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Ben Grippi
Ben Grippi
Senior Director, Head of Strategic Real Estate Technology
The RMR Group
Ben Grippi
https://www.rmrgroup.com
https://www.rmrgroup.com
+1 (617) 796 8390
Newton | MA | USA
 The RMR Group (Nasdaq: RMR) is a leading U.S. alternative asset management company, unique for its focus on commercial real estate (CRE) and related businesses. RMR’s vertical integration is strengthened by over 600 real estate professionals in more than 30 offices nationwide who manage over $37 billion in assets under management and leverage more than 35 years of institutional experience in buying, selling, financing and operating CRE.
Cesar Jeri
Cesar Jeri
Head of Innovation & Technology
Verizon
Cesar Jeri
https://www.verizon.com/
United Kingdom
As one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products, Verizon is transforming the way people, businesses and things connect. Here, we have the ability to learn and grow at the speed of technology, and the space to create within every role. We’re a diverse network of people driven by our aspirations and shared purpose, committed to shaping the future.
Chris Zissis
Chris Zissis
CTO - Global Head of Technology
Nuveen Real Estate
Chris Zissis
https://www.nuveen.com/global/
London | United Kingdom
Nuveen is one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world with c.€93bn AUM. Managing a suite of c.80 funds and mandates.
Courtney Cooper
Courtney Cooper
Principal
Alate Partners
Courtney Cooper
https://www.alatepartners.com
Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Alate Partners empowers entrepreneurs who are rethinking real estate. We invest in innovative technology companies that enhance how commercial, residential, and industrial real estate is designed, built, and managed.
Dean Hopkins
Dean Hopkins
Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
Oxford Properties Group
Dean Hopkins
http://www.oxfordproperties.com
Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Oxford Properties Group connects people to exceptional places, and is the owner, developer and manager of some of the world’s best real estate assets. Established in 1960, it manages approximately $60 billion of assets across the globe on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Oxford’s portfolio encompasses office, retail, industrial, hotels and multifamily residential and spans more than 100 million square feet in global gateway cities across four continents.
François Lacoursière
François Lacoursière
Senior Vice President, Innovation
Ivanhoé Cambridge
François Lacoursière
http://www.ivanhoecambridge.com/
Montreal | Quebec | Canada
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and real estate companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebec in 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, the Company invests alongside key partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their respective markets. Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge holds interests in nearly 800 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail and logistics real estate sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridge held approximately C$56 billion in assets as at December 31, 2016. The Company is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com),one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers.
Gregory Dewerpe
Gregory Dewerpe
Founder
A/O PropTech
Gregory Dewerpe
https://www.aoproptech.com/
London | United Kingdom
A/O PropTech is Europe’s largest Proptech venture capital firm which invests in technology start-up companies disrupting the real estate industry. A/O PropTech announced its latest €250mn vehicle in early 2020.
Grigor Hadjiev
Grigor Hadjiev
Head of Product & Development West Europe / Directeur Maitrise d'Ouvrage ESG et Innovation
Allianz Real Estate France
Grigor Hadjiev
https://www.allianz-realestate.com/
Paris | France
Allianz Real Estate is the strategic centre of expertise in real estate within the Allianz Group and a leading international real estate investment and asset manager. Allianz Real Estate develops and executes worldwide tailored portfolio and investment strategies on behalf of the Allianz companies, considering direct as well as indirect investments and real estate loans. The operational management of investments and assets is currently performed in six international subsidiaries and hubs in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, USA and Asia/Pacific. The headquarters of Allianz Real Estate are located in Munich and Paris. Allianz Real Estate has approximately €42 bn assets under management. Allianz Real Estate France is responsible for the Group’s real estate investments in France and Benelux and manages a € 7.6 bn portfolio of prime property assets.
Hannah Prideaux
Hannah Prideaux
Principal
Sustainable Future Ventures
James Power
James Power
Director of Digital & Technology
SEGRO
James Power
http://www.segro.com
http://www.segro.com
+44 (0)1753 537171
Slough | United Kingdom
SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, and is a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and industrial property. It owns or manages 8.8 million square metres of space (95 million square feet) valued at £15.3 billion serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in seven other European countries.
Katia Saenko
Katia Saenko
Senior Vice President, Data & Technology
Cadillac Fairview
Katia Saenko
http://www.cadillacfairview.com/
Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of offices, industrial and retail properties and mixed-use developments, with properties in North America, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
Kitty Rietveld - de Haan
Kitty Rietveld - de Haan
VP, Global Head of Digital & Technology
CBRE Investment Management
Kitty Rietveld - de Haan
https://www.cbreim.com/
Schiphol | Netherlands
CBRE GIP is an industry leader in the provision of global and regional customised indirect real estate investments solutions.
Manuel Niederhofer
Manuel Niederhofer
Aachener Grundvermögen-Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH
Matthias Bange
Matthias Bange
Strategy Director
LEG Management
Matthias Bange
https://ir.leg-se.com/en/investor-relations
Duesseldorf | Germany
LEG Immobilien AG operates as a property company along with its subsidiaries in the economically strong market in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Minh Q. Tran
Minh Q. Tran
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Proptech Capital
Minh Q. Tran
https://proptech.capital/
France
Proptech Capital is an investment platform managed by Mandalore Partners, an Asset Builder that provides emerging businesses with access to both equity and alternative finance investments. We support real estate and insurance corporate to de-risk strategic investments with VC-as-a-service platform and build-Up SPVs to accelerate scalability and to create business synergies through tech integrations and consolidations.
Naqash Tahir
Naqash Tahir
Director - Head of Systems - Europe
PGIM Real Estate
Naqash Tahir
http://www.pgimrealestate.com/re/index.shtml
London | United Kingdom
As one of the largest real estate managers in the world with $179.2 billion in gross assets under management and administration, PGIM Real Estate strives to deliver exceptional outcomes for investors and borrowers through a range of real estate equity and debt solutions across the risk-return spectrum. PGIM Real Estate is a business of PGIM, the $1.3 trillion global asset management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).
Nikolas Samios
Nikolas Samios
Co-founder & Managing Partner
PropTech1
Nikolas Samios
Olivier Sellès
Olivier Sellès
Head of Innovation
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Olivier Sellès
https://logement.bnpparibas.fr/fr
Issy-Les-Mauleneaux | France
European leader in the commercial real estate market We unravel the various market cycles and offer the most relevant analyses to respond to your needs. Based on more than 50 years of real estate expertise, we are present in 30 countries, mainly in Europe. Our daily mission is to anticipate economic, social and environmental changes to integrate the real estate of today into the city of the tomorrow.
Paul Finkbeiner
Paul Finkbeiner
Global Head of Real Estate
GWL Realty Advisors
Paul Finkbeiner
http://www.gwlrealtyadvisors.com
Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Incorporated in 1993, GWL Realty Advisors is a real estate company focused on growth, committed to sustainability, and dedicated to delivering strong, long-term returns for its clients. To do this, we look for opportunities, at home and abroad, to expand our portfolio, initiate rewarding partnerships and establish new investment platforms for our clients. We act as trusted stewards of our clients’ assets and the places where our tenants work and our residents live.
Robbert Heekelaar
Robbert Heekelaar
VP, IT Architecture & Emerging Technologies
Prologis
Robbert Heekelaar
http://www.prologis.com
Schiphol | Netherlands
Prologis, is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets, with a portfolio of 73M sqm, in 19 countries and apprx. 5,100 customers.
Roelof Opperman
Roelof Opperman
Partner, Co-Head of Europe
Fifth Wall Ventures
Roelof Opperman
https://fifthwall.vc/
https://fifthwall.vc/
+1 617 834 8807
Los Angeles | CA | USA
Fifth Wall is the largest venture capital firm focused on technologies for the global real estate industry (property technology or "proptech"). With $1 billion capital under management across three funds, Fifth Wall connects the world's largest owners and operators of real estate with the technology entrepreneurs who are redefining the future of the physical environment. Fifth Wall is backed by a global mix of strategic limited partners (LPs), including British Land, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, D.R. Horton, Equity Residential, Gecina, GLP, Hines, Host Hotels & Resorts, Hudson Pacific Properties, Lennar, Lowe's Home Improvement, Macerich, Marriott International, MERLIN Properties, MetLife Investment Management, Mitsubishi Estate, News Corp, Prologis, PulteGroup, SEGRO, Starwood Capital, Related Companies, Toll Brothers, and others.
Ross Hodges
Ross Hodges
Global Innovation Hub - Head of EMEA
Cushman & Wakefield - UK
Sara Shank
Sara Shank
Managing Director, Global Head of Innovation
PGIM Real Estate - USA
Sara Shank
https://www.pgim.com/
https://www.pgim.com/
+1 212 778 1000
New York | NY | USA
PGIM is one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world with $175.9 billion in combined gross assets under management and administration across its PGIM Real Estate and PGIM Real Estate Finance businesses.
Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker
Deputy Head of Asset Management (UK), Real Estate Technology Lead
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Stephen Walker
http://www.aberdeen-asset.com
Edinburgh | United Kingdom
Aberdeen Standard Investments is dedicated to helping investors around the world reach their desired investment goals and broaden their financial horizons. Overall, we manage £455.6bn (€501.2bn/$562.9bn)* on behalf of clients in 80 countries. In managing these assets, we employ over 1,000 investment professionals and provide client support from over 40 client relationship offices globally.
Thano Lambrinos
Thano Lambrinos
Senior Vice President - Digital Buildings, Experiences & Innovation
QuadReal Property Group
Thano Lambrinos
http://www.quadreal.com
Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada
Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, QuadReal Property Group is a global real estate investment, operating and development company. QuadReal manages the real estate and mortgage programs of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), one of Canada’s largest asset managers with a $153.4 billion portfolio. QuadReal manages a $37.6 billion portfolio spanning 23 Global Cities across 17 countries. The company seeks to deliver strong investment returns.
Vaughn Weatherdon
Vaughn Weatherdon
MD & Head of Real Estate
Qinvest
Vaughn Weatherdon
http://www.qinvest.com
Doha | Qatar
QINVEST is Qatar’s leading investment group and, with operations across the Middle East, Africa and Europe, is one of the most prominent Islamic financing institutions in the world. QINVEST has built world class investment and advisory capabilities, with the highest standards of governance and transparency underpinning its client-focused approach.
Wiktor Karol Waligora
Wiktor Karol Waligora
Partner & Co-Founder
Realty Corporation
Wiktor Karol Waligora
https://www.realtycorp.co.uk/
London | United Kingdom
One of the fastest-growing investors, managers and advisers in real estate and Proptech in Europe, UK and US. Partners with leading institutional investors to deploy capital in growth and transitional assets, where dislocated markets offer the opportunity to acquire properties at compelling prices.
Ben Grippi
Ben Grippi
Senior Director, Head of Strategic Real Estate TechnologyThe RMR Group
USA
Real estate innovation thought leader. Seasoned investment professional with deep portfolio management, FinTech & PropTech experience across a wide variety of asset classes including Real Estate, Public & Private Fixed Income, Derivatives and Equity. Decisive leader who has managed global implementations impacting asset management, trade execution, asset & liability management and regulatory infrastructure enhancements.
Cesar Jeri
Cesar Jeri
Head of Innovation & TechnologyVerizon
United Kingdom
Real Estate Technology thought leader, focusing on the Future or Work. As the global head of Real Estate Innovation and Workplace Technology, Cesar is responsible for identifying, designing and scaling real estate technologies across Verizon’s property portfolio, which extends to over 100m sqft of real estate in 6,000 buildings worldwide; providing solutions across the RE lifecycle - strategy, design & construction, building operations, employee experience and ESG. The solutions range from IoT sensors and mobile apps to collaboration via mixed reality environments.
Chris Zissis
Chris Zissis
CTO - Global Head of TechnologyNuveen Real Estate
United Kingdom
Chris brings more than 20 years of technology, data & digital transformation experience in various industries around the globe. He has held a number of leadership roles that have put him at the forefront of many fintech and proptech transformations. Chris is passionate about technology products and solutions. He's driven by: • Providing business first digital and data solutions. • Ensuring all stakeholders are brought on the journey to drive adoption and innovation. • Buildings and integrating future proof solutions across products and services that scale globally. • Developing and growing high-capability teams.
Courtney Cooper
Courtney Cooper
PrincipalAlate Partners
Canada
Courtney is a principal at Alate Partners, where she helps identify and scale promising real estate technology companies, provides market analysis and due diligence, and manages relationships with industry partners. She has spent nearly 10 years in real estate technology and operations. Prior to Alate, she led innovation and business transformation initiatives at Dream and Great-West Life. Courtney is a board observer at Arrive, Lane, Branch, and Eden as well as the co-founder of the Proptech Collective. Courtney takes a human-centred approach, developed through her graduate studies in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialty in Operations from Georgetown University
Dean Hopkins
Dean Hopkins
Executive Vice President & Chief Operations OfficerOxford Properties Group
Canada
Dean Hopkins is the Executive VP and Chief Operations Officer of Oxford Properties, a leading real estate investor, developer and manager. His role is to help design and enable the RE company of the future by evolving a wide variety of capabilities, systems, processes, and information necessary to support a rapidly growing, global platform. Prior to Oxford, he was the CEO of a scale-up hub established to help entrepreneurial technology companies through periods of substantial growth. Before that he spent a decade advising a leading multi-national media conglomerate on global transformation, and a decade founding and growing a pioneer in internet strategies. He began his career as a business analyst at a leading global management consultancy
François Lacoursière
François Lacoursière
Senior Vice President, InnovationIvanhoé Cambridge
Canada
As Senior Vice President, Innovation at Ivanhoé Cambridge, François is responsible for optimizing and bringing forward the various innovation activities, while leading collaborative efforts involving teams transversely. Recognized as an entrepreneur, a seasoned strategist and an agent of change within the corporate cultures, François Lacoursière has put his creative mind to profit for more than 25 years. Formerly a Senior Partner at Sid Lee, a world-class agency based in Montreal, François orchestrated numerous brand transformations for as many industries, geographies and disciplines.
Gregory Dewerpe
Gregory Dewerpe
FounderA/O PropTech
United Kingdom
Gregory is the Founder of A/O Proptech where he focuses on sourcing, investments and roll-outs. He is seasoned real estate and technology investor with over 15 years of experience, a deep understanding of market dynamics & eco-systems and multi-billion deal-making history. Gregory started his career in I-Banking, where he spent 9 years at Credit Suisse and Citigroup, looking after sourcing, structuring, financing of new investments (in both public and private markets) for sovereign and semi-sovereign institutions globally, with over $30bn of transactions, executed. Gregory is a Swiss national, fluent in English, French and Italian; he attended HEC Lausanne University, London School of Economics (Masters), and Harvard Business School.
Grigor Hadjiev
Grigor Hadjiev
Head of Product & Development West Europe / Directeur Maitrise d'Ouvrage ESG et InnovationAllianz Real Estate France
France
Hannah Prideaux
Hannah Prideaux
PrincipalSustainable Future Ventures
United Kingdom
Currently responsible for fund operations, managing deal flow, transactions and supporting portfolio companies. Hannah brings 13+ years of real estate advisory, transactional, start-up and operational experience. She is focused on supporting PropTech companies in Europe and frequently presents on panels to discuss Technology and RE. She is a Chartered Surveyor by trade and specialised in commercial valuations at Savills, before joining PwC, where she advised on debt portfolio transactions and RE corporate finance. In 2017, she moved into PropTech and joined a B2B2C resi platform, working with operations & product, before joining a tenant engagement platform. There, she created the business development team, before moving into VC.
James Power
James Power
Director of Digital & TechnologySEGRO
United Kingdom
James is the Director of Digital & Technology at SEGRO plc, the FTSE100 pan-European developer and owner of industrial and logistics property, with over £15 billion of AUM. James joined SEGRO in 2010 and has held several senior roles, most recently leading SEGRO’s digital and technology innovation since 2018. Prior to SEGRO, James held a series of senior positions at American Express, and before that at Deloitte Consulting, Coca-Cola Schweppes and Xerox. James has over 25 years’ experience in real estate, business and financial services in strategy formulation and execution. James is a member of various industry committees and advisory panels, with a focus on technology, innovation, and increasingly their application to sustainability.
Katia Saenko
Katia Saenko
Senior Vice President, Data & TechnologyCadillac Fairview
Canada
Katia works across the company to develop and implement strategic data, digitization, and technology capabilities. These efforts will further advance CF's digital innovation strategy to enable our business growth. In her previous role, Katia was Vice President, Information Technology at a large Canadian retailer. Her broader experience includes leading global ERP implementations, developing loyalty systems, and deploying digital marketing and payment capabilities. Katia also holds an MBA in International Finance from Moscow University.
Kitty Rietveld - de Haan
Kitty Rietveld - de Haan
VP, Global Head of Digital & TechnologyCBRE Investment Management
Netherlands
Manuel Niederhofer
Manuel Niederhofer
Aachener Grundvermögen-Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH
Germany
Matthias Bange
Matthias Bange
Strategy DirectorLEG Management
Germany
Minh Q. Tran
Minh Q. Tran
Managing Partner and Co-FounderProptech Capital
Luxembourg
Minh Q. Tran is an investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of investing experience. Currently, he is the Founder of Insurtech Capital and Co-Founder of Proptech Capital. As an investor, he brings his unique international expertise and passion for entrepreneurship at the service of funding great startups. Minh lived in Asia, New York, Finland and Paris, and worked for several prestigious VC funds (Bertelsmann Ventures, Nokia Ventures, Truffle Capital) where he led successful investments in tech, media and mobile ventures worldwide. He now sits on the board of several tech companies and focuses on InsurTech mainly. Minh is an MBA graduate from INSEAD.
Naqash Tahir
Naqash Tahir
Director - Head of Systems - EuropePGIM Real Estate
United Kingdom
Nikolas Samios
Nikolas Samios
Co-founder & Managing PartnerPropTech1
Germany
Nikolas Samios is the Managing Partner of PropTech1 Ventures, the independent venture capital platform for PropTech & ConstructionTech in Europe, bringing together leading real estate companies and entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs from the digital sector, and venture capital experts. In this role as well as his previous entrepreneurial activities, e.g. as Managing Partner of the VC family office COOPERATIVA and as Managing Director of Brandenburg Ventures, the VC vehicle of MP3 inventor Karlheinz Brandenburg, he has participated in more than 100 transactions on both sides of the table. He is the PropTech Representative for the ZIA German Property Federation, Head of the "ESG" working group of the German Startups Association.
Olivier Sellès
Olivier Sellès
Head of InnovationBNP Paribas Real Estate
France
Paul Finkbeiner
Paul Finkbeiner
Global Head of Real EstateGWL Realty Advisors
Canada
Paul oversees a global real estate platform that totals $28 billion in assets under management, in Canada, the U.S., U.K. and Ireland. He works closely with these four regional offices to expand Great-West LIFECO’s real estate business by attracting third-party investors and continuing to grow our existing client base. Previously, Paul was President of GWL Realty Advisors for 18 years. Under his leadership, Paul grew the company’s real estate portfolio from $800 million in Canada to $17 billion in Canada and the U.S. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the real estate Industry. He holds a Bachelor and a Master of Applied Science degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University.
Robbert Heekelaar
Robbert Heekelaar
VP, IT Architecture & Emerging TechnologiesPrologis
Netherlands
Robbert is the vice president of Architecture & Emerging technologies at Prologis, he has over 16 years of experience in IT, Innovation, Strategy, Business development, Management, Finance and Consultancy, his focus is currently on Innovation, having setup Prologis Labs and performing experiments with and without Prologis' customers. Working in a Global team, testing, experimenting, learning, creating added value for the organization. In previous roles he focused on strategy setting and management. Main challenge was embedding the new IT strategy into our Global IT department, closing the ever-existing GAP between business and IT.
Roelof Opperman
Roelof Opperman
Partner, Co-Head of EuropeFifth Wall Ventures
United Kingdom
Roelof Opperman is a Managing Director on the Real Estate Technology Investment team at Fifth Wall, where he focuses on technology and innovations within the multifamily, office, and hospitality real estate asset classes. Roelof has led Fifth Wall’s investments in Lyric, Eden, Appear Here, Hippo, Industrious, Loggi, Recharge, Lime, and Aurora Solar. Previously, Roelof worked at Norwest Venture Partners, Evercore Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Bridgewater Associates. Roelof is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Emory University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ross Hodges
Ross Hodges
Global Innovation Hub - Head of EMEACushman & Wakefield - UK
United Kingdom
Ross has experienced the emerging technology solutions industry with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial real estate industry. He has an extensive knowledge of the PropTech industry having worked in it for more than 10 years. He has demonstrated through the successful delivery of multiple projects to have an understanding of business challenges and opportunities, and how this aligns to market options. Has a strong Business Analysis and Project Management background with a technical focus. IT professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Computing with Business Management from Greenwich University.
Sara Shank
Sara Shank
Managing Director, Global Head of InnovationPGIM Real Estate - USA
USA
Sara Shank is a managing director at PGIM Real Estate and global head of Innovation. Based in New York, Sara is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions and data strategies across investment, asset management, operations and client servicing. This includes leading the change management of process, systems, and culture. Sara oversees the Systems organization working in close coordination with all investment and function areas.
Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker
Deputy Head of Asset Management (UK), Real Estate Technology LeadAberdeen Standard Investments
United Kingdom
Deputy Head of Asset Management (UK), Real Estate Technology Lead, leading a team of 30 asset managers with responsibility for cross-sector assets on a UK wide basis. Stephen has carried out Fund and Asset Management positions at Aberdeen Standard Investments and has wide-ranging investment and strategic asset management experience gained in both private practice and client side positions. Stephen is Chair of ASI’s Global Proptech team and drives policy in relation to Flexible Office provision. He is also a member of the Property Investment Committee (EMEA) considering transactions and projects across the UK.
Thano Lambrinos
Thano Lambrinos
Senior Vice President - Digital Buildings, Experiences & InnovationQuadReal Property Group
Canada
Thano Lambrinos has over 15 years of experience in the construction and building technologies space, and leverages digital transformation learnings across vertical markets to drive innovation and change in commercial real estate. At QuadReal, Thano works to deploy advanced technologies that redefine the way buildings are designed, built, managed, and how the occupants experience their environments. As Senior Vice President, he leads the Digital Buildings, Customer Experience & Innovation teams, and is focused on the development and execution of the digital strategy across a global real estate portfolio.
Vaughn Weatherdon
Vaughn Weatherdon
MD & Head of Real EstateQinvest
Qatar
Vaughn Weatherdon is the Head of Real Estate Investment & Advisory at QInvest, he also leads the Real Estate team in developing proprietary investment products that are designed to capture market trends. Vaughn has over 18 years of experience across real estate investing, financing, and advisory in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. He was previously based in Saudi Arabia as a Senior Manager within Samba Capital’s Real Estate division. Prior to this, he worked at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) in the US, as part of its real estate capital markets group.
Wiktor Karol Waligora
Wiktor Karol Waligora
Partner & Co-FounderRealty Corporation
United Kingdom
Wiktor leads Realty’s investment activities in both RE and PropTech. He oversees JVs partnerships across Europe. Recent transactions include the acquisition of a residential scheme in London, a PBSA asset in Cracow, and several distressed debt acquisitions in the UK. In Proptech, his recent investments include a stake in PiLabs, Europe’s leading Proptech VC fund, as well as direct investments in VenueX, a directories business partnered with Apple and Google, and Houst, a third party management platform. Prior to Realty, Wiktor worked at a captive asset manager for Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunity funds as well as for Blackstone’s retail investment platform. Graduated from IE Business School in Madrid and USC MSoB in LA.

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Renata Franceschini
Director, Global Committee Production
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Caroline Zurakowski
Head of Global Committees, Director RE APACGRI Club
Caroline Zurakowski (祖拉) is a Director, Real Estate - Asia Pacific based in Shanghai, China. Caroline has extensive, cutting-edge understanding of the technologies and best practices that drive today's businesses in China. She holds a BA in International Relations, a Master in Science and Security from King's College London and a Business Administration and Management course at JiaoTong University. She has been working in Innovation Consulting in China since 2019, hosting over 500 Investors and C-Level Executives from +200 different organizations. Now she is responsible for the GRI expansion across Asia-Pacific region.
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Ludwig Menke
Production Manager, Real Estate Southern Europe, Global Tech & InnovationGRI Club
International Relations and Affairs Analyst and Economist at Faculdades de Campinas (FACAMP). Study abroad in France and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA Program) at ICN Business School. Currently, Production Manager, Real Estate Southern Europe, Global Tech & Innovation at GRI Club. I'm an experienced conference/event producer with +4 years of experience in the real estate industry, producing local and global private gatherings for leading real estate players and companies. Responsible for the whole cycle of production activities, including project management, market research, program and business development, for online and face-to-face meetings. Brief work with commercial team and customer relationship.
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Director, Global Committee ProductionGRI Club
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