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.

Keynote: why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC UK

Global co-chair of the 30% Club

Brenda’s presentation will highlight why increasing diversity and managing culture is a business imperative, in addition to offering practical advice for professionals aiming to succeed in a competitive environment.

An expert in workplace performance, culture and communications, Brenda has a particular focus on helping clients build better performance by improving diversity and inclusiveness in their workplaces.

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

Testimonials

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.

Anke Heinze

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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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 – Why diversity and culture are a value driver in business

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping her clients to achieve better business performance by improving both the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforces. She is a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative.

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Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

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09:30 - 10:15

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

Clare Gaskell, Amy Aznar, Andrew Blincoe, Kirsten Bode, Melissa Li

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?

Moderated by: Clare Gaskell, Partner, Simpson Thacher

Infrastructure: Andrew Blincoe, Head of Structured Finance, NatWest
Private Debt:Kirsten Bode, Co-Head of Private Debt, Pan Europe, Muzinch & Co
Private Equity: Melissa Li, Managing Director, CIBC Capital Markets
Real Estate: Amy Aznar, Head of Debt and Special Situations, LaSalle Investment Management

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Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

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Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

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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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Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

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10:15 - 10:55

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

Laurie Mahon, Matina Papathanasiou, Imogen Richards, Erin Sarret

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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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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Erin Sarret

Director, StepStone Group

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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

Audrey Klein
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Audrey Klein

Head of Fundraising, Kennedy Wilson

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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

Isabel Ruiz-Halter, Stuart Jackson, Karen Martinus, Martina Malone, Sylvia Slaughter

Panel Session

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

Moderated by: Isabel Ruiz-Halter, Senior Consultant, One Search

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Isabel Ruiz-Halter

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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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Martina Malone

Managing Director, Global Head of Capital Raising, Prologis

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Sylvia Slaughter

Portfolio Manager - Fund Management, Gazeley

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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

Roxana Isaiu, Sophie Carruth, Philippa Gill, Jake Goodman, Lisa Walker

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

Moderated by: Roxana Isaiu, Director – Real Estate, GRESB

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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Sophie Carruth

European Head of Sustainability, La Salle Investment Management

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Philippa Gill

Partner - Real Estate, Verdextra

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Jake Goodman

Manager - Real Assets, PRI

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Lisa Walker

Head of Market Regulation, IPSX

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14:45 - 15:15

Views on the real estate market and the benefits of achieving gender balance in senior positions

Kaela Fenn-Smith, Jessica Berney

Kaela Fenn-Smith, Managing Director, Real Estate Balance

 In conversation with

Jessica Berney, Fund Manager, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

 

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Kaela Fenn-Smith

Managing Director, Real Estate Balance

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Jessica Berney

Fund Manager, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

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15:15 - 16:00

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

Evelyn Lee, Anne Gales, Amal Del Monaco, Laia Massague, 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?

Moderated by: Evelyn Lee, Editor, PERE

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Evelyn Lee

Editor, PERE

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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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Laia Massague

Principal, StepStone Group

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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

Sue Price, Lesley Chen Davison, Bella Peacock, Valerie Pretscher, Sowgol Zarinchang

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?

Moderated by: Sue Price, Head of Corporate Solutions – UK, JLL

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Sue Price

Head of Corporate Solutions UK, JLL

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Lesley Chen Davison

Chief Investment Officer, Seaforth Land

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Bella Peacock

Managing Director - Investment Management and Operations, Greystar Europe

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Valerie Pretscher

Development Manager, Zoku

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Sowgol Zarinchang

Managing Director, Way of Life

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17:10 - 17:45

Real estate investment in a digital world

Ana Kekovska, Guillaume Van Eeckhout, Bridget Wilkins, 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

Moderated by: Ana Kekovska, Head of Corporate Services, Crestbridge

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Ana Kekovska

Head of Corporate Services, Crestbridge

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Guillaume Van Eeckhout

Head of Market Development, Siemens

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Bridget Wilkins

Director of Community Engagement, Built-ID

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Bronny Wilson

Regional Head - UK and Ireland, Equiem

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17:45 - 19:30

Women in Private Markets Cocktail Reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only think-tanks

Anamica Broetz, Gila Cohen, Laurie Mahon, Matina Papathanasiou, Katherine Taylor

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 & Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Private equity: Anamica Broetz, Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity
  • Private Debt: Katherine Taylor, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
  • Real Estate: Gila Cohen, Managing Director – Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG
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Anamica Broetz

Head of Investor Relations, DWS Private Equity

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Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

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Laurie Mahon

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

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Matina Papathanasiou

Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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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, Nupur Garg, Maria Pejter, Shami Nissan

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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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Maria Pejter

Head of HR, A.P. Møller Holding

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Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

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09:50 - 10:15

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings

Nicole Douglas

Presentation

The PEI Investor Research & Analytics team surveyed over 100 LPs to capture investor sentiment on asset allocation, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. The study also features insight on gender diversity and inclusion. Investors range from established players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2020.

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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10:15 - 10:50

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

Samantha Hung, Adriana Clancy, 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?

Moderated by: Samantha Hung, Deputy Representative, European Representative Office, ADB

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Samantha Hung

Deputy Representative, Asian Development Bank

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Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

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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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10:50 - 11:30

How, why and when to move between alternative asset classes

Gail McManus, Yodia Lo, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte

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 Commissioners for England

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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11:30 - 12:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
12:00 - 12:40

Meet a Mentor Session

Helen Bailey Thomas, Meg Brown, Deborah Gilshan, Emma Haight-Cheng, Anke Heinze, Keeran Kang, Merrick McKay, Jessica Otte, Imogen Richards, Harry Seekings, Katherine Taylor, Pooja Warier Hamilton, Alex Wilson

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.

Pooja Warier Hamilton, Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital
Imogen Richards, Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon
Jessica Otte
, Director, Stepstone Global
Alex Wilson
, Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets
Merrick McKay
, Head of Europe – Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Anke Heinze, Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance
Katherine Taylor
, Director – Business Development, THL Credit
Deborah Gilshan, Founder, The 100% Club
Keeran Kang
, Senior Vice President, Partners Group
Harry Seekings, Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed
Helen Bailey Thomas, Non-Executive Director and Board Adviser
Emma Haight-Cheng, Partner – Head of Infrastructure Debt Europe, AMP Capital
Meg Brown
, Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

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Helen Bailey Thomas

Non Executive Director and Board Adviser

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Meg Brown

Managing Director - Marketing & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

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Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

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Emma Haight-Cheng

Partner - Head of Infrastructure Debt Europe, AMP Capital

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Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

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Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

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Merrick McKay

Head of Europe - Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

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Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

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Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

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Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

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Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

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Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

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12:40 - 14:15

Themed networking working lunch

Nupur Garg, Christina Han, Roxana Isaiu, Elena Kosseva, Sandra Lowe, Emília Mamajová, Deborah Okenla, Abigail Rayner, Chris Rowse, Ulyana Shtybel, Jean Sweeney

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

Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle) – Tokenisation of private equity and private debt
Emilia Mamajova (Espira Investments)
– Diversity & Impact
Abigail Rayner (HarbourVest Partners) – Infrastructure Secondaries
Roxana Isaiu (GRESB) – ESG & Real Assets
Nupur Garg (Senior Advisor PE) – Forming a women’s private equity network
Chris Rowse (Riverhouse Partners) – Recruitment: Challenges and Diversity Trends
Jean Sweeney (Citco Fund Services) – Technology and Private Markets
Elena Kosseva (LCR)- Private Investment and Urban Regeneration
Christina Han (Partners Group) – Thematic Sourcing
Sandra Lowe (InfraRed Capital Partners) – IR and Capital Raising
Deborah Okenla (YSYS) – Diversity and Startups

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Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

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Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

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Sandra Lowe

Director, Business Development, InfraRed Capital Partners

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Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

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Deborah Okenla

Founder 7 CEO, YSYS

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Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

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Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

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Ulyana Shtybel

Vice-President, Highcastle

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Jean Sweeney

Private Equity Senior Product Manager - SVP, Citco Fund Services

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14:15 - 14:25

Chairperson’s closing remarks

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Amy Aznar

Head of Debt & Special Situations

Amy Klein Aznar is the Head of Debt Investment and Special Situations team at LaSalle Investment Management and responsible for LaSalle’s market leading debt platform as well as evaluating investments in structured debt and equity, private real estat… Read full bio

Helen Bailey Thomas

Non Executive Director and Board Adviser

A Chartered Accountant and one of the first women to be awarded IoD Chartered Director accreditation, Helen enjoyed a highly successful career in financial services and property before taking on Non Executive Director and Chair roles in financial ser… Read full bio

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

Jessica Berney

Fund Manager, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

Jessica Berney is a Fund Manager for the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund at Schroders, she is responsible for the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund's strategy, performance, and new business. She joined Schroders in 2012 and is based in London. Jessica was De… Read full bio

Andrew Blincoe

Head of Structured Finance, Natwest

Andrew runs NatWest’s Structured Finance business, covering our Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance, Structured Real Estate, Leveraged Finance and Corporate and FI loans teams, as well as our Scandinavian sale and leaseback business, Nordisk Re… Read full bio

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

Meg Brown

Managing Director - Marketing & Business Development, Impax Asset Management

Meg leads marketing across Impax and manages the London-based sales and client service team covering UK, continental Europe and Asia. Meg also co-heads our impact investing work. She has extensive experience in sustainable investing and research, hav… 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

Sophie Carruth

European Head of Sustainability, La Salle Investment Management

Sophie Carruth is responsible for driving forward ESG for LaSalle’s real estate investment activities in Europe. Sophie’s main aim is to future proof assets by embedding ESG best practices into all stages of the asset life cycle and investment decisi… Read full bio

Lesley Chen Davison

Chief Investment Officer, Seaforth Land

Lesley joined Seaforth Land, the London-focused commercial real estate investor and asset manager, as Chief Investment Officer in September 2019 to grow the company’s highly specialised fiduciary operating platform. She has worked on real estate tran… Read full bio

Adriana Clancy

Partner - Research & Portfolio Management, Corbin Capital Partners

Adriana is a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Corbin Capital Partners, a New York-based independent alternative asset management firm that specializes in multi-strategy and opportunistic credit investing for pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, var… Read full bio

Gila Cohen

Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

Gila R. Cohen is a Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity at MUFG. In this role, she is responsible for those businesses including investments/fund Allocation, Corporate Banking and Investor Services. Most recently, Ms. Cohen was the Manag… 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

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

Nupur Garg

Board Member and Senior Advisor, PE Industry

Nupur Garg is one of India’s top 100 Women in Finance (AIWMI 2019 list) and advises large multi-billion limited partners in emerging markets. She has founded a first-of-its-kind platform designed to help women succeed in the PE industry and which is… Read full bio

Clare Gaskell

Partner, Simpson Thacher

A Corporate Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Clare Gaskell advises on both private M&A and public takeovers as well as equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs) and general corporate matters. She has represented private equity f… Read full bio

Philippa Gill

Partner - Real Estate, Verdextra

Philippa joined Verdextra in 2015 where she heads the Real Estate group. She has over 15 years’ experience in private equity and real estate, as well as first-hand experience across the property life cycle. At present, Philippa is leading a number of… Read full bio

Deborah Gilshan

Founder, The 100% Club

Deborah is an investment professional with expertise in corporate governance, sustainability and shareholder engagement. An Ambassador of the 30% Club, the global initiative to promote diversity in companies, Deborah was instrumental in leading the w… 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

Emma Haight-Cheng

Partner - Head of Infrastructure Debt Europe, AMP Capital

Emma Haight-Cheng joined the Investment Team in the London office in March 2014. Ms Haight-Cheng is primarily responsible for sourcing, arranging and managing infrastructure debt investments in Europe and has over 13 years of infrastructure and energ… Read full bio

Christina Han

Head of Investment Research - Industry Value Creation, Partners Group

Christina Han-van der Meer leads the thematic sourcing efforts at Partners Group. She has fourteen years of investment and finance experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, she invested in global commodities and Asian mid-cap growth stocks at Capi… 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

Anke Heinze

Director of the Investments & Financing Department, AviAlliance

Anke is the Director of the Investments & Financing department of AviAlliance GmbH (former HOCHTIEF AirPort). She has over 20 years of airport M&A experience gained in various buy-side and sell-side projects. Anke has also been involved in the syndic… 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

Keeran Kang

Senior Vice President, Partners Group

Keeran Kang is part of the Private Real Estate Integrated Investments business unit responsible for European investments, based in London. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Schroder Real Estate Investment Management, where she was a Fund… Read full bio

Ana Kekovska

Head of Corporate Services, Crestbridge

Ana leads the Corporate Service practice at Crestbridge with overall responsibility for the provision of services to a portfolio of complex corporate structures, investment companies and funds across multiple asset classes and jurisdictions. She has… Read full bio

Audrey Klein

Head of Fundraising, Kennedy Wilson

Audrey Klein is Head of Fundraising for Kennedy Wilson Europe.  Prior to this she held roles at Cromwell and Corestate but is best known for starting the European business out of London for the Park Hill Real Estate Group, a Division of Blackstone. … Read full bio

Elena Kosseva

Development Manager, LCR

Elena Kosseva is a development manager at LCR, with responsibility for managing planning, construction and occupation across key sites across LCR’s development portfolio. Her role encompasses working to establish partnerships with public and private… Read full bio

Evelyn Lee

Editor, PERE

Evelyn Lee is Editor for PEI’s real estate-focused publication, PERE, overseeing global news and analysis coverage. Based in London, she works closely with PERE colleagues across PEI’s offices in New York, London and Hong Kong and also writes about E… 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

Melissa Li

Managing Director and Head - Private Capital Group, CIBC

Melissa Li rejoined CIBC in 2016 as a Managing Director in the Private Capital Group at CIBC Capital Markets. In her current role, Melissa leads the global coverage strategy for pension funds, private equity firms and family offices across the consum… Read full bio

Yodia Lo

Alternatives, Church Commissioners for 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

Sandra Lowe

Director, Business Development, InfraRed Capital Partners

Sandra heads investor coverage at InfraRed, the leading investment manager in infrastructure and real estate. She manages investor relationships to drive capital raising and shape infrastructure product development or investment propositions for fund… 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

Emília Mamajová

Founding Partner, ESPIRA Investments

Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, the first private equity firm in Central Europe with a gender lens investment strategy element. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investme… 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

Laia Massague

Principal, StepStone Group

Ms. Massague is a Principal in the real estate team. Prior to StepStone, Ms. Massague worked with the real estate finance fund at GAM International where she was responsible for the conception, structure and execution of real estate investments acros… 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

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

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

Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

With over 17 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity, banking and development finance sectors, Shami was drawn to Actis by its leadership in responsible investing, the firm’s diverse culture and the opportuni… Read full bio

Deborah Okenla

Founder 7 CEO, YSYS

Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story); a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, and investors on a mission to open doors of opportunity for diverse talent within the startup ecosystem. YSYS run two p… 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

Jessica Otte

Director, Stepstone Global

Jessica Otte is a member of the Investor Relations Team for StepStone, responsible for managing client relationships in Germany. Prior to joining StepStone she spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs, based both in London and latterly in Frankfurt. She holds… 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

Maria Pejter is an international HR Leader with extensive experience and core competencies in areas such as Talent Management and Organizational Development. She has been with A.P. Moller-Maersk since 1997 in various HR positions including Senior Dir… 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

Valerie Pretscher

Development Manager, Zoku

Valerie Pretscher is Development Manager of Zoku’s global real estate development team. She is responsible for the expansion of Zoku to European creative capitals and mainly involved in the final transaction phase of advanced projects. Prior to Zoku,… Read full bio

Sue Price

Head of Corporate Solutions UK, JLL

Sue has developed a track record of results within the corporate real estate sector and has built an extensive understanding of internal business functions, business drivers and profit and loss management. Sue leads the Corporate Solutions business f… Read full bio

Abigail Rayner

Vice President, HarbourVest

Abigail Rayner joined the HarbourVest team in 2018 as a product specialist focused on global real assets investments and works closely with the investor relations team. Abigail joined the Firm from Octopus Investments, a UK focused renewable energy m… Read full bio

Imogen Richards

Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy, Pantheon

Imogen Richards is a Partner and Global Head of Investment Structuring and Strategy in Pantheon’s Global Investment team with 18 years of private equity experience. She is also closely involved in key strategic and corporate development projects. Imo… Read full bio

Chris Rowse

Partner, Riverhouse Partners

Chris is a Partner of the firm and leads the Private side investment practice specialising in private equity, private debt, and impact investing. Working with the investment management and financial investor practices, Chris advises his investor clie… Read full bio

Isabel Ruiz-Halter

Isabel works within the Private Equity practice at One Search, a financial services search firm with a deep specialisation in Infrastructure, Energy and Real Assets, with offices in London and NY. Isabel is responsible for building partnerships with… Read full bio

Erin Sarret

Director, StepStone Group

Ms. Sarret is a member of the Business Development team and the ESG Committee, responsible for managing client relationships in France, Belgium, and Monaco. Prior to StepStone, Ms. Sarret worked in investor relations across public and private markets… Read full bio

Harry Seekings

Co-Head of Infrastructure, InfraRed

Harry joined InfraRed in 1998. Harry is Co-Head of Infrastructure business and has the day-to-day responsibility for leading the InfraRed team in relation to HICL. Harry returned to London in July 2015, almost seven years after relocating to New York… 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

Sylvia Slaughter

Portfolio Manager - Fund Management, Gazeley

Sylvia has over 15 years of experience in real estate fund management with unlisted funds in various jurisdictions as well as listed vehicles in both Canadian and UK markets. Sylvia is currently the Portfolio Manager for Gazeley’s European fund manag… Read full bio

Jean Sweeney

Private Equity Senior Product Manager - SVP, Citco Fund Services

Jean Sweeney is the European Head of Private Equity Product with Citco Fund Services (Ireland) Limited, responsible for overseeing the private equity service offering. Ms. Sweeney led the development and rollout of PE-specific process development and… Read full bio

Katherine Taylor

Director, THL Credit

Ms. Taylor is a Director for THL Credit’s Direct Lending and Tradable Credit platforms. Her responsibilities include business development, product development, strategic relationships and fund marketing. She is responsible for the development and man… Read full bio

Brenda Trenowden CBE

Partner, PwC

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global co-chair of the 30% Club, is a Partner in PwC UK within the people consulting practice. Brenda helps clients with all aspects of workplace performance, culture and communication. Brenda has a particular focus on helping h… Read full bio

Guillaume Van Eeckhout

Head of Market Development, Siemens

Guillaume is the Global Market Development Manager for the newly established Digital Buildings business line at Siemens Building Technologies. He is focused on bringing the next generation of software and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions into the b… Read full bio

Lisa Walker

Head of Market Regulation, IPSX

Head of Market Regulation at IPSX exchange, Lisa Walker, has been a key part of the executive management team since mid-2018 and was instrumental in obtaining FCA approval for IPSX as a Recognised Investment Exchange. Lisa is an experienced financial… Read full bio

Pooja Warier Hamilton

Founding Partner and Executive Director, Conduit Capital

Pooja is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of Conduit Capital, with an aim to grow high impact solutions that are solving pressing issues globally, by deploying the knowledge, networks and capital available within the Conduit community. Pri… Read full bio

Bridget Wilkins

Director of Community Engagement, Built-ID

Bridget Wilkins is Director of Community Engagement at Built-ID where she is responsible for leading the team to scale the Give-My-View platform, working in partnership with the real estate industry and tech partners and investors. Bridget has ten ye… Read full bio

Alex Wilson

Managing Director and Head, Corporate Banking Europe, CIBC Capital Markets

Alex Wilson is responsible for CIBC Capital Market’s Corporate & Institutional Client Business in Europe and the Middle East. Alex is a seasoned Investment Banker with 20 years’ experience in London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, advising corpor… 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

Sowgol Zarinchang

Managing Director, Way of Life

Prior to joining Way of Life, Sowgol was Director of Serviced Apartments at JLL, where she managed operational activities and advised both residential and serviced apartment operators. She was Previously Director of Private Rent and Student Lets at t… Read full bio
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