MIPIM 2022 Report: the Occupiers’ Summit

The way people work has changed, and so has the purpose of the office.  The MIPIM 2022 Occupiers’ Summit, which took place in Cannes on 14 March, focussed on the theme Offices: bouncing back in a post-pandemic environment.

Over 100 participants attended the Summit, together with a panel of industry-leading speakers and seven London Business School students – the rising generation of real estate professionals, and who were there as part of an educational partnership with MIPIM.

Two of those students were Carrie Cheung and Jorden Korte, who are both studying part-time for a Masters in Finance at LBS. Both are also associate directors: Cheung in the deal advisory team of KPMG UK and Korte in the products team in Patrizia AG’s London office.

As Cheung said: “The discussions held at the Occupiers’ Summit were eye-opening and provided me with insights into the latest thinking and trends on the issue. I look forward to sharing my learnings with my colleagues and contacts within the industry.”

Carrie Cheung (KPMG UK) and Jorden Korte (Patrizia AG)

Carrie Cheung (left) and Jorden Korte (right) were among the students reporting on the roundtable sessions at the Occupiers’ Summit

The MIPIM Occupiers’ Summit 2022 kicked off with a panel discussion moderated by Marc Simon, VP head of CRES, Capgemini Technology Services, and a delegate of ADI, the French association of real estate directors, the Summit’s sponsor.

The panel speakers were:

  • Juliette Borie, VP, real estate facility management, Renault SAS
  • Alex Gebauer, CEO West Europe, Allianz Real Estate
  • Ulrich Kerber, CEO, Freudenberg Real Estate GmbH
Juliette Borie, VP, real estate facility management, Renault SAS/ Alex Gebauer, CEO West Europe, Allianz Real Estate / Ulrich Kerber, CEO, Freudenberg Real Estate GmbH / Marc Simon.

The panel discussion at the Occupiers’ Summit: from left to right, Juliette Borie, Alex Gebauer, Ulrich Kerber and Marc Simon.

The ensuing roundtable discussions among participants covered topics such as:

  • How do offices need to innovate to bounce back?
  • What about older buildings?
  • To what extent do these trends vary in different global regional markets?

As one of the roundtables concluded: “Companies all have different goals, and one size does not fit all.” That is why it is important to place focus on “determining the ‘purpose’ of a building, which will ultimately drive an occupier’s location and real estate strategy,” reported the students from the session.

Download the free 15-page report written by the LBS students to find out more about what was discussed at the Occupiers’ Summit at MIPIM 2022.

You can also watch 30 minutes of highlights of the Occupiers’ Summit by signing into MIPIM World 365the MIPIM online networking and insights platform, with free access for all MIPIM delegates.

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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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