Young Leaders Forum

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 08:00 AM – 10:30 PM Young Leaders

The Young Leaders Forum is a unique event that brings together over 80 real estate professionals under the age of 35 from across Europe.

The forum gives participants the opportunity to share insights on various topics including the economy, cities, real estate finance, sustainability and the status/outlook of European and global markets.

The full-day event (see below) includes a morning site tour of Coal Drops Yard and a series of sessions with high-profile speakers followed by interactive panel discussions and group workshops.

The Young Leaders Forum is kindly supported by our sponsors, AXA Investment Managers and Colliers International.

Colliers International

SessionProgrammeVenue
08.30 - 11.00
Site Tour: Coal Drops Yard
Coal Drops Yard is a new shopping district in the heart of the King’s Cross development. Launched in October 2018, after 7 years of design, planning, leasing, construction, and fit out. Once a collection of railway sheds used for the storage and distribution of coal to power Victorian London, it fell into disuse and was home to some of the biggest raves in of the 90s. It has been reimagined by Heatherwick Studios, with the addition of an iconic new third level connecting across two buildings to unify the scheme.


The team took care sensitively juxtapose these bold new additions with a sensitive and methodical restoration of the buildings’ historic features. Argent set out to create a unique destination focused on fashion, craft and culture, with support from agents Nash Bond, Cushman & Wakefield and Hannover Green. This new destination of 60 shops, restaurants and galleries is expected to draw 13 million visitors to King’s Cross annually.


This ULI event, organised in collaboration with Argent, will offer the opportunity to hear about the vision and development of Coal Drops Yard from the project leads at Argent and Heatherwick Studios, included a guided tour of the recently opened retail spaces and public realm.


08.30 - Registration, coffee and tea
09.00 - Panel discussion, moderated by Frédérique Jungman, Argent:
- Anna Strongman, Argent
- Tamsin Green, Heatherwick Studios
- Craig White, Argent
10.00 - Tour of Coal Drops Yard
Meet at Argent Office, King's Cross
11.00 - 11.30
Return to hotel
Royal Lancaster Hotel,
Beech Suites
11.30 - 11.45
Welcome and YL Europe Update
Hala El Akl, Chair, ULI Europe YL Group
11.45 - 13.00
Capital Markets Session Europe Market Overview: Where is the money going? Where is the money coming from?
What questions are investors trying to grapple with in various European cities and how can they learn from each other's experience?
Speakers to be confirmed soon
13.00 - 14.00
Lunch & Learn
14.00 - 15.30
Data and the City: Governing the metropolis - need for a digital upgrade?
Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer, Innovation | Digital Transformation, City of Amsterdam
Euan Mills, Urban Futures Team Lead, Future Cities Catapult
More speakers to be confirmed soon
15.30 - 16.15
Careers Session, a conversation with:
Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Offices, Lendlease
Lars Huber, CEO, European Region, Hines
James Seppala, Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and the Head of Real Estate Europe, Blackstone
16.15 - 16.45
Coffee Break
16.45 - 18.00
ENID, Innovation Showcase: Come hear from the creative minds shaping the future of the built environment (Young innovative entrepreneurs present their ideas. 10 min each.)

Housing: Anil Khera, Founder & CEO, Node
PPP: Candida Gertler OBE, Co-Founder, Director, Trustee and Outset Director, Studiomakers Initiative
Neuroscience and the Built Environment: Josh Artus, Director & Co-Founder, Centric Lab; Honorary Research Associate, UCL Experimental Psychology
Circular Economy: May Al-Karooni, CEO, Globechain
18.00 - 19.30
Free Time
19.30 - 22.30
Conference Reception and Dinner
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD