Nordic
Real Estate
Forum 2017 

NOVEMBER 30, 2017  
TALLINN, ESTONIA
HILTON PARK TALLINN

For 15 years we have held the largest real estate conference in the Baltics. During this time, we have hosted more than 4,000 participants and 450 speakers from over 15 countries. 

Now we are ready to launch Nordic Real Estate Forum 2017! This year, you can expect decision makers and business leaders from Europe, Nordics, Baltics and U.S. 

Join us now and be a part of the discussion how to shape the Future of Real Estate in the region.

Venue

Set in the heart of Estonia’s capital city, luxurious and modern Hilton Tallinn Park is located on the eastern side of quiet and recently renovated park. 

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Speakers

Daniel Bergvall

Senior Economist, SEB, Sweden

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Daniel Bergvall

Senior Economist, SEB, Sweden

Daniel Bergvall is an Economist at SEB Research team, analysing and forecasting macroeconomic and financial market developments. He joined SEB in 2009. Prior to SEB, Daniel worked as an economist for more than 10 years in different positions at the Swedish Ministry of Finance and the Paris based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Daniel holds a master's degree in economics from Linköping University, Sweden.

Andres Sevtsuk

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design, United States

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Andres Sevtsuk

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design, United States

Andres Sevtsuk is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research interests include urban design and spatial analysis, modeling and visualization, urban and real estate economics, transit and pedestrian oriented development, spatial adaptability and urban history. Andres has worked with a number of city governments, international organizations, planning practices and developers on urban designs, plans and policies in both developed and rapidly developing urban environments, most recently including those in Indonesia and Singapore. He is the author of the Urban Network Analysis toolbox, which is used by researchers and practitioners around the world to study spatial relationships in cities along networks. He has led various international research projects; exhibited his research at TEDx, the World Cities Summit and the Venice Biennale; and received the President’s Design Award in Singapore, International Buckminster Fuller Prize and Ron Brown/Fulbright Fellowship. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Planning at the Singapore University of technology and Design (SUTD), and a lecturer at MIT.

Michael Schönach

Group CEO, Northern Horizon Capital, Finland

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Michael Schönach

Group CEO, Northern Horizon Capital, Finland

Michael Schönach joined Northern Horizon as Group CEO in 2012 and in addition to general management focuses on new business development. Michael serves as Chairman of several Northern Horizon funds and management subsidiaries. Prior to joining Northern Horizon, Michael led Citycon's EUR 1.5 billion Finnish shopping centre business. Previously Michael headed the Finnish activities of Catella Group including corporate finance, real estate transactions and leasing, and valuation services. He was also Chairman of Catella's Russian and Baltics businesses. The first eight years of his career Michael worked in London at JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank in real estate investment banking and Nordic M&A. In a principal or advisory role, Michael has over the last 18 years participated in and/or led the origination and execution of over 50 European real estate, hotel and healthcare transactions with a combined value exceeding EUR 20 billion, including M&A, equity and debt capital markets transactions. An Austrian national, Michael grew up in Finland and graduated with degrees in finance from Finland and the US.

Aivaras Abromavicius

Former Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Lithuania

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Aivaras Abromavicius

Former Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Lithuania

Aivaras Abromavicius has 20 years of experience of managing large pools of money across Emerging Markets in public, private equity and real estate. During 2002-2014, he co-owned and was at the core of building East Capital, one of the largest and most reputable AM companies focusing on GEMs with AUM of USD 4bn. After the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, Aivaras, a Lithuanian national, was asked to serve as Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. Over 1.5 years, he built and managed the strongest and most reform-minded team in the entire government. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in international business from Concordia University Wisconsin and Concordia International University (Estonia).

Ben Harvey

Moderator of the Nordic Real Estate Forum, United Kingdom

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Ben Harvey

Moderator of the Nordic Real Estate Forum, United Kingdom

Ben Harvey is an experienced facilitator, trainer and executive coach working under his own brand, Growing Talent. He specialises in the area of leadership & management development and works with a wide range of clients across Europe. Ben has been based in Vilnius for over twenty years, first arriving as an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers before starting his own business in 2005. While he is not a Real Estate professional, Ben is quickly learning about the market in Vilnius as he attempts to sell his apartment.

Mika Sucksdorf

Partner, Uus Maa Real Estate Group, Estonia

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Mika Sucksdorf

Partner, Uus Maa Real Estate Group, Estonia

Mika Sucksdorff has over 10 years experience in developing and selling residential and commercial real estate. He is a partner at Uus Maa Real Estate company. Prior to that he worked in the international relations department at Finnair working together with the oneworld airline alliance members developing bilateral and multilateral relations.

He is the chairman of the board in Estonian Real Estate Association as well as Finnish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Masters degree in international business from Concordia International University Estonia.

Kestutis Sasnauskas

Chief Executive Officer, Eastnine AB

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Kestutis Sasnauskas

Chief Executive Officer, Eastnine AB

Kestutis Sasnauskas, CEO of Eastnine AB (publ) since July 2017
1997 and onwards, Co-founder and Partner, East Capital
2004-2016 Head of private equity and real estate, East Capital
2016-2017 Chief Investment Officer, East Capital Explorer

Keith Silverang

CEO of Technopolis Plc.

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Keith Silverang

CEO of Technopolis Plc.

Mr. Keith Silverang, B.A., MBA, born 1961, has served as President and CEO of Technopolis Plc since September 15th, 2008. He has worked for Technopolis since 2004, amongst other roles, as the Vice President in charge of the Greater Helsinki Area, and the CEO of Technopolis Ventures Ltd. Previously he has been Vice President and COO of the Training Division of AAC Global Ltd and the CEO of ICS Ltd.

Guido Pärnits

Director at Ülemiste Centre

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Guido Pärnits

Director at Ülemiste Centre

Born in 1965. Tallinn Technical University graduate. Major in mechanical engineering.

Estonian Business School - MBA. Ülemiste center managing director since 2001.

Since 2016 Ülemiste center and Estonian Business school Minor developer, AS Mainor Chairman of the Board

Eero Sihvonen

Executive Vice President and CFO at Citycon Oy

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Eero Sihvonen

Executive Vice President and CFO at Citycon Oy

M. Sc. (Econ.) Born 1957
Finnish citizen
Member of the Corporate Management Committee since 2005

Career history:
Dynea Group, Vice President, Group Treasury 1999-2005
Various positions in Neste Group since 1981, latest Chief Financial Officer in Chemicals Division 1997-1999 and prior to that Group Vice President and Head of Corporate Treasury

Marko Orel

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Marko Orel

Marko Orel is a researcher in the field of spontaneous and moderated networking between self-employed individuals who are using open and collaborative spaces as their daily work environment. He conducts research work and consultancy for collaborative workspace developers and policy makers under his brand DeskLab and strongly believes in meaningful organizational values that should be applied in every work environment. Marko has co-founded one of the largest coworking spaces in South-Eastern Europe, Creative Centre Poligon, located in Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. He has also founded VRable, research think-tank with a belief that the fast technological development of virtual reality will dramatically rebuild teamwork in the next decade. Within the framework of his think-tank, Marko explores social interactions in virtual reality environments between various individuals and their avatars.

Damian Harrington

Head of EMEA Research, Colliers International (United Kingdom)

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Damian Harrington

Head of EMEA Research, Colliers International (United Kingdom)

Damian is a Director and Head of EMEA Research for Colliers International, having previously been Director and Head of Eastern European Research with Colliers for 7 years. Damian has worked within the real estate profession across EMEA for 20 years, living and working from bases in London, Dubai, Prague and more recently Helsinki. Before joining Colliers Damian was leading emerging market research in CBRE.

Damian uses his experience and analytical skills to take a forward looking view of market opportunities & challenges impacting the industry on behalf of internal and external clients.

Marko Oinas

Senior Vice President, M.Sc., Business Development, Housing Finland and CEE YIT Group

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Marko Oinas

Senior Vice President, M.Sc., Business Development, Housing Finland and CEE YIT Group

Worked over 20 years for YIT in various positions and in different business segments.
Specialized in Housing Concepts and Planning.

Johan Tali

Architect, Founder of Molumba, Estonian Academy of Arts, PhD student

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Johan Tali

Architect, Founder of Molumba, Estonian Academy of Arts, PhD student

Johan Tali (born 24.09.1986 in Tallinn, Estonia) graduated 2012 from studio Hani Rashid with a masters degree in Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna after having previously studied architecture and urban planning at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Currently Tali is a PHD student at The Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Architecture, where his research is focused on concepts of scalability of public space. Alongside this academic work, he is a member of The City Unfinished research group.

His professional career includes design architect positions at soma architecture (2010-2012) and Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH (2012-2013) in Vienna and as an architect at Studio Tomás Saraceno and Graft Architects in Berlin (2014-2015). Since 2015 He works as an architect in and from Tallinn on a range of projects in all scales of architecture among a pool of worldwide collaborators. In 2017, Tali established an architectural practice called molumba with fellow estonian architect Karli Luik. Their joint projects include the winning proposals for Kalev National Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia and the Saue Parish Center, both scheduled to be built by 2018

Indrek Moorats

Member of the Board at Kapitel (former E.L.L. Real Estate)

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Indrek Moorats

Member of the Board at Kapitel (former E.L.L. Real Estate)

Indrek is responsible for the whole development process in Kapitel (former E.L.L. Real Estate), one of the leading real estate developers and one of the largest real estate holding companies in the Baltics. He heads the preparation and execution of the Group’s new development projects in the three Baltic States, and is responsible for working out the strategy for the development of properties in the company’s portfolio and for acquiring new properties. Currently the Group has approximately 100,000 m² GLA office space in active development (including Skanstes Business Centre in Riga and Liivalaia office complex in Tallinn) and plans to invest 30-50 mEUR annually in the coming years.

Indrek has long experience in construction management, including over ten years in Merko Ehitus, the leading construction company in the Baltics. As one of the founders and active members of Estonian Digital Construction Cluster, Indrek sees great value of BIM in real estate development and building life cycle management.

Vincent Saulier

Architect at Atelier VSA, assistant professor in architecture, Paris Belleville National High School of Architecture.

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Vincent Saulier

Architect at Atelier VSA, assistant professor in architecture, Paris Belleville National High School of Architecture.

Vincent Saulier worked seven years as a development officer and head of the construction and development group within the biggest funding entity for social housing developments in the Île-de-France region. In 2002, he received his degree in architecture awarded by the French government and the school of Paris Belleville (France) under Henri Ciriani and, in 2007, his PhD in architecture by the IUAV University of Venice (Italy) under Alberto Ferlanga. Since 2005, he has been operating independently, designing and managing housing projects aimed at improving social integration. He is also a successful designer of theatre sets and exhibitions, and has recently been awarded as laureate following the call for innovative urban projects organized by the City of Paris. Vincent Saulier works also part time as teacher and lecturer in France and abroad.

Håkan Pehrsson

CEO at The Retail Headquarters AB (Sweden)

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Håkan Pehrsson

CEO at The Retail Headquarters AB (Sweden)
Håkan Pehrsson is the founder of The Retail Headquarters and has more than 20 years of experience within retail, real estate and shopping centres including 15 years of international experience. Håkan has worked as CEO at Centrumutveckling, dep General Director at IKEA Shopping Center Russia & CIS and Lead Director for Asset Management and Retail at JLL Sweden.

Peter Elam Håkansson

Peter Elam Håkansson is the CIO of East Capital

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Peter Elam Håkansson

Peter Elam Håkansson is the CIO of East Capital

Peter has been awarded the Gold Star for best Fund Manager five times by Morningstar and Sweden’s largest financial daily Dagens Industri, as well as numerous Lipper awards for the performance of the funds that he manages together with his multi-cultural teams based in Hong Kong, Dubai, Moscow and Stockholm.

East Capital Russia, the flagship fund, was the best performing publicly traded fund of the decade 2000-2009 returning 1565% (USD, Source: Morningstar). Peter is a board member of various East Capital entities, Bonnier Business Press and Inter Peace Sweden, a supervisory board member of Atlantic Grupa in Croatia, and chairman of the board of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. Prior to founding East Capital, Peter held a series of senior positions at Enskilda Securities in London, Paris and Stockholm, where his last role was Head of Equities and Global Head of Research.

Peter holds an MSc in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics and has studied at l´EDHEC in Lille. He speaks Swedish, English and French.

Risto Vahenurm

Estonian Head of Digital Construction

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Risto Vahenurm

Estonian Head of Digital Construction

Ristois Head of Digital Construction in Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and representative of Estonia at buildingSMART organistation.

Risto has background of international BIM-consultant, founder of construction information management start-up SiteEyes and has been involved in global BIM-related research and the creation of standards.

Jonas Žukauskas

Architect & Architectural Researcher

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Jonas Žukauskas

Architect & Architectural Researcher

In 2016 Jonas Žukauskas was co-author and co-curator of the Baltic Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. Jonas received his Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2014, prior to which he studied at London Metropolitan University and Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. In 2012, together with Jurga Daubaraite and Ines Weizman, he co-curated the conversation series, Dissidence Through Architecture at Architektūros Fondas and NDG in Vilnius. Jonas worked for MVRDV architects in Rotterdam and Ben Adams architects in London.

Antonio Pavlovic

Partner at State&Brook Ltd.

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Antonio Pavlovic

Partner at State&Brook Ltd.

Antonio is partner at State&Brook Ltd, a London based marketing and innovation consultancy specialised in real estate. He is a marketing strategist with over 16 years professional experience in leading international organizations, with a unique blend of skill sets and experiences including strategic product positioning, B2B marketing strategy development, customer centric digital transformation, corporate marketing, brand strategy development, creative direction and team leadership. 

This range of experiences combined with the ability to see the “Big Picture” and filter out the noise, has instilled a passion for customer advocacy and strategic retail innovation. 

Antonio worked at Westfield in London, where he was responsible for the marketing of new Westfield developments in Europe and the UK, and held various marketing positions at Multi Corporation (a Blackstone asset management company) in the Netherlands.

Paul Surin

Head of Digital Built Environment, Digital Built Environment Team, Wienerberger AG (Austria)

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Paul Surin

Head of Digital Built Environment, Digital Built Environment Team, Wienerberger AG (Austria)

Paul, who joined Wienerberger in May 2014, has an extensive knowledge of sustainability strategies & issues, construction design & advice (RESIDENTIAL/MULTI-COMPLEX RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ), BIM & Digitalization, modern methods of constructions, manufacturing processes, renewable energy technologies & energy performance of existing and new dwellings as well as planning regulations, alongside an impressive tally of industry qualifications and accreditations, including full membership and chartered engineer of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a BSc (Eng) in mechanical and electronics engineering and an Eco-Building Design Postgraduate Diploma. Paul is also a BREEAM Accredited Professional, BIM Level 2 Certified Practitioner, and a chartered member of the CIOB.

Paul is Chairman of Construction Product Digitalization & BIM Task Group, lead of UK BuildingSMART Product Room, a Vice Chairman of BIM4M2, a member of Built Environment at the IET, member of B/555 British Standards Institute and technical expert for CEN/TC 442 Working Groups 3 and 4.

Frank Reul

Head of Development AccorHotels Eastern Europe & Orbis (Poland)

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Frank Reul

Head of Development AccorHotels Eastern Europe & Orbis (Poland)

Frank is the current head of Development AccorHotels Eastern Europe & Orbis. He has extensive experience in hotel management and operations. He started his career in 1988 in Brussels and Bruges in Belgium in senior operational roles at AccorHotels. He quickly got promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Novotel Sheremetyevo-2 in Moscow, Russia in 1992.

After spending three years in Moscow he moved back to London to and begun his ten years long career in the United Kingdom at AccorHotels. He started at one of the busiest airport’s Novotel, at the Heathrow as an Operations Manager. He then held several General Manager positions across the United Kingdom: Novotel Preston, Novotel Southampton, Novotel Milton Keynes, Novotel Bristol Centre. In 2006 he moved to Turkey, where he directed and managed one of the key hotels in Istanbul, the Novotel Istanbul. He then spent two years as a General Manager at Novotel Trabzon.

After more than 20 years of service at AccorHotels he had been appointed to Area General Manager for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, then from 2014, to the Area General Manager for Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia where he oversaw of operations and development including development in the Balkans and Croatia. From September 2017 he has been appointed to Head of Development Orbis/AccorHotels for Eastern Europe.

He is fluent in Dutch, English, French and speaks German as well. He is an avid fan of history, wines and the Arsenal.

Allan Remmelkoor

Member of The Management Board of Pro Kapital Grupp AS

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Allan Remmelkoor

Member of The Management Board of Pro Kapital Grupp AS

Born 1971, Estonian citizen. Degree in Business Administration from Tallinn University of Technology

Employed by Pro Kapital since 1997
Member of the Management Board and COO 2008 - …

Primary work experience:
1999–2010 Managing Director, Kristiine Shopping Centre in Tallinn
2003–2008 Managing Director, Domina Shopping Centre in Riga


Miina Karafin

BIM development manager at Nordecon AS (Estonia)

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Miina Karafin

BIM development manager at Nordecon AS (Estonia)

Miina Karafin graduated from Tallinn University of Technology in 2012 with a MSc degree in civil engineering (specialised in construction management). She then gained experience with BIM projects in one of the leading general contractors in implementing BIM - Skanska USA Building, in Boston, MA.

For the last 3 years Miina has been leading the BIM implementation in Nordecon AS and is responsible for overall BIM and process development as well as managing BIM on projects.

BIM stands for building information modelling - a 3D process that enables minimising errors in construction documentation and reduce waste on construction sites through better planning and collaboration.

Indrek Hääl

CEO of BPT Real Estate Group 

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Indrek Hääl

CEO of BPT Real Estate Group 

Indrek Hääl is responsible for managing all BPT teams and developing the business operations.

He got his start in real estate in 1999 and joined BPT in 2005. He has been responsible for building up the BPT Real Estate Group and for actively advising on and carrying out real estate investments through licensed investment funds. He has thorough knowledge of the real estate markets in the Baltics, Poland and Scandinavia and manages international client relations.  

He is a graduate of Tallinn University of Technology and holds real estate accreditation from RICS. Currently he is also the board member of the RICS Baltic organization and a board member of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.

Programme

Moderator: Ben Harvey, Growing Talent, United Kingdom

9:00-10:00Registration, morning coffee
10.05-10.15Keynote
Tõnis Rüütel, Managing Director, Association of Real Estate Companies of Estonia
Tanel Olek, Member of the Management Board, Estonian Chamber of Real Estate Brokers
Monica Meldo, Member of the Management Board, Estonian Association of Appraisers
10.15-10.45Where is the Economy Heading - a Global or Nordic Perspective
Daniel Bergvall
, Senior Economist, SEB (Sweden)
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10.45-11.15 What is Real Estate Innovation and Why Should I Care?
Antonio Pavlovic
, Partner at State&Brook Ltd. (United Kingdom)
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11.15-12.00Urban Design Trends in Real Estate in the World 
Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design (U.S.)
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12:00-13.00Lunch
13.00-13:45Real Estate Investment Panel: Investors View on Nordic and Baltic - is Future Flourishing?
Head of panel:  
Michael Schönach, Group CEO, Northern Horizon Capital (Finland)
Panel participants:
Peter Elam Håkansson, Partner, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, East Capital (Sweden)
Kestutis Sasnauskas, Chief Executive Officer, Eastnine AB (Sweden)
Aivaras Abromavicius, Investor, Businessman, Civil activist, Minister of Economy of Ukraine (2014-2016)
Frank Reul,  Head of Development AccorHotels Eastern Europe & Orbis (Poland)
 13.45-14.30Development and Construction Panel: The Future Trends of Technology in Construction
  • What does the introduction of new technologies bring
  • What will change in the market of building materials
  • The life-cycle or buildings and the development of the world
  • Urbanization challenges
  • How the "smart home" solutions contribute to economic development
Head of panel: Risto Vahenurm, Estonian Head of Digital Construction (Estonia)
Panel participants:
Marko Oinas, Senior Vice President, M.Sc., Business Development, YIT Corporation (Finland)
Paul Surin, Head of Digital Built Environment, Digital Built Environment Team, Wienerberger AG (Austria)
Miina Karafin, BIM Development Manager at Nordecon AS (Estonia)

14.30-15.15Commercial Real Estate Panel: Transformation and Challenges - New Way of Managing Commercial Real Estate
Head of panel:
Mika Sucksdorf, Partner, Uus Maa Real Estate Group (Estonia)
Panel participants:
Keith Silverang, CEO of Technopolis Plc. (Finland)
Marko Orel, founder at DeskLab (Slovenia)
Indrek Hääl, CEO of BPT Real Estate Group (Estonia)
15.15-15.45Coffee break
15.45-16.30Architecture Panel: Future Cities
Head of panel: 
Johan Tali, Architect, Founder of Molumba, Estonian Academy of Arts, PhD student (Estonia)
Panel participants:
Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design (U.S.)
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Vincent Saulier, Architect at atelier VSA, assistant professor in architecture, Paris Belleville National High School of Architecture (France)
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Indrek Moorats, Member of the Board at Kapitel (former E.L.L. Real Estate) (Estonia)
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Jonas Žukauskas, Architect & Architectural Researcher (Lithuania)
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16.30-17.15Retail Real Estate Panel: Nordic and Baltic Shopping Centres Future Trends – Perspectives and Possible Scenarios
Head of panel:
Damian Harrington, Head of EMEA Research, Colliers International (United Kingdom)
Panel participants:
Eero Sihvonen, Executive Vice President and CFO at Citycon Oy (Finland)
Guido Pärnits, Director at Ülemiste Centre (Estonia)
Allan Remmelkoor, Member of The Management Board of Pro Kapital Grupp AS (Estonia)
Håkan Pehrsson, CEO at The Retail Headquarters AB (Sweden)
  17.15-17.30  Closing remarks
  17.30-18.30  Socializing at Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel
  23.00  Unofficial afterparty at nightclub VABANK (Harju 13, Tallinn)

*The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme.
*The working language of Nordic Real Estate Forum is English.

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