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2018 - Evolution of Co-Working - Singapore Chapter
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 to Thursday, May 24, 2018
Venue: The Bridge  Singapore, Singapore 


Evolution of Co-Working - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

Co-working space has traditionally been targeted at startups and independent contractors. However, as multinationals’ seek to build more flexibility into their real estate portfolios, co-working space has emerged as one potential solution. Co-working operators can also benefit from corporate members as they provide more stable income streams than start-ups and freelancers, thereby de-risking their income stream.

The flexible and collaborative nature of co-working space makes it an attractive option for corporates seeking to foster greater interaction within and between working groups. Many multinationals are already using co-working space to house staff for new product development and to test new business. Multinational occupiers can adjust their space requirements to align with broader business expansion and contraction more effectively by using third
party space. More occupiers, particularly technology firms, are using innovation centres and business incubators to foster an entrepreneurial culture and enable their employees to access new ideas.

Technology is improving work mobility and enabling occupiers to locate work infrastructure for employees in co-working centres similar to their own premises. The use of co-working space can also provide flexibility for occupiers to accommodate fluctuation in space requirements and means they do not need to adhere to traditional three-year lease terms.

Until recently, there was a very clear disconnect between major corporations and small start-ups. Large corporates would rarely consider engaging or doing business with new firms with little or no track record. However, coworking centres now play host to a wide variety of end users, including both large companies and start-ups, and are providing an innovative new platform for these two distinct parties to interact, understand and collaborate with
each other. In many ways, co-working spaces are at the forefront of a new emerging business ecosystem, which is comprised of start-ups and larger corporates. 

Join us as we dive into the evolution of co-working, learn and network with your peers in the industry. 

Desmond Sim, CBRE, Head of Research, SEA and Singapore, will give a snapshot insight into the latest Co-Working research, focusing on Singapore’s evolution from a landlord perspective. How landlords evolve to adapt co-working trend.

Susan Sutherland Wilmshurst, JLL, Head of Corporate Solutions Research, Asia Pacific will give a broader regional overview, touching upon trends but not specific to certain Co Working providers.

Followed on with an interactive discussion from our panel of occupiers to hear their perspective.



DATE: Thursday 24th April


16:00 – 16:30       Bus for 40 pax collect from MBFC – The Bridge

16:45 - 17:00        Registration

17:00 - 17:10        Opening Welcome CoreNet Global Singapore Chapter Leader - Vikey Hogan

17:10 - 17:25        Snapshot Research on Co-Working - With Susan Sutherland, JLL

17:25 - 17:40        Snapshot Research on Co-Working - With Desmond Sim, CBRE

17:40 - 18:10        End User/ Occupier - Moderated Panel Discussion

18:10 - 19:30        Networking Drinks at Bars onsite



Susan Sutherland
Head of Research, Corporate Solutions, JLL Asia Pacific

Current Responsibilities
Susan Sutherland is Head of Corporate Solutions Research for Aisa Pacific
in JLL, based in Singapore. In this role, she oversees global and regional projects around trends and themes that impact corporate Real Estate.

Prior to JL, Susie worked for over 8 years for Mckinsey and Company in the United States and United Kingdom, latterly as a research specialist for the infrastructure and real estate practice, working with clients around the world and accross the property life cycle.

Susan holds a Bachelor Degreein Economics from Wellesley College (USA) and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the Universtity of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne (USA).



Desmond Sim
Head of Research Singapore & South East Asia, CBRE

Desmond currently heads Research for Singapore and South East Asia. He is also the media spokesperson for the company and is also responsible for monitoring for managing the firm’s extensive database and research publications.

With more than 15 years of real estate experience, Desmond has undertaken various roles. He started off this career as a real estate appraiser and property tax consultant before he was transferred to the research team. It was subsequently followed by leading the consultancy team; to business development.

He was also part of the team which incepted and completed various private equity real estate funds in China and India.

He has also undertaken numerous research, feasibility and master planning studies in Singapore and other countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and Maldives.

Key clients include major developers, financial institutions, private equity funds as well as government bodies.



Chief Executive Officer, Business Community Development

Mr Chng Yi Ta is the CEO of Business Community Development. He oversees and drives Ascendas-Singbridge’s business to consumer marketing strategies such as bringing vibrancy to our space, with flexible workplaces and digital technology.

With a passion for innovation, Mr Chng started his own firm, Unfetter Pte Ltd and was previously Asia CEO of ?What If! consulting on innovation strategy and organisational capability to leaders of many Asia's fast growing companies. He also lectures on Innovation and Leadership in Asia, and sits on several regional think tanks.

Prior to innovation consulting, Mr Chng made significant contributions during his more than 20 years of marketing and general management experience in Fast-moving Consumer Goods. At Johnson & Johnson, he contributed to its rapid expansion across China, India, Africa, the Middle East and South America as Global Vice-President for the Emerging Markets Business Unit. He turned Procter & Gamble’s fledgling China hair-care sector into a highly profitable business, and took the company's laundry business in Japan to profitability after 20 consecutive years of losses.

For 25 years, Mr Chng has lived and worked in China, Hong Kong, Japan, London, France, Singapore and Thailand. Mr Chng holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Philosophy from the National University of Singapore.



Paul Gratton

APAC Head of Real Estate and Strategy

A senior real estate professional with over 20 years of experience working in the markets of UK and Asia Pacific, specializing in the commercial property sector. Previously worked in Hong Kong (5 years) before moving to Singapore in 2013. A Chartered Surveyor, Paul has significant experience in client engagement, business development, P&L management, and stakeholder management. Paul joined MDS in June 2017 and is responsible for strategic development/Alignment of the APAC corporate portfolio. Working with both Facility Management Team, Project Management and Global Strategy Group, he is responsible for setting current and future portfolio strategy incorporating capital planning including role out of Activity Based Working and flexible working solutions where appropriate.

Neil Flint

Head of Global Workplace Solution Delivery – APAC at Red Hat Asia Pacific Ltd 

Neil Flint is the Head,. A seasoned Real Estate & Facilities professional with more than 20 years of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities experience, is passionate about building and leading high performing teams, to provide contemporary, collaborative, and fun work environments that contribute to associate well-being, productivity, attraction and retention.

Under Neil’s APAC leadership, Red Hat GWS Delivery, encompasses all of the elements needed to deliver workplace to our Global associates including Real Estate acquisition, interior space design, project management of the fit out and finally leading the facilities operations team that run the offices.





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