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Shain Shapiro | CEO & Founder, Sound Diplomacy

Dr Shain Shapiro is founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy, bridging the gap between music and the world of policy and urban planning. Sound Diplomacy is the leader of the Music Cities movement, which sees culture built into the urban environment through an integrated music policy. Music is a universal language. While we all have individual tastes and preferences, it's an experience common to everyone. It can aid with early development, rehabilitation and healthy ageing. It's personal...


Nathan Koren | Founder & CEO, Podaris

In the 40 years leading up to 1870, Great Britain managed to construct more rail network (13,500 miles) than exists in the country today (10,072 miles). Since then, transport infrastructure delivery has become slower and more expensive as projects require both more experts but also, in a more democratic society, more stakeholders. Nathan Koren has designed a digital collaboration tool at Podaris which enables real-time collaboration & stake-holder engagement, which he believes will lead...


Vanessa Butz | CEO & Founder, District

How can technology and tech-enabled smart buildings help property owners and managers curate communities within their assets? Vanessa Butz wrote her masters thesis on "Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs” and took her theory into practice by helping to build large technology and co-working campuses - Factory Berlin and Market-Tech’s Interchange Camden. Having worked at the intersection of cities and technology, she then founded District!, providing Real Estate owners...


Andrew Waugh | Founder, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Andrew Waugh is a founder of Waugh Thistleton Architects and a pioneer of design in the field of timber buildings, using cross-laminated timber (CLT). Waugh Thistleton are committed to the use of timber construction which has earned them an international reputation in environmentally sustainable architecture and design. The practice has designed the world’s largest CLT building at Dalston Works – a 10 storey, 121 unit residential building, made entirely from CLT. WT are also currently...


James Dearsley | The Digital Marketing Bureau & PropTech Consult

In recent years, through a heavy social media presence, an active blog, a weekly newsletter and as a keynote speaker at global events, James Dearsley has managed to become almost synonymous with the UK PropTech scene. Beyond his public persona, James runs The Digital Marketing Bureau, providing tech-enabled marketing services, and PropTech Consult where he advises property companies on digital transformation strategies. While PropTech has gained a great deal of media (and investor)...


Chris Choa | Chairman, ULI UK & Director, AECOM

Chris Choa is an urban architect and cities expert who thinks a big scale. Chris is Director of Cities at AECOM. He speaks frequently about urban performance and works with city and national governments to develop regional-scale strategies. A graduate of both Harvard and Yale, Chris also serves as Chairman of the UK Urban Land Institute and is on the external advisory board for the Sustainable Urban Development program at Oxford. He is an appointed advisor to the Mayor of London’s...