Programme Realty 2019

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Thursday 19 September


PropTech Breakfast by BESIX

The best 20 startups (selected by the jury) are invited to pitch during the PropTech Pitch Battle, sponsored by BESIX. This is an open door event, where you can discover the “crème de la crème” of the BENEFRALUX PropTech startups.

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


Niche Lab

Explore the boom of new and exciting niche markets in real estate. How can they impact the future of real estate? The following experts will get you up to speed:

Koenraad Belsack
CEO Upgrade Estate

> student housing

Dirk Bakker
CEO Colliers International Hotels EMEA

> 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


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
Discover the urban development potential of each city, learn about their specific needs and assess the investment potential in terms of residential, retail or corporate market.
This City Flash will be moderated by Marlène de Wouters.
Koen Anciaux
Alderman Mechelen
Laurence Leclercq
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?

Publication of the results of the study on mobility of Prof. Alexander D’Hooghe

Prof. Alexander D'Hooghe
Partner Design Firm ORG


The Big Real Estate Debate

Hosted by De Tijd / L’Echo

Bart Verhaeghe
President Uplace
Christine Conix
CEO at Conix RDBM Architects
Prof. Alexander D'Hooghe
Partner Design Firm ORG
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 (by invitation only)

Ronen Journo
SVP Entreprise & Workplace Strategy at Wework
Marc Bertrand
President La Française Real Estate Managers
Peter Mills
Member of the Board of Eurocommercial
Craig Hughes
Global Real Estate Leader PwC
Jean-Louis Samson
Head of Real Estate & Logistics GBS at ENGIE


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 gastronomicaly 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.

Indian Summer 1
Indian Summer 2
Indian Summer 3
Sander Vande Walle
Sander Vandewalle - Sous Chef at Sel Gris*
Tim Boury
Tim Boury - Chef at Boury**

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Friday 20 September


Will co-working disrupt corporate real estate?

Co-working Breakfast by Workero

Philippe Jaeken
Director DXC Belgium
Andre Convent
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


Smart Cities and their consequences for real estate
Arjan Dingste
Director & Senior Architect UNSTUDIO
Thilo Zelt
Partner at Roland Berger


Public ambitions – Private opportunities

Upcoming professional opportunities in Brussels urban development projects

Benjamin Cadranel
CEO citydev
Yves Lemmens
General Director SLRB-BGHM
Gilles Delforge
Managing Director SAU-MSI


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

Debate organized by UPSI/BVS about “The future and opportunities of coastal real estate”. (by invitation only)

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

Congress hosted by Colliers International Hotels

Dirk Bakker
CEO Colliers International Hotels EMEA
Valerie Schuermans
VP Business Development, Radisson Hotel Group


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 ?

ULI Young Leaders Forum

Pierre Verdier
General Manager Deliveroo Belgium
Arnaud Durandin
Co-founder Canalo Gat
Rob Ragoen


Public does better than private!

Conference in collaboration with VVSG (Vlaamse Vereniging Steden en Gemeenten) and IMEC

Mieck Vos
Managing Director VVSG
John Baekelmans
Vice President & General Manager imec the Netherlands
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