2020 ULI Asia Pacific Leadership Convivium

When

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
8:30am - 12:30pm HKT

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    Where

    Live broadcast sessions | In-person group dining
    Find out more at convivium.uli.org.
    This event is open to ULI Full Members only
    Early Bird ends 21 Oct 2020 – USD300
    Regular Rate 22 Oct 2020 onwards – USD350
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    Agenda

    10:00am - 10:10am

    Transportation: Data and Mobility

    10:10am - 10:30am

    Reflect and Stretch Break

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Retail

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: F&B

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Transport & mobility

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Logistics and supply chain

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Future of Home+Living

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Medical/healthcare real estate

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Hospitality

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: PropTech

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Data centers

    10:30am - 11:30am

    Virtual Roundtable: Future Offices

    11:30am - 11:45am

    Reflect and Stretch Break

    11:45am - 12:15pm

    Rapid Fire Q&A + Strategic Implications Panel Discussion

    12:15pm - 12:35pm

    Closing Keynote: The Great Return to the Office

    8:30am - 8:50am

    Doors Open

    8:50am - 9:00am

    Welcome Remarks by Convivium Convenor

    9:00am - 9:20am

    An Address from the Medical Industry: What Does COVID19 Mean for Real Estate in Practice?

    9:20am - 9:30am

    Technology: Cloud and Edge Computing - How Will They Shape Our Physical and Digital World and the Significance to Real Estate

    9:30am - 9:40am

    Retail: Where Do Bricks and Mortar Go From Here? What Will the Retail Experience of the Future Look Like?

    9:40am - 9:50am

    Hospitality: The Revival of Domestic Tourism in Japan

    9:50am - 10:00am

    The Rise of Cloud Kitchens: Opportunities for Repurposing Underutilised Real Estate

    Shaping the Future of Real Estate for a Better World
     
    These are tough times for business leaders, and today’s social challenges require fresh thinking to help us come in terms with the dilemmas of the 21st century living. We need to turn the crisis into an opportunity and to negotiate a new reality. Through thoughtfully curated encounters and a friendly atmosphere of exploration, curious, open minded ULI full members will have thought provoking conversations that transform into inspiration, momentum and action.

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    Speakers

    Speaker

    Ariane Zagury

    Founder and CEO, Rue Madame Fashion Group

    Ariane graduated from the Universite Paris Dauphine and worked for some of the most prestigious financial groups before becoming Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in London. Ariane was rapidly rising through the ranks of the financial industry and on the trajectory to success. Everything changed however when Ariane relocated to Hong Kong. She immediately fell in love with the city and it’s unique energy. She was quickly dismayed however to discover a distinct lack of choices available for good quality, stylish women’s fashion. There was fast fashion, which she could not relate to and luxury brands, which were not accessible to everyone or appropriate for everyday wear. Where was the shop for the stylish and independent woman? It was this need that inspired Ariane to open Rue Madame, a shop with a wide array of brands and styles in a warm, and approachable environment. Such a jump from the finance world to the one of fashion seems unexpected; however the craft of the shopkeeper is something that was deep rooted in Ariane’s DNA. Ariane’s childhood was spent in her father’s fabric shop “Rodin” nestled in the heart of Paris, in the prestigious Avenue des Champs Elysees. This institution was founded in 1950 by her grandfather, who was famous for offering the widest range of innovative products from opulent one of a kind fabrics crafted in Italy, to the newest prints designed and sourced from across the globe. Growing up amongst the rolls of brocade and silks, her favourite childhood memories were those spent sitting with her father to make the product selections and then seeing the fashionable women's excitement on discovering the latest fashion trends. It was this that inspired her to create a place of her own for the modern woman, a haven, where the shopkeeper became a friend and confident to her customers and that stocked only the best products and services, where the clothes were of beautiful quality affordable price-point and designed, to be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come and so Rue Madame was born! Founded in 2010, Rue Madame Fashion Group (RMFG) is dedicated to bringing contemporary and premium fashion labels including American Vintage, Hobbs, Phase Eight and Whistles as well as women’s active wear brand Sweaty Betty from Europe to Asia. The company also operates multi label stores under the name of rue Madame and Clemence. As of 2020, the group operates 35 stores across Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore.

    Speaker

    Seng Tiok Poh

    Senior Vice President and Head of Rail and Transit, Asia, AECOM

    Er. Poh Seng Tiok is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineer (ICE, UK), a registered Professional Engineer in Singapore and an ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer. He has more than 20 years’ experience in large scale mass transit, railway design and construction projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other parts of Asia. Seng Tiok is an established leader in the Rail and Transit industry in Asia, having assumed key senior positions in both major client and international consultancy organisations. Currently, he is AECOM’s Head of Rail and Transit for Asia, providing the leadership for the firm’s Rail and Transit sector in Asia as well as leading the SEA Transportation business. Prior to joining AECOM, he was the Planning and Design Director for Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC) in Malaysia, leading the planning and design of more than 100 km of MRT in the Klang Valley. Seng Tiok had earlier held senior positions in international consultancy firms involving in major metro projects such as Thomson Line in Singapore and Shatin Central Link in Hong Kong etc. He started his career at the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) and was involved in numerous major railway projects in Singapore such as North East Line, Circle Line, Downtown Line Stage 1.

    Speaker

    Shin Hui Tan

    Executive Director, Park Hotel Group

    Tan Shin Hui is the Executive Director of the Park Hotel Group (PHG). Prior to joining PHG in 2009, she spent 4 years in finance and private equity. At PHG, Shin Hui is responsible for leading the commercial and brand strategy of the organisation. In this capacity, she drives commercial excellence across PHG’s sales, revenue management, marketing communications & digital infrastructure. Her priorities include optimising hotel performance through effective pricing, inventory, segmentation and distribution strategies. She also oversees the development of the brands within PHG’s portfolio – Grand Park, Park Hotel, Destination as well as Park Rewards loyalty programme – to support the organisation’s growth and expansion globally. Shin Hui is also a key member of the Investment Committee that oversees M&A and asset enhancement strategies.

    Speaker

    Carlo Ratti

    Director, MIT Senseable City Lab

    An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life and design, Carlo has co-authored over 500 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, with Matthew Claudel), and holds several technical patents. His articles and interviews have appeared on international media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Project Syndicate, Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City. Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Three of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan and chief curator of the "Eyes of the City" section at the 2019 UABB Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism of Shenzhen. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization. For further information visit www.carloratti.com and senseable.mit.edu.

    Speaker

    Seth Sulkin

    President & CEO, Pacifica Capital K.K.

    Seth R. Sulkin is President and CEO of Pacifica Capital K.K., a Tokyo-based developer and operator of hotels and commercial properties with more than 25 years of real estate investment experience in Japan. In November 2017, he opened the Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho, the first lifestyle hotel in Japan. He is currently developing several other hotels throughout Japan and is growing his third-party management platform, Pacifica Hotels GK. In October 2020, Mr. Sulkin launched Food-e, Japan’s first delivery app specializing in gourmet restaurants. With this new business, he has begun to shake up the food delivery business by changing the business model in many key ways. Mr. Sulkin is a member of the Executive Committee of ULI Japan, chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s Integrated Resort Task Force and co-chair of the Real Estate Committee. Fluent in Japanese, he received a master’s degree from Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies and attended the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies.

    Speaker

    Ian Mackie

    Chair, ULI Australia

    Ian first joined Jones Lang Wootton in 1978 as a retail leasing agent in Sydney, transitioning into real estate investment management in tandem with the firm’s evolution into LaSalle Investment Managementafter the merger of Jones Lang Wootton with LaSalle Partners in 2000. As one of LaSalle’s pioneer employees in Asia Pacific, Ian established LaSalle’s business platform in the Asia Pacific, recruiting staff and opening LaSalle offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Today, the platform is 172-people strong, spread across six offices in the region. Ian was also instrumental in initiating LaSalle’s stellar reputation as a real-estate focused investment manager in the region. Following the merger in 2000, Ian launched and raised capital for LaSalle Asia Recovery Fund, the firm’s first Asia fund. In the following years, as President for the first two iterations of both the LaSalle Japan Logistics Fund series and LaSalle Asia Opportunity Fund series, Ian’s deep experience across a vast array of transactions – leasing and sales brokerage, joint venture developments, joint venture platforms, acquisitions, dispositions, portfolio management, fund management, capital raising, client management, and business development – played a pivotal role in LaSalle generating impressive returns on the platforms, cementing LaSalle’s reputation as a top investment manager for opportunistic / value-add real estate strategies, and in the regional logistics sector.

    Speaker

    Shaun Smithson

    Co-founder and President of Operations, TiffinLabs

    Shaun Smithson is the Co-Founder and President of Operations of Tiffinlabs. In his role he leads operations and implementation of brand and menu creation and process engineering. He is one of three co-founders focused on transforming the way in which we live and eat. Shaun Smithson comes to Tiffinlabs from his role as Head of Shared Kitchens APAC for foodpanda. In that role, he was responsible for the strategic integration and growth of Shared Kitchens with in the foodpanda APAC delivery platform. He has held prior roles as the Chief Executive Officer with the Fig and Olive Restaurants and The Luxury Dining Group, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group where he was Sr. Vice President of Operations, as well as holding senior roles with Sodexo, Choice Hotels International, and Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Smithson’s early career was focused on operations and general management across the food and beverage and hospitality industries. Mr. Smithson received his culinary training through the Disney Culinary Apprenticeship at Walt Disney World (’92) and gained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Empire State College (’06). He also holds a Global Master’s in Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (’08). He is a member of the Thunderbird Global Alumni Network – a board of advisors for the President of the university and a former board Member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (’15-’17) and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (‘8-’10). Mr. Smithson lives with his wife, Alexandra Jaritz, and daughter Caroline (9) in Singapore.

    Speaker

    Maxim Melamedov

    CEO, Cloudvisor

    Maxim Melamedov is the CEO and co-founder of Zesty, the first real-time cloud management solution. Prior to founding Zesty, he was the VP Customer Success at Gimmonix, a travel tech company. Before Gimmonix, Maxim built and led the customer support and education teams at eCommerce company Feedvisor, where he also met Zesty's co-founder. Before joining the SaaS world, Maxim spent six years working on classified projects worldwide in homeland security. He served as an airborne technician in the Israeli Defense Forces for seven years. He earned his B.A. in business management from University of Derby, and received a degree in practical engineering. Maxim lives with his wife and son in Israel.

    Speaker

    Louise Kavanagh

    Managing Director, Real Estate, Asia Pacific, Nuveen Real Estate

    Louise is a managing director for Nuveen Real Estate based in Hong Kong and works across the Asia Pacific region, she sits on the Asia Pacific Real Estate Leadership team and is an investment committee member. She is responsible for fund investment strategy and overall performance of assets, including day-to-day operations, acquisition analysis, asset management, client and reporting-related matters. Louise joined the firm in 2017 from Invesco Real Estate having been the fund manager for the Invesco Real Estate Asia Strategy since its inception. Prior to joining Invesco Real Estate, she was a director at Deutsche Bank, RREEF Real Estate Asia Pacific. In her role as head of acquisitions and asset management for Asia Pacific, Louise was responsible for origination, due diligence and monitoring investments across the identified regional markets. Prior to this, she held a number of roles at Investa Property Group, Colonial First State Property and Royal Sun Alliance in Australia and Hong Kong. Louise graduated with a Bachelor’s of Commerce in Land Economy from University of Western Sydney and a Graduate diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. She serves as a Global Governing Trustee for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), responsible for representing and serving as the voice of the broad and diverse membership in substantive matters facing ULI in the execution of its mission. Louise is also a committee member of LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) a Nuveen industry affinity organization leading the dialogue on gender diversity.

    Speaker

    Alison Rehill-Erguven

    Chief Executive Officer, Pradera Retail Asia

    Alison is the Chief Executive Officer of PRA (Pradera Retail Asia) based in Shanghai, where she relocated from Istanbul in mid-2017. She oversees a team of 125+ professionals in the PRC. Alison is also a Managing Director, Board Director and Investment Committee member of Pradera Limited and oversees the team in Turkey for Pradera Limited. In her combined roles, she oversees a team of 155+ professionals across two continents and all aspects of both businesses as well as business development. In Turkey, Pradera is the asset manager of Istanbul Cevahir which is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and is the largest separate account client for Pradera Limited. Pradera has worked on Cevahir since its acquisition in 2007 and Alison has been successful in repositioning the scheme to achieve NOI growth of 288% during the hold period. Prior to Pradera, Alison was employed by General Growth Properties for nine years in the US where she was Vice President of International. She managed International Joint Ventures in Turkey, Brazil and Costa Rica. In addition to these responsibilities, Alison also conducted business development exploration for General Growth in Central and Eastern Europe & Asia. Alison began her retail real estate career in 1999 with Simon Property Group. She holds a BSc in International Trade with honours from the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York and Executive Certification in Global Management from the Garvin School of International Management, Thunderbird University. She also sits on the Advisory Board of ICSC in Asia.

    Speaker

    Pete Bentley

    Global Commercial Officer & Global Future of Work Practice Leader, AON Human Capital Solutions, AON

    Pete focuses on helping deliver workforce agility and resilience to drive performance as the leader of Aon’s Future of Work practice. Pete has built two successful digital platforms, developed a leading financial service data provision business; built two advisory practices and conceived, designed and implemented a “first mover” digital content business within a bank. Pete has worked as a consultant and within investment banks in a variety of commercial roles globally for over 15 years. As a consultant he has built several successful practices while helping Banks: manage their sales force, build client strategies aligned to business plans, and leverage data to drive sales effectiveness, resource deployment and motivate talent. Pete also helped numerous FinTech businesses refine their commercial model, go to market strategy and raise (tens of millions) in capital. During this time Pete ticked [pretty much] every buzzword and received a crash course in: design thinking, digital, agile development, dev ops, digital marketing, talent management, and managing internal transformation after also, rather unfairly, being labelled as a “disrupter” while building a “FinTech market place” in an Institutional Bank.

    Speaker

    David Owens

    Founding Partner, OT&P Healthcare

    Dr. Owens is a Specialist in Family Medicine. He is an Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at Hong Kong University and Chief Medical Officer of Hong Kong Rugby Union. David is one of the two founding partners of OT&P Healthcare. He has written of his personal experiences of the pandemics of TB and HIV and presented extensively on SARS and COVID

    Speaker

    Scott Dunn

    Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM

    Scott Dunn is Vice President for Southeast Asia at AECOM (NYSE: ACM), an $20.2 billion global provider of professional design and consulting services. Scott drives strategic growth for Southeast Asia and leads strategic initiatives that drive profitable growth for AECOM. He also leads cross-functional teams in providing integrated services and sustainable solutions for large, complex and multidisciplinary projects across Asia, among them high-density masterplans for new towns and regeneration of existing urban landscapes that have drawn on sustainable and smart themes. For the larger APAC AECOM group, he leads the River Restoration and Integrated Coastal Management group with focuses on harnessing water infrastructure to protect communities, enhance ecosystems and build social / economic prosperity for our clients. He has been instrumental in building an integrated practice group with the skills sets to develop and deliver integrated watershed management services. Scott also is part of the Urban Land Institute as a Global Governing Trustee, Advisory Board member for the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and sits on the Asia Pacific Executive Committee, Chair of the Nominations Committee and the Singapore Country Council (founding Chairperson).He is an advocate of sustainable land development and high dense urban environmental design and believes that in order to create great places, one should be both sensitive to the environment and be responsible for the society. His books and papers on urban mobility, sustainability and livability issues are frequently published with local and international media. As a highly regarded thought leader in the planning community, he actively speaks on land development at conferences and events throughout Asia and North America. For Urban Land Institute, he has co-authored four publications with the Singapore Center of Liveable Cities - 10 Principles for Liveable High-Density Cities Lessons from Singapore (2012), Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility (2014), Creating Liveable Cities Through Car-Lite Urban Mobility(2016), and Urban Mobility: 10 Cities Leading the Way in Asia-Pacific (2017).

    Speaker

    Scott Dunn

    Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM

    Scott Dunn is Vice President for Southeast Asia at AECOM (NYSE: ACM), an $20.2 billion global provider of professional design and consulting services. Scott drives strategic growth for Southeast Asia and leads strategic initiatives that drive profitable growth for AECOM. He also leads cross-functional teams in providing integrated services and sustainable solutions for large, complex and multidisciplinary projects across Asia, among them high-density masterplans for new towns and regeneration of existing urban landscapes that have drawn on sustainable and smart themes. For the larger APAC AECOM group, he leads the River Restoration and Integrated Coastal Management group with focuses on harnessing water infrastructure to protect communities, enhance ecosystems and build social / economic prosperity for our clients. He has been instrumental in building an integrated practice group with the skills sets to develop and deliver integrated watershed management services. Scott also is part of the Urban Land Institute as a Global Governing Trustee, Advisory Board member for the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and sits on the Asia Pacific Executive Committee, Chair of the Nominations Committee and the Singapore Country Council (founding Chairperson).He is an advocate of sustainable land development and high dense urban environmental design and believes that in order to create great places, one should be both sensitive to the environment and be responsible for the society. His books and papers on urban mobility, sustainability and livability issues are frequently published with local and international media. As a highly regarded thought leader in the planning community, he actively speaks on land development at conferences and events throughout Asia and North America. For Urban Land Institute, he has co-authored four publications with the Singapore Center of Liveable Cities - 10 Principles for Liveable High-Density Cities Lessons from Singapore (2012), Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility (2014), Creating Liveable Cities Through Car-Lite Urban Mobility(2016), and Urban Mobility: 10 Cities Leading the Way in Asia-Pacific (2017).

    Speaker

    Shiori Sakurai

    Business Development Manager, STR

    Shiori Sakurai is the Business Development Manager for STR for Japan. Based in Tokyo, Shiori has over nine years experience in real estate and with luxury global hotel chains. Her experience covers serviced apartment management strategies and operations, project management of new property developments and global hotel sales. Shiori holds a Certificate in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA). With a passion for the hospitality industry she works to increase the engagement in hospitality data intelligence and clarify the decision making for hospitality, research and investment companies across Japan. Shiori frequently presents the latest trends and updates at industry events across the country. STR track supply and demand data for the hotel industry and provide valuable market share analysis for global hotel and investment companies and agencies across the globe.

    Speaker

    Thomas Liu

    Partner, Head of Greater China and North Asia Real Estate, Actis

    Thomas was one of the founding members of Standard Chartered Bank’s Principal Finance Real Estate group in 2010 and joined Actis in 2018 when the business was acquired from the bank. He leads the teams in Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong that have completed over USD700 million in opportunistic real estate investments in China and Korea, working with leading developers and high quality operating partners. Prior to Actis, Thomas has accumulated over two decades of pan-Asian direct investment and advisory experience. He started his career with the Shangri-La group, working on hotel pre-opening projects across Southeast Asia and China. He then joined PKF Consulting and advised Asian developers and owners on projects from India to Indonesia and the Philippines and China. In 1998 he joined the Koos Group and, for nine years, took on different leadership roles in financial advisory as well as direct investment functions in Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and China for this leading Asian family group. Thomas moved to Beijing in 2004 when he took over the leadership of a real estate development business controlled by the Koos, completed and sold projects including offices, high end residential, hotel and serviced apartments in the greater Beijing and Shanghai areas. He then joined Aetos Capital in 2007 as one of the senior members of the China investment team before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2010. Thomas holds a master degree in business administration from the joint Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program and acquired dual bachelor degrees in finance and hospitality from Boston University.

    Speaker

    Wanshi Zheng

    Group Chief Strategy & Planning Officer, Frasers Property Limited

    Wanshi is responsible for the development and integration of Frasers Property’s group strategy across the diverse businesses and markets the Group operates in, while working in collaboration with the senior leadership team. She also oversees the Group’s portfolio management analysis, research, planning, communications and branding and strategic innovation functions. Prior to joining the Group on 8 February 2018, Wanshi held positions as Head of Investment Management at CapitaLand, Director of Multi-asset Class Research at Mount Kellett Capital (Hong Kong), as well as Vice President for Distressed Products Group and Strategic Investment Group at Deutsche Bank. Wanshi holds a double degree from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Concentration in Finance, and from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Wanshi also serves the broader community as a Member of the Investment Committee at The National Kidney Foundation Singapore and as an Executive Committee member of the Urban Land Institute in Singapore where she also co-chairs its Women’s Leadership Initiative.

    Speaker

    Chelsea Perino

    Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications, The Executive Centre

    With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from NYU and after a four-year solo trip around the world, Chelsea Perino first discovered her love for advertising in Cape Town, South Africa. There, Chelsea spent two years running all things marketing related for an experiential marketing startup, before returning to New York to complete her MA in Public and Organizational Relations. Since then Chelsea has worked in advertising both in New York and most recently in Seoul, South Korea, leading digital strategy for a global mobile communications brand. Now based in Hong Kong, Chelsea is the Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications at The Executive Centre, Asia’s leading premium flexible workspace provider. Chelsea is passionate about organizational culture and believes that creating a dynamic and collaborative working experience positively affects team morale, productivity, and fosters community. Through a newly developed global marketing strategy and complete re-brand, her goal is to establish The Executive Centre as the leader in workspace experience, community and corporate-culture facilitation.

    Speaker

    Andrew MacGeoch

    Head of Asia RE and Infra., Global Co-Head of Hospitality & Leisure Group, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

    A market-leader in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Project sectors, Andrew has extensive experience in dealing with infrastructure developments, mixed-use and hospitality & leisure projects. For well over 25 years in Asia, he has been representing developers, owners, institutional investors, governments and statutory corporations. His practice involves projects throughout Asia and he is best known for his work across Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand.

    Speaker

    Jean de Castro

    Chief Executive Officer, ESCA Inc.

    Jean is a certified BIM Manager by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. She is also an experienced litigator with extensive construction arbitration and commercial litigation experience from her years with Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco Law Offices and MOSVELDTT Law Offices. She is also a trained arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute and Resolution Center (PDRCI). She worked with Bloomberg TV Philippines as a business news anchor for “First Up”, which included segments focusing on the real estate industry. She was also a consultant of the Privatization and Management Office of the Philippine Government where she advised on conflict of claims, privatization, joint venture agreements, negotiated procurement and public bidding of government assets. Jean was an Oblation Scholar at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where she graduated magna cum laude from the Political Science Program. She received her law degree from the same university in 2006, finishing fifth in her class. She passed the Bar for the following year. She joined Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco as a litigation associate in 2007 where she was consistently awarded Best Associate and was promoted in 2010 to Senior Associate. Thereafter, she became a consultant of the Privatization and Management Office of the Philippine Government.

    Speaker

    Uten Lohachitpitaks

    Group Chief Investment Officer, Frasers Property Limited

    Responsible for the Group’s investment and capital markets transactions, Uten manages and monitors the Group’s portfolio of assets, devises strategies for acquisitions and divestments and works closely with investment partners. As part of the leadership team, Uten also leads the Group’s investment in PropTech companies and co-leads the Group’s innovation governing committee. In addition, he provides leadership for the Indochina markets, namely Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to joining the Group on 1 October 2013, Uten held various positions as Managing Director of Strategic Advisory at DBS Bank, Director of Investment Banking Division at United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company, and Senior Vice President of Corporate & Investment Banking Group at DBS Bank. Uten graduated with a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from Assumption University, Thailand.

    Speaker

    Daniel Voellm

    Managing Partner, HVS

    Daniel J. Voellm, MRICS is a Managing Partner Asia- Pacific at HVS Hong Kong. With 15 years of consulting and valuation experience, Daniel has provided advice in 24 territories across Asia Pacific. Prior to assuming his regional role, he headed the Hong Kong office after his time as Vice President at HVS’ global headquarters in New York (2005-2008) conducting a wide range of appraisals, market studies and underwriting due diligence services in 22 states as well as Canada. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and is vice-chair of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Hospitality Development Council in Asia Pacific.