Programme Realty 2019

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Thursday 19 September 2019


PropTech Breakfast by BESIX

Who will be the next PropTech unicorn? Join this unique Breakfast, sponsored by BESIX, where the 17 best PropTech Startups of the BeNeFraLux will pitch on stage (3min). Registration here.

Thomas Vandenbergh
Chairman of the Innovation Board at Besix
Michael Ewert
Head of Technology Solutions, EMEA JLL
jury proptech


Niche Lab

Niche markets are booming and often beat traditional markets in terms of returns. Discover insights from experts active in different niches such as the reconversion of religious assets or co-living spaces. If you want to know how Niches can impact the future of real estate and cities, you need to attend this conference!

Koenraad Belsack
CEO Upgrade Estate

> student housing

Vincent Culenaere
Manager Hotel Investments Colliers

> hospitality

Michel Vanstallen
CEO Imoya, Managing Director Dorian Groep

> healthcare

Philip Borremans
Head of Real Estate PMV

> reconversion religious assets

Lucia Marcuzzo
Vice President Central Europe Levi's
> retail
Louis Claes
General Manager YUST

> co-living


City Flash

Cityflash offers a unique overview of the future real estate development in four major Belgian cities at the same time:

  • Mechelen
  • Charleroi
  • Mons
  • Antwerp
Each Belgian city has a different vision on Real estate development. The impact of local politics play a crucial role in fostering urban change and redevelopment. Expect to learn how these local markets are evolving, what kind of developments these cities expect from the private sector and where new development will take place. A excellent opportunity to redefine your investment strategy on the belgian market.
This City Flash will be moderated by Marlène de Wouters.
Wout Maddens
Alderman Kortijk
Xavier Desgain
Alderman Charleroi
Maxime Pourtois
Alderman Mons
Fons Duchateau
Alderman Antwerp
Marlène de Wouters



Construction and mobility: comparison between Brussels and London.

Christophe Vanoerbeek
General Director Brussels Mobility
Michael Barratt
Development Impact Assessment Mgr - Transport for London


New mobility: a game changer in real estate?

Professor D’hooghe from MIT helped to unlock major developments around the world. This time he will be presenting a groundbreaking study on “Seamless Decentralized Mobility” in search of solutions how to unlock the Belgian mobility gridlock through urban planning and technological innovation. His vision puts the real estate market in the driver seat to tackle mobility problems instead of creating them. This study was sponsored by Realty.

Prof. Alexander D'Hooghe
Senior Partner Design Firm ORG


The Big Real Estate Debate

Hosted by De Tijd / L’Echo

Today, real estate development and mobility are inextricably linked to each other. In the future, where we live will have to be better adjusted to where we work. Moreover, the traffic infrastructure that links both locations will have to be fundamentally altered and the automobile will have to make place for other types of transportation. How can this be addressed concretely? Will it suffice to adjust the current situation or will we have to start with a clean sheet?

Bart Verhaeghe
President Uplace
Jorden Goossenaerts
CEO at Conix RDBM Architects
Prof. Alexander D'Hooghe
Senior Partner Design Firm ORG
Joost Kaesemans
Director of Communication Febiac
Dirk Selleslagh
News Manager /
De Tijd / L'Echo


Is real estate becoming an on-demand service?
Changing Business models and impact on capital markets

Capital Markets Conference by PwC Real Estate

International debate which highlights the differences between traditional real estate players in office and retail compared to the new economy players. Learns how each one deals with their key challenges and how this can impact your business today and tomorrow.

Dirk Paelinck
CEO & Founder Workero
Marc Bertrand
President La Française Real Estate Managers
Peter Mills
Member of the Board of Eurocommercial
Katrien Depoorter
Business Devel. - GBS Immo & Logistics at ENGIE
Craig Hughes
Global Real Estate Leader PwC


Let’s celebrate Project Development Excellence:  
RES Awards Ceremony

The project nominees for the RES Awards 2019 are, in alphabetic order :

Best Residential Development:
De Chocoladefabriek (Tongeren)
K-Tower (Courtray)
Yust (Antwerp)

Best Development for institutional investors:
HQ Cera (Leuven)
HQ Cordeel (Temse)
Ryhove Urban Factory (Ghent)

Best Public Development:
Antwerp Management School (Antwerp)
Therapy Tower Pellenberg (Lubbeek)
Tivoli Greencity (Brussels)


Realty Networking Evening – Indian Summer

As a Realty guest, you are invited to the Realty Networking Evening. This evening starts at 18.00 and is completely Indian Summer-themed. During this evening you can discuss the future and the knowledge you gained during the day. Come and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment in a unique Indian Summer setting.

This evening will be gastronomically hosted by Tim Boury (Chef of 2** restaurant Boury) and Sander Vandewalle (Sous Chef of 1* restaurant Sel Gris)

This event is open for every Realty visitor: your entrance is guaranteed with your personal Realty badge.

realty networking evening
Sander Vande Walle
Sander Vandewalle - Sous Chef at Sel Gris*
Tim Boury
Tim Boury - Chef at Boury**

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Friday 20 September 2019


Coworking: Driving Innovation in Real Estate, with the European Commission
Learn from Professor Rudy Aernoudt, Chief Economist of the European Commission, how the European Commission with its brand new funding programs, will facilitate equity funding for (PropTech) startups & scaleups. Professor Juanma Revuelta will tell us how his team helps startups and scaleups to access this funding.
Learn how Procter & Gamble organizes Innovation in its brand new Workero location. And how DXC organizes true flexible working for its employees. Jean-Philippe Charon will talk about the impact of Coworking on real estate, valuation and operations.
Coworking Breakfast by Workero: registration here.
Philippe Jaeken
Director DXC Belgium
Andre Convents
Innovation Manager, Procter  & Gamble
Jean-Philippe Charon
Head of Office Agency Knight Frank Belgium
Rudy Aernoudt
Chief Economist European Commission
Dirk Paelinck
CEO & Founder at Workero
Prof. Juanma Revuelta
CEO Finnova
Sarah Vandewoude


Smart Cities and their consequences for real estate

Two keynotes that will give you an international perspective on the development of smart cities: Darjan will share his views on the future of urban living and present his vision of a smart city. Thilo is recognised as a majoor authority at Roland Berger in the field of smart cities and will present his new the Smart City Strategy Index.

Arjan Dingste
Director & Senior Architect UNSTUDIO
Thilo Zelt
Partner at Roland Berger


Brussels-Capital Region : Public ambitions – Private opportunities (the Urban Development Corporation), (regional public real-estate projects) and the SLRB-BGHM (regional social housing) give an overview of their recent, current and future public procurement procedures in the framework of the major public regional urban development projects on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region. This conference will be introduced by Pascal Smet, Brussels state secretary for urbanism.

Benjamin Cadranel
Yves Lemmens
Gilles Delforge
Pascal Smet
Brussels Staatssecretaris voor Stedenbouw


Future-proof coastal cities: is high-rise AND waterproof the answer?

Coastal cities face specific challenges in Belgium. This conference organised by UPSI-BVS will have a closer look at the fiscality of real estate in Ostend, Bruges and Knokke. It will also showcase the future of living at the coast (Kust 2.0) taking into account the aging population and the growing impact of real estate investments in residential real estate, ending with a discussion on the competition between coastal cities.

Count Leopold Lippens
Mayor of Knokke-Heist
Dirk De fauw
Mayor of Bruges
Bart Tommelein
Mayor of Ostend
Serge Fautré
CEO AG Real Estate
Carl Decaluwé
Governor West Flanders
Kathleen Cools


Hospitality panel discussion

A panel with hospitality experts about the rise of hospitality as an asset class and why it is getting so much attraction in the industry thanks to the new balance between investors, developers and hotel operators.

Dirk Bakker
CEO Colliers International Hotels EMEA
Jan Vlaminck
Development Director at Candor
Filip De Poorter
Managing Partner Promiris
Peter Geurden
Owner of Different Hotel


Interact with true leaders in Real Estate and get inspired

Interactive sofa sessions with Rik Vandenberghe and Bart Versluys.

Rik Vandenberghe
CEO Besix
Bart Versluys
CEO Groep Versluys
Marlène de Wouters


New Services, New Cities: How new services companies are shaping the cities ?

A new trend is emerging in the city: innovative businesses are taking over the daily routines and change the way we eat, move, explore and live. By providing new services, these companies disrupt the urban lifestyle and impact the built environment. Join the Young Leaders Forum 2019 and gain some insights into this new service economy.

Join the Young Leaders Forum 2019 and gain some insights into this new service economy.

Arnaud Durandin
Co-founder Canalo Gat
Bar Perché
James de Wasseige
Product Manager Lab Box
Valentin Haarscher
Co-founder & Associate
Lab Box
Alexandre Szmaj
Co-Founder Administateur Délégué SmartFlats
Johan Peeters
Innovation Strategy Director Bpost Future Lab
Renaud Sarrazin
Co-Founder & Expert Urbike
Rob Ragoen


Public does better than private!

What are real smart cities?, What is smart development of the city?,How can a smart city do smart city planning? During these conference General Director Mieck Vos of VVSG (Vereniging van Vlaamse Steden en Gemeenten) and Managing Director John Baekelmans of IMEC NL will give you the answers.

Mieck Vos
Managing Director VVSG
John Baekelmans
Managing Director IMEC NL


The end of value increase in offices

An analysis of the yearly value-evolutions of offices in Belgium learns us that the value of the offices in Belgium are decreasing. We will debate on the reasons of these decreases, the factors influencing this and the expectations of these evolutions for the future.

Serge Fautré
CEO AG Real Estate
Philippe Janssens
CEO Stadim
Koen Batsleer
CEO Officenter
Marc Deceuster
Professor Antwerp University
New mobility: a game
changer in real estate?
“Location, location, location”, is the classic real estate motto.
But will today’s top locations still be top locations tomorrow?
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The future of coastal cities:
is high-rise the answer?
Belgian coastal cities in 2030.
What will they look like and what challenges will they face?
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REworks: how to attract
the future leaders in real estate?
The war for talent rages harder than ever.
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Property technology:
who is the next PropTech unicorn?
Smart buildings, digitalisation, ... the tech trend has clearly
found its way into the real estate business.
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Niche lab: how can niche markets
impact the future of real estate?
Project developers and promotors are constantly having
to reinvent themselves to come up with answers to new needs.
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Will coworking disrupt
corporate real estate?
The growing co-working trend
on the (inter)national office market appears unstoppable.
Read more
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