ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: Leading Through a Crisis

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April 1
8:00 am - 8:45 am


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*** Simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin & Korean will be provided during the webinar.

*** A recording can be obtained afterwards for anyone who registers.

ULI Asia Pacific Digital Programme

Since 1936, ULI members’ shared knowledge, networks, and experience have guided the real estate industry through times of uncertainty and change. Today’s unpredictable and challenging world is forcing business leaders to reshape operations as they adapt to the new normal. In Asia Pacific, our long experience of volatility – from the 1998 Asia Financial Crisis, to the 2002 SARS outbreak, to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 – provides pointers for how we can address the multitude of issues thrown up by the current crisis.

Find out what your peers are doing and join us for this ULI webinar, where we invite some of our member leaders with experience of past market upheavals to share insights and best practice on how best to limit disruption, keep teams motivated, safe and lead their business through these challenging times.

We invite you to submit questions prior to the event at asiapacific@uli.org for our member leaders to address. We anticipate an interactive and engaging experience for learning and sharing with our community.

Confirmed Discussion Leaders:

Andrew Weir 
Global Head of Asset Management and Global Chair of Real Estate and Construction, KPMG International
Regional Senior Partner and Vice Chairman, KPMG in China

Andrew is the Regional Senior Partner of KPMG in Hong Kong and Vice Chairman of KPMG China. He has over 25 years’ experience servicing listed companies, public bodies, investment funds and MNCs in Hong Kong, China, Asia and internationally. He has a keen interest in corporate governance, board leadership and business in the community and leads the quarterly KPMG Independent Non-Executive Directors Forum.

Andrew chairs the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and sits on the advisory panels of the Securities Institute, Hong Kong Investor Relations Association and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Andrew was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). He sits on the Greater Bay Belt and Road Committee and chairs the Global Belt and Road Forum.

Andrew was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a director of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC), chairs its Governance Committee and sits on the FSDC Policy Research Committee.

Andrew has had a number of senior national, global and regional roles with KPMG. He is currently the Global Chairman of Asset Management and of Real Estate and Construction, and ASPAC Chairman of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, which also includes the real estate, hospitality and transport sectors.

Andrew is in the global leadership team of KPMG’s Belt & Road Centre of Excellence and chairs the UK -China corridor leading efforts in establishing greater linkages between Chinese, UK and International business and  investment partners.

Andrew previously was Head of Capital Markets at KPMG China and Asset Management in Asia Pacific.

Andrew is Chairman of Pacific Basin Economic Council and Plan International and Deputy Chairman of UNESCAP on financial services and was previously Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and of Community Business Leadership Council as well as a member of the International Business Council.

Andrew was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for his contribution to trade and investment links between Hong Kong and the UK.

Andrew is a Fellow of ICAEW and HKICPA and is a Fellow and Council Member of the Institute of Directors. He is and a regular speaker at forums and business schools on governance and business issues.

He has an honours degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Economic Development.

Louise Kavanagh
Managing Director, 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 Fund 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 is 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 sits on the Urban Land Institute’s Hong Kong executive committee and is chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Paul Salnikow
Founder, CEO and Chairman, The Executive Centre

Paul Salnikow is the founder of The Executive Centre (TEC), Asia’s premium flexible workspace provider with over 135+ Centres in 32 cities and 14 countries across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Paul is the privately held group’s Chairman & CEO and has, over the past twenty years, built the business into the third largest serviced office business in Asia with an annual turnover in excess of US$275 million.

The success of the business is driven by Paul’s “Members first” approach. The Executive Centre is not just a traditional office service, but rather a space that facilitates connection, personal growth and professional achievement for its 27,000+ Members. The Executive Centre provides an elevated workspace experience that anticipates Members’ needs, in-Centre activities that promote work and life balance, and an integrated digital ecosystem that helps increase efficiency and access.

Under Paul’s leadership TEC is changing global occupancy solutions. Each Centre has a bespoke design to meet the needs of its Members, with solutions ranging from completely customized and private workspaces, to shared lounge areas and meeting/conference rooms. As the workforce desires more connected, collaborative, and mobile workspaces, TEC has evolved in response. TEC’s portfolio of Centres are diverse and adapted to suit the varied functional and stylistic needs of its Members.

Paul has led The Executive Centre’s expansion in China, India and other high growth markets throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East, generating 20% year-on-year growth for the company since 2005. This growth is driven by Paul’s passion for TEC’s community – he considers himself as just one of the 27K TEC Members – an elite group of business executives and entrepreneurs that are driving the business.

Paul’s vision is to further foster a community within TEC’s global network, providing Members with both the physical space and the digital platforms necessary to collaborate, share knowledge and grow both personally and professionally.

Prior to founding The Executive Centre, Paul came to Asia in 1990 to open the Hong Kong office of Japanese property developer Haseko Corporation, having previously worked with them in London and New York. Paul moved on to work as a property fund manager with Istethmar International Group, managing property investment and development funds in Asia.

Realizing an opportunity in the marketplace for serviced offices, Paul founded The Executive Centre in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since.


Skip Schwartz
Managing Director, Private Equity, Asia-Pacific

Skip Schwartz  is the Managing Director of Heitman’s Asia-Pacific Private Real Estate Equity group, a member of Heitman’s Asia-Pacific Private Equity Investment Committee, and an equity owner of the firm. He is responsible for creating the firm’s investment platform in the Asia-Pacific region and manages the regional team as it sources new real estate investments and joint venture partnerships across Asia-Pacific. Since arriving in the region in 2008, he has grown the regional AUM to nearly $1.5 billion. He moved to Heitman’s Hong Kong office in 2013, after spending five years in Tokyo. Prior to relocating to Tokyo, Skip was in Heitman’s London and Frankfurt offices for a total of seven years and was involved in numerous investment, joint venture, and development transactions across Central Europe and Germany. During his initial five years in the company’s Chicago headquarters, he was involved in transactions and joint ventures of all property types across the US. Skip received his BA with honors in International Relations and his MA in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Webinar Details:

Topic: ULI Asia Pacific Webinar: Leading Through a Crisis

Date: Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Time: 08:00am – 08:45am (GMT+8)

Fee: Complimentary for ULI Members | USD30 for Non Members
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