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Chairman, Leggiero Real Estate
Leggiero is a first-generation entrepreneur. His creativity and mentality as startupper have allowed him over the past 20 years to successfully establish and sell more companies in different industries, thus creating the financial basis for investing in real estate.
His obsession are the historic buildings, which are often empty and that he tries to buy to give them a new light and a new function, adapting them to modern living. Salvatore believes that Italy, already famous for being the country where there are the most beautiful things in the world, is also the country where there are the most beautiful buildings on the planet.
So, renewed and transformed into offices, shops or hotels, these properties will be income generators for their owners and for the surrounding community, for many years.
Salvatore Leggiero was born in Naples, grew up in Florence and lives between Milan and London.
Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, Duff & Phelps Real Estate Advisory Group (REAG)
In addition to supervising the main service lines (Advisory, R4loans, Professional Services, Transaction Advisory and Debt Advisory Services), she also coordinates business operations in Italy.
Previously, as European Coordinating Manager, she was responsible for supervising pan-European projects and cross-border projects with USA.
Paola is a lecturer (Master in Real Estate Property Management) at the University of Milan and Turin.
She is also a Member of the Italian Professional Association of Architects since 2000 and Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 2005. She has been a Member of RICS Italian Board from 2006 up to 2013 and is now Member of the RICS International Virtual Valuation Network. In 2006 she helped to found AREL (Real Estate Ladies Italian Association).
Project Manager, HBA Dubai
17 years of experience of working in large scale complex integrated, high end leisure resorts projects and private villas. Excellent attention to detail and ability to successfully manage the many facets of the project. He has extensive experience on drawing production packages, project timings, budget, records and drawing protocols. Reviewing drawing packages with designers, FF&E designers and Cad operators. Working alongside Detailer and assisting with design and construction detailing. He is keen in understanding structural, MEP engineering principles as well as architecture & building fit‐out. Andrea is also involved in conceptual design, design development, documentation, coordination and ensuring high standards and protocols are applied. He has an excellent coordination with the Client, Consultant, Contractor and Supplier. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture at “Milan Polytechnic” in Milan, Italy in 1999.
Senior Director Southern Europe, HVS Global
Ezio has more than 20 years experience in Hospitality, Real Estate, and Leisure Real Estate markets in Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, and South Africa. Before joining HVS, Ezio was Head of Southern Europe at Northcourse Advisory Services (Madrid), the hospitality and real estate consulting arm of Wyndham Worldwide, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. He was also Head of Expansion & International Development at Compañia de Las Islas Occidentales (Canary Islands) and Director – Head of Real Estate and Hospitality at Ernst & Young Financial Business Advisors (Milan).
He started his career with Investment & Tourism Consulting Associated with exposure to European and Latin America markets and REVA – Real Estate Value Advisors – a boutique firm focused on real estate and financial advisory. He is a native of Italy, graduate in Economics and Business Administration, Master in Tourism Economics at Bocconi University. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English
Founder, Strategie Digitali s.r.l
Claudio is an Architect specialized in BIM and Computational Design. He is the founder of Strategie Digitali srl a Computational BIM and Project Management consulting firm based in Milan, Italy. During his last 10 years of experience, he has had the opportunity to work in different BIM roles in different world areas: from BIM researcher, BIM consultant, BIM manager and BIM Entrepreneur. This exposure has given him a deep understanding of the BIM process for architectural offices. Nowadays he spends most of his time helping companies improving efficiency and effectiveness in building design. He participates actively in the BIM national and international debate, taking part in BIM-related events and conferences, participating in university research groups, and giving his consultancy to governance projects.
Co-Founder & Chairman of TIN Hotels International
In joint venture partnership with luxury operator General Hotel Management (GHM), Dr. van de Bunt co-founded the new lifestyle brand ‘TIN Hotels’, which is born out of a strong desire to reach out to the growing middle class segment and providing guests with an unrivalled and authentic lifestyle experience at a more favorable price point. A place for everybody with as passion for quality, design, culture, and the unconventional.
Before launching Tin Hotels, Peter van de Bunt founded Dubai-based hotel investment advisory firm Van de Bunt Partners in 2006 when he was appointed by a leading regional real estate investment company to develop a hotel portfolio in the MENA region. Dr. van de Bunt holds a doctorate degree in real estate economics and has 20 years global experience in real estate development, consulting and hotel investment. He has given advice on hotel projects and transactions in excess of USD 3.1 billion.
Principal & Creative Director, Living Design
A long and illustrious career with over 30 years of experience, and numerous prestigious projects in his portfolio, resulting in more than 275 plus projects, the majority being 5 stars hotels, Tarek Hegazy joined Living Design in 1999 and has since then gradually risen to become the Principal and Creative Director of the company since 2006.
His company, Living Design, a Swedish based International Interior Design firm established in 1984 is considered by its peers to be one of the leading interior design and turn key suppliers in Europe and Scandinavia with more than 280 hotel projects successfully completed to-date. Living Design has earned over 120 awards for their hotels and is considered a top ranked interior design firm within the hospitality, high end residential and commercial projects.
During his time at the helm of Living Design, the company has grown to be a leading design player within its field. This all encompassing role has given him the impetus to develop a much stronger work and cooperation ethic with all key players involved within this industry. From clients, banks, investors and operators, he continuously assists them in their comfort and ease of use with the facilities he creates, and of course, with his own team of professionals. Living Design has achieved a large number of projects in all 4 continents, and for some of the most prestigious hotel brands across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the US.
Prior to Living Design, he served as a Senior Designer with the Ruler’s Office in Dubai contributing to some of the early major Hotel development in Dubai such as Dusit Hotel, the Emirates Towers, Burj Al Arab. Mr. Hegazy has also served at various major companies in his carrier all of them from the top 100 in the Design.
Living Design is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with another office in Geneva, Switzerland taking care of private clients for the high end residential market.
Mr. Hegazy is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as a member of the Swedish Architect association, and the Egyptian syndicate of Engineers and the reputable IIDA
Mr. Hegazy has lectured and continue to lecture about design and Interior Design to prestigious bodies including the American Institute of Architects, the Chinese Institute of Architects and several governmental bodies across the globe in addition to design conferences and is considered as one of the top executives in the Hospitality business. He has won numerous awards in Design and his work has been featured regularly in worldwide publications
Head of Hotel Real Estate at Bayview Italy (BVI)
BVI is an asset management and special servicing company focused on secured NPLs and UTPs. It currently manages over Euro 3.6 billion GBV in 7 different portfolios on behalf of Bayview Global Opportunities Fund. Bayview Italia is owned by Bayview Asset Management (BAM), an investment management firm focused on investments in mortgage credit. As part of the real estate team, Leonardo is responsible for the hotel investment activities.
Leonardo has joined BVI from Marriott International where he oversaw the company’s development activities in Italy and the Balkans. He has previously worked for Pierre & Vacances, the Orco Property Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Meininger hotel group. He also worked for Hilton, first in feasibility, based in the U.K. and covering Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, and then in development, based in Rome covering Italy. Leonardo has also worked in different operational positions including F&B and rooms as well as in asset management. He has lived in five different countries and speaks Italian, English, and French. He graduated from University of Perugia in 2004 and ESSEC Business School in Paris in 2008 where he specialized in hotel real estate and asset management. He is a member of RICS Italy.
CEO, Design International
After completing his architectural studies in Milan and Los Angeles, Davide started his career in Indonesia where, at just 25, he gained international recognition for the design of PSP bank headquarters – one of the tallest skyscrapers in Jakarta. In 1998 he moved to London and joined Design International. Embracing the company’s ethos to tailor unique, commercially viable projects, Davide has pushed the design boundaries in every project undertaken. Rising rapidly within the company, he became a Partner in 2002, and Chief Executive Office in 2006.
Committed to constantly setting new benchmark designs that are both financially sustainable and aesthetically strong, Davide has been Project Principal on many ground-breaking developments, including Odysseum in Montpellier (2009), Morocco Mall in Casablanca (2011), Nave de Vero in Marghera (2014), Il Centro in Arese (2016). These, and many other Design International projects have been recipients of some of the most coveted industry awards, including ICSC, Mapic, Mipim, RLI, a Guinness World Records™ and over 30 other international property awards across four continents.
Davide retains a hands-on approach, working closely with colleagues and guiding teams to deliver projects which tell their own unique story. Under his leadership, Design International has grown into a globally-recognised practice.
Design International is a London based architecture practice with over 50 years of award-winning history and offices in London, Milan, Dubai and Shanghai. With over 36 million sqm of built world class architecture in the portfolio, the practice has worked in almost every corner of the globe and on projects of every size.
Design International is a multi-disciplinary practice with seven integrated divisions: Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Landscape Design, and Branding
The practice combines contemporary creative thinking with a bespoke local sensibility, striking a balance between strong designs and creating buildings that are sensitive to their surroundings, which creates a sense of belonging for the customers. Design International works across the whole spectrum of architecture with a particular focus on retail, mixed-use and hospitality developments. Its integrated and multi-disciplinary skills allow for a holistic approach to architecture that results in developments where the artistic, commercial and social aspects are in complete harmony.
Founder and Chairman, Master Assets Investments Ltd.
Master Assets Investments was founded by Mr. Cheung Yiu Tung (Billy) whom created this company to construct world class developments in Eastern Africa. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda because they have been experiencing unprecedented economic growth in the last decade fueled by political and macro-economic stability, structural reforms and market liberalization and natural resources.
Some of the projects in Kampala, Uganda, Master Assets are proud of, includes Marriot Residences Inn and Richmond Hill Luxury apartment, Smart Hotel and The New Taxi Park to name but a few…
The recent developments in Kigali, Rwanda, includes Century Park Hotel and Residences, New Century Luxury apartments and the Kigali Marriot Hotel. It is clear that this company is founded on the basis to create value for investors by constructing world class developments in Eastern Africa.
CEO, Nomad Apart Hotels
Born in the UK and raised in Italy, Africa and the United States, Filippo holds a degree in International Relations. He started his career in the relocation business and has over 9 years’ experience in Property Acquisitions and Development, 7 of which he worked for Staycity as their Development Director and helped them become one of the leading Apart Hotel operators in Europe. He then moved to Germany and worked for Brera Serviced Apartments as their Development Director. In 2017 he teamed up with his brother Carlo and launched Nomad Aparthotels.
President, Giorgio Collection Srl
Fabio Masolo, thanks to his futuristic vision, placed himself with his design at least 5 years ahead of the market and established dozens of Monobrand luxury stores.
Fabio Masolo’s vision is a set of products that make up the Italian lifestyle appreciated worldwide. Giorgio Collection’s products include as well statues, carpets, paintings, lamps, ceramics and chandeliers designed and made with the most sophisticated artisanal techniques.
Thanks to his intuition and being established on worldwide markets, he does not hesitate to search for new realities anywhere in the world. Recentely he has achieved considerable prestige also in the Contract sector where he developed new hospitality and residential systems. The company has been structured to design and supply “turn-key packages” that also include kitchens and home automation, making the company’s offer desirable for every builders and architects. He has made custom products on behalf of his customers which have become “icons of beauty”. For this reason he got an award in 2018, delivered to his son Emanuele Masolo (fourth generation), as the best furniture company in the luxury and contract sector.
CEO, Farazad Investments Ltd.
Mr. Korosh Farazad, asserts market integrity and an unconventional approach to Structured Financing. He originally founded Farazad Investments, which operated globally, with a, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia with an ever expanding portfolio and new innovative funding ventures in the pipeline. He founded Farazad Advisory in 2015 which is headquartered in the UK.
His unique approach has been at the forefront to the firm’s success and paved the way for international recognition from regulatory bodies, who actively seek out his expertise. Regulatory Compliance is a necessity that is a critical component to be adopted by all reputable firms. KYC checks and Anti Money laundering practices are all common terminology in today’s business language. This has had a positive impact on business transactions, as it enables lenders to identify the end receiver and avoiding past bad practices. Farazad Investments (FI), fully supports regulated practices and complies with all the regulated bodies, ensuring all transactions are fully compliant.
His unrivalled knowledge of International Banking catapulted the core of the business and Farazad Investments (FI) was founded. FI’s key activity was to facilitate medium to large scale structured finance plans for major corporations. His ethical approach and sound reputation attracted direct business relations with heads of states and senior officials within Governments.
It is Mr. Farazad’s transparent approach to financing and creative thinking, which introduced an award winning in-house financing formula, which has been praised by international Institutions wanting to adopt the formula and enhance traditional funding methodology.
FI’s capability in the lending market strengthened with access not only to Regulated Funding Houses but also the Private Family Offices that often demonstrated more willingness to compete in the market. FI’s survival during these challenging times, counted on Mr. Farazad’s ability to diversify and establish a secure platform, by adapting the traditional mechanics of conventional financing, in a volatile market.
FI has successfully assisted in advising and structuring projects for funding valued over USD $3.2bn to date.
Founder & Managing Partner, One Work
Leonardo Cavalli was born in Como, Italy, in 1962 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Università Di Politecnico Milan in 1986. He is a member of the Italian Institute of Architects since 1988.
From 1990 to 1994, he worked as a senior architect for Cino Zucchi Architetti (CZA) and in 1994 became a partner of Systematica srl, an urban planning consultancy. In 2000, he became managing partner of Systematica Works, a branch specializing in architecture and masterplanning.
In 2007, Cavalli founded One Works with Giulio De Carli, an independent design and consultancy firm integrating Architecture, Infrastructure and Urban Engineering. He is currently chairman and managing partner of One Works; his main field of activity concentrates in infrastructure and retail related architecture, working on projects throughout Italy, Europe and the Middle East.
One works, founded in 2007, with over 20 years’ experience, is a global architecture and engineering company that operates with an integrated approach of consulting and design, in the areas of transport infrastructure, Masterplanning, Commercial Real Estate and Public and Private Buildings, to shape the most complex projects.
One Works operates from six strategic locations across the globe, with its headquarters in Milan and offices in London, Rome, Venice, Dubai and Singapore. From these locations, a team of over 150 architects, designers and engineers provide a flexible and stable approach to the design and delivery of projects worldwide.
Among its most important projects currently underway, there are: eleven new metropolitan stations between Doha and Riyadh, including the Major Stations, the Transport Education Center, that will be built in Doha, the important extension project of Venice’s airport Marco Polo, the great San Marino’s outlet “The Market”.
Managing Director-Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer
Filippo Sona is one of the most recognized names in the global hospitality consultancy community having carried out work in more than 28 countries for the past 25 years. From UK to Europe, Middle East, Africa and USA he has carried out more than 735 hospitality projects ranging from market & financial feasibilities, valuations, operator selection, project management and strategic asset management. Filippo understanding of management agreements has been an invaluable skill to global law firms as an expert witness and advisor in commercial negotiations. Filippo is a regular speaker at international hotel investment conferences and writers for many international hospitality publications. Filippo is an associate member of RICS and holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University and an Honours Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of West London.
Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
Paolo joined us to work on the Salerno Ferry Terminal project in 2002 and subsequently was involved in a number of our projects including the High Speed Train Station in Naples and the MAXXI, Museum of XXI Century Arts. He was made an Associate in 2012 and Senior Associate in 2015.
During his time at ZHA, Paolo has participated in several projects, including the D’Leedon residential towers in Singapore; and Esfera Monterrey, a mixed-use development in Monterrey, Mexico. He is currently the Project Architect for the City Life project in Milan, a mixed-use development including an office tower, a retail gallery and a residential complex. He is also one of the project’s Revit leaders, using the program on the Milan project since 2007 to enhance building accuracy and quality control during the design and construction process. In addition to leading projects, Paolo draws on his rich experience applying software to the design and modelling of buildings, frequently acting as an expert adviser on BIM, design integration and coordination in project delivery.