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Cityscape Virtual Conference Agenda 2021

Reset, Recovery & Rebound: A Plan for the Next Decade

After a disruptive year of adapting to life during a pandemic, the new year has provided the world with an opportunity to reflect on the aftermath of the virus and focus, not only on the year ahead, but the next decade.

The Cityscape Egypt Conference 2021 will consist of a two-day virtual conference taking place on April 5th and 6th. This year’s special virtual edition of the Cityscape conference will bring together real estate experts from around the world who will provide insight into Egypt’s future economy, real estate sector, architecture and built environment, and a special focus on high-value inbound and outbound investment in the forms of panels, presentations, one-on-one interviews with market leaders, and breakout sessions.

14:00 

CONFERENCE INAUGURAL REMARKS

Chris Speller, Cityscape Group Director, Informa Markets

Fathallah Fawzy, Co-Founder, MENA Group, Chairman, Cityscape Egypt Conference

14:10 

THE FUTURE ECONOMY OF EGYPT: SPOTLIGHT ON WHY EGYPT IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Moderator: Fathallah Fawzy, Co-Founder, MENA Group, Chairman, Cityscape Egypt Conference

Antoine El Khoury, Managing Director, Tameer

Karim Helal, Country Director | Colliers – Egypt, Colliers - Egypt 

  • What are investors looking for in the current economic backdrop?

  • What are the major factors shaping the future of the global economy?

  • What is the summary of market conditions and how does Egypt compare to the world globally?

  • What government support or regulations exist in the current market to support foreign investment?

  • Impact of investment on the future economy and the overall real estate market?

  • What efforts are being undertaken to increase the attractiveness of Egypt as an investment destination?

  • How can the authorities enhance investor security through transparency measures and solid regulations?

  • What role are foreign ownership and title laws playing on decreasing entry barriers and the impact on foreign investment?

14:55 

CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: MOVING TO THE NEW CITIES - A Developer’s Panel

Moderator: Ahmed Taha Mansour, CEO, Castle Developments  

Hany El Assal, Chairman, Misr Italia

Sherif Saleh, CCO, Ajna Development 

Eng. Ahmed Kadri Alghitani, CEO, SAK Developments 

  • What roadmap is the government following to overcome challenges and what measures have they taken to achieve a smooth transition?

  • New Administrative Capital, New Cairo, New Alamein: What are the economic drivers for these cities?

  • What challenges or opportunities do Egypt’s Vision 2030 updates pose for the new cities?

  • What is the future of the units that will be left vacant as a result of this move and how can investors gain?

  • What are the direct or indirect impacts of this move on the real estate sector, business opportunities, and social typologies?

  • What is the economic impact of launching mega projects such as the New Capital to a Suez Canal expansion?

15:45 

CHARTING EGYPT’S CHANGING CITIES – Presentation*

Ian Albert, Chief Executive Officer, Colliers - MENA Region

  • A look at how sustainability, smart infrastructure, big data and the role industrial and logistics will play in Egypt’s future cities and what this means for the country’s plans to drive investment.

    *This session is in English and will include Arabic subtitles.

16:05 

A MANIFESTO: SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN AN UNSUSTAINABLE WORLD

Moderator: Abdel Nasser Taha, Founder and President, FIABCI  

Dr. Bassem Fahmy, Former Principal Adviser - Programme Manager Strategic Planning and Urban Development Program, United Nations Human Settlements Program

Mona Mohamed Salem, Assistant Professor, Pharos University of Alexandria

  • What are the drivers behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals? What are other countries doing to prepare and respond to it? How can Egypt benefit?

  • How can we unite urban elements from inception to delivery to accomplish an integrated country-wide vision to improve citizens’ wellbeing?

  • How can we identify alternative solutions and responsible business practices that hold the most promise for developing more resilient systems?

  • What are the opportunities and risks fuelled by an increasing consumer and market demand for sustainable real estate?

  • How are developers incorporating sustainable solutions into projects post-2020?

16:40 

CITYSCAPE INTELLIGENCE BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

Session A: THE NEW OFFICE – MOVING AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL OFFICE SPACE

Youssef Najeeb, Sales Director - Egypt, IWG plc 

  • How will co-working spaces and a more flexible working environment impact the office space demand?

  • What can new office spaces provide in the New Administrative Capital and New Cairo?

  • How has the pandemic influenced the shift away from traditional office space to more flexible and co-working spaces?

  • Will demand for this type of office space be sustainable even after the pandemic or will Egypt’s commercial market return to traditional offices after WFH?

  • Challenges and opportunities for coworking space investment and the curation of a “dream office space”

  • What alternative global business modality fits the local context?


Session B: HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL DISRUPT EGYPT’S REAL ESTATE FUTURE

Moderator: Farah Montasser, Editor in Chief, Invest-Gate Egypt

Eng. Waleed Mokhtar, CEO, IWAN Developments

Karim Akram, CEO, Lyve Application 

Ali Ezzat, Co-founder, Isqan.com

  • What innovative technologies have emerged in real estate during the pandemic?

  • How can green and sustainable tech aid in attracting investors and delivering higher returns?

  • Green and sustainable tech: Is Egypt’s adoption behind the global scale? 

  • How can we map the property journey using Artificial Intelligence, Smart Contracts and Machine Learning?

  • Future impact of technology on the real estate sector, who wins and who loses?

  • Can the use of innovative construction tools enhance the real estate sector?

17:30 

End of Conference - Day-1

14:00 

DAY 2 OPENING REMARKS

Fathallah Fawzy, Co-Founder, MENA Group, Chairman, Cityscape Egypt Conference

14:10 

EGYPT HOTEL DEVELOPMENT IN THE POST COVID ERA - Presentation*
James Wrenn, Associate Director, Hospitality, Middle East and North Africa, Colliers - MENA Region

  • With the disruption of 2020 on the tourism and hospitality sector, we take a look at how the industry is pivoting towards a new reality, what trends are emerging in both refurbishment and new developments, and how the Egyptian hospitality sector is reinventing and reimagining hotel spaces for a post-pandemic world.

    *This session is in English and will include Arabic subtitles.

14:30 

OBSERVING EGYPT IN MOTION: REINVENTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND DRIVING MOBILITY
Moderator:
 Teneshia Naidoo, Head of Content, Cityscape

In conversation with Chris Seymour, Managing Director - Middle East, Mott MacDonald 

  • Reflecting on the last 12 months or so, what trends have shaped the Egyptian infrastructure sector? 

  • In what ways has the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the development of infrastructure projects?

  • Alongside the challenges, what opportunities might the pandemic offer for project initiators in Egypt? 

  • To what extent are new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), being utilised across the infrastructure sector? How can these solutions help accelerate project completion and increase value? 

  • Let’s look at Cairo’s urban mobility. How would you say this has changed over the last few years and what can we expect from it in the near term? 

  • How do you see technology and tech-enabled mobility changing the future of transport in Egypt? 

  • Looking at sustainability. How are we seeing countries start to decarbonise road transport? Are we seeing these initiatives in Egypt? 

  • Egypt recently signed a deal with Siemens to install the first high-speed rail system, add to that the country inked a deal with the World Bank to support its transport initiatives - how do you think this will change urban mobility in the country? 

  • What other smart transportation solutions are we seeing – do you think COVID has changed the way mobility is being thought of in a city like Cairo? 

  • What’s a realistic outlook for urban mobility in Egypt? 

14:55 

RETAIL: WHY RECOVERY WILL DEPEND ON REINVENTION & INNOVATION

Moderator: Amr Soliman, CEO, Mountain View

Eng. Ahmed El-Attal, Chairman, El-Attal Holding

Dr. Nour El Deen Reda ElSerougy, Managing Director, BrandBourne MENA and Managing Partner, BrandBourne UK, BrandBourne Marketing Consultancy

Karim El Reedy, Owner, AZZAR Reedy 

Ayman Sami, Country Head – Egypt, JLL 

  • How is the demand for consumer-centric experiences increasing in real estate? How can we leverage this to enhance commerce at retail?

  • What does the future of retail look like and how can investors prepare?

  • Impacts of the pandemic on increase of e-commerce sales and how it has affected the retail sector. What challenges has the rise of e-commerce presented for the logistics sector?

15:30 

LIVING THE FUTURE: WHAT WILL THE METROPOLITAN EXPERIENCE LOOK LIKE IN THE 21ST CENTURY?  

Moderator: Alan George, Architect, Orange Design Group

Chris Williamson, Partner, WestonWilliamson + Partners
Dr. Georges Kachaamy, director of the Center for Research, Innovation, and Design (CRID), American University of Dubai

  • Which cities are already embracing this digital urban mindset, and what can we learn from what they’ve done?

  • What are the digital transformation and smart urbanization recipes for success?

  • What policies do governments need to craft to enable experimentation of the future smart city?

  • What role does sustainability play in a tech-inspired city, especially post-pandemic?

  • How does the future smart city battle the population growth problem that has plagued Egypt’s economy and real estate for years?

16:15 

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN EGYPT 

Moderator: Fathallah Fawzy, Co-Founder, MENA Group, Chairman, Cityscape Egypt Conference

Mohamed El Kalla, CEO, CIRA 
Dr. Hesham Dinana, Vice President, EFESO Consulting 

  • Highlight the market appetite for REITs and their advantages over other asset classes 

  • What opportunities exist in the education sector in Egypt? How does education investment impact education as a whole? 

  • Introduction to healthcare investment and the rise in value amidst pandemic 

16:40 

CITYSCAPE INTELLIGENCE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Session A: WHY LAND VALUATION METHODOLOGIES AND ACCURACY ARE CRITICAL 

Moderator: Farah Montasser, Editor in Chief, Invest-Gate Egypt

Dr. Tarek Madany, RICS Registered Valuer, and Managing Director, Global Appraisal Tech (GAT)
Dr. Arch. Mohamed Halim, Real Estate Appraisal Expert, Appraisal and Consulting Group

  • What is the economic impact of inaccurate land valuation? How does this affect property registration?

  • How can we unify registration methods and reform current records?

  • How can we unify registration methods and reform current records?• What are some proposed solutions to maintain accuracy and ease of transactions?

Session B: INVESTING IN CO-WORKING IN EGYPT - A GUIDE

Moderator: Fathallah Fawzy, Co-Founder, MENA Group, Chairman, Cityscape Egypt Conference

Diana Soliman, Commercial Advisor, Insight Consultants

Eng. Ashraf Ezz Eldin, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate - Cairo Festival City 

  • How has flexible working taken off in Egypt following the pandemic? Especially considering it is a very commercially traditional market

  • Is it fair to say that traditional offices are a thing of the past?

  • How are we seeing investors respond to this flex working approach – is this something we will begin to see grow in 2021?

  • What does the current landscape flex working look like in Cairo – can we expect to see spaces like hotels transformed into flex workspaces?

  • How are developers and occupiers responding to this market? Will we see a major shift in the way they are being developed?

17:30 

CONFERENCE CLOSING REMARKS

Fathallah Fawzy, Co-Founder, MENA Group, Chairman, Cityscape Egypt Conference 

End of Cityscape Egypt Conference 2021

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