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2018 Jury

Judging from experience

A group of the most experienced and influential operators across the CEE and SEE property markets will judge entries for the awards.

Each year a panel of judges is selected from senior management representatives of market leading companies active in the sector who are charged with nominating the candidates in 23 award categories before inviting them to submit entry forms, then assesses all entries to decide the short list and eventual winners through a detailed and rigorous procedure closely monitored by Deloitte.

We’re proud to introduce the members of the 2018 jury and look forward to working with them.

    • Aku Sorainen, Senior Partner, Sorainen

      Aku Sorainen is the senior partner of a leading international law firm SORAINEN, which he founded in 1995 in Estonia and later expanded to Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. Today leading a partnership of 29 partners and over 180 lawyers in total, he has spent several intensive years in developing the organisation and quality management system of the firm. Aku is the senior vice-chairman of the Law Firm Management Committee at the International Bar Association, the global voice of the legal profession.

    • Andrew Peirson, (MRICS) Managing Director SEE, JLL

      Andrew is currently head of the South Eastern European region for JLL. Based between the firm’s offices in Bucharest and Belgrade he has overall responsibility for JLL’s operations encompassing work across 9 countries in the region. He is also a member of the CEE Management Board.

      Andrew joined the firm (then as King Sturge) in 2001 in the UK, and in 2004 he relocated to the Prague office to head the office and industrial leasing teams across the Czech Republic and Slovakia, working with a number of international and domestic developers leasing some of the largest office schemes in the region. In 2011, upon the merger of JLL and King Sturge, Andrew relocated to Belgrade to run the newly formed SEE regional hub, focusing on 4 key markets of Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. In 2015 Andrew expanded his role in the region by taking on overall responsibility of the SEE Region to include Romania. Today he manages the JLL office in Belgrade and oversees the office in Bucharest.

    • Bogdan Zasada, (MRICS) Managing Director Poland, STRABAG Real Estate

      Bogdan is a property professional with over 20 years experience, he currently manages the development wing of Strabag in Poland. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

    • Bryan Wilson, Partner, Wilsons

      Bryan is a Partner and one of the co-founders of Wilsons (formerly Wilson & Partners). Having moved from Linklaters in London in 2001 to the Prague office of Linklaters he was appointed Head of CEE Real Estate in 2004.

      In 2007 he left Linklaters to set up Wilsons which has risen in stature to become one of the leading real estate law firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, being ranked in Tier 1 of both Chambers and the Legal 500. Bryan specialises in real estate acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures and is one of the few hotel specialists on the market.

    • Charles Taylor, Managing Partner Poland, Cushman & Wakefield

      A Partner at Cushman & Wakefield with over 20 years 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 based in Hungary for 15 years. He has a significant track record of closing successful transactions across the region.

    • Ewa Parys, Executive Director & Head of Asset Management Central Europe, AEW Europe

      Ewa is Head of Asset Management in Central Europe. She joined AEW Europe in 2014 and is based in Warsaw, Poland. Ewa is responsible for 3 countries in the region: Poland, Romania and Czech Republic, and reports to Stephan Boenning – Head of Germany and Central Europe. Ewa has broad asset management and acquisition experience; prior to AEW Europe, she worked at Atrium Real Estate Poland (Gazit-Globe Group) and was responsible for more than 20 retail assets. Here she managed a €1bn+ portfolio, located in Poland and Latvia. Before Atrium, Ewa worked as Head of the Leasing Department and Centre Director for Meinl European Land and at Foras Holding A/S. Ewa is a graduate of Warsaw University, Kozminski University and AGH Krakow.

    • Guy Barker, (LLB, FRICS) Principal, Arcona Capital

      Guy is a founding shareholder of Arcona Capital, which, from its offices in Munich, Amsterdam, Prague and Warsaw, currently manages over € 645 million of investment and development property across six European countries. Prior to establishing Arcona Capital, Guy trained in London with Knight Frank, established their German business in the 1990s, then moved to Hypovereinsbank in Munich to build their international real estate fund business. This merged with Invesco in 2004, an entity which Guy ran as CEO Europe before founding Arcona in 2007.

    • 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).

    • Horatiu Florescu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Romania, Knight Frank

      Horatiu has a wide breadth of property experience and is the most sought-after advisor on the Romanian market, with an outstanding track record of over 500,000 Sqm transacted in his 17-year career. Horatiu is renowned for his extensive experience in pre-lease transactions: in 2012 he closed the largest transaction on the local market (25,000 Sqm for Oracle in award-winning Floreasca Park). In 2015 the largest pre-lease transactions were signed through Horatiu’s advice: 22,000 sqm for Genpact in Hermes Business Campus and 20,000 sqm for Oracle in Oregon Park and 10,000 sq m for Oracle in Sky Tower.

      Horatiu’s company has been market leader on the office segment for the past 5 years. Under his management Knight Frank Romania (formerly The Advisers in affiliation with Knight Frank) were awarded Best Office Team of 2012 and 2013 at EuropaProperty SEE Awards, Real Estate Agency of the Year between 2009 and 2012 and Best Office Agency in 2013 and 2014 at CiJ Awards.

    • Ian Worboys, Global CEO, P3 Logistic Parks

      Ian has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate sector, specifically in the warehouse and industrial sectors. He began his career at Strutt & Parker in London in 1981 where he spent 16 years, eventually becoming a commercial partner within the firm. He is a former Chairman of the Industrial Agents Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Ian joined Gazeley Properties in 1997 as Development Director UK before leading them into Europe and later became a Managing Director, responsible for Belgium, France and Spain. During his 10-year tenure at Gazeley, Ian was responsible for UK developments in London and Southern England. In Western Europe, he secured over 850 hectares of development land and successfully developed over 350,000 SQM GLA of warehouse space on behalf of Gazeley.

      Ian briefly joined Parkridge Holdings in 2006 and left when it was sold to ProLogis, then joining Panattoni as Managing Director Western Europe in 2007 where he was responsible for development, including warehouse and out-of-town retail space. He also served on the Panattoni European Management Board.

      In 2009 Ian left Panattoni to become the Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle s.r.o. (now P3). Mr Worboys was educated at Whitgift School in Croydon, England and at Bristol Polytechnic (now University of the West of England) in Bristol, England where he completed a Diploma in Valuation and Estate Management.

    • Ingo Nissen, Managing Director Romania, Sonae Sierra

      Ingo joined Sonae Sierra in 2000, when the company began its operations in Germany. In 2007 he was appointed Director, Development Romania, with particular responsibilities for the shopping centre development activities in that country.

      Ingo has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University in Braunschweig. He gained his PhD at the Technical University in Munich.

    • Jan Kotaska, Head of Asset Management, PENTA Investments

      Jan has been active in field of Asset & Property management for more than 10 years, working for CTP, JLL and Knight Frank. He joined PENTA in 2014 and became responsible for Asset management of the companies real estate portfolio and implementation of new processes to the department. After PENTA sold its first real estate project in Prague, the Florentinum, Jan managed to keep the active asset management mandate for the buyer. He has a master degree in civil engineering.

    • Jason Sharman, Managing Partner, BSC Real Estate Advisors

      Jason is both the Managing Partner of BSC Real Estate Advisors, overseeing the operational running of the business, as well as the Partner responsible for Office, Industrial and Capital Markets advisory. Jason started his career in London where he trained as a Chartered Surveyor and since 1998 has been working on real estate transactions in Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Poland.

    • 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 6 countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Turkey) and Cushman & Wakefield Alliance partners in further 9 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), BGMC Board Member (British General Managers Club) and ICSC Czech Board Member (International Council of Shopping Centres).

    • Karol Pilniewicz, Managing Director CEE, Cromwell Property Group

      Karol Pilniewicz, Head of CEE, joined Cromwell Property Group (previously Valad) in 2012, responsible for the Central European Industrial Fund, Polish Retail Fund and for growing Valad’s business in the CEE region. Prior to joining Valad, Karol was the Fund Manager of the Polish Retail Fund at GE Real Estate, a Management board member of listed property developer – Ronson, a Senior Manager in Aareal Bank AG. Karol has an education in Economics.

    • Kean Hird, Partner, Catalyst Capital

      Kean joined the Partnership of Catalyst in 2005 overseeing activities in Germany and Poland. More recently he has established relationships with a number of key investors helping to secure co-investment for assets in Germany and Poland. Kean has over 40 years’ experience in the real estate market.

    • Lenka Kostrounova, Director of Real Estate Financing Division, CSOB

      Lenka has been active in real estate financing more than 15 years. Together with her professional team within ČSOB, she is responsible for real estate financing in the Czech Republic. The main task of the division is to secure the financial service tailored-made for real estate developers and investors and others, for whom is the ownership, facility management or real estate crucial in their business. During the career, Lenka has successfully structured the financing of dozens real estate projects in volume of several billion CZK. Lenka is the Board member of Association for real estate development from 2012.

    • 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.

    • Markus Kuttner, (MBA, MRICS) Group Head of Asset Management, CA Immo

      The asset management expert started his career at the Bank Austria Creditanstalt Real Invest GmbH, where he was amongst others responsible for Asset Management Germany, CEE and SEE. In 2007, he moved to Raiffeisen Capital Management as Investment Manager for the open ended real estate fund products of RCM. His field of responsibility included property investments in Germany as well as asset management of the logistic portfolio of RCM. 2009 Markus Kuttner joined CA Immo Group with the responsibility of Asset Management in CEE, SEE and CIS. Since 2017 he is heading the Asset Management for the CAI group comprising Germany, Austria and the CEE/SEE region. Markus Kuttner is holding an MBA and MRICS studies.

    • Matthias Bitzan, Head of Real Estate Finance, International Clients, Erste Group Bank

      Matthias has worked with Erste Group Bank AG since 2005 with a focus in real estate financing from the very beginning. In 2007 he joined the commercial real estate financing department in Erste Group. Since 2011 he is heading the International Clients Department for Commercial Real Estate Financing. The regional focus includes Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia.

      Matthias is Vice President of Erste Group Bank AG.

    • Michael Abel, Managing Director, TPG Real Estate

      Michael is a Managing Director and a member of TPG Real Estate’s Investment Committee and is based in London. He joined TPG from Europa Capital and started his career in the Private Equity Real Estate divisions of J.P.Morgan and Lehman Brothers. He holds a Diplome de Grande Ecole and MSc in Management from ESCP Europe, and speaks German, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of TriGranit and A&O Hotels and Hostels.

      TPG Real Estate is the real estate platform of TPG, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion of assets under management. TPGRE includes both TPG Real Estate Partners, its equity investment platform, and TPG Real Estate Finance Trust, its debt origination and acquisition platform.

    • Mike Atwell, Lead Director Capital Markets CEE, JLL

      Mike is Head of Capital Markets for Czech Republic and Lead Director for Central and Eastern Europe overseeing JLL’s Capital Markets business across the region. With a total headcount of over 40 JLL’s capital markets team is one of the largest in the region and considered the leading transactional team in CEE, across all sectors. Having recently joined JLL, he is enhancing the team with his regionally diverse experience giving him a unique perspective on real estate markets today.

      Mike brings to JLL more than 30 years of experience in the real estate market, including 13 years in Central Europe, during which he was involved in some of the highest profile transactions across the region. He spent his initial years in London and in addition has spent 9 years in the Middle East including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Following that Mike joined CBRE in 2012 as Head of Capital Markets CEE, based in Warsaw. In January 2016, CBRE transferred Mike to Paris to become Head of Capital Markets, France.

    • Monika Debska-Pastakia, (FRICS) Partner, Chairman of the Board Poland, Knight Frank

      Monika is a UK chartered surveyor (FRICS), chartered town planner (MRTPI), Civil Commercial Mediator, Polish licensed valuer and a licensed broker with over 30 years of experience in development advice, property finance and investment, valuation as well as property and asset management. She graduated in Town Planning at the South Bank University in London and Estate Management at College of Estate Management Reading University in UK. For several years, she worked for a chartered surveying firm of Montagu Evans in London as a Development consultant.

      Monika joined Price Waterhouse CEE in 1991 and has gained extensive experience of the real estate markets throughout Central and Eastern Europe. In 1995 she was appointed a Director of Price Waterhouse Real Estate and became a Chairman of Knight Frank in Poland in 1998, currently overseeing Asset and Property Management as well as Valuation service lines. In 2011-2014 she was a Chairman of RICS Polska and currently heads up the RICS Mediation Working Party aiming to introduce alternative dispute resolution services in the Polish property market.

    • Noah Steinberg, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, WING

      Noah is the chairman and CEO of WING, the market leading office developer and one of the largest real estate companies in Hungary. He is an American citizen, he has worked in Hungary since 1990. In his current position he was responsible for establishing WING and oversees the company’s real estate investment and development businesses.

      Noah is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria. He speaks French, German, Spanish, Hungarian and English.

    • Otis Spencer, President, Peakside Polonia Management

      Otis was hired in September 2013 as the President of the Board of PPM. He is responsible for the asset management for Polonia I and Polonia II, the origination and execution of new business in Poland, as well as the managerial oversight of Peakside’s office in Warsaw. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and has executed transactions and functioned as a fiduciary in North America, Europe and Asia. He was until recently the Co-Head/Managing Director of KSP Real Estate Investment Management. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Spencer was active as Managing Director/Co-Head Europe and member of the Investment Committee with Heitman. During this time he directed the Portfolio Management for Heitman’s European Private Equity group and was the Portfolio Manager for Heitman European Property Partners IV. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, Mr. Spencer was active in originating transactions and capital raising efforts as well as contributing to the strategic development of Heitman’s European platform.

      Prior to Heitman, Otis worked for ABP Investments (“ABP”) in the Netherlands where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager. In this capacity, he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing non-listed real estate investments on behalf of ABP’s European and Asia Pacific Strategic Funds. During his time at ABP, Mr. Spencer identified and completed ABP’s first real estate private equity investments in Central Europe and Asia. Otis graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and real estate. He also has master’s degree in real estate designation from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Mr. Spencer holds a dual citizenship from the Netherlands and the United States, and is based in Warsaw, Poland.

    • Pavel Pelikan, Executive Director, J&T Real Estate

      Pavel Pelikan graduated from the Construction Faculty of Slovak Technical University (Bratislava) in 1995. During his studies, he worked for suppliers of construction projects and products. In February 2000 he moved to the investor side of the construction and real estate industry, becoming project manager at J&T Real Estate. In 2001 he became technical director, and since 2005 has been J&T Real Estate‘s executive director and deputy chairman of the board.

    • Petr Panek, Partner, Head of Central & Eastern Europe Real Estate, White & Case

      Petr heads White & Case’s Central & Eastern Europe Real Estate practice and concentrates on real estate transactions, financial restructurings, fund formation and M&A. Petr represents international and domestic investors on numerous significant real estate transactions within the Czech Republic and across the CEE region. He advises funds, REITs, developers, banks and others in connection with their acquisitions, financings and development-related issues, as well as with the structuring of their investments and investment-related issues in their real estate portfolios.

    • Philip Wood, Head of CEE Transactions, GLL Real Estate Partners

      Based in Prague, Philip is responsible for transactions across CEE on behalf of GLL Real Estate Partner’s managed property funds and segregated accounts. He has 20 years’ professional experience in commercial real estate sales, leasing and development, corporate real estate advisory, and property investment in the UK and across Central & Eastern Europe. He began his property career in London specialising in Leasing and Tenant Representation, and while working with DTZ he moved to their office in the Czech Republic as Head of Agency in 2005. Philip then worked for 3 years in the Cushman & Wakefield Capital Markets team in Prague before joining GLL in 2011. Philip graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Estate Surveying, and is a Chartered Surveyor.

    • Radu Boitan, (FRICS) Senior Investment Director, Revetas Capital

      Radu joined Revetas Capital in 2013 and is the Investment Director of the company. He was elected Chairman of the Romanian board of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for two consecutive mandates. He has over 20 years of experience in investment, valuation and property agency within the CEE and Romanian market and has been involved in a wide variety of transactions.

      Radu was previously the Head of Capital Markets for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Romania following the merger with King Sturge. He was the MD and member of the management board of King Sturge in Romania from its inception in 2005 until the merger with JLL, where his responsibility extended to investment, professional services, valuation and research. His extensive real estate experience includes investment and asset management strategy advise, investment management, equity and debt financing, valuations, and a wide spectrum of acquisitions, disposals, developments and feasibility studies.

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

      Richard is the Managing Director of CBRE in the Czech Republic with over 19 years’ 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. In 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 merges 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).

    • 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).

    • Sean Doyle, Head of Capital Markets Poland, CBRE

      Sean is the Head of Investment at CBRE Poland having been active on the Polish market for 13 years, he has transacted some of the largest portfolio and asset transactions across all sectors in the market. Sean started his career with a residential developer in California before joining Cushman & Wakefield in San Francisco after which he worked in the Central London Office market.

    • Tomas Jandik, (CFA, MRICS) Chief Investment Officer, REICO

      Tomas is the chief investment officer and a member of the board of directors of REICO Investicní Spolecnost CS, the largest and oldest Czech open-ended property fund manager. He carries overall responsibility for fund’s property business including transactions, leasing, asset management and valuations. In his previous role, he acted as the director of capital markets in CBRE Prague office. Tomas is a member of the Czech CFA Society and a member of the RICS.

    • Wojciech Koczara, Partner, Head of Central & Eastern Europe Real Estate, CMS

      Wojciech Koczara is a qualified legal advisor, a partner and head of the Real Estate in Poland and in CEE. He specialises in real estate business law and for over 16 years advises domestic and international investors in purchase, sale and lease of commercial estates and the performance of development projects. He advised on significant real estate, corporate and financing transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of office buildings, hotels and shopping centers, as well as projects concerning logistics centers.

    • Yannis Delikanakis, Partner, Bluehouse Capital

      Yannis is a founding Partner of private equity investment management firm Bluehouse Capital with a focus on real estate investments in Emerging Europe.  He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate from Harvard University, holding a MSc in Project Management from the University of Texas at Austin.

 
 

Cee Markets:

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

See Markets:

Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

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