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19th, 20th & 21st March, 2020, Italy

Overview

According to a report by ‘New World Wealth’, India will have 950,000 millionaires by 2027, an increase by almost 190% from 330,000 last year.

 

With this current trend of rise of high net worth individuals, higher disposable income and change in lifestyle, India has emerged as one of the fastest growing real estate market in the world with luxury housing & hospitality forming the crux of the dynamic growth . The high paced growth of the market is not only attracting the domestic real estate developers but even the foreign investors cashing in on the opportunity.

 

In our relentless expedition to ease the procurement process in the real estate sector and after successfully delivering eight editions of our flagship event Real Estate Development Summit in Europe, Africa & Asia, we are thrilled to announce the next jewel in the crown, i.e. the 9th Edition Real Estate Development Summit – Europe.

WHAT HAPPENS AT Europe?

Business meets leisure

REDS promises all attendees and participants a gala time to bond with everyone and have potential business collaboration while it feels like you are on a vacation

Crème de la Crème

REDS is a niche summit where you can meet the industry stalwarts and top decisions makers from the real estate sector

B2B Meetings

The pre-scheduled meetings hosted at the summit bring together the decision makers of solution providing and buying companies based on mutual choices with opportunities to seal the deal

Nonchalant business networking

What sets REDS apart is the non-formal yet business focussed networking sessions where you can engage and meet your industry peers in a relaxed ambience

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Ravi K Chandran

Founder, CEO

Arthur Adeya is an Architect by profession with over a decade’s experience in Architecture and over 6 years’ experience in Master Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Prior to joining Athena Properties Limited as a Director for design and planning, Arthur was a Principal Partner at Lexicon + ion In charge of Master Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design working with external teams to ensure projects.
He previously worked in the USA with The HOK Planning Group in Washington DC and EDSA Inc. The HOK Planning Group in Washington DC and EDSA The HOK Planning Group in Wash

Prior to joining Athena Properties Limited as a Director for design and planning, Arthur was a Principal Partner at Lexicon + ion In charge of Master Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design working with external teams to ensure projects.

Toni Enderli

Founder Realtor of Excellence

Toni is a property pioneer and business leader with a record of unprecedented financial performance in a world-first cloud -based agency providing dynamic and world class leadership, skilled negotiating and business development success, tech-savvy and social media strategies. This, combined with expert qualifications, performance and revolutionary motivational tactics drives him to achieve peak performance in the ever changing property industry.

Mr S K Yemi Adelakun

MD & CEO
NISH Affordable Housing Ltd

Mr Adelakun is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NISH Affordable Housing Ltd, Executive Chairman, Nigeria Integrated Social Housing Cooperative Society Ltd, Managing Consultant, Skytech Institute Ltd and the Convener of the Nigeria Housing Finance Conference and Affordable Housing Fair.
He is a Chartered Manager, and a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom, and Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
He recently retired from the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria as Permanent Secretary (Common Services Office), Chairman, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, and Chairman, Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme, He implemented Group Life Insurance, Pensions Committee, Service Wide IPPIS Committee and Federal Digital Service Delivery Committee, Andy Procurement Planning Committee, all In the Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Nigeria. He was also Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Aviation and Federal Civil Service Commission. He was a board member of the Pension Commission of Nigeria.
He served at Nigeria Diplomatic Missions in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore, Singapore.

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David Hodkinson

Co-Founder & Design Director

David Hodkinson is the Co-Founder and Design Director of Studio Noor, a leading architecture and design studio with a focus on hospitality projects, based in Athens and Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Born in 1977, David studied Architecture at Oxford Brooks University in England and received his Master’s in Architecture and Interior Design from the Royal College of Art in London. After working at Glen Howells Architects, he was hired by design-led practice, Architecture PLB.
 
David’s desire to establish his own architecture and design studio brought him to Vietnam, where he met Luc Lejeune and set up Noor in 2003. At Noor, David takes the lead on significant hospitality projects for high profile clients including Raffles, Accor and Sofitel as well as a number of luxury residential properties.
David is currently working on the studio’s latest commissions: The House Hotel, Jeddah, Nusr’Et Steak House, Doha, Novikov Restaurants at Cervo Hotel and Cala di Volpe as well as the Hilton in Da Nang, Vietnam.
 
David is a dedicated, passionate architect who brings a fresh design eye to each project. His ongoing interest is to explore new materials, methods of design and building, along with a focus on high-end contemporary design. David leads a team of 10 architects and interior designers from the studio’s headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City.
David is also a furniture designer and his pieces are sold internationally.
 

Madhur Ramrakha

Board Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee, Green Star Africa (Kenya) AP New Buildings

Muddy is a Director of iJenga Ventures Ltd, an integrated real estate developer of affordable housing, healthcare, hospitality & industrial real estate since March 2018. He also serves as Managing Director of Urban Nirvana Property Solutions Ltd., a family office, and two other property holding companies since 2014. Among his philanthropic causes, Muddy is Board Treasurer of the Kenya Green Building Society and Board Chair of Africa Yoga Project.
 
His professional career between 1990 and 2013 spanned four years of audit & advisory practice at Price Waterhouse in Toronto, Canada. Following this, he did 11 different roles over 19 years at the global investment bank J.P. Morgan in Canada, the UK, the US, Russia, Central & Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
 
He earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation through the California Board of Accountancy in San Diego, CA, USA in 1996, prior to which he earned his Bachelor of Commerce at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1990 with a concentration in Finance & Accountancy. In the property sector, he earned a Greenstar SA Accredited Professional – New Buildings.
 
Green Building Movement Credentials
• Board Treasurer of the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) from 2016 to present
• GreenStar Accredited Professional – New Buildings 2016
• Authored the 5-year strategic plan for KGBS which led to its promotion from a Prospective to an Emerging Status member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) in 2016
• Master of ceremonies for KGBS’ 2016Annual Green Building Conference at Strathmore Business School
• Provided $20k funding and program-managed KGBS’ first ever Africa Green Building Summit where it hosted the WGBC’s Africa Regional Network (ARN) meeting in Kenya in March 2017 at the UN
• Wrote several funding proposals for KGBS’ sustainability grants being offered by development finance institutions and foundations in 2017
• Panel speaker at Kenya’s Green Bond Launch sponsored by the Kenya Bankers’ Association and Nairobi Securities Exchange in March 2017
• Collaborated with international property conference organisers to insert green building content into the East Africa Property Investment Summit in April 2017
• Plenary speaker at the Infrastructure East Africa Conference & Exhibition hosted by the Government of Oman in Kenya in May 2017
• Spearheading the green finance advocacy within the green building movement
• Conducted green building and green finance training for several banks in Kenya
• Adapted international green building guidelines for Nairobi County and trained county urban planners
• Closing plenary speaker at the 2017 Green Building Council of South Africa’s Convention in October 2017
• Represented Kenya’s green building movement at the UNEP Finance Initiative Africa & Middle East Roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2017
• Developing the first single family home in Kenya targeting certification under the IFC’s EDGE tool

Giuseppe Pancione

Ceo Of Luxury Windows Italia

Degree in Sociology with a thesis written in Argentina, He specializes in France in international marketing strategies begins to work in the world of windows and doors, soon becoming trusted consultant to designers and companies. His managerial skills and a strategic vision of the international luxury market have allowed him to expand his client portfolio in the foreign market.

He became the commercial representative of leading companies in the Made in Italy window and door industry, and since 1999 he has founded the Luxury Windows Italia group, an Architectural Consultant & Trading Agency with affiliations to a leading Group of Companies with multi-disciplined teams of Architects, Engineers and Planners, serving the public and private sectors in areas of consulting, environment and infrastructure.

Today Luxury windows Italia is able to give their clients a custom-made service that integrates craftsmanship with the best technologies in order to provide the best tools for the realization of any project in every detail: fixtures, doors, gates, furnishings, stairs, curtains, garages, flooring. Walls, lighting systems and much more.

Leon van Rensburg

Director, BIM4SMMEs

Leon has more than 12-years experience in consulting across Africa. The core focus of the consulting was to assess infrastructure and maintenance projects in South Africa and to implement successful methodologies to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. This experience highlighted the importance of adopting a BIM culture and the results it could yield if implemented correctly. For the last 5 years Leon gained experience in the CAD software world and he recently helped launch a new company to support SMME’s with adopting a successful BIM process.

German Bodenbender

BIM Manager at Boogertman and Partners - Africa's largest and leading architecture firm

German is a creative thinker, combining an architectural design mindset with highly analytical thinking. Holding a professional degree in Architecture, he has worked on multiple projects around the globe ranging from the design of small residential typologies to the coordination of over 140.000 sqm mixed-use developments. He has always looked for new and better ways to use technology and processes to achieve a superior architectural experience in a shorter period of time.

 

Today, as a BIM Manager, he is constantly seeking new ways to disrupt the traditional process and develop a collaborative mindset across the industry.

Dr Eitan Karol

CEO, Louis Karolh

Nicholas Karassavas

BIM Lead South Africa, ARUP

Nicholas is both strategic and hands on project BIM Coordinator, with experience working in an Architectural and Structural reference with 24 years behind him, consulting, designing, implementing and training Engineering and Architectural Teams and organisations while being a director in the African Autodesk Technical AEC Channel for 11 years. Nicholas has worked on a wide range of Architectural, Structural Industrial and MEP projects, both as Principal, Senior Technologist and Lead Standards Creation, IPD (Integrated Projects Delivery) Manager, BIM Manager or Digital Engineering Lead and as such has significant insight and value of understanding the project and disciplines as a whole and in their individual disciplines and putting together systems and BIM Deliverables.

 

He has been a Technical Director in the Autodesk African Channel and part of the development team, developing online Revit take-off and other 3rd party cloud based and VR applications.

 

It is essentially important that the right mix and levels of people are brought in early on and at various stages of these projects, trained where necessary and briefed to all coherently deliver fully integrated and coordinated projects in a timeous manor where teams are no longer working as isolated Silos but integrating their rich project data in a central rich and live repository known as a BIG BIM Model with its related datasets. This is achieved by having like-minded people having an attitude to work together, learn and share knowledge and skills openly. Nicholas has been trained in Architecture and Business Management, Accounting, Sales & Negotiations, Autodesk products and BIM solutions and together with his vast IT background in systems Engineering, professional Autodesk training and experience in project deliveries, Sales management, Cad software, implementation and creation of protocols and standards, it allows him to better understand and find solutions to the various complexities involved in the AEC BIM Integrated Design Environment across all disciplines. He is on the BIM Institutes Lead Committee and BIMcommUNITY Africa and often gives of his time and expertise at workshops, talks and chairing various Industry events. Nicholas has significant experience in initiating, managing and developing Project Models and BIM Teams, Including large complex multi-disciplinary projects for the Public and Private, Industrial, Mining and Medical sectors

Duangrit Bunnag

Architect & Founder, Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited

Duangrit Bunnag was born in Bangkok in 1966. After he graduated with a Bachelor in Architecture from Chulalongkorn University in 1989, he collectively worked for 9 years at ARCHITECTS 49 LIMITED, Thailand. In 1995, Duangrit received a Graduate Diploma in Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London and returned to practice in Bangkok. He established his own firm DUANGRIT BUNNAG ARCHITECT LIMITED (DBALP) in 1998. Since then, he has been building his own practice focusing on many design hotels, resorts, commercial and residential projects and has received several recognitions including; ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2015 : Gold Medal , Best Hotel by Wallpaper Design Awards 2014 , Honorable Mention for the ARCASIA Award 2014 , ARCASIA Award for Architecture 2013 : Gold Medal , ARCASIA Gold Medal in 2005, the ASA Award in 2004 , 2006 ,2010 ,2012 and 2014 the UK’s FX Award in 2000, and the Top 10 Executive Award 2005 from MAI (Market for Alternative Investment (Thailand).

 
From 2002 to 2005, Duangrit served The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage as a committee and Vice President of Foreign Affairs. Between 2004 and 2006, he was elected Deputy Chairman for Zone B of the Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA). He also served as an elected Board Member of and chairs the Architects Council of Thailand during 2007-2013.

Janine Strachan

BIM Manager at DSA Architects

Janine specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM into everyday workflows. She develops and oversees the BIM/Revit Workflows and Standards at DSA Architects. Her role as BIM Manager includes continuous staff development, user and project based support, maintaining the DSA Revit template and family libraries and overseeing the implementation of BIM workflows on projects.

Skilled in emerging software/application options forming the future of BIM, Janine is a proven leader in the best practices and methodology for integrating technology into everyday workflows for the AEC industry.

Starting with (3D) coordination to generating (4D) schedules and (5D) quantities from models, Janine has delved deep into the BIM process. In addition, she’s had the opportunity to share this knowledge with audiences and publications across South Africa as a speaker at the 3rd Building Information Modelling in Africa Conference 2018. Janine spoke about “Learning on the job – BIM is the way, but how?”, a presentation which resonated with delegates. Janine’s article, “Learning BIM on the job”, was published in the June 2018 issue of PositionIT Magazine.

Shiree Darley

Managing Director, Darley Interior Architectural Design

Shiralee Darley, South African born, fully qualified in Interior Design heads up Darley Interior Architectural Design (DIAD) – an internationally experienced team of innovative and dynamic
Designers.

 

Shiralee, at the onset of her career gained experience in Retail Design working for one of South Africa’s leading Architectural firms – this extended on her Interior Design background by adding Architectural experience. In 1991, she followed her yearn for Leisure and Hospitality Design and became a key leader in raising the bar for South African Hospitality Design.

 

Under the name of the top international company, Wilson Associates, she established an office and team of Designers who initially focused on new Hotel and Resorts in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. These include, amongst others, Sugar Beach Resort and Le Telfair Resort – both in Mauritius as well as Zimbali Forest Lodge in Kwazulu Natal and The Royal Livingstone Resort – Zambia, Tsogo Sun’s Intercontinental Palazzo Hotel and Oliver Tambo Airport Intercontinental Hotel.


Shiralee also successfully secured the award for the luxurious redesign of the Blue Train, one of South Africa’s tourism icons. Ambitiously expanding her business opportunities, Shiralee negotiated hotel projects in the UAE, successfully securing and completing signature hotels including the One and Only Royal Mirage Hotels – Dubai, Park Hyatt Hotel – Dubai Creek, as well as the Shangri-La Hotel – Abu Dhabi.


In 2009, DIAD secured the commission for the Emirates First & Business Class Lounges for the new Dubai International A380 Concourse and her Design Teams Portfolio extended to Airport Design.


Shiralee’s team now have 14 Hotel projects across Africa for top Brands including ACCOR, Carlson Rezidor, Hilton and Marriott.


As Founder & Chief Executive, Shiralee continues to promote and develop young designers and manage her dynamic design team ensuring an uncompromising level of high quality interior architectural design, innovative international experience and proven ability alongside her excellent rapport and longstanding relationships

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President Development, Sub Saharan Africa - Radisson HotelGroup

A South African national, McLachlan is based at Radisson Hotel Group’s Africa Regional Support Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in Africa and the Indian Ocean.


Andrew’s career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager.

In December 2006, Andrew joined Radisson as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and Vice President and thereafter Senior Vice President Business Development in May 2016. He established the group’s presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Radisson Hotel Group’s growth strategies in this important emerging market.

Within the last two years Radisson Hotel Group has opened a new hotel in Africa every 45 days and signed a new hotel deal every 37 days. Today Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson features in thetop 10 hotel brands in Africa when ranked by the number of hotels according to the study prepared by W-Hospitality.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two
sons.

Kim Irmler

Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa, AccorHotels

Kim joined the development team of AccorHotels in Johannesburg in November 2017. As Development Director Kim is responsible for the development of AccorHotels brands from economy to luxury segments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Previously, Kim spent eight years at Hospitality Property Fund, the only hotel REIT listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. As VP Investments, she played a pivotal role in acquiring and disposing of hotel assets in South Africa.
Kim has a bachelor degree in hospitality management from the Hotelschool The Hague and a master degree in financial management from RSM Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Gaetan Siew

Special Envoy Republic of Mauritius - CPR chez UN-Habitat (United Nations HumanSettlements Programme)

World citizen. Special Envoy at UN-Habitat . Continuous traveller through the Silk Road discovering over a 100 countries and more than 500 cities. Recipient of presidential medals from several governments Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean from  Mauritius.Elevated to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Chairperson of several institutions, namely Smart Cities in Mauritius and Board member of UK Future Cities Catapult. Present Chair of Visio Architecture, Port Louis Development Initiative, Africa Clean Energy Solutions. Lectured at several universities throughout the world and at Tsinghua and La Sorbonne.

Filippo Sona

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.

Yiu Tung (Billy) Cheung

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.

5th EDITION

NORTH AFRICA

25th & 26th April - 2019 
Hyatt Regency, Casablanca, Morocco

6th EDITION

SOUTH AFRICA

25th & 26th July - 2019 
Johannesburg, South Africa

8th EDITION

WEST AFRICA

24th & 25th October - 2019 
Lagos, Nigeria

Dipo Adebo

Founder, DAA Architects

Architect Dipo Adebo is vastly experienced, with strong project and team management skills, which are manifested in his distinctability to manage the firm for well over 30 years now, and coordinate and motivate large interdisciplinary project groups. This ensures that everyone involved feels ownership of the project, including the client, project team and users, and that the project is rooted in the local community and user culture. Arc. Adebo is well travelled, versa tile and very studios, and consistently challenges the team to better equip themselves for then ew realities of the ever evolving 21st century design and project development systems.

Experience

The over 35 years as the firm’s managing director has provided Arc. Adebo with vast experience of solving and coordinating complex architectural, technical and functional projects in close collaboration with project teams and user groups. For the past 12 years, Arc. Adebo and indeed the DAA team has especially focused on Hospitality projects in Nigeria, working with several of the international Hotel Management groups and the local boutique hotel brands, there by evolving as the premier and well sought – after Hotel design and development firm in sub-Saharan Africa.
The firm DAA ingeneral, has over the years be eninvolved in the design of a very varied range of building types: Hospitals, Stadia, Factories, Schools, Universities, Industrial Parks, Hotels, Commercial Offices, Prisons, and much more, in almost 70% of the states in Nigeria.

Salvatore Leggiero

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.

Paola Ricciardi

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).

Filippo Cavandoli

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.

Andrea Zaffaroni

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.

Ezio Poinelli

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.

Dr. Peter van de Bunt

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.

Tarek Hegazy

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.

Leonardo Stassi

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.

 

Davide Padoa

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.

Claudio Vittori Antisari

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.

Yiu Tung (Billy) Cheung

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.

Fabio Masolo

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.

Micah Tamthai

Vice President of Real Estate, Minor International

Micah Tamthai is Vice President of Real Estate for Minor International (MINT), one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region with over 520 hotels and resorts, 2,200 restaurants and 490 retail trading points of sale in 62 markets across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and the Americas.

 

Micah joined MINT in 2009 as Director of Investment – tasked with expanding MINT’s hotel portfolio through acquisitions and joint venture opportunities, and managing MINT’s third party-operated hotel and joint venture assets.

 

Promoted to his current role of Vice President of Real Estate in 2015, Micah is now responsible for developing MINT’s mixed-use projects including luxury branded residences, shopping plazas, family entertainment attractions, and office buildings in Thailand and overseas, as well as overseeing the management and operations of MINT’s Royal Garden Plaza malls across Thailand.

 

Prior to joining MINT, Micah spent a decade in the airline industry, working on restructuring and merger of carriers including US Airways (now American Airlines), Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines.

 

Micah holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, USA and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Korosh Farazad

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.

Leonardo Cavalli

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”.

 

Paolo Zilli

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.

Filippo Sona

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.

Bernard Kee

Regional Manager - Southeast Asia, STR

Bernard Kee joined STR in 2016 to lead the company’s business development and account management teams in Southeast Asia. He works closely with employees from all across the globe and has valuable cross-cultural people management skills. A firm believer in utilising data insights to formulate business strategies and make better planning decisions, Bernard provides industry partners with informed regional perspectives. His expertise in data analytics allows him to identify the story behind the figures. With 12 years in the retail banking sector, and 14 years of involvement in the hospitality trade, Bernard can draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience in the travel industry. A lively presenter who draws on his humour and personal experiences, you’ll frequently find Bernard captivating crowds at hospitality events and universities.

Donald Conning

Managing Director, Gensler

Mr. Donald Conning is an architect with over 27 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with a focus in architecture, master planning, and interior design. He has extensive knowledge of various practice areas through leading complex projects across all work stages, achieving the successful completion and delivery of many high profile and internationally recognized work.

 

Based in Singapore since 2015, Don manages the daily operations of Gensler Singapore and Bangkok offices as the managing director, with Singapore office serving the Asia Pacific region as Gensler’s latest regional hub office. Besides the management role, Don often assumes an oversight role on projects, to ensure the quality of the delivery and to maintain key client relationships.

 

Based in Vietnam between 2007 and 2012, Don implemented a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial office buildings, mixed-use, hospitality, resort, retail, and education projects throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Prior to 2007, Don performed as a lead architect role on many high-profile projects in Hong Kong, interfacing with many international and Asia Pacific developers, consultants and contractors. His expert knowledge of design, delivery and procurement process established trust and brought value as the lead of those teams.

Ishak Chandra

President & CEO, TRINITI LAND

Ishak Chandra started his carreer with Astra International and has numerous position in some other big group in Indonesia such as LIPPO LAND Development, SALIM Group & SINAR MAS Group.  Currently  Ishak serves as the President & CEO of TRINITI LAND, the 2018 Indonesian Best Boutique Property Developer which successfully launch, sell and develop some iconic project since 2013 such as Brooklyn Apartment, Springwood Residence, Yukata Suites, The SMITH, Collins Boulevard and latest world class mix used project in Batam named Marc’s Boulevard.

 

With his extensive more than 25-year Real Estate experience focusing in property development & investment, commercial leasing, corporate strategy and business development, Ishak has numerously got National and International award such as Indonesia Spoke Person of the Year, Worldwide Who’s Who, Indonesian 500 Who’s Who, and Most Influencing Indonesia Property Professional.
 
Ishak holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Graduate School of Business, University of Central Arkansas, USA majoring in General Management & Investment and Bachelor of Economic Law from University of Indonesia (UI).

Jose Claudio Silva

Executive Principal, Aedas Pte Ltd

José Cláudio Silva is a versatile Architect with experience in a wide range of Architectural sectors: Master Planning, MixUse, Office, Hospitality, Residential, Convention and Exhibition. His experience also ranges from all phases of the Projects: Concept Design to Documentation, and Site Assistance. José studied in IST UTL, Portugal and “ESTAB – UPC“, Barcelona – Spain, having graduated in 2003.

 

Still as a student he worked with Professor Jordi Bellmunt (BiArq, Barcelona) and João Nunes (PROAP, Lisbon) for the Alamillo Park Concept Design Competition, Seville, Spain. (1st Prize)

 

He commenced his professional career with “MV Ltd”, in Macau. From 2003 to 2005 he participated in several Master Plans, Urban Parks and Institutional Buildings, namely in the Nam Van Lakes Area-Macau.
 
José joined Aedas Hong Kong in December 2006. During that period he worked in the Saint Regis Hotel and Service Apartments’ Tower in Cotai Parcel 5&6, Macau. In January 2008 he moved to Aedas Singapore where he was the Team Leader for Skypark in Marina Bay Sands. Subsequently he was involved in the construction stage of “Sentosa Boardwalk”, in Singapore, and the design of “Danga Bay” Concept Master Plan in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. From 2011, he has been leading a Design Team for Projects in Indonesia, Cambodia and the Middle East. Most recently he has added Philippines to his geographical area of responsibility, from the Singapore Office.
 
Some of the Projects Jose participated were award winning, like Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Boardwalk and MNC Mixed-Use Tower.
 

José was a frequent guest critic at Hong Kong University (HKU) and he tutored Design Studio from 2009 to 2011 at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is frequently invited for guest critic and lectures at Universitas Pembangunan Jaya, in Jakarta. He was also a guest lecturer/speaker in several events focusing Aedas and his experience, namely in NUS in 2012 (Singapore); BCA in 2014 (Singapore); “Marcus Evans” event in 2011 (Singapore); “Trueventus” in 2014 (Jakarta), CBMM event in 2014 (Singapore); Zak World of Façade in 2017 (Jakarta). 

Alexander Wong

Director & Founder, Alexander Wong Architects

Alexander Wong is an Award-Winning Architect based in Hong Kong. A post-graduate from Princeton University, he established his own design firm Alexander Wong Architects in 2001. Wong specializes in designing Luxury Homes for A-List Clients in the Movie Industry as well as creating theme-based Cinema Complexes like “Avatar City” in Zhongshan, “A Futuristic Eden” in Shenzhen and “Carmen Futura” (a cinema inspired by the Films of Wong Kar-Wai) in Hong Kong — all three projects garnering International Design Awards and many others including World’s Best Retail for “De Rucci” and World’s Best Show Home for “Golden Eye” respectively at the International Property Awards 2015-2016 in London. In 2013 & 2015, Wong has been selected by AD (Architectural Digest) China as one of the “100 Top Architecture & Design Talents in China” and also voted “Best Young Interior Designer of the Decade” (Hong Kong) 2015 & “Best Innovative Architect Of The Decade” (Hong Kong) 2017. In December 2016, Alexander Wong Architects won the Global Top Award with “World’s Best Interior Design” at the International Property Awards in London. The company is currently designing luxury hotels, innovative shopping malls and iconic landmark towers in China. His new book “ARCHIPHANTASY” published in both English and Chinese by Images Publishing of Melbourne will be launched worldwide this October and available on Amazon.

Neeraj Bansal

Partner and Head Corridors (ASEAN, HK, Taiwan)

Neeraj Bansal is a senior partner with over 22 years of professional experience, and holds a strong relationship with member firms across ASEAN, HK and Taiwan with a focus on growing inbound and outbound business operations and has played the role of a market maker by collaborating with ASEAN & HK member firms. Currently serves on KPMG Nomination Committee for selection of the Board Members of KPMG in India.

 

He was National Leader for the Building, Construction and Real Estate (BCRE) Sector for KPMG in India from 2013 to 2019 and lead the growth of the sector and raised market profile both in India and overseas. Currently he is the Member of KPMG Global Steering Committee on BCRE Sector.

 

His dominant experience and strengths include risk management, organization transformation, real estate strategy, project reviews, Standard Operating Process (SOP) documentation, process reengineering, setting up and running the chairman/owner’s offices and project monitoring offices, and cost optimization and revenue enhancement project across the Infrastructure, EPC, Real estate, Power, Oil and Gas and
Manufacturing projects

 

Selected Professional and Industry Experience

 

Led industry delegation with President of India to Vietnam and multiple real estate and construction business delegations to Vietnam, Thailand and UAE. He also supported in organizing industry events in collaboration with member firms in India, SG, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and UAE

 

He is a regular speaker/ panel chair at multiple industry and government events in India, SG, TH, PH, MY, HK, VN and UAE on diverse topics – ASEAN India trade, smart cities, power, infrastructure policies, governance, construction, real estate, etc. and has contributed more than 40 articles in several newspapers, business magazines and 50+ television shows

 

He has conceptualized and authored 20+ thought leadership reports on diverse topics including pertinent industry issues between India and ASEAN such as Trade Barriers, Blue Economy etc. and investment trends in India and ASEAN with government bodies such as GOI, FICCI, CII, PHD Chambers, etc.

 

Neeraj manages key accounts in India and select overseas practices and responsible for growing the relationship with owners and professional management on these accounts.

 

He has led more than 200+ advisory engagements across various sectors such as Real estate, Oil and Gas, Financial services, Construction and Infrastructure.

 

Neeraj has actively participated in sectoral committees and initiatives of major industry bodies and central/state government organizations in India

 

Prior to joining KPMG, Neeraj has worked as the head of Internal Audit function for a key SBU of an Indian subsidiary. In the past, he has worked with Corporate Finance practice and Telecom practice of other Big Four Consulting firms.