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2017 Jury

Calling the shots, the 2017 CEEQA Jury

The CEEQA awards are judged each year by a panel of jurors selected from senior management representatives of market leading companies active in the New Europe real estate market place through a detailed and rigorous procedure, online and offline, closely monitored by awards supervisor Deloitte.

This year’s final deliberations were made at the annual Jury Cocktail Dinner at the Bristol Hotel Warsaw compered by Monika Zamachowska and included a tasting of rare champagnes hosted by Moet Hennessy and wines by Spanish vineyard Perinet and Italian producers Mazzei and Frescobaldi.

For the full story of the 14th edition of CEEQA visit our 2017 Review page.

About the CEEQA Jury

The jury is charged each year with:

Jury Nominations: Elected jurors provide a list of their own nominations in the year’s award categories as part of the call for entries process.

Online Assessment: Initial assessment through our online judging system more than 500 award entries from across the sector to decide the annual CEEQA Short List announced each March a month ahead of the CEEQA Gala.

Final Judging Round: The entire panel convenes each spring in Warsaw for the CEEQA Jury Dinner on the day before the CEEQA Gala to select the winners in each award category from the short listed nominees. The eventual winners are announced and presented with their awards at the CEEQA Gala itself attended by more than 650 of the sector’s regional and international business leaders.

The election of jury members each year as well as all aspects of the judging process is supervised by globally trusted consulting firm Deloitte. The Industry Operators group of jurors are elected in cooperation with CEEQA’s Agent Partners group comprised of the regional business leaders of the most important global commercial real estate agents active across the New Europe sector CBREColliers InternationalCushman & WakefieldJLL and Knight Frank.

The Agent Partners each hold two permanent seats on the jury, reflecting their role as the information and knowledge hub of the sector, in additional to a permanent seat for an editorial representative of the Financial Times. The jury also includes one representative for each company from investors, developers, banks, constants and service providers active across the sector, the places are rotated each year among market leading companies.

Members of the 2017 CEEQA Jury are listed below. For information about members of past juries visit our Archive page.

2017 Jury members

    • Agata Sekula, Board Member, Investment and Asset Management, EPP

      Agata is one of the foremost experts in the CEE region with over 25 years of investment advisory experience in the retail sector. Prior to joining EPP, her impressive 23-year tenure at JLL was marked by a notable track record in successfully managing sales and acquisitions of retail properties in the CEE region, with transactions totaling over EUR 13.5 billion.

      Agata’s noteworthy contributions include advising on major transactions, such as Chariot and Atrium portfolios, as well as prominent shopping centres like Galeria Katowicka, Silesia City Center, Manufaktura, Stary Browar, Magnolia Park and Promenada.

      A graduate of the Law and Administration faculty at the University of Warsaw, she also holds a property valuation diploma from the Warsaw University of Technology.  Additionally, Agata possesses certificates in Advanced Property Investment Appraisal, Advanced Property Finance and Funding, and Advanced Portfolio Management obtained from the Investment Property Forum Advanced Education Programme in London.

    • Agnieszka Stankiewicz, Real Estate Partner, Greenberg Traurig

      Agnieszka co-chairs the Greenberg Traurig’s Real Estate Department in Poland. She has almost 20 years of experience in corporate finance and real estate transactions. Her practice focuses on assisting a variety of foreign and domestic investors in mergers, takeovers, joint ventures, corporate and organizational restructuring, acquisitions and divestments of real estate or real estate holding companies, the financing and refinancing of real estate acquisitions, forward purchase and leaseback transactions, all aspects of real estate development projects as well as the due diligence of companies and assets and the restructuring of their financial indebtedness.

      Agnieszka has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Poland in various legal directories including Chambers Europe and EMEA Legal 500. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Warsaw University, qualifying as an advocate in 2001.

    • Antanas Anskaitis, Investment Manager, Northern Horizon Capital

      Antanas currently runs a highly successful investment portfolio for a joint venture between Northern Horizon and the clients of Partners Group. Over the last 12 years he has overseen the build-up of the Baltic business, turnaround of the largest investment fund of the company (Baltics and Poland), closed over 600m EUR worth of property acquisitions and exits.

    • Arpad Torok, (MRICS) Chief Executive Officer, TriGranit

      Arpad has been in the international property development and advisory business for more than 23 years including 17 years with TriGranit, having previously held senior management positions at Cushman & Wakefield in Hungary and Greece. He was appointed to CEO of TriGranit in 2009, taking over the position during the most demanding global economic and market conditions. The company has sincesucceeded to obtain over 1 billion Euros in financing and refinancing to develop around 950,000 m² of projects completed or currently under construction. Asset disposals in Central Europe – including the purchase of TriGranit by TPG – with a cumulative transaction volume of EUR 1,7 billion, both retail and offices were completed with his active participation like Bonarka for Business office complex in Krakow, Poznan City Center in Poznan or the Arena Centar in Zagreb.

      TriGranit is one of the largest fully integrated real estate investment, development and management company, operating in Central Europe. The company’s focus is on mixed-use “City Center”, office and retail developments in strategic urban locations.

      Arpad holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College for Foreign Trade and the University of Humberside, an MA in business management and an MBA in European business administration from the University of Lincoln. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Golden Cross by the President of Hungary in 2012. His vision and professional approach has been appreciated by his peers and colleagues several times: received in 2011 by CIJ Real Estate Awards – Industry Leadership Award; in 2015 by Iroda.hu – Real-estate Market Personality of the Year; in 2016 by Finance-Monthly – CEO of the Year; and by Global Brands Magazine –  Most Inspiring Real Estate CEO.

    • Attila Kovacs, (MRICS) Managing Partner, Horizon Development

      With a Master of Science degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Budapest, allied to substantial theoretical knowledge and subsequent hands-on international experience gained in the USA, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom, Attila established Budapest-based Horizon Development in 2006 and has turned it into a key player on the Hungarian real estate development and property investment market. He has developed office buildings, shopping and logistic centers, industrial parks, showrooms and luxury residences, recent projects associated with his professional leadership include internationally acclaimed, certified sustainable commercial buildings Eiffel Square (2010) and Eiffel Palace (2013). The latter is a recipient of 11 global awards, among them the World Green Building Council European Leadership Award, FIABCI, CEEQA and the European Property Awards. Recently completed and ongoing developments are mixed-use commercial properties: European Property Awards winner Váci 1 (2016), Promenade Gardens (2018) and Szervita Square (2019).

      As an acknowledgement of his contribution to the enhancement of real estate development and the field of architecture in Hungary, Attila received the Office Market Professional of the Year People’s Choice Award in 2011. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

    • Charles Taylor MRICS, Advisor to the Board & Shareholder, Bracken Consulting

      Charles moved to Central Europe in 1998, residing initially in Budapest and then Warsaw. He is regarded as one of the region’s leading commercial real estate experts. As Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield in both Hungary and Poland, Charles was responsible for the substantial growth and financial success of these businesses including the successful merger of DTZ and C&W in Poland, creating a market leading real estate consultancy, employing over 440 people.

      Charles has been instrumental in developing the region’s investment markets since the first institutional capital was deployed back in the early 2000’s. Transacting in the core markets of CE plus Croatia and across all commercial sectors, he has worked with a broad spectrum of clients including DWS, Union Investment, Skanska, Ghelamco, Heitman, Invesco, CBRE IM, Griffin Capital Partners and Credit Suisse. He advised Wing on the successful acquisition of a majority stake in the leading Polish developer Echo Investment and Charles remains a key advocate for the region’s continued success, especially Poland.

      Recently, Charles has been advisor to the Board and Shareholder of iO Partners – a JLL Preferred Partner, with 250 people and offices in Czech, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. Through Bracken Consulting Ltd, Charles continues to work with select investors targeting Poland.

    • Daniel Bienias, (MRICS) Managing Director Poland, CBRE

      Daniel leads the team of over 450 professionals for CBRE in Poland. He joined CBRE in 2010. Previously, Daniel headed the Tenant Representation division in the CBRE’s Office Agency. Daniel has over 20 years of real estate experience. During his career, he has provided advice to many local, international and global companies. Daniel graduated from the University of Szczecin and postgraduated from the Warsaw University of Technology and Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Member of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and holds a Real Estate Broker and CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) license.

    • Dieter V. Knittel, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance International Clients CEE, Pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

      Dieter Knittel is Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance International Clients CEE 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.

      Phone: +49/89/288028-270

      Mobile: +49/172/8618807

      Email: Dieter.Knittel@pfandbriefbank.com

    • Dorota Latkowska–Diniejko, (MRICS) Partner, REINO Capital Partners

      Dorota is co-founder, shareholder and vice-president of the Broad of REINO Partners, the investment management company that successfully creates and manages the first dividends structures for Polish investors – REINO Dividend FIZ, REINO Dividend 2 FIZ and REINO Dividend Plus SA investing in yielding properties, structures that possess most of REIT features which during the last 2 years have acquired three office buildings: Kapelanka 42b in Cracow, Malta House in Poznan and Alchemia I in Gdańsk.

      Dorota has 20-year experience in the real estate industry in CEE region. Before setting up REINO Partners, she was the partner and shareholder of the leading global real estate advisor-Knight Frank, where for many years she was heading up Capital Markets team involved in both investment and development sector. Participated in the equity and debt finance raising, acquisition and sale of real estate, structuring transactions, carried out due diligence processes. The total value of the transaction with her participation has exceeded € 2 billion.

    • Eva Boehler MRICS, Director CEE Real Estate Financing, UniCredit

      Eva has over 20 years of experience in real estate financing. She spent seven years covering the Hungarian market where she partnered with well known international developers and investors to execute large deals. Upon her relocation to Vienna, Eva worked on various significant CEE and SEE projects covered by the UniCredit Group, including Turkey, Russia, Ukraine. She has extensive experience with a broad range of real estate financing transactions. Eva graduated with an MsC from the prestigious Corvinus University in Budapest.

    • Gordon Black, Senior Managing Director & Co-Head Europe, Heitman International

      Gordon leads Heitman’s European Private Real Estate Equity group and is an equity owner of the firm. Since 1995 he has had primary responsibility for Heitman’s investment activities in Europe. Heitman has participated in European real estate transactions totaling over €5 billion to date, and Gordon has been involved in global acquisition and disposition activity totaling just under €8 billion. He is a member of Heitman’s Executive Committee, Board of Managers and European Investment Committee.

      Gordon received a BA in Finance from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He is based in Heitman’s London office.

    • Guy Speir, (MRICS) Partner, Sharow Capital

      Guy co-founded Sharow Capital, the boutique investment and asset management firm, in 2014. Sharow Capital has quickly established itself as a high quality provider of investment solutions across CEE, with particular success in delivering astute acquisition strategies and expert asset management.

      Guy lived and worked in CEE since 2001. His focus has been on development, leasing and major asset repositioning of mostly office buildings in Czech, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. Guy has been a board member of RICS in CEE and undertaken APC assessments. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

    • Henning Schneider, Transaction Manager International, Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

      Henning is responsible for acquisitions and sales of WARBURG-HIH Invest Real Estate in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Warburg-HIH is an integrated investment, fund and asset management platform with AUM of 12 billion EUR based in Hamburg. He has been with the group since August 2014 and has completed transactions in the amount of more than 250 million EUR in the Netherlands and Poland. Henning holds a diploma in business and engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Leipzig.

    • Horatiu Florescu, Chairman & CEO Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Knight Frank

      Highly specialized in office agency and client representation services, Horatiu has a wide breadth of property experience, gained in his 20 years’ career by advising the main developers as well as the most prominent multinational companies operating in Romania.

      Named ‘Most Successful Broker’ on Romania’s market, several times, Horatiu is reputed for his cutting edge and professional consultancy services to tenants, developers and investors alike.

      Widely acknowledged for his pre-lease expertise, Horatiu has been involved in the largest real estate office projects, having leased over 1 mil. Sq M office space.

    • 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.

    • Izabela Potrykus-Czachowicz, Partner, Head of Office Agency Poland, Knight Frank

      Izabela has over 15 years’ experience in commercial real estate. She joined Knight Frank in October 2010 and since 2015 she has headed the office agency team in Warsaw responsible for the Landlord and Tenant Representation Departments and also oversees the agency’s activities in regional cities Lodz, Poznan and Tricity. Izabela is also responsible for the process of operational cooperation with investment funds, developers and private owners (DEKA Immobilien, Savills Investment Management, Raiffeisen Capital Management, Azora International, Union Investment) and tenants within the scope of lease agreement negotiations and renegotiations. She graduated from the Technical University of Gdansk and holds a property management license as well the CCIM title.

    • Jake Jephcott, Director Business Development, Olivia Business Centre

      Jake has been heading the business development of Olivia Business Centre in Gdansk since the beginning of its operations in 2009. Playing a major role across departments, he is responsible for many of its unique features and image defining properties that have supported its growth and satisfied global clients spread across the 140 different companies, from global giants to startups to SMEs housed within the campus. His experience in international entertainment and media over 20 years has helped to cement the reputation of Olivia Business Centre as something special, focusing on the wellbeing of people, their development and satisfaction, happy people do better work. Jake also teaches at the Faculty of Management at Gdansk University and is a member of the advisory board to the President of Gdansk for International integration.

    • James Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Balmain

      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 centre business in London in 1998. James has been directly involved with 2.7 million sqm and EUR 10.5 billion of shopping centre assets over his thirty-one year career in real estate. James leads the strategy and investments for the Sierra Balmain business.

    • Jon Hale, Director Central & Eastern Europe, Chapman Taylor

      Jon completed his architectural studies at Kingston Polytechnic in 1990 and moved to Prague a year later. In 1997 he joined Chapman Taylor in London and was instrumental in setting up their Prague office in 1998. He has extensive experience in the fast developing markets of CEE and SEE with strengths in the retail, office and residential sectors. He has led the design and implementation of numerous high profile projects in the Czech Republic, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Serbia.

      Jon speaks Czech, is a UK registered architect and has Czech Chamber of Architects’ Type A (full) authorisation.

    • Jonathan Hallett MRICS, Executive Partner, Head of Central & Eastern Europe, Cushman & Wakefield

      As Head of Central & Eastern Europe, Jonathan oversees Cushman & Wakefield’s operations across the region, with over 1100 staff in six countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Turkey) and Cushman & Wakefield Alliance partners in a further nine countries across the CEE region.

      Jonathan is a European Executive Committee Member of Cushman & Wakefield and the Managing Partner of Cushman & Wakefield in the Czech Republic. He is a member of the RICS, IBF Board Member (International Business Forum), and BGMC Board Member.

    • Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

      Judith Evans is the property correspondent for the Financial Times, covering residential and commercial real estate in the UK and around the world. She has previously written on investment, asset management and alternative finance for the FT and its specialist publications. Before that, she covered Asian news from Hong Kong and the Maldives for the international newswires Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

    • Karl Wilson, Head of the UK & CEE, Aareal Bank AG

      Karl Wilson is the Head of the UK & Central Europe for Aareal Bank. Karl set up the Polish operations in 2000 and took over responsibility for the UK in 2021. Prior to this Karl worked in Real Estate Banking in Germany and the UK, as well as for one of the Big 4 consultancies in their Real Estate Corporate Finance Department in Central Europe. He has a degree in Estate Management from Trinity College Dublin Ireland.

    • Karol Bartos, (MRICS) Executive Director Portfolio & Asset Management, Tristan Capital Partners

      Karol manages a portfolio of office and retail assets across CEE, Germany and the Nordics. Prior to joining Tristan in 2012, Karol was Country Manager Poland at MGP based in Warsaw where he managed the Polish platform of MGPA’s business including asset and development management, acquisition and finance. He joined MGPA in 2008 from Heitman where he was responsible for portfolio of assets across 6 CEE countries including office, residential, industrial and joint-venture partnerships and has managed investments of over €2 billion in value throughout full cycle of investment.


      Karol graduated as MA in Economics with a specialty in Real Estate Management and Corporate Finance. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a CCIM designee.

    • Katarzyna Zawodna, Business Unit President, Skanska Commercial Development Europe

      Katarzyna is responsible for the company’s strategy and operations in the area of sustainable office investments in rapidly-developing markets of Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary.

      During her term, Skanska has strengthened its position as the largest office developer in CEE, covering 10 markets. The company has secured land plots with the potential of more than 600,000 sqm, which is the best result in CEE unit’s history. Skanska’s CEE unit beat its own records with a volume of 170,000 sqm GLA leased in 2016. This was the best ever leasing result for the office sector of any region in the Skanska Group. Currently developer has 13 ongoing projects with approx. 310,000 sqm under construction.

    • Lila Pateraki, Director of Investments, Zeus Capital Management

      Ms. Pateraki has over 20 years of development, project and asset management experience internationally with blue-chip development companies. Prior to joining Zeus, Ms. Pateraki worked in Lamda Development Group, J&P Development (in Greece and Romania) and Turner Construction Corporation (in the U.S.). She carries a vast experience in all phases of real estate investments, having been involved in some of the largest, high profile development projects in the commercial, residential, industrial, tourism and marinas sector in Greece, U.S.A. U.A.E and South Eastern Europe. Ms. Pateraki joined Zeus in 2007 and she is responsible for the transaction origination and execution as well as the asset management of the investments of Zeus in Europe. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the National Polytechnic in Athens.

    • Luke Dawson, Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets CEE, Colliers International

      Luke started with Colliers in 2003 as Director of Corporate Development.  His led several mergers and acquisitions across the globe.  He then relocated to Prague in 2007 to establish the regional Eastern European team. He was responsible for the day-to-day oversight, integration and coordination of the 13 countries.  In 2012, he took on the position of Regional Managing Director for South East Europe.  Based out of Serbia, he was responsible for business development, key accounts, investment sales and overall business accountability across 5 countries.

      From 2014 until 2016, Luke ran one of the largest private family offices in the middle east.  This involved leading all asset management, acquisitions and dispositions across the globe and the overall leadership of the organization.

      In his current role, his focus is on driving our investment sales business across Central Europe.  In addition to general management accountability, he also strategically manages regional investment relationships, connecting opportunities and guiding the overall strategy of the investment services for Colliers across CEE.

    • Maarten Vermeulen, Managing Director Europe, Russia & CIS, RICS

      Maarten is responsible for RICS operations in Europe, Russia & CIS. He leads a diverse and dynamic team across Europe, Russia & CIS, where he is responsible for bringing ethical and professional standards to the European property market and offering access to the most sought after professional status.

      He is looking to develop the profile and standing of RICS across continental Europe, Russia and CIS, strengthen member services and reach out for new members.

      Maarten has many years of experience in real estate. Before taking this role he was Europe Director at Composition Capital Partners where he was responsible for a significant portfolio of equity investments across Europe. Prior to that, he worked with Protego Real Estate Investors, Lasalle Investment Management and Bouwfonds Asset Management.

    • Maksym Gavryushyn, Chief Operating Officer, Budhouse Group

      Mr. Gavryushyn started his professional career in 1998 working on various projects in marketing and sociological research. Since 2003 Mr. Gavryushyn concentrated on numerous consulting projects with focus on Ukrainian real estate market. Over his career in the real estate industry, Mr. Gavryushyn has been involved in a wide range of real estate activities including project management, research, marketing, consulting, property management, leasing, site acquisition and development. He has worked in various fields of real estate including residential, hotels, offices and shopping centers.

      In the year 2004 he joined Ukrainian Trade Guild, a leading Ukrainian real estate consulting and brokerage firm, where he held a position of Head of Research, Marketing and Strategic Consulting Department. During 2004-2009 he has obtained substantial experience of conducting more than 430 researches and development of more than 230 projects of residential and commercial properties in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Georgia. He also continued his education in ICSC School for professional development in 2007-2008.

      Since 2009 Mr. Gavryushyn is the Chief operating officer of Budhouse Group, leading Ukrainian investment and development company. He is responsible for development, marketing and research, leasing, property, facility and asset management of BHG properties.  In 2015-2020 Mr. Gavryushyn also holds a position of Chair of the ICSC Ukrainian National Committee. . As of 2020, he has taken over as Head of the Ukrainian Council of Shopping Centers (UCSC).

      In 2017, 2018 and 2020, Maxim Gavryushin was named Person of the Year by the Retail & Development Business Awards.

    • Marcin Klammer ., Chief Executive Officer Poland, Arcadis

      Marcin became Chief Executive Officer for Arcadis EC Harris in Poland in January 2013, having been jointly held the roles of CEO of Arcadis and Managing Director of EC Harris since the merger between the two companies in 2012. As the CEO Marcin is responsible for growing the ARCADIS business in the Polish market with a particular focus on ensuring that the benefits of the merger with EC Harris are fully realised so that the two firms can offer clients a broader range of consultancy skills and high quality services.

      Marcin joined EC Harris in 1998 and was appointed Location Leader for Poland in 2005. During his tenure he has significantly grown the business in this market, diversifying into new areas such as highways and the public sector as well as maintaining a strong presence in the lenders & investors, commercial, residential and CRE sectors. He has worked on a number of large programmes including third generation shopping centres, five star hotels and waste water treatment plants as well as other infrastructure projects. He holds a professional license from the Polish Chamber of Architects and is an accredited member of RICS.

    • Mark Rea MRICS, Managing Partner, Sentient

      Sentient is one of the largest Project & Cost Management Consultants operating throughout Central & Eastern Europe and beyond. Following 22 years with Gardiner & Theobald, rising to Equity Partner, in 2013 Mark led the successful buyout of the G&T CEE operation together with the other regional partners. With the rebranding completed in October 2013, Sentient is now firmly established throughout the region with offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and Croatia, together with extensive experience in many of the neighbouring countries, including into Italy and Austria – all based on the provision of high quality, client-focused services.

      Mark has been based in CEE for over 20 years and has experience throughout the region. He is a Member of the Institute of Royal Chartered Surveyors.

    • Martin Erbe, Head of International Real Estate Finance Continental Europe, Helaba

      Martin is responsible for real estate lending across continental Europe for Helaba Landesbank Hesse-Thuringia, which belongs to the German savings bank network. Based at the bank’s Frankfurt headquarter, he manages the origination for Central Europe and Benelux. Martin has worked on a wide range of financing transactions in the past and has more than 22 years of real estate experience in the European markets.

      Helaba currently manages a loan book of around EUR 34 bn in commercial real estate, almost half of this amount representing the bank’s international business in Europe and the US. Helaba’s relationship-oriented strategy has remained unchanged for years and is consistently directed towards its target markets.

    • Martin Polak, Managing Director Central Europe, Prologis

      As senior vice president and regional head, CEE for Prologis, Martin Polak is responsible for all of Prologis’ development, leasing and operations activities across Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Since he joined in 2008, Martin has proved invaluable to the Prologis team with his extensive industry knowledge and experience with the management, coordination, and construction of industrial and logistics projects. Martin holds degrees from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava in Economics and Building Industry Management.

    • Matyas Gereben, General Manager Hungary, CPI Property Group

      Matyas began his real estate career with Cushman and Wakefield Property Advisers as Leasing Associate and he looked after major corporate instructions both on the tenant and Landlord side. After spending almost 4 years in Cushman, he joined TriGranit Development Corporation in 2007 as Leasing Director of Offices on the Emonika project in Ljubljana. After 2 years spent in Slovenia he was appointed to head up the Property Management team of Polus Shopping and Entertainment Center Budapest. Following two successful years in Polus he was promoted to lead the Asset Managment Department within TriGranit and look after the company’s portfolio through the CEE region. He was responsible to monitor the performance of 4 shopping centres and 9 office buildings with the total GLA of approximately 400.000 sqm

      Matyas joined CPI PG in June 2016 as Country CEO and he is responsible for leading the Hungarian operation with 75 people and 17 assets under his guidance. He holds a Bachelor degree in tourism and hotel management and a Master’s degree in management consulting. He is a member of ICSC, RICS and other real estate related organizations, and is a passionate sailor and proud father of two children.

    • Miroslav Barnas, (MRICS) Managing Director Czech Republic & Slovakia, JLL

      Miroslav is a real estate professional with over ten years experience with commercial and residential properties. His main focus is advising tenants and landlords, sellers and buyers on the leasing, acquisition, disposals and development of commercial and residential space in the CEE region.  For the past 10 years he was also responsible for development, management and driving forward the business of JLL in Slovakia. In January 2017, Miroslav was appointed to lead JLL´s business in the Czech Republic alongside his existing responsibilities as country manager for JLL Slovakia.

      Today Miroslav oversees the team of more than 110 real estate professionals in both the Czech and Slovak republics. In addition to his management responsibilities he heads the Capital Markets team, the most experienced Capital Markets team in the Slovak and the Czech market. He is responsible for ensuring that a best practice, client care, proactive communication and appropriate technical knowledge is provided by all team members. By market he is perceived as an ambassador of ethical approach and transparent dealing.

      Miroslav is a qualified surveyor and member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

    • Monika Rajska-Wolinska, (MRICS) Managing Partner Poland, Colliers International

      As Managing Partner for Poland, Monika is responsible for the strategic and operational activities of the company. She has over 16 years of experience in the CRE sector. Monika is a member of RICS, YPO, the CEO Round Table and the Women Leadership in Business Foundation. She is also one of the twelve members of the Colliers EMEA Board, which determines the company’s strategy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Monika was named Professional of the Year by the CEEQA jury in 2015.

    • Nicklas Lindberg, CEO, Echo Investment


      Nicklas Lindberg joined Echo Investment in the first half of 2016 and, as chief executive officer, is responsible for all areas of the company’s activity. In 2001–2015, Nicklas was with Skanska, where he worked as President for Skanska Commercial Development Europe (CDE), Skanska’s business unit that develops properties in Central and Eastern Europe, and as the head of Skanska Property Poland, a unit within Skanska Commercial Development Europe. Prior to that, he had worked with Residential Development in the Nordics and for Skanska Russia as both CFO and CEO.

    • Omar Koleilat, Chief Executive Officer, Crestyl Group

      As co-founder of Crestyl Group, Omar envisions the company’s business strategy, devises its financing and stick-handles investor relations. Omar is Czech and Lebanese and thus brings a mix of Middle Eastern flair and European precision to the company. With an education in the field of architecture and a British RICS graduate degree in real estate investment, Omar knows whereof he speaks. From partnering with GE on a €500 million investment to the creation of a stellar team of residential and commercial experts, Omar has been changing the face of the Czech Republic since 1998.

    • Paul Betts, Managing Director UK, ARC Capital Markets

      Paul Betts is Managing Director of ARC Capital Markets in the United Kingdom. In his 30 year property career, Paul has covered several European real estate markets and multiple disciplines, with a focus on capital markets and logistics.

      From 1994-2002, Paul was based in Prague as Managing Partner, Czech Republic for King Sturge and then from Paris, through 2012, as Managing Partner, France. In addition to overall management responsibilities for those operations, Paul advised on multiple investment transactions on behalf of funds, property companies and HNWIs. After King Sturge merged with JLL in 2011, Paul served as Head of JLL’s EMEA Logistics team and was a member of JLL’s Global Logistics Board through 2014. Most recently, Paul was Head of CEE for M7 Real Estate, establishing their offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia and was responsible for the acquisition / disposal of over EUR 400m in assets for two M7 Real Estate funds.

      Paul earned his BSc (Hons) in Urban Estate Surveying from Liverpool Polytechnic and qualified as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is fluent in English and speaks French.

      E: paul@arc-cap.com


    • Pawel Debowski, Partner, Chairman Real Estate Europe, Dentons

      Pawel is a partner at global law firm Dentons and Chairman of the European Real Estate Group of more than 250 lawyers across twelve countries. He is one of the most widely recognized and respected real estate M&A and investment professionals in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.

      Pawel acts as legal counsel to numerous institutional clients, including investors, developers, lenders, construction companies and occupiers. He has unique expertise in the office, retail and hotel sectors. In professional practice for over twenty years, Pawel was involved in structuring real estate investments in Poland back in the early days of the free market economy.
      His outstanding and sustained contribution to the CEE real estate sector has resulted over the years in multiple recognitions as the leader in this field. Chambers Europe legal directory rates him as a Band Star. It lauds Pawel as “a brand of his own”. He is singled out as “one of the icons of the market,” and “a very technical, robust lawyer,” whose “reputation speaks for itself.”

      Pawel is repeatedly recommended as a leader in the field of real estate law by both Polish publications (namely Forbes and Rzeczpospolita) as well as international legal directories and guides (such as The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, European Legal Experts or Who’s Who Legal). In 2013, for the second time, he was named Professional of the Year at the CEE Quality Awards organized by Imagine Live Media in cooperation with the Financial Times.

    • Ramon Spoladore, Head of Central & Eastern Europe, Generali Real Estate

      Ramon is the Head of Central Eastern Europe & Nordics Region and is in charge of the real estate activities of Generali Group across eight Central and Eastern European and four Nordic markets.

      In his role, he is tasked with managing the relationships with the Generali Real Estate global functions, Generali global investors (PAN EU Funds) and Generali Group’s local Chief Officers, providing portfolio management advice on the real estate investments, ensuring the investment and divestment processes, scouting the markets and originating deals in line with the portfolio strategies. He is also responsible for the of the asset, letting, finance and property management activities in the region.

      Ramon joined Generali Group in 2002 after 2 years of experience in Pirelli Real Estate, also in Milan. He started to work in the real estate arm of Generali Group, Generali Immobiliare, helping to develop the investment, asset and fund management areas of the future Generali Real Estate. In 2008, Ramon embraced the new adventure of Generali Group in Prague (Generali PPF JV) focused on CEE Countries where he became Head of Real Estate. In 2013, Ramon came back to the new Generali Real Estate. In 2016 he became Head of CEE Region and in 2018 the Region was enlarged to the Nordic Countries too.

      Ramon holds a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Trieste and Real Estate Specialization from SDA Bocconi in Milan.

    • Richard Curran, (MRICS) Managing Director Czech Republic, CBRE

      Richard Curran, the Managing Director of CBRE in the Czech Republic, has over 19 years of experience in the Czech commercial real estate market. He has led the CBRE Czech office since 2008, having joined the company in 2004 to lead the Agency side of the business. During this time, he has overseen the growth of the office from 35 people to over 300, and has been involved in the establishment of the industrial, retail and project management business lines. He has also overseen the acquisition of the EMCM and Impact Corti businesses, and their subsequent mergers into the CBRE Czech business.


      Richard has an honours degree from the National University of Ireland and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS).

    • Robert Dobrzycki FRICS, Chief Executive Officer Europe, Panattoni

      Robert is the CEO & Co-Owner of Panattoni Europe, UK and India. Panattoni is the largest logistics developer in Europe with completed portfolio of over 19 million sqm of completed floor space in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands,  Austria, Hungary, Czechia, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden and Italy. In the last five years Panattoni has been ranked as the top logistics developer by PropertyEU magazine due to having delivered the largest volume of space in Europe.

      Before joining Panattoni, Robert Dobrzycki was employed by industrial developer Menard Doswell & Co. In 2005, he established Panattoni headquarters in Poland for the region of Central and Eastern Europe, became CEO of Panattoni for Europe in 2014, and assumed his current role as CEO and Co-Owner in 2021. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and holds a master’s degree in business management from Warsaw University.

    • Robert Neale FRICS, Chief Executive Officer, Portland Trust

      Robert has worked in the commercial real estate industry since 1982 based in cities including London, Brussels and currently Prague and Bucharest since 1991.

      After an agency background with Healey & Baker in 1993 (now Cushman & Wakefield), he created the development and asset management company Portland Trust in 1998. Portland Trust has been in partnership with US property and fund management group Ares Management, L.P. (formerly AREA Property Partners) since 1999. Ares currently has assets under management of over $160 billion and provides equity capital jointly with Portland Trust to purchase development projects, under-managed assets with refurbishment potential and undercapitalised companies in central and eastern Europe. Together, Ares and Portland Trust have developed or refurbished over 800,000 m2 of commercial space in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.

      Better known projects include Metropole Zlicin (one of the first major malls in Prague), Bucharest Business Park (the first A-class business park in Bucharest), Floreasca Park (which in 2014 won the CEEQA Office Development of the Year and the CEEQA RealGreen Building of the Year, CEEQA Green Leadership Award and CIJ Investment transaction of the year in 2015), Oregon Park (which won the CEEQA Overall Building of the Year SEE in 2018) and more recently the new ING Bank HQ, EXPO Business Park in Bucharest.

    • Robert Snincak, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, CBRE Global Investors

    • Troy Javaher, Managing Director Europe, Lincoln Property Company

      Troy is responsible for the European operations of Lincoln. The company was founded in Dallas in 1965 and is one of the largest full-service real estate companies in the United States. Lincoln has developed more than 12.1 million square meters of commercial projects and 209,000 multi-family units at a total cost of over $30 billion. Lincoln has also acquired more than $15 billion of assets since 1988, and currently manages commercial assets valued at more than $60 billion. Lincoln Europe was relaunched April 2016.

      An American national, Troy Javaher was previously the Head of Capital Markets for CEE at JLL. He has a Masters in Real Estate from Columbia University in New York and has professional work experience in the region since 1998.

    • Wlodek Skonieczny, Director Real Estate Poland, ING Bank

      Since 1994 Wlodek has worked in banking institutions including Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA and ING Bank NV Warsaw holding various position both on front office and risk management sides of corporate lending. Since 2006 he has participated in building the Polish real estate finance operations of ING, heading a specialized department of ING Bank Slaski and retaining the position of Polish Country Head of ING REF global franchise.

      Wlodek completed studies at the Technical University in Lodz and an MBA program at the University of Warsaw in cooperation with University of Antwerp and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.


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