THE CLASS OF 2020: The Next European Renaissance
November 13, 2013
1097 BC Amsterdam
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
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08:00 Amsterdam Investment Briefing Breakfast

09:00 The Next European Renaissance 
Europe is stuck, blocked, and stagnant. An entire generation is suffering from lack of perspective. For no good reason say Andrea Gerosa and Carolien Gehrels. Europe’s unique higher education tradition and global internationalization have the potential to drive economic growth and social mobility. How can cities, universities and investors leverage the growing international appetite for higher education? What opportunities can they generate together for the next generation? And finally, learn first-hand how the City of Amsterdam is working full speed to become the best university city in Europe.

  • Host  – Chairman ULI Netherlands
  •  – founder ThinkYoung
  •  – Deputy Mayor City of Amsterdam

10:00 Coffee & Network Opportunities

10:30 The Next University: Building a Global Campus
Rapid change is shaking the publicly funded university European model. Online education platforms, increased competition for talent and an open European market force universities to challenge old practices, create new leadership and engage in new partnerships. Only as part of a regional or global network can they compete in the European market. Will universities follow the airline industry and consolidate into strategic alliances? Will online education increase or decrease student mobility? What reasons do students still have to go to campus? How can student housing help enhance the profile of universities and the student experience?

  •  – Professor Internationalization of Higher Education, HvA CAREM Amsterdam, UNICATT Milan
  •  – President Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-i)
  • – Director MIT Senseability Lab

11:30 Investors ready to build: Money is not the issue!
Purpose-built student housing used to be an exclusive task of non-profits and universities. Successful private investments in the UK and the US combined with growing demand for student housing has fueled investors’ interest in Continental Europe. Multiple funds have been established to invest directly in European student housing. Institutional investors are set to enter the market. How attractive is the European market in the short and long run? Who are these new investors? Why has it taken them so long compared to the UK and the US? Which cities are they looking to invest in? What can and should European cities and universities do to attract private investors? Would a European student housing investment performance benchmark reveal as strong results as its existing IPD UK counterpart? And who wins, if transparency increases?

  •  – Managing Director IPD Investment Property Databank
  •  – Head of Residential Investment Gecina / Campusea
  •  – Head of Student Investment & Development Savills UK

12:30 Network Lunch

13:30 How to deliver what students want & need
The number of students is growing worldwide. In 2011 there were over twice as many international students as in the year 2000. Of the 4,3 million international students enrolled worldwide, almost half (2,1 million) were enrolled in Europe. The growing appetite for international higher education has a profound impact on everything from youth travel, university programs, student services and accommodation. How should local student housing models adapt to the changing demands of students? What can technology, internationalization and social media do to create a true student experience? Which exciting opportunities and innovative business models are emerging in Europe?

  •  – Director General World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation
  •  – CEO StudentMarketing Youth Travel Consultancy
  •  – Knowmads
  •  – Sales and Marketing Director Britannia Student Services
  • – Founder

14:30 Building Communities: New Opportunities for University Cities 
University cities have a unique advantage in a post-industrial economy and age of declining population. They have a constant influx of young and international talent therefore creating competitive advantages for companies and investors. Young people are driven by community and opportunity: they want to belong, share and grow. How successful are European university cities in building community driven campuses? Which cities and universities are leading? Are they showing leadership in building new partnerships? How do investors look at cities and universities when making decision about where to invest in student housing?       

  •  – Commissioner Regional Planning City of Turin / Torino Citta’ Universitaria
  •  – Department of Real Estate & Housing, TU Delft
  •  – Managing Director Azora Capital / RESA Grupo
  •  – CEO Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Agenda of Opportunities for 2014
The Class of 2020 was established to build an international platform for professionals involved in higher education and student housing. Innovation and courage are needed from all disciplines involved to break down barriers and create the conditions necessary to revive our knowledge economies and generate a true second Renaissance. A few experts and stakeholders have listened all day to hear where the challenges are and what the agenda should be for The Class of 2020. Together with the audience they will be build an Agenda of Opportunities for the coming year.   

  • – Fund Director Bouwfonds European Residential Funds, Bouwfonds Investment Management
  •  – Development Manager Real Estate, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance
  •  – Director General Melon District
  •  – Managing Director Uliving Brazil
  • Patricia Martinez – President Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-i)
  • Cristina García-Peri – Managing Director Azora Capital / RESA Grupo
  • Frank Uffen –co-founder The Class of 2020 / Partnership director The Student Hotel

16:45 Cocktails


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  • Rudy Stroink – President Urban Land Institute (ULI) Netherlands.
  • Stroink has founded TCN (Trammell Crow Netherlands) in 1994. This company has become one of the major real estate development companies in Europe, with an asset portfolio of 600 million Euros and has developed over 1.5 billion Euros in projects. Over 70% is redevelopment of existing real estate. The company had activities in over 7 countries, including UK, South Africa and Russia, the main activities are in the Netherlands. He has resigned as CEO in 2010 and stayed on as an advisor on strategic issues.
  • Currently Mr. Stroink is active in various public – private boards related to urban development policies a.o.:Chairman of Urban Land Institute Netherlands. Chairman of the commission advising the Amsterdam Region on the programming of offices and business districts. Chairman of the advisory board of the AEB, which is responsible for the financial support of new economic activities of the Amsterdam Region. He advises various public agencies currently on the transition to a new market, including the city of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.His motto: Real estate development starts with a market sensitive concept and a realistic strategy and does not stop when the building is completed.  
  • Andrea Gerosa – Founder ThinkYoung.Working with and for young people since 2002, andrea started his career at university joining the junior enterprise network.Today he is the founder of a non profit think tank for youth ThinkYoung, a consulting company focused mainly on student housing Kefren Sarl, a series of summer schools for young entrepreneurs and a coworking space for start-ups. Recently andrea has been appointed to the executive board of Rentxpress SA, an agency that enables travellers to rent plug&play accommodation all around the world.
    caroliengehrels1Carolien Gehrels – Deputy Mayor City of Amsterdam On 27th may 2010 Carolien Gehrels was sworn in a second term as vice mayor of the city of Amsterdam on behalf of the Social Democrats (PvdA). After serving a first term (April 2006 – March 2010), Gehrels took the lead in forming a new Amsterdam administration after the 2010 municipal elections. She lead the negotiations on behalf of the Social Democratic Party. As vice mayor she is responsible for Economic Affairs, Art & Culture, Water Management, Monuments, Local Media and Public Companies. The vice mayor has launched a scheme to attract big, international businesses to the Amsterdam and to improve the city’s business and economic climate. By attracting more than a hundred international businesses every year, Gehrels has secured more than 1,000 private-sector jobs yearly. The City has weathered the international recession in good shape, far outpacing the nation in job growth in the last couple of years. With Amsterdam Metropolitain Solutions Gehrels is planning to realize a technical institute and attracting leading knowledge institutions and companies conducting R&D in technology.To launch a new technical institute, a consortium of academic and industry leaders will join forces to build a new, world-leading public-private institute that will engineer talent and create new metropolitan solutions. In this proposal, TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT form the academic core of the institutePrior to working for the Amsterdam administration, vice mayor Gehrels was Managing Director at Berenschot Citymarketing & Communications – a department of an independent organisational consulting firm with 500 employees in The Netherlands and Belgium. As consultant she developed the successful marketing strategy ‘I Amsterdam’, which is still actively being used by Amsterdam to promote the city abroad.
     Prof. Hans de Wit – Professor Internationalisation of Higher Education HvA Amsterdam, UNICATT Milan Hans de Wit is Professor of Internationalisation of Higher Education at the School of Economics and Management of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam since August 2009 and Senior Policy Advisor of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam since 2010.He is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.Hans has (co)written several books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IMHE/OECD. He has undertaken Internationalisation Quality Reviews of a great number of institutions of higher education around the world. He is the Co-Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (ASIE/SAGE publishers, LA).Hans de Wit is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). In 2005-2006 He was a New Century Scholar of the Fulbright Program Higher Education in the 21st Century.He has been among other Vice-President for International Affairs at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He has a bachelor, master and PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
    Patricia Martinez – President Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-i) Patricia Martinez has served the housing profession for over 20 years.  Her career has encompassed both private and public institutions in the United States, primarily in the Midwest and Eastern part of the states.  Currently she serves as the Director for Residential Communities at Northern Illinois University, enrolling 25,000 students and housing 6,000.Her current portfolio includes providing vision for and oversight of the residential living component, oversight of over 350 staff, design and implementation of the residential curriculum, staff recruitment and training, student leadership, living learning communities, operations, summer conferences and collaboration in areas of facilities management and planning.Previous experience includes admissions, assessment, Greek life, student activities and academic initiatives. Professionally, Patricia serves as the President of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) and will culminate her term in 2014.  Previously, she served as the ACUHO-I Finance & Corporate Records Officer, Secretary, member of the Program Committee and Professional Workshops Committee. She has been involved at the regional level as President, State Delegate and Professional Development Chair of the Great Lakes of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) and the Conference Co-Chair of the Mid Atlantic College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO). She served as a member of the ACUHO-I training delegation to Southern Africa in 2009, keynoted at the 2013 Inaugural Student Success Forum at the United Arab Emirates University and most recently spoke at the Southern Africa-ACUHO conference in Pretoria.  Patricia is a contributing chapter author to the ACUHO-I Campus Housing Management Book Series.She has a genuine love of and commitment to the student and professional staff experience. 
     Carlo RattiCarlo Ratti – Director Senseable City Lab MITAn architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications. As well as being a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, he has written for the BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘2008 Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames&Hudson’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. In 2010 Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ in 2011 and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine asoneofthe‘BestInventionsoftheYear’. In 2012Carlowasselected with his design office as one of the top three young architects for the ’Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano’.Carlo has been a presenter at TED 2011, program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. The Italian Minister of Culture also named Carlo as a member of the Italian Design Council – an advisory board to the Italian Government that includes 25 leaders of design in Italy. He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management and is a curator for the Future Food District Pavilion for Expo 2015 in Milan.
    danielpiazoloDaniel Piazolo – Managing Director IPD Investment Property DatabankDr. Daniel Piazolo has joined IPD Investment Property Databank GmbH as Geschäftsführer in 2005. Daniel Piazolo has studied at the London School of Economics and at Yale University. From 1995 to 2002 he worked as researcher at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel and has published numerous articles about economic issues. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as Senior Economist and Project Manager at Feri EuroRating Services AG.IPD Investment Property Databank GmbH supplies independent, reliable information for the German property market and forms part of the worldwide IPD network. IPD Investment Property Databank GmbH provides detailed benchmarkings and portfolio analyses as well as special analyses to institutional investors. The databank comprises comprehensive data on valuations, capital accounts, income and operating costs for properties within Germany. IPD publishes the Deutsche Immobilien Index DIX, the established performance index for the German property market.Daniel Piazolo is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), of “gif Gesellschaft für Immobilienforschung” and a member of the research group “Transparency and Benchmarking“ of ZIA (Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss). 
    Matthias Thomas- CEO INREV Matthias Thomas is Chief Executive Officer of INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles. He joined the association in August 2010. INREV is the leading platform for the sharing and distribution of knowledge concerning the European non-listed real estate industry.Prior to joining INREV, he was on the faculty of the Real Estate Management Institute (REMI) at the European Business School, Wiesbaden. In addition, he was Managing Director of IPD Investment Property Databank GmbH, which he founded in 1998.Matthias has published over 80 articles on various aspects of real estate investing and portfolio management and has contributed to numerous international journals.
     badoindelaporteBaudouin Delaporte – Head of Residential Investment Gecina. Baudouin Delaporte, age 37, awarded a diploma by the Essec Business School, started his career in mergers and acquisitions at UBS Warburg and Lehman Brothers. He becomes then in charge of early stage companies investments within the venture capital fund Chrysalead.In 2003 he joins Nexity Apollonia, a major French real estate developer, where he evolves as manager of residential real estate programs then he joins Nexity International where he takes care of the development of the residential activities. In 2008 he joins ING Real Estate Development as deputy development director in charge of mixed real estate programs.In 2010 Baudouin Delaporte joins Gecina as head of residential investments, in charge of the development of the residential portfolio in particular for the student housing franchise Campusea owned by Gecina. Baudouin Delaporte is a member of the executive committee of Gecina.Gecina owns and manages property holdings valued at over 11.4 billion euros (shares) including office buildings and housing as well as hotels, healthcare establishments, logistic platforms and student residence halls.Created in 2008, Campuséa is the brand for the student residences of the Gecina Group, the only private French operator to both own and manage its property portfolio. Campuséa has 10 residences in operation (representing over 1,400 apartments). Gecina aims to establish itself as France’s leading owner-operator, with a portfolio of 5,000 entirely new student housing units by 2014. 
    Marcus Roberts – Head of Student Investment & Development Savills UK  Marcus has been involved in a number of acquisitions and disposals for clients including Berkeley Group, Quintain, UNITE Plc, Opal and Helical Bar Plc. In addition to his roles within the private sector, Marcus is also actively involved with a number of University backed projects including the University of Southampton and Aspect Education (Kaplan).Recent high projects include:▪   January 2011 – Acting on behalf of Berkeley First in the turnkey investment sale of 718 bed spaces at The Costume Store, North Acton. Practical completion September 2012. Sold to Knightsbridge Student Housing Limited for in excess of £61m.▪   January 2011 – acting on behalf of Places for People in the disposal of 446 bed investment for Sidney Webb House, Southwark. Sold to Ahli United Bank for £23.3 million.▪   July 2011- acting on behalf of Berkeley Homes in the turnkey investment disposal of 314 bed spaces at Dorset House, London Rd, Oxford. Practical completion for September 2012. Sold to Ahli United Bank for an undisclosed sum.▪   July 2011 – acting for Mortar Developments in the turnkey sale of 350 bed spaces at Caledonian rd, London. Practical completion September 2013. Sold to University College London.▪   December 2011 – acting on behalf of the University of Reading, advising on the disposal of the residential estate of c4, 300 beds spaces to UPP.Marcus joined Savills in 2007 as Head of the Student & Residential Investment Team – a team of 13 fee earners whose main focus is on the education and residential investment sector.During the last 10 years Marcus has acted for a number of different developers and operators in the acquisition of sites and buildings across the UK and Europe. Marcus has acquired or sold in excess of 15,000 bed spaces.Along with members of the team, Marcus is also involved with a number of universities / colleges advising them on wider accommodation reviews and strategies.
    David Chapman – Director General WYSETC  Having trained with a top London and International hotel group, David has worked at some of the best hotels in Europe including Grosvenor House, The Waldorf and the George V in Paris before becoming General Manager of a number of the UK’s leading country house hotels.In 2007, David was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of International Students House in London. ISH is self-funding providing a safe living environment to help young students settle to their studies whilst away from home. David was a Board member of STAYWYSE for four years from 2009, joined the WYSE TC Executive Board in 2012 before being appointed as Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation in 2013. He is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Managers Institute as well as a Member of the Institute of Hospitality. 
      Samuel Vetrak – CEO StudentMarketing Youth Travel Consultancy Samuel Vetrak is the founder and CEO of StudentMarketing, a market research and business development company specializing in the global youth, student and educational travel market.The company, a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Member, also a member of the prestigious international research association ESOMAR (Samuel Vetrak), provides comprehensive insights on the global student mobility patterns and market trends, and helps organisations to succeed in the international youth travel market (strategies, policies, solutions).During The Class of 2020 conference Samuel Vetrak will set the scene by providing the global mobility data for the youth travel market. He will cover the size and value of the global market and highlight the key trends and features specific to the youth market. Vetrak will then focus on the Educational Travel sectors including an overview of Higher Education, Language Travel and the K-12 market in terms of size, value, growth rates, economic and social impact. He will share mobility statistics, top cities to study in, and key source markets. The Educational Travel sector is global and students willing to travel have unprecedented choice as the market matures.Competition, consolidation, mergers & acquisitions in the sector will provide ‘food for thought’ as will forecasting on what the sector might look like in the future. Vetrak will close by highlighting connections within the youth sector and global tourism and exploring opportunities, particularly in Higher Education, that could make a real difference to the future of youth travel.
    Marcel Rasche 3Marcel Rasche – Knowmads.      I studied Industrial Engineering in Germany in a dual program with the electro technical company Siemens. There I got to know a practical perspective on learning, spending time in internships and application oriented courses. In order to develop further I went on to experience the theoretical side of learning. Therefore I aimed to complete a PhD in Munich. Whilst doing that I quickly found that I still had to answer a lot of questions in order to start up and lead a company (which I aimed to do at the same time) and also generally to take on such a big project. This involved especially facing my fears and taking personal leadership of my own life.To find the answers I joined the Knowmads Business School in Amsterdam. There I found even more than this – I found that learning is about hands (practical) and head (theoretical) but also about the heart (emotional). I found for the first time which strength it can bring to combine these values in education. I found a way to connect to myself and to a truly full life. Finding my passion and daring to follow it. I am enjoying arts and business parallel. I am leading not only my own company but I am leading my own life instead of following a path. Knowmads has shown me what education can really bring. It has changed my life. 
      Michele da Silva – Sales and Marketing Director Britannia Student Services Ltd.  Michele da Silva is Partner and Director of Britannia Student Services, a leading London student accommodation agency, established in 1997 and catering to UK language schools, colleges, universities and international agents.  Michele has been instrumental in turning the company into a full service accommodation provider for London, with the largest database of student homestays, two of its own halls of residence and a variety of shared apartments and houses throughout the capital.  The company went on to open a 134 ensuite bedroom hall of residence in Brighton in September 2013.  As a marketing professional, Michele’s background includes more than 20 years’ experience in travel and travel related services, including travel insurance.  She has held sales and marketing management positions in New York, Hong Kong and Rome and after returning to the UK in 1991, became sales and marketing director of Columbus Travel Insurance and was responsible for business development of the travel insurance arm of BUPA.  Since becoming a partner at Britannia, she has become a specialist in student accommodation, particularly in relation to language travel.  She holds a certificate in student welfare and is active in a number of student travel associations.

    Niels van Deuren, founder
    While studying at universities in Rotterdam, Portugal, Singapore and Ethiopia, Niels discovered a need for students: housing for a short period. Nowadays students study at 1 university, while going for 1 or more semesters abroad for study or an internship. Finding housing for a very short period (3-6 months) is hard, because landlords prefer rental contracts for a longer period, and the university residence halls often cannot meet the demand for short stay housing. Niels therefore created a very simple a platform where students that go abroad for 1 semester, can rent out their rooms. Students coming from abroad for 1 semester can rent these rooms. This way the empty rooms of outgoing students come available for the incoming students. It is a very simple mechanism that helps universities all around the world to house the international student community that come for 1 semester. Currently this platform is used by most universities in the Netherlands, and it is rapidly growing in countries like Germany, Italy, Brazil and more. 72 universities worldwide are connected to this platform. This Rotterdam based online startup company currently employees 15 recent graduates who work on the international expansion of this platform.
    Stefano Lo Russo – Commissioner Regional Planning City of TurinStefano LO RUSSO, Ph.D., was born in Torino (Italy) on 15 October 1975, graduated in Geological Sciences in 1999 and obtained in 2004 a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Torino.Lo Russo is currently Counsellor Cabinet Member for Urban and Strategic Planning, Private Real Estate development, Policy coordination on the urban renewal projects of the City of Turin.In 2006, Stefano Lo Russo was elected member of the City Council of Turin and became Vice President of the Environmental Commission and President of the City Statute Reform Commission which was finalized in 2010.After the primary elections of 2007, Stefano Lo Russo became Coordinator of the Democratic Party of Piemonte and was confirmed after the primary elections of 2009. In 2011 Lo Russo was elected again and until 2013 he was the Head of the Democratic Party Group within the City Council of Turin.Turin hosts a university community of approximately 100,000 people (students, teachers, professors, researchers, visiting professors) representing more than 10% of its population. The percentage of international students has seen a constantly rising trend in the past years.The Turin City Council, by the project “Torino University City”, together with local universities and EDISU, (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario) aims to offer students more opportunities and services to facilitate their studies and accommodation in the city of Turin. Areas of practice include university residences: by granting areas and abandoned buildings to be rehabilitated and turned into residence facilities, or the collection of an adequate supply of housing provided by the free market, providing the owners reduction of taxation for apartments rented to students.The project will be developed by internationalization, orientation in and out from university courses, the creation of an integrated system among universities, business to workplaces, sustainability through Smart City initiatives, offering better lifestyle and eco-friendly consumption.
    Alexandra den Heijer – Associate professor Department of Real Estate & Housing, TU DelftAlexandra den Heijer, MSc PhD is associate professor (chair Real Estate Management) at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). She has a background in Architecture (BSc) and Management (MSc). Her specialisation is planning, design and management of university campuses and buildings. She focuses on generating management information for real estate decisions. In the past decade she has developed models and theories that help universities to design and implement their campus strategies and that contribute to creating knowledge cities. All Dutch universities have supported her research from the start. Apart from the Dutch situation she has explored international references and has written many reports, articles and papers on the university and campus of the future, trends and changing concepts and campus strategies.After the fire that destroyed the building of the Faculty of Architecture in 2008 – including Alexandra’s workplace – she could put her theories to the test as member of the team that created a new home (“BK city”) for students and staff in a cultural heritage building, in an extremely tight time frame.Alexandra operates in an extensive network of national and international campus management experts – both in academia and in practice.Her current research project explores (management of) the European campus – in an academic network – to support European decision makers. Focus is the presumed relation between the quality of the physical setting (workplace, ‘univer-city’) and the success of the knowledge economy (attracting and retaining Europe’s knowledge capital).  
    Cristina García-Peri – Managing Director Azora CapitalCristina is Managing Director at Azora Capital, an asset manager based in Spain with AUM of €2.3 billion invested in student housing, real estate (residential, hotels, offices, etc.) and renewable energies. She is responsible for Azora´s strategy, new projects and fund raising. Previously, Cristina worked for 14 years at J.P. Morgan in London, first in M&A and then in Capital Markets where she founded and headed J.P. Morgan´s Corporate Equity Derivative’s Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her last years in banking were with Merrill Lynch where she was responsible for Corporate Equity Derivatives for EMEA and Equity Capital Markets for Spain and Portugal. She started her career at McKinsey&Co.Cristina has a degree in Economics (ICADE, Spain) and an MBA (Harvard Business School, USA)In July 2011, Azora completed its investment mandate of Lazora with the acquisition of 25 student houses in Spain, managed by RESA, the largest operator in the Spanish student accommodation market. Additionally to the acquisition of the student houses portfolio, Azora acquired a majority stake in the managing company RESA, in order to actively integrate the management of the portfolio. The student housing portfolio accounts for 25 student accommodation buildings with more than 6,700 beds in major capital cities with consolidated universities.
    Bob CromptonBob Crompton – CEO Knightbridge Student Housing UK  Bob Crompton is CEO of Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd, a company he set up in 2010 with the backing of Oaktree Capital. In the past two years Knightsbridge has acquired over 5,000 rooms in various stages of operation, with another 2,000 rooms under construction. His ambition is to double that in 2014, in order to create a £1billion student housing business with assets across the UK. In addition to this Knightsbridge Student Housing is establishing a presence in several European cities   Bob is also CEO of The Student Housing Company, the operating business owned by Knightsbridge. Bob Crompton was formerly CEO of Victoria Hall. He has over 25 years’ experience in the development and delivery of major projects in the Industrial, commercial and residential sectors; both in the UK and overseas , Bob has worked in the purpose built student housing sector for ten years,  he is a qualified engineer and an MBA. 
    Xavier Jongen – Fund Director European Residential Funds, Bouwfonds Investment ManagementXavier Jongen (1970) has over 15 years of experience in international residential markets and over 10 years of experience in the real estate investment management industry. Xavier graduated at the IEP de Paris (Grande Ecole) and holds a post-graduate Master of the College of Europe (with Honors) as well as a post-graduate RICS diploma in Property and Business from the Cambridge International Land Institute (UK). Xavier followed additional training at Fannie Mae, Harvard Business School and the Ayn Rand Institute.Xavier is Fund Director of the Bouwfonds European Residential Fund. This fund also invested in student housing, so far only in France and Germany. Previous to that Xavier worked for ING REIM, first as a senior analyst and later as the associate acquisitions for continental Europe. Before that, Xavier worked for ECORYS, an international research and consulting corporation founded by Nobel Laureate Jan Tinbergen. It is here that he started working on housing market fundamentals and housing market reform whilst working for Worldbank & IMF structural adjustment programs to liberalise previously socialist housing markets in Central and Eastern Europa as well as Russia. From 1996 to May 2005, Xavier also worked as a public speaker for the European Commission in Brussels, where he addressed both broad audiences as priority groups. Xavier is the Chair of the INREV Regulatory Affairs Committee and a tutor at Cambridge University (UK). Xavier Jongen joined Bouwfonds REIM in 2006.
     Giel van Wijk  – Development Manager Real Estate, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & FinanceGiel van Wijk (1978) holds a BSc Real Estate & Housing at the Technical University of Delft and studied at the Leiden University Law school in 2003. After working as a carpenter at Van der Maas Bouwbedrijf for one year, he completed his MSc cum laude in Architecture at the TU Delft in 2006. During his study he started his own firm while working for several other architectural firms and magazines until 2008. Since the beginning of the financial crisis Giel has been working for Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance on several projects, such as the student campus in Leiden, student housing at Villa Mokum in Amsterdam and several other housing projects. His experience includes and combines financial, real estate, area developmental and legal issues. 
     Fabien Mollet-Vieville – Director General Melon DistrictAfter working for Hermès (in Paris) and Own A Legend (in New York), Fabien has created the Melon District company in Barcelona in 2001.The company currently operate more than 600 rooms in Barcelona, and will open in 2014, 2 new residences: one in Paris with 190 rooms, and one in Prague with 250 rooms.Fabien has a Master in Marketing and Communication at CELSA (Sorbonne Paris IV – France).
     julianoJuliano Antunes – Managing Director Uliving Brazil  Juliano Antunes is a Civil Engineer, specialized in real estate development and project management, with an extensive track record working with the largest construction companies and developers all over Brazil. He is the co-founder of ULiving Brasil, the first Brazilian student housing company.