Young Leaders Forum

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 08:30 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, Colliers International and Hines.


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; Director, PLP Architecture
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?

Moderator: Simone Pozzato MRICS, Director, Investment Management, Hines

François Trausch
, Chairman of the Management Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Real Estate
Sophie van Oosterom, CEO and CIO – EMEA, CBRE Global Investors
Stéphane Jalbert, Managing Director, Real Estate Investments, PSP Investments
13.00 - 14.00
Lunch & Learn
14.00 - 15.30
Data and the City: Governing the metropolis - need for a digital upgrade?

Moderator: Mariya Tsvetkova, Investment Associate, Fore Partnership

Ger Baron
, Chief Technology Officer, Innovation | Digital Transformation, City of Amsterdam
Dr. Stephen Lorimer, Smart City Policy and Delivery Officer, Greater London Authority
Euan Mills, Urban Futures Team Lead, Future Cities Catapult
Leslie Woo, Chief Planning and Development Officer at Metrolinx
15.30 - 16.15
Careers Session, a conversation with:
Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Offices, Lendlease
Lars Huber, CEO, European Region, Hines
Farhad Karim, Senior Managing Director, Global General Counsel of Real Estate and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Europe, The Blackstone Group LP

Moderators: Hala El Akl, Chair, ULI Europe YL Group; Director, PLP Architecture
Alexandra Jezeph, Associate Director - Capital Markets, JLL
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
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
Paul Kirby, Co-Founder and CEO, Zinc
Gameli Ladzekpo, Founder, Zinc VC’s 2nd Mission

Moderator: Patricia Bandeira Vieira, Director, Capital Markets, Hines
18.00 - 19.30
Free Time
19.30 - 22.30
Conference Reception and Dinner
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD

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