Looking to the past and future of real estate investment in spotlight at IPD Conference

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Stan Garrun, Managing Director of IPD South Africa Stan Garrun, Managing Director of IPD South Africa

Identifying future trends and learning important lessons from the past are both essential for property investment in a challenging global and domestic marketplace.

This is what the 10th Annual Investment Property Databank (IPD) Property Investment Conference is doing for investors.

The conference, aptly titled “10 Years Back – 10 Years Forward”, recognises a decade of SA property and sets out to provide professionals with valuable strategic insight to tackle the opportunities of the next 10 years. It is set for July 2012 in Cape Town.

Stan Garrun, managing director of IPD SA says: “The conference will build on important lessons from the past and look at how to apply these to the future. Real estate markets are continuously changing and speakers will focus on the key trends and opportunities..” 

Over the past 10 years this conference has evolved to become the pre-eminent property event in the country. The 10th instalment promises to be top-notch.” 

Sponsored by Liberty Properties, the conference promotes South African commercial property against other asset classes, both locally and globally. 

It’s packed with indispensable information for property investors, including: investment strategies in the local and global markets, the economic landscape, managing risk, sustainability, growth strategies, developing markets, listed and alternative investments.

Garrun adds: “Each year we assemble industry leaders to call attention to and debate key issues. With unique access to IPD’s contacts from around the globe, we’re presenting an exceptional programme which gives exclusive access to speakers with unique knowledge”.

Bringing their international perspectives to conference goers are IPD UK Senior Director of Business Development Dr Peter Hobbs and Iain Reid, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Cornerstone Europe. 

Local presenters delving into specialist property disciplines include CEO of Liberty Properties Samuel Ogbu, Professor Francois Viruly of University of Cape Town, Head of Listed Property Funds at STANLIB Keillen Ndlovu, top analyst Liliane Barnard, Nicola Milne of the Green Building Council of SA, Research Manager of Broll Property Group Sanett Uys and Director of IPD Research South Africa Jess Cleland.

They’re joined by contributing editor to the Financial Mail and Summit TV Host David Williams and Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State Professor Jonathan Jansen.

Samuel Ogbu, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Properties says: “We are privileged to sponsor this landmark anniversary IPD conference. Property as an asset class is always popular and has a reputation for consistently strong results. Historically, whilst other asset classes have experienced a dip, demand for high quality, property-backed investment has continued.  This is never truer than now on the continent where, with African capital markets maturing, there is an ever-increasing popularity of real estate investment on the continent, making the IPD conference theme of looking forward whilst learning from past mistakes very apt. We look forward to an engaging and enlightening conference line up.” 

Property investors seeking to polish their expertise can do so at the not-to-be-missed interactive masterclass on the Business of Property Business. Professor Viruly, with a panel of property leaders, will take participants through the property process from design and development to managing facilities and income streams.

SA’s top-performing property funds will step into the spotlight at the glittering Property Investment Awards dinner, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate.

The 10th Annual IPD Property Investment Conference takes place on 18 and 19 July 2012 at Westin Grand Hotel Arabella Quays in Cape Town, South Africa.

IPD is a global information business, dedicated to the objective measurement of commercial real estate performance.


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