Monthly Newsletter | September 2021
Dear Colleague,
What a month! The Corporate Real Estate Innovation Forum earlier this month was without doubt an outstanding success. Delayed due to the pandemic, this was our first time to meet LIVE in-person at a Chapter event since February 2020 and it was truly fantastic to have drawn such a great audience with 140 attendees making it a sell-out. Thank you to all who attended and I hope you enjoyed the varied learning sessions on offer and of course all the long overdue networking experience. For those who didn’t get to join us, presentations can be found on the on-line Knowledge Center. Remember though this is a member benefit! A big thank you also to the speakers and moderators and of course the sponsors who without their generous support, events of this kind would not be possible. 
To keep up momentum, we have planned our schedule for the remainder of the year with a combination of LIVE in-person events and virtual ones through to our end of year celebration on 7 December at Expo 2020. Very exciting as we will be joined by Mimi Nicklin, Bestselling Author, Strategist and Organisational Empathy Consultant who will discuss Is Empathy our Secret Power?
Yours sincerely,

Richa Singh
Chair - Middle East Chapter
Upcoming Events

28 September 2021
LIVE - Dubai, Vida Emirates Hills

19 October 2021
Virtual - Registration Open Soon
Furniture Shaping the Future of Workspace

9 November 2021
LIVE - OrangeBox, D3, Dubai
Registration Open Soon
Relationship Buildings®

7-9 November 2021
LIVE - Seattle, NA

8-10 March 2022
LIVE - St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
Event Spotlight

Furniture Shaping the Future of the Workspace
19 October 2021, 8-10am

Watch your email for an invitation to join our virtual event in October which is a Virtual Furniture Showcase! Joining us are leading global furniture manufacturers including Royal Ahrend, Herman Miller, Interstuhl and Human Scale who will each showcase 1-2 of their latest products that will support the office of the future. This is a great opportunity for corporate occupiers / end users to see across the industry how furniture design and products are evolving as corporates design the workplace of the future post COVID. Registration opens shortly.
Nike gives head office workers a week off to ‘destress’
Sportswear giant Nike gave its head office employees the week off, as the latest company to offer workers vacation in order to support their mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Senior leaders are all sending a clear message: Take the time to unwind, destress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work! Read the full article here. Toby Hall, former Chair of the Middle East Chapter and currently the Dubai Association Centre Lead said "it's great to see Nike taking a lead and recognising the huge importance of mental health in the workplace, and it’s clear impact on people’s personal lives and productivity, and I hope we will see other companies start similar initiatives."
End User Roundtable

Calling all End User members and friends of the Chapter, we would like to invite you to a closed end roundtable discussion on 28 September 2021 from 8.30-10am. The event, will be face to face in a private meeting room at Vida Hotel Emirates Hills and will be an opportunity for CRE professionals to informally network and discuss hot topics. Spaces are limited so email us today if you would like to secure a spot at the table!
Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestures

Sign up to attend this course on 25 October which provides an in-depth review of CRE’s role in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. The seminar contemplates CRE across six components of the M&A/D life-cycle, including: The Deal Model, Pre-signing Launch, Pre-signing Transition Planning, Sign-to-Close Execution, Post-Close Transformation and Closing. Members receive special discounts on our courses. 
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Heriot Watt Dubai to compete in Academic Challenge
CoreNet Global's Academic Challenge invites students from around the world to think creatively about a problem facing real estate professionals for renowned companies like Google, Duke Energy, AstraZeneca, Whirlpool, and many others. This year we are delighted that students from Heriot Watt Dubai will compete with their peers from around the world. Director of Studies Real Estate Dr Michael Waters said "CoreNet Global Middle East has been a very supportive part of our growth and development as the leading international real estate education provider in Dubai. This support brings a real-world application to key parts of our syllabus within the corporate real estate management course we have as part of the MSc Real Estate degree at Heriot Watt University’s Dubai Campus. It is a career path often forgotten by those looking to enter the sector but it’s a highly important one. This year’s academic challenge picks up on a very critical part of innovation around ESG to which many multinational businesses are looking for solutions to adoption. I am very excited to be presenting a global team from our Dubai and Edinburgh campuses at Heriot Watt University. We thank CoreNet Global for their continuous support”. To learn more about the Academic Challenge Click Here
Sponsor Spotlight
We are delighted that HortonTech Interiors has renewed its annual sponsorship of the Chapter for another year! Since 2012, Horton Tech has rapidly grown to become one of the Middle East’s preferred construction contractors and has recently been recognised as one of the top fit-out firms delivering large projects in the region. To learn more about their successes and their creative team visit their website. Interested to be a sponsor of the Middle East Chapter? Click Here
New Member Spotlight
Board Member Spotlight
Meet new member Savas Cizmeci who has been working for Microsoft as a Portfolio Manager covering the Middle East region since June 2021.
Previously at Citibank where he played a critical role in the real estate transformation of Citibank in the MEA region , the portfolio comprised 73 premises with more than 30+ projects in 26 countries. Savas earned his Mechanical Engineering degree in Istanbul, Turkey in 2007. He completed his executive MBA program in 2015.  Please join us in welcoming Savas to the Middle East Chapter family!
Meet Sarah Aoun, Chair Elect of the Middle East Chapter and Content & Programmes Lead. In her day job Sarah is Regional Head of Corporate Services Middle East North Africa & Turkey at HSBC managing Corporate Real Estate, Security and Business Continuity and Incident Management. Sarah will assume the position of Chair of the Middle East Chapter on 1st April 2022 when Richa Singh's two year term ends. Sarah joined her journey with CoreNet during her time in Hong Kong earlier in her career and has been on the ME chapter Board since 2020.