The Class Conference

November 2-3, 2016


MetaStadt, Dr.-Otto-Neurath-Gasse, 31220 Wien

Learning Hubs: The Future of the University City

In an era of flourishing exchange programmes, open universities and a growing number of programmes taught in English, it is increasingly more difficult for student accommodation providers and housing markets generally to keep pace with a rapidly growing and ever – more mobile student population. In the past few years, student housing has grown to become a fully established global real estate asset class with a growing internationally mobile student population fuelling the demand for more purpose – built student accommodation.
Student housing plays a key role in attracting and retaining internationally mobile, talented youth. Hence, cities and universities are increasingly discovering the power of collaboration to better accomplish their goal to become premier “Learning Hubs”. For example, cities like Glasgow, Rotterdam and Lisbon have already introduced comprehensive urban strategies to become learning hubs, promoting their respective university experiences abroad as a means to spark innovation and entrepreneurship in students and graduates alike.  


We come for two reasons: to meet new people and to expand our network and to learn about the cities. 

Stewart Moore

Commercial Director at CRM Students

It is interesting to see how many things unite us, far more than divide us. There are a lot of things that the European and American market have in common and that we can find common solutions to.

Allan Blattner

Director of Housing and Residential Education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The most important part is understanding the different challenges across the different countries in Europe. 

Paloma Lisboa

Director of Student Residences at King's College London

At The Class of 2020 Conference we are talking about  student housing, attracting students, retaining them and making their lives easier, more productive and more useful to the cities, the economy and to give them a better experience.  

Rosemary Feenan

International Director at JLL



Safi Sabuni

President, ESN

Rudy Stroink

Partner, Dutch Spring

Rosemary Feenan

International Director, JLL

Daniel Löcker

Magistere, City of Vienna

Richard Spencer

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Peter van der Hijden

Independent Expert

Andrea Gerosa

Founder, ThinkYoung

Stefan Hase-Berger


Mette Tams

City of Aalborg

Brikena Xhomaqi

Director, LLLP

Allan Blattner

Director of Housing and Residential Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tom Ellett

Senior Associate VP Student Affairs, NYUn

Ian Jones

Head of Accommodation Services, The University of Sheffield

Susanna Graziano

International Relations Manager, Camplus

Arno Suzuki

International advisor, Kyoto University Graduate School

Stewart Moore

Commercial & Marketing Director, CRM Students

Rob Moyle

Director of Operations UK, Campus Living Villages

Heriberto Cuanalo

CEO, Collegiate AC

Carlos Cano

Commercial and Marketing Director, Resa

Nick Riley

Board Director, Whittam Cox Architects

John Bosch

Partner, OZ

Arie van der Neut

Architect, DGA Studioninedots

Jeremy Apert

Project Manager, ESN

Uwe Brandenburg

Managing Director, Global Impact Institute and Associate

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Head of Unit - Higher Education, European Commission

Patrik Pavlacic

Head of Research Department, StudentMarketing

Eugen Antalovsky

Managing Director, europaforum wien

Paulo Carvalho

General Director for Economy and Innovation, Lisbon City Council

Paloma Lisboa

Director of Student Residences, King's College London

Nathan Goddard

VP Real Estate,

Miguel Santo Amaro

Co-founder, Uniplaces

Carmen Neghina

Thought Leadership Manager, Studyportals

Natalie Cernecka

Director of Partnerships, OpenClassrooms

Lucia Piseddu

Head of Department of Relations,

Jonathan Burrows

Founder and CEO, ASK4

Christophe Le Blanc

Global Solution Director, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

Sebastian Glaesner

Vice President, MSCI

Jane Woodlock

Operations Director, Europe at Crosslane Group

Aaron Maskrey

Head of Research & Intelligence, GSA

Philip Hillman

International Director, JLL

Amy Baker

Managing Director/Co-Founder, The PIE

Paul Bashir

President & COO, Round Hill Capital

Charlie MacGregor

CEO & Founder, The Student Hotel

Reza Merchant

Founder & CEO, The Collective

Bruno Haid

Founder & CEO, Roam

Joop de Boer

Co-founder, Pop-Up City

Stuart Osborn

Director of EMEA Student Housing, JLL

Michael Helbo

Director and CEO of UMEUS, NREP

Anders Flodin

CEO, Karolinska Institutet Housing AB

Wioleta Wojtczak

Head of Research, Savills

Leszek Maciusowicz

Managing Director, Theta Color

Jan Ludvik

General Manager, Partner at Karlín Group

René Tim

Associate Investments, Savills Nederland

Antoine Fraaij

President of the Executive Board, DUWO Student Housing

Hans Vugts

Director, Hotel Casa

James Snaith

Associate Director, Savills

Harald Hübl

Chief Financial Officer, MILESTONE

Günther Jedliczka

OeAD Housing

Felix Bauer

Advisor, DREF

Tim Mitchell

Global Head of Real Estate, GSA

Alexandra Gumuchian

Associate, Savills

Guillaume Truong

Director of asset management, Gecina

Conor O'Gallagher

Regional Director, JLL

Aaron Bailey

Development Director UK & Ireland EMEA Projects, GSA

Matthew McAdden

Chief Executive Officer, Atelier Property Group

Nick Wride

Head of Living & Alternatives, JLL

Roger Hensman

Advisor, W. P. Carey Inc.

Walter La Gamma

Global Business Development, Camplus

Alberto Sidro

Fund Manager, Fabrica Immobiliare


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