Property Forum’s upcoming free-to-attend virtual event aims to answer some of the many questions around the future of workplaces. As the pandemic has forced many employees into remote working, many offices around the world sit empty and nobody’s sure when they’ll be filled with life again. One thing seems certain: the way we design, build, use and operate offices will change forever. The question is: how?
This online event offers all the important features of our offline events: unique networking opportunities with the leading decision-makers of the CEE property industry and cutting edge professional program with inspiring speakers– all in the comfort and safety of your home. Attendees can watch all speeches and discussions, comment and ask questions, initiate private chat and private video meetings with online attendees and try our virtual speed networking.
Attending this online event is free of charge but registration is mandatory.
The event will start with the presentations of our two keynote speakers. Elisa Rönkä from Siemens will show how the future of workplace is digital, while Tamás Polster MRICS from Urbanite Advisors will discuss how COVID-19 will impact office and location demand.
European Lead for Smart Office
Elisa Rönkä is Head of Smart Office Europe at Smart Infrastructure from Siemens, where she leads the European go-to-market strategy of human-centric workplace solutions. With a diverse background in finance, design thinking and development functions, Elisa aims to add value to all stakeholders within the building life cycle by promoting emerging digital technologies. She focuses on integrating and humanizing PropTech opportunities into holistic solutions, while keeping a close eye on the emergence and adoption of new technologies to enhance the user experience in a digital workplace. More »
Partner and Co-Founder
Tamás has 25+ years of experience in real estate consulting across EMEA and Asia. He led Cushman & Wakefield EMEA Consulting teams advising on new location and portfolio strategies besides major urban developments. He has been driving and publishing global research on Occupier trends. Tamas delivers projects in French, English, Dutch, Hungarian and Spanish. More »
The panel discussion of the event will feature workplace experts from various sectors and locations. The list of speakers is the following:
Gavin Bonner joined the Genesis Property team in 2019 as Vice President, after previously working as Project & Commercial Manager at C-Quest, in the United Arab Emirates. Bonner is highly experienced in all facets of the construction process and in developing and implementing sustainable approaches to operational strategy, policies and standards, with emphasis on the highest standards of quality, health and safety. He is responsible for the development strategies of Genesis Property real estate projects and an ambassador for the IMMUNE Building Standard. Gavin has a bachelor’s degree in Science in Quantity Surveying, from Nottingham Trent University, UK. More »
Hubert Abt has been working in the real estate industry for over 30 years. He worked as a developer and later in the land banking sector and provided equity and Mezzanine capital for various real estate projects. In 2013 he founded NEW WORK Offices in Budapest, which provides various flexible office solutions. Since then he developed the business model further and grew the company to today 16 locations in 3 countries with approx. 43.000 sqm which brings NEW WORK Offices in the top 3 list in CEE. Hubert now leads the company as CEO while focusing on investor relations and developing new products like NEW WORK´s Franchise Package or The Digital Office Pass of workcloud24 where he acts as Founder and CEO as well. More »
New Work & workcloud24
John J Fekete
Executive Director - Saudi Arabia, Head of Consulting Services – MENA
John has over twenty-eight years of experience gained from several organizations including JLL where he was responsible for managing the Budapest office providing full services to clients including Valuation Advisory, Strategic Consulting, Project Management and Landlord and Tenant Representation. During the course of his career, he has worked with Colliers International, Regus Instant Offices, was the EMEA Real Estate Head for Citigroup and was heading the Global Real Estate Management division at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank prior to his return to JLL in 2018. Living in the Middle East since 2011, he is currently based in Riyadh and has management oversight of the JLL business in Saudi Arabia. In addition, as part of his role on the JLL MENA Executive Committee, he provides guidance and mentoring to the Consulting teams across business lines including Strategic Consulting and our Hotel and Retail Consulting teams to help them aggressively drive the business further. He has a focus on streamlining services helping to establish, expand and strengthen relationships with clients and prospects around the MENA region. John is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. More »
Paul has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years in various roles including leasing agent and 10 years as business director for CTP. After seeing the potential of technology to significantly impact the way buildings are developed and managed, he began his “tech career” as an advisor for several proptech start-ups giving him insight into market trends. Since 2018 he serves as business director for the building systems, technology and energy consultancy Future2. More »
More information and registration is available on our website.