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Urban Living Webinar Series 2.0

The festival for urban innovators brings you a second series, sponsored but Res:harmonics in the lead-up to the live event in July 2021.


Hosted by IHM editor-in-chief George Sell, our Urban Living webinar series 1.0 attracted 6,500+ 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.

We are excited to launch our next Urban Living webinar series 2.0 with our sponsor Res:harmonics - see below for the full schedule and book your place now!

No cost to join and designed to encourage participants to think differently the sessions 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 serssions. The schedule is filling up fast - download the information sheet or contact katie@internationalhospitality.media for more information. Watch the 20 x Urban Living webinars already hosted by scrolling to the base below.

URBAN LIVING WEBINAR SERIES 2.0 Sponsored by Res:harmonics:

• Wednesday January 27 2021 2pm GMT - BTR - the 'new normal' for urban living

How a combination of rising property prices, a shortage of new housing and changing attitudes to home ownership and rentals are making Build-to-Rent the norm for a new generation of urban professionals. Covering design and build, operations, marketing, application of hospitality skills and ethos to BTR.

• Giles Horwitch-Smith, CEO, Res:Harmonics
• Gerard Nolan, partner, Gerard Nolan and Partners; chairman, C1 Capital
• Richard Smith, managing director, Moda Life Management
• John Badman, head of residential, CallisonRTKL
• Ed Ellerington, founder and MD, Packaged Living

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• Wednesday February 10 2021 2pm GMT - The future of youth travel

The pandemic has dealt a crippling blow to the youth travel market, with established players such as STA Travel going in to administration. But the sector has a huge advantage in the pent-up demand from a less risk-adverse demographic. What will the youth travel look like when it rebounds, and how will customer behaviour change? Covering new brand launches, the rise of the poshtel, co-living, student housing and investor sentiment.

In conversation with

• Vicki Cunningham, COO, BUNAC
• Steve Lowy, CEO, Anglo Educational and The Residences
• Sem Schuurkes, founder, CityHub
• Dan Baker, general manager EMEA, Student.com

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• Wednesday February 24 2021 2pm GMT - The rise of extended stay and aparthotels

Through a dark period for hospitality, serviced apartments and extended stay have been a shining light of resilience and adaptability. As investors and operators alike look at the sector with fresh eyes, what are the opportunities that will arise from the recovery? Covering investor sentiment, new brand launches, targeting new guest demographics and more.

• Robert Godwin, managing director, Lamington Group and room2
• Andreas Scriven, lead partner - hospitality and leisure, Deloitte UK and Deloitte NS Europe (tbc)

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• Wednesday March 10 2021 2pm GMT - The hospitality transaction market. SPONSORED BY AHV ASSOCIATES

• Andrew Harrington, Owner, AHV Associates, Corporate Finance Advisory

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• Wednesday March 24 2021 2pm GMT - A year in to Covid - investor sentiment revisited. SPONSORED BY SYNAVISION

• Laura Brinkmann, VP - Private Equity, Brookfield Asset Management
• Henri Wilmes, Chief Investment Officer, A and O Hostels

You will learn:

how investors 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.

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• Wednesday April 7 2021 2pm GMT - Future tech - what is on the horizon for technology? SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

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• Wednesday April 21 2021 2pm GMT - DEBATE: Owner v operator – where does the power lie?

Motion: In the redrawn hospitality landscape, the imbalance of power between owners and operators is greater than ever. Real estate is king and owners are in the driving seat.

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• Wednesday May 5 2021 2pm GMT - The future of work

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• Wednesday May 19 2021 2pm GMT - ESG/money v meaning

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• Wednesday June 2 2021 2pm GMT - Senior living - SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

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• Wednesday June 16 2021 2pm GMT - Coliving

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• Wednesday June 30 2021 2pm GMT - Student Accommodation SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

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PREVIOUS URBAN LIVING WEBINAR SERIES 2.0: All sessions hosted by George Sell, Editor-in-chief, IHM, unless otherwise stated.



PREVIOUS URBAN LIVING WEBINAR SERIES 1.0: All sessions hosted by George Sell, Editor-in-chief, IHM, unless otherwise stated.

• New real estate models and proptech investors - [Sponsored by Res:harmonics]

View Recording HERE

Guest host: Antony 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


 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?

View Recording HERE

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

Digby Summerhill, Director, Minotti London

Paul Wells, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates


 The future of work: offices, coworking and business travel 

View Recording HERE

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


 Investor sentiment: hotels, serviced apartments, student housing, coliving, hostels and short term rentals. 

View Recording HERE

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


 ‘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.

View Recording HERE

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

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


  Hotel funding and investment

View recording HERE

Discover the current state of hotel funding and investment. (July 2020)

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


• Co-living: fad or phenomenon - will co-living stand the test of time? [Sponsored by Res:harmonics]

View recording here

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



• 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 a revitalised outlook

View Recording HERE

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


• Student Housing /Serviced Apartment/ Build-to-Rent: Developers Changing the Game with Technology

View Recording HERE

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


 Distribution disruption: will the OTAs bounce back? SPONSORED BY APARTBOOK

View Recording HERE

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



The unknown GDV (Gross Development Value) and its impact on funding new development projects

View Recording HERE

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


 Money v meaning (social purpose) and the role of ESG in the investment case mix

View recording HERE

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


 Placemaking - overvalued buzzword or underutilised pursuit?

View recording HERE

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


• Flex rentals - investing in innovation

View recording HERE

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


• The anyplace workplace: Office of tomorrow v office of yesterday

View recording HERE

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


• How are branded residences and mixed use developments shaking up urban living -SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

View recording HERE

Felicity Jones, Partner, Watson Farley Williams

Tea Ros, Managing Director, Strategic Hotel Consulting

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


• Meet the money: what are urban living real estate assets worth and where are the opportunities post Covid-19?

View recording HERE

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


Will traditional retirement communities be left in the past?-SPONSORED BY COMMSCOPE

View recording HERE

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.


• Hotel hybrids and hostels - [SPONSORED BY RES:HARMONICS]

View recording HERE

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


• Airbnb IPO - what does it mean for hospitality?

View recording HERE

Andrew McConnell, CEO Rented

Katherine Doggrell, Editor in Chief, EMEA, Questex Hospitality Group and author of "Checking Out - what the rise of the sharing economy means for the future of the hotel industry."

Sascha Hausmann, Partner at HOWZAT ennea Group


•  Food & Beverage - in house or outsource?

View Recording HERE

Erik Jacobs, Partner, HORECA Investment Partners
Eric Jafari, Creative director, edyn Group
Faraz Nagree, Co-founder, Lean Kitchen Network
Heleri Rande, Partner, Think Hospitality Group
Jason Wischhoff, Managing Director @ Benihana, Minor International


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Urban Living Webinar Series 2.0

“Having hosted numerous events within co-working, co-living, hostels, BTR, hotels and serviced apartment venues over the last few years, attendees are already witnessing the convergence of urban hospitality and real estate first-hand - it makes sense to bring everybody together for this unique experience of doing business.”

Piers Brown, CEO International Hospitality Media

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