2017 GRESB-Siemens Spring Conference: Leading Sustainability Innovations for Real Assets

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4 - London

The failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change was named the top global risk in terms of impact by the World Economic Forum in 2017, and one of four major themes the GRI Corporate Leadership Group focuses on moving toward 2025. The real estate sector is not only a major contributor to climate change, but also vulnerable to its effects, and therefore must work toward becoming a solution provider.

Corporate leadership on climate change focuses on alternative and renewable energy, setting targets and developing a climate strategy, communicating and advocating on climate, and new technologies and innovation. Digitalization and advanced technology in particular will allow for better collection of, access to, and better analytics of data, enabling stakeholders to understand performance and execute more efficient and climate-smart strategies.

Join GRESB and Siemens on May 4th in London for our first annual full day conference. The event will explore themes of climate risk and resilience, how the most innovative ESG solutions are addressing climate change mitigation, and provide an in depth look into the impact that cutting edge technology, digitalization and analytics are having on the real estate industry.

The event is free to GRESB Members, Siemens guests and guests of UK-GBC and BBP. If you have any questions, or to access your GRESB Member promotional code, please contact Sacha van Tuijn at events@gresb.com.


8:30 Breakfast & Registration
9:00 Welcome by GRESB and Siemens
9:30 Session 1
Climate Risk and Resilience
– getting 2 degree ready
Moderated by Sarah Ratcliffe, Programme Director, BBP with Keynote by Professor Sven Bienert, Regensburg University and panel with TH Real Estate, Hermes Investment Management, and IPF
11:30 Session 2
ESG Solutions in Real Estate
- new methods of mitigation
Moderated by Alastair Mant, Head of Industry Engagement, UK-GBC with presentations from WGBC, Land Securities, Prologis, Derwent London, and Siemens UK
14:15 Session 3
The Impact of Digitalization
- IoT for buildings
Moderated by Ragnar Martens, Creative Director, GRESB with presentations from GRESB, Siemens, IBM, EP&T Global, and EnergyDeck
16:00 Closing and drinks

Date & Time

Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:30 am – 5:30 pm BST


The Crystal
Royal Victoria Docks, Siemens Brothers
Way, London E16 1GB, United Kingdom

Speaker Bios

Sander Paul van Tongeren, GRESB

Sander Paul is Managing Director and co-founder of GRESB, which is widely recognized as
the global standard for assessing the ESG performance of real assets globally, including
real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets.

More than 250 members, of which about 60 are pension funds and their fiduciaries, use the
GRESB data in their investment management and engagement process, with a clear goal to
optimize the risk/return profile of their investments.

Before joining GRESB in 2015, Sander Paul worked for 6 years as Head of Sustainability
Real Estate and Infrastructure at APG Asset Management. Within APG he was responsible
for integrating sustainability and governance across APG’s global real estate and
infrastructure portfolio. APG is one of the largest institutional investors globally and invests
the pension assets of more than 4.5 million participants and manages pension assets of
approximately EUR 380 billion, with an allocation of 10% to real estate and 3% to

Before APG he worked as a Portfolio Manager at CBRE Global Investors (formerly known
as ING Real Estate) managing a pan-European office fund and two pan-European industrial

Sander Paul co-founded and served on EPRA’s Sustainability Reporting Committee and
INREV’s Sustainability Committee and was actively involved in UN PRI’s Property Advisory
Group and IIGCC’s Property Working Group.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics as well as an Executive Master degree
of Finance and Control from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Studies in Real
Estate from the Amsterdam School of Real Estate.

Furthermore, he is member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (specialisation

Mark Jenkinson, Siemens

City Director London, Urban Development, Siemens Global Center of Competence Cities

Based out of Siemens’ Global Center of Competence for Cities at the Crystal in the east of London, Mark oversees Siemens’ city approach in the Nordics, the UK and Ireland.

In March 2013, Mark also took on the role of City Director for London – a key focus of the role is to support London’s sustainable development through the provision of smart, efficient technological solutions and services for building, energy and transport infrastructure.

Mark joined Siemens in 1993 and since then has taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities across Siemens in a wide range of industries and markets in the UK, across mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Session 1: Climate Risk and Resilience

Sarah Ratcliffe, BBP | Moderator

Sarah is Programme Director of the BBP. Sarah has over 15 years experience advising many of the UK’s leading property investors and developers on sustainability issues. As a founding Director of Upstream (acquired by JLL in 2007), she was instrumental in establishing some of the earliest sector sustainability benchmarks including the Property Environment Group, NextGeneration and The Third Dimension. As a European Director at JLL Sarah was responsible for leading the firm’s sustainability consultancy in UK and Europe and sat on the Global Sustainability Board. In addition to various independent consultancy projects, Sarah is now a visiting lecturer on Sustainable Real Estate at Cass Business School and a Board Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert, Regensburg University

After graduating as a qualified bank employee Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert MRICS REV studied real estate economics and business administration with the specialization in finance at the University Lueneburg. He wrote his PhD-thesis at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg about the “Impact of Basel II on real estate project financing”. The thesis was awarded with distinction, i.e. „summa cum laude“.

Prof. Bienert worked for many years in top position for leading real estate companies and in the consulting business. Since April 2010 Prof. Dr. Bienert is Head of the IRE|BS Competence Center of Sustainable Real Estate at the University of Regensburg and university chair holder. Parallel he was from 2011 on active as a Managing Director for Probus Real Estate GmbH headquartered in Vienna (ca. 2,1 bil. assets under management) until 2013. Prof. Bienert is editor and author of many real estate books and won numerous research awards. Furthermore he works as an independent consultant and valuer. He is on the board of numerous real estate associations like DGNB („Immobilienbeirat“), ZIA („Nachhaltigkeitsbeirat“), Urban Land Institute (ULI Sustainability Fellow), Austrian Association of Real Estate Experts (ARE board member), „Verein zur Förderung der Qualität in der Immobilienwirtschaft“ (ImmQu board member), Corporate Governance Initiative of the German Real Estate Industry (ICG board member) and “Deutschen Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management e.V.” (DVFA heading the real estate commission). In June 2015 he was appointed to the supervisory board of the ZIMA Holding AG. Since December 2016 he is member of the supervisory board of the real estate group CA Immo.

Tatiana Bosteels, Hermes Investment Management

Tatiana Bosteels, Director Responsibility and Head of Responsible
Property Investment at Hermes Investment Management leader in
responsible investment for almost thirty years managing £28.5 bi AUM
(Dec 2016).

In 2015 Tatiana has integrated the Responsibility team with the task to
develop Hermes carbon risk strategy and to support integration of ESG
across private markets: real estate, infrastructure and private equity. In
parallel, since she joined in 2008, as Head of responsible Property
investment she is in charge of the integration of ESG in real estate
investment and asset management practices to protect and enhance
asset value over time. Tatiana has a lead role in delivering Hermes
advocacy programme challenging the investment industry to focus on
holistic returns, with a focus on climate change, fiduciary duty, and
positive impact finance.

Chair Property Programme Institutional Investors Group on Climate
Change (IIGCC) and Board member Investment Commission UNEP
Finance Initiative, she has been an active contributor to public policy
and sector engagement. Tatiana is also active member of the Better
Buildings Partnership, she sits in the British Property Federation’s
sustainability committee and the advisory boards of the Building
Performance Institute Europe and the Global Real Estate Sustainability

Tatiana has previous experience developing innovative sustainability
programmes through public private partnerships. At the London
Climate Change Agency, working for the London Deputy Mayor, she
delivered the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), and contributed to
the first London ESCO. Her previous consultancy work covered UK
and international climate change policy, carbon markets and
instruments, sustainable urban development and third party energy
efficiency financing.

She holds an MSc in Environmental Management from Imperial
College UK, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from UCL Leuven
Belgium, is an alumni of the LSE Development Institute and a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Arts.

Andrew Rich TH Real Estate

With 15 years’ real estate experience, Andrew is the Fund Manager for the European Cities Fund, TH Real Estate’s flagship pan-European open-ended fund.
Andrew joined the company in 2004 as Assistant Fund Manager on the UK Shopping Centre Fund, before then running the company’s UK Shop Fund for two years. Subsequent roles have included Fund Manager of the c.$830m UK Outlet Mall Partnership which he helped to set up in 2008 and Fund Director for the $2.1bn European Outlet Mall Fund, overseeing all Funds’ investment, development and asset management activities, forming close relationships with clients across the Funds, to ensure their objectives are met. Before joining the company, Andrew worked at Healey & Baker Investment Managers for three years.

Andrew graduated in 2001 from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management. He qualified for RICS membership in December 2002 and passed the Investment Management Certificate in May 2004.

Miles Keeping, IPF

Miles Keeping is a Co-Founder Director of Hillbreak, a real estate sustainability consultancy and training provider.

Miles’ technical specialism within the field of real estate sustainability has enabled him to become a leading practitioner within this field. He works with developers and owners of real estate to ensure that they can maximise the opportunities which a sustainable approach to their activities can bring, as well as to identify and manage relevant sustainability risks. He has a deep understanding of different organisations’ preferences for sustainability as well as the relevant regulatory drivers affecting their interests.

As well as Miles’ work helping property owners, developers and occupiers to set and achieve appropriate sustainability targets, he is also regularly involved in trying to help the UK government to understand how best to develop and implement regulations affecting the sustainability of property.

Miles has recently combined his role as a sustainability consultant with those as:

  • Chairman of the Green Property Alliance
  • Chairman of the World Green Building Council’s Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices Steering Group
  • Chairman of the Energy Performance Standards Group for the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change
  • Chairman of the Investment Property Forum’s Sustainability Interest Group
  • A UK Green Building Council Ambassador
  • A visiting Professor in Sustainable Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University

Prior to establishing Hillbreak in 2015, Miles was a Partner at Deloitte. Before that, Miles was a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where he spent 11 years undertaking consultancy work, researching and teaching about real estate sustainability issues and worked for two other real estate consultancies. He is an accomplished communicator and frequently presents at international conferences and seminars. Miles sits on the editorial boards of the “International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development” and the “Journal of Property Investment & Finance”.

Miles is a Chartered Surveyor as well as a Chartered Environmentalist.

Session 2: ESG Solutions in Real Estate

Alastair Mant UK-GBC | Moderator

Alastair Mant is Head of Industry Engagement at the UK Green Building Council, leading on member networks and research programmes. He is a Chartered Surveyor and was previously a director at a national property consultancy where he provided advice on sustainability issues throughout the property lifecycle and especially on asset management. His focus is on strategy, reporting and the link to business value. Alastair is Member of the RICS, a Practitioner of IEMA and a Fellow of the RSA.
For more updates on sustainability, the built environment and occasionally Japan, you can follow him on Twitter @greenginger_UK.

Terri Wills, World GBC

Terri Wills is the CEO of the World Green Building Council, an organisation uniting 75 Green Building Councils enabling green building and sustainable communities through leadership and market transformation. Previously, Terri was with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group where she spearheaded C40’s networks that have had a direct impact on policy in over half of C40 cities. Terri also served as the London City Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative, worked with the Government of Ontario on clean technology and creative industry development, and worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation as a Head of Strategy. Terri is Canadian, based in London, UK

About the WorldGBC
The World Green Building Council is a global member network of Green Building Councils enabling green building and sustainable communities through leadership and market transformation. Our vision is a built environment that enables a high quality of life for all within limits the planet can support. See: www.worldgbc.org

Caroline Hill, Land Securities

Caroline joined Land Securities in April 2015, where she is delivering the company’s ambition for industry leadership on sustainability. She is responsible for both setting strategy and delivery. Her work is focused on creating jobs and opportunities, efficient use of natural resources and sustainable design and innovation. Recent achievements include moving the company to 100% renewable electricity provision and setting new science-based carbon and energy reduction targets. Prior to joining Land Securities, Caroline was COO of PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team where she worked with a number of clients to develop leading sustainability programmes.

Simon Cox, Prologis

Prologis is the leading global developer and owner of logistics property. Simon Cox is First Vice President Project Management and UK Sustainability Officer, directing strategy for sustainable development and overseeing the implementation of sustainable initiatives throughout the UK business.
Simon has worked as a client-side project manager for over 20 years, procuring the delivery of a wide variety of complex developments.  He began his career working on hotel, leisure and mixed use schemes before joining Prologis in 2006 and becoming a specialist in the sustainable development of industrial and distribution buildings.

John Davies, Derwent London plc

John Davies is the Head of Sustainability at Derwent London plc, and is responsible for creating and leading the company wide sustainability agenda.

John is a highly experienced sustainability management professional, and is recognised as an expert in several sectors, in particular commercial property, and has developed and led the creation of many industry leading sustainability programmes and strategies, and sits on many industry panels and committees.

Prior to joining Derwent London John was Head of Sustainability at Davis Langdon LLP where was responsible for developing and delivering its range of sustainability services and forming strong relationships across its key client base.

Before joining Davis Langdon John worked in the client domain as a sustainability advisor on range of major projects and organisations, most notably at BAA plc, where he lead the sustainability agenda within the Terminal 5 design phase and the wider £10bn Capital Projects function.

Niko Kavakiotis, Siemens UK

Head of Building Performance & Sustainability GB&I, Siemens Building Technologies
Niko is the head of the Building Performance & Sustainability (BPS), the energy business of Siemens Building Technologies in the UK, whose mission is to make the UK more sustainable by turning buildings into the best versions of themselves.
Niko’s current role with Siemens involves around setting the BPS UK growth strategy and delivering Siemens’ holistic energy management solution when it comes to the energy trilemma many companies are now facing (energy costs, security of supply, sustainability), helping them at the same time enhance the value of their assets. This means responsibility for delivering a wide range of services, such as setting a long term energy & sustainability strategy, building optimization, energy efficiency projects, technology upgrades, on-site generation, dynamic energy purchasing and financing.
Niko has been involved in the energy industry for over 15 years with a wide ranging experience.  Before joining Siemens in 2011, Niko held various senior positions at the international consultancy (Pace Global), focusing on energy trading and asset valuations in both Europe and Asia. His work covered major private corporations, multi lateral institutions and governmental agencies. 
He is has an Electrical & Electronics Engineering Degree from the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece), and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame (USA). Niko is a Fulbright scholar.

Session 3: The Impact of Digitalization - IoT for buildings

Ragnar Martens GRESB

Ragnar manages GRESB's software development together with Ulrich Scharf, works on the design and user interface aspects of the GRESB portal and creates all of GRESB's data visualizations. He holds a Bachelor’s in International Business from Maastricht University and a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School. Before joining GRESB he co-founded sustainability consultancy rootAbility and worked with Berlin based consultancy Sustainable Strategies.

Tobias Huber, Siemens

Tobias Huber is the Global Head for Energy Services & Projects at Siemens Building Technologies, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.
From consulting to services and project implementation:
With regional hubs in the US, Europe, Germany and Middle East Asia, the performance of 60.000 buildings is managed across the globe.
From vision to demolition:
Before taking over this responsibility, he developed a global solution portfolio for Siemens to enable energy efficiency and sustainability during the entire lifecycle of buildings.
Prior to this role he was holding various operative and strategic positions at OSRAM which brought him from Germany to China and onwards to Indonesia in General Management positions.
Beside working for multinational companies, Tobias was Chairman for the European ESCO association.
To share his knowledge and experiences with the next generation, he has been guest lecturer at European universities in the recent years.
Tobias Huber was born 1973 in Munich, studied Business Administration, Communication and later on Computer Science.

Keith Gunaratne, EP&T

Keith Gunaratne, Founder, Managing Director and Product Architect of EP&T Global.
Keith Gunaratne founded EP&T in 1993 with a passion to bring operational efficiency in buildings.
EP&T pioneered the concept of using big data, data purification and nano-targeting technology (data analytics) to deliver utility savings through operational efficiency across large diversified property portfolios. EP&T now collects billions of sets of new data each year from buildings across Australia, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Keith encompassed IoT, machine-learning and peopleware to deliver optimum benefits.
Keith has formal education in Electrical Engineering, Air quality systems, information technology and Business Management. He is also active in market transformational work for the property sector to benefit from digitalisation and using big data to drive operational efficiency and sustainability.

Claire Penny, IBM

Claire is the Global Industry Leader for Watson IoT for Buildings, responsible for delivering solutions and innovation to worldwide building users and operators. In this role she gets to combine all her passion, experience and learning from the past 16 years and focus it into BIM (Building Information Modelling) and IOT (Internet of Things) in the operational phase of a building. This combination means that she can add value to customers, whilst working and collaborating with brilliant teams (internal and external), to develop and deliver cognitive building solutions.

She regularly shares her knowledge and passion through public speaking and social media activities. Delivering presentations on topics such as Cognitive Buildings, IoT, BIM, IWMS, Energy Optimisation and Environmental Affairs.

Claire’s PhD was attained from Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Her M.Sc, attained from University of London, Wye College, Kent and B.Sc (hons) from Liverpool Polytechnic.

Not one to sit still even after hours, Claire’s external commitments include:

  • Chair of the CitA BICP (BIM Innovation Capaility Programme) Client BIM Task Group, Ireland (Jan 2016 – present)
  • Non-executive Director of WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Ireland, (2005 – present)

She is also a wife, mother of 3 and dog owner of 1.

Benjamin Kott, EnergyDeck

Benjamin Kott is the founder and CEO of EnergyDeck, an innovative web-based platform that helps organisations save energy, resources and costs. The driving idea behind EnergyDeck is to leverage the collective intelligence of users in combination with advanced, data-science based analytics, in order to deliver wide-ranging and tailored insights around building performance optimisation opportunities.

Previously, Benjamin was Google's Green Business Operations Manager and Clean Energy Advocacy Manager for Europe. In these roles, he was responsible for a broad range of initiatives ranging from building performance improvement programmes to major external campaigns like Google's Copenhagen Project (COP15), as well as Google's first investment in renewable energy generation outside of the U.S. In addition, he served as Google’s European spokesperson on all matters related to the environment, energy and sustainability.

Before Google, Benjamin worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Italy and Europe on a wide range of projects in the high-tech, media, industrial and energy sectors.

Benjamin holds a Master's degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Munich Technical University and an MBA from Insead in France. He is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the BBC, the Sustainability Council of the Urban Land Institute, and regularly participates in the benchmarking committees of the UK’s Better Buildings Partnership and GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark).

Monday, May 15, 2017