Strong attendance forecast for CoreNet Global European Summit

Over 400 senior level attendees hailing from 18 countries will be welcomed to London by Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes during the CoreNet Global EMEA Summit next week (September 27-29).

Taking the theme 'Ingenuity at Work: Bold Approaches to Corporate Real Estate', the Summit will focus on the industry's creative response to the challenge of a slow moving economic recovery in the mature European markets.

Delegates will travel from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia to attend the annual European Summit, and include representatives from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the US. Attendees will comprise corporate real estate executives and portfolio managers, real estate consultants and economic developers.

Major corporate occupiers presenting in the comprehensive program will include Cisco, Deutsche Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Motorola, Pfizer and Shell, joining many other leading corporate real estate experts including service providers, academics, economic developers and consultants.

In addition, the General session program will include Baroness Susan Greenfield, the neurobiologist, broadcaster and author, who will focus on 'The Neuroscience of Ingenuity' looking at our ability to think creatively and foster real ingenuity; and Sahar Hashemi, the entrepreneur, author and founder of Coffee Republic, who will look at 'Bold Approaches to Life', and what is needed to 'take a chance' on innovation, and overcome your fears to strike out on your own.

A third general session will comprise a Pecha Kucha debate to address the motion 'The Recession has Crushed Courage: Bold approaches to corporate real estate are no longer possible, and we are entering a new era of caution'. Participants arguing for the motion will include Nigel Baker (Microsoft), Andrew Adams (Arcadis) and Roland Teixeira (GE), while those against will include Neil Usher (Rio Tinto), Flip Verwaaijen (TNT) and Thomas Glatte (BASF). Patrick Morrissey of GVA Grimley is the moderator.

Finally, by popular demand, economist and author Norbert Walter will also provide a video update on his uncompromising economic forecasts presented at last year's Summit.

The ninth annual CoreNet Global EMEA Summit returns to London following a successful event in the UK capital three years ago, and will include a range of presentations focusing on how corporate real estate executives are finding innovative and often courageous solutions to managing limited resources in order to achieve real business growth. The event will comprise keynote presentations, seminars and workshops, and networking opportunities including breakfasts, lunches, evening entertainment and a closing cocktail reception.

Regus, Johnson Controls, DTZ and BNP Paribas Real Estate are Platinum sponsors of the London Summit, with Gold sponsors CB Richard Ellis, Colliers International and Microsoft, and Silver sponsors including Ahrend, Bene, Eurocres, Haworth, Procos Group, Qube and Steelcase, with BIFM a supporting organization.

Registration details are available at or contact Katleen Beeckman, Tel: +32 53 21 27 10; email

The CoreNet Global EMEA Summit takes place over Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 September at the Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London.

Source: FD

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