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Happy new year and welcome to the Investors Forum Platform 2021!

Connecting with the world of Real Estate is the purpose of ULI. Even if we could not meet in person this year during the traditional Investors Forum Conference, ULI Belgium felt it was important to support this platform, initiated by our partner JLL Belux.
This platform offers all Belgian and Luxembourg real estate market players the opportunity to share their views and learn from each other. I find it personally valuable to connect with ULI members and inspiring to hear how other people are developing their projects.

As Chair of ULI Belgium and Board Member of a pan-European player with more than 1.000.000 m² in development, making the most of the current environment and anticipating the future is key. The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the challenges and difficulties our cities and our industry are facing: sustainable development, affordable and qualitative housing, social inequalities, mobility, community life, resilience and so on. When faced with such difficult situations, the answers can only be developed by a multidisciplinary approach and using collective intelligence. In that sense, a very unique global professional network and think tank such as ULI is essential !

I sincerely hope you will find on this platform valuable and useful ideas for your business in order to start this new year with confidence.

Be engaged! Be ULI!

Thank you.

Xavier Denis

Xavier Denis
Chairman, ULI Belgium
Chief Development Officer, AG Real Estate


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“In today’s environment, collective intelligence is extremely important.”

Xavier Denis
Chairman, ULI Belgium
Chief Development Officer, AG Real Estate

Here are four reasons to start the New Year as a ULI member…

Leverage a member network of over 45,000 professionals across the globe. Search ULI Member Directory by specific professional roles, geographical location, employer, education and more.

Stay in the know on the topics that matter most to your business. Access an ever-expanding library of ULI’s most valuable member-generated content and ideas through Knowledge Finder.

We host a wealth of engagement opportunities to provide you with impartial platform to share ideas and best practices. From small seminars and study tours of only 10 people to large conferences of over 500 attendees there is always something happening locally or regionally.

Lead and Volunteer. Being more involved in ULI allows you to gain visibility as a leader in your industry on a local, regional, and global level. With over 10,000 different ways to get involved there is significant opportunity.

The Urban Land Institute is a global non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has almost 45,000 members in 82 countries representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

Wouldn’t you like to stay ahead of market trends and continue creating valuable connections? Join ULI to be the first to learn about important trends shaping our industry from leading practitioners and experts.


Register for the 2021 ULI Virtual Europe Conference

Registrations are now up and running for ULI Europe’s flagship event, the ULI Virtual Europe Conference, which is taking place 8-10 February 2021.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with world-class speakers and cutting-edge content, observe valuable lessons learned from around the globe and connect one-on-one with real estate industry leaders.

Confirmed keynote speakers now include Anthony A. Williams, former Mayor of Washington DC; Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Worcester College, Oxford University; Philippe Close, the Mayor of Brussels; Lord Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners; Chris Kane, former Head of Real Estate at the BBC; Nathalie Charles, Global Head of Investment Management at BNP Paribas Real Estate; Carlos Moreno, Associate Professor at Sorbonne University Paris; and, Marion Waller, Advisor to the Mayor of Paris.

As well as hearing from world-renowned experts on topics ranging from finance and technology to sustainability and the impact of COVID-19, delegates will also be able to network and interact with colleagues through the state-of-the-art online networking platform.


Register, have a look at the programme and speakers, and email your suggested questions to gro.i1632263695lu@ec1632263695neref1632263695nocep1632263695orue1632263695.

Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making

How does climate change currently impact real estate investment decision-making? What are the emerging best practices for investment managers, institutional investors and others to identify and mitigate new and unprecedented risks?

Many assets held by real estate investors are in cities vulnerable to the effects of climate change – ranging from more intense and frequent weather events such as hurricanes, typhoons, and wildfires to more gradual changes such as sea-level rise or shifting weather patterns. ULI partnered with Heitman, a global real estate investment management firm, to assess the potential impacts of climate change on the long-term viability of real estate assets. Read report (available to ULI members only).

Creating Affordable Housing at Scale (A Reading List)

Housing is a key to creating and sustaining thriving communities, and ULI has been a leading provider of research and analysis on issues that affect housing since the Institute’s origins in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Affordable and workforce housing are an ongoing area of focus, particularly on how demographic trends affect demand for housing. Find out more with our Reading List (available to ULI members only).

The ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate

Real estate organizations recognise the strong business case for incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their day-to-day business operations with new policies affecting building energy performance, strong returns from cost savings on utilities savings, rising tenant demand, and pressure from investors. However, developing a real estate sustainability program from the ground up is no simple task; it takes thoughtful and thorough work across technical, financial, and market-facing elements to achieve success.

Building on the leading sustainability work that ULI Greenprint member organizations have been implementing since 2009, the ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate report helps real estate owners and investors create or accelerate a sustainability program, and developers looking for ways to integrate sustainability into their overall development strategy. The resource is focused on real estate addressing environmental areas—energy, water, waste, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—while acknowledging that the role of a real estate sustainability program is much broader than it once was, now encompassing topics like resilience, health and wellness, and social equity. Find out more.

ULI & HSBC: Reactivating Europe – The Role of Cities

In this joint ULI HSBC webinar, Professor Greg Clark, Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC and Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, will give a presentation on how European cities can take advantage of the substantial challenges being caused by the Covid-19 crisis. This will be followed by a discussion on the issues raised with the panel of experts of Nikki Grady-Smith, Senior Vice President of City & Corporate Integrated Solutions at BP, Guido Verhoef, Head of Private Real Estate at PGGM Investments and Andrea Carpenter, Director of Women Talk Real Estate. Watch webinar (available to ULI members only).

Future of Work: A Global Real Estate Player’s Point of View

This study is the first global survey about the impact of Future of Work, which assesses opinions of more than 500 professionals in the real estate industry and beyond, from all over the world. The research looks at how people and businesses will work over the longer term, what the role of the office will be and how this will impact buildings, locations and cities more broadly, as well as addressing the questions of cost and demand. This report comes at an important time when the topic is widely discussed but future outcomes still uncertain. Find out more.

Register to the 2021 ULI webinars

Following a break for the holiday period, the ULI Europe Digital Programme will return in January 2021 with a brand new schedule of webinars, continuing to look at the theme of “Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink: Preparing for a new built world“.

We will be focussing on the issues of greatest interest to our members with speaker panels of leading experts in their fields. The full forward programme for the first six months of 2021 is now available here.

Many of the webinars will be available to all ULI members with a select few available to Full Members only. Click here for details of what Full Members are entitled to and make the most of your ULI membership by benefitting from exclusive content!