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VIPs: Extraordinary Personalities at EXPO REAL

Claudia Boymanns
Claudia Boymanns
Exhibition Director EXPO REAL

Anyone who has ever visited the event before knows that EXPO REAL brings together the crème de la crème of the German property industry. There is a strong political aspect, as well with cities and regions promoting their locations. But there are also a number of individuals in attendance who are not necessarily connected exclusively with the property sector.

It should be noted that the range and order of these speakers is highly diverse, and each attendee should make up their own mind about who and what they are interested in hearing about.


Trending topic: Brexit

It is a match-up that is not to be missed in the EXPO REAL FORUM when Brexit supporter Dr. Gerard Lyons and prominent Brexit opponent Sir Howard Bernstein go toe to toe on the topic “Brexit: What is in after out?”

Not only was Dr. Gerard Lyons Chief Economic Advisor to the former Mayor of London Boris Johnson – who was a fierce advocate of Brexit and is currently the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary –was also one of the few figures who spoke against the UK joining the eurozone in 1999, as he already had suspicions that the euro would lead to the kind of trouble that was experienced in 2010.


The cities of tomorrow

Opposing the EU-skeptic view is Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council. For nearly 20 years, Sir Howard has served the city of Manchester at the very highest level, overseeing vast structural changes not dissimilar to those undergone by the Ruhr region –changes that he believes should be credited to the EU. While this topic alone offers plenty of room for discussion, Sir Howard will also take part in two “Cities and Urban Development Seminars“ as part of the PLANNING & PARTNERSHIPS FORUM: in the “Collaborating Cities 2” discussion regarding partnerships between cities, and “Science, Real Estate and Innovation Economy: the rise of innovation, districts, hubs, and clusters.”


Have we seen the end of cyclical thinking?

Ever wanted to meet the man who predicted the financial crisis of 2007 in 2006, and who also knows when the next crash will take place? Then you will not want to miss the EXPO REAL FORUM’s opening event: “Have we seen the end of cyclical thinking?” Here the issue of how much longer the ECB’s loose monetary policy can last and the risks it poses will be examined. One thing is for sure, economist Dr. Max Otte will speak his mind!


Digitalization in the property sector

Dr. Peter Russo, professor, director, and founder of the “Institute for Transformation in Business and Society” (INIT) at the European Business School (EBS), is also offering a glimpse into the future. He is one of the bright minds who will offer insights into the topic “Digitalization: Changing processes and new user landscapes,” exploring the effects that increasing digitalization will have on the property sector. In particular investors who have been active in the field for some time will need to ask themselves whether properties that are successful today and tomorrow will soon be considered “old hat” by users.


Immigration and logistics

Kilian Kleinschmidt‘s talk on Thursday evening (October 4, 2016, Logix-Dinner, Restaurant Seeblick) promises to be both relaxed yet engaging: The former refugee camp leader and member of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees team will discuss, among other things, how to address the logistical challenges of providing food, water, and (tent) roofs for tens of thousands in a very short time frame, as well as everything required to ensure “functional operation” thereof. There are sure to be a few managers who will pick up some tips for use in their day-to-day work!


Of course, this is just a small sample of the “celebrities” to meet at EXPO REAL. Plenty more can be found on the trade fair floor, at exhibitor stands, and at our wide range of events.


Further information on the listed events:

  • Have we seen the end of cyclical thinking? Tuesday 10/4/2016, 11:00–12:15, EXPO REAL FORUM
  • Collaborating Cities 2, Wednesday, 10/5/2016, 11:00–11:50, PLANNING & PARTNERSHIPS FORUM
  • Science, Real Estate and Innovation Economy: the rise of innovation, districts, hubs, and clusters, Wednesday, 10/5/2016,15:00 –15:50, PLANNING & PARTNERSHIPS FORUM
  • Brexit: What is in after out? Wednesday 10/5/2016, 17:00–17:50, EXPO REAL FORUM
  • Digitalization Changing processes and new user landscapes, Thursday 10/6/2016 10:00–12:00, EXPO REAL FORUM


The latest version of the conference program can be found here.

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