2020 Winter Conference

New York, NY, February 12–13, 2020

We were making the future… and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!

H.G. Wells

Late into a historic economic recovery, with constant global changes in culture, technology, economics, and politics, it’s clear that we are operating in the future we have created for ourselves. But is this the future we actually want?

What should investors do about sustainability and climate change? As leaders and as individuals, how can we adapt and thrive in a volatile global political environment? How do we manage a world of lower – perhaps even negative – yields?

As we look at commercial property in cities across the US, how can we cultivate a better future for our investments and the global community?

What future do we want to see? Let’s discuss.



Interested in becoming an AFIRE event sponsor? Contact Lexie Miller, COO at lmiller@afire.org or +1 202 312 1403


Mandarin Oriental

80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023


Wednesday, February 12

09:30 | Board Meeting

12:30 | Pre-Conference Institutional Investor Education Session: US Market Overview (Institutional Members Only) 
Dave Bragg, Managing Director, Green Street Advisors

14:00 | Welcoming Remarks
Martin J. Brühl, Chairman, AFIRE; Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

14:20 | Opening Keynote Address
Anthony Shorris, Former First Deputy Mayor, New York City (2014-2017); Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

15:15 | Break

15:45 | Responsible Real Estate Investing Amidst the “Japanification” of Global Capital Markets
Shuji Tomikawa, President, Mitsui Fudosan

16:30 | AFIRE Annual Investor Survey Insights
Joe Walsh, Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin

17:15 | Break

17:45 | Cocktails and Dinner

Thursday, February 13

07:30 | Institutional Investor Education Session: Build vs. Buy (Institutional Members Only)
Clyde Holland, CEO & Chairman, Holland Partner Group
Rahul Idnani, Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Management, Americas, Nuveen

08:00 | Breakfast

09:00 | The State of the Market: US Commercial Real Estate in 2020
Martha Peyton, Managing Director of Applied Research, Aegon Real Assets

09:30 | Residential: Opportunities and Challenges
Nadeem Meghji, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group

09:50 | Industrial: Investing into Disruption
Ward Fitzgerald, CEO, Exeter Property Group

10:10 | Retail: Exploring the New Normal
Dan Hurwitz, Founder & CEO, Raider Hill Advisors

10:30 | Break

11:00 | Sustainability, Resiliency, and Intelligent Investing in a Changing World
Mary Ludgin, Head of Global Research, Heitman

12:00 | Lunch

13:00 | Closing Keynote Address
P. Allen Smith, Landscape Designer, Conservationist, Author, and Television Host

14:00 | Closing Remarks


Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director

atewelde@afire.org+1 202 312 1404

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