ULI Asia Pacific: Experience the Experience


Feb 3 – Feb 4, 2021

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The future of retail is all about experience, physical and digital. COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in this sector. Retailers and landlords need to provide a rounded experience for consumers, which calls for new technology and new approaches. What is the best tenant mix for shopping malls? What other services need to be included to attract and keep customers in retail facilities? Is hotelisation a buzzword or will it be a trend to stay? Will investors see retail a sector to buy, sell or hold?

ULI Asia Pacific: Experience the Experience will be the signature retail real estate event for the Asia Pacific region in 2021, bringing together a host of experts from the worlds of retail, technology, and real estate.

Agenda at a Glance:

Day 1 – Wednesday, 3 February

13:50 – 14:00 Welcome and Introduction
14:00 – 14:40 Blurred Lines: Hospitality x Retail x F&B  
14:40 – 15:20 Online Experience versus Offline Experience? Or Is It Both?
15:20 – 15:40 Keynote Address
15:40 – 15:50 Break
15:50 – 16:30 Owners and Retailers: Building Partnerships
16:30 – 16:50 Fireside Chat: The Future of Retail. The Voice of a Retailer.
16:50 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:00 Roundtables
18:00 – 18:15 Summary of Day 1

Day 2 – Thursday, 4 February

08:50 – 09:00 Opening of Day 2 and Summary of Day 1
09:00 – 09:20 Keynote Address: Experience, Demographics and Beyond
09:20 – 09:40 Real Estate Owner as Brand Owner
09:40 – 10:20 Can Experience Deliver Returns?
10:20 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 10:50 The Commons – F&B of the Future?
10:50 – 11:30 Technology: Enhancing the Experience
11:30 – 11:40 Break
11:40 – 12:40 Roundtables
12:40 – 13:00 Summary of Day 2, Conclusion of #ULIExperience
For full programme details, please click here.  
Confirmed Speakers 
  • Melanie Alshab, NWP Retail
  • Tom Andrews, Hongkong Land
  • Barrie Barton, Right Angle Studio
  • Robert Brockman, Meiyume
  • Ethan Chernofsky,
  • Suchad Chiaranussati, SC Capital Partners
  • Sarah Cooper, BofA Securities
  • Emmanuel Farcis, Link REIT
  • David Faulkner, ULI Asia Pacific
  • Chris Fjelddahl, Eight Partnership
  • Simon Forster, Selfridges (Formerly)
  • Echo Gong, Coresight Reserach
  • Gerard Groener, Ingka Centres (IKEA)
  • Phil Kim, Jerde Partnership
  • Theodore Knipfing, PLUS Curiosity
  • Aaron Lau, Gusto Collective
  • Alan Lo, Duddell’s
  • Stephanie Lo, Shui On Land
  • Joselito Santos, Filinvest Land
  • Peter Sharp, AUS-HK Shopping Centre Consulting
  • Ariel Shtarkman, Orca Capital
  • Charn Srivikorn, Gaysorn Property and Gaysorn Asset Land Management
  • Andrew Taylor, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
  • Varatt Vichit-Vadakan, The Commons
  • VichareeVichit-Vadakan, The Commons
  • Trevor Vivian, Benoy
  • Deborah Weinswig, Coresight Reserach
  • Roy Westwood, Forward Associates
  • Chris Wu, Chongbang Group
  • Taku Yamaumi, L Catterton Real Estate / LVMH Japan
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 Public Sector $150  $200 $250

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Andrew Taylor

Senior Managing Director Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Andrew is responsible for MIRA’s real estate business in Asia and is the CEO of MCRC1 & 2, businesses investing in Retail Properties in China. Since joining Macquarie in 2004, Andrew has had significant involvement in the development and launch of the China retail business. He led the team that purchased …

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Gerard Groener

Managing Director Ingka Centres Holding BV

Gerard Groener has held the position of Managing Director of Ingka Centres since March 2016. He joined the company with 30 years of international experience in retail real estate. He also has extensive knowledge stretching from financing to operations and consumer behaviour. Gerard joined IKEA Centres as Deputy Manager in June …

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Echo Gong

Head of Greater China Advisory Coresight Research

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David Faulkner

President ULI Asia Pacific

David Faulkner, president of ULI Asia Pacific, is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry in the United Kingdom and Asia. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership …

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Melanie Alshab

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Advisor to Board of Commissioners NWP Retail

Melanie Alshab serves as COO & Senior Advisor Board of Commissioners of NWP Retail, and is responsible for asset optimization, strategy and scalability. NWP Retail is a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, focused on developing modern shopping malls across the Indonesian archipelago, driven by the country’s significant growth potential due to rapid …

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Emmanuel Farcis

Head - Asset Management Link Asset Management Limited

Emmanuel is the Head of Asset Management (Hong Kong) for Link REIT, overseeing a portfolio of office, retail, fresh market and carpark assets in Hong Kong and Australia. He is also involved in asset acquisition and disposals and heads the planning and development of the company’s asset enhancement strategy. Emmanuel …

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Vicharee Vichit-Vadakan

Co-Founder The Commons

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Joselito Santos

Senior Vice President Filinvest Land, Inc.

Mr. Joselito “Joey” F. Santos is no stranger to the real estate landscape. Starting in 1990 when he joined Ayala Land, he has been immersed in all aspects of it - from retail, commercial to residential - and has ridden on the crest of the real estate wave ever since. Mr. …

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Simon Forster

Former CEO Selfridges

Simon joined Selfridges the luxury department store in 2012. During his time Selfridges has been voted Worlds Best Department store 4 times (IGDS).   In 2018 he was appointed CEO with responsibility for 7000 team members and a turnover of £2billion and strategic and creative direction. In 2019 he was voted in the top …

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Phil Kim

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Jerde Partnership

Phil Kim is a Shareholder, Board Director and Managing Director Asia Pacific at the Jerde Partnership, Inc. He focuses on Placemaking and formulation of complex urban projects that has helped rejuvenate key Asia and Australia cities. He advises cities and developers on innovations in mixed-use design, retail, entertainment, urban revitalization, …

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Trevor Vivian

Global Director Benoy

Trevor Vivian is a Global Director at Benoy. With over 40 years' experience and the last 16 years in senior leadership roles within Benoy, he has extensive experience across Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East, building a diverse and international portfolio. He is a distinguished architect, renowned in the …

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Robert Brockman

General Manager Meiyume

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Peter Sharp

Chairman of the Board AUS-HK Shopping Centre Consulting

I am a partner in AUS-HK Shopping Centre Consulting (HK) Limited. We specialise in retail planning, leasing & mixed use developments in ASIA. Formerly president of Taubman Asia and president of Walmart Asia Realty, founding businesses in Indonesia, China, South Korea, Japan, India and Hong …

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Roy Westwood

Founder & Strategic, Commercial and Creative Director Westwood Consulting

Roy Westwood founded Forward Associates in 2015 following a 20-year career working for some of the hospitality industry’s biggest players. Bringing this wealth of experience to bear, Forward Associates is responsible for the Strategic, commercial and creative direction of many of the world’s most prestigious venues and events, including The …

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Chris Wu

Group CFO Chongbang Group

Chris has 20 years experience in the real estate development industry and has been working and living in Mainland China since 2000. Prior to joining Chongbang Group in 2013, Chris was the Managing Director - Head of Greater China for MGPA. Chris’s former employers include Link REIT, Simon Property …

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Deborah Weinswig

CEO & Founder Coresight Research, Inc.

Deborah Weinswig is CEO and Founder of Coresight Research, a research and advisory firm specializing in disruptive technologies reshaping today’s retail landscape. Coresight Research has a global presence spanning the US, Europe and Asia, including deep expertise in the fast-changing China market. Weinswig serves on the board of directors for Goodwill …

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Stephanie Lo

Executive Director Shui On Land

Ms. Stephanie B. Y. LO is Managing Director of Corporate Development at Shui On Land [272 HK], a leading real estate developer developing and operating premium residential, commercial and cultural properties in the Mainland China. Stephanie is also the Vice Chairman of China Xintiandi, an asset manager of all Shui …

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Charn Srivikorn

CEO Gaysorn Property Co., Ltd.

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Suchad Chiaranussati

Chairman SC Capital Partners Pte Ltd

Mr. Chiaranussati founded the SC Capital Partners Group (SCCP) in 2004. SCCP is a Singapore-headquartered, institutional private equity real estate investment firm with property investments across the Asia-Pacific region. The firm is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to carry out the regulated activity of fund management as an accredited institutional investor fund management company. …

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Theo Knipfing

Managing Partner Plus Curiosity

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Ethan Chernofsky

Vice President, Marketing

Ethan Chernofsky is the Vice President of Marketing for, where he regularly works with leading media and industry organizations to provide insights and analysis on key retail trends. Prior to Placer, he was Director of Corporate Marketing at Digital Market Intelligence leader SimilarWeb and the Vice President of Headline …

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Chris Fjelddahl

Partner Eight Partnership Ltd

Introduced by a well-known competitor as one of Asia’s ‘rock stars of design’, Chris founded Eight in 1993 from the corner of his living room. Having worked intimately with CEOs for over 25 years on brands ranging from Apple to Cathay Pacific, Chris has developed strong ties with renowned “captains …

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Taku Yamaumi

Partner, Head of Japan L Catterton Real Estate / LVMH Japan

Taku Yamaumi is based in Tokyo. He joined Groupe Arnault/LVMH and eventually L Real Estate in April 2006. Taku is serving as a Partner of L Catterton Real Estate, leading the effort mainly in Japan. Taku has 25 years of real estate investment and development experience. Prior to joining L Real …

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Varatt Vichit-Vadakan

Co-Founder The Commons

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Alan Lo

Senior Asset Manager Duddell

Alan Lo is co-founder of Michelin starred bar and Chinese restaurant Duddell’s. Lo has many years of hospitality project experience, having worked for project management and development teams at a number of international hotel groups. He is active in promoting design, creativity and tourism in Hong Kong, serving on a …

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Sarah Cooper

Managing Director, Global Head, Real Estate Equity Sales BofA Securities

Sarah Cooper is Managing Director & Global Head of Real Estate Equity Sales at BofA Securities, based in Hong Kong. She is a member of the BofA Hong Kong Leadership team, and Chairman of the Hong Kong Philanthropy committee. Sarah works closely with both the research & banking side of BofA. …

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Ariel Shtarkman

Founder Orca Capital Ltd

Ariel Shtarkman is the Founder of Orca Capital, boutique investment practice focused on real estate and real estate technology (proptech). She is also the co-Founder and Managing Director of Atom Assets, a real estate investment platform for family offices. Previously, Ariel was with Citibank Real Estate Structured Finance in Hong …

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Barrie Barton

Strategy & Insights Director Right Angle Studio

Barrie Barton is a lawyer by qualification, an entrepreneur by nature and an urbanist by profession. He has spent most of his adult life thinking about the relationship between the places where we live and the sorts of people we become as a result. In late 2019 he was named …

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Aaron Lau

Chairman & CEO Gusto Collective

Aaron is Chairman & CEO of Gusto Collective, a firm he founded in the beginning of 2020. Gusto Collective, Asia’s first brand-tech holding group, brings together 'best in class' marketing and digital agencies with technology firms to help brands manage their marketing programs better, faster and more efficiently. Combining great …

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Tom Andrews

Senior Asset Manager, Commercial Property - Special Projects Hongkong Land Limited

Tom Andrews is a Senior Asset Manager at Hongkong Land and oversees BaseHall, the new multi-concept food hall in the Basement of Jardine House in Central, Hong Kong. Originally from Hong Kong. Tom has been with Hongkong Land for the last 7 years, helping with asset management & investment …

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