October 23, 2012


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    Masterminds Europe: re-inventing Europe

    Wednesday, 12th March 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Economic turmoil, rapid urbanisation and a shift of financial power from West to East have left Europe in a state of flux. What do the changes mean from the continent’s economies, its employment and investment markets and its real estate? Are some cities becoming obsolete? How can the public and private sectors work together to ensure the continent stays competitive? And how should Europe’s leading businesses, politicians and its property industry respond to a period of profound change?


    Alderman Sir Michael Bear Alderman Sir Michael Bear
    Regeneration Investment Organisation | Chairman
    Sir Michael Bear is Chairman of the UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation and Co-chair of the UK-China CEO Infrastructure Forum. He is also Non-Executive Director of Arup.

    Over the last 36 years, he has worked first in the international construction industry, including the US, Europe, China, the Far East, West Africa and South Africa, latterly for Balfour Beatty Property Ltd where from 1993 – 2012 he was Managing Director, working on their development and private finance initiative (PFI) and public-private partnerships (PPP) projects.

    In the City of London he was responsible for bringing the regeneration at Spitalfields to a successful conclusion as Chief Executive of the Spitalfields Development Group. He was Regeneration Director for Hammerson plc between 2006 – 2012 and is currently a Non-Executive Director for Arup. He is a member of Lord Green’s Ministerial Strategic Advisory Group and was Lord Mayor of the City of London 2010 – 2011.

    Sean Tompkins Sean Tompkins
    RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) | Chief Executive Officer
    Sean is CEO of RICS and prior to this was a director of Prudential plc. Sean also holds independent non-executive directorships in the social enterprise sector.
    Sean leads RICS, the world's largest professional body covering land, real estate, construction and infrastructure and supports the Governing Council in defining vision and strategic goals.
    Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity and providing access to the world's most respected professional qualification. Sean has led the creation of RICS’ modern day brand and development, which today sees it operating out of 27 locations, covering the major financial and political centres of the world.
    Sean has been honoured to accompany the UK Prime Minister on trade missions aimed at promoting the value of professionalism, at a time when the world faces it's biggest urbanisation challenge.

    Stéphane Distinguin Stéphane Distinguin
    FaberNovel | CEO & Founder
    Stéphane Distinguin is the founder and CEO of FABERNOVEL. Stéphane graduated from ESCP Europe in 1997 and joined Deloitte & Touche. In 1999 he participated in the creation of Up&Up, an early stage investment fund. In 2003, he created FABERNOVEL. As a French entrepreneur and activist in the field of new technology and innovation, Stéphane participated in the launch of new event formats like BarCamps, MobileMondays, CleanTuesdays and TEDxParis. He also played an important role in the creation of the co-working spaces of the ‘Cantines” network, PARISOMA in San Fransisco and the start-up accelerator Le Camping. Stéphane is chairman of Cap Digital, member of the French Digital Council and honorary chairman of Silicon Sentier.
    Denis Simonneau Denis Simonneau
    GDF SUEZ | Member of the Executive Committee in charge of European and International Relations
    Denis Simonneau is the Member of the Executive Committee in charge of European and International Relations for the GDF SUEZ Group.
    A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris, he is a member of the French Diplomatic Service.
    He has served in India and South Africa, and his appointments have included Adviser to the French Minister of European Affairs, Counsellor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union, Consul General and Head of the French Trade Economic Mission in Houston, Texas, Deputy Spokesperson for the French Department of Foreign Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the Minister for European Affairs.

    Günther H. Oettinger Günther H. Oettinger
    Member of the European Commission • 2005 - 2010 Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
    • Since 2005 Member of the Governing Board and the Federal Executive Committee of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU Deutschland).
    • 1984 to 2010 Member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg.
    • 2006 to 2010 Chairman of the Federal Committee on Media Policy of the CDU from 1999 to 2006 and of the Media Policy Experts’ Group of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.
    • 29 April 2005 to 20 November 2009 Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union of Baden-Württemberg (CDU Baden-Württemberg).
    • March 2007 to March 2009 Co-Chairman of the Commission on the Modernisation of Financial Relations between the Federal Government and the German States (Federalism Reform II).
    • December 2001 to July 2005 District Chairman of the CDU in northern Württemberg (CDU Nordwürttemberg).
    • 1977 – 1985 Chairman of the CDU in Ditzingen.
    • 1983 – 1989 Federal State Chairman of 'Junge Union Baden-Württemberg’ (youth section of the CDU in Baden-Württemberg).
    • 1979 to 1993 District Councillor in Ludwigsburg.
    • 1980 - 1994 Town Councillor in Ditzingen. 1982 - 1994Leader of CDU members of Ditzingen Municipal Council.

    Rob Wilkinson Rob Wilkinson
    AEW Europe | CIO
    Rob Wilkinson is Chief Investment Officer of AEW Europe with overall responsibility for fund management and separate accounts, including the development of firm-wide investment strategy and new business. Since joining the firm in 2009, Rob has overseen over €5 billion in real estate transactions across Europe and has expanded the platform to include UK fund management capabilities. Rob has over 19 years of experience in real estate and corporate finance and was previously a Managing Director with the Goodman Group responsible for the management of sector-focused funds and business development representing €4.5 billion of assets. Rob holds a degree from the University of Cambridge and previously held investment banking positions at UBS and Eurohypo.


    Damian Wild Damian Wild
    Estates Gazette | Editor
    Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette

    Damian Wild became editor of Estates Gazette in September 2009. Before joining, he was group editor in chief of Incisive Media’s business and finance titles, including Accountancy Age and Financial Director, as well as a number of related websites. Prior to that, he spent five years as editor of Accountancy Age. During his time with the group, the titles won several awards for their innovative use of online media.

    Damian had previously written for a number of newspapers, magazines and online publications in the UK and Hong Kong including CNN's financial news website in London. He also worked on the South China Morning Post’s business desk during the handover to China in 1997.

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