The Gaia Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for finance leaders based in Hong Kong

A discussion on the effects of agile and collaborative working on corporate strategy

Hosted by Savills, the evening was set up to offer a relaxed and intimate forum in which to meet and network with senior peers. Twenty real estate and finance leaders came together for good food, fine wine, and a topical discussion.

The discussion was a continuation of the one we recently hosted in Singapore and we are happy to be able to hear how contrasting or similar the views are in Hong Kong. You can see here an article highlighting some points that came out during the dinner to give you an idea of how the night will proceed.

All discussion abide strictly by Chatham House Rules and attendance is by invitation only.

The effects of agile and collaborative working on corporate real estate strategy

Last year, the banking giant HSBC rented 300 seats from the co-working office provider, WeWork in Hong Kong. The company is typically associated to startups and creative companies but not necessarily large blue chip banking multinationals. This is the first of a series of events that has seen other large corporations lease to a more modern work environment in an effort to cut costs and create creative spaces. We will be discussing this and other topics such as:

  • What challenges and opportunities does agile working create for businesses?
  • What will the office of the future look like?
  • What tools are evolving to help corporations become more agile?

6:30 pm: Arrival and drinks reception
7:00 pm: Welcoming and opening address
7:10 pm: Dinner discussion on “The effects of agile and collaborative working on corporate real estate strategy” initiated by the moderator and continued by the group
8:00 pm: Dinner is served as the discussion is brought to a close
9:00 pm: Change of seats before dessert

The Library, China Club, Hong Kong

12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong

Thursday, 30th March 2017

The Library, China Club, Hong Kong

Attended by:

Managing Director at Olympus Capital AEP
Director of Real Estate and Private Equity at Ericsson
COO and Corporate Development Officer Asia at Bird & Bird
Partner at Reed Smith
Executive Vice President, Performance for APACMEA at Edelman
Director of Real Estate at UBS
CEO at Dentsu Aegis Network
Partner at Jones Day
General Manager at HPE
Managing Director, Real Estate at Manulife
Head of Admin at BOC International
Regional Director at Hays
Director at Arup
Head of Property Facilities Management at The Hong Kong Jockey Club
CFO at Veolia Water Asia
Partner at K&L Gates
Managing Director at Rothschild

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