Panel Participants

Investors

Zsolt Kohalmi

Global Head of Real Estate and Co-CEO

Pictet Alternative Advisors

Zsolt has over two decades of pan-European investment experience and has invested in excess of $20 billion into all real estate asset classes in more than 20 European countries.

 

Prior to Pictet Alternative Advisors, Zsolt was Managing Director and Head of European Acquisitions at Starwood Capital, one of the top firms in global private equity real estate.

 

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2013, he was Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Bergman for eight years, a European real estate investment firm that he co-founded.

 

Before that he was a Director at GE Capital, where he acquired financial platforms as well as loan portfolios across Europe.

Sophie van Oosterom

CEO and CIO – EMEA

CBRE GI

Sophie van Oosterom is CEO and CIO for EMEA. In this capacity, she oversees operations, investment strategy and

performance, underwriting and program development in the region. She is a member of the Global Executive Committee and Global Investment Committee and chairs the European Executive Committee and European Investment Committee.

 

Ms.van Oosterom joined CBRE Global Investors in 2013 as Head of Special Programs with leadership of investor strategy, repositioning and redefining strategies to optimize value for the investors for the various special program funds.

 

Ms.van Oosterom began her real estate and finance career in 1996. Before joining CBRE Global Investors she was a

managing director and European Head of Asset Management of the Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners private equity funds (now Silverpeak Real Estate Partners) with around $20 billion of assets under management at its peak. In this capacity, she was a member of the boards of several real estate companies throughout Europe, where she helped define strategy, financial structuring and value creation across all real estate asset classes. Before that she worked in investment banking M&A advisory with JP Morgan and Barings.

 

Ms.van Oosterom earned a Master’s degree in Economics (Cum Laude) from the University of Amsterdam. She is a

honorary citizen of Marseille (France).

Occupiers

Jan Kristensson

Global Expansion & Development Director

Ingka Centres

Jan Kristensson is the Global Expansion & Development Director for Ingka Centres since November 2016.

Before, and for 8 years, he worked as the Managing Director for IKANO Retail Centres, leading the development and management of all the company shopping centres in the Nordic countries.

Prior to that he worked Retail Parks as Managing Director. Retail Parks was a joint venture between IKANO and Skanska in Sweden for the development of Factory Outlets in Scandinavia.

Patrick Nelson

Executive Vice President, Head of Real Estate EMEA

WeWork

Patrick Nelson is Executive Vice President of Real Estate at WeWork. Patrick heads up WeWork's real estate expansion within EMEA, he holds a MBA from Columbia University and is originally from London. WeWork is the world’s leading co-working and space-as-a-service platform, providing members around the world with a network of beautifully designed spaces, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Our mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. With over 600,000 memberships across 625 locations in 127 cities and 33 countries, our members include entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and large enterprise companies, which now represent 43% of our global membership. 

Cushman & Wakefield

Jan-Willem Bastijn

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA Capital Markets

Cushman & Wakefield

Jan-Willem became CEO Capital Markets for the EMEA region in 2012 and focusses on pan-regional investors and cross border investment transactions.

Jan-Willem is based in the UK but works closely with the other teams around Europe to strengthen relationships with major Global investors.

Jan-Willem has 25 years' professional experience in the real estate market, and has developed wide experience across the world.

He is a member of the EMEA Board of Cushman & Wakefield.

Despina Katsikakis

Head of Occupier Business Performance

Cushman & Wakefield

For more than 35 years Despina has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide.  

 

As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. 

 

With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Despina’s unrivalled insight on the future of work, benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance. 

 

She serves on the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.

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