31 Mar 2020
REFI Europe Webinar: Sustainability and Green Buildings

In response to growing concerns over travel restrictions and face-to-face contact due to the outbreak of coronavirus, REFI Europe has taken the decision to change the format of this Breakfast Briefing.

The Briefing will no longer take place as a live event and will instead be held as an online webinar as follows:

Date: Tuesday 31 March 2020
Time: 9am – 10am BST
Topic: Sustainability & Green Buildings

The webinar is free to attend. To register to join the webinar, click here.

Discussion points:

  • How is climate risk being addressed?
  • How can we reach Paris agreement objectives?
  • What are the advantages of sustainability standards such as BREEAM and LEED and how important are they for investors?
  • What are the current challenges / expectations for asset managers in relation to ESG?
  • How important has sustainability become for commercial real estate investors as well as tenants?

Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for delegates to put their questions to the speakers. There will also be a five minute research presentation made by Sam Carson, Director of Sustainability at Carbon Intelligence.


Moderator: Julie Cruz, Editor, REFI Europe

Vanessa Muscarà Head of Research & Strategy, Cain International

Vanessa joined Cain International in 2019 and is responsible for leading and developing the company’s house view across European and US property markets. She started her research career at LaSalle Investment Management followed by M&G Real Estate.
Her most recent thought leadership studies cover topics ranging from urban connectivity, the impact of the Grand Paris transport infrastructure project and the financial benefits of investing in certified green buildings.
Vanessa demonstrates commitment to the research community in her roles as ULI’s Smart Urban Growth committee, Women Leadership Initiative, Urban Regeneration Council & Content Advisory Board and was previously the Chair for the Society of Property Researchers.

Lois Salem, Chief Operating Officer, Longevity Partners

Dr Lois Salem is Longevity Partners’ Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for overseeing the growth and operational functions of the Longevity Group as it expands internationally, while leading the UK office on its day-to-day operation. She advises on green services that help develop responsible business, healthy buildings, and resilient cities, encouraging property owners, investors and occupiers to behave more sustainably, to achieve higher performance and de-risk their assets and portfolios.  Lois has previously worked in strategy, business development and investor relations for the resource exploration sector and is passionate about generating impact through sustainability in the build environment. She lobbies the property industry tirelessly to raise awareness of climate change and the built environment’s role in mitigating it.

Markus Beran, Head of Origination International Investors, Berlin Hyp

Markus Beran is Head of Origination International Investors at Berlin Hyp since 2012. He is responsible for the team originating new business for the bank with international addresses in Germany and in selected markets abroad. Markus Beran is a real estate expert with extensive international experience and a substantial track record in commercial real estate finance. He lead various sales and loan origination team at banks in Germany and abroad (Poland, Spain, India and Singapore). Beran also worked as Director and Head of Financing Europe at an international investment management company in London.

Maximilian Kufer, Sustainability Manager – Real Assets, AXA Investment Managers

Max is currently Sustainability Manager at AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets. He is responsible for the integration and oversight of AXA IM – Real Assets’ responsible investment strategy by supporting fund and asset management teams in meeting sustainability objectives for all real assets. Max holds a Master’s degree in International Financial Analysis from INSEEC, a French business school, and a Bachelor’s from the American University of Paris specializing in finance and environmental science.

Etienne Dupuy, Managing Director & Head of European Asset Management, Invesco

Etienne joined Invesco Real Estate in February 2014 responsible for the European Asset Management function, overseeing a team of 26 dedicated real estate asset managers across seven locations in Europe. Etienne joined from BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Services where he spent five years as managing director. Previous to this he spent nine years with AXA Real Estate Investment Managers. He started his career at Archon Group, an opportunistic and value-add Asset Manager for Goldman Sachs Whitehall funds.

More speakers to be confirmed shortly.


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