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Getting Real on Real Estate

2023 MEA Summit

Getting Real on Real Estate

Thursday, December 7, 2023
03:15 PM - 04:15 PM
Abu Dhabi Rosewood - Rosewood A

The real estate industry has weathered cyclical headwinds including inflation, interest rate hikes, sinking deal flows, and vacant office and retail spaces in recent years. Yet there is still room for optimism: Workers are returning to offices, smart cities are reimagining urban living while US renters are getting into home ownership and retailers returning to brick-and-mortar to embrace omnichannel strategies. In the midst of a global debt crisis, where are savvy investors taking their aims? What do we do with the world we are in and built environment we have? In a world crowded with news, data and deals, where does the application of data science, AI, and machine learning come into play? And how, besides looking forward, have we met the structural changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last three years?

Jana Sehnalova
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Tovana Investment Advisors
Rich Gomel
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Two Sigma Real Estate
Don Mullen
Chairman and Founder, Pretium
Hussain Sajwani
Chairman and Founder, DAMAC Group
David Steinbach
Global Chief Investment Officer, Hines
Sophie van Oosterom
Global Head of Real Estate, Schroders