Since 2010, the Real Estate Unite conference has been held once every year in Lagos, Nigeria. The event brings together all of the biggest players and personalities in the Nigerian and indeed the West African/African region to showcase their real estate portfolios and products as well as to discuss topics relevant to the industry.
The 2015 event was held on the 29 – 30 September and spanned over 2 days, with day 1 having a seminar/exhibition platform where various companies showcased their services and unique offerings. The first day also hosted a Real Estate Leaders meeting which had a roundtable of high level leaders from various Nigeria and Pan African companies including JLL’s SSA Chairman Mark Bradford, JLL’s Head of West Africa Chinwe Ajene Sagna as well as Gbenga Olaniyan of Estate Links, Vinay Mahtani of the Churchgate Group, Ronald Chagoury Jr of Eko Atlantic and Akin Olawore of International Realty Valuation to mention a few. The leaders’ meeting was anchored by Timi Adesanya, a Senior Analyst of the JLL Nigeria Corporate Solutions Team, who was also an ambassador of the Real Estate Unite 2015 Conference.
The Women in Real Estate (WIRE) also held a spirited conversation on Day 1, debating on questions such as “is there was a glass ceiling for women in the workforce? If one does exists, how do women successfully circumvent it? What is the role of gender (if any) in the workforce?” Chinwe Ajene-Sagna also served as one of the panellist spearheading this conversation.
Day 2 of the event had the conference and Awards Dinner. JLL’s Mark Bradford was a keynote speaker on the transformation panel where he spoke on the constant changes the world experiences and how it affects the real estate landscape globally. He also spoke about how global real estate leaders such as JLL are constantly developing new methods and strategies to keep up with the ever changing climes. Mark then concluded his presentation by showcasing the RED platform, JLL’s innovative tool for real estate portfolio data analysis. This was very well received by the audience.
JLL’s Chinwe Ajene Sagna was also a speaker as part of the sustainability panel where she discussed how sustainable practices are becoming/now crucial to real estate development, design and decision making in the global real estate landscape. Day 2 concluded with cocktails at the terrace and then an award dinner where Mark Bradford had the honour of presenting one of the awards to the selected recipient.
The Real Estate Unite 2015 was very well attended and was an excellent opportunity for the JLL team to both network and showcase our capabilities.