25 January 2021 3.30pm – 4.45pm + Add to calendar Webinar Webinar

Join us for this thought-provoking webinar on Monday 25th January at 15.30hrs.

As we all gladly leap away from 2020, we take a good look at what may be in store for our industry in 2021, discuss the outlook for the markets and AREF's role in the coming year ahead.

The webinar will include a 30 minute moderated interactive debate with our excellent guest speakers, including Sabina Kalyan of CBRE and Brian Klinksiek of LaSalle Investment Management. You will be invited to join in as we discuss the pandemic, the likely trajectory of recovery, life after Brexit and the UK economic relationships with world superpowers (US, China, EU).



  • Moderator: Kevin Aitchison MBE, CEO at Knight Frank Investment Management
  • Speaker: Sabina Kalyan, Global Chief Economist and Global Head of Real Assets Research of CBRE
  • Speaker: Brian Klinksiek, Head of European Research & Global Portfolio Strategies at LaSalle Investment Management
  • Speaker: Paul Richards, Managing Director of AREF
  • Speaker: Karis Sander, Managing Director at Investment20/20


Monday 25th January 2021

15.30 - 16.45hrs

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call

This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here). 



Kevin Aitchison MBE

Head of Knight Frank Investment Management, Knight Frank Investment Management

Kevin is the Head of Knight Frank Investment Mangement and has over 25 years’ experience in the UK real estate market.  Before joining the business, he spent 11 years at ING Real Estate Investment Management (ING REIM), culminating in his appointment as CEO of the UK business in October 2008.  During his time at ING he had extensive experience of the portfolio and fund management of both segregated accounts and collective investment schemes, acting on behalf of a variety of UK and overseas institutional clients.  As CEO he took responsibility for the re-structuring of the ING REIM UK business, creating an enhanced focus on client service and performance.

Kevin is a member of the Investment Property Forum.  In his spare time he is Chair to the Board of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the only contact sport for tetraplegic athletes, suffering both upper and lower limb disability.

Sabina Kalyan

Global Chief Economist and Global Head of Real Assets Research , CBRE

Sabina is Global Chief Economist and Global Head of Real Assets Research for CBRE Global Investors with full operational responsibility for the firm’s strategy and research team and a specific role in selecting the economic scenarios and macro risk assessments that power the firm’s real estate forecasts. Previously, Sabina served as Head of Research for the firm’s EMEA region and the global quantitative team.

Sabina was previously Chief Economist at IPD. Prior to IPD, she worked for Capital Economics, where she developed their UK residential and commercial property market analysis and forecasting service.

Sabina studied economics at Lincoln College, Oxford University and is a member of the Society of Business Economists, the Society of Property Researchers and the Investment Property Forum. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Brian Klinksiek

Head of European Research & Global Portfolio Strategies, LaSalle Investment Management

Brian is Head of European Research and Global Portfolio Strategies. He leads LaSalle’s European Research & Strategy team, and is responsible for forecasts of property markets, capital markets and metro economies across the region. Brian takes a leading role in establishing LaSalle’s global strategy outlook, relative value assessments and portfolio strategies. He works closely with the firm’s global clients and portfolio managers in developing and implementing comprehensive, integrated global investment strategies. He also leads the expansion and enhancement of LaSalle’s global analytical tools and support the firm’s capital raising and investor relations activities.

Prior to joining LaSalle in 2020, Brian held various research and strategy leadership roles at Heitman, with diverse experience across a wide range of markets and property sectors in Europe, North America and Asia. 

Brian has a BA with honors from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Paul Richards

Managing Director, AREF

Paul is Managing Director of AREF. 

Before joining AREF, Paul was Head of the European Real Estate Boutique within Mercer’s investment consulting business for almost 10 years, previously he was Head of Indirect Real Estate Investment and Global Managed Accounts at LaSalle Investment Management, where he was responsible for managing global portfolios of unlisted real estate funds for clients from Europe and Asia Pacific.

He has over 25 years of real estate experience in investment, corporate finance and research, and has advised investors, occupiers and venture capital companies on property portfolio strategy and on financial structuring, including PFI, senior and mezzanine debt and joint venture arrangements. His employers have included LaSalle Investment Management, Cushman & Wakefield and Henderson Investors.

Before coming into the world of real estate, Paul worked in marketing and market research. He originally studied Physiological Sciences at Lincoln College, Oxford and has a Master of Science in Real Estate from City University Business School, London, now Cass Business School.

Karis Sander

Managing Director, Investment20/20

Karis joined Investment20/20 in 2014 and under her leadership they have seen 1,700 trainees enter the industry through over 50 member investment firms. Karis has led a dedicated programme of grassroots outreach to over 3,700 schools, colleges and universities, aimed at developing the industry’s long-term talent pipeline by showcasing the opportunities it can offer to graduates and school leavers. On behalf of Investment20/20, Karis has collected the Financial News Award for Innovation in Asset Management and the Investment Week Women in Investment Award for Contribution to Diversity.