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The Propcast, by Louisa Dickins, Co-founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech Recruitment Consultancy brought to you in partnership with CREtech and Future Place. The aim of the show is to introduce you to a PropTech innovator and discuss how their work has created a shift in focus when it comes to digitising the built environment. If you are interested in finding out more about PropTech, or applying for a job in this space or keen to know who the big players are that are moving and shaking the RE industry? We have you covered and will be bringing you an episode each week to connect you to the VCs, PropTech start-ups and real estate professionals from around the globe.

The Propcast Louisa Dickins

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The Propcast, by Louisa Dickins, Co-founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech Recruitment Consultancy brought to you in partnership with CREtech and Future Place. The aim of the show is to introduce you to a PropTech innovator and discuss how their work has created a shift in focus when it comes to digitising the built environment. If you are interested in finding out more about PropTech, or applying for a job in this space or keen to know who the big players are that are moving and shaking the RE industry? We have you covered and will be bringing you an episode each week to connect you to the VCs, PropTech start-ups and real estate professionals from around the globe.

    Strategy & Consulting Around Sustainability in ESG with Daniel Stephens & Farzana Huysman

    Strategy & Consulting Around Sustainability in ESG with Daniel Stephens & Farzana Huysman

    Summary: In the final episode of Season 10 of the Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Daniel Stephens, Senior Partner and Farzana Huysman, Junior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.
    Daniel and Farzana share what their roles at McKinsey & Company involve and the risks and strategies they’re spending most of their time on. The guests discuss the common themes and questions they get asked by clients - including finance, real estate and insurance.
    In this episode you will hear about decarbonisation strategies McKinsey and Company have been focusing on and how their efforts compare to other organisations in the space. 

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews PropTech Salary Report, LMRE 2022
    Companies Mentioned:
    Measurabl British Land Hillbreak
    Shout Outs:
    Jon Lovell Matt Ellis
    Key Insights From This Episode:  
    We’re shifting to a regime where insights into sustainability topics are shifting from voluntary to mandated - Daniel Hiring new talent is of course extremely important, but I believe that in a couple of years time everyone is going to need some level of proficiency on climate - Farzana The landscape is moving so fast and that's not something we’re used to in the real estate industry, therefore a different skill set is required to understand the technical solutions and how they can monetise - Daniel
    About Our Guests:
    Daniel Stephens:
    Daniel Stephens is a Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Washington, D.C., office. He is the Global Co-leader of McKinsey’s Climate and ESG Finance Practice and serves financial institutions in North America and around the world on topics relating to credit risk, regulatory compliance, disclosures, reputational risk, and business building with respect to climate and ESG topics. 
    Dan’s recent work includes standing up the climate risk program at a global trillionaire bank; conducting climate stress testing at a major North American bank; working with multiple banks on ESG and climate regulatory response; and building an ESG-led business model for a large global bank. 
    Outside of ESG and climate, Dan serves a broad range of clients across the commercial financial services space, as well as several public finance entities, including financial regulators, government lending programs, and government distribution programs. 
    Dan holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a J.D. with honours from Harvard Law School. He is a founding board member of Foster America, a not-for-profit that serves at-risk youth and child welfare agencies.

    Farzana Huysman:
    Farzana Huysman is a project manager in McKinsey & Company’s London office, where she focuses on serving financial institutions on sustainability, covering topics such as financing of decarbonisation and new green businesses, assessment and adaptation to physical climate risk, and de-risking the energy transition. 
    Farzana’s recent work includes scaling transition finance capabilities at an emerging markets bank; supporting growth and innovation of climate solutions for a global insurance broker; and assessing implications of physical climate risk for a European property insurer. Beyond financial institutions, Farzana has supported strategy and digital transformation efforts for clients in life sciences and shipping.
    Farzana’s background is in engineering, with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and previous work in building engineering. She co-leads the London office’s pro-bono support for a UK charity tackling global poverty.

    About McKinsey & Company:
    McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. They are the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. 
    They work with leading organisations across the private, public and social sectors. Their scale, scope, and knowledge allow them to address problems that no one else can. They have

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    How To Integrate ESG Into Your Portfolio Effectively. with Eric Duchon & John Fitzpatrick

    How To Integrate ESG Into Your Portfolio Effectively. with Eric Duchon & John Fitzpatrick

    Summary: In the ninth episode of Season 10 of the Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Eric Duchon, Global Head of ESG for Blackstone Real Estate and John Fitzpatrick, Chief Technology Officer of Alternative Asset Management Technology at Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. John featured previously in Season 2 of The Propcast.
    Eric and John share where Blackstone is on ESG and why they are seen as one of the leaders in this space. They talk about what Blackstone is focusing on as a business when it comes down to strategy, investment and innovation across their diverse and global portfolio.
    In this episode you will hear how Blackstone ensures attractive returns for their investors whilst making a positive impact on the communities in which they invest.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
    Sphera Schneider Electric EQ Office Willis Tower
    Shout Outs:
    Don Anderson StuyTown Kenneth Caplan Kathleen McCarthy Baldwin  Jonathan Gray 
    Key Insights From This Episode:  
     
    We believe that ESG is a real source of value and a way to mitigate risk in our portfolio - Eric  
    What drove me into this space is the use of passion to drive change, whilst driving value - Eric We do need the technologies that help us automate and optimise our buildings but this also requires the people that know what they’re doing - Eric Technology is important, but having a clear strategy is the starting place that people should have if they want to achieve their ESG targets - John
    About Our Guests:
    Eric Duchon:
    Eric Duchon is Global Head of ESG for Blackstone Real Estate. As part of the Real Estate Asset Management team, he partners with the firm’s central ESG team and Portfolio Operations to initiate, manage, implement and report ESG initiatives across the global Real Estate portfolio.
    Prior to joining Blackstone in November 2020, Mr. Duchon was at LaSalle Investment Management where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability. Prior to LaSalle, Mr. Duchon spent over 9 years at Cushman & Wakefield as the Director of Sustainability Strategies.
    Mr. Duchon received a BBA from Emory University – Goizueta Business School and a Masters in Real Estate Development Degree from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate.

    John Fitzpatrick:
    John Fitzpatrick is Chief Technology Officer of Alternative Asset Management Technology at Blackstone. He handles all aspects of technology across Blackstone’s Real Estate and Private Equity businesses and assists our portfolio companies with managing their technology programs and strategy. He is also involved in the firm’s balance sheet investments in targeted, early stage, technology-related opportunities.
    Prior to his current role, Mr. Fitzpatrick oversaw various initiatives across the entire Technology and Innovations group. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked at Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s, for seven years where he was most recently the Head of Product.
    He received a BS in Finance from St. John’s University and currently serves on the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Leadership Council.

    About Blackstone:
    Blackstone is the world’s largest alternative asset manager. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our $941 billion in assets under management include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, infrastructure, life sciences, growth equity, opportunistic, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow @blackstone on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    What Makes A Smart Sustainable Technology? with Sonu Panda & Becca Rushin

    What Makes A Smart Sustainable Technology? with Sonu Panda & Becca Rushin

    Summary: In the eighth episode of Season 10 of the Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Sonu Panda, the CEO of Prescriptive Data and Becca Rushin, the Director of ESG at Jamestown. Becca and Sonu discuss challenges in the industry including the impact of the current geopolitical climate and whether this will slow down the journey to net zero.
    Becca and Sonu share their career journeys to ESG and technology. In this episode you’ll hear Sonu explain more about script data and how it improves sustainability in buildings. Becca talks about Jamestown’s sustainability and social responsibility initiatives and shares information on their green program and charitable foundation.
    The key takeaway from this episode is that people want to work in healthy buildings and environments, however, achieving carbon neutrality through offsets is not enough. Instead, true science based approaches are what’s needed to tackle the bigger issue of climate change.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken The RHINO Principle, Paul Johnson


    Companies Mentioned:
    Rudin Management  Carbon Lighthouse  Measurabl Deepki Boston Properties The James Beard Foundation  
    Shout Outs:
    John Gilbert, COO of Rudin Management Ben Myers, Vice President of Boston Properties  
    Key Insights From This Episode:  
    So much of what we do is a function of the deep thoughts that our customers have and the feedback that we receive. - Sonu I think the holy grail for a tech company is to find some sort of portfolio deployment that works for every single asset, everyone wants that package deal. - Becca I see a more widespread recognition that climate change is real, that achieving carbon neutrality through offsets is not enough, and that true science based approaches are what’s called for - Sonu One thing that is really important about our portfolio is that it is very diverse, we don’t own glass office towers, we have a lot of special snowflakes. - Becca People want to work in healthy buildings and environments, these are the things that people are paying attention to, it's the new employee value proposition. - Louisa  
    About Our Guests:
    Sonu Panda: 
    Sonu Panda is the CEO of Prescriptive Data, a privately-held SaaS company focused on the intersection of the Internet of Things, big data, and machine learning as applied to built environments of all types. Sonu develops and executes Prescriptive Data’s business and technology strategy, and oversees all functions within the company, including sales, business development, marketing, customer onboarding and success, engineering, talent management, finance and administrative operations. Prior to Prescriptive Data, Panda most recently served as the co-founder and COO of H.Bloom, a B2B marketplace company, where he developed the company’s operational model, established both product/technology development and process engineering efforts and managed day-to-day business operations. 
     
    Becca Rushin:
    Becca Rushin the Director of ESG at Jamestown. She leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives through the Jamestown Green program and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining Jamestown in 2012, Ms Rushin worked as a local government consultant for Clark Patterson Lee, where she served as Community Development Coordinator and Sustainability Commission Staff Liaison for the City of Dunwoody. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and holds a LEED AP O+M credential. Ms Rushin is an active volunteer with the Urban Land Institute, the US Green Building Council, and Community Farmers Markets. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Environmental Policy from Sewanee: the University of the South and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development: Environmental Policy and Management from Utrecht University.
     
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    An Investment Managers Plan For Our Planet. with Peter Epping & Kathryn Scheckel

    An Investment Managers Plan For Our Planet. with Peter Epping & Kathryn Scheckel

    Summary:  In the seventh episode of Season 10 of the Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Peter Epping, Global Head of ESG and Kathryn Scheckel, Global Head of Innovation at Hines.
    Peter and Kathryn will share how their careers led them to ESG and innovation. The guests discuss Hines’ target to reach net zero by 2040 and the strategy they are going to use to get there. They talk about their key focus to bring down the emissions of their current buildings.
    In this episode you will hear about how Hines are going to reduce energy demand in their vast portfolio using both a customer centric approach and a variety of tools and technologies that can help create more positive outcomes for their communities and buildings. You’ll also hear how different countries around the world are leading the charge towards net zero by using innovation in building technology and renewable energy.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
    McKinsey and Company Halo The Square
    Shout Outs:
    Dr. Michael Crow, President at Arizona State University 
    Key Insights From This Episode:  
    In our view, innovation and ESG cannot operate one without the other - Kathryn If you pick the best expertise from different places around the world you will arrive at a product that is better for everyone - Peter The world is changing quickly so having curiosity and staying open to knowing what you don't know is crucial - Kathryn We need to solve this collectively to change our systems, the spirit of having realised that and everyone being willing to collaborate is really, in the literal sense, energising - Peter Millennials applying for jobs are going to be much more conscious about the health of the building they’re going to be working in, and whether the business they’re going to be working for is making an impact - Louisa
    About Our Guests:
    Peter Epping:
    Peter is Global Head of ESG, responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s ESG strategy in close coordination with the firm’s leadership, as well as its regional and key functional groups.
    He previously served as Fund Manager in Hines’ European Investment Management Team. 
     
    He joined the firm in 2001 and until 2006 worked in various development roles with Hines Germany and the Hines European Development Fund. In 2006, he became a portfolio manager in the investment management team and starting 2013, he took on the role of fund manager of the Hines European Core Fund. From 2014 until 2021 he was also responsible for building three separate account portfolios investing across the risk spectrum and asset classes in major European cities.
     
    Epping holds a degree of economics business administration from University of Mannheim as Diplom-Kaufmann and an MBA from Union College in Schenectady.
     
    Kathryn Scheckel:
    Kathryn leads the Strategic Project Office in delivering firm-wide strategies for complex, multi-stakeholder projects involving internal and external parties, reporting to the Office of the CEO. Additionally, she currently serves as the Interim Head, Office of Innovation, reporting to the Global CIO. In these capacities, Ms. Scheckel oversees the progress and implementation of cross-functional initiatives at Hines that help push the business forward.  
     
    Prior to joining Hines, Ms. Scheckel’s career includes strategic roles at McKinsey & Company in New York, focusing on organisational strategy & commercial real estate; and at Arizona State University serving in a variety of roles including as a senior director in the Office of the President, building & launching novel strategic partnerships, including the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.  
     
    Ms. Scheckel is inspired to connect and foster female talent in commercial real estate. Since joining Hines in 2019, Kathryn has initiated the global relaunch of OneHines Women’s Network, which strengthens and empowers diversity, equi

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    Is There Really An Appetite For Energy Efficiency Within Commercial Real Estate? with Zachary Denning & Jerremy Spillman

    Is There Really An Appetite For Energy Efficiency Within Commercial Real Estate? with Zachary Denning & Jerremy Spillman

    Summary:  In the sixth episode of Season 10 of the Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Zachary Denning and Jerremy Spillman, co-founders of Hank. JLL’s recently acquired AI-powered virtual engineering platform for buildings.
    Zach and Jerremy share how Hank is helping the commercial real estate world reduce emissions and assist clients in their transition to net zero. The guests discuss the geographical differences surrounding the adoption and consensus of technology that they have noticed since Hank successfully expanded to Europe. 
    In this episode you’ll hear about the ever changing appetite for efficiency within commercial real estate, how technology can help real estate meet its sustainability goals and what the future holds for Hank. 
    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews Shout Outs:
    Rob Baker, Head of Product, Hank Key Insights From This Episode:  
    You could put a Ferrari engine into a building, but if you don't know how to drive it you're not going to get anything out of it - Jerremy If you’re not able to satisfy both the ownership and the investor level as well as the property level, you’re never going to have a successful product - Jerremy We’re driving a culture of execution, everybody on the team is on the same mission to drive revenue, if we’re not driving revenue then we’re stagnant - Zachary I figured out that smart buildings aren’t so smart, machine learning is the future of this industry - Zachary  Why not be inside the largest, most progressive property management ownership firm in the world? There's no more strategic partnership than that - Zachary  
    About Our Guests:
    Zachary Denning:
     
    Zachary Denning earned his degree in mechanical engineering and has always had a strong aptitude for software development. In his +10 years in the smart buildings industry, he was able to identify and solve core building engineering challenges using applied machine-learning and AI – Eventually leading to the development of a new market, virtual engineering. Zach has grown the Hank virtual engineering team to over 50 members under JLL and together they’re pushing the boundaries of machine-learning in building operations to maximise client value.
     
    Jerremy Spillman:
     
    Over the last 12 years Jerremy has worked in the clean tech space ranging from utility DSM program management to battery powered electric vehicle charging stations.  Most recently Jerremy co-founded Hank, an A.I. powered HVAC management tool for commercial office buildings.  Hank was recently acquired by JLL Technologies as a key tool to meet their aggressive sustainability goals.
     
    About Hank:
     
    Recently acquired by JLL, Hank is a virtual engineering platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that autonomously optimises the management systems of commercial buildings to deliver increased comfort, air quality and energy savings.
     
    Hank’s system applies machine learning and AI to solve many of the commercial real estate (CRE) industry’s largest operational challenges, including HVAC programming inconsistencies and energy and equipment performance inefficiencies. Its cloud-based platform optimises energy efficiency, air quality, maintenance costs and tenant comfort - ultimately delivering increased net operating income (NOI) to real estate investors.
     
    About Our Host
    Louisa Dickins
    Louisa is the co-founder of LMRE, which has rapidly become the market leading global PropTech recruitment platform and search consultancy with operations across North America, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
    To promote the industry she is so passionate about, Louisa set up the Global podcast ‘The Propcast’ where she hosts and invites guests from the built environment space to join her in conversation about innovation.
    About LMRE
    LMRE is globally recognised for leading the way in Real Estate Tech & Innovation talent management.
    From the outset

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    What Are The Costs and Benefits of Innovation Within ESG? with Jonathan Flaherty & Philippe Le Fort

    What Are The Costs and Benefits of Innovation Within ESG? with Jonathan Flaherty & Philippe Le Fort

    Summary: In the fifth episode of season 10 of The Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Jonathan Flaherty, Global Head of Sustainability and Building Technology Innovation at Tishman Speyer and Philippe Le Fort, leader of Ambio, a smart buildings SaaS platform by PATRIZIA.
    Jonathan and Philippe talk to Louisa about their journeys into ESG and elaborate on the technologies they believe will help real estate reach net zero. They discuss the differences in innovation adoption across geographies and the long term benefits and cost of innovation on the asset, the tenant and on our built environment.
    Philippe talks about how he’s been leading PATRIZIA’s very own smart building SaaS platform, Ambio, and both guests share their thoughts on whether full digitalisation is actually possible.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews Ambio, PATRIZIA’s Smart Building Platform  
    Key Insights From This Episode:  
    I don’t think one particular technology is going to drive us to low carbon buildings, it’s going to be a combination of everything working together to get that outcome. - Jonathan People will go back to offices in the future but people need to have a reason to do so, and the traditional office product is going to have to change.The buildings that don't make that change are going to become obsolete. - Jonathan Customer experience is really significant to the focus of companies such as Amazon and Apple. Real estate has not paid much attention to that up until now, however technology is now coming to change the way people operate and the way people use buildings every day. - Philippe I think we're living in one of those moments where all these mega trends are converging together and really accelerating how we have to adapt as an industry. - Philippe Is any of this digitalisation really possible within a brick and mortar business, which is so large, slow moving and slightly archaic? - Louis  
    About Our Guests:
    Jonathan Flaherty:  
    Jonathan Flaherty is the Global Head- Sustainability and Building Technology Innovation at Tishman Speyer. Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 as part of the Leadership Development Program and has held various roles with the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. He transitioned to the Sustainability department in 2010, becoming the Director of Sustainability, and most recently the Global Head – Sustainability and Building Technology Innovation. In this role, he manages the firm's evolving sustainability strategy: property and fund sustainability certifications, communication with current and future investors, worldwide performance tracking, energy procurement strategy, building technology innovation, diligence in alternative green investments, and execution of the firm's commitment to Net Zero by 2050. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Schumer in Washington, DC. Mr. Flaherty is the chair of the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange, the co-chair of the REBNY Sustainability Committee and is on the board of the New York Energy Consumers Council. He holds a BA in political science from Kenyon College, and an MBA and MSUP from Columbia University.
     
    Philippe Le Fort:
    Philippe Le Fort leads Ambio, a smart buildings Saas platform by PATRIZIA. Philippe joined the company in 2020 and has been in charge of setting up a new business line from the ground up. Today he is leading its execution and responsible for deploying the technology at scale across the portfolio, advancing how buildings perform for businesses, people and the planet. 
    Previously, Philippe was an Investment Director at Tishman Speyer London and started a proptech venture to democratise access to institutional grade real estate using blockchain technology. He has also advised early-stage companies in the U.S. 
    Philippe has a MSc in architecture from EPFL and an MBA from

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Best Proptech podcast

Louisa is a great interviewer and I always learn a lot. I’ve recommended it to anyone interested in proptech.

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Great podcast! Lou does a wonderful job making her guests feel welcome. Lots of expert information!

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I loved listening to the latest podcast with Tyler Christiansen and Demetrios Barnes. It was both informative and fun to listen to. It was clear that both guests were experts in their field and the insights provided were valuable to anyone in the property management space.

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