Sebastian Abigail, principal, VTS
Abigail leads the European roll-out of VTS Rise, the world’s leading tenant engagement platform that provides landlords real-time, data-driven insights on how tenants are utilising space and amenities. Abigail re-joined VTS, having spent four years at the company until 2019 and more recently spent two years at premium workplace and meetings venue operator Convene, where as vice president for business development he collaborated with leading landlords and blue-chip occupiers on amenity-rich flexible workplace solutions. Abigail’s experience of working with commercial real estate owners – and their consultants – across the capital stack has earned him a position as a trusted technology-growth and operations-focused real estate leader.
Tripty Arya, founder & chief executive, Travtus
Arya is the founder and chief executive at Travtus. She has built a career in real estate, construction and technology as an entrepreneur and is also an active angel investor in early stage ventures.
Under her leadership, Travtus has evolved from being a general contractor and real estate developer to curating a digital workforce for the industry with its flagship product, Adam. It focuses on machine learning and data driven solutions for automating operations for large multi-family operators.
Michael Beckerman, chief executive, CREtech
Beckerman is the CEO of CREtech, the largest global consulting, media and conference company devoted to technological innovation in the real estate sector.
CREtech’s mission is to help the industry embrace, adopt and future-proof their businesses. CREtech’s intelligence and event platform inspires the next generation of ideas, processes and people to champion the world’s largest asset class.
He previously spent 25 years in the public relations industry, having built Beckerman Public Relations into the largest firm in the industry, specialising in the commercial real estate industry.
Chris Bone, chief executive, Modulous
Bone is chief executive of Modulous, a contech firm that has created an asset-light, globally scalable model for the design and delivery of affordable and sustainable homes. Its technology platform digitises design and procurement to generate optimised schemes based on a costed kit of parts, which is manufactured by the supply chain, removing the need for dedicated factories.
Bone has 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, managing businesses across consulting, manufacturing, and construction.
Lee Butz, founder & chief executive, District Technologies
Butz is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience. Working at the intersection of cities and technology, they founded the market leading community and smart buildings platform, District Technologies, that helps clients solve their biggest workplace needs
Julian Carey, managing director, Industrials REIT
Carey joined the board at Industrials REIT (formerly known as Stenprop) in July 2017, when the company acquired C2 Capital, a private real estate fund management business which Carey founded in 2009.
At the time, C2 Capital had built a portfolio of 25 multi-let industrial estates in the UK in joint venture with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment, which formed the basis of the transaction. Since then, Industrials REIT has revolutionised and refocused itself by recycling more than £600m of assets across Europe into over 100 UK multi-let industrial properties, rebranding and relisting, and changing from being a passive allocator of real estate capital into a true industrial operating business.
Carey worked at LaSalle Investment management from 2007-2009, prior to which he worked at Jones Lang LaSalle in the auction and private investment team. He is a chartered surveyor and chair of the Investment Property Forum’s Tech Futures Workgroup.
Majed Chaarraoui, co-founder and chief executive, Insurami
Majed Chaaraoui and Arnor K Davidsson founded Insurami in 2018.
Chaaraoui previously worked at Blenheim Chalcot, where he grew tech start-ups in financial services and property. He has worked in consulting and investment banking, and has a BEng in electronics & communications engineering and an MSc in financial mathematics from Leeds University.
Rob Charlton, chief executive, Space Group
Charlton is chief executive of Space Group, which comprises Space Architects, BIMTechnologies, bimstore, and, more recently, Twinview. All four businesses share a vision where the built environment positively impacts society using creativity, innovation, and technology.
Charlton is a chartered architect with more than 25 years’ experience. He is passionate about improving project outcomes while addressing cultural issues across the sector.
In recent years he has focused on operational aspects of buildings and how to reduce carbon and cost through data and machine learning.
He has been a pathfinder in developing digital twins in the property sector. He is actively involved in research and development in this field, using his experience in design, construction, and operation.
Hamish Dupree, director, business development, WiredScore
Dupree is responsible for leading client development and strategy across UK&IE. Prior to joining WiredScore, he worked at Patrizia, where he was focused on UK transactions, sourcing and executing investments.
Olly Freedman, European regional director, Retransform
Freedman has been providing technology to the real estate industry since 2006 and has been assisting Retransform’s clients across Europe since 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Estate Management and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems & Technology.
He is a PropSail committee member and plays ice hockey (badly).
Fionnuala Hogan, head, early stage venture, Goldacre Ventures and creator & head RElab
Hogan heads early stage venture at Goldacre Ventures and is creator & head of Relab, Goldacre’s partner-led ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs to scale their businesses at an accelerated pace.
Her wide-ranging background encompasses more than 25 years’ experience of corporate advisory, investment, entrepreneurship and financing, with previous senior roles spanning larger corporates and start-up environments, including Kleinwort Benson, KPMG, ENBA and Hypo Real Estate.
Outside of venture, Hogan is a passionate advocate of the power of arts and education to change lives, and serves as a trustee of East London Dance, Brixton House and previously as a governor of the Southbank Centre and of Tomorrow’s Warriors.
Jamie Holmes, chief executive, VU.CITY
At the start of 2017, Holmes sat down to work out what his ideal next role would be. He wanted to work for a small company that had a vision for huge expansion; to work with people who shared his values of positivity, responsibility and authenticity and to feel like he was making a real difference.
At VU.CITY he leads a small, but beautifully formed team of experts with huge aspirations for growth and change and all focusing on creating a 3D platform to help people deliver the best possible city for all.
Dan Hughes, chief executive, LIQUID Real Estate Innovation and Alpha Property Insight
Hughes is founder of Alpha Property Insight and LIQUID Real Estate Innovation which help the property sector to embrace and benefit from new ways of thinking and technology.
Before this, he spent his career working across the built environment and has held senior roles in some of the world’s leading data organisations.
He led the land and property sector strategy and commercial activity at Ordnance Survey and led the global marketing function at IPD, part of MSCI which is the leading global data, index and benchmarking company for property investment.
He is on the BPF Technology and Innovation Working Group, the steering committee for MIPIM Proptech, on the RICS data handling professional statement working group and lead author for the BPF LIQUID report. Hughes was voted one of the Top 50 Data leaders in the UK in 2017, voted No.1 proptech influencer in the UK and the most influential global person online in proptech.
James Power, director of digital & technology, SEGRO
Since joining SEGRO in 2010, Power has turned around the technology function, developing it to assume a more strategic role. This has culminated in the implementation of the business’s digital innovation strategy. He brings experience across a number of sectors and functions, including product development, marketing and business planning.
His natural energy and structured nature, when combined with the respect he commands from his team, allows him to maintain the momentum of delivery.
Samuel Warren, regional vice-president and managing director, HqO UK
Warren is responsible for the growth of HqO’s platform in Northern Europe, including Germany, Netherlands and Nordics.
Prior to HqO, Samuel spent 12 years in the real estate market specialising ingrowing new businesses and high performing sales and marketing teams with companies such as CBRE and Chesterton Global and developers such as Berkeley Group and Country Garden. He worked in the Middle East, Singapore, China and Russia.
He is a graduate of Exeter University and also commissioned into the British Army, serving as a bomb disposal and search officer in the Royal Engineers.