10TH CEE INVESTMENT & MANUFACTURING
AWARDS & CEO NETWORKING FORUM
The annual CEE Investment Awards Gala, being held on October 28th & 29th is recognized as one of the most important and valuable real estate events in Central and Eastern Europe.
This year the event, forum & main Awards Gala will be held entirely online, & and will be streamed live to the world from the EuropaProperty Virtual Studio.
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Our panel of Commercial Real Estate business leaders will discuss all things Investment & Finance, including a real-time Q&A.
Can we hope for a strong rebound in 2021?
Which investors are looking to invest?
What are the options for investors with all sectors getting tighter?
Where should investors be looking for the best returns?
What next for commercial real estate in CEE and wider Europe?
The Hotel Industry has felt the worst of the pandemic effect, our panel of industry leaders, investors, service providers and operators will share how they are adapting to the new reality. Real-time live Q&A.
How quickly can the hotel & leisure sectors recover?
What can be done in the short to medium-term to ease pressure on the sectors?
What’s next for the hospitality and leisure sectors in CEE and the wider Europe?
What expertise and resources are needed to weather this crisis?
What measures can be taken to reduce the strain on operators, owners and franchisees?
What has been learned and what needs to be done to recover in the short-term?
This sector has seen a relative bounce during the crisis due to increased online shopping with a knock-on effect of increased demand for logistics and warehousing. Real-time Q&A.
With demand growing for warehouses will stable rental rates continue?
Investment market outlook, what will be the effects on capital values in the short-term?
Can high developer activity be maintained?
What are the short and long-term effects on supply and demand?
The potential implications/challenges and opportunities of deglobalization on supply chains?
We have gathered together the region’s leading manufacturers, some looking to sell, some for investment, but all needing services. Real-time Q&A.
Manufacturing has been one of the strongest performing sectors in the region, with industrial demand contributing to stable warehouse growth. Our panel, made up of industry leaders, will share their thoughts and experience with viewers regarding the crisis, its many challenges to the sector, but also a focus on the opportunities that will arise in the coming months.
Could manufacturing be seen as the safest investment destination?
Are longer lease terms and covenant strength assuming greater importance?
Are we seeing more growth driven by e-commerce?
With food and pharmaceutical prospering, is the demand for space growing from other sectors?
How is this crisis accelerating the adaptation of technology?
Commentary on land, services and construction prices over the next 6-12 months?
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Martin Erbe is Head of International Real Estate Finance Central Europe at HelabaLandesbank Hesse-Thuringia which belongs to the German savings bank network. Based atthe bank’s Frankfurt headquarter he manages the origination for Central Europe, the Nordicsand Benelux. Martin Erbe has worked on a wide range of financing transactions in the pastand has more than 18 years of real estate experience in the European markets. Helaba currently manages a loan book of around EUR 32 bn in commercial real estate, almosthalf of this amount representing the bank’s international business in Europe and the US.Helaba’s relationship-oriented strategy remained unchanged during the crisis and isconsistently directed towards its target markets.
Dieter Knittel is Head of International Real Estate Finance for Central and Eastern Europe at pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. Dieter is responsible for the bank’s lending portfolio in the region. The regional focus is on Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Dieter has been active in the CEE market for more than twenty years, including five years based in Warsaw as Head of Credit and Senior Risk Management.
Hubert has over 19 years of experience in banking with a focus on commercial property and corporate financing. He started his professional career in 2000 with BRE Bank (currently mBank), in the Warsaw Branch, where he was responsible for large corporate clients. Then in 2002 he moved to Nordea Bank, where in Nordic Corporate Banking Department he was dealing with all aspects of commercial banking for clients from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, who were investing in Poland, including corporate and real estate financing. In 2007 Hubert joined Aareal Bank, where for more than 10 years he was responsible for structuring and providing commercial real estate loans to big international as well as Polish clients. In March 2018 he left Aareal Bank and joined CBRE as the Head of Debt & Structure Finance Department however he rejoined Aareal Bank in December in a role of General Manager for Poland.
George Mula is the principal of IFGroup. He has been active in Poland for over 25 years having first come to Poland in 1989 as part of the City of London Initiative a British Government sponsored mission. Over the last 12 years George has invested well over a billion Euro in all sectors of the real estate market primarily alongside some of the largest private equity groups. All with an added value development content.
Prior to establishing the Balmain Asset Management group in 2003, James held various senior positions with Westfield over a ten-year career, culminating in establishing their European shopping center business in London in 1998.
James has been directly involved with 2.7 million sqm and EUR 10.5 billion of shopping center assets over his thirty-one-year career in real estate. James leads the strategy and investments for the Sierra Balmain business
Przemysław Wieczorek MRICS, Investment Director, Management Board Member of Puro Hotels Sp. z o.o. responsible for land acquisition and financing within Puro. Present in the company since beginning. Przemysław has 15 year experience in real estate sector both residential and commercial, specializing in financing, market analysis and acquisitions.
Dr. Christo Iliev is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in real estate. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AG Capital – a leading Bulgarian group of companies with real estate development, investment, consultancy and asset management capabilities. AG Capital companies employ over 1000 people. Some of the portfolio companies include: BLD, a leading commercial (office) and residential developer, Forton, an alliance partner of Cushman & Wakefield for Bulgaria and Macedonia, Address Real Estate – the biggest residential brokerage in the country, and Unique Estates, exclusive partner of Luxury Portfolio for Bulgaria.
Christo is an alumni of Harvard Business School and holds a PhD degree in Real Estate Investments. He is a member of the BoD of Endeavor Bulgaria, Vice Chairman of CEIBG (Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria), Board member of the Family Business Network (FBN) in Bulgaria and an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mauritius in Bulgaria.
Nebil Senman held leading positions for nine years as Senior Vice President and Supervisory Board Member of Oaktree’s German and Polish real estate funds and operations worth several billion euro. Before joining Oaktree, he spent eight years dealing with the real estate and corporate consulting at Ernst & Young Real Estate (previously Arthur Andersen), where he held different managerial positions. He is a graduate of universities in Berlin (TU Berlin, EBS), Paris (ESCP Europe) and London (LSE) and holds an MBA and a master degree in civil engineering. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in real estate management (EBS). He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, MRICS.
Deputy General Manager and Director Quality at RECARO Aircraft Seating Polska since beginning of 2007 .
Michał graduated from Poznań University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering faculty.
He has over 15 years’ experience in scope of engineering, certification, quality assurance and operations working in the several companies in the aviation industry.
Focused on Lean Excellence and leadership principles.
24 years of experience in the industrial sector. Complex project management focused on cost-saving, logistics optimization programs, suppliers resourcing, in the field of industrial projects with lean manufacturing methodology managing investments, production plant construction, and global contracts negotiation.
Graduated in Physics and Mathematics faculty at Maria-Curie University in Lublin (Poland).
Professional career and experience in Daewoo Motor Poland (automotive) – head of Purchasing and Logistics Dept. restructuring of purchasing department and effective logistics models implementation.
Since 1997 Thomson multimedia (consumer electronics) – Purchasing Manager with European, American and Asia plant responsibilities.
Focused on operational and purchasing cost optimization, Supply Chain Programs, low-cost regions suppliers panel.
Since 2004 – Valeo (automotive). Wide range of responsibility: cost optimization as a continuous improvement program, productivity projects, production process improvement, lean manufacturing methodology, material and product optimization with quality improvement, and finally operational cost optimization.
In 2008 appointed for Industrial Project Director & Public Funding National Director position in Valeo with multi projects management: production lines transfer within Europe, outsourcing, investments, and manufacturing plants construction with project co-ordination for all Valeo plants located in Poland.
He plays a key role in Valeo in terms of public subsidies for innovation.
Member of #Entrepreneur Counsel as a business advisor for Skawina town Mayer, #Małopolska Innovation Committee (Małopolska Marshal Office) as opinion body for key regional projects realization and #French-Polish Chamber of Commerce.
Then a member of the working group and co-author of InnoMoto program (public aid program for automotive sector in Poland) with the co-operation of Ministry of Economy Department and NCBiR (National Centre for Research and Development).
His professionalism has been recognized by Professional of The Year 2016 Award by CEE Manufacturing Excellence.
Valeo Group is an independent group, fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, mainly for the reduction of CO2 emissions. Having 186 production units in 33 countries and 59 R&D centres, employing 113 600 people.
Valeo in Poland has a sales office in Warsaw and 4 production plants with above 8 000 employees.
Since 2004 Marek works for Valeo – one of the most innovative automotive companies in the world taking wide range responsibility of cost reduction as a continuous improvement program on the field of productivity projects, production process improvement with lean manufacturing methodology, material and products optimization with quality improvement and finally operational cost savings.
In 2008 he has been appointed as Industrial Project Director responsible for operational areas such multi projects management: production lines transfer within Europe, outsourcing as well as investments and manufacturing plant extensions with projects co-ordination for all Valeo plants located in Poland.
Additionally he plays a key role in Valeo Poland organisation in term of public subsidy with achieved success in creation of special economy zones with the investment commitment and working places creation in Poland.
In May 2010 Marek has been nominated as a member of the Małopolska Innovation Committee supporting Kraków province government as a opinion body for key regional projects realization.
Experience in European Union grants and public aid programs management mixed with industrial projects background was a perfect reason to be nominated in 2014 as a member of working group and co-author of InnoMoto program creation (public aid program for automotive sector in Poland) with co-operation of Ministry of Economy Department and NCBiR (National Centre for Research and Development).
His 20 years of experience in operations working under various issues makes him a good understanding of the wide scope of the different projects. On top of this has a proven record in the field of projects management gained in the course of various big projects assignments
Valeo Group is an independent group, fully focused on the design, production, and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, mainly for the reduction of CO2 emissions. Having 123 production sites globally in 29 countries and 51 R&D and development centers, employing 78 600 people.
Valeo in Poland has a sales office in Warsaw and 4 production plants with 7000 employees.
Manufacturing & supply chain professional with 20 years experience. Focused on continuous improvement, operational excellence and effective leadership.
Sławomir graduated from Warsaw University of Technology, Mechanics of Energetics and Aviation faculty. He has also got MBA from Warsaw University / University of Antwerp.Professional experience gained in companies such as: Master Foods, L’Oreal, GlaxoSmithKline, Avon and recently Cadbury getting wide manufacturing and supply chain experience. He speaks French & English some German & Russian.
He worked as shift manager leading factory shifts, he managed technical projects, buying and installing technical equipment as an industrial engineer. Later on as a production manager and value stream manager he managed business units defining their strategies, setting goals, defining and improving processes as well as was responsible for P&L, operations and investments. Sławomir managed change as manufacturing excellence manager implementing world class manufacturing methodologies, lean tools and systems. He has good understanding of logistics, warehousing and supply chain planning performing in the past logistics, regional materials planning and demand planning roles cross CEE. Sławomir’s strengths are building high performing teams, leading for change, implementing innovations and delivering performance improvements.
Manager with extensive experience in the field of shopping and project management gained in international corporations in the energy sector. Currently, she has been the Purchasing and Logistics Director at Siemens cooperating in the EMEA region with several European countries of the Siemens AG concern and is a Member of the Management Board of the Polish Association of Logistics and Purchasing Managers. Her responsibility at Siemens is, among others Indirect purchases as well as creating a purchasing policy with an emphasis on good practices, defining standards of partner cooperation with contractors. She has been professionally associated with the shopping area for more than twenty years. Previously, she worked at PKN ORLEN SA for 7 years. managing strategic purchases for Capital Group Companies. She has created and successfully implemented cooperation within the framework of central purchases in the Concern for over a dozen Direct purchase categories. Since 2019, Dominika is a Board Member of Polish Supply Management Leaders and the expert of Polish Supply Management Experts. She is a certified mentor and graduate of the Jacek Santorski Academy of Leadership Psychology. He is passionate about developing not only hard skills, but above all soft skills, which translates into cooperation in his environment.
Open, dynamic, active and communicative. Loving to act, implement, change. Her biggest success is making difficult, risky things, sometimes impossible through work, courage and team creativity. Values independence in action, care for development and mindfulness in professional and private life. Inspired by crossing borders in every area of our lives. In life, he is guided by the conviction that extra effort always pays off, and each change gives space to implement more and more new solutions that serve personal and business development. An amateur of high-mountain expeditions and various sports activities.
Is an expert in the field of transport between EU and CIS countries. She advises in building logistics strategies in terms of safety, speed and cost efficiency.
Vasilisa supports Polish entrepreneurs in negotiations with Russian-speaking contractors, including those from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Originally from Belarus, has been living in Poland since 2006. She gained an education at the Belarusian State University in Minsk including PhD and at the Lazarski University in Warsaw. Experienced in running business in Belarus and Poland.
Understanding of the differences between Eastern and Western cultures allows her to build relationships with partners based on reliability and trust.
Privately she is a happy wife, mother of three sons, a student of the Idea Class Moscow School of Image, she boxes and goes horseback riding.
Anita Rajchelt is Real Estate Asset & Transaction Manager in Amazon, based in Warsaw. She is responsible for the management of Amazon’s real estate portfolio in Poland and involved in RE transactions supporting Amazon’s expansion in the region.
Prior to joining Amazon, Anita was Portfolio Manager at TFI PZU, a Polish Investment Fund, active in all industry sectors, where she was responsible for new acquisitions as well as coordinating development processes. Anita has also gained extensive professional experience in Asset Management and Investment Transaction Services, having hold a number of senior positions in Cushman & Wakefield and King Sturge, international property agencies.
Anita earned a master degree in Finance and Banking with faculty in Real Estate and Investment at University of Lodz. In addition she graduated postgraduate studies in Property Appraisal and Management at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a qualified RICS surveyor and a member of INREV.
John ‘Bob’ Spence of Europaproperty Associates is a Kozminski University Lecturer on the subject of negotiation.
Served in the South African Defence Force during the Angolan civil war including 2 years as a ‘negotiation facilitator’.
Harvard trained on negotiation frameworks.
Sponsored by the UKTI as a regular speaker on cross cultural negotiation addressing importers & exporters.
Working mostly with Lawyers in the UK & USA supporting them implement the ‘right deal in the right way’.
A graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics in the field of Marketing and Management and MBA studies conducted by the University of Rotterdam / GFKM / University of Gdańsk.
He has over 25 years of business experience on high managerial positions gained in the management structures of international corporations. As an independent advisor, he was involved in restructuring companies and in consulting and auditing in operational and sales departments.
In his activities he is very focused on the process approach, maintaining the appropriate dynamics of the organization’s development and using the full resources to achieve ever better results.
Peter Chudy is a Partner at Central Europe Trust Poland who he joined in 1991. Over the years, he has been involved in more than 100 merger&acquisition projects in Poland and other central-east European markets.
Partial list of Polish transaction assignments include:
- PKC Group – acquisition of Groclin S.A.’s wiring and controls business unit
- Rentokil Initial – acquisition of a Polish industrial garment rental company and door mat provider
- Arla Foods – sale of cheese plant in Poland to Polmlek
- Interparking – acquisition of PCP Poland, provider of car parking services
- AkzoNobel-ICI – acquisition of the Pilawa Chemical Paints factory
- Ministry of State Treasury for the Republic of Poland – privatization through sale of state-owned shares in two government operated textile firms
- Ministry of State Treasury for the Republic of Poland – privatization through sale of state-owned shares in Orbis, government operated hotel chain, to Groupe Accor
- Kingfisher – acquisition of NOMI, a leading home improvement retail chain
- Bierun Dairy Plant – sale of dairy producer to Danone
- Pratt Whitney-United Technologies – sale of Rzeszow foundry
- Heinz – acquisition of Pudliszki, a state-owned food processor
Before joining CET, Peter Chudy was a market analyst with the Los Angeles branch of JP Morgan Chase & Co. Major focus of the Los Angeles branch was on private middle market companies with annual sales ranging from $50 million to $500 million.
Mr. Chudy received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management. He also has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Kenyon College.
As a son of the founder Arno Boekestijn, Sjef Boekestijn has been growing up in their family company: Boekestijn Transport Service. While finishing the economic university specializing on Logistics, 7 years ago, he moved to Poland to lead the operations in the control tower in Gadki, Poznan. With currently a fleet over 450 trucks operating, constant technological development with in-house developed software is needed to stay ahead of the competition.
Dorota Raben graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in 1988, in chemistry and that’s where she began her professional life working in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Department.
In 1991 Dorota Raben engaged in logistics and since then she has been devoting to logistics up to present. She took part in developing a warehouse centre representing “Herlitz” company in Poznan, was also a co-originator of family logistics company “Raben”, worked for “Royal Frans Maas Group”, “Gefco” and “FM Logistic”. All these years she experienced work affiliated with logistics worldwide, it’s safe to say that she spent most of her life “in transfer from place to place”. Dorota Raben shares her knowledge and experience in logistics management, working out strategy with students from Leon Kozminski Academy , Warsaw School of Economics, Polish Academy of Sciences and postgraduate studies MBA and DBA.
Dorota Raben is a certified trainer at the school of Brian Tracy International.
Krystian Andres, Director Global Manufacturing for Turbochargers. Over 15 years of experience in the area of Manufacturing Engineering for Automotive Industry. Working for DELPHI and Borgwarner companies and being in various roles including Manufacturing Engineering, Production and Project Management. Currently holding a global position and being responsible for Manufacturing Engineering processes across 11 Turbo plants worldwide as well as approving their CapEx spending and being responsible for defining new Manufacturing Processes for turbocharging brand new technologies.
Andrzej Siess was born in Łódź and graduated from Wroclaw University
He has lived in Warsaw since 1980. At the beginning of 90’s last century he has begun to cooperate with Raben, Dutch family which established its logistics business 28 years ago
In Poland. Now days Raben Group is present in 12 countries in Poland and CEE region
Employ 10.000 people, have 1.000.000 sqm for rent and use 8.000 trucks in daily business
Andrzej Siess has worked as Board Adviser to Raben Group Management for many years,
Also represent Raben in Foreign Chambers of Commerce as well as Domestic and International Institutions like Polish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Foreign Investment Agency and Trade and many others in Warsaw, Poland
- CEO & Managing Partner, Sharda Group of Companies (INTL) – www.shardagroup.pl
- Vice President, Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry – www.ipcci.pl
- Honorary Ambassador, Lodz Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LIPH) – www.izba.lodz.pl
- Director, Indo British Trade Council (ITBC) – www.ibtc.org.uk
- Intl Brand Ambassador, Lodz Regional Park of Science and Technology www.technopark.lodz.pl
- Founder & Advisory Board Member, British International School of University of Lodz www.interschool.uni.lodz.pl
- Ambassador, Wallonia.be (Feel Inspired) www.wallonia.be
- Mentor, Youth Business Poland (YBP) – www.ybp.org.pl
- Advisor, CS Swiss (Switzerland) – www.csswiss.com
- Advisory Board Member (Europe), India’s International Movement to Unite Nations – www.iimun.in
- Senior Business Advisor, Warsaw Modlin Airport – www.modlinairport.pl
- Founder & Promoter, Sharda Business Centre – www.276.resume.pl
- Fr. Board Member, Gdynia Cotton Association – www.gca.org.pl
- Fr. Vice President of Indo-Polish Cultural Committee – www.ipcci.pl
Special Recognition & Decoration:
- “JEWELS OF RAJASTHAN
- “Who’s Who of the Industries – Rajasthan
- Honorary Doctorate: Doctor of Advance Studies “Honoris Causa” for Excellence in Management
Short note: Amit Lath is one of the leading Indian face and businessmen based in Poland for the last 21 years. He is known to be a very humble and down-to-earth man and lives a simple and modest life just like an average citizen and his wife supports this lifestyle. With his magnificent and phenomenal efforts to develop his business across India and overseas, he became the new face of Indian business – professional, modern, and forward looking.
His leadership qualities enabled the company Sharda Group to achieve success not only in the European markets but also in to other International markets especially in CEE & Middle East. Today the group is ranked by Poland Ministry of Economy as No. 1 in Textile Sector and is among Top 10 companies for entire trade between India-Poland. Sharda Group Poland which is now the biggest Textile player in the Central Eastern European market and supplies to more than 60 countries worldwide.
Simultaneously achievements came in form of various prestigious awards one of them being the group being ranked among the top 500 in the list of FORBES Diamond 2012. The Group Ranked 301 in Poland and 13 in the Lodzkie state. Sharda Group is the 1st Indian company in Poland to be nominated in list of FORBES Diamond 2012.
He has widely travelled to 57 countries all over the world and also has been invited as a speaker in various business delegations, Economic Forums, Business Symposium to share his know how of business and to promote trade between India-Poland. Not only is he actively involved on the business circuit he has been equally responsible for development of Lodzkie Region in terms of taking it forward.
He is a founder member of Lodz British International School and closely associated with the State and Central Government in Poland for building ties between India-Poland. He is also involved is number of key projects for Lodz & Lodzkie region in different sectors and working closely with the present local and state government. Amit makes every Indian dream bigger with his achievements and only sets the standards higher and higher.
He also revived famous Polish traditional textile brands like UNIONTEX® (Estd 1827) &Pamotex® (Estd 1825) which is sold globally through large distribution network. Also due to his vision in 2012 a successful venture of “Sharda Business Centre” was opened in Poland in which companies like Philip Morris, and Ago Logistics are having offices and logistics hub.
Sharda Group Achievements & Awards:
Forbes 2012 – Ranked 301 in Poland
Fair Play Prestigious Award – Poland: 2012 & 2013
Ranked by Poland Ministry of Economy Largest Textile Trading Partner for year 2007 to 2011
Awarded Most Dynamic & Elite Company by “PulsBiznesu” – 2009/2010/2011.
Fastest Growing Company Gepardy Biznesu 2011.
Highest Evaluated Company by Dun & Bradstreet 2011/2012/2013.
Best Top 10 Companies of Region – Gazeta Prawna 2010
37th Fastest Growing Company – Gazeta Prawna 2007
Met Deputy Minister of Poland, H.E Mr. Wojciech Katner – April’1999
Met Deputy Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh H.E Mr. Subhash Yadav – August’2001
Met Minister of External Affairs of India, H.E Mr. Omar Abdullah – February’2002
Met Secretary of State of Poland H.E Mr. Bernard Blaszczyk – February’2002
Met Prime Minister of Poland H.E Mr. Leszek Miller – May’2002 & October’2003.
Met Speaker of Parliament H.E Mr. Marek Borowski – November’2003.
Met Secretary, Dept of Industrial Policy & Promotion of India H.E Mr. Lakshmi Chand – October’2004
Met Defence Minister of India H.E Mr. Pranab Mukherjee – November’2004
Met Mayor of Wroclaw City, Poland H.E Mr. Rafal Dutkiewicz – March’2005
Met Commerce Minister of India H.E Mr. Kamal Nath – May’2006
Met Mr. R.S. Goenka – Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Kolkata – May’ 2006
Met Minister of State for External Affairs of India H.E. Mr. Anand Sharma – June’2006
Met Mrs. Satwant Reddy, Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India – July’ 2006
Met Ambassador of Srilanka to Poland H.E Mr. N. Navaratnarajah – August’2006
Met Fr. Prime Minister of Poland H.E Mr. Marek Belka – September 2006
Met Fr. Prime Minister of Slovakia H.E Mr. Mikuláš Dzurinda – September 2006
Met World Bank Lead Economist – Mr. Thomas Blatt Laursen – September’2006
Met Lord H.E Mr. Radice at House of Lords (London) – November’2006
Met Fr. Prime Minister of Poland H.E Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz – March’2007
Met Member of Parliament H.E Mr. Pound at House of Commons (London) – March’2007.
Met Honáble Prime Minister of Poland, Mr. Donald Tusk – November’2008
Met Miss. India – Miss. Natasha Suri – October 2006
Met Hon’ble President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil – April’2009
Met Hon’ble Commerce Minister of India, Mr. Anand Sharma – September’2009
Met HE Mrs. Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor of Lodz City
Met HE Mr. Witold Stepien, Chief Minister of Lodzkie Region
Met HE Mrs. Jolanta Chleminska, Governor of Lodzkie Region
Met Hon’ble Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland
Met HE Mr. Cezary Grabarczyk – Speaker of Parliament
Met Ambassador of France, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey
Met Bollywood Actor (Mr. Ranveer Singh)
Met HE Mr. Marek Belka, Governor of National Bank of Poland
Met Mr. Pratip Chaudhary, Chairman of State Bank of India
Met HE Mr. Piotr Klodkowski, Ambassador of Poland to India
Met Mr. Sachin Tendulkar (Cricket Legend)
Met Ambassador of United Arab Emirates Mr. Asim Mirza Al Rahmah
Met HE Mrs. Dorota Ryl, Deputy Chief Minister of Lodz Region
Met Mr. Raza Murad (Actor of Bollywood)
Met H.E Mr. Janardan Dwivedi (Indian National Congress)
Met H.E Mr. Janusz Piechonski – Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
Met H.E Mr Hamid Ansari – Vice President of India
Met H.E Mr Giriraj Singh – Minister of Small & Medium Industries (Govt of India)
Met H.E Mr. KT Rama Rao – Minister of Industries & Commerce (Govt of Telanaga)
Met HE Smt. Smriti Irani – Minister of Textiles (Govt of India)
Met H.E Mr. Hesham Tawfik – Minister of Public Enterprise Sector (Govt of Egypt)
Met Mr. Vivek Thankha – Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha (Govt of India)
Met Mr. DP Tripathi (Secretary of National Congress Party NCP)
Met Mr. Narayana Murthy – Chairman & Founder of Infosys
Met H.E Mr. Piotr Glinski – Dpty Prime Minister of Poland
Member of Associations and Organizations:
Member, Gdynia Cotton Association
Member, Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Member, Indo-Polish Cultural Committee
Member, Indian Association of Poland
Charter Member, Rotary International
Member, British – Polish Chamber of Commerce
Member, EU Chamber of Commerce.
Member, FEDERATION OF INDIAN EXPORT ORGANIZATIONS (FIEO)
Member, COUNCIL FOR EINGENEERING EXPORT
Member, INDIAN MARKETING COUNCIL (IMC)
Member, POLISH INSTITUTE OF TEXTILES
Member, Textile Export Promotion Council (Texprocil)
Maciej Runkiewicz has been involved in the construction sector since 1995. Since 2001, he has been working for Kajima, a Japanese general contractor specializing in large-size buildings. He has gone through all career levels here, first as a Project Director in charge of construction of production facilities. Currently, as the President of the Company’s Management Board, he leads its over 160 employees and is fully accountable for the overall business of Kajima Poland.
A graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology, civil engineer with design and construction management qualifications. As a practicing engineer, Maciej Runkiewicz is a member of the Polish Chamber of Civil Engineers (Polska Izba Inżynierów Budownictwa PIIB) and the Polish Association of Civil Engineers and Technicians (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Inżynierów i Techników Budownictwa PZITB). He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) diploma.
Damian has almost 20 years of experience on the real estate market. He has been with Penta since 2013 and he is managing Real Estate division in Poland holding the position of Country Managing Director. Apart from two existing projects currently in the development/operation stage he is also responsible for business development growth of Penta Real Estate portfolio in Poland.
Bruno Lambrecht is the General Manager of CFE Polska, a company which is part of the international construction group CFE. He is a graduate of the faculty of civil engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and has considerable experience in engineering and management in the construction sector. He has been working in the Polish construction market for 15 years. He is fluent in Dutch (mother tongue), French and English and can communicate in Polish and German. In July 2012, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Belgian Business Chamber. He embraced this position until June 2016.
Kris Verbruggen is since 2013 Managing Director of Frigo Logistics, part of the Japanese holding Nichirei. He graduated in Applied Economics from the University of Louvain (Belgium) with an additional Masters Degree in International Economics from the Business School in Helsinki (Finland). Kris works in Central and Eastern Europe since 15 years, with focus on Poland, but also start-ups and projects in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. Kris is fluent in 5 languages. Passionate about music and proud dad of 3 kids.
Randy Tharp is Vice President for A. Epstein and Sons International Inc. and the Country Executive for Epstein Architecture & Engineering in Romania, responsible for their local architecture, engineering, and construction projects, as well as for DesignBuild projects throughout Central Europe.
Randy is a Registered Architect in the U.S. with nearly 35 years of experience in the design and construction of logistics, manufacturing, research/development, cold storage and food processing facilities. During his career he has been directly involved in the construction of nearly 3 million square meters of buildings for such clients as Ford, Sony, General Electric, FedEx, Mazda, WDP Romania, Mitsubishi, Yazaki, Avon, Smithfield, Emerson, Izusu, Costco Wholesale and Pepsico among many others. Having begun his career in Detroit, Michigan he has experience in nearly all areas of automotive production, steel processing and machining and in the last 20 years has been heavily involved in food processing, food distribution, and cold chain logistics facilities.
His areas of expertise are in leading project design, designbuild projects, value engineering, and fast-track construction for industry. He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.
Tomasz Mackiewicz graduated from the University of Technology and Humanities in Bielsko-Biała in 2008 in the field of mechanics and machine building. Since the beginning of his career he has been working in the automotive industry. From 2008 to 2018 professionally connected with Volkswagen Poznań where he ran cross-functional projects in the area of quality assurance and HR department. He co-created the area of technical employee development. Since 2019, he has been the head of the Centre for Research and Development of Modern Technologies.
„Many years of experience in the automotive industry, not only in the technical field, I use in managing an educational institution of an educational, training and scientific character.”
As co-founder of Lodestar, Julie has worked in international real estate for over 15 years, advising on strategic marketing and business development, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the global retail real estate sector. Julie has been instrumental in developing the ICSC European network over the last 13 years and developed ICSC Recon Europe and ICSC European Partnership Programme, delivering revenues of €13m. From Multi Corporation in Europe to SCPG in China Julie has worked with key global investors, developers, retailers and agents to successfully deliver business growth. She is also co-founder and owner of Art Playtime Europe as well as several RetailPropTech businesses. Julie is committed to corporate responsibility as a trustee of several charities, and has supported several global brands in developing their approach to reporting and transparency.
Peter Pecnik has over 20 years of experience in real estate and finance and is currently managing the Polish branch of the international workspace provider HB Reavis. HB Reavis team is currently developing Varso Place mixed-use development and Forest business campus in Warsaw, as well as providing workplace-as-a-service solutions such as Origameo, HubHub, Qubes, Symbiosy and More. Prior to leading the Polish office, Peter has been a member of the HB Reavis Group team since 2008, where he previously served as the Head of Corporate Finance. Before that he worked at Deloitte, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Tatra Banka.
Osman Cavusoglu is International Operations and Sales Director of AC&co. | Altınyıldız Classics and he also holds the General Manager position of AC Fashion Retail Romania. He established his own company HOMEDESIGN Russia in 2007 and carried on until 2011. He has a total of 20+ years professional experience, and he can effectively communicate in English and Russian.
Peter Számely – Graduated in Budapest in 1988, Peter is a trained economist by background. In addition, he holds an MPhil degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and a joint MSc degree in Real Estate from the Budapest Technical University and the Nottingham Trent University. He started his carrier some 25 years ago at the Hungarian Credit Bank. Since then he gained various experience in the field of property agency, development, valuation and investment with local and international firms including Price Waterhouse, Kuwait Petroleum and Jones Lang Wootton. Before his current position he has been country manager for Eurohypo in Hungary for 9 years. Now he is responsible for the CEE & SEE Region at HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG. Peter is a member of RICS since 1999 and served as Chairman of RICS Hungary for six years and was member of the board of RICS Europe for six years too. He is now active in the Board of RICS Austria. Peter is married with 2 children and lives in Vienna.
Doinita Ilie, MRICS, professional member of RICS since 2008, is one of the experienced professionals in the market. Doinita has more than 20 years’ activity in real estate property development and planning, property marketing, and property leasing. Doinita has an EMBA degree from CNAM Paris, she is a licensed graduate of Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest and graduate of Economics Institute in Bucharest (post university degree).
Presently Doinita Ilie is the leasing manager of Colosseum Centre Bucharest, the most important shopping destination in North West Bucharest. Colosseum expands and opens in 2020 Colosseum Mall with multiplex, fitness canter, food court, fashion and accessories, becoming the second largest shopping & leisure destination in District 1 Bucharest.
Currently, over 85% of the additional GLA of Colosseum Centre is already leased with more than 60 brands such as Happy Cinema, World Class, CCC, New Yorker, Colin’s, Noriel, DM Drogerie Markt, Gregory’s, Diverta and many more to be announced soon. Colosseum Center will have 54,500 sq m GLA after the opening of Colosseum Mall
Colosseum Center is part of a larger mixed-use development plan, including also residential, hospitality and offices, to be built on 60 ha land located in the District 1 Bucharest.
Previously, Doinita was part of the highly experienced management team of the first mall in Bucharest, Bucuresti Mall, continuing her career in taking an active role in development of the shopping mall market in Romania. She was involved in consultancy and leasing services to AFI Europe, Mega Mall Bucharest, City Park Constanta, Fashion House Bucharest, Militari Shopping Bucharest and other major retail properties throughout the country.
Doinita was also leasing manager in reputable real estate consultancy companies such as Cushman & Wakefield, JLL Romania.
Razvan Nica was one of the early advocates of sustainable development and socially responsible business in Romania, becoming the first BREEAM assessor and second LEED AP BD+C in the country. He founded BuildGreen in 2010, the first company in Romania to offer sustainable building and certification consultancy services. BuildGreen is now the leading consultancy company in this field in Romania, having an outstanding track record, including the largest portfolio of LEED and BREEAM certified properties, the highest success rate and the highest certification level ever obtained by a building in Romania. Having over 10 years of experience in real estate and more than 30 projects certified to date, Razvan Nica managed sustainable real estate developments for leading companies across the Central and Eastern European region, including: Immochan, NEPI, Aberdeen Asset Management, Portland Trust, EBRD, S Group Holding, Genesis Development, PADECO, BogArt Construct, Bluehouse Development, S IMMO AG, Arup. Prior to founding BuildGreen, Razvan coordinated the first BREEAM certification ever obtained by an office building in Romania (Euro Tower – Cascade Group).
Mr. Jan Demeyere graduated with honours as architect specialised in urban planning in 1991 from Sint Lucas Ghent – Belgium and has over 20 years of experience in the international construction and real estate market, out of which more than 15 years in Romania.
In 2015, Jan Demeyere joined forces with Didier Balcaen and founded Speedwell Real Estate Development (www.speedwell.be), a company that aims to develop real estate with Passion.
Speedwell has a large portfolio of developments in several cities in Romania: MIRO, The Ivy and TRIAMA Residence in Bucharest, Record Park in Cluj, Paltim in Timișoara and RiverSide City in Râmnicu Vâlcea.
The Ivy is a residential project located on the northern side of Bucharest. It features 800 dwellings, from studios to 2, 3 and 4-room apartments. Close to The Ivy and part of a “work and life meet” concept, Speedwell is developing an office building, MIRO, offering A class office spaces with a BREEAM Excellent rating, WELL certification and various facilities.
Another residential project located in Bucharest, TRIAMA Residence, comprises of 3 buildings with a total of 202 apartments. It includes studios, 2 and 3-room units designed to create comfortable and efficient spaces with generous terraces.
Record Park, Speedwell’s mixed use project in Cluj-Napoca, combines 12,000sqm of offices with 236 residential units, sport club with swimming pool, as well as a restored old industrial building housing co-working spaces and a restaurant.
Another recently announced mixed-use project is Paltim in Timișoara. Developed on an old industrial site, Paltim includes multiple functions, such as residential with 287 premium apartments, 13.000 sqm of Office space and 2.000 sqm designed for retail and services (shops, cafes, and a fitness club).
Mr. Jan Demeyere is involved in every step of the process and works closely with the in-house team of architects making sure that every building is unique, esthetically pleasing, sustainable and designed with the end user’s needs in mind.
Although Mr. Demeyere designs as an architect, he thinks as a developer and this can be seen in all his successfully delivered projects
Magdalena Kowalewska, Country Manager Operations Poland IMMOFINANZ, Board Member of IMMOFINANZ in Poland.
Magdalena began her career at IMMOFINANZ in 2009. Since then she has held the position of Head of Asset Management Offices & Logistics Poland, Country Manager Offices & Logistics Poland and in 2016 she became a Member of the Board and Country Operations Manager, in charge of the Polish real estate portfolio of the company, worth now over EUR 1 billion. Currently, she is responsible for all operational departments of IMMOFINANZ in Poland including Asset Management, Leasing, Development and Center Management. Her activities focus on two strategic areas of the company’s operations: office and retail real estate. Magdalena is also responsible for areas of HR, Marketing and PR in Poland. During recent years she has successfully implemented the development strategy of three IMMOFINANZ brands on the local market: myhive office concept, STOP SHOP retail parks and VIVO! shopping centres. Magdalena Kowalewska graduated in Marketing from the University of Chicago, International Economic Relations from the Warsaw School of Economics and English Language and Literature from the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.
Company Name: CTP Invest Bucharest
Position: Country Head Romania
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This year’s event will be hosted entirely online, and will be streamed live to the world from the Europaproperty Virtual Studio.
We have invested a lot of time & expertise in to creating a production that sets new standards in online events. This multi platform event will be a feat of new technology, and promises to deliver all of the key aspects that our real world events have done for the past 20 years, this time in a virtual environment.
EuropaProperty has fast become the Number 1 Producer of online business events in Europe, connecting people and companies despite the disruption, facilitating deals and helping business get done.
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