About Us

OUR STORY

FuturePlace was created to provide a dedicated resource for business leaders, technologists, investors and innovators from across the built world to share ideas, build partnerships and solve important challenges.

We are a full-service b2b media, events and advisory business that provides the following services:

EVENTS

We curate premium events that bring the right people together in the right environment to solve big challenges and unlock opportunities through innovative approaches and technologies.

cONSULTING & ADVISORY

We help guide proptech startups in the right direction and connect them with funding and customer opportunities on a global scale.

MARKET INTELLIGENCE

We provide a year-round source of intelligence for the Asia-Pacific proptech community through our editorial, newsletter, blog posts and reports.

PR

We help both corporates and start-ups make the right noise at the right moments, be seen where they should be, and drive coverage that brings results.

SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTENT

We amplify what commercial real estate leaders have to say and create an echo chamber effect to extend their reach.

GLOBAL LEADERS

The most respected global experts driving the growth and development of digital real estate support us.

Manuel Käsbauer

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, PATRIZIA AG

Manuel Käsbauer is PATRIZIA’s Chief Technology & Innovation officer (CTIO). He is responsible for trend scouting across industries, identifying new business models, reshaping the way of work (New Work) and searching for innovative technology solutions on a global level.

Prior to leading the T&I team, Manuel was responsible for PATRIZIA’s expansion in Europe, M&A activities and European Residential Fund Management. He joined PATRIZIA’s Management Board in 2020 after almost 7 years of service at the company. In his function he is also responsible for strengthening PATRIZIA’s offering through investments in the technology sector. Prior to joining PATRIZIA, Manuel held various positions in the real estate industry and worked in the academic field. Manuel holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Regensburg, IREBS. 

Susanne Eickermann-Riepe

Chair of the Board, RICS Germany

Susanne Eickermann-Riepe FRICS was appointed as chairwoman of RICS Germany in May 2020. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is a professional organization that is active worldwide and represents over 130,000 real estate experts around the globe. The RICS stands for the professional practice of the profession in all areas of the real estate industry, across all types of use. It regulates and promotes the profession on the basis of high professional standards and strict professional ethics (www.rics.org).

She is also deputy chairwoman of the Institute for Corporate Governance in the Real Estate Industry (ICG). The institute aims to contribute to the transparency and quality of companies in the real estate industry (www.icg-institut.de).

She has been active in the real estate industry for many years, including 18 years as a partner at PwC WP GmbH. She managed PwC Real Estate Germany with 33 partners and directors and around 450 employees (www.pwc.de/real-estate) and was a member of the EMEA and Global Real Estate Leadership Board until June 2020.

Her experience is based on strategic and operational consulting for financial service providers, real estate and alternative funds and real estate companies. Her work has focused on business model development, restructuring and performance optimization, process management and control design, and risk and compliance management. She has also been involved in the development of topics related to sustainability (ESG) and new technologies (PropTechs, AI) and is committed to overarching standards in the real estate industry.

Ronen Journo

Senior Managing Director & European Head of Management Services, Hines

Ronen is an experienced real estate operations Managing Director with a demonstrated history of achievements in diverse international markets, enabling business transformation, enhancing the workplace experience and leading global and regional organisations. Skilled in aligning strategic business direction with workforce planning and tactical delivery, developing strong cross-functional partnerships among different cultures and scaling innovative solutions for operational excellence within corporate real estate and facilities portfolios.

During his journey he has had the opportunity to lead, witness, and contribute to several transformative disruptions from outsourcing (Procord) to the birth of activity based working and convergence of people, place and technology (DEGW) to the virtualization of work through technology (Cisco), to the renaissance of physical communities (WeWork) and innovations driven by PropTech (Board roles mentoring and guiding incredible innovators).

A passionate human connector who thrives in a multi-cultural community. Inspired by family, reading, karate (brown belt), diving (+30 yrs; Dive Master + Master Scuba), chasing marathons (20th) and being a true student for life.

Linda J. Isaacson

Managing Director, Global Head of Innovation + Technology, FPL Global

Linda J. Isaacson leads Ferguson Partners’ Global Innovation and Technology practice out of the firm’s New York office. Her practice concentrates on innovation, digital transformation, disruptive technologies and other trends impacting the real estate, hospitality, senior housing, infrastructure, engineering and construction industries.

A proven initiator and strategic thinker, Linda has a well-documented record of success in senior management, advanced analytics, competitive strategies and business intelligence. She focuses on aligning C-Suite and Board leadership with cutting-edge technologies and creative processes that will drive the next wave of disruption in the built environment, including the innovation and digitization that impacts Big Data, PropTech, FinTech and ConTech. Her prior role in executive management for a Fortune 500 company focused on driving revenue growth through predictive analytics and technological initiatives.

Linda is a ULI Global Governing Trustee and on the Board of the ULI Americas Executive Committee. She also serves as Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Global Exchange Council; Member of ULI’s New York Real Estate Technology and Innovation Council; Board Member for CREtech, a platform for thought leaders in the commercial real estate tech sector; and Advisory Board Member for Women in PropTech, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the number of female leaders in the PropTech industry.  Linda also sits on several Advisory Tech Start-Up Boards and holds leadership positions in numerous real estate and technology-focused organizations. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education in “Business Analytics: From Data To Insights.” 

Darren Bechtel

Founder, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Darren Bechtel is a pioneer in the engineering and construction technology industry and is leading the charge to modernize one of the last industries to step squarely into the digital age.

As the founder of Brick & Mortar Ventures — the first and largest venture capital firm focused solely on supporting the commercialization of emerging technology to improve the design, construction, and ongoing maintenance and operation of the modern built environment — Darren is forging a new path in an industry his family and its eponymous global engineering construction firm, Bechtel, have helped shape for over one hundred and twenty years.

Darren’s Brick and Mortar Ventures announced in 2019 its $100 million fund backed by global heavyweights from across the construction value chain including Ardex, Autodesk, Cemex, United Rentals, Hilti, Obayashi, and Google sister company Sidewalk Labs. Darren and his team continue to invest those funds exclusively into early-stage AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) and O&M (operations & maintenance) technology startups. Among Darren’s portfolio of over thirty-five past and present investments are notable startups PlanGrid, BuildingConnected, Fieldwire, Rhumbix, and BuildZoom.

Darren’s ethos is not that of a “disruptor”; rather, he is interested in how technology and early-stage risk capital can be paired with the skilled talent and industry expertise of established construction industry leaders to reduce the cost and risk of capital projects and make one of the world’s largest industries cleaner, safer, and more productive.
In January 2020 Venture Capital Journal named Darren to its “40 Rising Stars Under 40” list. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Cornell University Program in Infrastructure Policy; a recipient of Builtworld’s inaugural “Mavericks Award”; and in 2019 was named to CRETech’s Leadership Board.

Darren attended Stanford University where he earned both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. A fifth generation Californian, Darren lives in San Francisco with his wife Samantha, their two children, and their yellow lab Flash. He is an avid supporter of environmental conservation and STEM education and sits on the boards of local non-profit organizations The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and The Exploratorium museum of science, technology, and arts.

Lauren Alpeyrie

Director of Innovation, PGIM Real Estate

Lauren Alpeyrie is a Director of Innovation at PGIM Real Estate. In her role in the Global Innovation Team, she manages strategic projects and partnerships to advance innovation, adoption of new technology, and data strategy across PGIM Real Estate’s global debt and equity businesses, including working closely with the Asia-Pacific teams.

Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Lauren was an engagement manager at L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm headquartered in London and Boston, where she led projects in digital transformation, growth and go-to-market strategy, and transaction advisory in commercial real estate and technology. She previously worked at Google where she focused on large-scale data analytics and its application to strategic and operational projects in People Operations.

Lauren graduated cum laude with a B.E. in Control Systems from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She lives in New York City.

Magnus Svantegård

Partner, Stronghold Invest

Magnus is a dedicated Senior Advisor and Chief Product Officer with a 24+ year track record in developing world-class digital solutions.

His role as a Partner at Stronghold Invest includes the digital transformation of existing portfolio companies (Newsec & NIAM), scouting and managing investment opportunities in #PropTech Start Ups

The portfolio consists of the property consulting firm Newsec AB , the property fund management firm NIAM AB among others. In total a revenue of 3 Billion EUR, 2000 employees and 41 million sqm under management.

Since 2014 there has been a growing focus on #PropTech with investments (among others) in WorkAround, Tessin and Gyana.

He has bene named a top 10 global influencer in #PropTech (twice), and also lectures at Cambridge University.

He has finished 2 Ironmans.

Aaron Block

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, MetaProp

Aaron is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MetaProp, a New York-based venture capital firm focused on the real estate technology (“PropTech”) industry. Founded in 2015, MetaProp’s investment team has invested in 100+ technology companies across the real estate value chain. The firm manages multiple investment funds for both financial and strategic real estate investors representing a pilot- and test-ready sandbox of 15+ billion square feet across every real estate asset type and global market.

Aaron previously served as Chairman of Chicago-based BayRu, LLC, the US-Russia ecommerce shopping and shipping specialist and eBay.com’s exclusive dropshipping partner for Russia/CIS consumers. After Aaron joined the company in 2010 as an investor and CEO, BayRu grew to become the 8th largest international online retailer in Russia. In 2013, BayRu was #11 on the Inc5000 “Top 100 Retail Companies” list and was named “Exporter of the Year” by the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Prior to BayRu, Aaron was a commercial real estate executive with Cushman & Wakefield and oversaw more than 270 professionals as leader of the Chicago region. Aaron received numerous honors and awards during his real estate career including Top Producer, Most Creative Deal, Agency of the Year, and Most Promising Brokerage Professional.

Aaron is widely recognized as a leader in real estate innovation.  He is a guest lecturer at Columbia University, is a co-author of Amazon bestseller PropTech 101, and was named 2019 Executive of the Year by Commercial Property Executive Magazine.  Aaron’s work has also been featured in dozens of international books and media including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, TechCrunch, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, CBS Radio, Vedomosti, and Kommersant.

Aaron earned a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University.  Outside of work, Aaron served as a board member of numerous organizations including Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”), New York City Community Board Five, and Friends of the Chicago River.  A native English speaker, Aaron enjoys regularly practicing foreign languages including Spanish, Russian, and Japanese.

William O'Donnell

Managing Partner, Prologis Ventures

William O’Donnell leads Prologis Ventures, the innovation platform and venture capital arm of Prologis. With over 22 years of experience in both real estate and technology he heads this new group’s efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate. Mr. O’Donnell joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally. In addition, he has private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work-outs, debt structuring and disposition. Mr. O’Donnell also has acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to joining AMB, Mr. O’Donnell was Director of Acquisition Solutions at Acxiom Impact a leading digital marketing company and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners. Mr. O’Donnell received his Bachelors of Arts in English and Spanish from Duke University.

 

Othmane Zrikem

Chief Data Officer & Founding Member, A/O PropTech

Othmane Zrikem is a Moroccan-French Data Science & Digital technologist. He is the Chief Data Officer and a founding member of A/O PropTech, where he designs and executes innovative investment strategies combining data-driven methodologies and financial engineering.

Previously, Othmane was Lead Strategist at the largest Data & AI consulting firm in Europe employing over 220 Data Scientists worldwide. During his tenure at Ekimetrics, he advised several Fortune 500 companies about digital transformation as well as Data Science & Analytics implementation roadmap. He has also been advising Paris for its Data City program as well as Taipei for its Smart City innovation program.

Othmane is a board member of several PropTech companies such as Qarnot Computing, VizCab, and Plentific, he is also personally invested in several European AI and FinTech Startups. He is a guest lecturer for Masters degree at Centrale Paris, ESSEC Business School and the Science Po School of Journalism.

He also regularly speaks at technology events. Othmane has written over 50 business publication covering AI, SmartCity, FinTech and Data Science.

Othmane holds a Master of Science in Management from EM Lyon and an Econometrics Bachelor from Sorbonne University. Othmane Currently lives between London, Paris and Berlin.

 

Duke Long

Owner, The Duke Long Agency

Duke Long has over twenty-plus years of experience in both real estate and technology. He is the broker and owner of The Duke Long Agency. In addition, he has experience across all asset classes of commercial real estate including brokerage, acquisition, management, disposition and development, which includes finance, risk management, capital raising and debt. Mr Long also advises and sits on several start up boards and holds leadership positions in numerous real estate and technology-focused organizations, including Entrepreneur in Residence at Second Century Ventures/Reach.

Second Century Venture is the most active global real estate technology fund. Backed by the National Association of REALTORS®, SCV leverages the association’s more than 1.4 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within residential and commercial real estate, and adjacent industries including financial services, banking, home services and insurance. SCV operates the award-winning REACH accelerator program which helps the most promising new technology companies scale globally. As EIR for SCV/REACH, Mr. Long focuses on and advises the SCV/Reach Global Commercial portfolio of companies. This includes all aspects of startup management, innovation, digital transformation, venture investment, ecosystem development, startup operations, corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, due diligence, social media, online communities, technology transfer, advanced analytics, competitive strategies and business intelligence, with an emphasis focused on driving revenue growth through predictive analytics and technological initiatives all leading to global scale.

He was allowed to study at Indiana University and is also a veteran of The United States Air Force. His lifelong pursuit of a single digit golf handicap and his inability to achieve it is testimony to his complete lack of talent and skill for the game.

 

INDUSTRY ADVISORS

We’re collaborating closely with leaders and innovators driving transformation in the built world

Sheridan Ware

Sheridan WARE

CHIEF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, CHARTER HALL

Sheridan is passionate about helping people be their very best selves. She believes in putting people at the heart of the design process and inspiring better ways of working by harnessing place, platforms and partnerships.

As Chief Information and Technology Officer for Charter Hall – one of Australia’s leading property and fund managers – Sheridan oversees technology strategy, operations and change. She is integral to driving greater productivity, improved insights and engaging experiences for the group’s
employees and customers.

Sharmila Tsourdalakis

CHIEF INNOVATION, MARKETING AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, STOCKLAND

Sharmila has over 20 years’ experience working in senior roles in technology, innovation, customer and digital transformation for ASX-listed companies, including Suncorp, GPT and Leighton Contractors.

She has led a number of large scale digital and customer-centric transformations, including the implementation and optimisation of complex technology platforms, and is currently focusing on upgrading Stockland’s systems to increase customer service, business efficiency and embrace digital opportunities.

Aaron McGhee

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, KNIGHT FRANK AUSTRALIA

Aaron’s experience in the commercial property industry spans two decades, including eight with Knight Frank, where he has transitioned from Asset Management Services to a whole of business leadership role.

He now works strategically with the Knight Frank’s Australian Executive team to identify opportunity, performance improvements and enhance productivity to support revenue and EBITDA growth. 

He is also accountable for ensuring the effective execution and project management of Knight Frank’s strategy by aligning, integrating and operationalising all parts of the business. 

Bruce Duyshart

BRUCE DUYSHART

PRINCIPAL & DIRECTOR, MELD STRATEGIES

Bruce Duyshart is a smart building technology and innovation strategist who has been delivering award-winning technological solutions to the property industry for more than two decades.

As the founder and director of specialist Smart Building consultancy Meld Strategies, he has an appetite to make a difference – and to help his clients dream big. He works with early adopters to push the frontiers of possibilities in areas such as Smart Building technologies, Fibre to the Premise technology, Energy Monitoring, Digital Wayfinding, and Software and Building Automation solutions.

Luke Dixon

LUKE DIXON

HEAD OF REAL ESTATE RESEARCH, AMP CAPITAL

Luke joined AMP Capital in 2017 as Head of Real Estate Research, leading & global real estate investment strategy, advising some of Australia’s largest multi-asset managers on trends and the future outlook for the sector.

With a research background covering all sectors, Luke is experienced in delivering strategic advice to institutional, listed, private, and public sector clients.

Timothy Weale

NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, SCA PROPERTY GROUP

Timothy has over 18 years of experience in property primarily in the construction sector, including retail, mixed use, residential, infrastructure and defense. Timothy has worked in Australia and Timor-Leste.

Formerly the National Manager – Mirvac Retail Solutions, Timothy ensured the successful implementation of technology and customer solutions for Mirvac’s Urban Retail Strategy.

With a shifted focus towards the Connected Urban Customer, Timothy provided strategic advice to Mirvac business units and developed key partnerships to help facilitate a seamless customer experience in real life and online. Using technology to creating real value for both retailer partners and retail business is one of Timothy’s many passions.

DEB NOLLER

CEO, SWITCH AUTOMATION
Deb is passionate about efficiency and sustainability, two things that go hand in hand. She is also passionate about technology and how it can help companies operate better business, faster and smarter. For over 20 years she has been involved in helping large industries use technology in order to achieve gains in efficiency and ultimately run more effectively.
Stephen Macdonald

STEPHEN MACDONALD

PARTNER, THE PROPTECH CONNECTION

Stephen is a Partner with the proptech connection (“PTC”), a global advisory firm with offices in Australia and the USA. PTC specialises in helping real estate companies source technological solutions to meet their commercial objectives. PTC also works with a number of PropTechs, developing strategic plans and facilitating international expansion for those seeking to launch in ANZ or in the USA.

Stephen was formerly the Investment Director of the Taronga Proptech Venture Capital Fund, held senior roles within Strategy, Finance and Business Optimisation at listed REIT, Mirvac and was an Investment Manager at the Sigma Renewables/CleanTech Venture Capital Fund in Scotland, UK. 

MARIANELLA WATMAN

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF PRODUCT, SPACEBOOK

Marianella is an entrepreneur and digital strategist with over 20 years’ experience across leading Australian property and financial services brands. Marianella takes a highly commercial approach to identify opportunities and implementing new business models, products and services to leverage them. Seeing an opportunity in the rise of on – demand business models, lease flexibility in commercial real estate and how technology is influencing change in a very manual industry, Marianella co-founded SpaceBook.

ALEX SHAPILSKY

SENIOR MANAGER – TECHNOLOGY, MACQUARIE GROUP
With a background in mechatronics, Alex has a breadth of experience from working across large infrastructure projects in technical consultancy to emerging technology products in start-ups. Alex has honed his expertise in the tech space and continues to do so in his role at Macquarie Group, having worked across various parts of the business in emerging technology advisory and now part of the technology team for a premier development project.
Tica Hessing

TICA HESSING

WORKPLACE STRATEGY MANAGER – CHARTER HALL

Tica is passionate about exploring future society and the role of technology in the workplace and how emotional and social intelligence will become a key factor in this paradigm. She believes that applying social sciences to the corporate real estate sector is a key driver of value.

In the last 4 years Tica has authored and co-authored a number of publications, spoken at various industry events and been interviewed by various TV networks and newspapers, such as the ABC, the BBC and the Australian Financial Review.

Ciarán Hennessy

CIARAN HENNESSY

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & ARCHITECTURE, LENDLEASE

Ciaran’s current position covers bringing new technologies into the business, liaising with smart opportunities, providing consulting support to the Group CIO and senior leaders around group as well as presenting and on various technology topics internally. He has worked across most of the major technology implementations in Lendlease over the last 15 years and this along with experience in previously running Architecture Teams, provides a wide range of exposure to new technologies as well as business models.

Simon Carter

DIRECTOR, MORPHOSIS  & FOUNDING CHAIR, SUSTAINABLE DIGITALISATION PROJECT (SDP)

Simon sees digital technology as instrumental to our ability to achieve sustainability and improved quality of life and work, but it is also a significant sustainability risk factor in itself. This demands a critical perspective and new approaches to governance.

As the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Digitalisation Project (SDP), Simon is helping to lead a movement to the responsible, ethical and sustainable use of digital technology and data in the built environment. As a long-term corporate sustainability strategist, he examines digitalisation in environmental, social and governance (ESG) terms, and examines how we can improve practices and performance in our organisations and technology projects.

Tony Massaro

PARTNER – REAL ESTATE ADVISORY, PWC

Tony is a Partner in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Real Estate Advisory team in Sydney Australia, which delivers innovative property solutions to clients through the provision of strategic advice, acquisition and divestment support, property finance support, and investment management.

Tony brings over twenty years of experience leading and advising both public and private sector organisations on property projects across diverse industry sectors including retirement, aged care, residential, commercial office, student housing and industrial. Through his varied roles as both principal (Stockland, ING Real Estate, Ingenia) as well as advisor (PwC, Rothschild, BCG), Tony has significant experience in both running property businesses and advising clients on property matters.

We stand for ideas and innovations that help us re-imagine the way places are conceived, designed, constructed and managed for the needs of tomorrow.

OUR TEAM

JOHN POZOGLOU

Founder & CEO

John’s career in the media & events industry spans 20+ years and multiple continents. He has conceived and built highly regarded business technology events across Europe, the Middle East and Australia by bringing together Fortune 500 companies, groundbreaking startups and world-class speakers to celebrate the latest advancements in technology and to catalyse economic, social and environmental improvements.

As the CEO of the FuturePlace, John’s mission is to help accelerate Australasian real estate towards technology-driven innovation, cross-sector collaboration and global integration.

Contact John @ johnp@futureplace.tech

JOHN POZOGLOU

Founder & CEO

John’s career in the media & events industry spans 20+ years and multiple continents. He has conceived and built highly regarded business technology events across Europe, the Middle East and Australia by bringing together Fortune 500 companies, groundbreaking startups and world-class speakers to celebrate the latest advancements in technology and to catalyse economic, social and environmental improvements.

As the CEO of the FuturePlace, John’s mission is to help accelerate Australasian real estate towards technology-driven innovation, cross-sector collaboration and global integration.

Contact John @ johnp@futureplace.tech

Leon Kantor

Co-Founder & COO

Leon brings over 20 years of international experience to this role across content management and event production. He has a proven track record of successfully managing and growing events and content businesses from conception to building regional and international rollouts.

Across his career, he has held senior management roles across three continents, including the CIO Network, Beacon, the Middle East Economic Digest and Investor Relations Magazine, amongst others Leon holds a Bachelor of Communications, University of Canberra, Australia.

Contact Leon @ leonk@futureplace.tech

Julia Arlt

Co-Founder & Head of Global Partnerships

Julia is the Global Digital Real Estate Leader at PwC where she works on deals strategy, digital real estate consulting, new product development, fundraising, M&A and startup collaboration. She is a serial entrepreneur, who co-founded the pan-European FUTURE:PropTech event that was acquired by CRE:Tech.

She has worked with organizations of every size from giving hands-on support to PropTech start-ups, such as helping Seedcamp with its deal sourcing, to raising funds for a Wall Street hedge fund to helping a venture capital firm in CEE to closing an anchor investor and setting-up the advisory board and venture partners.

Julia has also established the Austrian PropTech Initiative to support the industry around her hometown of Vienna. As a startup mentor at MetaProp NYC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the real estate technology industry that invested in 100+ technology companies, she connects startups and investors from all over the world. She is a member of the global awards committee at the NYC Real Estate Tech Week, a jury member of MIPIM PropTech, as well as part of the BUILTWORLD advisory board and the CRE:Tech leadership board.

Julia engages in research and has collaborated in projects such as the PropTech map, the ConTech map, the PropTech Resources Directory,  the bestseller book PropTech 101: Turning Chaos Into Cash Through Real Estate Innovation and the Year-End Global PropTech Confidence Index.

She regularly lectures at universities such as the PropTech Accelerator Program at Columbia University and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Contact Julia @ julia.arlt@gmail.com

Julia Arlt

Co-Founder & Head of Global Partnerships

Julia is the Global Digital Real Estate Leader at PwC where she works on deals strategy, digital real estate consulting, new product development, fundraising, M&A and startup collaboration. She is a serial entrepreneur, who co-founded the pan-European FUTURE:PropTech event that was acquired by CRE:Tech.

She has worked with organizations of every size from giving hands-on support to PropTech start-ups, such as helping Seedcamp with its deal sourcing, to raising funds for a Wall Street hedge fund to helping a venture capital firm in CEE to closing an anchor investor and setting-up the advisory board and venture partners.

Julia has also established the Austrian PropTech Initiative to support the industry around her hometown of Vienna. As a startup mentor at MetaProp NYC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the real estate technology industry that invested in 100+ technology companies, she connects startups and investors from all over the world. She is a member of the global awards committee at the NYC Real Estate Tech Week, a jury member of MIPIM PropTech, as well as part of the BUILTWORLD advisory board and the CRE:Tech leadership board.

Julia engages in research and has collaborated in projects such as the PropTech map, the ConTech map, the PropTech Resources Directory,  the bestseller book PropTech 101: Turning Chaos Into Cash Through Real Estate Innovation and the Year-End Global PropTech Confidence Index.

She regularly lectures at universities such as the PropTech Accelerator Program at Columbia University and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Contact Julia @ julia.arlt@gmail.com

Raj Anand

Co-Founder & CSO

Raj is a versatile business builder, start-up veteran, growth hacker and a passionate learner. Raj brings over 20 years of global event experience with demonstrated ability to start-up, manage, scale and turnaround multiple businesses and revenue streams across two continents. Strong in developing and implementing experiential, innovative and practical solutions for diverse business problems, he has worked in Business Leadership roles across Regional General Management, CSO, Global Strategic Partnerships, Digital, Sales & Marketing with global corporates and start-ups like marcusevans, Staging Connections (now Encore) and The Intermedia Group.

Raj continues to enjoy his entrepreneurial journey with FuturePlace as Co-Founder & CSO, where his FOCUS is to help deliver both ‘Micro & Macro’ outcomes for our clients who are focussed on converging Real Estate, Investment & Technology.

Contact Raj @ raja@futureplace.tech

Vanessa Carvalho

Marketing Director

Vanessa brings over 10 years of international experience on marketing roles focused on b2b and digital campaigns in global event’s companies. With an analytical and creative approach, she has a proven track record of successfully managing marketing campaigns to increase events’ awareness and attendance, from niche industry summits to geo-cloned large exhibitions.

Contact Vanessa @ vanessac@futureplace.tech

Vanessa Carvalho

Marketing Manager

Vanessa brings over 10 years of international experience on marketing roles focused on b2b and digital campaigns. With an analytical and creative approach, she has a proven track record of successfully managing marketing campaigns to increase events’ awareness and attendance, from niche industry summits to geo-cloned large exhibitions.

Contact Vanessa @ vanessac@futureplace.tech

Michael Fletcher

Director Advisory Services

Michael is driven and hardworking sales professional, bringing 7 years of B2B sales experience within the events and tourism industry. Michael has a demonstrated record of achievement across multiple organizations in Australia, the UK and Germany. As Advisory Sales Manager, his role is to communicate with the leaders in the built world to develop and deliver market-leading events.

Contact Fletch @ michaelf@futureplace.tech

Rebecca Toovey

Director of Operations

Rebecca is currently the Director of Operations at FuturePlace; she is in charge of all event operations and communications across the entire event portfolio. Rebecca graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has since used her skills to deliver successful events throughout her short career. Rebecca’s previous role was as Head of Events for IQPC Exchange, where she managed a portfolio of higher class B2B conferences. Whilst events are her main career passion, she is also the duty manager for the Terrey Hills Tavern, overseeing all pub functions and managing front of house and kitchen staff to deliver a seamless dining experience to her customers, much like she does for all the events at FuturePlace.

Contact Rebecca @ rebeccat@futureplace.tech

Rebecca Toovey

Director of Operations

Rebecca is currently the Director of Operations at FuturePlace; she is in charge of all event operations and communications across the entire event portfolio. Rebecca graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has since used her skills to deliver successful events throughout her short career. Rebecca’s previous role was as Head of Events for IQPC Exchange, where she managed a portfolio of higher class B2B conferences. Whilst events are her main career passion, she is also the duty manager for the Terrey Hills Tavern, overseeing all pub functions and managing front of house and kitchen staff to deliver a seamless dining experience to her customers, much like she does for all the events at FuturePlace.

Contact Rebecca @ rebeccat@futureplace.tech

Lachlan Macdonald

Partnerships Director

Lachlan started his career with Worldwide Business Research in London in 2004 and found his feet quickly as a trusted advisor to startups and fortune 500 companies looking to advance their business objectives. Consistent high achievement saw steady career progression resulting in a move to Berlin in 2016 to run the IQPC DACH Partnerships Team. During this time, Lachlan’s team routinely helped companies of all sizes win their next big piece of business via the implementation of bespoke intermediary services. Lachlan can bring a vision and a strategy, allowing companies to unearth additional opportunities at the right time with an increase in positive outcomes.

Contact Lachlan @ lachlanm@futureplace.tech

Rod McLauchlan

Event Director, Asia

Rod has had over 15 years’ experience working in the events industry in Singapore and Sydney. He is a specialist in content development related to themes connected with digital transformation, future tech adoption, environmental sustainability, and positive social change. He enjoys developing programs that effectively meet end user needs while attracting partners who gain value from sharing implementation experiences. His role in FuturePlace is to help develop a bridge to Asian business opportunities while promoting Australian, New Zealand and Singaporean expertise as regional hubs for digital CRE and built world business.

Contact Rod @ rodm@futureplace.tech

Rod McLauchlan

Event Director, Asia

Rod has had over 15 years’ experience working in the events industry in Singapore and Sydney. He is a specialist in content development related to themes connected with digital transformation, future tech adoption, environmental sustainability, and positive social change. He enjoys developing programs that effectively meet end user needs while attracting partners who gain value from sharing implementation experiences. His role in FuturePlace is to help develop a bridge to Asian business opportunities while promoting Australian, New Zealand and Singaporean expertise as regional hubs for digital CRE and built world business.

Contact Rod @ rodm@futureplace.tech

Peter Spanos

Advisory Services Manager

Peter is a leader with a track record in driving growth, scaling businesses and expanding teams in established multi-national and start-up environments within APAC. Successfully built ‘a start-up sales force from scratch’ during the 2008 GFC and led teams in complex B2B and B2B2B environments across launch and established product lines.
He’s an inspirational, entrepreneurial and compassionate leader who is hands-on, with a strong presence, gravitas and ability to influence at all levels. 

Contact Peter @ peters@futureplace.tech

Sam Tan

Advisory Services Manager

Contact Sam @ samt@futureplace.tech

Sam Tan

Advisory Services Manager

Contact Sam @ samt@futureplace.tech

Kevin Rodrigueza

Marketing Coordinator

Kevin is the Marketing Coordinator at Future Place. Kevin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media majoring in Journalism and later on completed his postgraduate studies in Marketing. His previous experiences include being an event and theatre reviewer in the local Sydney scene, and marketing coordinator at Donut Papi. Currently, his passion and focuses include social media and digital community building.

Contact Kevin @ kevinr@futureplace.tech

Olga Harmat

Finance Manager

Olga’s comes with knowledge gained from involvement in several successful start-ups.
As a Finance Manager, Olga oversees all areas of finance and administrations for Future Place including: Payroll, accounts payable, receivables, general ledger, banking and reconciliations.Olga also provides analysis for senior management to assist with many areas of the business. 

Contact Olga @ olgah@futureplace.tech

Olga Harmat

Finance Manager

Olga’s comes with knowledge gained from involvement in several successful start-ups.
As a Finance Manager, Olga oversees all areas of finance and administrations for Future Place including: Payroll, accounts payable, receivables, general ledger, banking and reconciliations.Olga also provides analysis for senior management to assist with many areas of the business. 

Contact Olga @ olgah@futureplace.tech