We have held a number of events throughout April, May, June and July 2020.  Click on the titles below to view further information about these events, including recordings:


COVID-19 – Real Estate Experiences from across the Globe

14 July 2020

Speakers discussed COVID-19 experiences from across the US, Europe and Asia, looking at how the real estate market in their country has been affected by the Coronavirus, lessons learned and the challenges they are facing in their recovery. There was some very interesting discussion around which demographics are most interested in getting back into the office and how the childcare crisis has played out differently across different continents. Speakers also touched on the need for consumer confidence to return to the retail and leisure sectors, and the move towards recession resistant market opportunities.

We would like to thank Darren Stolzenberg for moderating the session and the panel for their candid discussion and responses to questions. The panel were as follows:

  • Chair - Darren Stolzenberg, Partner, Funds & Indirect Real Assets Team at CMS UK
  • Henry Chin, Head of Research APAC/ EMEA at CBRE, Hong Kong
  • Christina Hill, Managing Director and Head of Asset Management, Americas at PGIM, USA
  • Gordon Liu, Deputy Managing Director, Capital Markets, China & Head of Capital Markets, North China, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Christina Ofschonka, Managing Director Fund Management at AEW, Germany

Click here to listen to the full recording.

The AREF Pubchat Podcast Series – Looking beyond the COVID tunnel


Proudly sponsored by 'RSM'

This series includes five podcasts, where specialists discuss issues ‘beyond the Covid-19 tunnel’ and look at specific areas of the industry.

Details of the podcasts and speakers:

Podcast #1 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Logistics/Industrial
Recorded: 14 May 2020

Chair: Kevin Aitchison, CEO, Knight Frank Investment Management (AREF Man Com)
Nick Smith, Fund Manager Airport Industrial Fund, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Tim Legge, Fund Manager, Tritax Property Income Fund
Ian Henderson, Group Property Director, Wincanton
Richard Bains, Managing Director, Chancerygate

Podcast #2 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Offices (London and Regional)
Recorded: 21 May 2020

Chair: Kevin Aitchison, CEO, Knight Frank Investment Management (AREF Man Com)
Kerri Hunter, Fund Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Marcus Geddes, Head of Property, Land Securities
Lee Elliott, Global Head of Occupier Research, Knight Frank
David Kaiser, Head of Real Estate, UK and Ireland, WeWork


Podcast #3 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Retail & Leisure
Recorded: 27 May 2020

Chair: Kevin Aitchison, CEO of Knight Frank Investment Management (AREF Man Com)
Ed James, Director & General Counsel, The Bannatyne Group
Isabelle Hease, Head of Research and Analytics, Ellandi
Matt Soffair, Research Manager, Retail and Leisure Real Assets, The Leisure Fund, L&GIM
Paul Newman, Partner, Head of Leisure & Hospitality, RSM UK

Podcast #4 - A candid discussion on the way forward for Residential
Recorded: 4 June 2020

Chair: Ian Mason, Portfolio Manager, AEW (AREF Board)
Christopher Saunders, Fund Manager of COLIV Fund, DTZ Investors
Jennifer Murray, Senior Manager - Product Development, Homes England
Tom Ball, Chief Financial Officer, Signature Senior Lifestyle Limited
Edward Clough, Investment & Operations Director, Octopus Real Estate
Nick Hayes, Group Property Director, Unite Students

Podcast #5 - A candid discussion on the financial implications of COVID-19
Recorded: 11 June 2020

Chair: Paul Richards, CEO, AREF
Anthony Shayle (ex UBS and Chair of AREF Public Affairs Committee)
Peter Cosmetatos, CEO, CREFCE
Matt Oakley, Head of UK and European Resarch Team, Savills


A special thank you to all our speakers who took part in the series.

Crisis / Covid Forums

The Crisis/COVID Forums included a series of 6 webinars, held between April to June 2020, during the global pandemic.  Each webinar was chaired by John Forbes and included an expert panel of real estate professionals, discussing the most pressing issues for their firms at that time and sharing their experiences, to help our members get through a very tricky time. Click the links below to listen to each of the recordings (Forum's 1-5 are available to AREF members only, Forum 6 is open to the public):

Link: Crisis Forum #1 (recorded 6th April 2020)

Link: Crisis Forum #2 (recorded 21st April 2020)

Link: Crisis Forum #3 (recorded 5th May 2020)

Link: Crisis Forum #4 (recorded 19th May 2020)

Link: COVID Forum #5 (recorded 9 June 2020)

Link: COVID Forum #6 (recorded 30 June 2020) (this is open to the public)