Agenda 2024

The CEE Summit agenda is updated on a daily basis. To keep up with developments, please follow ‘The CEE Summit’ on LinkedIn. 

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Warsaw Property Tour

The annual Warsaw Property Tour is a unique opportunity for international participants to visit the key projects that are in planning, under construction and recently launched – and meet the decision-makers and market-shapers behind them.  Participating in the tour is your chance to research the market and benefit from in depth local knowledge on the important Warsaw real estate market.

For more information please go to the dedicated page: The Warsaw Property Tour

CEE Summit Special Anniversary Celebration, hosted by CMS, 43rd floor, Varso Tower

A chance to kick off The CEE Summit 10th Anniversary Conference and celebrate the 10 years of the conference as well as the significant milestones of the 25th anniversary of joining NATO and the 20th anniversary of joining the European Union.

Network with local and international participants of the CEE Summit in Warsaw’s (and the European Union’s) highest building, and soak up the panoramic views of Poland’s capital city!

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Registration, Coffee & Networking

The Poland Observer Film: New & Upcoming Projects in Poland 2025 & beyond

The latest edition of The Poland Observer’s annual film showing the future of the real estate market in Poland. This will be the second public showing of the film after its premiere at MIPIM in March.

Welcome Comments

Michał Stępien, Deputy CEO, AFI Europe Poland – a Main Partner of The CEE Summit 2024

Opening Presentation: CEE & The Global Context (tba)

What are the key macro trends driving global investment markets? With multiple elections in 2024, including the US & UK, how might these influence international business confidence and investment strategy? With a new government in place in Poland, Hungary taking over the Presidency of the EU Council in 2H 2024, and with the ongoing war in Ukraine, how are these and other events affecting the business & investment climate in the CEE region in the short & longer term.

Keynote Presentation: CEE & The Investors’ Perspective (tba)

How do global investors see the real estate markets in comparison to other asset classes? What are the key macro drivers influencing future investment decisions for real assets? How will a higher interest rate environment influence investment decisions? With ESG as a firmly-embedded key component, what does this mean in terms of asset and location selection in the future?

Panel: Global Trends & Regional Dynamics

Leading experts from the CEE region and international markets discuss what the global economic, business and real estate trends mean for financing, development and investment on the ground in the CEE. What are the implications for supply and demand? How are tenant requirements changing? What does this mean for sectors and investment locations? What are the short and longer-term opportunities in the market?

Panel: Investment Opportunities in CEE Real Estate

Over the past 10 years, CEE real estate markets have been very dynamic and continue to offer different opportunities across the region. Looking ahead, which are the main growth sectors and which investment strategies will generate the best returns. Will we see REITS finally in Poland? How could this influence the market?

Networking Coffee Break

Panel: Financing Urban Revitalization

In the midst of evolving urban challenges, CEE cities are striving to rejuvenate their urban landscapes. To fund revitalization projects, local authorities are exploring innovative financing mechanisms tailored to the unique socio-economic contexts of their cities and utilizing public-private partnerships, crowdfunding initiatives, EU funding opportunities and sustainable investment models.

The panel aims to uncover successful case studies and best practices from the region, highlighting the diverse approaches employed to finance urban revitalization projects, overcome financial barriers, leverage available resources and foster inclusive growth in CEE urban centres.

Networking Lunch

Breakout Sessions – Taking a Deeper Dive

The breakout sessions focus on specific topics, sectors, locations and key trends. In each room, the session opens with a presentation or welcome comments by leading experts and continues with informal, dynamic discussions where participants share opinions and perspectives with industry peers from both local and international markets.

In each breakout session there will be up to four session leaders as well as designated speakers. Conference partners choose the session that they would like to attend.

Office Sector: How has the office sector in Poland & CEE adapted to the most sweeping changes to employee work patterns and occupier attitudes in decades, and what does the future hold for this crucial sector in the region?

Breakout Speaker: Johannes Bauer, Board Member & Shareholder, S+B Gruppe AG

 

Retail Sector: Is 2024 the year that CEE retail comes back into focus for investors, and can CEE retailers and retail developers approach the years ahead with renewed confidence?

 

Warehouse & Logistics Sector, in Partnership with Savills Poland: Near-, friend-, and re-shoring: what do these trends mean for CEE? How will advances in automation, ESG, decarbonization and other key elements affect the regions warehouse & logistics sector?

Session Leader: Mark Richardson, Head of Investment, Savills Poland

Breakout Speaker: Mike Atwell, Senior Director Capital Markets EMEA, DHL Supply Chain Real Estate Solutions

 

Residential & PRS Sector: With the development of the mainstream Polish residential sector showing no signs of abating any time soon, this segment of the market is no longer being ignored by international commercial investors. How much space is there in this sector, what are the factors that will influence its development, and where are the opportunities? And concerning PRS, what are the prospects for a sector that has put down roots but is still to get fully up and running?

 

The Living Sector: Can Poland & CEE fill in the missing links in the ‘cradle to grave’ Living sector: student housing to senior housing via co-living – and everything in between? Can senior housing copy & paste from student housing, simply adding the necessary extras?

Session Leader: Dagmara Kryskiewicz, Associate, MI-Multiple Impact; Regulatory Compliance Expert; Member of Senior Housing & Healthcare Association (SHHA)

Breakout Speaker: Judyta Sawicka, Head of Investment & Divestment, Echo Investment

 

Leading CEE Locations, with a Special Focus on Croatia. In Partnership with Accolade Group: Outside Poland, Czech & Hungary, where should the smart money be looking in CEE?

Session Leader: Joanna Sinkiewicz, Group Commercial Director, Accolade

 

Rebuilding Ukraine: How can the real estate sector support the reconstruction? Yes, all eyes are on the US presidential election, but whatever the result, Ukraine needs to be supported, and its infrastructure not only restored, but built back better. What should the Polish, CEE & global real estate markets know, and what can they do, to support the rebuilding of Ukraine?

 

Listed Real Estate in Poland: Significant changes are afoot, with the Polish government signaling that it wants to create the regulatory and legislative conditions for the long, long, long-awaited REITs to be introduced to Poland, and not only in the residential sector. The enormous effect this would have on Poland’s commercial property industry – which has relied almost exclusively on international capital to fuel its incredible development over the past couple of decades – has the market salivating. But what is still to play for, and what form is the final legislation likely to take?

This session is invitation-only. If you would like to take part, please contact the organizers. 

Session Leader: Malgorzata Kosińska, President, The Polish REIT Association

Breakout Speaker: Agnieszka Jachowicz, Director and Board Member, The Polish Chamber of Commercial Property (PINK)

 

ESG in practice: What should you be doing to future-proof your investments? The initial hubbub about ESG has died down a bit, and the serious business of implementation and adaptation has begun. As the market gets to grips with what the fulfilment of ESG obligations entails, what effect it will have on the real estate market, and how much it will cost, this session will discuss these topics and more.

 

* breakout session topics may change or additional sessions added to meet demand. If you would like to be involved in leading a breakout session, please contact Richard Stephens or Richard Betts.

Post-Breakout Debrief – key findings from each session

Breakout session leaders come to the main stage to tell conference participants, in a nutshell, about the key findings from their session, allowing the audience to catch up with developments across a whole range of sectors, locations and topics.

Networking Coffee Break

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence in the CEE Region – and Looking Ahead to the next 10 Years

After-conference drinks

End of Conference

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