Keynote Address: Disruption in the real estate industry and the part that building automation and information technology will play.

Prof. Dr. Wulf Bauerfield

Wulf Bauerfeld has a university degree in Physics, a doctoral degree in Information Technology, is professor of Building Automation and Information and a passionate pilot.
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He has a sound background in various technical fields: computational sciences, technical communication, renewable energy technologies and applied automation. Before he joined Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Berlin (University of Applied Sciences) in 2011 he worked for Deutsche Telekom as an executive consultant and deputy director in national or pan-European projects. His reasoning covers as well socio-technical, economical and political aspects of Internet-based developments. In his younger days he had the chance to teach for 18 month at the University of Texas in Austin and conducted projects for UNIDO in Egypt and Tanzania.

Is the Internet of Things and AI the new sustainability?: Capitalising on sustainability through connected buildings. Focussing on what really matters to end users in buildings can drive meaningful impact on our industry, and do so at a scale using sustainable technologies.

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin is the founder and CEO of EnergyDeck, an award-winning online platform that helps organisations optimise buildings and increase health and well-being.
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The driving idea behind EnergyDeck is to combine the collective intelligence of users with advanced analytics, in order to deliver actionable insights into building optimisation opportunities - at scale.

Previously, Benjamin was Google's Green Business Operations Manager and Clean Energy Manager for Europe. In these roles, he was responsible for a broad range of initiatives ranging from building performance improvements to major programmes like Google's Copenhagen Project (COP15). He also led Google's first investment in renewable energy generation outside of the U.S. In addition, he served as Google’s spokesperson on all matters related to the environment, energy and sustainability. Before Google, Benjamin worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton on projects in the high-tech, media, industrial and energy sectors.

Benjamin holds a M.Eng. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Munich Technical University and an MBA from Insead in France. He is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the BBC, the Sustainability Council of the ULI (Urban Land Institute), and participates in the benchmarking committees of the BBP (Better Buildings Partnership) and GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark).

In other news, Benjamin briefly became a world record holder for Zorba dancing in 2008 (together with 1671 other Googlers).

Health & Wellbeing….simply a trend, is there added value for your tenants and investments behind the hype? The latest thinking on the delivery of a healthy and sustainable office environment.

Philippa Gill

Philippa joined Verdextra in 2015 where she heads the Real Estate group. She has over 15 years’ experience in private equity and real estate, as well as first-hand experience across the property life cycle.
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Currently, Philippa is leading a number of projects focusing on health & wellbeing within the built environment, and she also has a particular interest in circular economy solutions for property. Prior to joining Verdextra, she was global co-head of sustainability at Tishman Speyer and has also managed transformation, construction and software projects. She has significant client-side experience, and has worked for some of the largest private equity companies in the world. She has also held positions as Head of Human Resources, Operations Director and Property Systems Manager.

The Investment Value in Connectivity. Discussion with presentations from an occupier and an investor in one of the world's most connected buildings.

Donal Campbell

Donal has been a Senior Project Manager at Deka Immobilien GmbH Frankfurt, since 2000. His role mainly focuses on project development, refurbishment, repair and improvement of landmark commercial property in the UK and Ireland.
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Donal is also the in-house sustainability advisor for a portfolio which is in the region of € 32 billion. Approximately 63% of the portfolio is certified with BREEAM, LEED, DGNB etc. Award-winning buildings in the portfolio include Kings Place, London, with the highest BREEAM In Use score worldwide. Donal completed his MSC in Environmental Services in 2007, and had previously worked in the building and construction industry both in the UK, Ireland and Germany.  He is a keen cyclist and musician. He has an interest in psychology, particularly in relation to wellbeing and creation of positive workplaces.