FUTURE: PropTech has announced an equal gender split of speakers will join the event to discuss this year’s conference theme of ‘Open Collaboration’.
Setting an industry-event first for the male-dominated property sector, FUTURE: PropTech has today unveiled its roster of speakers, with the gender split being exactly 50 per cent.
Leading speakers joining the event include Tania Bontemps, President at Union Investments; Susan Freeman, Partner at Mischon de Reya; and Eugenie Teasley, Head of Cities – South & East of England at Uber.
Across the stages, the conversations will explore the fundamental changes taking place in people’s living, working, and recreational lives. These are changes driven by global shifts such as urbanisation, demographics, and technology, and how the real estate industry should adapt to meet these challenges.
With the currently uncertain investor market, FUTURE: PropTech will address where investors should allocate their capital for the highest return. The focus will also lay on occupiers, modern workplaces and the tenant experience. With such an array of topics, diversity of opinion is welcome at the conference.
Taking place on 14 May 2019 at the Business Design Centre in London, the show will see over 2000 attendees, over 80 brand showcases, over 100 speakers; and over 700 companies from over 50 countries.
Gary Chimwa, Founder and CEO, FUTURE: PropTech said, “While diversity and inclusion is increasingly being championed in the sector, there’s a big difference between talking about diversity and taking action.”
“I’m thrilled that in our fifth year we have found balance.”
“I’m delighted to welcome industry experts such as Hendry Group CEO, Emma Hendry, RBS Innovation Programme Manager, Jo Saunders, and Dara Huang, Founder of DH Liberty and Co-Founder of Viva House, to join us as speakers for this event.”
Speaking on trends in the market and some of the discussions you can expect to see at the show, speaker at FUTURE: PRopTech, Orla Shields, CEO and Co-Founder of GetRentr adds, “Property Licensing is a major government lever designed to raise standards and protect tenants.”
“We have seen the number of Additional and Selective schemes in place across the UK increase over the last few months.”
“Simultaneously, councils are investing and ramping up their enforcement to ensure that legislation is connected to the real world and making a genuine impact.”
“We expect this trend to continue of government taking a much larger hands on role in raising standards across the PRS and prosecuting rogue landlords and agents.”
Andrea Carpenter, Director, Women Talk Real Estate, added, “We are delighted that our industry partner FUTURE:PropTech has shown real commitment to gender diversity with a 50/50 line-up of male/female speakers.”
“It demonstrates that with forward planning and a thoughtful approach, the result can be an amazing array of female leaders on stage sharing their expertise.”