About Bill Endsley
Secretary General, FIABCI-USA
103 West Broad St., Suite 320,
Falls Church, VA 22046
FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation will celebrate sixty-three years of Special Consultative Status at the United Nations on Tuesday, April 4. The biannual luncheon will feature Keynote Speaker Thomas G. McCarthy, Cushman & Wakefield Vice-Chairman who will speak on “Navigating the Winds of Change”. The luncheon will also include the latest information on FIABCI’s implementation of UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda in cities around the world.
“Since Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador last year, FIABCI-USA has been focusing on sustainable urban development and inclusive urban planning across the US and the response from throughout the real estate industry has been positive”, noted 2016-2017 FIABCI-USA President, Maire Rosol of Summit Sothebys’s International Realty, Park City, Utah. In addition to the luncheon, the International Symposium April 4 & 5 will include panels on Global Wealth Trends, International Architecture & Design Trends, Capital Flows & Regional Investment Targets, How the Sharing Economy is Changing Real Estate, Understanding the Complexities of Ownership for Foreign Owners of US Real Estate, Essex Crossing & Navy Yards: Best Practices in Urban Development, and Changes in China: Possible Impact On Asia and Beyond.
Expert speakers at the Symposium will include David S. Friedman, Co-Founder of Wealth-X; Richard Koss, Director of the Global Housing Watch at the International Monetary Fund; Gregory Heym, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist for Terra Holdings; Herbert Lash, Reuters Correspondent Middle-East North Africa; Tim Gifford, Head of CBRE’s Investment Banking Business for Latin America; Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group; David Ehrenberg, President and CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; Issac Henderson, L+M Development Partners; Michael Ridloff Director of Investment Vanke Holdings USA; and Steve Williams, Real Capital Analytics Executive Managing Director.
The social highlight of the proceedings will be the FIABCI-USA Installation Dinner on Tuesday April 4 where President Rosol will mark a successful year of rebooting the organization including a responsive web design and revitalizing FIABCI Business Councils in major cities across the US. She will then install Susan Merdinger Greenfield of Brown Harris Stevens, New York as FIABCI-USA President 2017-2018. Click here for complete information and to register.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Tom McCarthy, a respected icon of the real estate industry and Vice-Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield will deliver the Keynote – “Navigating the Winds of Change” at the UN Luncheon. He joins a growing roster of industry experts who will share the latest information on global cash flows, architecture and design trends, and regional investment targets at the UN Luncheon and International Symposium.
For the latest program information please click here. Additional speakers and exclusive property tour information will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, is accepting submissions for The City We Need is Affordable campaign. The campaign is focused on identifying and sharing the best global solutions for affordable housing. Currently there is a severe shortage of moderately priced housing for those who live and work in our cities. Affordable housing will become an even greater challenge since within the next 20 years, experts predict that the global urban population will nearly double in size.
To meet this affordability challenge, FIABCI is spearheading The City We Need is Affordable campaign. “Up to now, affordable housing initiatives have been mainly undertaken by governments through subsidies, tax incentives, rezoning and allocation of extra air-rights. Our objective is to get the private sector more involved to significantly expand the number of projects and to substantially increase the supply of moderately-priced housing for rent and for sale for the people who make our cities work,” explained Danielle Grossenbacher, FIABCI World President.
FIABCI will find and promote solutions to reduce, as quickly as possible, the current imbalance between the low supply and high demand for moderately-priced housing units and:
- identify beneficial financing formulas which will convince investors and developers to take an active role in middle market and affordable housing financing;
- facilitate the sharing of knowledge in construction methods, materials, design and innovations which will reduce the time and cost of construction without sacrificing quality;
- publicize smartly planned communities practical for an urban workforce;
- showcase successful affordable developments with new architecture, design and technical innovation;
- detail best public/private partnerships;
FIABCI is calling upon global industry experts to take an active role by submitting proven ideas and projects. Submissions must be received by May 16. Please go to http://www.fiabci.org/city-we-need-is-affordable.php for detailed information. The best submissions will be showcased during FIABCI’s Urban Campaign Event which will take place during the UN Habitat III conference in Quito Ecuador on October 18.