RESHAPING RETAIL: The New Normal
European retail experts: Andrea Carpenter, Chris Igwe and Andy Watson present the Urban Land Institute report ”Reshaping Retail”.
WARSAW (13 July 2020) – ULI Poland Chair, Dorota Wysokińska-Kuzdra, has joined the ULI Europe Executive Committee as of 1 July 2020. The ULI Europe Executive Committee oversees activities across the region for the Urban Land Institute – the world’s oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate experts, with over 45,000 members.
“I’m thrilled to be taking on this role within ULI,” said Wysokińska-Kuzdra. “It is one of the most active organisations bringing together the Polish real estate market community, urban planners, architects and people who simply care about the quality of urban space in which they operate every day. Our initiatives such as the ULI Poland Annual Conference (this year held online), the PLACES + SPACES series of meetings and study visits, as well as dedicated workshops for the industry community and local government, are a highly valued platform to share views, discover new trends and network. I’m proud that I’ll be able to share our Polish experiences in the European arena.”
Dorota Wysokińska-Kuzdra has led the ULI Poland National Council since 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in real estate, finance and banking. In addition to leading ULI Poland, her full-time position is to oversee Corporate Finance CEE at Colliers International as Senior Partner, advising clients on debt financing, mezzanine financing, raising capital and capital partner acquisition, as well as supporting company acquisition or stock-market listing.
Before joining Colliers International, Dorota Wysokińska-Kuzdra served as Senior Partner at Griffin Real Estate for 11 years, where she was responsible for the group’s management and investment as well as Poland’s first mezzanine fund. She co-created a logistics platform that is co-managed by Griffin. As CEO at Griffin Premium RE, the first real estate investment trust (REIT), she successfully floated the company on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. She was a member of a team responsible for acquiring shares in Echo Investment SA, one of the largest transactions in the Polish real estate market, overseeing the due diligence process and acquisition funding. Before joining Griffin, she held executive roles at HypoVereinsbank/UniCredit Group and their subsidiaries for nearly 10 years, overseeing real estate funding, as well as real estate investment and management banking.
Dorota Wysokińska-Kuzdra is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics, the University of Cologne and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
Marnix Galle, executive chairman of Belgian developer, Immobel, has been appointed as ULI Europe Chairman. Galle, who succeeds Juergen Fenk, member of the executive board, SIGNA Holding GmbH, will serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term starting on 1 July 2020 and will also join the ULI Global Board of Directors. To read more go here.
William Riordan, director at Value Retail Management, has been appointed as chair of ULI Europe Young Leaders Group. Riordan, who succeeds Hala El Akl, director at PLP Architecture, officially began his term on 1 July 2020 and will serve on a voluntary basis for the next two years. To read more go here.