National Council Chairs share their comments on why ULI Europe’s Annual Conference is an essential part of the real estate year.
"The ULI Europe Annual Conference in Paris of which 2012 will be the 16th edition, is a landmark on the European Real Estate Agenda, but also for the ULI France agenda. It is a rare opportunity for leaders of the French real estate sector to connect with its foreign peers in a collegial and intellectually challenging atmosphere. The "Big Problems" are more or less the same across the board, apart from the fact that France has a somewhat better demographic situation than some of the other European countries. It is perhaps wishful to believe that the "Economy" is going to be stronger in February 2012 than it is today and we need to think and act together in order to prepare a more solid platform for the future. Lastly, "Climate change" which is a vast subject: - it needs a proactive focus even if times are tough and our industry should lead by example."
Erik Sondén, Senior Advisor, Leonardo & Co, Chairman, ULI France
“Once again, the ULI has identified the big current issues for its annual conference in Paris. As an investment business, Benson Elliot deals with economic issues and markets every day, so I’ll be in Paris looking to update myself on broader industry challenges – like demographic changes and green issues.”
Marc Mogull, Founder and Managing Partner, Benson Elliot, Capital Management, Chairman, ULI UK
“We are at a critical turning point in Europe – one that our generation has never witnessed and experienced. The ULI conference with its triple themes is both timely and relevant, providing an opportunity for our members in Italy and our colleagues across Europe with the chance to listen, share and debate first hand the issues with industry leaders.”
Luca de Ambrosis Ortigara, Partner, Realty Partners Srl, Chairman, ULI Italy
"For over six years now I have been attending ULI Annual Conference year after year because we do get valuable information. In exceptional times of uncertainty and risk such as those we're living, attendance of the Paris Conference in 2012 becomes unavoidable and I will recommend presence to all my business partners in Portugal."
Carlos Leiria Pinto, General Manager, Eurohypo, Chairman, ULI Portugal
“Demographics, economics and climate change are the pillars that shape the real estate market globally. These are the key issues that determine the future of our living standards and way of life and that is why it is important to attend the ULI Europe Annual Paris conference in 2012”
George Kaburopulos, Principal, Dorian Capital Partners, Chairman, U