The influential 12th annual Investment Property Databank (IPD) South Africa Property Investment Conference moves to South Africa’s economic hub this year and will be hosted in Sandton Central, punted as the richest square mile in Africa.
With a host of high-profile international and local speakers, the conference attracts investors and property specialists from across the African continent and is set to take place from 16-17 July at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The theme of this year’s IPD South Africa Property Investment Conference, sponsored by Stanlib, is “Asset class and asset – the evolution of real estate”.
Executive Director and Head of South Africa, IPD, Stan Garrun, says: “The annual Property Investment Conference is widely recognised as the premier property investment event in South Africa. Now in its 12th year, the conference is very content driven and value adding, which appeals to thinking senior and emergent investment and real estate executives. At the same time it provides invaluable networking opportunity.”
Garrun adds: “The program will be presented by speakers from IPD’s international network and by South African thought-leaders, in a compact two-day format. The concept is panel based with extensive interactive discussion. The move of the event this year from Cape Town to Johannesburg is fitting as it is home to the JSE and most listed and unlisted property companies. We will however miss the vibrant Cape based investment community and hope that they will make their way to Sandton for this dynamic event.”
In covering the theme of this year’s conference, there are five panel sessions as well as a masterclass workshop on managing risk in real estate. The first session will set the tone with a look at socio-politico perspectives, economic drivers and international investment themes. Then the conference will zone in on investment strategy in the second session. This session will look at the multi-asset allocation and the role of real estate in investment portfolios, in addition to trends in asset allocation and benchmarking.
The third session explores why property as an asset is “in a different class” or a class of its own. Essentially the session will look at properties as also individual assets – driven by local factors and risk–return variations. In addition, how occupiers of properties are changing the face of African cities and trends around mega lifestyle developments and sustainable buildings.
Day one of the conference ends on a high note with the IPD South Africa Awards Dinner – a gala evening where South Africa’s property funds are recognised for top performance in their underlying un-geared property portfolios.
Session four of the conference kicks off on day two and this year this session will take on an innovative edge in the form of an “Assets Allocation Game”, where conference delegates participate.
The fifth and final session – dubbed “the rise of alternative assets and opportunity markets” – will wrap-up the conference and highlight how property is evolving into a mainstream asset class globally, and tests the boundaries of investment asset solutions.
Respected journalist and TV host David Williams, who is now a senior anchor on the CNBC Africa Channel, will guide discussions again this year as the conference facilitator.
Amongst the list of main speakers include Mario Lopez-Alcala, a senior analyst who leads real estate research globally at MSCI ESG New York; Amelia Beattie, Chief Investment Officer at STANLIB Direct Property Investments; Phil Tily, Executive Director of IPD UK & Ireland; and, Jess Cleland, Head of Strategy in Africa for Broll Property Group.
They will be joined by Garrun, who will open the conference with Beattie; and other speakers such as Phil Barttram, Vice President of IPD SA; and, Keillen Ndlovu, Head of Listed Property funds at STANLIB.