Save the date: 2018 RICS World Built Environment Forum 2018

Date(s) - 23 Apr '18 - 24 Apr '18


On 23-24 April 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’, this Summit looks at the three driving forces of industrial transformation, urbanisation and digitalisation.

Key themes include collaborative infrastructure, trade and knowledge networks; the role of intelligent technology in driving productivity, and competition and co-operation 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 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.

Adds Chetty: “The two-day programme, developed in collaboration with internationally renowned and respected industry figures, will explore the transformative impact of digitalisation on business models and the consequences for cities and the regions around them“.

Attending the conference will provide 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, and
  • 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.

For further information visit or email or contactTC Chetty, RICS Country Manager for South Africa on 031 7644645 or 083 264 3134 or email