Creating Growth Through Diversity

With a growing body of research showing that more diverse teams and inclusive workplaces directly correlates with stronger business outcomes, the issue of diversity in private equity real estate continues to move up the agenda.

The inaugural Women in Real Estate Forum will bring together over 600 delegates for open discussion on the latest issues facing the industry, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas, initiate deals and forge new relationships.

This year’s event will be co-located with the Women in Infrastructure Forum and the Women in Private Equity Forum, in addition to the Women in Private Debt Forum, all registered attendees will have access to all events allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes.

Covering Women in Private Equity, Infrastructure & Private Debt

One Summit: Four Forums

Now in its 6th year

Now in its 3rd year

New for 2019

Features in 2019

Dictate the narrative

Interactive panel discussions, keynote interviews, networking roundtables, think tanks and an oxford style debate allow you to put forward your thoughts and shape this important discussion.

Build your network

Meet 600+ influential investors, fund managers and advisors from across the community and make the right connections to grow your business.

Gain insights

Identify key real estate opportunities and discover strategies for 2019 and beyond.

Attendees from the previous summit in 2018

3i Group Plc
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
AIMCo
Alinda Capital Partners
Allianz Global Investors
AMP Capital
APAX Partners
Apollo Management International
Arcus Infrastructure Partners
Ardian
Ares Management Ltd
Arjun Infrastructure Partners
BC Partners
BlackRock
Cantor Fitzgerald
CDC Group
CDPQ
CPPIB
Cubico
DWS
EQT Partners
European Investment Bank
First Avenue
Foresight Group
Green Investment Group
Hamilton Lane
HarbourVest Partners
I Squared Capital
IFM Investors
JP Morgan
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Korea Investment Corporation
Macquarie Capital
MetLife Investments
National Pension Service
OMERS
OTPP
PGGM
PSP Investments
QIC
StepStone Group
StepStone Group

Testimonials

A quote icon for decorating the content Laura Yang

Analyst, CPPIB

The conference is very well organized, covering topics on both diversity awareness and key industry issues such as investing in emerging markets.

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Director Investments & Financing, AviAlliance GmbH, Germany

It is an excellent forum for women of all levels of seniority to get to know each other, exchange views and hopefully to form professional relationships that ca…

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A quote icon for decorating the content Kirsty Packer

Senior Analyst, I Squared Capital

It was inspiring to meet so many strong women who are excelling in this industry and raising awareness of the benefits of gender diversification.

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For more information on the agenda, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th

Plenary
08:00 - 08:45

Registration & coffee

08:45 - 08:50

PEI Welcome

08:50 - 09:05

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Laurie Mahon
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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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09:05 - 09:30

Keynote speech – The Economic Case for Diversity

09:30 - 10:15

Heads of Private Markets: The themes that unify our asset classes

Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode

Panel Session

  • What is driving the growth in private markets? Are we in a bubble?
  • Putting money to work in an increasingly competitive environment
  • To what extent do investors differentiate between asset classes? Where are their similarities?
  • How can working together address talent deficits across private markets?
  • What practical advice do industry leaders have for young people in the industry today?
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Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

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Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

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10:15 - 10:55

How are investor pressures driving change within the funds they invest in?

Laurie Mahon, David Jeffrey, Paul Ward, Matina Papathanasiou

Panel Session

  • To what extent are investors challenging fund managers on diversity across investments?
  • How senior leaders across private markets are promoting social mobility?
  • Highlighting case studies where lack of diversity has impacted an investment decision
  • Comparing approaches to diversity across private markets, are there any differences?
  • How does diversity compare with other factors in impacting where investors put their money?

Moderated by: Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

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Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

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David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

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Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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10:55 - 11:35

Coffee & networking

Women in Real Estate Forum 2019
11:35 - 11:40

PERE chairperson’s opening remarks

11:40 - 12:20

State of Play: Where are we in the real estate cycle?

Bonnie Calnan, Jessica Hardman, Heather Mulahasani, Cynthia Parpa, Kari Pitkin

Panel Session

  • How political and economic uncertainty are impacting real estate investment in London and elsewhere
  • In which sectors and regions are leading fund managers seeing opportunities?
  • Predictions for 2020 and beyond

Moderator by: Bonnie Calnan, Partner, Dentons

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Bonnie Calnan

Partner, Dentons

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Jessica Hardman

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Group UK & Ireland, DWS

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Heather Mulahasani

Managing Director - Real Estate, Goldman Sachs

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Cynthia Parpa

Director - Real Assets European Research, BlackRock

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Kari Pitkin

Head of Business Development for Europe, Allianz

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12:20 - 13:00

Why logistics is now a mainstream asset class

Stuart Jackson, Karen Martinus, Karen O'Mahony

Panel Session

  • How technology is transforming logistics
  • Where are there still attractive opportunities in a competitive environment?
  • What challenges lie ahead?
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Stuart Jackson

Chief Executive Officer, InfraRed

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Karen Martinus

Global Research Associate, USAA Real Estate

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Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Women in Real Estate Forum 2019
14:00 - 14:45

Integrating ESG in real estate investment strategies

Teresa Farmaki, Jake Goodman, Roxana Isaiu

Panel Session

  • What are investors expectations regarding ESG? How are they evolving?
  • Aligning sustainability and investment strategies across the portfolio
  • ESG performance improvements: from risk reduction to value creation
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Teresa Farmaki

Founding Partner, Astarte Capital Partners

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Jake Goodman

Manager - Real Assets, PRI

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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14:45 - 15:15

Outlining the financial benefits of achieving gender balance in senior positions in real estate

Kaela Fenn-Smith
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Kaela Fenn-Smith

Managing Director, Real Estate Balance

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15:15 - 16:00

Why is institutional appetite for the residential market increasing in Europe?

Anne Gales, Amal Del Monaco, Carolyn Porretta

Panel Session

  • How demographic change has created the perfect environment for residential
  • Analysis of opportunities in emerging sub-sectors such as student homes & serviced apartments
  • Are we in a residential bubble? What are the dangers for investors in this market?
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Anne Gales

Partner, Threadmark

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Amal Del Monaco

Head of Sector Specialists, AXA IM - Real Assets

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Carolyn Porretta

Managing Director, Macquarie

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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee & networking

Women in Real Estate Forum 2019
16:30 - 17:10

Real Estate as a service: The hotelization of Real Estate

Bella Peacock

Panel Session

  • Outlining the reasons for this trend
  • Transforming buildings as part of a value creation strategy
  • How does investment in more services and amenities impact the bottom line?
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Bella Peacock

Managing Director - Investment Management and Operations, Greystar Europe

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17:10 - 17:45

Real estate investment in a digital world

Bronny Wilson

Panel Session

  • How can investors prepare for continued disruption?
  • Utilising data to drive investment decisions
  • Case studies highlighting how digital can enhance returns
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Bronny Wilson

Regional Head - UK and Ireland, Equiem

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17:45 - 19:30

Women in Alternatives Cocktail Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

Matina Papathanasiou, Sunaina Sinha

These closed-door sessions will allow women to speak freely about the issues impacting their office and asset class. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns.

  • Infrastructure: Matina Papathanasiou, Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC
  • Private equity: Sunaina Sinha, Managing Partner, Cebile Capital
  • Private Debt
  • Real Estate
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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

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08:30 - 09:10

Registration & coffee

Plenary
09:10 - 09:50

Emerging Markets: Where are the most attractive opportunities in emerging markets?

Taru Oksman, Danielle Baron, Lucy Heintz, Maria Pejter

Panel Session

  • Which macro trends are affecting investment in emerging markets today?
  • Key reasons to invest in Asian, LatAm & African alternative assets
  • What is the appetite for different investment strategies across emerging markets?
  • Comparing risk in EM to more developed markets

Moderated by: Taru Oksman, Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

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Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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09:50 - 10:30

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & Analytics team surveyed LPs to capture investor sentiment, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. Investors range from established infrastructure players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2019.

Presented by: Nicole Douglas, Head of Investor Research, PEI Media Group

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Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

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10:30 - 11:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:00 - 11:40

View from the deal team: What skills are required to make a successful investment partner?

Cecile Levi, Claire Madden

Panel Session

  • Why do deal teams remain so male, pale and stale even when compared to other areas of finance?
  • Outlining the advantages of a diverse deal team
  • What advice do deal team partners have for young people aiming for a spot on the deal team?
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Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

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Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

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11:40 - 12:20

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Yodia Lo, Merrick McKay

Panel Session

  • Building a cross-asset class network
  • Are there any significant differences in the skills required to be successful?
  • What skills are transferrable between asset classes?
  • Case studies from practitioners who have made the move

Moderated by: Gail McManus, Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

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Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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12:20 - 13:00

Meet a Mentor Session

Roundtables

This unique session will split the room up into tables with a senior representative on each table offering practical career advice to the table. This will provide a unique opportunity to build your network and tables will be led by people with different areas of expertise.

13:00 - 14:30

Themed networking working lunch

Ulyana Shtybel

Tables discussing a variety of topics over lunch led by an expert moderator

  • Tokenisation of private equity and private debt – Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle) 
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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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14:30 - 14:40

Chairperson’s closing remarks

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For more information on speaking, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

Download your copy of the 2019 agenda here.

Danielle Baron

Global Head of Power & Utilities, Crédit Agricole CIB

Danielle began her career at U.S Ex-Im Bank in Washington D.C. She later joined ANZ where she held several positions in Structured Finance and Infrastructure & Utilities Coverage in Hanoi, Melbourne and London. She later joined HSBC and finally Credi… Read full bio

Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

Kirsten Bode

Co-Head of Pan-European Private Debt, Muzinich & Co

Prior to joining Muzinich, Kirsten worked for six years as a Managing Director in the principal debt investing team at Macquarie, responsible for sourcing and executing transactions ranging from leveraged senior, unitranche and mezzanine debt to equi… Read full bio

Bonnie Calnan

Partner, Dentons

Bonnie is a partner in Dentons' London office. She is a member of the Real Estate practice group. Bonnie leads high-end multidisciplinary transactions covering leveraged and unleveraged, upstream (real estate joint ventures and structuring) and downs… Read full bio

Andrea Carpenter

Co-Founder, Women Talk Real Estate

Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Women Talk Real Estate, and a writer and communications consultant in the property industry. She most recently worked as Head of Marketing and Communications EMEA at CBRE Global Investors where she oversaw the corpor… Read full bio

Amal Del Monaco

Head of Sector Specialists, AXA IM - Real Assets

Amal Del Monaco is currently Head of Sector Specialists at AXA IM - Real Assets. She is responsible for the team of real asset sector specialists within the larger Asset Management & Development team. She is a member of the AXA IM - Real Assets Globa… Read full bio

Nicole Douglas

Head of Investor Research, PEI Media

Nicole Douglas is the Head of Investor Research for PEI’s Research & Analytics department. Based in London but working across the company’s offices and products, she oversees researched content, surveys, and projects on investors globally. She is als… Read full bio

Teresa Farmaki

Founding Partner, Astarte Capital Partners

Teresa is a Partner and co-founder of Astarte Capital Partners. She is also a member of the Investment Committee. During her career, Teresa has acquired 17 years of experience in structuring, execution and senior management across the spectrum of Pri… Read full bio

Kaela Fenn-Smith

Managing Director, Real Estate Balance

Kaela Fenn-Smith is Managing Director of Real Estate Balance, the campaign organisation working with CEOs and senior leaders across the property sector to effect positive change by increasing the number of women in senior positions. Kaela has 26 year… Read full bio

Anne Gales

Partner, Threadmark

Anne is a co-founder of Threadmark. She has over 25 years experience of capital raising and financial markets, and has advised and raised capital for over 50 different fund managers in real estate, credit, infrastructure and private equity since 2002… Read full bio

Jake Goodman

Manager - Real Assets, PRI

Jake joined the PRI in March 2017. He is an environmental scientist by training and worked for the UK Environment Agency as a remote sensing operator before moving into consultancy. As a consultant he worked with public and large private companies in… Read full bio

Jessica Hardman

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Group UK & Ireland, DWS

Jessica leads the DWS’s Portfolio and Asset Management Real estate business run from the UK office. She is responsible for an international client base overseeing European and Global portfolios from core to value-add strategies. Previously, Jessica w… Read full bio

Lucy Heintz

Partner - Energy, Actis

Lucy is head of Africa for the Energy team, a role she has held since March 2017. She has overall responsibility for the Actis Energy team’s activities in Africa and is Investment Manager of Lekela and Aela, two of Actis’ renewable energy platforms i… Read full bio

Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

Roxana Isaiu is Director Real Estate for GRESB. Roxana holds an Msc in Corporate Finance and is responsible for the development and implementation of the ESG standards, as well as the benchmarking methodology for the real estate sector. Since joining… Read full bio

Stuart Jackson

Chief Executive Officer, InfraRed

Stuart joined InfraRed in 2006 and leads InfraRed’s real estate activities. Stuart moved to Hong Kong in 2007 establishing InfraRed’s operations in Asia. In his capacity as Head of Asian Real Estate for InfraRed, Stuart led the evolution of InfraRed… Read full bio

David Jeffrey

Partner, StepStone Group

Mr. Jeffrey leads StepStone’s activities in Europe and is a member of the private equity team, focusing on investments in Europe and the Middle East and co-investments. He is also involved in the Firm’s ESG and diversity initiatives, as well as vario… Read full bio

Cecile Levi

Co-Head of Private Debt, Tikehau Capital

Cécile Mayer-Lévi joined Tikehau Capital in 2013 and heads the Private Debt platform of the asset management firm. She has extensive knowledge in direct lending transactions, and has worked closely with major private equity houses, investment funds a… Read full bio

Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church of England

Yodia Lo focuses on Hedge Funds, Alternative Credit and Co-investments at Church Commissioners, the £8b endowment arm of the Church of England. In this role she has sourced investments including Emerging Market Distressed Debt, Short Term Quant and d… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is Managing Partner of Connection Capital, a private client investment business specialising in alternative investments. Claire’s career began as a private equity investor at 3i having graduated in Banking & International Finance from Loughbor… Read full bio

Laurie Mahon

Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets

Laurie Mahon serves as Vice-Chair of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking business, a role she recently assumed after having led the Global Infrastructure and Power team since August 2013. She has spent her entire professional life in the infrastructure sp… Read full bio

Martina Malone

Managing Director, Global Head of Capital Raising, Prologis

Martina Malone is managing director, head of Global Capital Raising. Her focus is to develop and deepen relationships with institutional investors and consultants across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During her tenure at Prologis, t… Read full bio

Karen Martinus

Global Research Associate, USAA Real Estate

Karen is an Associate within USAA Real Estate’s Research team, based in Amsterdam. Karen leads the firm’s research efforts in Europe and is responsible for assisting in the development of real estate investment strategy, as well as creating research… Read full bio

Gail McManus

Founder and Managing Director, PER

Gail McManus is the Founder and Managing Director of PER, setting up the business in the late 1990s after a career in private equity at 3i. Gail is a passionate member of the private equity and alterative assets community and is actively involved in… Read full bio

Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Merrick joined SL Capital, now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”), in 2014 and is based in the Edinburgh and London offices. ASI’s European Private Equity business, with over €8bn AuM, encompasses primary and secondary fund investments and… Read full bio

Heather Mulahasani

Managing Director - Real Estate, Goldman Sachs

Heather is a lead real estate investor covering Europe for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area (REPIA) within Merchant Banking Division (MBD). Heather joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an analyst in REPIA and has spent the majority of her career… Read full bio

Taru Oksman

Managing Partner, Riverhouse Partners

As Managing Partner, Taru oversees Riverhouse Partners and Riverhouse Advisory. She works across all practice areas on key strategic hires. At Riverhouse Partners, her remit encompasses country head roles across growth markets as well C-suite roles i… Read full bio

Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

Matina is currently the deputy head of QIC Global Infrastructure, a business she co-founded in early 2006. QIC Global Infrastructure has directly invested over $10billion in global infrastructure covering toll roads, airports, ports, water and energy… Read full bio

Cynthia Parpa

Director - Real Assets European Research, BlackRock

Bella Peacock

Managing Director - Investment Management and Operations, Greystar Europe

Bella serves as a Managing Director of Investment Management and Operations, responsible for asset management and execution across student and multifamily investments. After joining Greystar in 2014 as one of the first members of the Europe team, Bel… Read full bio

Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

A.P. Moller Holding is the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation. Our purpose is to exercise the Foundation’s role as an engaged owner; in the spirit of A.P. Møller, and to ensure that the Foundation continues to contribute to society in the f… Read full bio

Kari Pitkin

Head of Business Development for Europe, Allianz

Kari Pitkin is Allianz Real Estate’s Head of Business Development for Europe. She is responsible for driving origination and partner management for more complex cross-border equity deals in Europe. Kari has 20 years of investment banking experience i… Read full bio

Carolyn Porretta

Managing Director, Macquarie

Carolyn Porretta is Managing Director at Macquarie Bank Commodities and Global Markets division in London. Porretta recently joined Macquarie to originate and structure asset-back lending transactions. Previously, she worked as an investor at AIG Ass… Read full bio

Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

Ulyana is a Vice President and Chief Capital Officer at the HighCastle.co, the UK blockchain-based investment marketplace and share registrar. Ulyana co-founded and led two fintech incubation programmes, Fintech Master and Open Banking Lab in partner… Read full bio

Sunaina Sinha

Managing Partner, Cebile Capital

Sunaina Sinha is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a global private funds advisory group. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in capital raising and secondaries market advisory to both… Read full bio

Rebecca Taylor

Director - Real Estate, Long Harbour

Rebecca is the Managing Director of Long Harbour’s BtR / Multifamily business. Since joining Long Harbour in 2015 Rebecca has deployed over £300mn of equity and is responsible for all assets from deal origination, design, development, delivery and op… Read full bio

Paul Ward

Managing Partner, Pantheon

Paul Ward, Managing Partner, joined Pantheon in 2003 and has 22 years of private equity experience. Paul is a member of the Partnership Board and leads the firm’s strategic development and operational management. Paul joined Pantheon from Lehman Brot… Read full bio

Bronny Wilson

Regional Head - UK and Ireland, Equiem

Bronny has led Equiem’s UK team since its inception in 2017, having headed up Client Services and Onsite Staffing in Equiem’s Australian business for five years prior. She has spearheaded the company’s stellar two years in the UK market, overseeing t… Read full bio
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Sponsorship opportunities in 2019

The Women in Real Estate Forum offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for real estate professionals focused on increasing diversity within the asset class.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Chris Wagland, chris.w@peimedia.com +44 (0) 0207 566 5475.

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