ULI Europe Young Leaders Summer School 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

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This event is for Young Leader members only: €250

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

Biography to follow.

Cristina Arouca
Head of Research, CBRE

Picture and biography to follow

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.

Ricardo Guimarães
Managing partner, Confidencial Imobiliario


Picture and bio to follow.

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.

Roelof Opperman
Principal, Fifth Wall VC

Picture and biography to follow.

Simon Schaefer
CEO, factory Berlin & Lisbon

Picture and biography to follow.

Joao Serras
Country business development director, Selina

Biography to follow.

Ricardo Veludo
Coordinator of the GTG Affordable Income Programme, Deputy Mayor’s Office, 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.



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.