RICS World Built Environment Forum 2018 debates key global issues

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RICS World Built Environment Forum 2018 debates key global issues

On April 23 and 24, 2018, the Summit of the RICS World Built Environment

Forum reconvenes in London with two days of cutting-edge debates focusing on the commercial strategies needed to harness the enormous potential of the 21st century’s people and places.

Under the title of ‘Our Changing World – Urbanisation, Innovation and Civilisation’, the RICS World Built

Environment Forum looks at the three driving forces of industrial transformation, urbanisation and


Key themes include collaborative infrastructure, trade and knowledge networks; the role of intelligent technology in driving productivity; and competition and cooperation between cities and regions.

Says TC Chetty, RICS country manager for South Africa: ‘The World Built Environment Forum is a global network of professionals combining knowledge, skills and resources to shape the environment global populations need.’

Delivering the opening keynote address is Tesla’s chief technical officer and co-founder, JB Straubel. A global leader in large-scale solar and energy storage and electric vehicles, Straubel will highlight the role of innovative technology in creating disruptive business models.

Other speakers include Jonathan Ballon, vice president and group manager – Internet of Things, Intel Corporation; Guy Grainer, Europe, Middle East and Africa CEO for JLL; and Didier Bonnet, senior vice president and global practice leader – digital transformation for Capgemini Consulting.

Chetty adds: ‘The two-day programme, developed in collaboration with internationally renowned and respected industry figures, explores the transformative impact of digitalisation on business models and the consequences for cities and the regions around them. ‘Attending the conference provides insights enabling delegates to:

• Understand the trends shaping the urban environment and the interconnected sectoral risks in regional and global markets.

• Understand the market forces driving foreign direct investment in real estate and infrastructure.

• Gain valuable insight into real estate markets: location strategy, occupier needs, responsible investment.

• Learn best practices that make optimum use of available resources, and offer the best long-term viability for cities to attract employers and meet citizens’ needs.’

About the summit

The main summit themes debate:

• How development of collaborative infrastructure, trade and knowledge networks can generate inclusive wealth and wellbeing and inspire deeper regional economic co-dependencies.

• The nature and scope of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the role of intelligent technology in driving productivity across both de-industrialised and industrialising global regions.

• Competition and cooperation between cities and regions in pursuit of greater prosperity and economic versatility, enhanced public health and welfare, and improved levels of liveability and environmental sustainability.


TC Chetty, RICS Country Manager for South Africa

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RICS is a global professional body. We promote and enforce the highest professional qualification and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. The work of our professionals creates a safer world: we are proud of our profession’s reputation and we guard it fiercely.

Issue 7 - March to August 2018

Issue 7 - March to August 2018

This article was featured on page 18-19 of SABI Magazine Issue 7 - March to August 2018 .

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