The 17th Global Real Estate Summit included an all-star lineup of top real estate dealmakers, investors, and innovators as well as exclusive industry networking opportunities. Our speakers shared insights and analysis of the ever-changing real estate industry and ways in which the industry can refocus in the wake of the global pandemic.
In light of the unprecedented global and domestic developments, David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of Carlyle, opened the Summit with an in-depth conversation with David Axelrod, former Senior Advisor to President Obama and Founding Director of The University of Chicago Institute of Politics, covering key business and political issues that influence the global economy, the US economy and the real estate industry.
Our lunch program featured the unique perspectives of Major General Kim Crider and General James Mattis, interviewed by Judy Turchin, former COO of Equinox and Founder of JPT Partners, reflecting on the policy, leadership and diplomatic challenges dominating the news and their potential impact at home.
In addition, we were excited to announce the return of RE Live – powerful conversations that focused on critically important ESG initiatives with a panel of leading climate change and sustainability experts.
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Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
David Axelrod is a preeminent American political strategist and commentator and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Axelrod currently serves as the founding director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics and as a senior political commentator for CNN. He is the host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast featuring in depth conversations with public figures across the political spectrum.
David M. Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group. He is a private equity pioneer and icon and is well-known for his patriotic philanthropy as well as his engaging interviews on Bloomberg TV and at The Economic Club of Washington, DC.
The University of Chicago Institute of Politics
The Carlyle Group
As society and the global economy continue to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and confront political instability including war in Eastern Europe, the real estate industry must contend with dramatic and unpredictable changes in business and consumer behavior. Our panel of world-class real estate leaders will discuss how these challenges create opportunities and are affecting their decisions and prospects for the future of the industry.
Co-Founder and Managing Principal
Chief Investment Officer
Head of Private Equity and Debt
AEW Capital Management
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of Real Estate Investments
More so today than ever, success in real estate investment and development requires innovative and nimble planning and action. In order to attract and retain users and sustain revenue, real estate owners must address shifting demographics and demand. Our panel includes thought leaders in architecture, investment and development who will discuss cutting edge trends and the evolution of all asset classes, including multi-family residential, office, hospitality, entertainment and gaming.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Executive Managing Director, Development & Portfolio Management
USAA Real Estate
Senior Managing Director
Executive Vice President
How will capital markets be affected by COVID-induced transformation and political instability? How will interest rate changes and inflation affect capital raising, underwriting and debt placement? To what extent does US real estate remain a safe haven? How will government infrastructure investment impact real estate? Our panel of leading capital markets players will share their insights on current risks and rewards for real estate debt and equity.
Co-Founder & Head of Real Estate
Artemis Real Estate Partners
Chief Executive Officer
Green Courte Partners, LLC
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
In a rapidly changing economic, political, social and diplomatic environment, real estate industry leaders are facing an increasingly long list of complex challenges. Join former U.S. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and retired U.S. Air Force Major General Kim Crider, Senior Counselors at The Cohen Group, for a moderated discussion led by former COO of Equinox and Founder of JPT Partners, Judy Turchin, as they engage in a lively discussion about leadership and innovation in times of adversity and dynamic change.
The Cohen Group
The Cohen Group
Shifts in how the population lives, works, makes things, and buys things are driving innovation in the redevelopment and repositioning of land and buildings. Our panel of visionary developers and investors will discuss how they have identified and pursued opportunities for innovative development that respond to these shifts and requirements with creative land assembly, new uses of spaces and technological innovation that address current needs and demands and anticipate the future.
Chief Operations Officer
First Washington Realty
President, Chicago Business Unit
Hines Global Income Trust
Capital for real estate is plentiful, but dealmakers face a variety of hurdles including a volatile business climate, inflation and interest rate increases and dramatic changes in consumer use of the built environment (see traditional retail and office!). Which locations and asset classes provide the best opportunities? Where is pricing of land and improvements? What’s possible to underwrite and finance? What are the current trends in tenant demands? Our panel of accomplished dealmakers will outline how creative thinking enables them to adapt to a rapidly changing real estate environment and achieve successful deals for investors and other stakeholders.
Executive Vice President, Leasing & Development
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Head of US Real Estate Equity Acquisitions & Portfolio Management
Barings Real Estate
Head of US East Coast & LatAm
Union Investment Real Estate GmbH
Intensifying concern about the accelerating impact of climate change, coupled with growing demands related to ESG (environmental, social, and governance criteria), is changing the way we plan for and use the built environment, and transforming the real estate industry. Related sustainability objectives are altering end user requirements, site and building designs, energy use, underwriting, and financing, and thereby having an impact on every aspect of real estate development. The conversation among thought leaders in this space will provide a range of perspectives on these issues and what we can expect in the short-term and long-term.
MIT Real Estate Technology Initiative (RETi)
Director of Sustainability
Vice President, Sustainability
“Your team puts on an amazing event. You had great speakers and very thoughtful and engaging sessions.”
“Congratulations on another outstanding Summit and thank you for including me. I always enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones, and the program, once again, was exceptional. Well done!”
“Just wanted to send you a quick note to say congratulations again on hosting yet another fabulous Summit. They just keep getting better and better each year. So well done with so many takeaways to bring back to my group. Just great!”
“This Summit is the Who's Who of the top professionals in the business. It is an honor to be there and hear the wisdoms and thoughts that comes out of the event. Thank you for making it such a great experience.”
“I go to a lot of events and watch plenty of panels… this was one of the best I have ever attended. The quality of speakers and the folks in the room were of the highest caliber in our industry.”