26-27 October, 2021 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/27/2021 12:00:00 AM Europe/London


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Festival Schedule

The region's only investment and leadership conference for urban innovators at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality and real estate

 Join us for a brief overview of what to expect at ULF whilst connecting with industry colleagues, both old and new.

A focus on mixed use development and urban design. Improving quality of life by creating cities where everything a resident needs can be reached within 15 minutes by foot, bike or public transit

Creative solutions to landlord and tenant relationships.

Tony Matharu, CEO, Blue Orchid Hotels

Tony Matharu

Blue Orchid Hotels

Join us for the inaugural 2021 drinks reception hosted at The Skyline rooftop bar, Tower Suites, 100 Minories, EC3N 1JY

There will be plenty of networking opportunities with lots of hospitality and real estate leaders, including IHM's Editor-in-Chief, George Sell, Editor, Serviced Apartment News and Urban Living, Eloise Hanson, News Editor, Boutique Hotel News and Paul Stevens, Editor, ShortTermRentalz.com, over a drink or two - an evening not to be missed!

Confirmed attendees only will receive an online sign up form link, please fill in to secure your place. If you are registered and have not received the form, please email operations@internationalhospitality.media to resend the link.

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Dresscode: Smart Casual

Address: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF


A great opportunity to take coffee and a pastry and network whilst meeting our exhibitors to discover innovative ways to grow your business.

Piers Brown, CEO, IHM

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

How do Urban Living markets match up within residential, commercial and other property asset classes? Which asset classes have 'weathered the storm' best and what's the future outlook for each as we come out of the crisis?

Each presenter has 6 - 8 minutes to place a 'laser-like' focus on the asset classes under discussion across the three stages: Stay, Live and Work - hotels,  serviced apartments / aparthotels, coworking, coliving, senior living, student housing, PRS and mixed-use development.

Alexander Robinson, Senior Manager, STR (hotels, serviced apartments / extended stay)

Alex Gomez, Head of Data Solutions, Airdna (short term rentals)

Andrew Purdon, UK Residential Capital Markets (co-living) tbc

Paddy Allen, Head of Operational Capital Markets | National Capital Markets, Colliers International (student housing)

Senior Living

Cities are always changing, but rarely as fast as this huge experiment changing how we all live, for better or worse. Is the crisis a death blow to our cities, and our ideal of dense, communal urban living?

30 mins to meet, engage and do business in the exhibitor area

So far, there has been little distressed opportunities - but will we see more as commercial property eviction moratoriums end. What hospitality and real estate investment models will be more popular than others in the cycle reinvention? What are the buying opportunities, and the challenges posed in hotels; serviced apartments; BTR; student housing and co-living in the UK, mainland Europe and overseas?

Hosted by Katherine Doggrell, New Dog PR

Laura Brinkmann, VP Brookfield (tbc)

Natalia Kolotneva, Head of Alternatives and Residential, Asset Management, LaSalle Investment Management

Joe Persechino, Head of Residential and Student Accommodation, AXA Investment Managers

Larry Korman, Co CEO, Korman Communities; President, aka hotels+hotel residences 

Gerard Nolan, GN and Partners; Chairman, C1 Capital


Gerard Nolan

Gerard Nolan & Partners and C1 Capital

Joe Persechino

AXA Investment Managers

Natalia Kolotneva

LaSalle Investment Management

How are build to rent, student housing and senior living asset classes rebounding, where's the innovation and what is the future outlook?

Hosted by Rupert Bates, Editorial Director / Owner, Show House Magazine (tbc)

Nick Barker, Director, Gravis Capital Co-lead Manager, GCP Student Index Fund

Jo Winchester, Executive Director, Student Accommodation: Valuation and advisory services, CBRE

Honor Barratt, Managing Director, Birchgrove

Honor Barratt


Nick Barker

Gravis Capital

Rupert Bates

Show House

With the growth of WFH and the working on the move culture, numerous co-working, private members' clubs, hospitality and office options, does where we work matter any more?

Hosted by Antony Slumbers, Advisor, Future of Work, Workplace, Tech and Real Estate.

Hans Meyer, Co-founder and Managing director, Zoku

Matthias Huettebraeuker, Founding partner, Denizen

David Kaiser, Head of real estate, UK and Ireland, WeWork



Antony Slumbers

Real Innovation Academy

How does the evolution of digital apply to hospitality? There is a renewed sense of urgency for businesses to be more creative and innovative, embracing cost effective data-driven solutions.

Offering exceptional guest experiences pre, during and post stay is at the top of operators agenda’s but how do they achieve differentiated success and what’s the place for technology? How do companies take advantage in this unprecedented time of change.

Satyan Joshi, Product lead, EMEA, Travel, Google

Giles Horwitch Smith, CEO, Res:Harmonics


The presentation will draw attention to the different terms and criteria being used across real estate and other industries to describe 'experience'; look at trends and common metrics and discuss the possibility and benefits of industry recognised benchmark categories.

Harriet Jones, Producer, ExperienceMakers


Harriet Jones

Experience Makers

Hipsturbia: the urban living trend for the 2020s

As millennials grow up and have families they are looking to move out from city centres but want to retain their urban lifestyles. How are real estate developers, owners, investors and operators addressing this need?

Hosted by Iain Murray, Senior Director, LIV Consult

NUVEEN Real Estate (tbc)

Navneet Bali, CEO and Founder, LYVInn

Neil Burton, Managing director, Roundhill Capital

Ravi Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO, Respublica

Anthony Lewis, COO, Perfectly Made (tbc)

Ravi Sharma


Offering exceptional resident experiences is at the top of operators agenda’s but how do they achieve differentiated success and what’s the place for technology to streamline lifestyle and residential real estate management?

Justin Harley, Regional director, Yardi

Rachana Salgia, the Co-Founder and President of DigiValet

A chance to re-energise, do business and have some fun!

Venture capital invested $23.8 billion USD in proptech start-ups in 2020 (source: CREIT). Whether it's virtual tours, in-room technology, data-driven real estate decisions, remote property management, technology accelerated dramatically in 2020. For 2021, there has already been an increase in interest in proptech as real estate rebounds from the crisis. How important a consideration is the proptech 'stack' within buildings when investors evaluate potential real estate acquisitions?

Hosted by Sean Worker, Managing director, T5 Strategies in conversation with

Ted Orf, Managing Partner, Revolt Ventures

Guy Westlake, B2B SaaS Entrepreneur and CEO, Lavanda






Ted Orf

Revolt Ventures

Sean Worker

T5 Strategies

Employees, operators and investors alike are now fully tuned in to the healthy buildings movement. But what are the implications from wellbeing, development, operations and profitability viewpoints?

• Mark Kelly, Partner, PLP Architecture
• Ben Channon, Director, Ekkist
• Lucy Minton, Co-Founder, Kitt
• Gillian Breen, Director, Gleeds

Ben Channon


Mark Kelly

PLP Architecture

Presentations: New concepts for later living. Hosted by Dina Soliman, Managing director, Brandfull.


Jan Garde, Founder and Chairman, The Embassies of Good Living AG

Christina Kainz, Co-founder, Lively

Jan Garde

The Embassies Of Good Living AG

Dina Soliman


Investing is no longer just about the bottom line. Sustainable and ethical investment is now arguably as important as profit and is at the top of many institutions' list of priorities.

• How are investment decisions being made to reflect this and what are the KPIs for an effective ESG strategy?
• What do hospitality and real estate companies have to do to make sure they can access ESG investment and what sort of companies and properties are the ESG funds looking for?

Katharine Le Quesne, Managing Director / International Advisor - hotels & resorts, HOCOSO in conversation with

Andrew Harrington, Owner, AHV Associates



With the growth of more flexible home, hybrid and office based working, how does a business embrace a more agile workforce, and what are the solutions as employees return to a new working environment. How does a business inspire leadership from within?

David O'Coimin, Founder and CEO, The DO Company



The future of travel used to be flying cars and faster-than-sound jets but Covid-19 has changed all that. As travel and accommodation rebounds, what is important to today's traveller and what is driving their decisions, what are the newly emerging travel personas?

Matthew Olarsch, Director of Customer Success for EMEA, Guesty.


Challenger banks have continued to lend during the crisis – we place the spotlight on how successful deals are happening, what’s changed, and the future outlook.

Beth Fisher, Editor, Development Finance Today in conversation with

Daniel O’Connor is the Head Of Financial Planning Analysis, Staycity Group
Ben Barbanel, Head of Debt Finance, Oak North Bank

Ben Barbanel

OakNorth Bank

Beth Fisher

Bridging & Commercial and Development Finance Today

Co-living has demonstrated it's resilience through the crisis - what have been the key learnings and how is the sector positioned for the future?

Recent transactions and investor sentiment.
The scalability v community dilemma.
Enhancing the resident experience and creating operational efficiencies.
What are the new co-living concepts? Where does the hospitality component fit in?
Design: is there a move to more multiple different room types and bed / bath parity?

With no collective industry definition we took our video camera onto the streets of London to gauge awareness from the potential resident.

In conversation with:

Yianni Tsitouras, CEO, POHA House
Ben Prevezer, Co-founder, Mason and Fifth
Brian Lee, Managing director, Common (tbc)
Tom Teatum, Founder, NOIASCAPE


Yianni Tsitouras

POHA House

Traditional landlords are more frequently moving into Flexspace but which operating model is best and why? Comparing operators who originated from a traditional landlord standpoint versus the joint venture model, the acquisition model and also the DIY model.

Justin Harley, Regional director, Yardi

László Varga,Founder and CEO, Spaceworks Lisbon

Caleb Parker, Founder, Bold (tbc)

Grant Powell, CEO and Co-founder, Arterial Group (tbc)

Zach Schwartz, CEO, YAYS

Simon Walford, Development Director, Staycity

Ben Harper, Managing Director, Watergate Bay and Beach Retreats

Dominic Sherry, Chief Executive Officer, Flying Butler Apartments


Simon Walford

Staycity Group

Ben Harper

Watergate Bay and Beach Retreats

Dominic Sherry


Last chance to engage and do business in the exhibition of solutions

The collective splits in to smaller groups for interactive round table sessions of 30 minutes duration each (choose 2 ), led by industry leaders.

  • In-room technology hosted by Rachana Salgia, the Co-Founder and President of DigiValet 
  • Revenue management
  • Trends in food and beverage hosted by Jason Wischhoff, Managing Director, Benihana
  • Hostels / poshtels hosted by Charlotte Hall, Co-founder and director, Stay The Night
  • Preparing your business for a sale
  • Social, communal spaces and the role of placemaking hosted by Harry Harris, Managing director, SUSD
  • Diversity and inclusion in hospitality and real estate
  • Loyalty and subscription based models
  • Planning - are approvals keeping up to speed with the changing nature of development? hosted by Paul Wells, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates

Charlotte Hall

Stay The Night

Paul Wells

Dexter Moren Associates

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"This is a wonderful conference. Coming from the US, it gives us exposure to operators and potential partners here in Europe that we wouldn’t normally have access to. We’re looking for some likeminded partners and there are some really great ones here at the conference."

Ken Brown, VP global solutions, Furnished Quarters

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