Prague Property Forum 2019

Date: 4th June 2019    Venue: Cubex Centre Prague


SECTION 1: What’s next for property investors?

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:05

Welcome speech


09:05 - 09:35

Our new habitat: great movement of nations - into the digital?

The European economy has been growing steadily for years now but the increasing probability of a correction has been discussed frequently in the recent period. The speech of well-known economist and best-selling author Tomáš Sedláček will provide an overview of all the key trends that will determine the future growth of European economies.


09:35 - 10:00

Is proptech the new normal? – It’s time to embrace new technologies

James is a prominent global PropTech influencer and in his presentation, he will show how technology is completely transforming the property business. He founded Unissu, a global platform which lists over 6000 PropTech businesses from around the world, along with co-founder Eddie Holmes.


10:00 - 10:45

Senior CEE investment roundtable

2018 was another record year for the CEE investment market with over €13 billion of assets transacted and although some markets have reached the peak of the current cycle, projections are optimistic for 2019 as well. A panel of prominent investors and advisors will discuss the topic in detail

Chair: Mike Atwell, Head of Capital Markets Czech Republic and Lead Director CEE, JLL

Conversation participants:

10:45 - 11:15

Financing roundtable – The era of free money is over

Top bankers and CFOs of the CEE region will discuss the current financing landscape on regional property markets. They will also reveal which are the most and least desired asset classes and locations when it comes to securing financing.

Chair: Péter Számely MRICS, Head of Real Estate Finance CEE, HYPO NOE / RICS Austria Ambassador

Conversation participants:

  • Martin Erbe, Head of International Real Estate Finance Continental Europe, Helaba
  • Michael Heller CFA, Real Estate Investment Research, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
  • Gábor Vörös, Managing Director, Head of CEE Real Estate Financing, UniCredit
  • Hannes Wimmer, Managing Director, Loan Capital Markets, Erste Group Bank AG

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

SECTION 2: Focusing on the user

11:45 - 12:15

Creating future-proof buildings – Smart ways of design and development

The way buildings are being designed, constructed and managed is heavily affected by technology. This expert panel will discuss how the use of innovative tools can help create and maintain more efficient, sustainable and user-friendly buildings.

Chair: Jaroslav Kaizr MRICS, Expert Director, MBARE programme, VŠE

Conversation participants:

12:15 - 12:30

Prague flex space in a European context


  • Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Capital Markets for Central and Eastern Europe, Colliers International

12:30 - 13:00

All about user experience - What makes tenants happy?

The concept of the ideal office space has changed tremendously in recent years. New ways of working and new technologies are giving landlords a run for their money. Our experts will talk about what makes a workplace attractive in 2019 and what it will take to secure new leases and keep existing tenants happy in the years to come.

Chair: Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Capital Markets for Central and Eastern Europe, Colliers International

Conversation participants:

13:00-14:00 Lunch

SECTION 3: New technologies and new skills

14:00 - 14:20

Cost optimal level of indoor climate and hygienic building services


  • Jan Babiak, Project Manager Project Engineering, Uponor

14:20 - 15:00

Why real estate developers cannot ignore hotels

Tourism is booming in Central and Eastern Europe, new developments are popping up all over the region, while hotel has become a popular asset class among investors. The experts of this panel will give an overview of the latest trends on the hotel market, both globally and locally.

Chair: Marius Gomola MRICS, Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary, Founder, HOTCO


  • Nadine Gilles, Member of the Board of Directors, Julius Meinl Living PLC

15:00 - 15:30

Is e-commerce really a game changer? - New trends in retail

The global retail landscape is shifting rapidly. Changing consumer habits are making not only retailers but developers and owners of retail property rethink their strategies. This panel will look at how retailers can react to disruptors by improving user experience.

Chair: Jan Kotrbáček, Head of Retail Agency CEE, Cushman & Wakefield

Conversation participants:

15:30 - 16:00

Can robots replace agents? - The future of valuation and the advisory business

The automation and digitisation of valuation (and the entire investment process) can pose a threat to valuers and agents. This expert panel will show how real estate professionals can tackle innovation in this field.

Chair: Clare Sheils, Managing Director, CBRE Czech Republic

Conversation participants:

16:00 - 16:30

PropTech pitches

A number of Czech-based proptechs will have 6 minutes each to show how their product can take your business to the next level.


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