Confirmed 2019 Speakers
Justin Wilson is a senior investor at the SoftBank Vision Fund based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He focuses on growth technology investments in the real estate, consumer internet, and eCommerce sectors and is a board director or observer for Compass, Katerra, OYO Rooms, Brandless, Opendoor and inMobi, and helped to lead SoftBank’s investment in Doordash.
Prior to joining SoftBank in 2015, Justin was the Head of Global Top Accounts for Tech & Media and the Head of Global Business Strategy at Google. Prior to that he was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group where he was a part of the West Coast leadership team for the Technology and Consumer practice areas. Justin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS and MS in Engineering from Stanford University.
Born in 1979, Hongqi Guo received his Master of Architecture and PhD from Tongji University in Shanghai. And he is participant of AMDP for real estate in Harvard University. After 6 years of vary practices in real estate design field, he founded Yitong Design in Shanghai in 2009 to focus on the impact of architects and urban planners in China’s tremendous urbanization. In the total 16 years high-density professional works, Hongqi Guo used his attractive and reasonable schemes facilitated numerous land transactions between real estate developers with local governments in more than 60 China cities.
The successful cases include Wuhan IFC (International Finance Center), Chengdu 468(Greenland Center), Guangzhou Aerotropolis, Chengdu CBH (Cross-Border Harbor)，Jinan Greenland Center, Changsha High-Speed Rail Center. Around 6000000 sq.m. buildings designed by Yitong Design including office towers, apartments, shopping centers came into realities.
Honors have been awarded to Hongqi Guo and his firm, including Annual Architects of 2017(one of the top 10 architects in real estate design field of China), Annual Best Mixed-Use Development of 2017, Annual Best Urban Renovation of 2018,Best Strategic Partner of Greenland Group in 2015, China Real Estate Innovation Model, etc. Hongqi Guo was commissioned to be the consultant of two of the top 5 developers of China and the judger of the National Golden Real Estate Projects.
Tania Concejo-Bontemps is President of Union Investment Real Estate France, leading the Paris subsidiary since 2011. She has over 15 years of experience in general management, investment and asset management, leading multi-disciplinary projects and teams for international real estate companies.Prior to joining the real estate sector, Tania started its career in the high-tech sector with the Japanese-American group Senko in Boston (USA).
When she moved to Paris in 2003, she joined Renta Corporacion, a listed property company. With Renta as Managing Director, she was in charge of acquisitions and asset management for the French, English and German markets. Tania joined Union Investment in 2011 as Managing Director of the French management company. Tania holds an executive master in Operational Management from Essec Business School.
Amanda is Head of Strategic Advisory at CBRE and is Managing Director for Advisory in EMEA, supporting clients on their strategic real estate agenda. She is a Member of the UK Board and EMEA Occupier Board.Amanda is also the Immediate Past President for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) becoming the longest serving in 123 years where her themes as President were; Infrastructure, Cities and the War for Talent (skills, diversity and inclusion).
For over 10 years Amanda was a Partner in two of the Big Four; most recently EY LLP, where she was the Head of Infrastructure (Advisory) and, prior to that, PwC where she led the consulting business across the South East of England with mid-market FTSE250 companies, as well as leading on real estate and infrastructure. She has over 30 years extensive board-level experience gained on strategic assignments in both the private sector and in government, where she was a Mission Critical Programme Engagement Director for the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.
Other key involvements have included:
- The All Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APGEBE) as part of a Commission of Inquiry into Brexit and Skills;
- Brexit Infrastructure Group and was Chair of the sub-group for Skills;
- Infrastructure Efficiency Challenge Panel advising the Department for Transport on efficiency measure for the deliverability of infrastructure;
- Lord Mayor of London’s Trust Advisory Group for Retaining trust in Financial and Professional Services.
Amanda is a Fellow of the RICS, the Association of Project Management, the Institute of Consulting and the Royal Society of Arts. She is a Certified Management Consultant and Companion of the Institute of Management.In addition, Amanda is listed in Who’s Who, was also named by the ICAEW as a Mover and Shaker of 2015 in the ICAEW’s Global Finance 50, as well as City A.M.‘s Power 100 Women list 2016, PropTech Top 100 Global Influencers 2017 and has won numerous other Awards.
She has now co-authored two books on Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate and Construction.Amanda is a regular speaker globally on the cities agenda having spoken at the MIPIM opening 2018 and will also speak at the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia later this year.
David Gerster is an investor at the JLL Spark Global Venture Fund, a $100M early stage proptech fund focused on Seed and Series A financings.Prior to JLL, he was the Vice President of Data Science at BigML, where he promoted the idea that data science is easy by speaking at conferences and teaching workshops. During his time at BigML, he gave talks at CERN, the Predict Conference, ML Prague, Big Data Spain, Papis.io, DataLead (UC Berkeley), DataBeat (VentureBeat), and more than a dozen other venues.
At Groupon, he built an elite data science team that trained the first machine-learned models for mobile deal relevance. At Yahoo, he led the project to collect billions of URL clickstreams in Hadoop and use them to improve Yahoo’s main web search algorithm. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Elie Finegold, a long-time entrepreneur and global property executive, is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at MetaProp.In his role as MetaProp’s EIR, Mr. Finegold will guide and advise MetaProp startups on strategy, investments, research and business development by leveraging his executive experiences and deep technology and real estate industry networks. In addition, he will act as a global ambassador for the MetaProp brand. Mr. Finegold’s experience includes his most recent role leading innovation globally for CBRE (NYSE:CBRE) as SVP of Global Innovation and Business Intelligence. In that role, he co-founded and led CBRE Labs and assisted the company in strategic technology investments and partnerships both internally and with the burgeoning startup space.
He was a founding board member of CRE//Tech Intersect.Mr. Finegold has spoken and been covered widely, including at the Wharton Zell-Lurie institute, on the intersection of real estate and technology. Prior to CBRE, Mr. Finegold was on the founding team, and was a partner, Senior Managing Director, and Chief Administrative Officer of Island Capital Group (ICG), a leading real estate investment banking company. During his tenure he was also President of an ICG subsidiary, Island Global Yachting (or IGY Marinas), the world’s leading developer, owner and operator of luxury yacht marinas and waterfront lifestyle developments. He led IGY Marinas to the deployment of more than $1.5 billion in capital around the world, helping it grow to nearly 1,000 employees.
Mr. Finegold also previously served as Chief Innovation Officer of Insignia Financial Group (formerly NYSE:IFS), overseeing its portfolio of technology investments and innovation strategy across the company. In that role he was also the Chairman of Octane, a technology-focused consortium of leading global real estate services firms. Earlier in his career, Mr. Finegold was co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cubitz.com until its acquisition by Insignia. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Syncretic Media.Mr. Finegold graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in a concentration he designed, Music and Culture. His honors thesis was awarded the prestigious Hoopes Prize and was published by Harvard Library Press.
Rosanna brings diverse insight and experience from her role as acquisitions and development manager at YOO. Previously an agent on the restaurant and leisure team at Cushman and Wakefield, Rosanna now leads the small asset prime central London investment and development business, YOO Living. Rosanna is also involved in special projects within the company, YOO is focused on launching a new branded BTR and Co-Living concept, focused on the same lifestyle, community and design ethos that YOO is globally renowned for. As one of few millennials based out of the development teams in London, Rosanna assists on specific expectations and needs focused on new age living and the importance of proper integration of proptech into these spaces. Residential development is undergoing a much needed shift, changing the way people perceive and approach rental and flexible living. BTR and Co-Living are just the beginning of a much bigger picture, we are re-imagining urban living and as a direct consumer and target market, Rosanna is excited to help shape this movement.
Brendan Wallace is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall. Brendan was Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $33 million of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan co-founded Cabify, the largest ridesharing service in Latin America. Brendan has been an active angel investor and manages one of the largest syndicates on AngelList, having led over 60 angel investments including Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club, Lyft, SpaceX, Clutter, Philz Coffee and Zenefits. Brendan started his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking in the real estate, hospitality, and gaming group where he worked on $22 billion in M&A Advisory work.
Brendan also worked at Goldman Sachs’ CMBS and structured finance group where he worked on over $10 billion in commercial real estate debt originations and securitizations. He then worked at The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity where he worked on the $26 billion acquisition of Hilton Hotels and the $39 billion buyout of Equity Office Properties, the 3rd largest leveraged buyout in history. Brendan is from New York, NY, and graduated from Princeton University where he received his BA in political science and economics. Brendan received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Robert Courteau is Chief Executive Officer of Altus Group (TSX: AIF), a leading provider of software, data solutions and independent advisory services to the global commercial real estate industry. An accomplished senior executive, Robert has extensive experience in leading new business initiatives and achieving growth objectives with some of the world’s foremost companies. Robert was a corporate executive with SAP AG, a global market leader in enterprise application software, including roles as the President, North America and Global Chief Operating Officer. He has been an active board member of numerous North American not-for-profit organisations and has served on boards of several publicly-traded companies. Robert has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University where he was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate. In recognition of his commitment to education and endorsement of international standards and regulation, Robert was awarded an Honorary Fellowship with RICS (FRICS) in 2014.
Michael Beckerman is the CEO of CREtech, the largest platform devoted to commercial real estate technology. Headquartered in New York, CREtech produces sold out events throughout the country, has built the largest directory of startups and influencers in the space, the most respected research and aggregates the top industry news stories daily.
Michael previously spent 25 years in the public relations industry having built Beckerman Public Relations into the largest firm in the industry specializing in the real estate industry. !
Tim Robinson is Head of Consultancy and Chair of the Tech Board at Knight Frank. Tim has been responsible for establishing Property and Asset Management offices in Aberdeen, Birmingham, and Manchester enabling the firm to now offer a seamless national service.
As Chair of Knight Frank's Technology Board, Tim ensures the firm utilises technology where it enhances its ability to deliver a better client experience. He is also spearheading the firms' digital strategy globally.
He is passionate about Customer Engagement, Customer Experience, placemaking and new technologies and was responsible for partnering Knight Frank with Equiem, VTS, Radius Data Exchange and Proda.
Existing clients include: Existing clients include: Mayfair Capital, Mapletree Investments, Clinton Cards, Kennedy Wilson, Greenland, Clearbell Capital, EIG, Palace Capital and Knight Frank Investment Management.
Tim is also Vice Chair of The Baker Street Quarter Partnership (BID) and Vice President of The Story of Christmas Appeal.