ULI Italy Annual Conference 2020: Europe in 2021 / The Future of Living


Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
3:00pm - 6:30pm

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    Online Webinar Italy This webinar will be hosted by Zoom. ITALY


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    Private €25.00 €50.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit €25.00 €50.00
    Retired €25.00 N/A
    Student €25.00 €50.00
    Under Age 35 €25.00 €50.00

    Europe in 2021 / The Future of Living

    While 2020 is still proving to be a very difficult year, the new uncertainties which have arisen during the past few months may become a catalyst in fostering innovative solutions. Now more than ever, there is a pressing need to think about our immediate future and reconsider our current way of living.

    With this in mind, the ULI Italy Annual Conference will focus on the future of living, with the aim of offering a new long term vision.

    With a mix of prominent international and Italian speakers, and Jacopo della Fontana (CEO, Design to Users - D2U) as moderator, the conference will present an opportunity to debate, share views and compare experiences.

    Part 1: ULI Report Promoting Housing Affordability and International Panel

    Lisette Van Doorn (CEO, ULI Europe), will present the Promoting Housing Affordability report, focused on how European cities can build more homes tailored to a ‘squeezed middle’ of homebuyers and renters. Our keynote speaker Nic Palmarini (Director, UK's National Centre for Ageing), will discuss changing approaches to housing in relation to an ageing population and meeting their specific needs.

    A panel discussion will follow, prompted by themes raised in these presentations, where international speakers will discuss new trends, compare situations and envisage new solutions.

    • Nigel Allsopp, Senior Director, Investment Strategy & Research, Greystar
    • Charlie McGregor, Founder, The Student Hotel
    • Nic Palmarini, Director, UK's National Centre for Ageing
    • Jack Renteria, Founder / CEO, Generation Global
    • Lisette Van Doorn, CEO, ULI Europe
    • Lorna Walker, Chief Operating Officer and Head of ESG, Modomo

    Part 2: Italian Panel

    During this panel, the topic of the living sector will be approached from different perspectives. From a marketing perspective to looking at home automation and technological innovation, how Italy is responding to changes in the industry will be discussed in detail.

    • Fabio Santini, Director, One Commercial Div.Partner Microsoft Italy
    • Arch. Davide Ruzzon, Director, TUNED
    • Dott. Pietro Adduci, CEO, Tecma Solutions
    • Arch. Mario Cucinella, Hon FAIA, Int.Fellow RIBA, Mario Cucinella Architects

    Thank You to Our SponsorsULI Italy Sponsors 



    Nic Palmarini

    Director, National Centre for Ageing UK

    Nic is the Director of UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) a world-leading organisation, created with a £40 million investment from UK Government and Newcastle University. The Centre aims to bring together world-leading innovation experts, scientists, industry and the public, to develop, test and bring to market products and services which enhance and improve all aspects of life for our ageing societies. Before, he was research manager and AI Ethics lead at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a $250 million academic-industry partnership for the responsible advancement of artificial intelligence. Trained in social studies and business communication, Nic developed a deep expertise in leading heterogeneous teams and connecting dots across disciplines to bridge academic and industrial research with real-world applications to deliver return-on-community and return-on-business with a specific focus on longevity and the coming effects and opportunities of the demographic revolution. Nic holds a decade of experience in research on supporting older adults’ autonomy and independence, leading a global team to develop Human Activity Recognition techniques dedicated to older adults based on AI applied to IoT data. Nic is an author, teacher, applied research scientist and his main areas of research are: Loneliness as an accelerator of physical and cognitive diseases, ageism, aging and economic factors, aging women and workplace, ethics and AI. The work of his teams has been awarded two times with the ComputerHonors Award, at the United Nations for Aging Initiative and received the Disability Matters – Market Place Award. Nic is the author of five books and member of several boards including the Scientific Advisory Committee at McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), GIMI (Global Management Innovation Institute) and the Scientific Board of Political Sciences and International Relations at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.


    Jack Renteria

    Principal, Generation Global

    Jack Renteria is the Founder and Principal of Generation Global, a Conceptual Development Consultancy and OpCo for Future Living Concepts, including Co-Living. Jack has had more than a decade of experience as a Partner and Director of Business Development and Communications for Danish architecture studio, 3XN before crossing over to the Real Estate Development side. He is Co-Chair of the ULI Europe Living Concepts Forum, and also a Founding and Executive Council Member of ULI Denmark. Jack holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and a Degree in Economics with an International Trade Specialization from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has lived across the Nordics over the past 30 years, and currently lives and works in Copenhagen.


    Lisette van Doorn

    Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Urban Land Institute

    As chief executive of ULI Europe, Lisette van Doorn is responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is responsible for working with ULI’s staff both locally and globally to deliver more high profile content and reports; coordinating Advisory Services panels and Urban Plan; and expanding the Institute’s thought leadership across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI in January 2015 from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation and portfolio structuring. Prior to this, van Doorn was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€ 1.3 billion) with assets in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, van Doorn was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years. Van Doorn started her career at ING Investment Management, where she held account manager and assistant controller positions before being made managing director of research & strategy for ING Real Estate Investment Management Europe.


    Nigel Allsopp

    Senior Director, Greystar Europe Holdings Limited

    Nigel Allsopp is a Senior Director and leads Greystar’s Investment Strategy & Research group in Europe where he is responsible for the formulation and capitalization of the company’s investment strategies. He also provides ongoing macro research, including monitoring markets and investment performance across geographies and asset classes. Prior to joining Greystar, Mr. Allsopp worked on European real estate funds at BlackRock and AEW Europe, respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Greenwich.


    Davide Ruzzon

    Director, TUNED Lombardini22

    Davide Ruzzon, an architect and the director of TUNED who graduated from IUAV University in Venice, is the scientific head of the master’s degree in NAAD ‘Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design’ at IUAV and Milan Polytechnic. He is also a member of the European Healthcare Conference’s Program Committee that is held each year in London. Together with Sarah Robinson and Alessandro Gattara, he is co-editor of the new architecture magazine ‘Intertwining’ published by Mimesis International. He and Vittorio Gallese jointly wrote 'Tuned Architecture' (2016) for Overview Editore Padova and 'L’architettura delle differenze' (2013) for TArch Edizioni Padova. He has also written and edited various collections of essays, run the editorial staff of Anfione Zeto, and organised seminars and conventions. He has also been in charge of both public and private building enterprises and taken part in international competitions.


    Lorna Walker

    Modomo Ltd.

    Lorna Walker is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of ESG at Modomo, the housing pioneer transforming underused land into beautiful, buzzing places to live. She previously spent 12 years at CBRE, playing a key role in high-profile commercial transactions in the UK and Europe. Her strong property background is backed up with a passion for social justice, diversity and sustainability. Lorna is a trustee of the UK Green Building Council, and founded Peer 20 to inspire and support millennial professionals. When she’s not tackling the housing crisis, she’s taking part in triathlons, climbing mountains, and wild swimming.


    Charlie McGregor

    Founder, The Student Hotel

    Charlie, 44, is CEO and Founder of Netherlands-headquartered hybrid hospitality investor, developer and operator, The Student Hotel. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he began his career at the age of 16 working on building sites and has developed since then into a strong business professional who is a natural disruptor. Charlie’s father developed the first PBSA (purpose-built student accommodation) in the UK in 1983. As the “godfather” of the industry he built a UK wide development company (called Peaston & Co) developing PBSA for dozens of Universities. After his father’s retirement Charlie purchased the remains of this company at the age of 25, which he sold 10 years later. After spending time in London, Charlie relocated to Amsterdam in 2003 where he established The Student Hotel in 2006. As founder and CEO of this innovative concept, Charlie has reimagined the concept of ‘community driven’ city centre accommodation for an expanding customer base of internationally-minded students, entrepreneurs and travellers who seek more than the anonymity of a box room in a building that sits in grand isolation from the community that surrounds it. TSH offers a very different experience, with the emphasis built firmly around a genuine community. Today’s hybrid business has evolved rapidly. TSH has become a magnet not only for students, but also for travellers, entrepreneurs and, crucially, local residents and long-term hotel guests who are encouraged to use facilities that include shared work-space, communal areas, restaurants and bars. The international mix combined with locals mean TSH is the place to be for the “new generation” corporate traveller offering a boutique style 4 star room as well as co-working facilities, all in one. The result is a melting pot of disparate groups and nationalities who meet, socialise, share ideas and create friendships, what Charlie calls: The Complete Connected Community. ‘The goal at the outset was simply to create a better space,’ he says. ‘I could not believe how people treated young guests. No taste in facilities, furniture or space; I wanted to do it better. But we’ve moved on. Now it’s not only about creating a better experience for guests - I want to integrate communities and revitalise cities.’ In addition to a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality / student / co-working & coliving industry, Charlie is skilled in negotiation, business planning, operations management, coaching, and sales and has a thorough understanding of the private equity and investor business. Charlie is also passionate about the refugee crisis within EU. 4 years ago he started a NGO www.movementontheground.org which responded to the wave of refugees arriving to EU via Greece. The NGO now runs camps in Greece and has developed a concept for refugee camps “Camp2CampUS” which connects locals and refugees and builds communities in a much more efficient and successful way than the current, out of date, model being used.


    Pietro Adduci

    CEO, Tecma Solutions

    As a microelectronics engineer, after several years of experience in R&D, design and marketing for the automotive industry, I started working on the development of TECMA SOLUTIONS S.p.A. with the aim of applying new business models and innovative perspectives to the Real Estate industry. I specialized in Corporate Organization and Management, having a strong passion for Psychology and Neuromarketing. I’m the author of several patents, and scientific articles published internationally. Also, I am a lecturer at the Il Sole 24 Ore Business School, Masters in Interior Design, Marketing and Digital Communication, Design Management, Business Design, Innovation, Strategy and Project Management. I enjoy being a trainer in Business Management and a speaker for several public conferences in Milan, Rome and all over Italy.


    Mario Cucinella


    Mario Cucinella graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Genoa in 1986. From 1987 to 1992 he worked with Renzo Piano (Pritzker Prize 1998) in the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, founding Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA), currently in Bologna, Milan and New York. In 2012, he founded Building Green Futures (BGF), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development through green architecture and urban regeneration. The mission of BGF is to create built environments that incorporate clean technologies and local knowledge for better living conditions and sustainable access to natural resources in developing countries. In 2015, Cucinella founded SOS – the School of Sustainability – a multi-disciplinary post-graduate program in Bologna. SOS is an integrated education, practice and research experience intended to build a culture of sustainability. The impact and significance of his work –both environmental and social – as an architect and educator have been recognized worldwide and most recently (2017) with Honorary Fellowship Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who bestowed upon him their prestigious International Fellowship (2016). In 2018, he was the Curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018 with “Arcipelago Italia” an exhibition project bringing the interior territories of Italy to the fore.


    Jacopo della Fontana

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Design to Users Srl

    Jacopo della Fontana, holds an MBA in Architecture (Polytechnic of Milan). Setting off from the native education and background of classical architecture he gained working experience in London, Frankfurt and Osaka, before coming back to Italy. He is founder and chairman of the Milan based architectural and consultancy practice D2U - Design to Users, active in the office, retail, mixed-use and leisure sectors. Jacopo has led D2U teams in the design of diverse projects typologies and market sectors, from interiors to architecture, always aiming to develops creative solutions, compatible with the objectives, the financial restrictions and the practices of professional Clients. In addition to practicing, he is regularly contributing to architectural magazines and he is lecturer at Milan Polytechnic University. Besides Italian, he his fluent in English and French and has a good knowledge of German and Spanish. He joined ULI in 2004. He is member of ULI Content Advisory Group, of the ULI Urban Regeneration Council and of the ULI Italian National Council Executive Committee


    Fabio Santini

    One Commercial Partner and Small, Medium and Corporate Leader, Italy, Microsoft Corporation

    Fabio Santini is Director at One Commercial Partner Division of Microsoft Italia. Previously, Fabio Santini has been Director, Innovation and Development of Microsoft Italia, with a constant objective to guide the comitment towards young people, developers and professionals of IT. Fabio Santini has a 15 years experience in Microsoft, where since 2014 he has been responsible for the Developer Experience and Evangelism Division. Before, he was Director, Server&Tools Division (today Cloud & Entreprise) and he was part of the Division Enterprise and Partner, in the role of Business Productivity Sales Manager. Previously he led the team Partner Technology Advisor and Partner Strategy and Program, in the Division Piccola e Media Impresa e Partner. Before Microsoft, he worked as R&D Manager in a software house.