Update from Dominique Moerenhout

It has been over a year since the first lockdowns across Europe, and although this year will still not see us ‘back to normal’, we look at the future optimistically. The global rollout of the vaccines and the stimulus packages prepared by the governments offer an insight into a more positive future.

While most of the events will have to remain virtual, though hopefully only during the first half of the year, and face-to-face meetings will probably still be scarce, I am excited to announce that we are preparing for you a hybrid EPRA Conference in Brussels in September. After consulting with the membership, we know that many of you are eager to go back to meeting in person and networking with your peers. We have secured a venue that will allow us to do so in a Covid-19 safe way, respecting the current strict sanitary measures.

Invitations will be sent very shortly, and I can already offer you a glimpse into the programme. The morning session will be dedicated to macroeconomics and to the recovery, with a keynote speech by Lord King, former Governor of the Bank of England, and Wolfgang Münchau, former European commentator for the Financial Times, offering a more continental outlook. The afternoon sessions will focus on ESG, health and wellbeing from an individual, company, building and city perspective. Brendan Wallace, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest venture capital firm focused on proptech, will discuss how industry consortia can help propel the real estate forward with technology and innovation. The remainder of the week will be dedicated to company pitches to investors. You will be, of course, also welcome to join us online, should you be unable to attend in person. Revised sponsorship packages – in line with the uniqueness of the event – are also available. For more information, contact our team at conference@epra.com.

Furthermore, I am also pleased to communicate about the recent launch of the EPRA Executive Programme for listed real estate professionals, with an inaugural four-half-day course in June developed in partnership with INSEAD. The live virtual course, “Strategy for Listed Real Estate – What Good Looks Like”, covers the latest trends shaping the listed real estate sector, such as thematic investing, e-commerce and logistics, digitalisation and data analytics. Enrolment is ongoing and our team at education@epra.com will be happy to provide you with more information about this initiative.

Finally, as always, I would like to welcome our newest members: Aberdeen Standard European Logistics, Bloomberg, CTP, DeA Capital, Global Net Lease, Home REIT, Hufvudstaden, Neinor Homes, Nexity, Peach Property Group, Platzer and SF Urban Property.