Arn Willems has been Managing Director with Globe Trade Centre SA (GTC) since 2011. GTC is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) with a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). One of the leading commercial real estate companies in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the Group has since 1994, been developing high standard, modern office and retail properties throughout the region. Within GTC he is responsible for all of the company’s activities in Croatia as well as new retail developments in Serbia. Prior to joining GTC he was partner with CBRE having worked on numerous retail and mixed-use schemes in Central and Eastern Europe including in Croatia, where he is based, as well as in Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia. He is a founder and board member of the Green Building Council of Croatia. He has an MBA from the IEDC School of Management in Bled, Slovenia and speaks regularly at various conferences throughout the region as well holding guest lectures at the Zagreb School of Economics.
Managing Director CEE,
Karl Wilson is the general manager for Central Europe and Russia of Aareal Bank. Prior to this position, he was repsonsible for setting up Aareal's office in Warsaw in 2000 and was its general manager. He has also worked in Frankfurt and London with Rheinhyp and in Prague for Price Waterhouse, co-ordinating their CEE corporate finance real estate activities. He holds a degree in estate management from Trinity College Dublin.
Executive Director, Loan Syndication,
Erste Group Bank AG
<p>Hannes Wimmer is responsible for Real Estate Loan Syndication at Erste Group Bank AG which is heading the Austrian savings bank sector. Based in Erste’s Viennese headquarters he manages the syndication of real estate transactions in Austria and CEE. Hannes Wimmer has worked in various positions in the industry including origination as well as restructuring, accumulating a 20 years’ experience in the field. Erste Group Commercial Real Estate is the specialist of Erste Group for real estate financing, investment, asset management, real estate development and technical advisory in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In total across the region, Erste Group manages a commercial real estate portfolio of more than €13 billion with an annual deal flow of more than €2.5 billion.</p>
Head of Capital Markets and RICS Valuations,
<p>Ryan Wray MRICS is Head of Capital Markets and RICS (International) Valuations at Knight Frank. He is responsible for transactions and valuations in Czechia and Slovakia and has an in-depth view of market pricing, investor sentiment and trends across the breath of commercial real estate sectors in these geographies. Ryan has worked in the CEE region for over 14 years and has been involved on some of the region’s most notable commercial transactions and valuations in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.</p>
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Secure Legal Title, London
Jean-Bernard has 30 years’ experience in the European and US real estate markets as a commercial and investment banker and private equity investor. He then launched the European sales operations of the two largest U.S. title insurance companies.
He is a co-founder of Secure Legal Title, which provides Title Insurance to cover the legal risks in commercial property acquisition, development and mortgage finance in the UK, the EU and accession countries -- and now Mexico.
Policies are issued by Lloyd’s of London.
The company also offers “Representations & Warranties Insurance” for the real estate components of M&A transactions.
Jean-Bernard began his career with JP Morgan Paris, Frankfurt, and New York, then Bankers Trust / Deutsche Bank and HVB Capital, also in New York.
He graduated with honors from Sciences-Po, Paris, and holds degrees in Economics from the Sorbonne and German Studies from the Université de Paris.
Group Head of Leasing,
Atrium European Real Estate
<p>Jolanta has been professionally involved with the commercial property market in Poland and CEE for almost twenty years. She specializes in leasing, asset and property management as well as developments and redevelopments of retail and mixed-use projects. In Atrium since 2014, first as Chief Operating Officer in Poland, where she managed the portfolio and teams responsible for property management, leasing, marketing and technical support on 24 assets with over 520,000 sqm GLA, and since 2017 as Group Head of Leasing, being responsible for leasing and team support in all CEE countries where Atrium operates, being now Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia and in 2017/18 – Romania and Hungary. Jolanta is a long-time lecturer at the ICSC European Retail Property School. She graduated from the Faculty of Management at the Poznań University of Economics, where she also completed a post-graduate study in commercial law and was honoured with a doctoral degree in economics. She holds CCIM designation.</p>
Senior Director Valuation Department,
Maciej Wójcikiewicz MRICS, RICS Registered Valuer, CIS HypZert (MLV), REV – Senior Director of Valuation Department in CBRE Poland. Maciej graduated from Warsaw School of Economics and Sheffield Hallam University, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, HypZert, TEGoVA, and has Polish Property Valuer license. Maciej has twenty years of experience in Real Estate and has been working in CBRE for over seventeen years.
Senior Director, Head of Retail Austria & CEE,
Walter is Head of Retail Austria & CEE within CBRE. He has been working to lead and grow the retail business across the region. Subsequently he is in close cooperation with all retail related business lines within CBRE in order to offer an integrated and comprehensive service to our clients. Walter has accumulated more than 25 years experience within the retail property profession, ensuring our retail clients’ property strategies are successfully aligned with their business objectives.
Business Development Manager CEE,
David Yearn is Business Development Manager for First Title in CEE. He has been working in the region for more than 13 years. He began his career in banking and finance and previously he headed the real estate practice of an international executive search company in the CEE region. His university was completed in the UK where he graduated in Marketing and Psychology. In addition to his native English, David is able to speak basic German and Polish.Now based in Warsaw, David has also lived in Budapest and Prague.
General Manager and Board Member,
Anchor Grup Romania
The primary expertise of Affan Yildirim, General Manager of Anchor Grup, is in the fields of finance, real estate industry, retail, residential and office developments. His main aim is to consolidate and to further develop the portfolio of the company, consisting nowadays of two malls, a multiplex cinema, three office projects and three residential ones. His management style is that of an intrapreneur.
Dagmar Yoder is an Associate Partner and Attorney in Deloitte Legal, Slovakia. She has been working in legal advisory practices since 2000. Before joining Deloitte Legal in 2017 she was for over a decade partner in a major Czech law firm, managing its Slovak branch. In the past she also held a managerial position in a bank. Dagmar Yoder has many years of professional experience in real estate, M&A, banking & finance and HC & LS. She has been involved in significant M&A transactions in various business areas and has participated in preparation, implementation, acquisition and sale of significant development projects. Dagmar has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best real estate lawyers in the Slovak Republic.
Property Forum is a leading event hub in the CEE real estate industry with nearly 10 years of experience. We organise conferences, business breakfasts and workshops focused on real estate, in London, Vienna, Milan, Germany, Bucharest, Budapest, Belgrade, Bratislava and Prague.