ULI Europe Young Leaders Summer School 2019 (SOLD OUT)

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September 27, 2019
September 28, 2019


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We are pleased to announce that the ULI Europe Young Leaders Summer School 2019 will be taking place 27–28 September in Lisbon. The event will pull together speakers from different disciplines to share their thoughts on real estate economics and long term urban investment.

The programme topics will include:

  • Market Evolution: the Lisbon Renaissance
  • The Effect of the Tech Sector on Real Estate
  • Entrepreneurship & Small-Scale Development
  • Lisbon & Affordability Challenge



This event is for Young Leader members only: €250. ***This event is now sold out***

ULI Europe is pleased to offer a special package for new members under 35. Join ULI today and attend the Summer School at a discounted rate. Please email europemeetings@uli.org to take advantage of the Join & Go rate.

Cancellation/refund policy:

  • Written cancellation and refund requests must be received by ULI one month before the event date, in this case a full refund minus a €50 processing fee can be given.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after 26th August 2019.
  • Registration may be transferred to another staff from the member’s organisation, however a €50 transfer fee will be charged.

Speakers and biographies

Eduardo Abreu
Partner, Neoturis and ULI Portugal chair

Eduardo has been a partner of Neoturis since 1994. His experience includes work for, among others, Turismo de Portugal, André Jordan Groups, Amorim Turismo, Queiróz Pereira, Espírito Santo and Sonae, as well as the main national financial institutions and international private equities. He has coordinated and integrated teams associated with the conceptualisation and development of projects such as Tróia Resort, Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo or L’and Vineyards, as well as with hotel companies such as the Pestana, Vila Galé, Porto Bay, Tivoli and Hoti Groups and different brands of groups, Accor, Marriott, Melia or Hyatt.

He has developed projects in Angola, Bahrain, Brazil, Cape Verde, Morocco, Mozambique, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay. He is the chairman of the Urban Land Institute in Portugal and as a member of its European Resort and Hotel Council. He has participated as a speaker in conferences on the sector in Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, Namibia and Brazil.

Cristina Arouca
Director of Research, CBRE Portugal

Cristina Arouca joined CBRE in 2005 to develop the Research and Consultancy Department which she led over 11 years. Since the beginning of 2017, Cristina has been working exclusively in the research area as director of research. She is responsible for the analysis of the real estate market, trend predictions, production of reports and market presentations for all the property sectors: office, retail, logistics, hotel and residential, both for leasing and investment. On the consultancy side, Cristina has carried out several market and strategic studies, as well as the definition and positioning of real estate products in the different sectors of real estate activity, for both national and international clients.

Nicolas Bearelle
CEO, Re-Vive

Re-Vive redevelops urban brownfield (underused sites, which in many cases is contaminated) into sustain­able neighbourhoods. However, they create an opportunity to realise Re-Vive’s three goals: to create economic, ecological and social added value. Inclusio is a social investment fund set up by Re-Vive, Kois Invest and Bank Degroof. The fund invests in, and produces, social and affordable housing and housing with additional support for people in need.

Roman Carel
Founder, Athena Advisers

Driven by his passion for property and international business, Roman founded Athena Advisers in 2003 in a bid to remove the prohibitive cultural barriers present in the international property industry. Athena has now grown into a highly regarded international property sales network and advisory firm specialising in new-builds and refurbished property.

Roman spends a lot of his time curating new projects at the inception stage, creating destination-making concepts for property and leisure projects and resorts. He has advised on international property projects in Brazil, France, Morocco & Italy. With a BSc in Management from the Leonardo da Vinci University IIM in Paris, Roman started his first business at the age of 22, a France-based online comparison website which was acquired by PriceRunner.com in 2002. He stays true to his entrepreneurial roots by continuing to invest in, and advise on, internet start-ups.

João Carvalho das Neves
Professor of Finance and Real Estate Investments ISEG, University of Lisbon 

João is a professor of Finance and Real Estate Investments ISEG at the Universidade de Lisboa and the Director of the Post-Graduate programme in Real Estate Management and Valuation. He is also a non-executive, independent member of the General and Supervisory Board, Vice-President of the Finance and Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee of EDP Energias de Portugal.

João is also a non-executive independent member of the Board of Montepio-Valor, a real estate investment fund company. He was a visiting professor at HEC Management-Paris, EM Lyon, Copenhagen Business School, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Fundação D. Cabral, Poznan University and Warsaw Banking Institute.

He was President of the Central Administration of the Portuguese Health System (2011-2014). CEO of the conglomerate firm SLN (2008-2009) and Board member of the bank BPN (2008). Turnaround manager of Torralta (a hotel and resort company), Casino Hotel de Troia e TVI (the television channel 4). Associate Consultant to Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). General Director of the Executive Training Center CIFAG. Controller Assistant in the industrial firm Cometna. Author of several business books: Real Estate Investments; Financial Analysis and Reporting; Management Control; Corporate and Business Valuation; Strategic Performance Management; ABC of M&A; BPN: Too much State and lack of supervision.

Dr. Marcus Cieleback
Chief economist, PATRIZIA Immobbilien AG, Germany

Dr. Marcus Cieleback is chief economist of PATRIZIA Immobilien AG since 2008 and became a member of PATRIZIA’s European Investment Committee in 2015. He is based in the Augsburg headquarter.

The focus of the work of Dr. Cieleback is the risk-return based analysis and comparison of European and global real estate markets and the development of models for forecasting the commercial and residential markets to develop individual investment strategies. Within these analyses special focus is given to the institutional framework of the markets, especially in the residential sector, as it provides the “rules of the game” and crucially influences the return perspectives. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a published author in various international journals.

Before joining PATRIZIA Dr. Cieleback worked for the German mortgage bank Eurohypo AG as Head of Research, overseeing their global research activities. Prior to that Dr. Cieleback worked at MEAG, the asset management company of Munich Re Group, developing real estate investment strategies and accompanying property transactions globally from a market point of view.

Dr. Cieleback studied economics at the University in Freiburg and the London School of Economics and completed his doctorate at the University of Bayreuth in the area of real estate finance. He is a member of the INREV Training and Education Committee, ULI’s European Residential Council and the German Society of Property Researchers.

Miguel Fontes
Startup Lisboa’s executive director and hub criativo do beato’s project director

Miguel Fontes is the executive director of Startup Lisboa, a business incubator backed up by the Lisbon Municipality and private entities, and also the Hub Criativo do Beato’s Project Director. Miguel holds a Sociology degree awarded by ISCTE – Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, and a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from INDEG/ISCTE. Miguel has held mainly management positions. He was Executive Director of Aicep Global Parques – Gestão de Áreas Empresariais e Serviços, S.A., between 2010 and 2015, and earlier, in the private sector, took over the management and administration of several companies with responsibilities in the commercial and marketing areas, mainly in real estate. Miguel was also Deputy Cabinet Assistant of the Prime Minister, between October 1995 and November 1997, with responsibilities in educational, formation and social politics areas. Between November 1997 and April 2002 he was Secretary of State for Youth.

Michele “Micky” Frediani
Founder & executive chairman, TAN HOLDINGS

Michele “Micky” Frediani is the co founder and managing partner of TAN HOLDINGS, an Industrial holding company with interest in real estate, telecoms and infrastructure.

In 2014 he moved to Portugal and set up TAN Investments, a real estate asset management company supporting TAN HOLDINGS and third party investors to navigate the booming Portuguese market (www.taninvestments.com). Starting from one building, TAN currently counts 80M€ of AuM with focus on prime residential development.

Prior to launching TAN HOLDINGS, Micky worked at Oil&Gas and was part of the SIG Solar Investment Group Management team, a leading private equity fund in the Italian renewable energy sector.

Passionate, hardworking and naturally optimistic are among some of his unique traits.  His interests include his two children, family time, surfing, cooking and investing in social impact ventures.

José Almeida
Head of Lisboa office, Confidencial Imobiliário

Head of “Confidencial Imobiliário” Lisbon office. He has worked in several areas as management consulting, marketing, human resources and commercial, namely as Senior Manager at KPMG Advisory (management Consulting), CEO of Grupo LAM (real estate) and Marketing Director of Visabeira Global, holding of Grupo Visabeira (telecommunications, technology and construction).

He carried out several major commercial and marketing transformation projects in the real estate sector, pioneering the introduction of analytical marketing tools and statistical analysis as elements of support for operational activity.

Graduated from the University of Lisbon; MBA from the Portuguese Catholic University, with marketing specialization. Coauthor of the book The Portuguese industry: international Specialization and Competitiveness ” and multiple articles in the economic press.

Xavier Jongen
Managing director, Catella 


Xavier Jongen, MD Catella European Residential, graduated from Sciences-Po Paris, holds a post-graduate Master of the College of Europe in Bruges (with Honours) and the Cambridge IPF Diploma. Further trainings at Fannie Mae, Stanford Business School and the Ayn Rand Institute.

Xavier was the first to introduce a pan-European residential investment fund in 2007. Out of this, a team and Alliance grew that invested over 3 bn in European residential covering 9 countries and 9 sub-sectors.

Xavier started analysing housing and capital market fundamentals whilst working for World Bank/IMF/EU structural adjustment programmes to liberalise socialist housing markets in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Russia, after the fall of the Berlin wall. From 1996 to May 2005, Xavier worked

in parallel as public speaker for the European Commission in Brussels, where he debated on the need for EU integration in front of priority groups like intellectuals, captains of industry and politicians. He co-founded the SOLUM foundation where the 12 most powerful real estate CEO’s gathered annually in

Cambridge or Nyenrode to discuss matters of globalisation, until its implosion in 2008. He was the module leader for indirect investments at Cambridge University from 2006-2016, chaired the first INREV Public Affairs committee and currently co-chairs the first ULI European Residential committee.

Machteld Kors
Director of Communications, UNStudio

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Machteld Kors is the director of communications at UNStudio. She studied the History of Art, with a specialisation in Contemporary Architecture, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

In 1998, she joined UNStudio and worked with Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos on the publication of their architectural theories and projects, in addition to coordinating several international exhibitions. In 2011, Machteld joined UNStudio’s Board of Directors.

As director of communications, she is responsible for the studio’s internal and external communication, and she coordinates a multidisciplinary team that executes a diverse range of activities related to UNStudio’s business development and public relations. She also oversees the development of new business ventures.

Roelof Opperman
Principal, Fifth Wall VC

Roelof Oppermanis a principal and co-lead of the PropTech Investment Group at Fifth Wall, a Los Angeles-based venture capital fund focused on the Built World.

Roelof focuses on technology and innovations within the multi-family, office, and hospitality real estate asset classes. He led Fifth Wall’s investments in Lyric, Eden, Appear Here, Hippo, Industrious, Loggi, Recharge, Lime, and Aurora Solar.

Previously, Roelof worked at Norwest Venture Partners, Evercore Partners, Goldman Sachs, and Bridgewater Associates.

Roelof is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Emory University. He is also a chartered financial analyst.

Simon Schaefer
Founder, Factory Berlin & Lisbon

Simon Schaefer is an entrepreneur, currently president of the Portuguese government’s initiative Startup Portugal, member of the Continental Council of Allied for Startups, co-founder of the Startup Europe Summit, and member of the Startup Unit Advisory Board of the city of Berlin. His commercial career is focused on internationalising Factory.com, which started with Factory Berlin and is now scaling to Lisbon, Portugal, building startup campuses across Europe in the future. Simon is also an active Angel investor.

Pedro Lucena

Commerical Director, Selina Secret Garden

Pedro Salgado Lucena is a real estate entrepreneur and investor based and born in Lisbon. Within real estate he has worked in the sectors of Student Accommodation, Property Management and Asset Management.

He chose Lisbon to start his Asset Management business and is now heading the commercial development of the Selina Secret Garden Hotel in Lisbon

Ricardo Veludo
Lisbon Affordable Rent Task Force Coordinator; Adviser at the Vice-Mayor Cabinet, Lisbon City Council

Adviser at the Cabinet of the Vice Mayor of Lisbon.

Lisbon Affordable Housing Program Task Force Coordinator.

Urban planner, lecturer in planning, expert in housing and real estate.



Audrey Klein
Senior Real Estate Executive

Audrey Klein has accepted an offer to be Head of Fundraising for Kennedy Wilson Europe which will start at the end of September.  Prior to this she held roles at Cromwell and Corestate but is best known for starting the European business out of London for the Park Hill Real Estate Group, a Division of Blackstone.  Prior to joining Park Hill, Ms. Klein ran her own business for five years marketing alternative asset funds across all asset classes including private equity, real estate and hedge funds to European investors comprised of pension funds, banks, family offices and high net worth individuals.  Prior to founding her company Ms. Klein worked at Babcock and Brown in Germany where she co-founded the German office and helped establish equity relationships across Europe.  Before making the move to Europe she worked at Bank of America in San Francisco doing syndication across various sectors before co-founding a real-estate fund for her group.  Ms. Klein is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of business where she received an MBA.  She is also a graduate of Emory University where she received a degree in Economics.


Selina – Secret Garden Lisbon is pleased to host the attendees of the ULI Summer School in Lisbon offering a 15% discount on all room types from June until the end of September. Please contact Aili Pello to receive the promo code. The offer is available on a first come, first served basis (depending on room availability).

CPD Accreditation

The ULI Europe Young Leaders Summer School is now CPD accredited. This means you can collect 8 hours and 25 minutes of CPD if you attend the 2-day event. For more information on CPD please visit the CPD website.