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Global Real Estate Markets Conference

Friday November 4, 2022 | 8:00am 3:00pm

Global Real Estate Market Conference Nov 4

Navigating Through Global Disruptions

Join over 150 global real estate leaders at the historic New York Stock Exchange to learn about the current state of the global real estate markets at the 10th annual Global Real Estate Markets Conference. As the real estate industry – and the world around us – continues its rapid evolution, you’ll hear from industry thought leaders and visionaries on how to navigate the global real estate landscape and where to find the global market opportunities. Panel sessions and case studies will bring to life the challenges of and agility needed when doing business in global markets. The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to partner with Toll Brothers to host this premier industry forum.

Keynote Presenter

Ivo Daalder

Ivo Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Ambassador to NATO

Ivo Daalder is a world leading expert and commentator on international affairs, geopolitics, and geoeconomics. He served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO under President Barack Obama, on the U.S. National Security Council under President Clinton, and has been president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2013.  He has worked in the leading think tanks around the world, including the Brookings Institution and Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and the International Institute on Strategic Studies in London.

Ambassador Daalder is a widely published author of more than ten books on U.S. foreign policy, European security, national security affairs and policymaking. His most recent book (with James Lindsay) is The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership (2018). He is frequent commentator on television and radio on current events and has written for the leading newspapers around the world. His weekly podcast, World Review with Ivo Daalder, features leading journalists from around the world to discuss the week’s global affairs news.

CEO Presenters

Katie Keenan

Chief Executive Officer, Blackstone Mortgage Trust
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Edward Kirathe

CEO of Acorn Holdings in Kenya
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Robert Perry

President, Americas Real Estate Division and Head of Strategic Partners, CBRE Investment Management
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8:00 – 8:30 amRegistration and Networking Breakfast
Freedom Hall, NYSE
8:30 – 8:45 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks
Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate 
8:45 – 9:30 amMorning Keynote: Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Ambassador to NATO

The Return of Geopolitics: How Competition with China, Russia, and other Autocratic Powers will Shape the Future

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s saber-rattling around Taiwan and elsewhere in the region signal the return of geopolitics as the primary driver of global engagement. We are entering an era in which core decisions on foreign, security, and economic policy will be driven by geopolitical competition rather than globalization, with major implications for how businesses will approach future investments. The competition will increasingly pit the advanced democracies against the growing number of autocracies of the world, and will therefore necessitate a fundamental shift in the ways countries and corporations engage with the world.
9:30 – 10:20 amSession 1: Social Impact Investing in the Affordable Housing Sector                      
The shortage of housing in the U.S. is well-documented with the shortage of affordable housing at crisis levels.  This panel includes some of the nation’s most innovative policy advocates, social impact investors and real estate developers and will examine policies and programs that can be implemented to contribute to increasing the supply of affordable housing in New York City and across the country.

Moderator: Frederick Cooper, Senior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor Relations, Toll Brothers
Priscilla Almodovar, President & CEO, Enterprise
Daniel Alger, Managing Director, Co-Head, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Lisa Gomez, Chief Executive Officer and Partner, L + M Development Partners
10:20 – 10:40 amNetworking Break
10:40 – 11:30 amSession 2:  Capital Markets 2023: An Inside View from the Top
We’re living in unprecedented times from both economic and geopolitical perspectives. What is the current investment climate telling us in terms of capital flows? Where is the capital coming from? Are we pumping the brakes and continuing to sit on dry powder or are investors still looking to deploy capital? Our panel will discuss these issues as well as any other topics that may arise from this open and free flowing conversation.

Moderator: Jonathan Schein, CEO & Executive Director, Real Estate Limited Partner Institute
Gila Cohen, Managing Director, Head of Global Institutional Partnerships, Monroe Capital
Joon Lee, Vice President, Hanwha Asset Management
Jon Brayshaw, Co-Founding Partner, Prime Financial
11:30 am -12:20 pmSession 3: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in Global Real Estate
With the European Union governments and institutions driving the ESG expansion, the SEC proposed new rules for climate change disclosures in March 2022. What does the future hold for ESG guidelines in the U.S. and globally? Harry Etra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HXE Partners, will provide an update on the SEC’s proposed new rules for ESG disclosures, which will be finalized in October for a January 2023 implementation. Learn about the evolution of ESG regulation and investor expectations in the U.S. and how public companies can more quickly transition to investor-grade reporting.
Introductions:  Raphael Dawson, Principal, Walton Street
Presenter: Harry Etra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HXE Partners
12:30– 1:45 pmNetworking Lunch
1:15 -1:45 pmSession 4: Young Alumni/Rising Stars Panel
The Wisconsin Real Estate Program is known for its outstanding alumni network of 1200 passionate and talented graduates who are leaders in the industry.  We are proud to showcase three young alumni who have excelled both professionally and personally.  Each alum will highlight a unique project or deal, and they will discuss critical experiences that helped them learn, grow and thrive in their careers.
Introductions: Greg Reed, Associate Director, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Alexandra Kirk, Vice President, Development and Construction, Jamestown
Charlotte Du, Alternatives & Strategic Transactions Associate, Nuveen Real Estate
Scott Gibbel, Market Officer, IDI LOGISTICS
1:45 – 2:45 pmSession 5: CEO Keynote Conversation
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2023 and beyond? What does the future hold for global real estate investment and development? What do industry leaders say about the outlook for global real estate, metro areas, finance and capital markets, and other real estate issues? Leading voices in the global real estate industry will share their perspectives and predictions about what you need to know as the future unfolds.
Moderator: Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Katie Keenan, Chief Executive Officer, Blackstone Mortgage Trust 
Edward Kirathe, CEO of Acorn Holdings in Kenya
Robert Perry, President, Americas Real Estate Division and Head of Strategic Partners, CBRE Investment Management
2:45 – 3:00 pmBrief Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Mark Eppli, Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
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Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors and Partners

·         University of Wisconsin-Madison Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

·         Toll Brothers

·         Nuveen Real Estate

·         Colliers

·         Metzler Real Estate

·         Brennan Investment Group

·         Ackman Ziff

·         Atlantic Partners

·         Walton Street Capital

Location and Lodging

New York Stock Exchange
11 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Location/Entrance to the New York Stock Exchange:  The conference will take place on the seventh floor in the Freedom Hall. Please use the 2 Broad Street Entrance at the corner of Broad Street and Wall Street.

Important Security Information:  Names of all conference participants will be on a list with security at the Exchange. Please bring government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport), and allow extra time for security screening.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the sponsorship packages, please complete the sponsor form and return it to us by Friday, October 14, 2022. You can make a secure sponsorship payment online here. Enter 01 for the Reservation Number.

Why should you join us as a sponsor?

  • Extensive brand outreach throughout the event marketing campaign  
  • Visibility and exposure to global real estate leaders
  • Direct access to an exclusive global business community
  • Inspiring knowledge and expertise for you and your clients to create and nurture new business partnerships
  • Recognition of supporting real estate education at all levels by being affiliated with the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, the #1 Public Real Estate Program as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Who Attends?

We are expecting 130+ global real estate leaders to join us at this year’s exclusive event at the recently remodeled NYSE. The conference has sold out every year since inception.

  • Presidents/CEOs of Global Real Estate Companies
  • Global Real Estate Developers
  • Investment Analysts and Strategists
  • Global Real Estate Asset Managers
  • Global Finance Professionals
  • REIT Managers
  • Wisconsin Real Estate Graduate students, staff and faculty

Sponsorship Packages

Fall Board Dinner on November 3:

  • $3,000 – Reception –  (2 dinner/1 conference)
  • $5,000 – Dinner Keynote, Marc Holliday, invited  – (3 dinner; 2 conference)
  • $5,000 – Dinner – (3 dinner; 2 conference)

Global Real Estate Markets Conference on November 4:

  • $10,000  – Lead Partner Sponsor – includes premier recognition as a conference partner with the Graaskamp Center and Toll Brothers – (4 dinner/4 conference)
  • $5,000  – Conference Keynote: Ivo Daadler, Former UN Ambassador – (2 dinner; 3 conference)
  • $4,000 – Networking Breakfast – (1 dinner; 3 conference)
  • $5,000 – Conference Luncheon – (2 dinner; 3 conference)
  • $2,500 – Networking Break (2) – (1 dinner; 1 conference)
  • $3,000 – Panel Sessions (5) – (1 dinner; 2 conference)
    • Capital Markets 2023: An Inside View from the Top
    • Social Impact Investing in the Affordable Housing Sector
    • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in Global Real Estate
    • CEO Keynote Panel
    • Young Alumni Rising Stars Panel

General event sponsorships available at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels:

  • Gold (1 opportunity): $10,000
  • Silver (2 opportunities): $5,000 
  • Bronze (5 opportunities): $3,000 
  • Non-profit sponsorship options are available. Contact us for details.

For More Information

To request additional information, contact Genie Trewyn at or 608-263-3459 or Lee Gottschalk at or 608-250-6401.