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GRI Global Committee: Technology & Innovation Chapter

GLOBAL COMMITTEE SPONSOR

Metrikus
THE CONCEPT
   
GLOBAL 
COMMITTEES

GRI Club's Global Committees set the professional standard for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing in order to identify new trends, capitalise on growth opportunities and aid deal flow discovery worldwide.

Curated purely by members, spanning 80+ countries, and across all asset classes, this global committee meets once per month via video calling to share the current sentiment, investment appetite and debate where the market is going.

The eMeetings will take place every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 15:00 London time.

 

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

Alex Edds
Alex Edds
Director of Innovation
JLL
Alex Edds
http://www.jll.co.uk
http://www.jll.co.uk
+44 (0) 20 7493 4933
London | United Kingdom
We’re a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities.
Alexander Piur
Alexander Piur
Head of Innovation and Sustainability
ING Bank
Alexander Piur
http://www.ingcb.com/
http://www.ingcb.com/
+49 69 759 360
Frankfurt am Main | Germany
Global Bank with Real Estate Lending platforms in Europe, US, Asia and Australia
Audrey Klein
Audrey Klein
Non Executive Director, ESG Committee Chair
Planet Smart City
Audrey Klein
http://www.planetsmartcity.com/en/who-we-are/
London | United Kingdom
 We pioneer new standards for affordable housing worldwide.
Ben Grippi
Ben Grippi
Associate Director
MetLife Investments
Ben Grippi
https://www.metlife.com
Whippany | NJ | USA
MetLife Investment Management is a investor with more than $588 billion in total assets under management, we are one of the largest institutional investment managers in the world.
Cesar Jeri
Cesar Jeri
Head of Innovation & Technology
Verizon - UK
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.threalestate.com/
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.
Craig O'Donnell
Craig O'Donnell
Group Innovation Director
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Grosvenor Fund Man
Craig O'Donnell
http://www.grosvenor.com
http://www.grosvenor.com
+44 20 7408-0988
London | United Kingdom
We are a privately-owned international property company. With a track record of over 340 years, we develop, manage and invest with a purpose of improving property and places to deliver lasting commercial and social benefit. We achieve our purpose by adopting a farsighted approach, being locally engaged and sharing and benefitting from our international experience – we call this our Living Cities approach.
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.
James Whalen
James Whalen
SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer
Boston Properties
James Whalen
http://www.bostonproperties.com/
Boston | MA | USA
Boston Properties, Inc. is the largest publicly-held developer and owner of Class A office properties in the United States, concentrated in five markets - Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. The Company is a fully integrated real estate company, organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), that develops, manages, operates, acquires and owns a diverse portfolio of primarily Class A office space.
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
Global Head of Digital & Technology
CBRE Global Investors
Kitty Rietveld - de Haan
http://www.cbreglobalinvestors.com/
Schiphol | Netherlands
CBRE GIP is an industry leader in the provision of global and regional customised indirect real estate investments solutions.
Michael Grant
Michael Grant
Chief Operations Officer
Metrikus
Michael Grant
http://metrikus.io
London | London, City of | United Kingdom
Metrikus gathers information from building systems and other sensors to help our customers understand their buildings. We work alongside industry experts to bring you the best solutions with the most meaningful output. It is our mission to digitise the entire built environment leading to more productive, safer and healthier places to work.
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.
Perttu Rönkkö
Perttu Rönkkö
Director, Head of Innovation and Technology
NREP
Perttu Rönkkö
https://nrep.com/
https://nrep.com/
+358 9 674 410
Stockholm | Sweden
NREP is a vertically integrated real estate product innovator, developer, investor, and operator that seeks to make real estate better.
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.
Simon Lee
Simon Lee
Head of Information Systems - Europe
Cromwell Property Group
Simon Lee
https://www.cromwellpropertygroup.co.uk/
London | United Kingdom
Cromwell is a global investment manager that owns, manages and invests in commercial real estate. Operating in the UK since the 1960s, the business manages approximately €193 million of assets with 144 tenants. With a strong local team on the ground in London, Leeds, Edinburgh and Scarborough, we offer investors a competitive advantage in asset management, tenant relations and the repositioning of assets, as well as funds management and structuring.
Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker
Head of UK Business Space
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.
Volker Buscher
Volker Buscher
Chief Data Officer
ARUP
Volker Buscher
http://www.arup.com
http://www.arup.com
+44 (0) 20 7636 1531
London | United Kingdom
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. We are truly global. We have worked in more than 145 countries serving more than 7,000 clients. Our 16,000+ planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world.
William Lee
William Lee
Senior Director - Head of Master Planning
Gilead Sciences, Inc - HQ
Alex Edds
Alex Edds
Director of InnovationJLL
United Kingdom
Alexander Piur
Alexander Piur
Head of Innovation and SustainabilityING Bank
Germany
Alexander Piur is responsible for Sustainability and Innovation for the global Real Estate Finance activities of ING Wholesale Banking, with local presence in APAC, EMEA and US. He has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate financing markets in Germany and Europa. Prior joining ING, he worked for several banks in Munich. Alexander is a member of IMMOEBS, has a degree as Immobilienökonom from the International Real Estate Business School in Regensburg and holds a B.Sc. in Finance and Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
Audrey Klein
Audrey Klein
Non Executive Director, ESG Committee ChairPlanet Smart City
United Kingdom
Audrey Klein has held Head of Fundraising roles at several firms but is best known for starting the European business out of London for the Park Hill Real Estate Group, a Division of Blackstone, which she ran for 9 yrs. Prior to joining Park Hill, she ran her own business for 5 yrs marketing alternative asset funds across all asset classes including private equity, real estate and hedge funds to European investors comprised of pension funds, banks, family offices and high net worth individuals. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of business where she received an MBA, and is also a graduate of Emory University with a degree in Economics. She serves as the ESG Chair for a real estate company called SFO Capital and
Ben Grippi
Ben Grippi
Associate DirectorMetLife Investments
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 - UK
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.
Craig O'Donnell
Craig O'Donnell
Group Innovation DirectorGrosvenor Britain & Ireland and Grosvenor Fund Man
United Kingdom
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.
James Whalen
James Whalen
SVP, Chief Information & Technology OfficerBoston Properties
USA
James Whalen serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Technology Officer for Boston Properties where he is responsible for the direction and implementation of technology, applications and security. Prior to joining the Company in March 1998, he served as Vice President, Information Systems of Beacon Properties. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a recipient of the New York City Urban Fellowship. Mr. Whalen is a current trustee and past President of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and serves on the Realcomm Advisory Council, TechHire Boston and Boston Private Industry Council.
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
Global Head of Digital & TechnologyCBRE Global Investors
Netherlands
Michael Grant
Michael Grant
Chief Operations OfficerMetrikus
United Kingdom
Michael is COO of Metrikus. He is an operations, strategy and management professional with extensive experience in designing, implementing and managing LEAN operations, working with teams to deliver high value operations and services. Michael has a deep operational and technical background, obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Victoria University of Technology. In his roles Michael has dealt with large teams to deliver solutions with exceptional service - clients include those from banking, commercial real estate and IT sectors.
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.
Perttu Rönkkö
Perttu Rönkkö
Director, Head of Innovation and TechnologyNREP
Finland
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.
Simon Lee
Simon Lee
Head of Information Systems - EuropeCromwell Property Group
United Kingdom
Simon is an established professional in the real estate industry. He has over 20 years of experience working and implementing a broad range of solutions in industry to solve challenging business obstacles. Simon currently holds a senior position at Cromwell Property Group and is leading the organisation's digital transformation strategy across its European operations. The primary technology focus areas are Microsoft Office 365 migration, AWS cloud first strategy, vendor management, business intelligence, data governance, portfolio modelling, RPA, AI and ML.
Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker
Head of UK Business SpaceAberdeen Standard Investments
United Kingdom
Head of UK Business Space Portfolio Management, 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.
Volker Buscher
Volker Buscher
Chief Data OfficerARUP
United Kingdom
As Arup's Chief Data Officer, I'm responsible for developing the data solutions to support Arup wide automation, services and products. My work includes: Identifying technology trends that have a disruptive impact on the built environment, our core markets and Arup’s strategy; Developing data driven insight and design to create value for our clients, Arup and our ecosystem of partners; Engaging with partners to improve through open innovation capabilities; and Making a contribution to our work with UN Sustainable Development Goals and climate change. Prior to Arup, I worked as a Project Director for public and private sector clients across the world.
William Lee
William Lee
Senior Director - Head of Master PlanningGilead Sciences, Inc - HQ
USA
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Richard Wells
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Talita Rodrigues
Conference Producer
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Leonardo Faria
Leonardo
Leonardo Faria
DirectorGRI Club
An enthusiast of the real estate market, I've been working in the sector since 2016. From 2018 to 2020, I served as director of Smartus, a company focused on conferences and content production for the brazilian real estate decision-makers. Graduated in International Relations from Facamp.
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Global Head of ProptechGRI Club
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