Industrial Real Estate Summit: 10 November, 2021

About the event

The Industrial Real Estate Summit will discuss how global e-commerce together with shifts in customer delivery expectations and technological innovation are driving major developments in the logistics sector.

It will focus on the location and shape of distribution centres – how technology can be used to overcome the shortage of land in the vicinity of big city centres – the use of robots, automation and smart tools, and broader power and energy considerations.


Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Australia + Virtual


8am-5.30pm, Wednesday 10th November


Our Speakers


Managing Partner, Prologis Ventures – USA


Head of Industrial & Logistics Research and Director of NSW Research, CBRE


Senior Portfolio Manager, Goodman


Director – ESG, Altis Property Partners


Head of Technology – Network & Infrastructure Engineering, Transformation & Enablement, Australia Post


Former Head of Real Estate, Volvo Group


Head of Industrial Development, Dexus


National Head Industrial & Logistics Research, JLL


Chief Supply Chain Officer, Super Retail Group


Head of Industrial & Fund Manager, Centuria Industrial REIT


National Development Manager- Industrial, 151 Property


National Director, Logistics Leasing – The GPT Group


Chairman, European PropTech Association


Founder & CEO, Big Robot Company – Ireland


Founding Chair, Sustainable Digitalisation Project


Chief Executive Officer, Urban Taskforce


Chief EconomistKnight Frank


Fund Manager, Australian Prime Property Fund Industrial, Lendlease


Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia


Partner, National Head of Industrial Logistics, Knight Frank


Director, Capital Transactions, Cabot Properties


Sustainability ManagerFrasers Property Industrial


Deputy Fund Manager – CPIF, Charter Hall


Director, Head of Industrial & Logistics, Hines


Assistant Fund Manager, LOGOS Group


It’s no secret that the Industrial market is one fire – Construction activity continues at a pace, record absorption continues and vacancy remains steady. Consequently, investors are re-weighing their portfolio’s and investing big into Industrial.

However, as demand increases, developers are struggling to find enough space and are having to get creative where they are building, how they are building, and how they are leveraging technology to maximize the performance of their sheds and DCs.

The Industrial Real Estate Summit will bring together leaders involved in Industrial Real Estate to discuss everything from the biggest projects in the pipeline, the latest trends in construction & design, emerging markets, logistics and distribution trends.

Areas that will be covered include:

  • How are industrial developers getting creative with site selection and design elements?
  • How has last-mile delivery and the growth of e-commerce changed the requirements of industrial users – what are they looking for in a building and what can’t they live without?
  • How are the capital markets reacting to the ongoing industrial boom? Has the underwriting changed? Where are cap rates, and how are they impacting acquisitions and sales?
  • Industrial Real Estate design – why the use of technology will prove to be a game-changer
  • Where do we go from here – what’s next for the Industrial Real Estate sector?


  • Owners/REITs
  • Tenants/Occupiers
  • Brokers/Agencies
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Fund Managers
  • Construction Companies
  • Technology Companies
  • Real Estate Service Providers

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Seats are strictly limited. Summit will start in








Summit Program

  • Morning sessionsNovember 10, 2021
  • 08:00 - 09:00

    Main conference registration

  • 09:00 - 09:10

    Opening remarks

    By Leon Kantor Co-Founder & COO, FuturePlace

  • 09:10 - 09:35

    Future Perfect: Thinking beyond the immediate future and considering what the “new normal” could look like for the logistics and warehousing sector in Australia

    By Sass J-Baleh Head of Industrial & Logistics Research and Director of NSW Research, CBRE
    • What will be the most profound short and long-term impacts of Covid-19 on how we build, operate and maintain industrial buildings? 
    • What does this mean for landlords, developers and investors? 
    • Looking at front end development, precinct master planning and rethinking warehouse design to make them more efficient and sustainable 
    • How will robotics and other innovations transform the industry? 
  • 09:35 - 10:30

    Panel discussion: Reviewing the Mega-Trends driving the demand for Industrial Real Estate

    • Tenant Experience – Looking at the changing needs and requirements of industrial tenants in the era of online shopping and sustainability
    • Leasing – With rising demand and lack of supply, how will the increasing requirements of the Industrial Real Estate sector be met?
    • Last-mile delivery – exploring the growth of e-commerce and how it has changed requirements of industrial users. What specifically are logistics providers looking for in a building?
    • Data Centres – The Data Centre segment is unique and growing every year. How will these demands impact the industry?
    • Cold storage – What does the extremely limited supply of refrigerated warehouse space mean for the market?
    • Smart Buildings – How can BMS, BIM Integration, analytics and access control be used within an industrial building setting?
    • Automation & Robotics – How is Automation and AI changing the landscape and creating opportunities in Industrial?
    • Encouraging Diversity – Examining how the industry can support and encourage more women to get involved in and develop their career within the Industrial Real Estate sector? 
    Panellists include:
    Chris Mackenzie Head of Industrial Development, Dexus
    Rebecca Roberts National Director, Logistics Leasing, The GPT Group
    Leah Ong Corporate Real Estate Professional
    Tom Forest Chief Executive Office, Urban Taskforce
    Ellen Slaven Senior Portfolio Manager, Goodman
    Moderated by:
    Charlotte Brabant National Development Manager- Industrial, 151 Property
  • 10:25 - 10:50

    International Fireside Chat - Unpacking global trends around sustainability and innovation and the impact these will have on the Industrial Real Estate sector in Australia

    In this session, we hear from international leaders in industrial real estate Prologis Ventures on the trends they are seeing across North America and Asia. How is China changing the global landscape and how may these trends impact Australia? 

    • Corporate Innovation: How are companies de-risking themselves post Covid and how is open innovation changing the way things are being done?
    • Sustainability: Industrial buildings can play a key role in energy creation, storage and carbon reduction. What is the sector doing to make this a reality?
    • Data Centre: What do Data Centre tenants need and how can landlords provide these needs effectively?
    • Smart Buildings: How can emerging technologies be used to more effectively manage your industrial portfolio?
    • China: How is China influencing the Industrial scene and what could this mean for the Australian market?
    Guest include:
    Will​ O’Donnell Managing Partner, Prologis Ventures (USA)
  • 10:50 - 11:20

    Morning coffee & networking break


  • 11:20 - 11:50

    What impact has the growth of online shopping/e-commerce had on retail supply chains and Industrial real estate strategy?

    By Darren Wedding Chief Supply Chain Officer, Super Retail Group

    In this session, we hear the Chief Supply Chain Officer of one of Australia’s largest retail groups discuss how COVID-19 and the proliferation of online shopping has impacted their business and forced a re-examination of their distribution network hub strategy.

    • How has COVID-19 changed the demands of supply chain footprints in Australia?  
    • How has the growth of online shopping impacted the supply chain and industrial footprint of one of Australia’s leading retailers?  
    • How has meeting the evolving needs of customers led to a re-balancing of store and warehouse footprint?  
    • What technologies are being implemented to service the market and improve the supply chain across Australasia?  
    • Contract Logistics – What this means for warehousing, distribution & implementing integrated solutions across brands? 
  • 11:50 - 12:20

    Case study: Embedding network security, whilst leveraging telematics of connected devices to move the physical and digital worlds

    By Shane Hazim Head of Technology – Transformation & Enablement, Australia Post

    Australia Post has one of the largest Industrial Portfolios across Australia. In this case study Shane will explore how they are modernising their buildings and leveraging technology to secure and transform their operations to the digital world – and realise their objectives for fast delivery, safety, connected workforce and security for both themselves and their business partners.

    • Fostering innovation across their Distribution Centres
    • Examining how technology and telematics are driving their business forward and enabling smarter decisions within the industrial built world
    • Connecting the Physical to the Built World and ensuring secure and ethical communications across the convergence of IOT devices
  • Afternoon sessionsNovember 10, 2021
  • 12:20 - 13:00

    Panel discussion: Industrial land supply - Assessing the yield, value and impact multi-level/vertical warehousing and other aspects will have upon Industrial Real Estate

    One thing that is clear – the amount of land available for industrial use is finite and demand is vastly outstripping supply. In this session, we examine the factors behind this demand and how industrial and logistic precincts are adapting to meet the demand. What role will vertical warehouses play as a potential solution for last mile and what do developers think of this trend shaping Industrial and logistics centres in Asia?

    • How is the lack of land supply creating an opportunity for developers and how are these factoring into the needs of tenants?
    • How has Last Mile and the need for inner city warehousing played a role in shaping demand and the implications on new construction projects and investment returns
    • With more money going into the sector and more demand than ever, what can we do to get more land zoned for industrial usage?
    • Are vertical warehouses or unused inner city commercial towers the key to unlocking the potential for more supply?
    • How is Automation and Robotics also assisting to create more space and greater efficiencies within warehousing?
    Panellists include:
    Annabel McFarlane National Head Industrial & Logistics Research, Senior Director, JLL
    Kyle Rogers Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia
    Darren Benson Partner, National Head of Industrial Logistics, Knight Frank
    Alysia Reilly Director, Head of Industrial & Logistics, Hines
    Jonathan Herb Director, Capital Transactions, Cabot Properties
    Moderated by:
    Kyle Rogers Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Networking lunch

  • 14:00 - 14:20

    Accelerated change: Reviewing the short and long term impact of the pandemic on demand for Industrial Real Estate and the property investment landscape

    By Ben Burston Chief Economist, Knight Frank Australia

    The past year has seen the acceleration of a number of changes that were already underway, most notably the rise of online retail, and this is upending traditional asset allocations and directing more capital toward industrial real estate than ever before. What are the economic drivers of growth and how is the industry adapting to the rise of the industrial sector both locally and globally? Is this growth sustainable and for how long?

    • The online retail structural tailwind for industrial growth – will this continue and what does this mean for landowners, developers and investors?
    • What other effects has the pandemic had on the short and long-term demand for industrial real estate?
    • How will rising consumer expectations for expedited delivery impact demand for urban logistics facilities in metropolitan areas?
    • How are these trends impacting property investment globally and in Australia?
  • 14:20 - 15:00

    Fund manager's panel - Capital Market and Industrial Fund Manager perspective

    • How are the capital markets reacting to the ongoing industrial boom?
    • How will land scarcity influence returns and the demand for the sector?
    • Where are cap rates, and how are they impacting acquisitions and sales?
    • How are trends like the move to Automation, Last-Mile Delivery locations and Multi-Level warehousing likely to impact the pricing for assets in the future?
    • How do Fund Managers identify and mitigate risk in the Industrial sector?
    Panellists include:
    Jesse Curtis Head of Industrial & Fund Manager, Centuria Industrial REIT
    Julian Etter Deputy Fund Manager – CPIF, Charter Hall
    Jonathan Harrison Fund Manager, Australian Prime Property Fund Industrial, Lendlease
    Camilla Bradley Assistant Fund Manager, LOGOS Group
    Moderated by:
    Ben Burston Chief Economist, Knight Frank Australia
  • 15:00 - 15:20

    Innovation round tables

    In this session, we bring together delegates in a series of 5 facilitated round table discussions, with leading industry experts. Join a table that most interests you and discuss the latest technology and industry trends with likeminded individuals. 2 x 20-minute facilitated discussions will run back-to-back from 3.00 to 3.40pm. Coffee and networking will also start at 3.20pm for those who do not wish to participate in both discussion groups.

    Round Table 1: Design, Build & Fit-Out
    Round Table 2: Warehouse Management
    Round Table 3: Smart Industrial Buildings
    Round Table 4: Sustainability
    Round Table 5: Capital Market Investor Insights  

  • 15:20 - 15:50

    Afternoon coffee networking break


  • 15:50 - 16:30

    Sustainability Fireside Chat - Industrial Grade ESG - How design and technology are the keys to Industrial Real Estate sustainability

    The global real estate sector is the largest contributor to the global climate crisis. In this session we examine why this culpability is driving big changes in how architects, builders, owners, operators and tenants are all working to tread more lightly on the earth and instil sustainable principles across the industrial landscape. In this session, we examine the technologies that are enabling the move towards sustainability and the ESG principles making it possible: 

    • How is climate change impacting how we approach industrial portfolios? 
    • Green & circular – using solar panels on the roofs of warehouses and other renewable energy sources to achieve carbon neutrality 
    • What other design and technology methods can be used to reduce energy and water consumption and drive bottom-line impact 
    • What role does procurement, social impact, diversity & inclusion play in industrial construction and maintenance? 
    Guest include:
    Andrew Thai Sustainability Manager, Frasers Property Industrial
    Tamara Williams Director, ESG, Altis Property Partners
  • 16:30 - 17:00

    Locknote address: Family, robotics and automation - Examining how robotics will transform the Industrial & Logistics industry

    By Milan Račić Founder & CEO, Big Robot Company - Ireland

    Milan is not your average entrepreneur, father of 6 and already a highly successful businessman in the world of aeronautics, we hear what has driven him to transform the world of Robotics and Automation. We examine how such technologies are creating a new level of operational efficiency and what this will mean for landlords and tenants alike?

    • Disruption vs Hype: What is the future of Robotics in driving efficiencies and creating new opportunities across the Industrial sector?
    • Examining how trends in automation are impacting warehouse and logistics and how to incorporate new technology into old warehouses?
    • Separating myth from realities – such as job security and will robots ever fully replace humans on the warehouse floor?
    • Creating automation to foster operational efficiency, health, sustainability and a better tenant experience in the “new normal”
  • 17:00 - 17:30

    Proptech innovation showcase: Looking at how PropTech’s are driving innovation, enhancing efficiencies and cost savings across the industry

    By Dirk Paelinck Chairman, European PropTech Association

    In this session, we hear from leading international PropTech start-ups and scale-ups who are delivering solutions to meet the current challenges facing the Industrial Real Estate sector. The founders will share their insights into why they have developed these solutions and how their tech will transform key aspects of the Industrial and Logistics sectors.

    Panellists include:Moderated by:
    Dirk Paelinck Chairman, European PropTech Association
  • 17:30 - 18:30

    Networking drinks reception and end of conference

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