At our 15th Global Real Estate Summit, an all-star line-up of top real estate dealmakers, investors, and innovators shared insights and analysis of the ways in which the real estate industry is being transformed as it reacts to unprecedented technological innovation and disruption, global economic trends, regulatory change, and political uncertainty.
At this year’s Summit, we also introduced RE Live Talks – short, powerful talks in which leading futurists shared their wisdom on how blockchain, mobility, proptech and health and wellness will shape the future of the places and the ways in which we live and work.
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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.
Well-established traditions of developing, transacting and managing real estate are being fundamentally challenged by societal and demographic changes, breakthroughs in technology and new, innovative business models. Steve Weikal from the MiT Center for Real Estate will share some of the emerging trends and opportunities from this unparalleled industry transformation.
Head of Industry and Alumni Relations
CRE Tech Lead, MiT REILab
MiT Center for Real Estate
Society and the global economy are being radically transformed right before our eyes. Changes in business and consumer behavior are altering the investment and development decisions of real estate investors and capital providers. Our panel of leaders will discuss how their firms and the larger industry are addressing this continuously changing and uncertain environment and what we might expect to see in the near future.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Brookfield Properties Retail Group
Global Co-Head of Real Estate
President and Chief Executive Officer
USAA Real Estate
This panel will explore the changing paradigms, as well as the merging and cross-pollination, of various real estate product types. Panelists include owners, a user, and a facilitator – each of whom are grappling with similar questions about, and solutions for, highly effective spaces that attract people. The discussion will address the growing role of hospitality and its dynamic intersection with office, residential, hotels, retail and flex spaces. Our industry experts will share what is most important as they design and create forward-looking spaces to maximize flexibility and usability for their consumers.
Real Estate Strategy Leader
Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Economic uncertainty has arisen, yet abundant capital persists. Attractive yields are scarce. Change in consumer and commercial desires surrounds us as industry norms and conventional ways of analyzing new opportunities are upended. This panel will address what investors are seeking now, and what the future holds for equity investments.
Managing Director, Head of Direct Investments
AEW Capital Management
Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Green Courte Partners
Hodes Weill & Associates
As the roller coaster ride of unpredictable times continues in Washington, the domestic and international challenges confronting the United States are among the most intense in modern history. From immigration to international trade, to Brexit, to global hotspots in Iran, North Korea, the Middle East and elsewhere, the Trump Administration and Congress face an overflowing inbox of complex issues every day. With years of experience working with multiple US Presidents, on Capitol Hill, and alongside world leaders of both key US allies and antagonists, our panelists are uniquely situated to share their insights on these challenges.
Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
The Cohen Group
Former US Secretary of Defense
Chairman and CEO
The Cohen Group
Former US Senator
The real estate finance markets have evolved in response to the Global Financial Crisis, regulatory reforms and emerging trends in the industry. While banks and life companies and CMBS continue to dominate the capital markets, new entrants are also emerging – bringing with them different and disruptive ways of thinking about capital raising, underwriting and loan servicing. Fintech, more robust data and the operational shifts occurring within the larger marketplace are expected to significantly influence the broader corporate finance markets. Real estate finance surely will not go unaffected. This panel will discuss where we have been, where we are going and the long-term future of real estate finance.
Global Head of Real Estate
Chief Executive Officer
TPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies
Vice President, Investment Banking Division
The ongoing technological revolution is dramatically changing the real estate industry. Shared spaces, logistics, automation, robotics, blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence and other new technologies are impacting the industry and the larger global real estate economy, which nonetheless remains fundamentally based on dirt, bricks and mortar. Our group of experts working on the latest innovations in the industry will share a range of perspectives on the impacts of technology in real estate and take a deep dive into the intersection of "prop" and "tech."
Head of City Operations
Managing Director, International Portfolio Management
QuadReal Property Group
Associate Vice President of Real Estate Operations
University of Chicago
Chief Executive Officer
Engage with us and leading real estate futurists, each of whom will discuss the ideas that are changing the way we live and work.
How are Innovation and Disruption Changing Real Estate?
Large companies and entire industries are being disrupted every day and at risk more than at any time in world economic history (74% of Fortune 1000 companies from 10 years ago don’t make the list today). Terry Howerton, CEO of TechNexus, will describe the evolving best practices for harnessing disruption and collaborative growth that are needed for real estate industry leaders to evolve.
From autonomous cars to millennials on scooters, the ways in which we commute, live, work, shop and play are changing. Mark Joseph, CEO of Mobitas Advisors, will take us on a tour of the future of mobility and its impact on real estate development.
Re-Imagining the Built Environment
Health and wellness are influencing the development of office buildings, multifamily properties and hotels, all with an eye to improving the satisfaction and performance of the people in those places. Phil Williams, Executive Vice President, Building and Human Performance, Delos Living, will describe how the WELL building standard and other aspects of change are impacting the future of the spaces in which we live, work and play.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President Building and Human Performance
"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."
"I have been to a few marketing events and big meetings at other law firms as you can imagine. Some of them I have even organized. But I have never been to a better organized, more informative or engaging session than this."
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"Congratulations on another outstanding Global Summit and thank you for including me on the guest list again. You did a fantastic job in organizing the program, and you fill the room with interesting people."
"The programming and the quality of the speakers was exceptional. I came away enlightened and with lots to think about, and also some great new connections."