MIPIM 2019 readies to ‘engage’ the future

How do we want our cities of 2050 to be? How do we create durable growth? Where are the investment opportunities? How best to develop the skills and talents of the next generation of real estate leaders?

These are just some of the questions to be addressed when the world’s key real estate decision makers gather next week for the 30th edition of MIPIM under the banner of this year’s conference theme, Engaging the Future.

Inspired by over 360 speakers and 100+ conference sessions, participants will be ‘engaging the future’ to create the next 30 years of real estate through the lens of ‘durable’ growth: a growth that enables economic, social and ‘viable’ stability – viable in the way that we use earth’s resources.


Ban Ki-moon to set the scene for 100+ speakers

 Setting the tone and the scene for MIPIM 2019 is Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations. Expect his vision at the Opening Keynote to focus on the importance of creating a sustainable future, one anchored in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

 The future is about connection. Places and people are now more connected than ever through technology. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO of AccorHotels Group – hot on the heels of the launch of Accor’s digital app “delivering value across work, live and play” – is talking about Accor’s Augmented Hospitality vision.

The future, Sébastien believes, is about “daring” to change the “way you think, your code of conduct and the way you act”.

 Healthcare has shot up the real estate agenda in recent years with the search for alternative investments and the rise of the ageing population. Dr Pritpal S Tambar, CEO & Co-Founder of Seattle-based Bridging Health & Community, and the former Physician Editor of TEDMED, is speaking on a panel to address how we can shift from a cure-oriented approach to healthcare. It’s all about the creation of the inclusive city.

Not everywhere is ageing. The continent of Africa is home to the fastest-growing cities in the world. Charles Hecker of Control Risks will be giving a keynote speech on ‘Africa: Growth & Investments’ as part of this year’s Africa Forum.


Young Leaders Summit – shaping the future

MIPIM 2019 sees the launch of a new event: the Young Leaders Summit, taking place on Wednesday 13 March.

The Summit opens with a discussion led by an intergenerational panel of speakers, moderated by Alexandra Notay of PfP Capital. Participants will discuss the results of a public consultation campaign by Make.org on how to create the cities of tomorrow.  A second panel will then look at how the real estate industry can best develop the talent and skills of the next generation.

How these young leaders see the city of 2050 will be revealed with the unveiling of the Summit Outcome at the Young Leaders Cocktail starting at 16h30 at the Gare Maritime.


Investment – part of MIPIM’s strategic value

MIPIM is about being inspired, networking, and, of course, doing business. The event attracts decision makers from across the real estate industry.

With investment at the very core of the strategic value of MIPIM, the closed-door RE-INVEST Summit gathers the world’s top sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance funds and other leading institutional investors to debate how they are ‘engaging the future’.


Final curtain – Jean Nouvel keynote address

To engage the future, we need to take an innovative approach. What better way to be inspired, as MIPIM begins to wind down, than by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel, who delivers the final keynote address, on Thursday afternoon.

Jean Nouvel will share his vision behind the Cidade Matarazzo project in Sao Paolo, Brazil’s largest historic renovation project, where the AJN-designed tower is conceived as an extension of the park – a truly green project.

Let MIPIM 2019 begin!

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Georgina Power is a freelance Communications Consultant and Editor. Her previous positions include: Head of Corporate Communications at McArthurGlen Group, European PR Manager at Cushman & Wakefield and a freelance journalist for EuroProperty.

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