NEXT NOW for Cities and Communities

17 November 2022 – London and Frankfurt

Our prime investor event brings together leaders from across the real asset industry to share innovative ideas, insights and proposals to build the future of smart, liveable cities. ‘NEXT NOW for Cities and Communities’ will focus on infrastructure innovation and real estate investment intelligence to unlock tomorrow’s value through advanced, sustainable living solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s smart cities.

Due to increasing demand, in-person attendance in London and Frankfurt will be by personal invitation only. If you donot receive an invite and you’re a client of PATRIZIA or considering investing with us, please email us at investment-horizons(at)

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  • Be part of the change that’s shaping smart, liveable cities of the future
  • Gain insight into impact investing and its tangible benefits
  • Network and share ideas with leading industry investors
  • Discover more about the Future of Cities and Redefining the Smart-Everything Paradigm
  • Get involved in the affordability vs affordable housing debate
  • Embrace the ‘Real estate journey to Net Zero’ with practical examples and a trends trajectory
  • Walk away with a fresh perspective on smart and sustainable infrastructure


By 2050 the global population is set to reach 9.9 billion, with more than 70% of humanity then expected to be living in cities, attracted by the employment, education and social opportunities they offer. This will place immense pressure on cities, resources, services and the environment.

To ensure cities continue to be vibrant hubs offering exceptional living standards will require hard thinking and a dedicated focus on revitalising the urban landscape through innovative approaches to residential real estate and infrastructure. This November, PATRIZIA will bring together international leaders from across the real asset industry for the 12th Investment Horizons event in London and Frankfurt. Committed to sustainability, PATRIZIA is dedicated to investing in progress, creating better assets, better workplaces and better communities. This year's theme of 'Next Now' will showcase how we can all make an impact across the spectrum of real assets investments in terms of risk-adjusted returns and impact creation.

“Our challenge is not to build smart new cities from the ground up but to smarten up existing cities and continuously improve the places where most of the humanity will live in the future and shape them for the generations to come.”

- Mahdi Mokrane, Head of Investment Strategy and Research

Over the past 11 years, PATRIZIA Investment Horizons has been a catalyst for advanced innovation and powerful collaborations. In the current climate of fast-paced transformation and the new one-day format across two leading European cities, this is expected to continue. With expert-led panels and workshops, attendees in London and Frankfurt will experience a combination of face-to-face sessions and seamlessly streamed live presentations. The rest of the world will also be invited to experience the event digitally.

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The Programme

12th PATRIZIA Investment Horizons Summit

Wolfgang Egger, CEO and Founder of PATRIZIA is launching the programme for this year’s Investment Horizons. The November Summit will address infrastructure innovation and real estate investment intelligence.

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08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:15

Welcome by Wolfgang Egger, CEO of PATRIZIA

09:15 - 10:05

Positive impact at the heart of post-pandemic recovery
Prof. Rosemary Addis, Founding Managing Partner, Mondiale Impact

The Ukraine war has hit the global economy hard. Struggling to recover from the impact of COVID-19, markets are reeling from rising energy prices, inflation, food shortages and disrupted global supply chains. Climate change brings compounding effects into our daily lives.  Understanding our impacts and putting communities and the environment at the heart of financial and professional services is a lynchpin for us to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy.

This session will focus on how impact can guide decision-making and opportunities to invest better. Such an approach can positively impact the spectrum of real assets, drive sustainable finance, manage risk, identify new opportunities and encourage more capital to contribute toward the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. All to create the future we want, including better assets, better outcomes for communities and a more sustainable future.

10:05 - 10:55

Moving beyond 'Smart-Only' Cities
Dr. rer.nat. Dr. phil. Norbert Streitz, Founder and Scientific Director, Smart Future Initiative

This talk presents a critical, but constructive reflection of the ‘Smart-Everything’ Paradigm especially from a citizen-centered perspective. We are told that everything must be ‘smart’ (phones, TVs, cars, cities, …), but the implementation is mainly based on a technology-driven development. Humans are increasingly removed from being in control of their environments and decisions. Our proposal is to redefine the ‘Smart-Everything’ Paradigm via a citizen-centered design approach, keeping the human in the loop via different design trade-offs and facilitating urban sustainability. The goal is to develop a shared vision and a common purpose of all stakeholders for moving beyond ‘smart-only’ cities towards Humane, Sociable, Cooperative, Self-aware Hybrid Cities. A recent application domain is rethinking ‘smart’ islands towards Lighthouses of Research and Innovation.

10:55 - 11:25

1st Coffee break

11:25 - 12:20

Future of cities
Nikki Greenberg, Founder of Real Estate of the Future
Jaewon Peter Chun, President, World Smart Cities Forum
Dr Mahdi Mokrane, Head of Investment Strategy & Research, PATRIZIA

Moderator: Juliette Foster

Cities are magnets for talent and have always been economic drivers. At the same time, they face enormous challenges: urbanisation, climate change, demographics and digitalisation. This panel discussion will explore what cities of the future will look like, how will they mitigate and build resilience, how new technologies open us a window of opportunity to smarten up the existing cities and continuously improve and shape them for the generations to come.

12:20 - 13:05

Networking lunch


Affordability of housing vs affordable housing
Prof. Dr Michael Voigtländer, Senior Economist & Head of Research Unit Financial and Real Estate Markets, Cologne Institute for Economic Research
Dr Marcus Cieleback, Chief Urban Economist, PATRIZIA

13:55 - 14:55

Real assets journey to Net Zero
Furqan Alamgir, Founder and CEO, Connexin
Kate Wolfenden, Co-Founder, 103 Ventures                                                              
Kirsten Henson, founding Director, KLH Sustainability                                          
Graham Matthews, Head of Infrastructure, PATRIZIA

Moderator: Juliette Foster

Asset owners, developers and investment managers confront ambitious net zero targets. During this session, four panellists with expertise from across real assets will look at holistic approaches to accelerating the decarbonisation of the built environment. Topics include evaluating the future of sustainable developments, the role of smart infrastructure powered by digital connectivity, and the importance of flexible energy grid with varied green, renewable energy sources.

14:55 - 15:20

2nd Coffee break         

15:20 - 16:00

Smart infrastructure 
speaker to be announced shortly

16:00 - 16:05

Closing remarks

The Speakers

12th PATRIZIA Investment Horizons Summit

Prof. Dr Michael Voigtländer is the Senior Economist and Head of Research Unit Financial and Real Estate Markets at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Germany. Michael is a well-known real estate economist in Germany and contributes to the public debate on housing and real estate markets through articles in renowned newspapers, including Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s ranking of economists, he was number 29. Main research topics of Michael include housing policy, housing finance and the impact of demographic change on the real estate market. Since October 2005, he has been a senior expert on real estate economics at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. In 2008, he was appointed head of the research center for real estate economics. Since 2011, he has been an honorary professor at the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Jaewon Peter Chun is President of ‘World Smart Cities Forum (WSCF)’, and Founder & CEO of XnTREE, a tech accelerator based in London and New York. Peter has accumulated expertise in designing smart city master plans and fostering tech start-ups around the world for the last 10 years. He co-developed ‘Cognicity’ Smart City Challenge programme in Canary Wharf, London in 2014-2016, and designed a $4 billion South Korean Smart City national pilot project as a master planner in 2018. Since 2020, Peter has been working on the smart city projects in Lviv (Ukraine) and Hanoi (Vietnam) with both the central government and municipalities. He has also been advising the government on how to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and sustainability in the city through XnTREE Smart City Tech Sandbox. 

Prof. Rosemary Add is is an internationally recognised director and strategist driving innovation and investment for greater impact and sustainability. She leads a practitioner-led partnership of trusted advisors activating board tables for impact as Founding Managing Partner of Mondiale Impact and is an Enterprise Professor in impact, sustainability and innovation at the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne. Her current portfolio through Impact Strategist also includes Chair of Sweef Capital Board of Advisors and Climate Ready Australia 2030, Ambassador for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and Non-Executive Director Indigenous Business Australia.

Rosemary has advised SDG Impact at the United Nations Development Programme, the OECD Social Impact Investing Initiative, the World Economic Forum Ideas to Practice, the World Banking Group, private markets clients from major banks to institutional investors and governments internationally. She has collaborated with leading academic institutions including Oxford University, Duke University and Harvard Kennedy School. Her thought leadership is published widely, and her work is the subject of numerous international case studies informing a generation of leaders.

Rosemary’s 30+ year track record spans a global legal career including as an equity partner of Allens Linklaters, Social Innovation Strategist for the Australian Government, member of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce and Founding Chair Impact Investing Australia (Market Builder of the Year 2018 & 2020). She was recognised as an inaugural Sorenson Global Impact Leader (2022), for lifetime contributions to impact (2020), Member of the Order of Australia (2020), among top thought leaders by Women in Finance (2017), Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for contributions to innovation (2015) and was ranked by Chambers Global among the world’s leading lawyers (2002-3).

Furqan Alamgir is the Founder and CEO of IoT and Smart City leader Connexin (Recently ranked 30th in the Top 100 Fastest Growing Technology Companies at the Northern Tech Awards 2022).  Furqan oversees all aspects of the business and has been nominated for several awards himself including Entrepreneur of the year in 2012 and was the winner in the Digital & Technology Category as part of the Inaugural Northern Asian Powerlist 2020. Appointed an ambassador to Goldman Sachs’ high growth business development programme in association with the Said Oxford University business school, Furqan also holds an MBBS and BSc from the prestigious Imperial College London.

Prior to founding Connexin, Furqan worked as a surgeon in the National Health Service, something which has led him to believe that technology can be a real force for good and of its vital role in changing how we will all live in the future.

Kate Wolfenden is currently leading the C-Change programme for the Urban Land Institute, to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment in Europe. She is Co-Founder of 103 Ventures, a climate-action focused consultancy, Advisory Board member for Innovator Capital, Strategic Advisor to Landscape Finance Labs and Senior Associate at Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. 

Clients and projects include the design of a new ca. $100m early stage systemic venture fund for the World Banks’ Climate Investment Funds, Co-founding Project X - a WWF-UK founded industrial sustainable innovation accelerator, Lead on the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership Net Zero Transformation Inquiry, Co-lead on an inter-organisational community of practice to accelerate decarbonisation in the built environment with the Laudes Foundation's grantees, and advisor the Transformational Capital Initiative at EIT Climate-KIC. 

Graham Matthews is Head of Infrastructure at PATRIZIA. He was formerly the founding shareholder and Chief Executive of Whitehelm Capital before the business merged with PATRIZIA in 2022. Graham joined the Whitehelm team in 1998 and started the firm’s infrastructure business at the time when private ownership of public infrastructure originated globally. Graham led the development of the firm’s ESG infrastructure investment philosophy and its world-wide asset acquisitions and disposals and has been instrumental in delivering improved operational and financial performance through active asset management. Graham previously held senior roles in the Australian Federal Treasury and represented Australia at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

Kirsten Henson is the founding Director of KLH Sustainability, a sustainable built environment consultancy based in London. She has contributed to various masterplans, corporate strategies and research over her 20-year career as well as implementing sustainability innovation on numerous award-winning projects including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry (University of Nottingham), innocent’s net-zero factory in Rotterdam, St James’s Market (The Crown Estate) and 10 climate neutral homes in Walthamstow, London (GS8) which demonstrates how new homes can be created to sequester more carbon than they release and allow residents to live without ever paying an energy bill.

Kirsten has provided independent technical advice to the International Olympic Committee and United Nations Environment Programme to build capacity within Olympic Games Organising Committees and undertake design and procurement reviews. She has worked with Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024.

Kirsten is the convenor of the University of Cambridge’s recently launched on-line short course: Sustainable Real Estate and is a regular lecturer at numerous Universities.

Dr Dr Norbert Streitz (Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in Cognitive Science) is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor with more than 35 years of experience in information and communication technology. He is the founder and scientific director of the Smart Future Initiative (SFI) which was launched in January 2009. From 1987 to 2008, he held positions as Deputy Director and Division Manager at the Fraunhofer Institute IPSI, Darmstadt, e.g., founding and managing the research division "AMBIENTE - Smart Environments of the Future". Norbert and his team created in 1998 a truly ubiquitous computing environment serving as the blueprint for future Smart and Cooperative Buildings, also winning several design prizes and research awards, especially for the second generation of Roomware developed in close cooperation with industry.

At different times of his career, he was a post-doc at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, visiting scholar at Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, USA, and at the Intelligent Systems Lab, Tsukuba Science City, Japan. Norbert has published/co-edited 35 books/proceedings and authored/co-authored more than 165 papers published in prominent peer-reviewed journals, books, and proceedings. Norbert is one of the very few Germans elected to the ACM CHI Academy.

Dr Marcus Cieleback is Chief Urban Economist of PATRIZIA SE and a member of PATRIZIA’s Investment Committee. He is Co-Chair of ULI`s European residential council and member of the German Society of Property Researchers.

The focus of his work is the risk-return based analysis and comparison of European and global real estate markets to develop individual investment strategies, based on risk return requirements of clients. Within these analyses special focus is given to the institutional framework of the markets, especially in the residential sector, as it provides the “rules of the game” and crucially influences the return perspectives.

Before joining PATRIZIA Marcus worked for the German mortgage bank Eurohypo AG as Head of Research, overseeing their global research activities. Prior to that he worked at MEAG, the asset management company of Munich Re Group, developing real estate investment strategies and accompanying property transactions globally from a market point of view.

Dr Mahdi Mokrane joined PATRIZIA in January 2020 as Head of Investment Strategy and Research, overseeing PATRIZIA’s investment strategies, research and performance analytics. He is crafting PATRIZIA’s House View and serves on PATRIZIA’s Investment and Executive Committees.

Previously, Mahdi worked at LaSalle as Board Member where he led the European strategy and research team and served on LaSalle’s Debt & Special Situations and private equity real estate investment committees. Mahdi held leading roles at AEW, MSCI IPD, ESSEC Business School, and Caisse des Dépôts. He is also a regular keynote speaker.

Mahdi holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from EHESS (France), a Masters in Financial Economics of Dauphine University, and is an active member MSCI IPD, INREV, EPRA and the RICS.

Nikki Greenberg is an innovation strategist and thought-leader. She helps the real estate industry leaders to reimagine their businesses and spaces, to bring them into alignment with the increasingly digitized way that people live, work and communicate today. She has held leadership position with Fortune 500’s, and most recently served as the Head of Technology Strategy at QIC, an Australian investment manager with $80 Billion AUM. She is the founder of Women in PropTech, and former three-term co-chair of the Technology & Innovation Council for ULI in New York City.

Nikki entered the industry through her career as an architect and real estate developer for transformative, multi-award winning, mixed-use residential and retail developments. She is a frequent speaker at leading global conferences, commentator in the press, and recipient of numerous industry awards including being recognised as Top 5 Most Influential Women in Real Estate (2022), Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Innovator (2021), and ULI Global Luminary (2022).

Juliette Foster is an award-winning TV and radio presenter who has enjoyed a high-flying career presenting flagship programmes at some of Britain's biggest broadcasters. At Sky News she fronted the breakfast show Sunrise and Sky News at Ten, after initially presenting their business bulletins. Business programming has been a speciality and she has anchored the morning and evening programmes at Bloomberg and later presented BBC World’s main business programmes.

Juliette has won awards for her presenting work on the African channel Arise News, winning a BEFFTA for TV Personality of the Year. She has also worked as a radio broadcaster on a number of UK and international stations.

Martin Huber coleads McKinsey’s global Wealth & Asset Management work. In this capacity, he seeks to enhance firm’s ability to provide support across institutional and retail segments, partnering with leaders to make strong strategic choices in a changing market.

Since joining McKinsey in 1996, Martin has offered advisory support to financial-services and insurance companies across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Within the asset management sector, he has worked with asset managers, wealth managers, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, and financial-services firms more broadly, as they seek to improve the performance of their investments.

Beyond his advisory work, Martin is a member of the Private Banking international advisory committee of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also the chairman of the advisory board of My Finance Coach. This not-for-profit organization offers the largest free financial education program in Europe, working both in and outside the classroom to make young people more aware of how to deal with their money responsibly, fostering financial literacy.


Review 2021

12th PATRIZIA Investment Horizons Summit

Some of the highlights…

Hosted live from the Eberbach Monastery in the Rheingau Region and Percuma Botanical in Eppstein, in-person attendees and a global digital audience experienced a line-up of leading speakers and panel discussions under the theme of Better. Future. Rethink.

From future gazing through to discovering innovations that can make a difference now, the 2021 PATRIZIA Investment Horizons attendees walked away with new ideas and a fresh perspective on technological trends and  initiatives that will truly allow the real estate industry to meet sustainability targets.

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