Webinar Summary:Demonstrating social value, the positive impact that real estate investment and development can have on our communities beyond financial returns, is increasingly becoming a priority for real estate owners, investors and developers. As detailed in Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2019, nearly 60 percent of survey respondents believe that the industry is moving towards using a wider range of non-financial measures to assess the value of real estate and real estate businesses. ULI has gathered a panel of global investors, developers and asset managers who are navigating pathways to sound investment decisions based on social as well as financial outcomes. The panellists will speak about how these decisions are cultivated, implemented and assessed through the development and ownership cycle. A Q&A session will follow and panellists will answer audience questions.
SpeakersChristine Babkine, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ivanhoé Cambridge Christine Babkine participates to the development and implementation of the Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy (CSR) in partnership with the organisation's business units and corporate services in alignment with the Company’s Strategic Plan. She is also involved in the development and implementation of programs that promote environmental stewardship, employee engagement and community relations within the organisation and with Stakeholders. Christine Babkine joined Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2012, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and the management of donations and sponsorships. She was at the helm of the regional marketing department of Tennis Canada, then served as Director of Marketing at La Ronde - a member of the Six Flags family, and Manager for donations and sponsorships at the SAQ. In 2011, she joined the Fondation Sedna. In each of these positions, she has distinguished herself through her exceptional drive, negotiating skills, innovative and creative spirit and passion for performance and results. Christine Babkine sits on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Real Estate Foundation for Kids, Dans la rue Foundation and Espace pour la vie Foundation. She is a regular contributor to CSR panels and conferences. Christine has recently completed an MBA in environmental and social responsibility at Université Laval, is also a graduate in business administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal, in commercialization of the Institut universitaire de technologie in Montpellier, France and in communications from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Michele Giddens, Partner & Co-Founder, Bridges Fund Management Michele co-founded Bridges alongside Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002 and oversees strategy, client development, talent development, public affairs and impact management. She sits on the Investment Committee for all Bridges Funds and has a key role in leading and developing Bridges’ internal team and directing the firm’s strategic growth. Michele has played a leading role in the growth of the sustainable and impact investing sectors in the UK and worldwide. She was an adviser to the UK Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force and chaired the Community Development Finance Association from 2003-2005. More recently, she chaired the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, from 2016-18 and chaired a Global Working Group on Policy. She sits on the BVCA Council, and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution. Michele is also a trustee for the Bridges Impact Foundation. Michele was awarded an OBE for services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Dilip Khullar, Managing Director, Estabona Management Dilip is Estabona Management’s Managing Director and has worked in Spain in the shopping centre sector for 25 years. Before establishing Estabona, Dilip held management positions in the American developer Hines where he was responsible for the development of Diagonal Mar shopping center in Barcelona and was previously Managing Director of the Canadian investment and development company TrizecHahn in Spain. Dilip currently maintains an investment company with Cadena, a U.K. based investment management company. Dilip holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Economics as well as an Advanced Certificate in Management and Technology Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Business. Dilip is a British trained MRICS, a partner and board member of Spanish “think tank” the Círculo de Empresarios of Madrid and a member of the Shared Value Initiative.
Richard Meier, Co-Founder, Stories Richard is Co-Founder of Stories, a property developer that seeks to extract maximum social value from development. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Cambridge University’s major new settlement and campus to the north-west of the city centre. Prior to this Richard was a partner of Argent LLP where for over 15 years he worked on the regeneration of King’s Cross and other major developments. Richard is a chartered planning & development surveyor and chair of his local pre-school.
ModeratorLisette van Doorn, CEO, ULI Europe As chief executive of ULI Europe, Lisette van Doorn is responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is also responsible for the ULI Charitable Trust, which raises money to advance ULI’s mission and philanthropic activities across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation and portfolio structuring. Prior to this, van Doorn was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€ 1.3 billion) with assets in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, van Doorn was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years. She started her career at ING Investment Management, where she held account manager and assistant controller positions before being made managing director of research & strategy for ING Real Estate Investment Management Europe.
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