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Urban Living Webinar Series

The festival for urban innovators brings you a no cost webinar series in the lead-up to the live event.


Hosted by IHM editor-in-chief George Sell, our Urban Living webinar series has already attracted 4,500+ engaged owners, operators, investors, developers and service providers within: hotels, serviced apartments / aparthotels, BTR / student housing, co-living, hostels, short term rentals, proptech and co-working.

No cost to join and designed to encourage participants to think differently we look to the future with thought-provoking discussions, debates, live Q&As with industry leaders and innovators as we collectively look to rebound from the downturn. They promise to offer a glimpse of what hospitality and real estate professionals can expect on the run up to URBAN LIVING FESTIVAL 2021: stay-live-work, which is taking place on July 7 - 8 2021 at Tobacco Dock, London.


We’re currently taking bookings for brands and companies that wish to position themselves as thought leaders and sponsor our webinar series. The schedule is filling up fast - download the information sheet below or contact katie@internationalhospitality.media for more information.

Discover the latest Urban Living webinar series conversations: (Scroll to the base to view those hosted previously...)

• Wednesday October 28th, 2PM GMT: Hotel hybrids and hostels - SPONSORED BY RES:HARMONICS

Hosted by George Sell, Editor-in-chief, IHM:

Paul Bridger, Head Rovester and Director, ROVE Hotels

Filippo Cavandoli, CEO and Founder, Nomad Aparthotels

Niko Karstikko, CEO and Co-founder, Bob W

Francois Leclerc, Brand and Operations VP – Jo and Joe, Accor

Hans Meyer, co-founder and managing director, Zoku

You will learn:

  • Why are hybrid models proliferating?
  • The effect of Covid on hospitality markets
  • Multi-use spaces - live, work, eat etc
  • Investment appetite for hybrid models
  • New brands
  • Demand generators, guest demographics
  • Conversions
  • Design and construction
  • A look to the future

Learn More

• Wednesday November 4th, 2PM GMT: New real estate models and proptech investors - Sponsored by res:harmonics

There are thousands of new proptech companies competing to solve the real estate sector’s problems – existing or imagined – but very few will succeed. How important is proptech to real estate investors and how do they cut through the hype?

Guest host: Anthony Slumbers, Advisor, Future of Work, Workplace, Tech and Real Estate

Neal Gemassmer,VP International, YARDI Systems

Giles Horwitch-Smith, Managing Director, res:harmonics

Natasha Terinova, Director, REACH UK, Second Century Ventures

Jonathan Werth, Partner, LiFE Ventures

Learn More


As we close our first series of Urban Living Webinars,  which has attracted a whopping 5000 registrations, we are excited for series 2 set to launch January 2021.

In November this year we are delighted to launch a series of Urban Living Festival Lite - in-person sessions (max 30 attendees And adhering go stringent safety guidelines) with leading industry speakers and in world class London venues. These sessions will also be available virtually - click here to find out more and book your places.


 Wednesday May 20, 2pm BST: Architecture and design - how will hospitality and real estate asset classes which are centred around communal spaces and activities - such as coliving, coworking, hotels, hostels, student housing and aparthotels - address changing attitudes to social distancing when designing and operating new projects?

Nicolai Padoan, Global Commercial Head / Director of Development Europe, Kerten Hospitality

Digby Summerhill, Director, Minotti London

Paul Wells, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates

View Recording HERE

 Wednesday June 3, 2PM BST: The future of work: offices, coworking and business travel - what happens when we return to the workplace? how will landlords and operators innovate to ensure people feel safe, healthy, and valued in their workplace. what is the role of proptech? what will be the implications for co-working and business travel in the future?

Giles Fuchs, CEO and Founder, Office Space In Town

Carol Neil, Global Travel Manager, Fidelity International

Jack Sibley, Innovation and Technology Strategies, Nuveen Real Estate

Sean Worker, Managing Director and Principal, T5 Strategies

View Recording HERE

 Wednesday June 17, 2PM BST: Investor sentiment: hotels, serviced apartments, student housing, coliving, hostels and short term rentals. Topics to be discussed include how our contributors have managed their assets during the crisis; how their investment outlook has changed and why; which hospitality and real estate asset classes have become significantly more or less attractive; how will real estate and operating company asset values be affected in the future and more.

Michael Abel, Partner, TPG

Christian Birrell, Investment Fund Manager, COLIV Fund, DTZ Investors

Lissa Engle, Founder and Managing Director, Berkeley Capital Group

Mai Lan Marcilly, Director, Real Estate Private Equity, KKR

Florian Schmitz, Founder and CEO, Resonance Partners

View Recording HERE

Wednesday June 24th, 2PM BST: ‘Workspitality®’ – how work is converging with the new-age of hospitality.

Discover how our visionairies have managed their business’ during the crisis, and what they have learnt to position themselves for the upturn.

Guest host: Piers Brown, CEO, IHM

Stéphane Bensimon, Président - CEO chez WOJO; Work, Share, Live

David Kaiser, Head of Real Estate UK and Ireland, WeWork

Matt Watts, Chief Commercial Officer, LABS

Debbie Wosskow, OBE, Co-Founder, Allbright

workspitality® of yesterday v tomorrow
community and the impact of Working From Home trend
repurposing: conversion of lobby / F&B spaces to workspaces
what does a hotel business centre look like post-Covid?
lease v management agreement
workspitality®’s DNA, and more

The term "workspitality" is a registered trademark owned by WOJO, 2020

View Recording HERE

 Wednesday July 1st, 2PM BST: Hotel funding and investment

Discover the current state of hotel funding and investment.

You will learn: A hoteliers funding options; Current lending and investment requirements; Who’s funding and where funds are available; How to successfully access funds with a look to the future.

Andrew Harrington, Owner, AHV Associates LLP - Corporate Finance Advisory

Tim Helliwell, Director, International Corporate Banking, Barclays Bank

Mariapia Intini, Development & Investment Director Europe, citizenM Hotels

Merzak Kaddour, Investment Director, Edyn Group

View recording HERE

 BONUS WEEK: Wednesday July 8th, 10am BST: Co-living: fad or phenomenon - will co-living stand the test of time? SPONSORED BY RES:HARMONICS

You will learn: What is coliving? What does a coliving project need to include? How has Covid affected the sector in terms of occupancy and operating procedures? Who is the customer and how is the appeal of coliving broadening? Regional differences in product offering and customer demographic. The investment landscape: how has the institutional view of the sector changed? The big players and the new kids on the block - who are the operators to look out for? Predictions: how will the sector look in five years?

Douglas Edwards, Managing Director, Head of Equity Raising, CORESTATE Capital Group

Joe Persechino, Head of Residential & Student Accommodation, AXA IM - Real Assets

Mathias Saleborn, Managing Director, EMEA AND APAC, BridgeStreet

Mindy Teo, Deputy Managing Director, The Ascott Limited

View recording here

• Wednesday July 15th, 2PM BST: The 'hotelisation' of real estate - what will space / living-as-a-service look like in the future normal? An opportunity to rethink the way your spaces operate and discover ways to capitalize on new opportunities

You will learn:

  • Definition: What is the hotelisation of real-estate?
  • Real estate repurposing opportunities as a result of the crisis.
  • Discussing some of the best examples and what some of the limitations/challenges may be?
  • How will the pandemic impact the future of this phenomenon? What may shift as a result?
  • Explore the concept of living-as-a-service – providing products and services to a building's end users - what will this look like now?
  • The 'monetisation' of space - why it's attractive to owners and investors?

Giles Horwitch-Smith, Managing Director, Res:harmonics

Brett Million, Strategic Partnerships Director, NewFlex

Benjamin Oeckl, CEO, BelForm

Jacob Wedderburn Day, CEO and Co-Founder Stasher

View Recording HERE

• BONUS WEEK: Wednesday July 22nd, 2PM BST: Student Housing /Serviced Apartment/ Build-to-Rent: Developers Changing the Game with Technology

You will learn:

  • How technology is changing the customer and operator experience
  • How the asset classes are converging
  • How BTR is changing mindsets in the UK
  • What does the pandemic mean for student housing?
  • Serviced apartments: shining brightly in the Covid gloom
  • How do bricks and mortar and the IoT achieve synergy?
  • The role of urbanisation in shaping real estate’s future

Murtaza Bukhari, General Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Samsung

Fred Lerche-Lerchenborg, CEO, Lavanda

Gina McMorran, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing - Europe, CA Management Services

Brian Welsh, CEO, Nido Student

View Recording HERE

 Wednesday July 29th, 2PM BST: Distribution disruption: will the OTAs bounce back? SPONSORED BY APARTBOOK

Guest host: Eloise Hanson, News Reporter, Boutique Hotel Newsin conversation with:-

Ryan Haynes, Director, Haynes MarComs

Michael McCartan, Principal, mccartan.tech

Na'im Anis Payman, Chief revolutionary, Zeevou

Michael De Jongh, CCO, Avvio.com

View Recording HERE

Wednesday August 5th, 2PM BST: The unknown GDV (Gross Development Value) and its impact on funding new development projects

You will learn how real estate construction has been affected during the crisis; how the dislocation of supply and demand has affected on valuations; criteria for refinancing and how development risk can be managed going forward 

Guest Host: Beth Fisher, Editor, Bridging & Commercial and Development Finance Today.

Emma Burke, Deal Origination, Maslow Capital LLP

Andrew Hosford, Managing Director, Pure Structured Finance

Russell Kett, Chairman, HVS, London

Patrick Smith, Investment Director, Frogmore

View Recording HERE

 Wednesday August 12th, 2PM BST: Money v meaning (social purpose) and the role of ESG in the investment case mix

How does sustainability benefit hospitality owners - (why should an owner choose a brand), and does the guest really care?
Where should hospitality and real estate investors start when thinking about implementing ESG policies?
Is Covid 19 an opportunity or a threat to making progress towards a greener real estate and hospitality industry?
Does having a ‘sustainable’ brand help drive revenues?
Do fund investors care about sustainability, is sentiment changing?

Guest Host: Adam Maclennan, Managing Director, Head of UK and Ireland, PKF, hotelexperts

Richard Berridge, Blackbird Real Estate Advisory 

James Fry, Founder, Beyond Aparthotels

Leslie Gent, Head of Responsible Investing, Coutts

Josh Littman, VP Development - Europe, SH Hotels and Resorts

View recording HERE

 Wednesday August 26th, 2pm BST: Placemaking - overvalued buzzword or underutilised pursuit?

Michael Goldin, Director, NoiseAware

Peter Heule, CEO, Short Stay Group and Yays

Eliza Liepina, Head of Product and Business Development, Alternative Accommodations, Roundhill Capital

Francesca Howland, Co-Founder, Bimble

You will learn:
-What is placemaking?
-How placemaking encourages footfall and social interaction
-How to align your offering based on community demand
-How to personify your community and create greater value
-Design and planning considerations
-The resource required and ROI placemaking delivers

View recording HERE

• Wednesday September 2nd, 4pm BST: Flex rentals - investing in innovation

Guest Host: Paul Stevens, Editor, ShortTermRentalz.com

Mickey Kropf, Founder and CEO, Vector Travel

Michael Chang, Partner, BV Real Estate Partners

Steve Lowy, CEO, Anglo Educational Services

Susan Tjarksen, Managing Director, Multifamily Capital Markets, Cushman and Wakefield

You will learn:
- How to define a flex rental.
- How can unique accommodations / differentiated products drive increased demand
-How operators can reduce costs but still differentiate and innovate their product/s
- What asset types and locations create most value for owners and how much more flexible can you get?
- How flex rentals can meet the evolving needs of digital nomads
- Which types of flex rental operators will ultimately come out on top / take their share of the market
- Investor sentiment

View recording HERE

• Wednesday September 9th, 2PM BST: The anyplace workplace: Office of tomorrow v office of yesterday

Bruce Daisley, Ex-Twitter VP, #1 best selling author, EatSleepWorkRepeat

Shelley Reiner, Director, Suited ID

Charlie Rosier, Co-Founder, CuckoozNest

Tom Wordie, Marketing and partnerships, AndCo

You will learn:

-Workforce trends - who will go back to the office and who won’t?

-Design and functionality: what will the future office look like?

-Flexible office space/coworking - the opportunity

-WFH - best practice, remaining creative and motivated

-What’s next for WFH tech?

-What will we miss if we don’t go back to the office?

-The hub and spoke trend

-What will happen to excess office inventory?

-What does not being tied to a desk mean for our travel and lifestyle potential?

View recording HERE

• Wednesday September 16th, 2PM BST: How are branded residences and mixed use developments shaking up urban living -SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

Felicity Jones, Partner, Watson Farley Williams

Tea Ros, Managing Director, Strategic Hotel Consulting

Jeff Tisdall, Senior Vice President Development, Residential and Extended Stay, AccorHotels

You will learn:

- What defines a branded residence?
- The value of a brand: value drivers and price premiums
- How to personify your community and create greater value
- Design, planning and legal considerations

- The resource required and ROI branded residences delivers

- The future outlook

View recording HERE

• Wednesday September 23rd, 9AM BST: Meet the money: what are urban living real estate assets worth and where are the opportunities post Covid-19?

Patrick Brennan, CEO, Fair Value Capital

Kevin Colket, Founder and CEO, GHIG

Vedrana Riley, Founder and CEO, Ciel Capital

Luv Shah, Partner / CIO, Invel Real Estate

Times of uncertainty are recognised as providing the best opportunities for bold and value-add investors. Where do investors see future profits, and what are the best strategies to capitalise on the market?

You will learn:

- When and where are the best opportunities currently and likely to start arising?
- How have urban living real estate valuations been affected
- Can value-add strategies work in a market without economic growth
- What urban living sectors have 'sailed through' the storm the best
-  Future outlook

View recording HERE

• Wednesday October 14th, 2PM BST: Will traditional retirement communities be left in the past?-SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

Jan Garde, Founder and Chairman, THE EMBASSIES OF GOOD LIVING

Justin Shee, CEO and Founder, The Kohab

Traditional retirement communities may be facing changes as society evolves. During the webinar we will be defining what a "traditional" retirement community looks like and how investors, urban innovators and developers are changing the way we look at retirement.

We will be exploring:
• The impact of Covid
• Definitions and terminology - do people even retire any more?
• Location - where are developers looking and where do older people want to live?
• Facilities and amenities - leisure and care
• Bringing a hospitality ethos to senior living
• The investment landscape
• The role of retirement living in mixed-use (and mixed age) developments
• Product design (including tech and providing workspace)
• Sales v rentals
• The marketing challenge
• A look to the future

View recording HERE

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