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2012 Jury

Agent & Industry Partners

    • Brian Burgess, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Savills

      Brian was responsible for establishing the Savills office in Poland in 2004 and in 2014 was appointed to expand the business across the CEE region. In addition to managing the business he is is active securing new clients for Savills in Poland as well as liaising with exiting worldwide clients, either directly or via the international network of the firm, having also personally lead the investment department until October 2010. He was involved in some of the earliest transactions in Warsaw including Wisniowy Business Park A and Renaissance Tower. Brian was previously engaged in consulting, including appointments with DTZ and EC Harris, and was Managing Director of CB Richard Ellis Polska (1996-2001) where he was responsible for setting up operations and growing the business of the company.
      Brian is a fellow of RICS, having served on the board of RICS Europe as Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman (2003-2004) and as Chairman of the Polish Association of Chartered Surveyors (now RICS Polska). He is British and a fluent Polish speaker.

    • Charles Taylor, Managing Partner Poland, Cushman & Wakefield

      A Partner at Cushman & Wakefield with over 20 years of experience in the property profession, Charles is currently Managing Partner of the firm’s Polish offices. He was previously Managing Director of Hungary and Head of Capital Markets for the CEE region, having been basedin Hungary for 15 years. He has a significant track record of closing successful transactions across the region.

    • Colin Waddell, Managing Director Poland, CBRE

      Colin Waddell has been working for CBRE in CEE for over 12 years. Over the last six years Colin has been integral in setting-up and expanding CBRE’s platform in the region which has meant that CBRE now operate as a full-service entity in CEE. Colin’s geographical experience covers all of the principal regional markets and his professional career involves a range of investment consultancy, brokerage and valuation work (including development consultancy) over all sectors of the property industry, up and above his management duties. Before entering the Central & Eastern European market, prior to CBRE, Colin worked for King Sturge in Edinburgh and London for four years.

      Colin graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh with an honours degree in Estate Management and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

    • Hadley Dean, (MRICS) Chief Executive Officer, EPP

      As CEO of EPP Hadley brings more than 20 years of real estate experience to Echo Polska Properties. Most recently the CEO of Compass Offices’ European, Middle Eastern, and African operations, Hadley helped Compass grow to become Hong Kong’s largest serviced office provider with a network extending to Australia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.

      Prior to Compass Hadley served as a Managing Partner at Colliers International, an industry-leading global real estate services company operating in 66 countries. Responsible for Colliers’ Eastern Europe region, he managed the business across twelve countries, sixteen offices and more than 750 employees. He was also a Colliers’ EMEA Management Board Member.

      Hadley holds a BSc from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a Property valuation and Management degree from Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    • Patrick Delcol, Managing Director Poland, DTZ

    • Richard Laird, Head of Investment CEE, Knight Frank

      Richard is a Partner of Knight Frank with 12 years of transactional experience in cross-border European real estate investment, across the key markets. Richard has worked in Knight Frank’s London based European Investment Team since its inception over a decade ago. He has specific responsibility for leading Knight Frank’s Central European Investment business, working on daily basis with the local teams across the region.

Industry Operators

    • Adrian Karczewicz, Investment Director, Echo Investment

    • Anton Hoeller, Managing Director International Real Estate Finance, Unicredit

    • Ben Bannatyne, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Prologis

      Ben leads the team and company operations across Central & Eastern Europe for Prologis, the leading global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate throughout Europe, Americas and Asia is responsible for all activities of Prologis in the CEE region (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). He joined Prologis in 2008 from Jones Lang LaSalle where he was the Managing Director for Central Europe. In this role, he was responsible for Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, including the daily management of the Warsaw office and operations in Prague and Budapest.

      Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, of which 15 years have been spent in Central Europe with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prologis. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Land Economy. He is also a UK-trained chartered surveyor.

    • David Dixon, Partner, Norton Rose

      David leads the Norton Rose Real Estate Team in Warsaw and his Europe-wide practice focuses on real estate, restructuring, banking and finance, corporate and securities transactions, telecommunications, and mergers and acquisitions. In his 30+ year legal career he has led teams advising on mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies, real estate transactions, debt and equity offerings and strategic investments, debt restructuring and restructurings of companies, telecommunications projects, privatization and financing transactions in both market and regulated economic environments.

      David has been listed annually in European Legal Business as a preferred legal provider for banking and finance since 2001 and intellectual property, IT and telecommunications since 2003. The Chambers Europe 2008 analysis of real estate lawyers in CEE stated: “David Dixon is the key partner for cross border work. His approach is described as pragmatic and realistic: when lawyers are at loggerheads he takes control of the situation.” The Chambers Europe 2009 analysis of real estate lawyers in Poland elaborates that “clients prize his international law knowledge and broad experience.” Legal 500 recognizes Mr Dixon as a leading lawyer in real estate and M&A practice in Poland.

      David received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Colgate University in 1977, where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 where he was a member of the Management Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He is a member of American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Michigan, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Texas.

    • Ian Church, (MRICS) Managing Director of Buildings + Places Continental Europe & CIS, AECOM

      Ian has been active in the CEE region, Russia and Ukraine since 1996 in a range of senior management roles. AECOM is a Fortune 500 company with in excess of 90,000 employees serving clients in more than 150 countries.  Built to deliver a better world, AECOM provides a unique blend of global reach, with local knowledge.

    • James Huckle, Investment Director, NBGI Private Equity

      James is an Investment Director at NBGI Private Equity, a pan European mid-market investor. He joined NBGI in April 2007 to establish the real estate practice. Prior to joining NBGI, he was a fund manager in the CEE private equity division of INVESCO and a consultant at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Oxford.

    • Jeroen van der Toolen, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Ghelamco

      Jeroen joined Ghelamco as Managing Director for Poland in 2003, presiding over three times growth in the Belgian developer’s business and securing its status as a leading and well recognized provider of modern business space within the region.

      Since the company expanded its activities to the East European Countries, Jeroen van der Toolen has been involved in the co-creation of Ghelamco’s offices in Russia and Ukraine and in 2006 he was appointed Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe. Currently he is responsible for all of Ghelamco’s Central and Eastern European operations comprising a portfolio of over 600,000 sqm.

      Ghelamco’s rapid growth has encouraged the company to realise more investments in Warsaw and regional markets. Ghelamco Poland has delivered over 400 000 sqm of high standard office and warehouse facilities and has over 160,000 sqm under construction in 2012. The company’s high capabilities have been widely recognized by the market, including the most prestigious tenants like: PKN Orlen, T-Mobile, Rabobank Polska, Cargill, Medicover, Hyundai Motor Poland, PTU, LEGG MASON, BRE Bank, Euronet, Discovery and Oriflame. Jeroen has also been responsible for the implementation of sustainable development solutions by the company. This resulted in establishing the most popular European ecological certificate BREEAM as a standard for all Ghelamco investments. He has also introduced a completely new brand, Ghelamco Residential, under which Ghelamco is undertaking residential projects. In 2012 Ghelamco Poland leased over 56 000 sqm, the best score in the Polish real estate market also a record result in the company’s history. In 2012 Ghelamco opened the first phase of it’s 240,000 sqm logistics park in Russia.

      Jeroen graduated from the Vrije Univerisiteit Amsterdam where he finished his studies in the Business Economics. Before joining Ghelamco, he worked for the Unilever Moscow office and DTZ. In 1997 he did also a project for Rabobank in Ukraine. He is married and has two children. His hobbies include traveling, backpacking, sailing, snowboarding and discovering new cuisines.

    • Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch, Partner, Hogans Lovell

    • Martin Schlichting, Head of International Real Estate Clients, Erste Group Bank

      Martin is managing director of Erste Group’s International Real Estate Clients department in Vienna. He is active in the CEE/SEE Real Estate markets for 17 years. The regional focus includes Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia and Croatia.

      Erste Group is one of the largest financial services providers in the eastern part of the EU in terms of clients and total assets. Its core activities – besides the traditional strength in serving private individuals and SMEs – include advisory services and support for corporate clients in financing, investment and access to international capital markets, public sector funding and interbank market operations.

    • Matthew Hunt, Director Real Estate, Infrared Capital Partners

    • Michael Kroeger, Head of International Real Estate Finance, Helaba

    • Paul Heller, Principal, Blackstone

    • Radoslaw Popko, Head of Real Estate Finance Poland, Berlin Hyp

    • Robert Dobrzycki, Chief Executive Officer Europe, Panattoni Europe

      Robert Dobrzycki oversees the operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. He set up Panattoni Europe’s headquarters for the CEE region in Poland in 2005 and in 2014 was appointed CEO for Europe. In 13 years under Robert’s management the company has developed over 5.5 million sqm of warehouse space out of existing stock of 14 million sqm in Poland. Both in 2017 and 2018 Panattoni Europe was listed first in the TOP DEVELOPERS ranking in Europe by Property EU title.

      Robert began his career with Menard Doswell & Co., an industrial real estate development company, has over 17 years of experience in the real estate business. He is a Warsaw University graduate and has a Masters in Business Management degree.

    • Roger Dunlop, (MRICS) Chief Executive Officer, Avestus Real Estate

      Roger joined Avestus Real Estate as CEO in April, 2006 bringing more than 20 years of experience in the real estate business. From its headquarters in Prague, Roger oversees the continued development of ARE’s portfolio of residential, office and retail properties, a number of large mixed-use developments, and the company’s ongoing expansion into new territories across CEE. Prior to his current position with ARE.

      Roger held Managing Director and CEO positions at leading real estate entities in the UK, including: 2002–2006, Divisional Managing Director of Gleeson Homes, a wholly owned subsidiary of MJ Gleeson Group; 1999–2001, residential Managing Director at Chelverton International; 1996–1999, Managing Director, South Thames division of Countryside Properties. Roger is a member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    • Tomasz Klodowski, Managing Director CEE, Stewart Title

      Tomasz is responsible for the business activities of the world’s leading title insurers in Poland, Turkey, Romania and Hungary.

      TK was a pioneer in the Title Insurance sector in the region, introducing the product to the Polish market in 2002. Over the past ten years Stewart has issued in excess of 10 billion euros worth of cover, and over 7 billion within Poland alone.

      In addition to his role at Stewart, TK is an active developer in the boutique residential sector and his houses are featured in many design magazines, adverts and TV shoots. He has also worked as development partner at AIG/Lincoln, Marriott Hotels and Accenture (Andersen Consulting). He is a graduate of Cornell University.


Cee Markets:

Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine

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