The UK – CEE PropTech Forum

Event description

The UK – CEE PropTech Forum aims to foster dialogue between industry players in the Central European region and at the UK end. During our online session, you will hear about cutting-edge solutions developed and implemented by British firms and about what the Central European markets are after. This is certainly not a one-way street as there are already success stories driven companies from this part of continental Europe. The new, post-Brexit era offers new business opportunities hence bringing together industry players and facilitating talks is the main aim of the Forum.

Join us on the 23 March from 9.00 AM CET to hear more. The event will be online streamed in English and you can ask speakers questions at sli.do/SDT

Moderated by Elvin Box, Chair, London Construction Excellence.

The event is organized by the Department of International Trade in cooperation with the British Embassies in Central Europe.

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PART 1) PropTech – the future of real estate: UK capabilities in the industry

9:00 CET – Opening remarks by Paul Fox, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary

9:05 CET – The UK PropTech landscape (Sammy Pahal, Managing Director, UK PropTech Association)

9:20 CET – Mark Enzer, Digital Director, Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB)

9:35 CET – Tom Henderson, Programme Manager, Smart Infrastructure & Systems, TechUK   

9:50 CET – Sustainable office buildings – case study – Bloomberg European HQ office (Dan Sibert, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners)

10:15 CET – Transitioning to net zero (Alasdair Young, Partner, Buro Happold)

10:30 CET – Umbrellahaus Programme – the future of modular building (Michael Swiszczowski, Chapman Taylor (UK) & Matt Gawałkiewicz, Mikael Andersson, Polcom Modular Sp z o.o.)

10:45 CET – Alex Drysdale, Operations Director, Sweco

11:00 CET – Luke Aldred,  Environment Director, Aecom  


PART 2) PropTech as a tool for sustainable real estate market: CEE perspective

11:25 CET – Gábor Szulyovszky, International Technical Audit Director, Futureal Group

11:40 CET – Chris Townend, Development Director & Stefan Schmidt, Symbiosy Solutions Manager, HB Reavis   

12:00 CET – Databout.tools – innovative spatial planning (Joanna Sarbiewska, Director Databout)

12:15 CET – Sharry – great way how to manage your CRE portfolio (Alan Marshall, Head of UK growth, Sharry)

12:30 CET – Sylvia Pavlova, Founder, PropTech Bulgaria

12:45 CET – Bogdan Nicoară, Founder and CEO, Bright Spaces


Michael Swiszczowski

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, he has a remit to develop and grow the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

Michael has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction. His involvement in the completion of Chapman Taylor’s first fully modular building project, the award-winning Holiday Inn Express container hotel in Manchester, allowed Michael to play a key role in developing the practice’s own off-site housing model, Umbrellahaus®. He is helping to lead the expansion of our modular portfolio across the United Kingdom and internationally.

Mikael Andersson

Mikael is a Chief Operating Officer at Polcom Modular with 30+ years’ experience in construction management and real estate development/management of which the recent 13 years entirely in Poland. Has been involved in developing retail, residential as well as mixed use projects all over Europe, North Africa and Middle East. Has been engaged in all functions along the whole property development lifecycle as contractor, consultant, landlord and developer.

Swedish of origin but has had Poland as home-base since 1998.

Matt Gawałkiewicz

Matt is a Strategy and Business Development Director at Polcom Modular. He has experience in business development, private and public assets investing as well as management consulting. Before Polcom, Matt worked as an investment professional at C2C Capital, South African private equity fund and as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. He holds a Master of Laws from the Harvard Law School and MA in Law from the University of Warsaw.

Bogdan Nicoara

Bogdan is an entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in digital development. In 2019 he co-founded and became the CEO of Bright Spaces, the end-to-end digital leasing solution for commercial properties. Bright Spaces was one of the 5 startups participating in the 2020 PiLabs accelerator and already has important clients in Romania and the UK. Bogdan is passionate about concepts like The Sharing Economy, Gamification, Decentralization, Universal Basic Income, Sustainability, Wellbeing, which he integrates in his activities and processes.

Chris Townend

As the Development Director for HB Reavis, Chris’ team is responsible for leading all UK development activities. With over twenty years of experience Chris guides our current and future projects through every stage of the development cycle. He is currently leading development manager teams at our Crossrail over-station development in Farringdon, Worship Square to the north of Liverpool Street, and at Elizabeth House adjacent to Waterloo station. Immediately before Chris Joined HB Reavis in August 2020 he was Head of Property Development at Transport for London. His other career highlights include Development Director at New Covent Garden in Nine Elms, regional Project Management Director with Gleeds, main board director at York Science Park, and Project Director with P&O Developments.

Stefan Schmidt

Joining HB Reavis in 2020, Stefan manages the design and delivery of Symbiosy, the smart buildings technology to support clients improve user experience and productivity.

Previously he delivered energy optimization strategies with Oxford University and the National Portrait Gallery, before working in Microsoft data analytics. Using his smart buildings expertise, he has helped deliver multiple landmark buildings, including Deloitte’s 1 New Street Square in London and The Post in Vancouver.

Alan Marshall

Alan began his career in Banking and Finance after studying my BA Economics and achieving an MSc in Finance. Then worked as an investment analyst for Johnson & Johnson. The primary focus of his last 4 years of experience has been driving new wins via business development/account management and consultative selling in complex enterprise deals. Alan has 7 years of experience in client-facing roles, selling into financial services and IT and Real Estate. He is now leading Sharry’s Growth here in the UK and excited about their expansion and what the future holds for this magnificent company.

Joanna Sarbiewska

Joanna has over 15 years of relevant professional experience in transport planning and modeling engineer’s work. Highly experienced civil engineer, specializing in project and team management.

She attended in completing projects in the area of rail links modernization, rail stations revitalization, public transport plan, airport feasibility study, and transport plans.

Currently, she manages a team of over 30- person that carries out tasks related to the introduction of new technologies to spatial planning and transport planning.

Elvin K. Box

An Organisation Development consultant, Elvin has a wealth of experience of the construction industry, both UK and internationally.

Chair of London Constructing Excellence since 2018, he is an integral member of the BSi committee; that in the wake of the UK government’s Grenfell Tower Inquiry, has been tasked to radically improve the application of the ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) in construction.

He is also heavily involved with a key step in the digital transformation of the infrastructure and construction sectors; the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp), integral to the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), set up in 2018 by the UK government and University of Cambridge. Since 2003 Elvin has tutored on the OUBS MBA programme, across the UK and Northern Europe. Subsequently, he is an acclaimed international speaker, facilitator, and writer, renowned for using creativity to enable innovation and business improvement. This has led to him to undertake notable assignments with the likes of the MoD, High Speed 2, The International Criminal Court in the Hague,
and Oxford University Innovation Ltd.

A survivor of prostate cancer, Elvin is a passionate advocate of improving the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of the UK’s most diagnosed cancer. Hence, as an Ambassador for the Movember Foundation, he undertakes numerous high-profile media assignments and corporate speaking events.

Sylvia Pavlova

Sylvia Pavlova MBA CMC is the Founder of PropTech Bulgaria – the one-stop-shop for everything which concerns PropTech in Bulgaria. PropTech Bulgaria is the national PropTech association of Bulgaria. Sylvia Pavlova is a Board Member of the European PropTech Association – PropTech House.

Sylvia achieved her MBA degree with OUBS, the UK in 2013. The MBA ranks in top 1 % of MBA degrees in the world. She also holds degrees in Commerce & Management and Law. Since 2016 Sylvia Pavlova has had an internationally certified management consultant (CMC) status in Strategy and Business Development.

Mark Enzer

An Organisation Development consultant, Elvin has a wealth of experience of the construction industry, both UK and internationally.

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in the transformation of the infrastructure industry, including: systems-thinking, digital transformation, connected digital twins, data infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions and the circular economy in the built environment.

As the Head of the National Digital Twin programme within the Centre for Digital Built Britain, Mark is contributing to the leadership of this ambitious programme to enable an ecosystem of connected digital twins across the built environment. As Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer, Mark is accountable to the Executive Board for technical excellence across the Group. In addition, he is a co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council’s Digital Network and he is the Digital Transformation workstream lead for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations. Mark was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.

Luke Aldred

Luke is an environment director at AECOM. He has been with AECOM for nearly 7 years, providing a range of sustainability-focused services associated with renewable energy, low carbon development, decarbonisation strategies, future fuels and energy trends. He is client focused, and offers objective advice on appropriate solutions for transitioning the built environment to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future.

Sammy Pahal

Sammy Pahal is the Managing Director of the UK PropTech Association, a not-for-profit organisation set up to drive digital transformation of the UK property industry and help create a conducive environment for innovation. Sammy previously worked for Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s National Mapping Agency, and has a background in Psychology. She joined UKPA when it was first set up in 2017 and has taken it through it’s evolution including a re-launch in 2019 which led to the association growing from 50 members to now over 860 members, from across PropTech, real estate and tech investment.

Gabor Szulyovszky

Gabor joined the Futureal Group at the very beginning, more than 15 years ago. He is a construction professional with 25+ years’ experience both on the contractor and investor side. Currently he is the International Technical Audit Director of Futureal Group. The Group and Gabor are committed in making the digital and sustainable future a reality. As audit director among other things, he is responsible to introduce the group into the world of technical digital transformation.

He is also a member of several working committees of the Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT) aiming to introduce the BIM and project management standards in Hungary.
Gabor is also active in various international project management associations such as PMI, IPMA and APM, the British Association for Project Management.

Alasdair Young

Alasdair holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cambridge University, joining Buro Happold in 2005 as a specialist in energy and infrastructure systems. He is part of the Directorship of Buro Happold, working with the Cities teams in the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and India, helping develop their energy consulting offer

Alasdair’s major project experience has focused on delivery of new sustainable utility systems which has given him strong insights into the energy services and multi-utility market place from both technical and commercial perspectives. Key projects involving this approach include the London 2012 Olympic Park, Brent Cross Cricklewood, Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical Corporation Medical City (Qatar), UCL East and Tun Razak Exchange (Malaysia).

He has led a number of policy and research projects, including work for London First and the Greater London Authority and for the Energy Technologies Institute and National Grid.

Dan Sibert

Dan is originally from just outside Cardiff, Wales. He is interested in the evolution of how we live and work and what this means for the design of the spaces we inhabit, as well as the role of technology in architecture. His interest in technology has instilled a passion for innovation and the future of the built environment. Dan has extensive experience working in London and other major city’s around the world. His recent projects include Amazon’s UK headquarters in Principal Place, Foster + Partners’ latest mixed use development in London. Dan has also worked on Bloomberg London and Comcast Technology Center, in Philadelphia.

Martha Tsigkari

Martha Tsigkari is a Partner at the Applied Research + Development (ARD) group at Foster + Partners. She has a background in architecture, engineering and computer science and 20 years of experience in the field of architecture.

Martha is a specialist in a wide range of areas including computational design, performance-driven design, optimisation, machine learning, interfaces & interaction, design-to-production and fast feedback & integration. Her work incorporates the development of ML, optimisation and simulation tools, the introduction of integrated processes and the creation of physical interfaces. She has a particular interest in machine learning and has lead R&D related to the use of deep neural networks in the design process, to solve problems spanning from micromaterials to performance driven architectural layouts. She has also been investigating the use of Genetic Algorithms in the design pipeline, using them to develop solutions spaces that fit multi-objective criteria.

Martha joined F+P in 2006, and she has since provided solutions for hundreds of diverse projects such as the new airport for Mexico City, Queen Alia Airport, Sheikh Zayed Museum, UAE’s 2015 Expo Pavilion, Lusail Iconic Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and YachtPlus. She is a member of RIBA, ARB and the Technical Chamber of Greece. In parallel she is a Senior Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL, where she has been teaching at the MSc Architectural Computation since 2009. She has been a juror and presenter at various schools worldwide, including MIT, the Architectural Association, UPenn, ETHZ and Chalmers. She has taught, lectured and published on the subject of computational design internationally

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