ULI Singapore x The Great Room: Great Minds Never Think Alike


Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
to Thursday, October 29th, 2020


Webinar SG This webinar will be hosted by Zoom SINGAPORE
Organised in partnership with The Great Room
Members: Complimentary for ULI and The Great Room members
Non-members: SGD35/USD25 per session/ SGD70/USD50 to attend the full series (four sessions)
Registration closes 2 days before each session
IMPORTANT: Please indicate selected session(s) in 'A la carte' or select 'Full Series' to attend all.


October 20

5:00pm - 6:15pm

Macro Trends Driving the Future of Workplace

October 22

5:00pm - 6:15pm

Getting the Workplace of the Future Right

October 27

5:00pm - 6:15pm

The Great Return – the next set of workforce challenges

October 29

5:00pm - 6:15pm

Designing the Future of Workplace for Wellbeing

Ten months in, the question remains - what does the future hold for the workplace?
One thing rings true: the workplace landscape has changed. Tomorrow's view might look different, but abundant in opportunities for those who are ready for it.
This four-part digital series deep dives into the uncertainties, challenges and opportunities of this new era. From macro trends driving innovation in the work environment, redesigning spaces for peak productivity, The Great Return, to workplace wellness to drive performance.
DATES: October 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th
TIME: 5pm - 6:15pm (SGT) 
Macro Trends Driving the Future of Workplace (Oct 20)
As work evolves from being merely a place to becoming a mind-set, workplace strategy and culture and digital innovations are enabling people to work in a much more interesting and productive way than they used to. Our expert panel will explore the creativity behind the avalanche of digital revolutions, culture evolutions and change management strategies that are driving the future of the workplace.   
Moderator: Tang Wei Leng, Colliers International
Anthony Couse, JLL
Phillip Dunn, Netflix
Richard Paine, Lendlease
Getting the Workplace of the Future Right (Oct 22)
What's the secret sauce behind boosting collaboration, productivity and engagement at the workplace? Enterprises have been going all in on redesigning the office, with natural lighting, nap pods and ellipticals in the break room in the hopes of attracting A-players and improving retention. But there's more to it than just breaking down walls and installing skylights. In this session, we dig deep into the unforeseen downsides and unrealised benefits from their investments, and discover ways to approach a remodelling project for optimum results. 
Moderator: Jaelle Ang, The Great Room
Cheng Hsing Yao, GuocoLand
Tracy Lee, McKinsey & Company 
Joyce Wang, Joyce Wang Studio
The Great Return - the next set of workforce challenges (Oct 27)
Getting ready for The Great Return after the global workforce abruptly pivoted to remote working brings with it a new set of challenges. As we engage in the recovery phase, organisations are implementing a range of interventions that could transform how people work. What does this mean for the workforce moving forward and how will these mediations impact real estate owners, commercial real estate reps and the office industry? 
Moderator: Su Anne Mi, The Great Room
Erwin Chong, DBS
Katerina Giannouka, Radisson Hotel Group
Terence Seah, Benoy 
Designing the Future of Workplace for Wellbeing (Oct 29)
Employee well-being is a top priority today, largely because of the opinion that it supports organisational performance. Yet many workplace wellness programmes are missing significant pieces of the well-being puzzle, with 80 percent of organisations viewing worker well-being as the key to success, but only 12 percent saying they are ready to address this issue. What can organisations do to design enterprise-proven mindfulness to drive efficiency and performance at the workplace? 
Moderator: David Calkins, Gensler
Chew Peet Mun, CapitaLand Singapore 
Bill Lee, Gaw Capital Partners
Other panelists to be announced 



Phillip Dunn

Director Workplace, APAC, Netflix

Accomplished leader with 23+ years experience delivering integrated workplace solutions, project management, property and procurement strategies for technology and blue chip Multi-National Companies across Asia Pacific/India and EMEA. Please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillipjdunn/?originalSubdomain=sg for full bio.


Peet Mun Chew

Managing Director and Head of Workspace and Residential, CapitaLand Limited

Peet Mun leads the Investment and Portfolio Management team at CCTML and is concurrently Managing Director, Commercial for CapitaLand Singapore (Business Park and Commercial). Peet Mun has been with CCTML since March 2008. Peet Mun’s experience in finance and real estate spans over 15 years. Prior to CCTML, Peet Mun was Vice President of CapitaLand Financial Services Limited where he helped establish and manage various CapitaLandsponsored private funds and real estate investment trusts in Singapore and Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore and was a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and MAS Book Prize.


Erwin Chong

Group Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank Ltd

With more than 20 years of experience, Erwin Chong heads the Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration team in DBS Bank, managing over 4.1M sq ft of retail branches, electronic banking lobbies, and offices globally. His past experiences include leading regional CRE teams in Citibank, and has a background of global expertise across all CRE key functions, spanning across client occupier services and consultancy roles. He was the first from a Singapore company to serve on the Board of CoreNet Global between 2017 and 2020, the leading global association for the corporate real estate profession after a term of appointment as the Chair of the Corenet Global Singapore Chapter in 2016. In DBS’ transformation journey to achieve Global Finance’s Best Bank in the World 2018 and The Banker’s Global Bank of the Year 2018, Erwin led his regional team to re-think the role of spaces and its impact on customers and employees. This resulted in unconventional designs for retail branches, and a workplace transformation programme called Joyspace, which revolutionised close to 500,000 square feet of office spaces in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Dubai; changing the way employees work and behave in spaces. Marking another first, Erwin pioneered the installation of 1,200 solar panels in DBS – the largest of its kind amongst any Singapore banks in 2017 – tying in with DBS’s commitment to RE100; a global renewable initiative in which DBS is the first Asian bank and first Singapore company to get onboard. He believes that CRE should focus on employee experience that delivers the most value to any company. The father of two enjoys kicking back with some music, and his great galaxy of PS4 and PC games.


Katerina Giannouka

President Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group

Katerina Giannouka a member of Radisson Hotel Group’s (“RHG”) Executive Leadership Committee and head of the Asia Pacific region. In her role, she leads the RHG Asia Pacific executive committee, its corporate teams located in Singapore, Shanghai, Delhi, Jakarta and Sydney and a portfolio of 250+ hotels in operation and pipeline. Under her leadership, the RHG Asia Pacific team is executing a comprehensive 5-year strategic and operating plan to propel the growth of Radisson Hotel Group’s expansion models and underlying business operations to reach +2,000 hotels. In Asia Pacific, the Group’s brand portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and Radisson Individuals. A dedicated, curious and passionate individual, Katerina brings with her some 20 years of combined experience in hotel development, transactions, asset management, advisory, and operations spanning across some 35 countries. Her expertise includes building dynamic teams, accelerating growth, and delivering excellent traction for owners’ return on investment; her interests include empowering others to reach their full potential and bringing mindfulness into the workspace. Prior to joining Radisson Hotel Group, Katerina held leadership roles with Rosewood Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and HVS. Katerina graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Katerina is a member of YPO, a global leadership community of chief executives.


Richard Paine

Senior Development Director, Singapore, Lendlease Asia Holdings Pte Ltd

Richard Paine has over 30 years of property industry experience and has worked on numerous high profile projects, in partnership with co-investors and on fund mandates in the Asia Pacific region. With 19 years’ real estate experience in Asia, Richard has developed an extensive network with government agencies, investors, banks and key stakeholders. Richard has a very good understanding of the success factors for property development, ownership and performance. Richard recently led the development of Paya Lebar Quarter, a centrally located international mixed-use development and a key catalyst to the URA masterplan to transform Paya Lebar into Singapore’s new business and lifestyle hub. Paya Lebar Quarter is one of Singapore’s most progressive and sustainable precincts with next generation workplaces and residences, dynamic dining and shopping options, and generous green public spaces. Richard was previously Managing Director of Investment Management, Asia, where he was responsible for the Lendlease Investment Management, Asset & Property Management businesses in Asia, with over S$5 billion in assets under management. Prior to Investment Management, Richard was Head of Integrated Solutions, leading a team in matching capital to the numerous project opportunities available to Lendlease. The team comprised research, capital transaction, equity sourcing and product development functions. Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney. He also possesses a graduate diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute.


Anthony Couse

CEO, Asia Pacific, JLL

Anthony Couse is Chief Executive Officer of JLL Asia Pacific, a leading professional services firm that specialises in real estate and investment management. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for the company’s overall operations in 16 countries and a regional workforce of more than 42,000. Anthony is a member of JLL’s Global Executive Board. As a region, Asia Pacific accounted for US$3.4 billion in revenue in 2019. During his three decades at the firm, Anthony has worked with investors and corporates in all areas of commercial real estate. He spent the last 27 years in Asia, helping lead JLL’s expansion across the region. He spent a decade in Mainland China, leading JLL’s operations in Shanghai and Eastern China, as well as the China Capital Markets business. Anthony’s passion for sustainability led him to pioneer the JLL office move in Shanghai in 2017, where it achieved the world’s first platinum ratings for both LEED v4 and WELL v1, which are the highest standards of building certification currently available globally. This set the benchmark for other award-winning JLL offices in India, Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to that, he was based in Hong Kong for 13 years, holding a variety of leadership positions across the business. After studying biology at London University, where he graduated with honors in 1987, he took a job in the city with real estate company De Groot Collis. He joined JLL in 1989 and transferred to Hong Kong in 1993. Anthony writes frequently about major trends affecting real estate markets, proptech and the future of work. He is also a strong advocate for sustainability as well as diversity and inclusion causes. He has featured on panel discussions for high profile organisations including the World Economic Forum, The Milken Institute, and the Asian association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV). In his spare time, he keeps active by competing in marathons and triathlons.


Joyce Wang

Principal, Joyce Wang Studio

With studios in Hong Kong and London, pre-eminent award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang’s global portfolio includes residential, fitness and spa, and hospitality projects from London, New York and Melbourne to Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Wang’s unique creative vision integrates aesthetics and a commitment to usability and sustainability, architectural rigour and individual style with a keen appreciation of material beauty, textures and impeccable detailing. Confident and contemporary, her thoughtfully considered spaces radiate comfort and warmth. Wang, who trained as an architect, and her team lead each interior project with her signature hands-on approach and attention to detail from initial conceptual design through to completion, collaborating with skilled artists and artisans around the world to create captivating spaces with bespoke crafted details and customised accessories. Her designs often contain cinematic references, which add a sense of drama and a compelling narrative that charm and engage audiences. At Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, Wang transformed two floors of a colonial building in Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, into a poetic, immersive experience for Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades furniture and accessories. Her largest project to date, the extensive renovation and interior refurbishment of 181 guestrooms and suites at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is a pioneering blend of contemporary British flair and timeless heritage. Wang has also revamped the guest rooms and designed two innovative, modern penthouse suites in Hong Kong’s Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel and continues to work with the Group on other properties. Clients who share a similar passion for design have commissioned modern Chinese interiors at four Mott 32 restaurants, a stunning residence in Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong, and two private bars for Ferrari sports car owners in Japan, inspired by the owner’s passion for sports cars. Wang is also responsible for a spectacular penthouse at K11 ARTUS in Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside. Current projects include a spa and fitness club in Hudson Yards’ Equinox Hotel, New York, and hospitality projects including resorts and a boutique hotel with interiors steeped in the distinctive culture of each extraordinary location around Asia. She has also designed two collections of furnishings and accessories including a limited edition collection in rare red marble and another in custom made Terrazzo. Wang graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with degrees in architecture and Materials Science, and completed her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. Her many prestigious industry awards include Design Anthology’s inaugural Vanguard award in 2019 and Hospitality Design (HD) magazine’s coveted Wave of the Future 2014 award. Joyce Wang Studio was included in the top 400 in Dezeen’s Designer Hot List. She was a finalist in the 2016 World Interior Festival in Berlin and is a speaker at international design forums such as MAISON&OBJET, Business of Design Week and the World Interior Festival. Wang has also been invited to judge several awards including the 2018 AHEAD Asia Awards (Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design), the 2019 INDE.Awards and 2017’s INSIDE World Festival of Interiors.


Terence Seah

Director, Head of Singapore Studio, Benoy

Terence leads the Singapore Studio and sets the design direction, core expertise and business strategy of the Studio. He also helps recruit top talent in the regional market for Benoy. Terence has an impressive background in international architecture and design, with extensive experience in managing world-class projects. Having studied and practiced in Singapore and London, Terence has led significant projects across a diverse portfolio in China, South East Asia and the UK. Skilled at delivering masterplanning, mixed-use developments to smaller-scale retail and residential developments, Terence has acquired valuable insight across multiple sectors. Applying his expertise to integrated resorts, masterplanning, commercial, retail, hospitality, residential and mixed-use projects, Terence’s work includes Jewel Changi in Singapore, encompassing interior design, retail and aviation facilities; Raffles City, Shenzhen, China, a leading mixed-use development including retail, offices, residences, and a SOHO tower; David Jones, Sydney, in the redevelopment of its flagship Elizabeth Street, 12-floor department store; and the Al Bujairi masterplan and placemaking project in Riyadh, KSA, a lifestyle precinct of the gateway to the UNESCO heritage site.


Jaelle Ang

CEO & Co-founder, The Great Room

Jaelle Ang is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Great Room, a flexible workspace operator launched in 2016. Prior to founding The Great Room, Jaelle was the Head of Real Estate Development at SET-listed Country Group Development Public Company Limited in Thailand driving the development of one of the largest mixed-use developments in Bangkok, consisting of the Four Seasons Hotel, Four Seasons Residences and Capella Hotel. As an ex-banker from Citibank and Credit Suisse, she has experience in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions covering emerging markets in Asia. She is currently serving on the board of Country Group Development PCL and United Hampshire REIT as the only female director as well as the registered charity, Playeum. Selected for her accomplishments and vision, Jaelle is on the Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen list for defying stereotypes and breaking down barriers in the industry. Jaelle has been covered in print and broadcast outlets including The Straits Times, CNBC, Chanel New Asia, Money FM and The Edge; and is a frequent speaker at real estate, technology and design conferences covering topics from flexible working to entrepreneurship. When she was 12, she scribbled what would be on her tombstone “She always played her heart out on the field, taking long shots and braving bruises. She was never on the sidelines." Jaelle holds a BSc in Architecture from Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and an MBA from Imperial College, London.


Bill Lee

Co-Head of Gaw Technology and Infrastructure (GTI), Gaw Capital Partners

Bill Lee is leading the effort for PropTech investments and real estate development for Gaw Capital, bringing the proven technological concepts to the real estate assets. In his prior role as Director of Real Estate Strategies and Development for Microsoft, Bill was responsible for formulating and implementing Microsoft’s main campus refresh initiative for its work place and support spaces. The program delivered an intelligent environment that enables Microsoft employees to do their best innovative work. The strategic plan includes the most futuristic thinking for real estate, incorporating the anticipated changes in how people live and work in sustainable and technological world. As a real estate executive leader, Bill possesses over 20 years of achievements in real estate development and finance, project development and execution, acquisitions, campus planning and engineering in both public sector and major real estate development companies. He directly managed highly visible and key development projects involving complex equity groups and financing in the 11 major markets in the US as well as implementing strategies for development operations internationally. Bill’s industry focus has been with “city-like” development projects. Bill holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University. Bill also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Bucknell University. In addition he has provided and led discussions as panelist and keynote speaker with real estate industry, investment firms, and municipalities about technology and humanity as a focus in key projects throughout the world and is currently is an instructor for the Executive Education program for real estate professionals at Harvard University.


Weileng Tang

Managing Director, Singapore, Colliers International-AP

Wei Leng Tang is the Managing Director of Colliers in Singapore and is responsible for the growth strategy and overall direction of Colliers International’s business. We are an enterprising commercial real estate service solutions provider – we are a team of experts and trusted advisors to clients, advising them on their business space requirements and their property investment choices and decisions, managing and driving their asset performance, as well as valuing their assets.


Hsing Yao Cheng

Group Managing Director, GuocoLand Limited

Mr Cheng Hsing Yao is Group Managing Director of GuocoLand Singapore (GuocoLand), the country head of the Singapore business of GuocoLand Limited, which is listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange. GuocoLand is a premier developer of luxury developments such as Leedon Residence, Goodwood Residence and Martin Modern, with a proven track record of building and managing integrated developments such as Guoco Tower – Singapore’s tallest building – and the upcoming Guoco Midtown. He is also a Director of Eco World International, a developer with key investments in London and Australia. Prior to joining GuocoLand, he was with the Singapore public service. There, he held leadership positions at the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and was involved in projects like the Marina Bay and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City. Hsing Yao was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2006. Currently, Hsing Yao is the 1st Vice-President of the Real Estate Developer’s Association of Singapore (REDAS). He is also a board member of National Parks Board and a member of URA’s Design Advisory Committee as well as Heritage and Identity Partnership. In addition, Hsing Yao is an executive committee member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Singapore and serves as Co-Chair of ULI’s Integrated Development Council. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Newcastle University, United Kingdom and a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University.


Tracy Lee

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Tracy Lee is an associate partner at McKinsey’s Singapore office. Having joined McKinsey in 2012, she is a leader of the firm’s client service in real estate, infrastructure, cities, and economic development, spanning the public, private and social sectors. Her recent work includes forming end-to-end greenfield city development strategies, with a focus on livability; and advising on partnership strategies for large-scale real estate developments. She has served McKinsey clients in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Shanghai.


David Calkins

Regional Managing Principal, APAC+ME Region, Gensler

As Regional Managing Principal of Gensler’s Asia Pacific and Middle East (APME) region, David Calkins leads the senior management team in setting strategic priorities, and oversees growth initiatives and client activities in the region. He is an award-winning architect with a highly valued combination of experience in strategic planning and design in a variety of Gensler’s Practice Areas. David also sits on Gensler’s Management Committee which guides the firm’s strategy, and is especially committed to bridging geographic and cultural differences across its offices worldwide. A recognized leader in the region with over 30 years of experience, one of David’s key priorities is to build Gensler’s reputation and fuel business growth through innovative design solutions in APME. Gensler has seen many achievements under his helm in its different APME offices across the technology, science, hospitality, housing, retail and office building practices. David is highly passionate about design and sees it as a transformative process. He harnesses the firm’s insights-driven approach and way of thinking that design about amplifying human experience, to transform places for live, work and play. He lives by his personal motto: nothing good happens by accident – every positive outcome requires deliberate thought, focus and hard work.