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Introducing Adjacent Spaces @ IHIF

a bold new pop-up event for the hospitality’s innovators and game-changers

The Adjacent Spaces programme and will discuss adjacent concepts including; hostels, co-living, co-working, student accommodation, serviced apartments, senior living, and more. This event will explore investing beyond the hotel room and is open to all registered delegates of IHIF.

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Adjacent Spaces


09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and Introductions

09:15 - 10:00

Adjacent Spaces

Fortune Favours the Bold: CEOs in Adjacent Spaces

A panel of pioneering CEOs share how they are following their visions to deliver innovative real estate concepts.


Seán Worker – Managing Director & Principal, T5 Strategies

In conversation with:

Víctor Fernández – CEO, Room Mate Group

Sascha Hausmann – Partner, Howzat Partners

Rainer Nonnengässer – Chief Executive Officer, International Campus GmbH

10:00 - 10:20

Operating Real Estate: Beyond the Hotel Room

An Overview of the adjacent spaces market opportunities, where they fit in with other asset classes, which are growing fastest by market, performance overview

David Batchelor – Managing Director, Operational Real Estate UK, CBRE

Jonathan Langston – Chair, IHIF Advisory Board

10:20 - 11:00

Looking Sideways: The Investor's View on Adjacent Opportunities

The meteoric growth in the now busy hotel sector has led investors to look sideways at alternative opportunites, but which ones are presenting the best opportunities? And why?


Karen Friebe – Partner, Bird & Bird

In conversation with:

Rami Badr – Managing Director, Orion Capital Managers

Laura Brinkmann – Vice President, Brookfield

Erik Jacobs – Founder, HORECA Investment Partners

Puneet Kanuga – Head of Hospitality Investments, Queensgate Investments LLP

11:00 - 11:20

Adjacent Spaces

Join the Club: The Power of Community

The modern membership clubs' market is booming. Is it the appeal of the relaxed exclusivity? Is it the conscious sustainability promise? Is it the demand for a high-end social co-working? We are going behind the doors of the new generation clubs.


Jonas Ogren – Principal, Craft House Consulting

In conversation with:

Tony Kurz – CEO, Brandmark Collective

11:30 - 12:00


Coffee & Networking

11:50 - 12:25

The Explosion in the European Student Housing Market

The student housing market in Europe is going from strength to strength, this session will focus on the reasons why this happened and how it has been possible and how some developers have fallen in love with this alternative sector.

Moderated by:

Jonathan Langston – Chair, IHIF Advisory Board

In conversation with:

Charlie MacGregor – CEO and founder, The Student Hotel

Niamh O'Connor – CEO, Summix Capital Limited

Xavier Scheibli – Portfolio Director, GSA

12:25 - 13:00

Growth Spurt: The Maturing Hostel Market

Hostels are no longer the reserve of backpackers: new hostel brands are offering something from everyone, from low-budget groups to discerning travellers looking for better design on a budget. What's the investment opportunity, and is this maturing market getting better at meeting the needs of investors?


Piers Brown – CEO, International Hospitality Media

In conversation with:

Anne Dolan – Co-Founder, Clink Hostels

Pieter Van Tilburg – Founder and CEO, ‎CityHub

Henri Wilmes – Chief Investment Officer, a&o Hostels

13:00 - 14:00



14:00 - 14:35

CoWoHo: Making Co-Working and Hospitality Work

The hospitality sector has fully embraced co-working. Offices spaces are experiencing a 'hotelification' trend while hotel lobbies have become informal working spaces. But how can hotels best approach the co-working trend and generate profits?


Will Duffey – Managing Director – Co-Head European Transactions, JLL

In conversation with:

Stéphane Bensimon – CEO, Wojo

Guy Ivesha – CEO & Founder, Maslow’s

Caleb Parker – Founder/Director, Bold

14:35 - 15:10

Senior Living: Active versus Healthcare

This session will look at how professional operators can take advantage of the massive ageing market to deliver reliability and profits while minimizing risk. And which segment is likely to yield better results.


Roger A. Allen – Group CEO, Resources for Leisure Assets

In conversation with:

Jean-François Garneau – Senior Vice-President of Resort Development, Propriétés & Co

Gregory Gilbert – Principal, Benson Elliot

Paul Morgan – Managing Director – Operations, Audley Group

15:10 - 15:55

Serviced Apartment, Aparthotels, Extended Stay: Understanding the Investment Opportunity

An overview of the business models, investment opportunity and funding options in the market, examining the tools to succeed in this growing segment.


Peter Sugden – Managing Partner, UK, Katten

In conversation with:

Robert Alley – Chief Operating Officer, Roomzzz Aparthotels

Alex Ducharme – Head of Hospitality, Round Hill Capital

Matthias Niemeyer – Head of Development CEE, Adina Apartment Hotels

Steven Smit – Chief Investment & Development Officer, YAYS

16:20 - 16:55

Co-Living and Beyond: Innovative Hospitality Concepts

As an innovative accommodation concept, how is co-living inspiring hospitality?


Philip Bacon – Director, Planning and Development & Valuations, Horwath HTL

In conversation with

Marc Jongerius – Co-founder and Director, Zoku

Christian Michel – Vice President Development Central & Eastern Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group

Shafi Syed – Global Head of Hotel Development, EQX LLC

17:20 - 17:30


Closing Summary & Networking Reception

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

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