Emerging Trends in Real Estate APAC 2020 SG Launch [SOLD OUT]


Tuesday 12 November 2019
5:30pm - 7:00pm SGT

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    PwC (Singapore office) Level 12, Marina One, East Tower, 7 Straits View 018936 SINGAPORE
    What are the emerging trends that will drive investment and development in 2020 and beyond?


    5:00pm - 5:30pm


    5:30pm - 5:35pm

    Welcome Address

    5:35pm - 6:00pm

    Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2020 Key Findings

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Networking Cocktails

    What are the emerging trends that will drive investment and development in 2020 and beyond?
    Emerging Trends in Real Estate® is an annual series of trends and forecast publications that reflect the views of leading real estate executives in three regions — Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Undertaken jointly between PwC and the Urban Land Institute, the report provides an outlook on real estate investment and development trends. Now in its 14th edition, the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific® report highlights:
    • Challenges posed by geopolitics, particularly trade wars;
    • A shift back to urban cores as safe havens;
    • Broad adoption of sustainable development practices;
    • Increased services for building occupants;
    • The rise of co-working, reinvention of retail and a rising interest in niche sectors such as data centres and last-mile fulfilment centres;
    • The impact of climate risk on real estate investments; and
    • A growing investment in property technology
    This report would be first launched in Singapore by ULI Global CEO Ed Walter. Join us for the debut presentation of the report's key findings by Colin Galloway, VP Content, ULI Asia Pacific; and a fireside chat with local industry leaders on the trends and their perspective on the real estate markets.
    ULI members: Complimentary Register Here
    Non members: SGD80/USD60 Register Here or Become a ULI Member 
    Capacity is limited so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Priority will be given to ULI members. 
    Registration closes Thursday, 7 November 2019.
    Email enquiries to singapore@uli.org.



    Ed Walter

    Global Chief Executive Officer, Urban Land Institute

    W. Edward (Ed) Walter, a widely renowned real estate industry leader and most recently the Steers Chair in Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, is the Global Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to responsible land use and creating thriving communities. Walter joined ULI’s executive team in June 2018. As the Global CEO, Walter leads the implementation of ULI’s Global Strategic Plan, which includes delivering greater member value through technology investments to improve member connections and involvement with ULI; strengthening and broadening ULI’s member networks; and encouraging more philanthropic giving to expand ULI’s reach. The multi-year plan strives to strengthen member engagement and expand member impact in each of the three regions in which ULI has a presence – the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Walter brings to ULI more than 35 years of management experience in the real estate profession across a variety of disciplines including hotels, multifamily, and land development, with a strong emphasis on capital markets and investments. From 2007 through 2016, he served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc., where he led a $19 billion-plus global lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) with a high-performing portfolio of more than 110 hotels around the world. Prior to becoming Host’s CEO, he served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer for more than four years and served in other executive roles at Host for seven years prior to being named the CFO. Walter’s service at Host overlapped with his four-year tenure at Georgetown, where he created and taught the Real Estate Public Equity course, which is designed to explore multiple aspects of REITs. Walter’s industry volunteer leadership experience is equally expansive, including roles at the Real Estate Roundtable (he currently co-chairs RER’s Research Committee); National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (he chaired NAREIT from 2012-2013); and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, which he helped guide through a strategic planning process while chairing its CEO Council. He is an active member and current chairman of the Federal City Council, a non-profit, non-partisan council of business, professional, education and civic leaders focused on solutions to urban growth challenges faced by the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. He is a Board member at Avalon Bay Communities and Ameriprise Financial. Previously, he was an active member of the National Kidney Foundation, having served as its Board Chairman, a National Director, and a member of its Executive Committee. He also served in leadership positions for the Foundation’s National Capital Area affiliate organization.


    Manohar Khiatani

    Senior Executive Director, CapitaLand Limited

    Mr Manohar Khiatani is the Senior Executive Director of CapitaLand Group. Mr Khiatani assists the Group CEO in matters relating to organisation integration, and the India and business parks businesses. He also oversees the Group Centres of Excellence for Business Communities Development and Customer Services & Solutions. Mr Khiatani is a member of the CapitaLand Executive Committee. Prior to joining CapitaLand in July 2019, he was the Deputy Group CEO of Ascendas-Singbridge. Before joining Ascendas in 2013, he served as the CEO of JTC Corporation (JTC), the Singapore government’s lead agency to plan, promote and develop industrial infrastructure and facilities. At JTC, he spearheaded the development of specialised infrastructure solutions for various sectors and positioned the organisation as an industrial infrastructure innovator. Prior to joining JTC in 2009, Mr Khiatani was the Deputy Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He joined the EDB in 1986 where he played an instrumental role in the development and transformation of important sectors in Singapore’s economy such as aerospace, marine and offshore, electronics, precision engineering, logistics, infocomms and media, and clean technology. He was also in charge of the EDB’s operations in the Americas and Europe. Between 1994 and 1999, Mr Khiatani was the Managing Director of Preussag SEA, a diversified German conglomerate, where he was responsible for developing the group’s business in South East Asia. He returned to the EDB in 1999. Mr Khiatani is a Board Member of several companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. This includes Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited (the manager of the Singapore-listed Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust), Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte Ltd (the trustee-manager of the Singapore-listed Ascendas India Trust), Ascendas Hospitality Fund Management Pte Ltd and Ascendas Hospitality Trust Management Pte Ltd (the managers of Singapore-listed Ascendas Hospitality Trust) and SIA Engineering Company Ltd. He also sits on various business and government committees. Mr Khiatani’s previous Board Directorships include JTC Corporation, Jurong International, Jurong Port, SPRING Singapore and Media Development Authority. He holds a Master in Naval Architecture from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2006.


    Colin Galloway

    Senior Content Advisor, ULI Asia Pacific

    Colin studied in the UK and worked originally as an attorney in Hong Kong before switching to journalism, where he worked for twenty years as both a writer and photographer. Focused mainly on China, he covered news for publications in the UK and Europe before moving on to business feature writing for outlets ranging from the South China Morning Post to the Economist Group. He was also involved in commercially-focused work, including in particular report writing and analysis for clients including the Economist Intelligence Unit, McKinsey & Co, Booz & Co, and the ULI, for whom he wrote the Emerging Trends Asia Pacific report beginning in 2008. His role at the ULI is to drive content development across the region, including research initiatives, content partnerships with corporate members and industry organisations, and programmes such as advisory services panels. He is based in Hong Kong.


    Niel Thassim

    Head of Asia, Private Funds Group, Brookfield Asia Pacific

    Niel Thassim is a Managing Director and the Asia Pacific Head of Brookfield’s Private Funds Group, based in Singapore. In this role, Mr. Thassim is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with leading investment partners in the region. He is also the CEO of Brookfield Singapore Pte Ltd. Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Thassim served as the Managing Director and the Asia Pacific Head of Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate investment management business (RREEF). He also previously held senior roles within RREEF and Deutsche Bank in Australia, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to this, Mr. Thassim held executive positions with Coopers & Lybrand, Bankers Trust, Credit Suisse First Boston and Colonial First State Investments in Australia and the United Kingdom. Mr. Thassim has over 24 years of finance, accounting and real estate investment management experience. Mr. Thassim graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) degree and holds a Masters of Applied Finance Degree from Macquarie University, Australia. Mr. Thassim is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. Mr. Thassim also serves as a Board Member of ANREV and the Singapore chapter of the Urban Land Institute and is on the Board of the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Real Estate Studies.


    Wanshi Zheng

    Chief Strategy & Planning Officer, Frasers Property Limited, Frasers Property Limited

    Ms Zheng Wanshi is responsible for the development and integration of Frasers Property Group strategy and its execution across the company’s diverse businesses and markets it operates in, while working in collaboration with the senior leadership team. In her role, Ms Zheng also oversees the Capital Allocation, Planning, Research, and Strategic Communications and Branding functions. Prior to joining the Group on 8 February 2018, Ms Zheng held positions including Head of Investment Management at CapitaLand Limited, Director (Multi-asset Class Research) at Mount Kellett Capital (Hong Kong) Limited, and Vice President (Distressed Products Group/ Strategic Investment Group) at Deutsche Bank AG. Ms Zheng holds a double degree from the University of Pennsylvania, USA where she graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Concentration in Finance, and from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She serves as a Member of the Investment Committee at The National Kidney Foundation Singapore, which is a non-profit health organisation in Singapore.


    Choon Fah Ong

    Chief Executive Officer, EDMUND TIE

    With more than 30 years’ experience in real estate and academia, Ong Choon Fah heads the executive leadership team for Edmund Tie & Company in her role as CEO. On top of strategy and management, her vision is to create a firm that is committed to industry-leading real estate consultancy and adheres to the highest ethical principles, supporting the community for long-term sustainability. Choon Fah’s broad expertise in research and consulting in Singapore and beyond, in conjunction with her wide-ranging experience across commercial, government and non-profit organisations, give her an excellent overview of the industry. Choon Fah is the Chair of Singapore for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of the APAC Executive Committee, Honorary Real Estate Consultancy Advisor to the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS), and member of the Council for Real Estate Agencies’ (CEA) Professional Development Committee. She is also a licensed valuer and salesperson, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (FSISV). Beyond real estate, Choon Fah’s wide-ranging interests include the arts, education and lifelong learning. She sits on the management board of the National University of Singapore Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies (NUS IREUS) and is a life member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.