Bedrock Manufacturing EMEA (Shinola & Filson)
With over 20 years of experience spanning marketing, branding and sales, John joined Bedrock in 2014 to lead business & brand development for both Shinola and Filson. Prior to Bedrock, John worked with many leading luxury and fashion brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, and several others, primarily focused on international markets. He has previously lived and worked in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Montreal & Lausanne and is currently based in Amsterdam.
Liad was recently appointed as CEO of Atrium. Previously, he was Gazit Globe’s CIO, and Atrium’s CIO, Head of Acquisitions and VP of Business Development. During his years at Atrium, the company’s standing investment portfolio increased from 1.6 Billion Euros to 2.5 Billion Euros. Liad is an experienced executive with long-standing hands-on knowledge and understanding of the company, its people, assets and markets.
Jakub Bilik MRICS
Real Estate Director Central Europe
Jakub is a successful leader in retail expansion and business development with a 17 years track record in an international corporate environment. He has profound experience in network development and commercial real estate. Jakub is an expert in strategy implementation and project management. He managed regional teams and external partners. As Real Estate Director with AmRest, Jakub is responsible for retail network growth of Starbucks, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Blue Frog.
Leasing & Expansion Director
Krzysztof has 24 years’ experience in banking and financial services out of which 13 years in real estate related business. Krzysztof started his professional career in 1991 with Raiffesen Bank Poland, later he worked in Citibank Poland, and since 1996 he joined ING Group at ING Lease Poland where he had several positions ending as a Deputy Director Structured Finance. Since April 2014 Krzysztof is heading expansion of major European retailer Polish LPP S.A. as Leasing and Expansion Director, Companies brands are: Reserved, House, Cropp, Mohito, Sinsay.
Pascale is a French entrepreneur who has created Amano in 2013. Pascale started her professional career in consulting, with an initial focus on business & competitive intelligence, moving onwards to management & strategic advisory activities as a Partner at Eurogroup Consulting. Amano was created to deploy Progressive WebApps, mobile apps with no download and no upgrade needed. Amano currently serves airports, shopping malls, hotels, public venues, sports and cultural events, etc, and operates in Europe, the USA, Brazil and the Middle East, with an office in Dubai.
International Director – Head of EMEA Research & Strategy
Chair, ICSC European Research Group
James is Global Lead for Retail Research and Consulting at JLL. Working closely with both Retail Research and Consulting and Retail colleagues, James is responsible for co-ordinating and developing all global retail research and client, cross-border consulting needs. Along with his team, he provides strategic advice on retail markets and retail real estate, for developers, investors, landlords and retailers.
João Correia de Sampaio
Executive Director, Property Management & Leasing
João has more than 23 years’ experience in the retail real estate industry. He joined Sonae Sierra in 1992 during which time he has served as Managing Director for property management and leasing business in Iberia. João has been an Executive Director of Sonae Sierra since 2009 and currently manages the company’s property management and leasing activities in 12 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia.
Partner, Cross Border Retail
Cushman & Wakefield
Yvonne is a Partner in the Cross Border Retail team responsible for international retail and leisure occupier market entry and location strategy at C&W EMEA. She has extensive knowledge of advanced demographic analysis and market research techniques in the context of retail and property consultancy projects. Yvonne has a wide range of experience in both academic and private sector property research, having been involved with a broad variety of projects on a pan-European and global basis.
Mark is a Partner at the Madano Partnership who advises boards and CEOs on strategy and vision, corporate positioning and messaging, strategic internal communications and executive coaching and training. Mark divides his time between providing advisory services and designing learning and development programmes to help support strategic goals such as managing complex change, improving engagement and productivity, and strengthening customer facing communications.
President, PRCH and Chief Executive Officer – Central & Eastern Europe
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Prior to being appointed CEO Central & Eastern Europe at BNP Paribas Real Estate, Patrick held management posts in renowned international firms. He has worked in Poland for the past 21 years, and was board member and then CEO at Centrum Finansowe Puławska and Centrum Banku Śląskiego prior to spells with ING and DTZ. A founder and now President of the Polish Council of Shopping Centers he holds an MBA from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.
Member of the Supervisory Board, Smyk Holding sp. z o.o.
Co-Managing Partner & Co-CEO, Griffin Real Estate
Since 2014, Maciej is Co-Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Griffin Real Estate – a leading developer and investor in Central & Eastern Europe. He also holds a position of Managing Partner of Cornerstone Partners – a private equity investment firm, active in the CEE region, with an impressive track-record of transactions in healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, retail and consumer goods market, industrial and manufacturing and infrastructure. Before joining Griffin and Cornerstone, he was a Managing Partner and CEO of Eastbridge Group – a family holding company based in Luxembourg.
After University, Cemal set up and sold a business and after some time traveling he worked in the corporate world. Cemal wanted a change from the corporate world so he could make a difference to people’s lives. On a work break in Vietnam he had a number of inspirations including a visit to a ‘Silent Tea House’ run by mute and deaf women. He then enrolled in the School of Social Entrepreneurs on a one year-course. With his training and prior experience, he set up Old Spike Roastery and Change Please to provide employment opportunities for the homeless through coffee.”
Managing Director CSR and UR Lab
Ludovic joined Unibail-Rodamco in 2003 in the French Retail Team as Operating Analyst. He then was promoted Operating Manager in 2005 and Group Operating Manager in 2007. Then he worked in Spain as Director of Operations in 2009 and in 2011 he was promoted Group Director of International Leasing. Since 2013, he is the Managing Director of UR Lab. UR Lab is Unibail-Rodamco’s innovation incubator. Launched in 2012, UR Lab organizes and accelerates innovation within the Group and ensures that promising ideas receive the dedicated resources they deserve.
David is the Chief Executive of Pradera, based in London, overseeing the company’s global retail portfolio, with assets under management of over €2.7 billion, in nine countries across Europe and Asia, David joined Pradera in 2002 after spending over 10 years working for property consultancy firms focused on all aspects of European retail real estate. He has been instrumental in the company’s growth to its current position as a leading global retail investment and asset manager.
Gerard is Managing Director at IKEA Centres since March 2016. He has 25 years of experience in retail real estate. He joined IKEA Centres as Deputy Manager in June 2015 having previously worked for Dutch-based retail property company Corio. He held different positions within Corio from 1996, ultimately as CEO from 2008 until 2015 when Corio was acquired by French property company Klépierre.
Chairman of the Executive Board
Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Executive Board, Jean-Marc Jestin served as Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Klépierre Executive Board since October 18, 2012. Previously, he held a number of positions in real estate companies. He was notably Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of the pan-European platform Simon Ivanhoe from 1999 to 2007. He then joined Unibail Rodamco’s International team, acting as Deputy Chief Investment Officer in charge of acquisitions, sales and M&A transactions.
Chair, ICSC European Advisory Board
Josip is the Chief Executive Officer who joined the Atrium Group in February 2014, and was appointed the CEO in December 2014 after gaining extensive experience in international real estate development, construction and operation, and in the senior management. Per 1 April 2017 Josip will become the Chief Executive Officer of Multi Corporation. Josip was Chief Investment officer and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Transaction Management Group at European retail property specialists ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co KG., where he worked for seven years in a number of senior positions. Prior to joining ECE, Josip was General Manager at Sierra Management Germany GmbH, Dusseldorf, part of the international shopping centre development and management group Sonae Sierra, with responsibility for leasing activities and centre management.
Executive Vice President & Managing Director – EMEA
Bill joined ICSC in June 2016 as executive vice president and managing director of EMEA, serving on the global leadership team. Bill brings more than 30 years of international real-estate and non-profit experience. He founded and remains non-executive chairman of the Urban Innovation Network (UIN) and from 2003 - 2009 was president of the Urban Land Institute – EMEA. Prior to this he was General Manager of the Disney Development Company, responsible for Val d’Europe at Disneyland Paris. He has held senior roles at JMB Properties, Cushman & Wakefield and IBM.
President of the Management Board
Liebrecht & wooD Poland Sp. z o.o.
Mariusz serves as President of the Management Board of Liebrecht & wooD in Poland. He has long-time professional experience in the Polish and CEE real estate market. He demonstrates significant expertise in leasing, marketing and corporate communication, as well as capital markets. He was a member of the management board of GTC SA for 14 years, where he was involved in the development and management of approx. 400,000 sqm. of office and retail projects in Poland, as well as in the first IPO of a real estate company on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Founder & CEO
Griffin Real Estate
Prior to funding his own business, Przemek was a Managing Director and Partner of TDA Capital Partners (previously Templeton Direct Advisors) and the manager of Emerging Europe Private Equity Funds. Before that, he held a number of senior positions at Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (nowadays Citibank Handlowy), including: Member of Management Committee, Member of Credit Committee and Chairman of Investment Committee. Przemek is an alumnus of the Law faculty at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. He holds a Master of Science degree in Law (summa cum laude).
CEO and Founder
The Student Hotel
Charlie is the founder and CEO of The Student Hotel, a company with strong core values reflecting inclusiveness, unity and social responsibility. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Charlie started working on building sites at the age of 16. By 25 he had bought a small student housing company in the UK. He redeveloped the assets and eventually sold the company 10 years later. In 2005 he moved to Amsterdam and created The Student Hotel with a mission to develop and operate 5,000 student beds within Benelux. Today this mission has been increased to 15,000 rooms by 2020.
As a deputy mayor, Michał is responsible for supervising strategic planning and acquisition of EU funds, policy of regional development, tourism, labour market, development of the wharves of Vistula river, business licensing, housing policy, activities in the field of revitalisation, environmental protection, development of green areas and urban forests, waste management, architecture and planning. He leads Warsaw Council for Innovation policy. He also represents EUROCITIES, the largest organisation of European cities, in the Smart Cities High Level Working Group in the European Commission.
Mikhail started his career with one of the biggest private Russian banks, Alfa Bank, where he was appointed a Vice President. After leaving Alfa Bank, in 2003 Mikhail founded his own company – ADG Group – that used to specialise in territory development. Now ADG Group manages 1.5 bln USD of own and attracted investments in Russia, and now implements the most ambitious project in the Russian real estate market – a network of 39 neighbourhood centres.
Executive Director, Head of Retail Research EMEA
As Head of retail research and consulting at CBRE, Andrew directs the research and consulting agenda to ensure the focus is deliver answers that give clarity and drive actionable insights across all aspects of retail. With more than 25 years’ experience in the retail industry working both client and agency side, Andrew has a real appreciation of consumer behaviour and how the changes in the social and economic environment are driving further change in the industry. Andrew has worked with a number of international brands, such as Nokia, BP, Exxon Mobil, Marks and Spencer, Unilever, PepsiCo, across many aspects of their business, including global business diagnostics, format planning, fascia development, category management
Dr Amlan Roy
Research Associate, LSE
and Guest Finance Professor, London Business School
Amlan is an experienced Global Macro-Finance researcher and Thought Leader specialising in Demographics related to Economics, Investments and Social Policy. He presents to institutional clients in the private and public sector across 30+ countries. He is a Senior Research Associate at LSE and Guest Finance Professor at LBS. From 1998-2016 he was with Credit Suisse Investment Bank, most recently as Head of Global Demographics Research. He developed global risk and asset allocation models serving as an international expert on Financial Architecture.
Howard has been shaping retail for thirty years. As a former creative director of Fitch responsible for retail design and branding, over the last decade he has focussed his skills on helping his clients better plan for the future. For the last four years he’s been based in New York advising international clients including CBRE, Johnson & Johnson, The Consumer Goods Forum, Ebay Enterprise, L’Occitane, Magento, Mothercare, Oracle, Permira, Telstra and Westfield World Trade Center.
intu Properties plc
John Strachan is a Non-Executive Director of intu Properties plc, the London based REIT and owner of nine of the UK's top 20 shopping centres, together with a growing presence in Spain. He was formerly Global Head of Retail at Cushman & Wakefield and is a member of both the Global and European Executive Boards of ICSC.
Charles Taylor, MRICS
Executive Partner, Head of Poland
Cushman & Wakefield
Prior to taking the position of Head of Poland in July 2013, Charles has been managing the Budapest office of Cushman & Wakefield and coordinating the firm’s Capital Markets Team across the Central Europe region for the last 15 years. Before that, he worked in C&W’s London office, where he was responsible for retail agency in Central London. Charles has got a significant track record of successful investment transactions, including the acquisition of a major office portfolio of 5 office buildings in Budapest, concluded on behalf of Heitman and the acquisition of TriGranit’s Arena Centar, Zagreb.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew joined Redevco in 2000 as Managing Director Redevco UK. He was appointed Managing Director Redevco UK/Nordics in 2004 being responsible for the UK & Nordic portfolio worth €1.2b. In 2007 he was promoted to the Board as Chief Operating Officer for Western Europe (except Benelux). He was in charge of activities across 10 countries accounting for a portfolio value of approx €5.0 bn representing 70% of the total portfolio. In 2010 he assumed responsibility for the entire European portfolio and was appointed CEO in November 2011.
Chief Executive Officer
SES Spar European Shopping Centers
Marcus is the CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers, the strategic real estate and shopping centre unit of the SPAR Austria Group, which he joined in 1994. His experience in retail, real estate and shopping centre development spans 20 years. Marcus is a member of the administrative board of ASPIAG Despar Italy, and served as Chair of the European Advisory Board in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) from 2009-2012. In 2013 Marcus was elected by ICSC’s Global Executive Committee as the Divisional Vice President for ICSC’s European Division and he also serves on ICSC’s Board of Trustees.