ULI Poland Virtual Conference: CLIMATE.CAPITAL.CITIES.PEOPLE. - Has COVID-19 changed the course? *Package of 5 webinars


2020-06-23 - 2020-07-07

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    2020 ULI Poland Virtual Conference "CLIMATE. CAPITAL. CITIES. PEOPLE - Has COVID-19 changed the course?" has now taken place. It consisted of 5 webinars held over the course of 2,5 weeks. It started on 23 June and continued on Tuesdays and Thursdays through 7 July. Now, you can watch individual webinars on Knowledge Finder.

    2020 ULI Poland Virtual Conference\

    2020 ULI Poland Virtual Conference has now taken place. Now, you can watch the recordings of individual webinars on Knowledge Finder (available only for ULI members). See individual links below.
    Recap of the event can be read here.

    As the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have a devastating effect globally, the Urban Land Institute has made a global decision to extend the postponement of all ULI events or go virtual.

    We had decided to move the ULI Poland Conference to a digital platform, but we were nonetheless committed to delivering a high-quality e-conference. We have updated the title and the programme to reflect the current situation.

    2020 ULI Poland Virtual Conference "CLIMATE. CAPITAL. CITIES. PEOPLE - Has COVID-19 changed the course?" consisted of 5 webinars held over the course of 2,5 weeks. It started on 23 June and continued on Tuesdays and Thursdays through 7 July. Each webinar was held from 3 pm to 4 pm CEST.


    Webinar 1. 23 June 2020, 3 pm CEST - THE CITY OF A FUTURE
    Has the vision of the city changed in view of the pandemic?
    Is dealing with climate change a luxury now?
    Can resilient cities answer better to the pandemic crisis?
    Now available to watch on Knowledge Finder.

    Webinar 2. 25 June 2020, 3 pm CEST - HOW TO BECOME MORE CLIMATE RESILIENT?
    Are COVID-19 and Post-COVID actions in compliance or against climate mitigation actions?
    What measures need to be taken to reach the goals of the Paris agreement?
    How to create a society resilient to pandemic and climate impacts? What can the property market do to help?
    Now available to watch on Knowledge Finder.

    Webinar 3. 30 June 2020, 3 pm CEST - SUSTAINABILITY AND INVESTMENT
    How to create a sustainable, innovative and profitable real estate business?
    How much has the pandemic changed business strategies, also the ones related to climate change?
    What opportunities does it bring?
    Now available to watch on Knowledge Finder.

    How will the pandemic change the world of work?
    Is it a wake-up call or another change of action?
    How to connect the impact of climate change and pandemic to make better and safer places to live?
    Now available to watch on Knowledge Finder.

    Webinar 5. 7 July 2020, 3 pm CEST - DIGITALIZATION OF THE WORLD
    How much it helps and how much it hurts?
    Can technology slow climate change and prevent us from the effects of the pandemic?
    Now available to watch on Knowledge Finder.

    See the outstanding SPEAKERS who joined us for the webinars below.
    Click here to learn more ULI Membership or email Malgorzata.Poreba@uli.org for details.



    Martin Barry

    Founder & Chairman , reSITE

    Martin is the Founder & CEO of Manifesto Market, and Founder & Chairman of reSITE. His work has been published widely in The New York Times, The Atlantic Citylab, Forbes, Monocle Magazine, Dezeen, Designboom, among dozens of others. He has been awarded in Europe and North America across three industries: landscape architecture, retail real estate development and event planning. Manifesto Market, the “Mastercard Retail Project of the Year” is an internationally recognized food and culture market opened in 2018 in the center of Prague, Czech Republic (EU) with global expansion plans underway. reSITE is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life in cities, with its main activities in experience design and events in Europe and the United States. reSITE was awarded “Event of the Year” in 2018 by the Czech Event Awards. As a landscape architect, Martin has led multi-disciplinary teams on complex urban projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is the 2016 recipient of the President’s Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and his projects at W Architecture have received dozens of design awards in North America. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow with the Design Trust for Public Space in New York.


    Lee Timmins

    Hines Europe Ltd

    Mr. Timmins is the Chief Investment Officer of the Hines Asia Pacific Region and CEO of Eurasia Region. He serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Hines global Investment Committee. Since joining Hines in 1988, he has been instrumental in leading Hines’ start-up and growth in a number of international markets as well as establishing and deploying development and acquisition funds including the HCR Long Term Hold Fund, Hines India Fund, Hines India Residential Fund, Hines Poland Sustainable Income Fund, and the Hines Russia & Poland Fund. Mr. Timmins’ past experience includes over twenty-five years managing and investing in international markets through his previous role as CEO of the Hines Eurasia Region. Mr. Timmins has experience in developing and investing in office, residential, retail, and logistics projects across numerous Asian and European markets. Mr. Timmins received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. In 2011, Mr. Timmins was selected as Person of the Year by the commercial real estate community during the Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards.


    Mette Skjold

    CEO & Partner, SLA A/S

    Mette Skjold is partner and CEO of SLA and has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable urban planning and architecture, solving some of today’s hardest urban problems. Thus, Mette has a deep understanding of creating high quality, green public spaces to improve the public health and stimulate social interactions - while helping urban challenges regarding climate, sustainability, economy and social diversity. Besides her masters degree in architecture from Aarhus School of Architecture, Mette also holds an international master degree in Leadership and Innovation from Copenhagen Business School.


    Sara Anzinger

    Senior Vice President of Capital Markets, Measurabl

    Sara Anzinger is Measurabl’s Senior Vice President of Capital Markets. Before joining Measurabl, Sara drove the development and implementation of Fitch Ratings' Sustainable Finance initiative in the Americas, and served as Managing Director of Real Estate Debt and Fixed Income at GRESB. Sara has worked for Royal Bank of Canada and PNC Bank and spent much of her career in commercial real estate banking and structured finance. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Rollins College and an MSc in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam.


    Lina Liakou

    Managing‌ ‌Director‌ ‌for‌ ‌Europe‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Middle‌ ‌East, Global‌ ‌Resilient‌ ‌Cities‌ ‌Network‌ (GRCN)

    Lina Liakou leads the resilience practice in Europe and the Middle East for the Global Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (formerly 100RC), working with the 21 member cities across the region in developing their resilience thinking through long term City Resilience Strategies and actionable initiatives. Before joining the Network, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece. As a Deputy Mayor, Lina Liakou initiated collaborations with the European Commission, the EIB and the World Bank. Prior to this, Lina was Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki, an intermunicipal company that coordinates national and international research projects. Lina Liakou is an architect and urban designer from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2015) of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.


    Piotr Mirowski

    Partner, Head of Investment, Colliers International

    Piotr Mirowski, in the capacity of senior partner and head of investment services, is responsible for supervision, management and business growth of the capital markets team in Poland. His range of responsibilities includes strategic real estate advisory, origination, structuring and execution of property sale and acquisition transactions, overseeing underwriting and commercial due diligence, participation in commercial negotiations of sale and purchase contracts and transaction management. Piotr has been instrumental in successful closings of numerous high-profile investment transactions (both sell-side and buy-side) across all main real estate asset classes with a cumulative volume in excess of €8 billion, including domestic and cross-border corporate, platform and asset deals for clients such as: Blackstone, Skanska, Invesco, KanAm, Vastint, Union Investment, Hines, Deka Immobilien, KGAL, ISOC, Generali, Immofinanz, Griffin, PIMCO, Oaktree, and DWS. Piotr has been with Colliers since 2006 and his previous professional experience includes Deloitte’s audit department. In 2014, Piotr became an equity partner in the firm. He is a member of Urban Land Institute.


    Raimund Paetzmann

    VP Corporate Real Estate, Zalando SE

    Raimund Paetzmann is VP Corporate Real Estate at Zalando SE in Berlin and focuses on Logistic, Portfolio Management, Construction & Architecture, New Work, Building Operation as well as all building related employee services like Security Management or Office Management. He joined Zalando in 2017 to drive growth of the Corporate Real Estate business within and outside of Zalando. Previously to joining Zalando he built and led the Amazon EMEA real estate team, which was involved in the strategic network planning and design of the European Fulfillment Network. He built the most advanced e-commerce logistics network in Europe and contributed significantly to the new generation of European Fulfillment Centres. Since June 2018, he has also been Deputy Chairman of the Logistics Real Estate Committee of the German Property Federation.


    Billy Grayson

    Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, Urban Land Institute

    Billy Grayson is the Executive Director for the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization that focuses on land use, real estate and urban development. As Executive Director for the Center for Sustainability, Mr. Grayson manages a team leading programs on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and environmental performance. ULI works with members, community leaders, coalition partners, and other key stakeholders to build awareness around sustainability issues in the built environment, and to provide our members with the tools and resources they need to cost-effectively drive sustainability into their projects and operations. Mr. Grayson has over a decade of experience leading energy and sustainability initiatives in real estate, distribution, and supply chain operations. As Sustainability Director at Liberty Property Trust, Mr. Grayson led a 500+ building initiative that included green building construction, energy efficiency retrofits, and sustainability-focused property management strategies and tenant engagement. As Vice President, Social and Environmental Sustainability for the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), Mr. Grayson led a global compliance program working with the electronics supply chain to identify and mitigate environmental and human rights risks in their shared supply chain, as well as programs addressing climate change mitigation. As Sustainability Director at WESCO, Mr. Grayson developed an operational sustainability program that reduced energy, water, and waste, and launched a global marketing initiative for WESCO’s sustainability-focused energy technology products and services. Mr. Grayson holds an MBA and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) from Claremont McKenna. He is a LEED AP and former Board member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and NAREIT Sustainability Advisory Committee.


    Nicklas Lindberg

    CEO, Echo Investment S.A.

    Responsible for the strategy and development of Echo Investment. For 15 years he had been with Skanska where he worked as the President for Skanska Commercial Development Europe (CDE) and the head of Skanska Property Poland, a unit within Skanska Commercial Development Europe. Prior to that Nicklas Lindberg had worked with Residential Development in the Nordics. In the 2008- 2015 period he worked for Skanska Russia, as both CFO and CEO. Appointed CEO of Echo Investment in April 2016. He graduated from the University of Lund in 2001.


    Dan Burden

    Blue Zones, Director of Innovation and Implementation

    During the summer of 2014 Dan transitioned to his new role with Blue Zones, LLC. Seen as a visionary, innovator and source of inspiration and collaboration throughout his career, Dan is a nationally recognized authority on walkable, livable and sustainable communities, complete streets, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs. Dan has become known for his pioneering work and leadership to mentor many in how to transform communities into places for people first; all while still accommodating the car, and not the other way around. In this new role as the Director of Innovation and Implementation, Dan oversees many additional community-built environment transitions, making dozens, and eventually hundreds of communities healthier, more active places to live. Dan has always been a pioneer in his work, staying up on holistic trends in transportation and land use, and becoming a sought-after master of implementing change. In 1980, staff for Governor Bob Graham, chose Dan to help transform the Florida Department of Transportation, which made it one of the first multi-modal transportation agencies in the nation. As early as 1991, well before the term complete streets was coined, Florida became known for its holistic look at street making, helping create place out of space. Dan pushed for change, and became the nation’s first full time pedestrian and bicycle coordinator, a position now required in all 50 states. At the age of 60 Dan broadened his skill sets, embracing urban design and land use while serving as a principal and senior urban designer with the community-planning firm Glatting Jackson (from 2005-2009). Dan currently serves as an advisor for several national organizations, including: Walkscore (www.walkscore.com). Dan’s efforts to get the world “back on its feet” earned him the two of the first-ever awarded lifetime-achievement awards. The first was issued by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The second was issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth. The League of American Bicyclists named Dan as “one of the 25 most significant leaders in bicycling for the past 100 years.” In a peer driven process Planetizen Magazine ranks Dan as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Time magazine in 2001 named Dan as one of the six most important civic innovators in the world. And that same year the Transportation Research Board (National Academy of Sciences) honored Dan by making him their Distinguished Lecturer for that year. In 2014 the White House honored Dan as a “Champion of Change for Transportation”. Dan pioneers change in fields he helped create. He has more than 40 years of experience helping create livable communities. Dan served for 16 years as the first State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Florida Dept. of Transportation. This program became a model for other state programs, and in 1991 launched one of the nation’s first and most successful complete streets programs. Dan and his wife, Lys, co-founded Walkable Communities in 1996. Since then, he has helped more than 4,700 communities throughout the world become more livable and walkable.


    Mateusz Grabiec

    Partner, Baker McKenzie

    Mateusz Grabiec is an expert specializing in real estate transactions and infrastructure projects as well as administrative law matters, including legislation and public contracting matters. His professional experience includes legal assistance at all stages of real property development and commercialization process in relation to a wide range of real property projects, including office and commercial properties and hospitals. He has also been involved in several infrastructure projects, providing the bidding consortia/concessionaires with trusted guidance regarding public-private partnerships and law on public contracts and concessions. Mateusz has been recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2020 in Real Estate.


    Pawel Debowski


    Paweł Dębowski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and the Chairman of the European Real Estate Group. He is one of the most widely recognized and respected real estate professionals in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. In professional practice for almost 30 years, he was involved in structuring real estate investments in Poland back in the early days of the free market economy. Paweł advises institutional clients and major international companies operating in Poland - investors, developers, lenders and construction companies. Paweł’s area of specialization covers sales and acquisitions, financing and investment projects in the real estate market, mainly in the office, retail, logistics and hospitality sectors in CEE.


    Justyna Bauta-Szostak

    MDDP Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy

    Expert in the field of corporate income tax and international taxes, specializing in advising real estate companies and corporate restructuring. Leading expert in tax advisory in Poland according to the “Women in Tax” ranking, International Tax Review, (2017, 2018, 2019). Partner in MDDP’s Income Tax Practice, awarded by the Rzeczpospolita in two consecutive years for handling prestigious transactions. She manages projects related to investments in real estate located in Poland and other Central European countries. She advises clients at all stages of business – from making decisions and choosing the optimal legal form for investments, through ongoing advice related to the specifics of the development industry, to exiting the investment. She implemented projects regarding, among others: - establishment of investment platforms of office real estate, commercial rea estate, flats for rent, warehouses and student houses; - preparation and introduction of real estate companies to listing on the WSE; - real estate transactions – both in the form of selling shares in real estate companies and of selling real estate itself.


    Andrei Ivan


    Andrei Ivan is an experienced professional in commercial development and sustainability who joined Skanska Romania team in 2015, as a Project Leader. With over 13 years within the industry, Andrei held different positions related to managing sustainable commercial projects. Since February 2020 he is Sustainability and Innovations Director at Skanska Commercial Development Europe, position in which he contributes even more towards Skanska’s mission to build for a better society. He truly believes in the role his industry has in the development of green cities and a sustainable future. Either he supported the development of the Skanska Group sustainability strategy, contributed to the review of health and safety standards, or he promoted innovations and digital solutions, Andrei has an increased focus on sustainable solutions bringing added value to our customers. The latest years in Skanska gave him a global perspective, being involved in diverse projects with positive impact for communities. With his new role, he continues the good work inside the business unit and takes further the sustainability & innovations projects. Among his objectives is to implement the plan for Skanska’s journey to become carbon neutral. He believes that achieving those targets is possible as a common effort of the team and that is why he appreciates the expertise that every colleague brings on in the ongoing projects. He is a team player and always enjoyed working with diverse teams.


    Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch

    Greenberg Traurig

    Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch is a partner and head of the real estate department of the Warsaw office of Greenberg Traurig. Jolanta has more than 30 years of legal experience in real estate, focusing her practice on real estate transactions and financing of real estate projects. She has extensive experience in major transactions concerning office, commercial, and logistic properties and cross-border transactions. Her experience also includes arbitration proceedings in Poland. She represents developers, project financing banks, institutional clients and real estate funds in construction projects in Poland. Described as “market icon” by international rankings, Jolanta has been involved in some of the largest and most complex transactions in Poland and within the CEE region. Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Poland in various legal directories including Chambers Europe and EMEA Legal 500. As an active spokeswoman engaged in promoting gender diversity, Jolanta received the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Award Europe and the Top Woman in Real Estate: Business Management Award. She also participates in the Mentorship Program for Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Warsaw University. She qualified as an advocate in 1985.


    Jeroen van der Toolen

    Ghelamco Poland

    Jeroen van der Toolen is an acknowledged expert in the field of commercial and residential real estate. Currently the head of Ghelamco in the CEE region. He joined Ghelamco in 2003 as a Managing Director for Poland and 3 years later was appointed Managing Director for CEE. Since 2006 Ghelamco has grown threefold. He brought bold vision and innovative strategy to company’s operations and expanded Ghelamco’s field of activity to new market sectors. As a provider of modern business space Ghelamco reached a position of a market leader with over 1 million square meters delivered up to date, and the value of sold projects exceeding 1.2 billion EUR. Ghelamco nowadays is an unquestionable leader in sustainable development in Poland, with the highest number of BREEAM-certified office schemes, as well as the first certificate at Excellent level for a completed office building and many design and development awards.


    Dan Ringelstein

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Europe) LLP

    As the leader of SOM’s City Design Practice in London, Dan directs projects which focus on the urban transformation of our cities. He also guides the urban strategy of many architectural projects in the London office. Collaborating closely within a multi-disciplinary team, he is able to guide the development of city designs with the client and specialist consultants. Dan Ringelstein brings a unique perspective to his many accomplishments in urban environments around the world. As an architect, urban designer and city planner, he is interested in the physical characteristics of a place and how planning, urban design, infrastructure and architecture can create a positive public environment. This is evident in the strong role he has played in realising complex projects of significant magnitude through collaborative planning, implementation and delivery. Dan has extensive experience working across differing cultures and contexts throughout the world. His urban design and planning skills include a strong ability to work in concert with regional authorities, city officials, public and private institutions, developers, specialist consultants and individual communities to deliver long-term visions.


    Roelof Opperman

    Managing Director, Fifth Wall

    Roelof Opperman is a Managing Director on the Real Estate Technology Investment team at Fifth Wall, where he focuses on technology and innovations within the multifamily, office, and hospitality real estate asset classes. Roelof has led Fifth Wall’s investments in Lyric, Eden, Appear Here, Hippo, Industrious, Loggi, Recharge, Lime, and Aurora Solar. Previously, Roelof worked at Norwest Venture Partners, Evercore Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Bridgewater Associates. Roelof is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Emory University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


    Marnix Galle

    Executive Chairman, IMMOBEL SA/NV

    After studying economics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Marnix began his professional career in 1987 at Cegos Belgium as a consultant. In 1989, he took his first steps in the real estate sector (family portfolio). His own company ALLFIN (°2001) became one of the leading real estate developers in Belgium. In 2014, ALLFIN Group took a 29% stake in Immobel, listed on Euronext since 1863. Following the merger between ALLFIN Group and Immobel in 2016, he became its Executive Chairman. Marnix was Chairman of Urban Land Institute Belgium (2015-2018) and is a director, member and trustee of several leading European and American associations.


    Gideon Maasland

    Director | Architect, MVRDV

    Architect and Director Gideon Maasland (1978, Sliedrecht, the Netherlands) was educated at the Technical University Delft. He has more than 15 years of experience as an architect and joined MVRDV in 2016, where he specialised in the transformation of concepts into buildings. He leads MVRDV’s department for large scale, complex buildings in the Netherlands and abroad. As a Director, Maasland oversees all the projects in his studio. With his hands-on work method, he is directly involved in the construction of multiple projects, making sure that the expectations for a design are maintained until the building is complete. Currently he coordinates different Dutch projects: the construction of Valley, a 75.000 m2 multifunctional building in the business district of Amsterdam, the construction of two Grotius towers, a 61.800 m2 residential project in the Hague, and the transformation of Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, a trade fair of 170.000m2. Besides this, Maasland is working on several projects in Eindhoven, Poland and the UK. Prior to joining MVRDV, Gideon worked at DKV architecten, KCAP and Erick van Egeraat. Why did Maasland choose to work for MVRDV? “Because within MVRDV we create new types of buildings that more courageous, more critical, more human, more innovative, more contextual, more transparent, more curious, more sustainable, more adaptive, and more social than others.”