mature and emerging markets. He has key insight into flexible portfolio strategy, financial management, mergers and acquisitions, emerging markets and workplace solutions. Prior to joining IWG, Ewout worked for JLL.
Co-Founder & COO, 9am
Shiyu Huang is an expert in Internet-of-Things. She is the cofounder and COO of 9AM, a brand dedicated to creating healthier and smarter workspace, served clients including Siemens, BMW, Walmart. Shiyu was majored in Electronic Engineering, graduated from Tsinghua University. She keeps a close eye on cutting-edge technology and cares for the overall value proposition. Shiyu has served as a senior management consultant for technology companies before she entered into the CRE Industry.
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Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, JLL
Ingrid is responsible for leading JLL’s global diversity and inclusion strategy, ensuring the company is attracting, hiring and developing a diverse and engaged workforce of the future. In her role, Ingrid and her team of diversity and inclusion professionals identify consistent areas of focus and drive business-enabling outcomes that reinforce JLL’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Ingrid also guides and enhances the company’s network of business resource groups and diversity councils. She has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic leadership in human resources, culture, strategy, and diversity and inclusion for business improvement and cultural change.
Griffin James, MCR
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Griffin is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Real Estate & Location Strategy practice and has over 20 years of real estate and facility management related experience. Griffin has driven substantial enterprise value for his clients through the design and optimization of corporate real estate and facilities management operating models, service delivery and outsourcing strategies, portfolio optimization plans, and smart building / digital workplace experience strategies. He is currently focused on COVID-19 recovery and re-entry strategies for corporate real estate teams. Griffin focuses his efforts in the financial services and technology sectors where his clients are prioritizing cost efficiency, employee experience, and risk mitigation as core business imperatives. Griffin is a top-rated faculty member in CoreNet Global’s Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) program.
Strategy Director, IA Interior Architects
With over 10 years of experience, Jordan has worked in both client and consultant sides of the industry which has given him a unique ability to empathise with the challenges and opportunities facing organisations. His passion lies in understanding the unique characteristics of design as an influencer of behaviour and enabler of wellbeing, with a bias for tangible, actionable solutions. Jordan believes that the workplace has the power to truly represent an organisations identity and beliefs beyond its branding, and is energised in helping others achieve this. Jordan has a BSc in Architectural Technology and an MSc in Spatial Design for Architecture and Cities.
Vice President, University & External Relations, CoreNet Global, Inc.
Dean Jordan is the Vice President for University & External Relations for CoreNet Global. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to raise awareness of corporate real estate and generating a diverse pipeline of talent into the profession by cultivating relationships with faculty, staff, and students in universities around the world. Prior to this role, Jordan served as a major gifts officer for several organizations, including The George Washington University, Emory University, and Georgia State University, raising millions of dollars in support of education, medical research, and other philanthropic purposes. Originally from New York and Cape Cod, he holds an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University and BS in Management from Boston University.
Global Product Owner, Workplace and Occupancy, JLL
Tony Josipovic is the Global Product Owner, Workplace and Occupancy Solutions, at JLL. In this role, Tony is responsible for innovating breakthrough workplace and occupancy solutions that meet client needs and exceed client expectations. Before joining JLL in 2015, Mr. Josipovic worked at several Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, where he obtained over 10 years of occupancy planning, business strategy, and client services expertise within a complex global portfolio of over 100 million SF. Prior to Bank of America, he spent 15 years in Canada serving in variety of corporate real estate capacities at Hewlett Packard, Royal Bank of Canada and Nortel.
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Director of Business Development, Corporate Food Solutions, Fooda
Maureen “Mo” Kearney, Director of Business Development, Corporate Food Solutionsrney has been passionate about delivering excellent client outcomes since she graduated from Marquette University in 2009. Mo is a consultant and collaborator for Fortune 500 companies and commercial real estate firms seeking to drive change and improve their corporate food programs in creative and innovative ways. Since she joined Fooda in 2018, Mo’s responsibilities have grown to oversee US Government relationships and National Channel Partnerships. With a true understanding of the ever-changing landscape, she is reimagining food at work by custom designing winning solutions that delight consumers daily.
Chief Commercial Officer, IWG
Chief Sales Officer, Fatima Koning has been with IWG for six years, leading the sales function for the world’s largest workspace operator with over 3,300 buildings in 120 markets. She is at the forefront of supporting organizations of all sizes as they radically shift the way in which they work. Earlier this year, Fatima oversaw IWG’s largest ever deal with NTT, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation providing their 300,000 employees across its portfolio of companies and global network with access to IWG’s workspaces worldwide. The deal comes closely on the heels of IWG’s partnership with financial services organization, Standard Chartered supporting their 95,000 employees globally as well as agreements with multiple large enterprises. Fatima and her team are supporting workers from all industries with every type of hybrid work solution. Fatima is passionate about the benefits of hybrid working for both companies and employees and has seen first-hand the many virtues it brings to work-life balance, productivity and even the environment. She has built a diverse team across multiple markets and geographies. Prior to joining IWG, Fatima founded her own strategic consultancy.
Principal, Sharon Krohn Consulting
With a blend of executive experience, consulting and coaching expertise, I coach leaders and teams across the real estate industry and the business spectrum. Prior to establishing Sharon Krohn Consulting, I served as CHRO for a national real estate company and as COO of an international hotel real estate firm. I am a frequent facilitator and speaker and serve as VP of the ITL Network of the Georgetown University Institute of Transformational Leadership, where I received my certifications as a Leadership Coach and Executive Facilitator. My designation, Master Certified Coach (MCC) is the top designation awarded in the industry.
Senior Director, Asia Research, Colliers
Rakesh is a Senior Director for Asia Research. He is responsible for leading occupier research, providing insightful and actionable recommendations for clients across the region. Rakesh has over 15 years of experience across the APAC and MENA regions in the occupier and investor space specializing in research, development consulting, investment advisory, valuations, and transaction management.
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Senior Director, CBRE Ltd
An optimistic and contagious promoter of ideas and change that lead to better ways of working; I get my kicks out of positive disruption and transformational solutions that lead to the next-order for real estate. Involved in many other aspects of the working environment that purposely creates a deeper and wider network, including PropTech and Diversity initiatives.
Senior Customer Success Manager, Community Brands
Erin Lewis is a Senior Customer Success Manager with Community Brands. Prior to this position she was a Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Advertising Specialist. Erin is a graduate of Flagler College.
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Founder & CEO, Smarten Spaces
Dinesh has over 25 years of leadership experience in the technology industry and was the President of Cisco India & SAARC before incepting Smarten Spaces. He held other leadership positions like the President for Jabra Asia/ Pacific, President for Avaya China, MD for Avaya Korea. He also held leadership positions at AT&T & Lucent Technologies. Dinesh is an active member of the Forbes Technology Council.
Alexi Marmot, PhD
Director AMA; UCL Professor Facility & Environment Management, AMA Alexi Marmot Associates Ltd
Alexi’s career embraces academic and professional leadership: Professor in UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and Sydney University’s School of Architecture, Design & Planning; Founding Director of AMA Alexi Marmot Associates, London-based specialists in evidence-based consultative design. Educated in architecture and urban planning, she leads consultancy projects for numerous public & private organisations, authors books, academic and professional papers on design, management, and user evaluation of workplaces, educational estates, libraries. Alexi is Governor of WMC, the oldest extant adult education college in Europe; of the Royal Female School of Art Foundation; and IFMA Foundation Trustee.
Digital Recruitment Experience Solution Expert & Project Manager, IBM Global Real Estate
Andrew Merewether-Helps is a Digital Recruitment Experience Solution Expert & Project Manager for IBM. He also is the Co-Chair of People with Diverse Abilities for the United Kingdom. Andrew has worked in IBM for 10 years and has a disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita.
Founder and Thought Leader, mindSHIFT
Rex Miller is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading industry futurist. He is a recipient of CoreNet Global’s Innovator Award and Industry Excellence Award. Rex is known for solving “wicked problems” by linking diverse thought leaders together in a process called MindShift. He is a six-time Wiley author and specializes in leadership, organizational culture, change, and innovation.
His first industry book, “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution,” became a catalyst for change and established Rex as an early expert on Integrated Trust-Based Projects. His most recent book, “The Healthy Workplace Nudge,” provides breakthrough insights into why wellness programs have failed to improve health and lower costs. Rex received IFMA’s 2018 Distinguished Author Award for this publication.
Rex is a certified tennis professional (USPTA), member of LCI, CoreNet, IFMA, and NSA. Rex lives in North Richland Hills, has three children, three dogs and celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary this year.
Managing Director Compensation Consulting, FPL Advisory Group Co.
Austin Morris is a Managing Director in the Compensation Consulting group at Ferguson Partners, based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Morris works primarily with privately held real estate platforms to develop compensation solutions that align interests, emphasize performance and results, and attract, motivate and retain key employees. He specializes in benchmarking compensation levels and opportunities, developing incentive plan arrangements (e.g., annual bonus, long-term incentives, carried interest arrangements, etc.), and structuring enterprise-level equity arrangements. In this capacity, Mr. Morris serves as a key adviser to C-Suite executives, owners, Board members, and other key stakeholders.
Vice President Global Real Estate and Operations, IBM Global Real Estate
Jane Muir-Sands is the Vice President Global Real Estate at IBM. She leads all aspects of a global real estate portfolio of over 6.5m sqm (, present in 127 countries with offices, data centers, manufacturing and logistics. She is responsible for developing and implementing corporate real estate strategies synchronized to IBM's changing business needs as the company transforms into a leading cloud based cognitive enterprise. She champions innovative thinking and delivery of among others Location Strategy; Workplace of the Future, Employee Experience, Agile Work practices, Cognitive infused Real Estate, Corporate Environment and Energy and Facility Operations. Prior to her time at IBM Jane was the Vice President Workplace, Travel and Fleet at Unilever. She led the team managing a global real estate portfolio of 8.9m sqm (accommodating ~170,000 FTE’s), delivering major building projects, acquisitions, disposals and renewals for offices, R&D and supply chain facilities. Responsible for providing a world class Employee Experience through the integrated provision and delivery of facilities management (FM) including all site services (catering, cleaning, security, building maintenance, HSSE); supporting 59,000 travellers globally; coordinate all meetings and events and managing approximately 60,000 fleet vehicles. Jane has also spent time working for Shell, Deloitte and KPMG in corporate finance and consulting. She is a Chartered Surveyor.
Michelle Myer, MCR.w, SLCR
VP Americas Real Estate, Oracle America, Inc.
Michelle Myer is the VP of Americas Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle, a Fortune 100 company. Michelle is responsible for a portfolio of >~9M RSF consisting of more than 200 offices (owned as well as leased) in the US, Canada & Latin America as well as a team of ~400 internal staff members. Her organization provides site selection, lease negotiations, property management, space planning, facilities management, design & construction, data center operations, and project management services. Michelle has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. She has been a member of Corenet Global since 2000 and has served the organization in many roles both at the Chapter and Global levels. She is currently the CoreNet Global Chair Elect; she was previously the CoreNet Global Treasurer from 2017-2019. Michelle holds the following designations: MCR, MCR.w, SLCR, CFM, RPA.
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Head of Strategy & Development - Property, VENTIA
Rajiv is a senior Executive with extensive experience in the real estate industry. Rajiv coordinates multidisciplinary professional teams to deliver integrated real estate solutions for Corporate and Government clients with a focus on aligning property decisions to organisational objectives.
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Leah Ong, MCR
Director Real Estate, Volvo Group Australia
Working in the property industry for over 18 years, Leah has extensive experience in the areas of office, industrial and the retail sectors both nationally and internationally in the corporate real estate field. Leah is responsible for the Real Estate team at Volvo Group Australia managing FM services, delivering real estate projects and strategic planning aligned to the business objectives. Leah has held roles on National Diversity and Inclusion Networks, QLD Committee for the Property Council of Australia and she is currently the Program Leader for CoreNet Global Australia. Leah is passionate about supporting and mentoring women in the real estate field as well as actively volunteering with a number of local and international charities.
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Survey Director, FPL Advisory Group Co.
Lindsay Pankratz is a Director at Ferguson Partners and Head of the firm’s Survey Practice, based in Chicago, IL. Ms. Pankratz leads and oversees the day-to-day operations of the survey team, which produces 20 to 30 surveys annually within the real estate and related industries. Ms. Pankratz collaborates with many prominent real estate trade associations and companies on the development and execution of surveys that address a variety of topics including compensation, benefits, hiring and staffing, Board of Director composition and compensation, and organizational practices, among others.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Integral
Egbert L. J. Perry, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Integral, a company he co-founded in 1993 with a mission to “create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities.” Since then, Integral has become a premier provider of sustainable real estate and community solutions in mature and emerging markets across the United States and, more recently, internationally. The Company is vertically integrated with subsidiaries in the community development, commercial real estate, investment management, property management, and program management fields. A community development, commercial real estate and construction professional since 1979, Egbert has developed and/or built most project types, including residential, office, retail, institutional and mixed-use projects. For 13 years from early 1980 to late 1992, he helped to grow an Atlanta-based real estate and construction company into the nation’s 3rd largest African-American owned business, with annual revenues of about $200 million.
VP - Global Marketing, Nuvolo
As the VP of Global Marketing for Nuvolo, Ben directs the go-to-market strategy efforts for their Connected Workplace (IWMS) products. Along with managing the product marketing initiatives, he oversees all digital marketing programs. Ben enjoys helping organizations transform their space and facilities programs with Nuvolo’s modern workplace management solutions.
Global Futurist, Cushman & Wakefield
Andrew leads the combined resources of our research, marketing and communications teams across EMEA. He ensures clients are front of mind in all the team does, as they focus on addressing both the current and the future needs of the industry. The world is changing and it is more important than ever to have an in-depth appreciation of the macro and micro trends that will influence behaviour and in turn the way we live, work and play.
VP Learning Operations, CoreNet Global, Inc.
Jan has led the CoreNet Global learning team since August of 2017. She led the search for a new learning management system and has been instrumental in implementing this new technology. For over 12 years, Jan has brought new ideas to the delivery of continuing education to association members around the world.
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Stafford Romero McKay
Senior Director of Marketing, Fooda
Stafford’s background is in technology marketing. He joined Fooda in 2016 as the company launched its enterprise food service platform, which replaces traditional cafeterias inside large office buildings and other workplaces with programs powered by local guest restaurants and managed by Fooda. As Fooda’s head of Marketing and Communications, Stafford is focused on deeply understanding the pain points and desires of clients, so that Fooda can be a continued leader in redefining the food service industry. Additionally, Stafford is responsible for consumer communications and restaurant marketing content delivered to end users through Fooda’s mobile app and website.
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Yiselle Santos Rivera
Global Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - Medical Planner, HKS
Yiselle Santos Rivera is a medical planner and Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at HKS. Yiselle thrives on building equitable practices, empowering the next generation of leaders and creating inclusive platforms for engagement. She serves on the AIA DC Board, NOMA National Leadership Council, and is founder of “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD).
Chief Product Officer, essensys
James Shannon is a technology leader with a deep passion for creating innovative and inspiring products. He’s developed large-scale cloud services, award-winning mobile apps, integrated smart devices, and cutting-edge consumer hardware for leading global brands. Today, James is responsible for the vision and implementation of essensys software features and functionality that empower landlords and space providers with greater control and visibility over their operation.
Global LGBT+ Leader, Diversity and Inclusion, IBM Global Real Estate
Ella Slade is IBM’s Global LGBT+ Leader, they work in the Global D&I team within HR and have been in their role for 18 months. Ella first joined IBM as an intern back in 2014 and worked in Talent Attraction for 5 years before their current role.
T. Dallas Smith
President & CEO, T. Dallas Smith & Company
T. Dallas Smith is President and CEO of T. Dallas Smith & Company (TDS&CO), the largest African American pure tenant rep firm in the country. In 2007, after working under some of the greats in the industry including Thomas W. Tift and H. J. Russell, Dallas opened his own firm. TDS&CO has effectively negotiated projects across the country exceeding $15 billion in value. Their partial client list includes AT&T, Coca-Cola, FedEx and JPMorgan Chase. Most recently, the firm represented Microsoft in its acquisition of more than 500,000 sf of space in Midtown Atlanta.
VP of Product Strategy, iOFFICE, Inc.
As the VP of Product Strategy, Chad David Smith wears many hats that leverage his 20+ years of experience in the industry. Chad collaborates directly with clients and partners as well as with the iOFFICE client experience, client success, sales, marketing and development teams to create the most innovative and valued solutions for our clients. He is responsible for creating new products for the future, while improving the offerings that we already provide. Chad does this by translating the many voices of our clients and of the market into a clear roadmap that delivers quality solutions with ultimate velocity.
Business Development Manager, Trimble Real Estate & Workplace
Daniel is the EMEA Business Development Manager for ManhattanONE real estate software and related services. With a background in technology consulting, software implementation & training, he has over 20 years of experience in the software industry including over 17 years consulting and working in Real Estate Management Software in particular. Daniel has worked extensively with some of the world's most well known organisations on transformative projects, delivering efficiencies, resilience and cost savings to the respective businesses. He has broad experience of global markets, with insight in to local and global legal and cultural real estate operational & accounting requirements. He is adept at assisting clients realise their strategy by aligning technology to the current & future needs of the business.
CEO, Keybridge Coaching and Consulting
Anne provides growth-minded business leaders with the tools and strategies they need to transform goals and visions into realities. Anne advises executives and emerging leaders who understand that thriving in a global economy and tech-oriented culture means evolving ahead of change. As a certified coach, Anne developed her deep expertise by leading large and small teams through challenging situations in their respective organizations. From departmental mergers and downsizing to management changes, Anne offers steadfast leadership and empathetic approaches to ensure management benchmarks are aligned with larger prevailing business objectives. As a coach, Anne uses a range of tools including inquiry, reflection, assessments and heightened self-awareness to unlock one’s personal and professional potential in life.
GM IoT Sales Scale, Asia, Microsoft (Singapore)
Shirley Strachan is the GM, Asia IoT Sales Scale, responsible for building intelligent systems and solutions and driving sales and go to market execution. Her team drives digital business transformation with partners across the Asia region, enabling solutions development leveraging Azure cloud services to collect and analyse data, provide insights, and drive intelligent actions that deliver value to their customers business. In 12+ years with Microsoft Shirley has held several leadership positions managing partner and customer engagement teams and is a proven entrepreneur having founded a successful retail solutions start-up. Her career spans 35+ years in sales and business and strategy development leadership roles in the Technology Industry across multiple geographies.
Global Wellbeing Manager, Steelcase
Gary Strehlke MS has worked in the corporate wellness field for 17 years in a variety of rolls including exercise physiology, corporate wellness management, fitness management, neuroscience, and mental health. Additionally, Gary taught science courses as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College. Gary is currently pursuing an MBA in Human Resources. As the Steelcase Global Wellbeing Manager Gary assists Steelcase employees with improving all dimensions of their wellbeing by connect employees with a broad selection of vendors and services that will help them to improve aspects of their physical, emotional, and social health.
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Barry Varcoe, PhD
Global Director of Real Estate & Facilities, Open Society Foundations
Barry is responsible for all aspects of real estate and facilities at Open Society Foundations (OSF) globally. Prior to joining OSF in 2018 he was an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Global Director of Group Services at Zurich Insurance; and Group Property Director at Royal Bank of Scotland. He achieved a Ph.D in 2010 researching the impact of cost on the performance of offices, and has served on the Global Board of CoreNet Global, including Chair between 2009 and 2010. He has published many papers on a range of research topics relating to corporate real estate over the last 3 decades, and is an Editorial Board Member of Corporate Real Estate Journal.
SVP Global Real Estate & Global Supply Chain, Verizon Communications Inc
John M. Vazquez is Sr. Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer and Head of Global Supply Chain and Global Real Estate. John oversees 24,000 contracts and is responsible for an $82B annual managed spend; he is also responsible for over 107M square feet of real estate, 4,700 facilities and 1,700 retail stores in 56 countries. John manages 3,000 real estate and supply chain professionals and oversees an annual budget of $4B. John has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and the Financial Times and was named CoreNet’s 2016 Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year.
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Chief Marketing Officer & SVP Product Strategy, Tango
Bart Waldeck has more than 29 years of real estate software and consulting experience. Prior to joining Tango Management Consulting, he was VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at Accruent. As a founding member of Lucernex Technologies, Bart was VP of Professional Services and Business Development. He has held positions as Managing Director at NorthStar Advisory Group and Manager of Retail Financial Services at CB Richard Ellis. Bart received his BS in Economics from Northern Illinois University and his MBA in International
Senior Manager, Iron Mountain Clean Start®, Iron Mountain
Douglas F. Wick is a Program Manager with more than 19 years of Records and Information Management (RIM) experience. He has expertise in consultation, program development, and strategic implementation in both public and private sectors. Douglas has the ability to work effectively across all verticals, listen to stakeholder objectives and help implement the changes necessary for successful completion of their RIM or Real Estate project. In his current role, Douglas has conducted over 200 Clean Start assessments to help organizations consolidate, de-densify and reconfigure their workplace to make the most of their real estate investment and support a virtual workforce.
Assistant Professor of Finance and Executive Director, Temple University Fox School of Business
David is an Assistant Professor of Finance and Executive Director of the Temple Fox Real Estate Center at Temple University Fox School of Business. He has over 30 years of real estate teaching experience between the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and Georgetown University. Professor Wilk is also a Managing Director in theashing Washington DC region for Colliers International where he focuses on infrastructure advisory and real estate optimization for public and private enterprises.
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Unispace
Chely Wright is an author, artist, advocate and relentless champion for equality. Wright rose to fame as a commercial country music singer in the '90s–– enjoying years of critical acclaim, industry recognition, touring and chart-topping success. She made history in 2010 by becoming the first artist in the genre to publicly come out as gay, which she wrote about in her memoir entitled Like Me, published by Random House. In 2011, the Emmy-nominated and multiple award-wining documentary, Wish Me Away, chronicled Chely’s coming out journey, cementing the film as essential-viewing among LGBTQ audiences, faith communities, learning institutions and beyond. In addition to her long-standing relationships with key advocacy organizations, Wright has served on multiple boards including GLSEN, T.J. Martell and Faith in America. She is also the founder of two non-profits; Reading, Writing & Rhythm which raised $1M+ to support music and arts in public schools and The LikeMe Organization, established to provide resources for the LGBTQ community and their families. With decades of experience in public speaking across multiple mediums, Chely enjoys leveraging the power of storytelling to create change, especially in corporate spaces; addressing companies like Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, etc. to advance meaningful discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion. Chely currently serves at the Chief Diversity Officer for Unispace.
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Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing, Lend Lease
Duncan Young is the Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing at leading international property and infrastructure group Lendlease. He is a passionate advocate of the positive impact of workplaces on health, and helps ‘corporate athletes’ perform at their best. He believes that health is a journey and that small steps can lead to larger incremental change that help individuals to thrive, not just at work, but in life. His strategies and programs are research-based and grounded in the workplace, making them applicable in any environment and directly transferable between organisations.
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EVP, Head of Client Experience, Colliers
Chris leads Colliers’ Occupier Services Consulting practice in the United States. He also and has responsibility for ensuring Colliers' Occupier Services clients receive best-in-class solutions that lead to exceptional business results. His responsibilities include setting direction on account strategy & innovation initiatives with an emphasis on maximizing service excellence.
Industry Principal, MRI Software
A well-known subject matter expert, industry panelist, and trusted advisor in the real estate tech market, Brian Zrimsek is Industry Principal at MRI Software. Brian leverages his experiences as a former client, IT leader, and Technology Analyst to help shape product strategy and direction. Brian joined MRI in 2014 and has more than 25 years of large-scale enterprise software experience, most recently as an IT Vice President at The Irvine Company. Prior to Irvine, Brian was VP of Research at Gartner, Inc. He spent the first decade of his professional career as a Management Consultant with Andersen Consulting, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen focused on enterprise software.
Excellence in Speaking
There are many well qualified speakers and thought leaders who bring their best forward to create a valued learning experience. Thank you to all who step forward to share your expertise and help advance the profession.