Gold Coast, 26-28 March 2019


2019 Speakers

Ben Provan

CEO and Co-Founder, Open Door

Ben is a 30-something entrepreneur running a US co-living company that is working to make this housing model mainstream. Co-living is an alternative to traditional home ownership that Ben believes is more than random roommates coming together and instead building communities of like-minded young people. OpenDoor is part of one of the start-ups redefining real estate as a service model to meet the demand for group housing among the 20 and 30-somethings. This demographic is seeking a place to call home that aligns with their desires for shared space, social interaction, and the best creature comforts their combined buying power can get them like housekeeping and outsourcing grocery shopping.


Chris Key

Managing Director, Greystar – Asia Pacific

The Australian boss of the US build-to-rent giant Greystar is locked in to share insights from their success delivering this housing model. Appointed in 2017, Chris has been entrusted to build Greystar’s rental housing strategy in the region. He has almost a decade of experience in real estate funds management and investment banking and was previously JLL’s head of corporate finance for Asia Pacific. Established in 1993 in the US, Greystar has since become the largest property management company on American soil and launched in multiple overseas markets.


Claire Madden

Social researcher and Demographer, Hello Clarity

Claire Madden is an expert on the psyches of Generations Z and Alpha who are going to be the catalyst for change in many industries, including the development sector. The children and teenagers of today are the homebuyers of tomorrow and Claire has an expert handle on what these shifting demographics mean for the economy. An author, TedX speaker, and media commentator, Claire is a triple threat when it comes to sharing insights with business leaders on how to engage post-millennials. Big brands like the Commonwealth Bank, NBN Co, ABC, IGA, Holcim, and PEXA are trusting Claire to advise them on future generations.


Colin Keane

Director, Research4

Australia’s residential greenfield market expert Colin Keane will present the UDIA’s National State of the Land report. Research4’s national survey is the country’s longest running audit of greenfield land estates delivered by 850 land developers across 44 new land markets. Research4’s surveys are used by industry, government, and financial sectors to provide a real-time insight into land supply across the nation.

Darren Cooper

National President, Urban Development Institute of Australia

Appointed National President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia in November 2017, Darren is an active Director and Board Member across the development industry and beyond.

Gea Sijpkes

CEO, Humanitas Deventer

Gea is at the helm of a ground-breaking Dutch healthcare model promoting intergenerational living that is changing the way people think about community design. Humanitas provides rent free accommodation to students in exchange for time spent with its senior residents. The project started as an experiment born from Gea’s idea to invite a student to live at the aged care home. Like many economies, Australia is grappling with housing an ageing population and it’s a part of the housing sector that is crying out for innovation. Gea has delivered a solution to both rising aged care and student housing costs that could work in any country and has already been replicated in the US and France.

Saul Eslake

Economist, Corinna Economic Advisory

When it comes to the outlook of the Australian market we thought we better call Saul, one of the country’s foremost independent economists. His quarter of a century working in financial markets, including 14 years as ANZ Bank’s Chief Economist, means he has an enviable knowledge of economic conditions as well as monetary and fiscal policy. Saul is going to set us off on the right foot for the opening of the UDIA National Congress for 2019, setting the scene the development industry can expect to operate within over the coming year.


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