ULI Netherlands Annual Conference 2024 – Future Proof Cities


2024-05-29T12:30:00 - 2024-05-29T19:30:00

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    World Trade Center Strawinskylaan 257 Amsterdam 1077 XX NETHERLANDS


    Pricing Members Non-Members
    Private €175.00 €300.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit €100.00 €150.00
    Retired €100.00 N/A
    Student €100.00 €150.00
    Under Age 35 €100.00 €150.00
    Not a member yet? Join & Go: Join ULI today and receive a new-member discount. Please see below for details.

    ULI Netherlands launches the summer season with the Annual Conference 2024. Mark your calendar for 29 May, Tower Ten at World Trade Center Amsterdam!

    In times of unprecedented technological innovations, urbanisation, climate change, and geopolitical shifts, the real estate sector plays a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of our cities and communities.

    This year the conference will be centered around the theme of Future Proof Cities, aligning with ULI's vision for resilient, sustainable, and inclusive urban environments.


    • 12:30 – 14:00 – Dedicated Young Leaders and NEXT Programme: exclusive lectures and a networking lunch. Open for under 45s only. Please ensure to update your ULI profile with your date of birth.
    • 14:00 – 17:30 – Main Conference with, among others, the following confirmed speakers: Boudewijn RuitenburgMayor Aboutaleb; Jeroen Lokerse; Marion Waller; Brigit van Dijk; and Morten Jeppesen. The event is moderated by Susanne Heering. Open for all registered guests.
    • 17:30 – 19:30  Networking Dinner. Open for all registered guests.
    Please note that the programme will be held partly in Dutch and partly in English. 

    Not a member? You can register at a standard price or join ULI today and attend the event at a discounted price.

    More about Join & Go for Non-Members

    • Join ULI today and request a discount code by contacting [email protected].
    • Please note the discount is for one-time use only; it cannot be forwarded to another person, is limited to this event, and is available for new members only, excluding renewals or lapsed memberships.
    • Current membership fees can be found here.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy

    • Written cancellation and refund requests must be received by ULI one month before the event date. A €50 processing fee will be deducted.
    • No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after 10 May 2024.
    • Registration may be transferred to another staff member from the member's organisation. A €50 transfer fee will be charged.
    Payment Terms:
    • All bookings must be paid for in advance of the event.
    • Invoice payment terms strictly 30 days from the issue date of invoice.
    • If your booking is less than 30 days before the event or payment has not been received by this date, you will be asked to settle the account before being permitted to enter the event.
    • Please ensure that your accounts team is aware of our terms to avoid any delays to your on-site registration.


    Kindly Hosted By


    Boudewijn Ruitenburg

    Chief Operations Officer, EDGE

    Boudewijn is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a Board Member of EDGE, owned by OVG Real Estate. After a Geography Master’s graduate at Groningen University and a Business Economics Master’s graduate at the University of Amsterdam, Boudewijn began his professional career at Amvest and Unibail-Rodamco, where he honed his Asset and Development Management skills on high street shops and shopping centers. In 2008, Boudewijn joined EDGE as Commercial Manager. His knack for recognizing upcoming talent and building high-performance teams allowed Boudewijn to rise to the role of Head of Investment in 2015. He was then swiftly promoted to Executive Commercial Director for Western Europe in 2016. In his current role as COO, Boudewijn is passionate about working alongside the teams he mentors, unlocking new projects and creating stand-out buildings in cities world-wide. A year-round cyclist, Boudewijn stays in peak condition by honoring the elements; taking to the ice during winter and practicing his serve on the tennis court in summer. Boudewijn is happiest when both the projects and the people he leads achieve their goals.

    Marion Waller

    Director, Pavillon de l'Arsenal

    Marion Waller is an expert on cities specialising in urban planning issues. Having studied urban planning and philosophy, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Jean-Louis Missika, then deputy mayor at the Paris city council in charge of urban planning and architecture. She then became an adviser to the office of the Mayor of Paris in charge of architecture, heritage, transformation of the urban landscape and energy renovation of buildings. In February last year, she was appointed Director of Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Share the insights of a true aficionado.

    Morten Jeppesen

    Director and Team Lead, Gehl

    Morten is a dedicated Director at Gehl, leading a Design Team with a diverse portfolio of urban planning projects. His responsibilities encompass envisioning and strategizing, developing masterplan frameworks, and overseeing urban design and landscape projects for both public and private clients. Motivated by a profound desire to cultivate sustainable cities that prioritize people and contribute to mitigating climate change, Morten consistently places the human scale at the core of his work. Morten’s impactful contributions extend beyond his professional engagements, as he actively contributes to research and teaching, further amplifying his commitment to shaping a better future for generations to come.

    Jeroen Lokerse

    Head of Product Innovation, Cushman & Wakefield

    Drs. Jeroen Marinus Lokerse is a seasoned business leader with over 25 years of comprehensive experience across various sectors of the real estate industry. As the former Country Head Netherlands and Executive Partner at Cushman & Wakefield, he led a team of 550 professionals, overseeing the financial performance and strategic direction of the Dutch business. Jeroen's expertise extends to M&A, business integration, and launching successful new business lines. He is recognized as a prominent thought leader and speaker in the industry, contributing to academia and industry events globally. Notably, Jeroen's innovative initiatives include pioneering the Six Feet Office concept during the COVID-19 pandemic and brokering landmark agreements between stakeholders during times of crisis. With a track record of driving growth, fostering high-performance cultures, and contributing to the community through philanthropy, Jeroen is a dynamic leader dedicated to advancing the real estate profession globally.

    Ahmed Aboutaleb

    Mayor of Rotterdam

    Ahmed Aboutaleb (born 1961 in Beni Sidel, Morocco) has been Mayor of Rotterdam since 2009. Previously, he represented the PvdA (Labor Party) as State Secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the fourth Balkenende cabinet (2007-2008) and as an alderman in Amsterdam (2004-2007). At the age of fifteen, Aboutaleb came to the Netherlands for family reunification. The family resided in The Hague, where Aboutaleb successively attended Junior Technical School, Intermediate Technical School and Technical College, graduating in Telecommunications in 1987. Ahmed Aboutaleb is a poetry enthusiast. In the mid-1980s, Aboutaleb started his career in journalism. He was a discussion leader for RVU Television, made programs for Radio Stad Amsterdam and Radio Noord-Holland, and reported for Veronica Radio, NOS Radio and RTL News. In 1991, he moved to public services, holding positions with the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). In 1998 he became an administrator for the Forum institute for multicultural development, and in 2002 he became director of the City of Amsterdam’s sector of Social, Economic and Cultural Development (MEC). Mayor Aboutaleb strongly advocates the values enshrined in the Dutch Constitution: freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the principle of non-discrimination. In his view, obtaining Dutch citizenship entails a responsibility to respect and uphold those values and to take part in building the We Society. The more people take part in which, the stronger and more resilient that society will be, both in good and bad times. He’ll regularly take neighbourhood strolls throughout Rotterdam to have talks with residents about what concerns them.

    Brigit van Dijk

    Chief Executive Officer, Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij

    Brigit van Dijk - van de Reijt is a seasoned leader known for her visionary outlook and decisive leadership across various sectors, including venture capital, private equity, and impact investing. With over two decades of experience, she has honed her expertise in investment strategy, operational management, and fostering international networks. Brigit currently serves as CEO of Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM), a Dutch regional development agency focused on fostering economic growth and innovation. Her career spans key roles in renowned organizations such as ABN AMRO Bank, Aureos Capital, and the Netherlands Development Bank FMO, where she played instrumental roles in driving strategic initiatives to strengthen economic development by supporting and investing in game-changing entrepreneurs across various continents. Alongside her professional commitments, Brigit actively engages in advisory and board positions for several institutions and companies, contributing her insights to societal and economic development endeavors. She holds a degree in Economic Science from the University of Amsterdam, complemented by specialized studies in macroeconomics and development economics. Fluent in multiple languages, including Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, and a few words of Swahili, Brigit's versatile skill set enables her to navigate diverse cultural and business landscapes with ease.