CEE Summit 2017

Investing in New Europe – cities, sectors, development and capital markets


28th – 29th June, Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel
28th June, Evening Cocktail in the Courtyard of Szucha Palace



Day 1: Wednesday 28th June

Urbanisation, Development & Investment

Registration & Networking Lunch



Richard Betts, Publisher, PropertyEU

Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today


Keynote: CEE in a Global context – macro economy, politics and the outlook for real estate

Professor Witold Orlowski, Chief Economic Advisor, PwC


Panel: How sustainable is the current economic growth in CEE?

His Excellency The Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Poland, Ovidiu Dranga

Professor Witold Orlowski, Chief Economic Advisor, PwC

Wawrzyniec Smoczyński, Managing Director, Polityka Insight

  • Moderator: James Shotter, new Financial Times correspondent for Poland & CE, Financial Times

Presentation: Key Drivers of Investment in European Cities – CEE in a Global Context

Yolande Barnes, Director of World Research, Savills (London)

Building Successful Cities: Collaborate or compete? Collaborate to compete?

Country Case Study: Scottish Cities Alliance

Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development, Scottish Cities Alliance


Coffee & Networking


Panel: Creating investment ready cities – human capital, vision and opportunity. What creates a successful city for investors?

Yolande Barnes, Director of World Research, Savills

Stuart Black, Director of Planning and Development, Scottish Cities Alliance

Tomasz Potkanski, Deputy Director, The Association of Polish Cities

Dan Zakai,Co-founder and CEO, MINDSPACE

Anna Walkowska, Biz Dev & Partnerships, HUBHUB

  • Moderator: Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today

Panel: Investment Opportunities in CEE cities – what is the outlook for investment? What are the next big drivers for city investment?             

Tomasz Tondera, Senior Partner, Griffin Real Estate

Lila Pateraki, Chief Investment Officer, Zeus Capital Management

Michal Miecinski, Counsel, Linklaters

Adrian Karczewicz, Head of Divestments CEE, Skanska Commercial Development Europe

Anna Duchnowska MRICS, Senior Director – Asset Management, Head of Polish Operations, Invesco Real Estate

  • Moderator: Richard Betts, Publisher, PropertyEU

Key Takeaways – Day 1


End of Conference Day 1


Cocktail Reception, SZUCHA Palace
The last real estate COCKTAIL PARTY before the Summer at the historic SZUCHA Palace
(corner of Szucha and Litewska streets)


End of Cocktail party

Day 1 Speakers’ Bios

Yolande Barnes, Director of World Research, SAVILLS 

Yolande leads the World Research team at Savills with 28 years experience in property research. Her areas of focus are world cities, the impact of private wealth in real estate, emerging trends in real estate markets, residential and commercial, urbanism and mixed use issues.

Having established the Savills Residential Research department in 1989, Yolande’s research techniques have extended to global markets and her remit has expanded to all types of cross-border real estate, in both established and emerging markets. Her work involves providing thought leadership and running a global research programme to provide sophisticated, market-oriented advice on all aspects of real estate, global wealth flows and market trends.

Yolande is an advisor to several academic groups. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Director of Design for Homes, a founding member of the Society of Property Researchers, an Academician with the Academy of Urbanism, a residential council member of the Urban Land Institute and Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, SCOTTISH CITIES ALLIANCE

Stuart Black joined the Highland Council as Director of Planning and Development in February 2008, and has been Director of Development and Infrastructure since April 2014. He is one of the city representatives of The Scottish Cities Alliance, a unique collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – and the Scottish Government working together to promote the country’s great economic potential.

The Alliance Pitch Book showcases £7.5 billion of exciting investor-ready opportunities across the seven cities and the Alliance aims to attract external investment, stimulate economic activity and create business growth. The Alliance also leads the work on the Smart Cities programme. Through the Scottish Cities Alliance millions of pounds are being invested to make Scotland’s cities smarter, using new technologies to accelerate and transform the delivery of city services.

Stuart started his career with Hillier Parker Chartered Surveyors in London before embarking on a 6-year career as a lecturer at Aberdeen University where he taught Land Economy. Following this, Stuart was appointed Head of Economics at Highland and Islands Enterprise where he worked between 1996-2000, before becoming Director of Strengthening Communities from 2000. In 2002, Stuart was appointed Chief Executive of Inverness and Nairn Enterprise, and in 2007 Director of Global Connections with HIE.

His Excellency The Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Poland, Ovidiu Dranga

A career diplomat, Ovidiu Dranga was appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 27 June 2012. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Romania’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Belgium. Ovidiu Dranga holds the diplomatic rank of minister plenipotentiary. He came to work for the MFA in 1991. So far he has held positions both at MFA Headquarters and in the foreign service, such as first secretary and deputy chief of mission at Romania’s Mission to NATO (1996-2000), director of the NATO directorate (2000-2001), director general for political affairs (2005-2007). Between 2001 and 2005, Ovidiu Dranga was substitute of the State Secretary for defense policy and Euro-Atlantic integration at the Ministry of National Defense.

Ovidiu Dranga is a graduate of the Bucharest Polytechnic University (1990) and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University – JFK School of Government (2003-2004). He was awarded the Order of Loyal Service, in the rank of Knight (2002) and the Order of Diplomatic Merit, in the rank of Officer (2006).

Adrian Karczewicz, Head of Divestments CEE, Skanska Commercial Development Europe

As Head of Divestments for Skanska CDE, Adrian Karczewicz is responsible for sourcing buyers and conducting transaction processes in four CEE markets: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

While working at Skanska, Adrian has divested assets totaling almost EUR 1bn. Among his greatest achievements has been concluding final sales agreements for 11 office buildings in 2015, worth nearly EUR 500m. As a result, the company’s sales activity accounted for over 20% of the total transaction volume in the office sectors of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania, maintaining Skanska CDE’s leading position in the CEE office market. Adrian conducted the company’s first office portfolio transaction in the region – a sale of four buildings located in two Polish regional cities. This was 2015’s biggest CEE office divestment, and the company’s biggest ever transaction in the region.

Since beginning work at Skanska, Adrian has established partnerships with ten new investors entering CEE markets. He also led the first ever  hotel divestment by Skanska in Poland.

Adrian’s experience is appreciated by Skanska Group and he is always willing to share his knowledge with colleagues from other Skanska markets. Currently he is involved in London-based asset sales processes.

Adrian started his professional career in 1997 as an analyst at Gerald Eve International, going on to work for Knight Frank in Warsaw, and GE Capital Golub Real Estate. Prior to joining Skanska in 2013, he worked for Echo Investment as the director responsible for the company’s asset divestments.

Michal Miecinski, Counsel, Linklaters

Michał Mieciński is a Polish qualified lawyer (radca prawny), of counsel in the Linklaters Warsaw Real Estate Practice with over 20 years experience in various areas of law including real estate, corporate, commercial and company law, insolvency and restructuring. He is one of the leaders of the dedicated group of lawyers focusing on investments in the hotel sector in Poland. Michał has led or supervised teams on multiple transactions in development, construction, retail, PE, banking, insurance, consumer goods, automotive, healthcare, food and media sectors in Poland. He has advised clients on a number of real estate transactions in Poland including hotels & leisure, office, retail, and greenfields. His major clients are, among others, UBM Development, Skanska, Al Sraiya Holding Group and HSBC. In the hotel & leisure sector, Michal advised recently Al Sraiya Holding Group in relation to the acquisition of Westin Warsaw and UBM Development in relation to the development and disposal of a number of premium hotels across Poland including the Radisson in Wroclaw, new Holiday Inn in Warsaw and a four star hotel in Gdansk.

Witold M. Orłowski, Professor of Economics, Rector of the Vistula University (Warsaw) and Chief Economic Advisor to PWC POLSKA

Witold Orłowski is a Member of the National Development Council of the President and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum in Warsaw.  He is former economic advisor to the president Aleksander Kwaśniewski, member of the National Development Council of the president Lech Kaczyński, and Economic Council of the prime minister Donald Tusk. He studied at the University of Lodz and Harvard University.  From 1993 to 1997 he worked at the World Bank. From 2001 until 2005 he was the chief economic advisor to the president. He has also been the Dean at the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology, advisor to the Chief Negotiator of the EU membership of Poland, Special Advisor to the European Commission, member of the Macroeconomic Council of the Minister of Finance, and consultant to many international and national bodies and organizations.  He is the author of 11 books and 200 scientific publications, popular economic commentator and columnist of major Polish newspapers.

Lila Pateraki, Chief Investment Officer, Zeus Capital Management

Lila 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 MS in Civil Engineering from the National Polytechnic in Athens.

Tomasz Potkanski, Deputy Executive Director, The Association of Polish Cities

Tomasz Potkanski PhD, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Polish Cities, responsible for research, training and technical assistance to members – especially in the area of inter-municipal cooperation. He has 23 years of professional experience in managing technical assistance programs for local government authorities, including experience as the USAID Warsaw employee, and as the consultant of the World Bank, UNDP, Canadian International Development Agency in Poland and countries of Central and Eastern Europe. He is a practitioner of public management, specialist of strategic management, financial management and multiannual investment planning, public communication and citizens participation. He is also a lecturer at the Institute of Public Policies at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. He is an active member of local NGOs, including a member of the Local Action Group in this own municipality of Podkowa Leśna.

Wawrzyniec Smoczyński, Managing Director, POLITYKA INSIGHT

Wawrzyniec Smoczyński manages Polityka Insight and leads its analytical team. He is the founder and creator of Polityka Insight. A former journalist, he previously served as foreign editor of the leading Polish weekly Polityka where he covered international affairs and economics. Winner of the Kwiatkowski Award for economic writing (2010), the Polish Grand Press Award (2011) and the Woyciechowski Prize for outstanding journalism (2012). Open Society Fellow 2008, Marshall Memorial Fellow 2009, Munich Young Leader 2010, IMF Journalism Fellow 2011. Since 2017 Wawrzyniec serves as council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate in Egyptology at the University of Warsaw, he also studied General Linguistics and Coptology at the Georg August University, Göttingen.

Tomasz Tondera, Senior Partner, Griffin Real Estate

Senior Partner in Griffin Real Estate, investment platform. He is an expert in property finance and investment market. He has gained over 10 year experience in banking sector, achieved at management positions in Commercial Real Estate as well as Project Finance areas. He used to be Project Manager at BPH Real Estate SA. Earlier Tomasz was working for TDI (Towarzystwo Doradztwa Inwestycyjnego), involved in corporate finance, companies evaluations, restructuring and privatization of State Treasury enterprises. Tomasz graduated Warsaw School of Economics.

Since 2007 Tomasz is a member of Griffin team. He participated in arranging and closing of Griffin Property Finance Fund, the first mezzanine financing platform, dedicated solely to the real estate market. Within Griffin platform Tomasz is in charge of entire office portfolio, including deal originating, acquisitions together with optimization of financing structure as well as proactive asset management contributing to the value of the portfolio.

Anna Walkowska, Biz Dev & Partnerships, HUBHUB

Startup activist, entrepreneur and motivator. Awarded by CESA as the Most Influential Woman in Tech 2015 in Poland. Currently working with HB Reavis on HubHub Warsaw at Postępu 14 — an international co-working platform for B2B startups and technology companies.

In 2011 co-founded Reaktor — which became the nucleus of Warsaw’s startup community. Three years later launched the first Polish chapter of Startup Grind aiming to educate tech community. In 2014 co-founded Startup Poland Foundation representing local startup community and WAW.AC — the very first local accelerator for technology startups financed by Warsaw Municipality. In Feb 2016 organized Startup Europe Week Warsaw. Since 2016 has been working for Polish-American Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, supporting Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Her entrepreneurial experience started in 2009 with Homplex, which from a platform promoting 3D technology support for furnishing products in “shop the room” model became a producer of 3d assets & renders for the US furnishing market. For 18 years engaged in web app design & development, for three years worked at corporate environment as an IT security expert at ABN AMRO and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Dorota Wysokińska-Kuzdra, Chief Executive Officer, Griffin Premium RE

Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Premium RE.. N.V., the first REIT-type company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, focused on the office and mixed-used office-retail market in Poland, owner of the portfolio of 9 properties worth more than 500 m EUR, including such properties like Hala Koszyki in Warsaw, Centrum Biurowe Lubicz in Krakow or Green Horizon in Łódź. Earlier, for almost 10 years, as Senior Partner at Griffin Real Estate, she was responsible for investment and management activities of the Group, as well as for the first mezzanine fund in Poland. She was leading investments which include among others acquisitions of properties which belong to Griffin Premium RE today. She was also part of the investment team during acquisition of Echo Investment, leading the due diligence team. Before joining Griffin she held executive positions in HypoVereinsbank / UniCredit Group and its subsidiaries, being responsible for real estate finance, real estate investment banking and real estate asset management. She is a graduate from the Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw, the University of Cologne and University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

Dan Zakai, Co-founder and CEO, MINDSPACE

Dan Zakai is Co-founder and CEO of Mindspace, a rapidly growing global provider of beautiful and inspiring coworking spaces for teams of all sizes. Since starting Mindspace in 2014, the company has opened multiple spaces in Israel and Germany, and raised to date over $15M to expand in Europe and to the US. Dan is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Mindspace, he founded in 2008 G Systems Solar Solutions, a leading solar energy company, which was later acquired by the Fishman Group (2011) . Earlier, Dan worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and HSBC. Dan holds a BA in Law & Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, (2005) and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago (2011). Dan is married and a proud father of four children.

Day 2: Thursday 29th June

Capital Markets, Investment & Opportunities

Keynote: What do the investors need?         

Maurits Cammeraat, Director of Professional Standards, INREV (Amsterdam)

Non-listed real estate funds are a major driver in the market. What do investors need to know in order to spend?


Presentation: Global Capital Sources – who is targeting CEE and why?

Richard Divall MRICS, Head of Cross Border Capital Markets EMEA, Colliers International (London)

The CEE in Sectors: Market Trends and Outlook


Panel: Outperforming the market: Which sectors and locations offer the best returns in CEE?

Richard Divall, Head of Cross Border Capital Markets EMEA, Colliers International

Robert Sztemberg, Head of Berlin Hyp Warsaw Office, BERLIN HYP

Otis Spencer MRICS, President, Peakside Polonia Management

Adam Konieczny, Development Director Eastern Europe, Louvre Hotels Group

Ian Firla, Chief Operating Officer, OSTC Group

  • Moderator: Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today

Coffee Break


Panel: Sector in Focus: Logistics – The Industrial Revolution – can CEE be the driving force of European logistics?

Robert Dobrzycki, CEO Europe, Panattoni Europe

Daniel Franke, Board Member, ROHLIG SUUS Logistics

Ben Bannatyne, President, Prologis Europe

Tomasz Kasperowicz, Partner & Director of Industrial and Logistics Agency, Colliers International

Bartek Mierzwiak, MD, Central & Eastern Europe, Logicor

  • Moderator: Richard Betts, Publisher, PropertyEU

Presentation: Phoenix from the Ashes: Revitalization & Regeneration

One of the most experienced and internationally-recognized architects presents a history and review of Revitalization & Regeneration projects in Poland, CEE and around the world – rooted in his home city of Warsaw

Marek Tryzybowicz, Founding Partner, Bose Architects


Closing Keynote: The CEE real estate market from the perspective of arguably the region’s most experienced investor

Martin Sabelko, Founder, HOI International


Networking Lunch


End of Conference

Day 2 Speakers’ Bios

Ben Bannatyne MRICS, President, PROLOGIS EUROPE

Ben Bannatyne is president of Prologis Europe and chairman of the company’s European Management Executive Committee. He is responsible for Europe’s largest logistics real estate platform, which comprises 16.5 million square metres (178 million square feet) across 13 countries as of 31 March 2016.

Previously, Ben served as the company’s managing director and regional head for Central & Eastern Europe – a role which he held for more than seven years – with overall responsibility for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Ben joined Prologis in 2008 from JLL where he was managing director for Central Europe. An accomplished leader, Ben brings significant real estate knowledge and expertise with more than 20 years’ experience.

Ben graduated from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, with a degree in land economy (BLE). He is also a UK trained chartered surveyor (MRICS).

Maurits Cammeraat, Director of Professional Standards, INREV

Maurits leads INREV’s professional standards programme including on-going development of industry standards and best practice for corporate governance, investor reporting, due diligence and sustainability. In his role he is responsible for the promotion, development and implementation of INREV Guidelines for the non-listed real estate industry on a global level. He has extensive experience in this field, having worked as Senior Manager at PwC Advisory. He has over 10 years’ experience advising international asset managers. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Erasmus University and a Bachelor of Built environment and Bachelor of Engineering Management from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Richard Divall, Head of Cross Border Capital Markets EMEA, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

As Head of Cross Border Capital Markets for EMEA, Richard works with international clients who are interested in investing in the region and connects their capital to local partners and best local Colliers International experts.

Conversely, Richard also works with core investors based in EMEA to help them expand their portfolios in other regions around the world. Through his extensive connectivity in the global real estate market, he connects capital with opportunities, regardless of location.

Richard works with a broad spectrum of clients including Sovereign Wealth Funds, global institutions, global private equity investors and family offices. Clients choose to work with him based on the full range of advisory services including buy and sell side investment sales for all major asset classes including office, industrial, retail, residential and hotels as well knowledge on alternative sectors including student housing, PRS and leisure sectors.

Richard has over 20 years capital markets experience and has been involved in transactions valued at over £7billion in the UK and Europe.

Richard has advised many clients on complex investment strategies including:

  • Advised Starwood Capital on the acquisition of a close ended fund with 106 properties in Norway and Sweden for €1.2bn from Norway’s largest bank DNB
  • Represented ENPAM and Antirion on their first investment outside Italy to buy Amazon’s new European HQ office building in London for £400m (50% share)
  • Advised Zech Group on the €120 million disposal of the Karstadt Building in Düsseldorf, Germany to CBRE Global Investors
  • Advised Pangea Property Partners on the €111 million purchase of Karl Johansgate 12 and Kirkegata 32 in Oslo, Norway from CBRE Global Investors.


Robert Dobrzycki, CEO Europe, PANATTONI EUROPE

Robert Dobrzycki set up Panattoni Europe’s headquarters for the CEE region in Poland in 2005.  Being a Chief Executive Officer Europe, he has responsibility for the operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. For 11 years under Mr.Dobrzycki’s management PE achieved the position of market leader in Poland and a high brand recognition in Central Europe. Effectively managed, currently, the company has developed over 4 million sqm of warehouse and industrial space. Since 2007 PE was the most active developer on the Polish market year by year, currently initiating 90% of new developments and keeping vacancy rate of the portfolio under management at average 2% – much below the market levels.

Awarded CEEQA “Industry Professional of the Year and CEEQA “Industrial Developer of the Year” and was named “Industrial developer of the decade 2000-2010” for Poland at the Eurobuild Awards 2010.

Up till now Panattoni Europe won more than 60 prizes in many real state contests. After 11 years of intensive work becomes a market leader developer ever.

Following in the footsteps of success in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany, he has decided to expand into other European markets. The developer has opened another office – in Bucharest, Romania and will focus on developing build-to-suit investments but also plans to create its own multi-tenant logistics centre near Bucharest

Ian Firla, COO, OSTC Poland

Ian Firla was born in Poland but raised in England and Canada. He returned to Poland in 2005 to set up and run OSTC Poland. Starting with a single office in Warsaw, he grew the business to 5 offices across Poland and assumed operational responsibility for the OSTC Group of companies including England, Wales, Spain, India, Russia and China. OSTC is a significant participant in the world of exchange traded derivatives. Since its inception in 1999, it has grown steadily and currently operates from 13 offices in 8 countries trading 150 million contracts annually on the world’s major futures exchanges.

Ian is married with two awesome children. He’s passionate about family life and enjoys going for a run every now and again.

Daniel Franke, Board Member, ROHLIG SUUS Logistics


Daniel Franke, Board Member of ROHLIG SUUS Logistics, the leading Polish logistics operator, is responsible for contract logistics, national groupage distribution network and cross-dock terminals. Leading the role since 2010, Daniel has the responsibility for all of the company’s projects related to logistics real estate platforms. He was directly involved in a number of lease transactions with all the major developers in the Polish market.
Daniel has been associated with logistics since 1999. He gained experience in Poland and abroad in structures of DB Schenker, one of the global leaders in the branch. Being a part of Global Corporate Contract Logistics / Supply Chain Management, he was responsible for the implementation of international projects in France, Portugal, Italy and Germany. He has always been passionate about creating innovative solutions for logistics operations out of well-designed warehouse investment.

Tomasz Kasperowicz, Partner & Director of Industrial and Logistics Agency, Colliers International

Tomasz has 19 years of professional real estate experience gained while working for companies such as DTZ, Apsys and Menard Doswell & Co. Over the last 19 years he has been involved in a number of key projects for such companies as: Leroy Merlin, Castorama, EKO Holding, DSV, ND Logistics, Colgate Palmolive, Intermarche, Rhenus Logistics, Rohlig Suus, DB Schenker, Euro RTV AGD, Delphi, Corning Inc. Tomasz carried out the largest lease transactions in the industrial market in Poland with the total area exceeding 2 500 000 sqm. The department headed by Tomasz is the market leader with over 50% of market share among other competing companies. The team has been numerously awarded for its performance in the industry competitions. Tomasz is a graduate of the International Economic and Political Relations at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Adam Konieczny, Development Director Eastern Europe, Louvre Hotels Group

Adam Konieczny joined Louvre Hotels Group in May 2017 as a Development Director for Poland and Eastern Europe. His goal is to develop the brands of the group through franchise, management and lease contracts in the region.

Previously he was a Country Head Poland at Christie & Co. Based in Warsaw, he was responsible for identifying hotel opportunities across Poland and CEE for the development and expansion of the company in the region. He has been involved in a number of advisory and valuation assignments as well as operator search and section processes. In 2016 Adam was involved in sale of two 4-star hotels in Wrocław and Gdańsk on behalf of an American fund.
Prior to Christie & Co, Adam worked several years as a Senior Consultant in the hospitality area, at DTZ´s (now Cushman & Wakefield) hospitality department in Warsaw.

Adam Konieczny has a Master of Arts in Mangement from Warsaw School of Economics and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He also obtained a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Invesments and Asset Management from Cornell University. Adam is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Bartosz Mierzwiak, MD, Central & Eastern Europe, Logicor

Bartosz Mierzwiak is Managing Director, Central & Eastern Europe, responsible for the day to day management and operation of Logicor’s platform in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Prior to joining Logicor in September 2014 he spent four years at Prologis as Country Manager, Poland, overseeing asset management, development, built-to-suit and leasing operations in Poland. Prior to that he was with Jones Lang LaSalle Poland for nearly eight years where he was responsible for office leasing across Poland, advising tenants, investors and developers. Mr. Mierzwiak is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and also holds a Law & Administration degree from Warsaw University.

Martin Sabelko, Founder, HOI International

Martin Sabelko is one of the most experienced real estate figures in the CEE market. He recently set up HOI Group as an investment platform for institutional investors to invest and co-invest in CEE including Austria. Investments in commercial real estate are currently ongoing in Vienna, Budapest and Warsaw. The company invests in all asset classes excluding residential.

Previously Martin was with CBRE Global Investors (former ING Real Estate Investment Management) from 2005 as Managing Director CEE, as well founding and managing two non listed real estate funds ( AUM) and some separate accounts in total € 2,4 bln AUM out of Prague. He was also a member of CBRE Global Investors EMEA Management Board and led the CBRE Global Investors Green Team in the EMEA region.
He has been working in the CEE region since 1986, focused on the development of office buildings and shopping centres. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, he was founding member of Immoconsult, board member of Universale and DTZ . Martin is founding member of ACSC (1992), founding member of IFWK (2009), member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Danube University Austria for Real Estate (2001) and member at Board of Directors at the Green Rating Alliance (2013).
Martin was born 1960 in Austria and holds a doctoral degree in law. He is married with three children.

Otis Spencer MRICS, President, Peakside Polonia Management

Mr. Spencer is the President of the Board of Peakside Polonia Management. He is responsible for the asset management for Polonia II and two separate accounts, the origination and execution of new business in Poland/CEE, as well as, the managerial oversight of Peakside’s office in Warsaw. Prior to joining Peakside in 2012, he was 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, directed the Portfolio Management for Heitman’s European Private Equity group and was the Portfolio Manager for Heitman European Property Partners IV. Mr. Spencer was also active in originating transactions and capital raising efforts as well as contributing to the strategic development of Heitman’s European platform. Prior to Heitman, he worked for ABP Investments (“ABP”) in the Netherlands as Senior Portfolio Manager. Mr. Spencer 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.

Robert Sztemberg, Head of Berlin Hyp Warsaw Office, BERLIN HYP

Robert Sztemberg has been Head of the Berlin Hyp Warsaw Office since 2015. Holding a degree in economics, he worked for Hamburgische Landesbank, HSH Nordbank AG and ECE Projektmanagement Polska before his most recent post at JLL as Head of Corporate Finance und Debt Advisory in Warsaw. He has extensive specialist and management expertise as well as an excellent knowledge of the market.

Berlin Hyp specialises in large-volume real estate finance for professional investors and housing societies, for whom the Bank develops individual financing solutions. As an enterprise forming a Group together with the German savings banks, it also makes an extensive spectrum of products and services available to these institutions. Berlin Hyp’s clear focus, almost 150 years of experience and its close proximity to the Savings Banks Finance Group characterise the Bank as a leading German real estate and Pfandbrief bank.

Marek Tryzybowicz, Founding Partner, Bose Architects

Architect Marek Tryzybowicz is the Co-founder and Design Principal of Bose International Planning and Architecture. He is actively designing internationally for over twenty four years. Before founding Bose International in 2001, Tryzybowicz lived and worked in USA ,Germany and Poland. After receiving Master’s Degree in Architecture in USA in 1988, he was designing at leading international architectural offices in Dallas for sixteen years and later, as Vice President and Design Director in Berlin and Warsaw. During the last decade of creative design leadership at Bose International, he designed numerous architectural concepts of successfully completed and professionally recognized large multifunctional retail, office, residential and entertainment based developments in Europe, Middle East and India. He is a registered architect in Poland and Germany.












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