The Class Conference

November 15 -16, 2017


Convento de BeatoRua de beato 48, 1950-427 Lisboa

The Global Student: Building Bridges over Growing Barriers

The theme of The Class Conference 2017 envisioned the European student living sector as a source of unity against a growing divisive political discourse emphasizing borders and differences.
Our Conference gathers more than 70 highly recognised speakers to discuss through 20 panels the future of student living, working and learning. It equally focusses on investment trends, the future of education in Europe, the role of technology and the way talent is shaping knowledge cities. Making The Class Conference a unique place to network, deepen one’s knowledge and reassemble essential insights.


What surprised me most, is how willing everybody is to share the information they have on how they deliver.


Paula Dalziel

Residential Life Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University

I love the productivity, the creativity, this is really worth the trip to find new ideas and to create useful collaborations.

Cecilia Castelli

Consultant at The European House Ambrosetti

The Conference enables us to collaborate with a lot of European partners, to meet new people, to make lots of new contacts, it’s very helpful.  

Brian Welsh

CEO at The Nido Collection

It is a fantastic location, and the diversity of the people who come together to the Conference is really amazing. I don’t think that you can get as much diversity in any other type of Conference.

Henri Vuong

Director of Research and Market Information at INREV


1. The Global Student finds itself in a political discourse that is full of barriers, thankfully many countries in a stark contrast, act as good examples by opening their borders to young talents.

2. Language is still one of the fundamental barriers to overcome as it is proven that English taught courses can attract the students who no longer have the UK and the US as options.

3. Value the intangible. Attractiveness of cities does not depend only on available jobs and a lower than average cost of living. This Conference highlighted that soft values such as great weather, a vibrant culture, the quality of public space and the cuisine can turn cities into hotbeds.

4. Whereas co-living has been around for hundreds of years, we are now seeing it having a renaissance. Co-living caters to a generation that is used to live in superior student accommodation and wishes to continue that communal lifestyle past graduation.

5. Through residence life programs, as well as architecture, communities are now being shaped in a way that promotes inclusion among very diverse bodies of students. Topics like mental health and inclusiveness are becoming increasingly important.


November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017


Wednesday (November 15, 2017)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Welcome - with The Class Conference 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Inspiration Tour - with The Class Conference 2017
Uniplaces Office
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception - with The Class Conference 2017
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm Partner Dinner - with The Class Conference 2017

November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017

November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017


Thursday (November 16, 2017)
9:30 am - 10:30 am Welcome and Opening Panel - with Karin van der Ven, Duarte Cordeiro, Eduardo Marcel Grilo
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10:45 am - 11:30 am Ultimate User Experience - with Jo Cash, Paula Dalziel, Susanna Graziano, Steve Hawkins, Vinika Porwal, Paloma Lisboa (Director of Operations, King’s College London)
Residence Life for Success
10:50 am - 11:10 am Intro to EU Market - with Xavier Bodart, Samuel Vetrak (CEO, BONARD)
11:00 am - 11:45 am Crafting Talent Ecosystems - with Ivan Stammelluti, Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho, Klaus Puchta, James Ransom
University Cooperation for Talent Attraction
11:15 am - 11:45 am Spain - with Roger Hensman (Advisor, W.P. Carey Inc.), Pablo Callejo, Heriberto Cuanalo (CEO, Collegiate)
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Sweden - with Stuart Osborn (Partner, Knight Frank), Martin Johansson
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Hacking Student Living Through Tech - with Roger Hensman (Advisor, W.P. Carey Inc.), Jonathan Burrows, Tim Daplyn, Brian Welsh (CEO, Nido Student)
How Technology will Impact the Way we Live and Study
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Portugal - with Heriberto Cuanalo (CEO, Collegiate), Harald Huebl, Miguel Santo Amaro, Frederico Serras Gago, Paulo Silva
Discover This Year's Host
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Netherlands - with Juliette Willemse, Louis Furner
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Italy - with Stuart Osborn (Partner, Knight Frank), Jules Choukroun, Walter La Gamma
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Time for Benchmark? - with Neil Burton (Global Practice Lead – Customer Strategy & Brand, Greystar), Oliver Cummings, Henri Vuong, Vitaliy Tonenchuk, Jo Winchester (Executive Director, CBRE)
Towards a Student Housing Real Estate Benchmark?
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Start-up Pep Talk - with Walter Palma, Cecilia Castelli, Niels van Deuren, Klaus Kortebein, Melle Bos
Meet the Forward Thinking
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Germany - with Andreas Junius, Matti Schenk, Horst Lieder, Christian Scheuerl
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm France - with Xavier Bodart, Guillaume Truong, Lydia Brissy
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Feeding the Travel Bug - with Peter van der Hijden, Jane Nduta, Joao Pinto, Arnold Persoon (Managing Director – Europe, Navitas)
Increasing Student Mobility and its Effects
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm The Co-Revolution - with Fernando Mendes, Davide Dattoli (Co-Founder & CEO, Talent Garden), Charlotte Steedman, Klaus Kortebein
Co-Living, Co-Working, Community Building
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Ireland - with Matthew McAdden, Jo Winchester (Executive Director, CBRE), Brian Welsh (CEO, Nido Student)
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm UK - with Stewart Moore, Stuart Osborn (Partner, Knight Frank), Russel Petrie
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Ace It! - with Xavier Bodart, Richard Kington, Petra Nau, Brikena Xhomaqi, Sten Wetterblad
Affordable and Comfortable Experience
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Designing Interaction - with Naomi Cleaver, Roger Hensman (Advisor, W.P. Carey Inc.), Carel van Houte, David Tigg, Luis Rebelo De Andrade
Shaping The Student Experience
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Closing Panel - Moving Beyond the Barriers - with Roger Hensman (Advisor, W.P. Carey Inc.), Miguel Fontes, Pierfrancesco Maran

November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Mayor of Lisbon

Fernando Medina

Eduardo Grilo

Director, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Former Minister of Education for Portugal

Karin van der Ven

Founder and Managing Director, Jules Group


Duarte Cordeiro

Deputy Mayor of Lisbon

Pierfrancesco Maran

Deputy Mayor, City of Milan

Paloma Lisboa

Head of Student Accommodation, King's College London

Charlotte Steedman

Founder, Conductor London

Duarte d'Eca Leal

Founder and Managing Partner, The Collective

Miguel Fontes

Executive Director, Start-up Lisboa

Christian Scheuerl

COO, Staytoo

Cecilia Castelli

Industry and Organization, The European House - Ambrosetti

Arnold Persoon

Board Member, EAIE

Luis Rebelo De Andrade

Founder, Lead Architect

Lydia Brissy

European Research Director, Savills

David Tigg

Director, Tigg Coll Architects

Tim Daplyn

Managing Director, Red Brick

Guillaume Truong

Director of Asset Management / Development of Student Housing, Gecina

Brian Welsh

CEO, Nido Collection

Miguel Santo Amaro

Co-founder, Uniplaces

Davide Dattoli

Founder, Talent Garden

Niels van Deuren

Founder, Housing Anywhere

Jo Winchester

Senior Director, CBRE

Gunther Schmidt

CEO, Medici Living / Quarters

Vinika Porwal

Student Life Officer, Amsterdam University College

Steve Hawkins

European Director of Student Living, Sodexo

Susanna Graziano

International Relations Manager, Camplus

Sten Wetterblad

Chair, Stockholm 6000+

Joao Pinto

President, ESN

Carel van Houte

Interim Management Consultant, Prolodge

Vitaliy Tonenchuk

Senior Research and Analytics Manager, INREV

Jonathan Burrows

Founder and CEO, ASK4

James Ransom

Researcher, University UK / British Council

Melle Bos

Head of Digital, The Student Hotel

Paula Dalziel

Residence Life, Manchester Metropolitan University

Jane Nduta

Erasmus Mundus Alumni, University of Porto

Brikena Xhomaqi

Director, LLLP

Pablo Callejo

Senior Director, CBRE

Jo Cash

European Marketing Director, Sodexo

Klaus Puchta

Chair, EUniverCities

Klaus Kortebein

Senior Advisor, Medici Living Group

Peter van der Hijden

Independent Expert

Heriberto Cuanalo

CEO, Collegiate AC

Paulo Silva

Board Member, Aguirre Newman

Louis Furner

Associate Director, CBRE

Fernando Mendes

Founder, CoWork Lisboa

Marcus Roberts

Head of Student Investment & Development, Savills

Henri Vuong

Director of Research and Market Information, INREV

Andreas Junius

Partner / Managing Director, BaseCamp

Walter Palma

Director, Caixa Capital

Stewart Moore

Commercial & Marketing Director, CRM Students

Stuart Osborn

Director of EMEA Student Housing, JLL

Matti Schenk

Senior Research Consultant, Savills

Naomi Cleaver

Founder, Naomi Cleaver Archtitecture

Horst Lieder

CEO, International Campus

Xavier Bodart

Director, Odalys Campus

Roger Hensman

Advisor, WP Carey

Russell Petrie

Acquisitions, Round Hill Capital LLP

Jules Choukroun

Investment & Business Development Manager, TSH

Martin Johansson

General Secretary of Student Housing, Student Bostads Foretagen

Richard Kington

Director of Accommodation, Catering and Events, University of Edinburgh

Neil Burton

Managing Director, Greystar

Oliver Cummings

Vice President, WP Carey

Samuel Vetrak

CEO, Student Marketing

Petra Nau

Head of Accommodation, Deutsches Studentwerk

Harald Hübl

Investment Director - Value One / Milestone

Remy van de Gaar

Development Manager, AM

Rick Voogt

Managing Director, Clay

Frederico Serras Gago

Executive Board, Portugal Ventures

Ivan Stammelluti

Consultant, The European House - Ambrosetti

Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho

Vice-Rector for International Relations, University of Coimbra

Matthew McAdden

Founding Director, Atelier

Juliette Willemse

Chief Operating Officer, Student Experience

Walter La Gamma

Global Business Development, Camplus

Andrea Galardi

Co-Founder and CEO, Soges Group

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