2020 Jury

A jury of ULI members chooses finalists and winners. Members of the jury are recognised leaders who represent a broad geographic diversity and many areas of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services.

Jurors operate independently, applying the highest standards of evaluation and professional practice as reflected in the code of ethics of the Urban Land Institute. 


Jury for the 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe


Brian Moran, Senior Managing Director, Hines (Jury Chair)

Brian Moran is responsible for developing Hines’ Ireland projects investment and development projects which currently has more than €2.3 billion of retail, office and residential assets under management.   These include Cherrywood Town Centre, the largest urban development under construction in Ireland at present and two other major CBD residential led regeneration masterplans.

He re-joined Hines in 2011 having previously worked with Hines in Russia in the 1990’s.  In between, he ran his own successful development management and investment advisory firm based in Dublin which focused on large urban regeneration, university campus developments and housing PPP projects. Brian is a graduate of Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology and obtained an MBA at the University of Chicago. He is a trustee of ULI Europe, a National Council Member for Ireland and chairs the Irish Architecture Foundation.


Hala El Akl, Director of PLP Architecture

Hala El Akl is a Director at PLP Architecture and Founding Director of PLP Labs. With ten years’ experience covering the full spectrum of typologies as an architect and urbanist at PLP, she helps drive the studio’s deep-rooted passion for innovation. Hala directs teams on commercial, life-science, residential, retail and master planning projects across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. At PLP Labs, she leads teams exploring new ideas for future cities. 

Hala also gives direction to the industry as Chair of the Young Leader’s Group for ULI Europe and the Chair of the Urban Art Forum for ULI UK. 

She received her MSc in Urban Policy from LSE, a Masters in Territorial and Urban Strategies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), and both a Bachelor of Architecture (distinction) and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


Lars Huber, CEO of Hines Europe

Lars Huber serves as CEO for Hines’ European Region and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is responsible for all development activity, acquisitions and operations in the region with Hines presence in 13 countries. Since joining Hines in 1996 he has contributed to over $20 billion of investments in Europe. In his prior roles, Huber oversaw equity capital raising for Hines in Europe and Asia, served as fund manager in the European Investment Management team, and worked on development and acquisitions as development officer in Germany.


Sabine Lebesque, City of Amsterdam Development Corporation

Sabine Lebesque studied Architectural History at the University of Amsterdam. She worked for the Netherlands Architecture Institute from 1991 until 2000, producing exhibitions and publications, such as Yona Friedman, Structures serving the Unpredictable.

Since 2000, she has been working for the City of Amsterdam Department of Land and Development, responsible for the annual publication and website Gebouwd in Amsterdam, together with the award Zuiderkerkprijs for the best housing project. She is a specialist in waterfront development, author of Around Amsterdam’s Waterfront (2011). She is involved in organising tenders and policy around spatial quality for the municipality.


Sir Stuart Lipton, Partner, Lipton Rogers Developments LLP

Sir Stuart Lipton is one of the best-known British property developers, a founder of Stanhope plc, and co-founder of the property company, Chelsfield. He is now a partner at Lipton Rogers Developments LLP.

Having started as a commercial developer in the late 1960s, Sir Stuart has been responsible for over 40million sq ft of development on some of the largest and most complex projects, including major infrastructure changes, complicated engineering solutions and high-rise buildings. Projects have included Broadgate; Stockley Park, Heathrow; Chiswick Park, HM Treasury; Central Saint Giles; and, 22 Bishopsgate, a 62-storey tower in the City of London.

Sir Stuart was the founding Chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission.  He has been involved with, or been a board member of, the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, The Tate Modern, Glyndebourne and other arts organisations.  Sir Stuart was Chairman of the City Finance Commission in 2011, Chairman of the independent review of Tottenham after the riots in 2011, a member of London Finance Commission in 2012 and a member of the Thames Estuary Growth Commission in 2017/18.


Scott Malkin, Chairman of Value Retail PLC

Scott Malkin is the founder and Chairman of Value Retail, the co-founder and Chairman of Value Retail China and the founder and Chairman of SD Malkin Properties.  

These organisations focus on the development of fashion led, open air retail projects and also on the development of four star boutique hotels.  As well, they are leading the creation of a new sports and entertainment arena complex that will serve the New York City market.

Value Retail’s eleven retail venues are known as The Bicester Village Shopping Collection (www.TheBicesterVillageShoppingCollection.com) and comprise the most productive retail portfolio in the world in terms of sales per square foot.  These destinations serve fashion brands and cater to “luxury travelling consumers”. 

Bicester Village, outside of London, generates the highest sales per square foot of any purpose built retail location in the world.  The Bicester Village Shopping Collection projects focus on tourism spend and are rooted in SD Malkin Properties’ award winning 2 Rodeo Drive development, built in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California. 

Scott is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.  He serves on various committees at Harvard as well as on non-profit boards, including those of The New York Public Library, The Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, Lincoln Center and Partners In Health.  

He was raised in New England, and he and his family have lived in London since 1991. 


Ed Siskind, CEO of Cale Street Partners

Ed Siskind is the Founder and CEO of Cale Street Partners (“CSP”), a real estate investment and finance firm, focused on Western Europe and North America. Since its inception in 2014 CSP has raised approximately $4.0 bn and has provided innovative structured debt and/or equity capital solutions to investors, operators and developers in 8 countries across nearly every major real estate asset class.

Prior to founding CSP, Ed enjoyed a 23 year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he held a variety of leadership positions including Global Head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area and Co- Head of European Merchant Bank. He also served as Chairman of the Global Real Estate Investment Committee and on the European Management and Mortgage Capital Committees. Ed currently serves as a Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and on the advisory board of BridgesVentures, the Investment Committee of The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the President’s Advisory Council for Princeton University, from which he graduated with honours in 1988.


Lisette van Doorn, CEO of ULI Europe

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  also responsible for the ULI Charitable Trust, which raises money to advance ULI’s mission and philanthropic activities across Europe.

Van Doorn joined ULI 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. She 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.