Ready for investment

Belfast will attend MIPIM 2020 to showcase the investment opportunities within the city and continue to position the city as forward looking, dynamic and ambitious, driven by talent, and ready for investment.

The Belfast MIPIM 2020 team is delighted to launch an exciting programme of on-stand and off-stand events. Featuring a wealth of engaging and internationally renowned speakers together, with city stakeholders from a range of sectors within our delegation, our programme will showcase all that is great about Belfast including our talent, creativity and unlimited potential that makes this city a great place to work, live, study, visit and importantly, invest in.

Perfectly positioned, Belfast is ready for investment.
All events take place on the Belfast stand (C19.D) unless otherwise stated.



Stand Opens

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand
Tea, Coffee & Pastries

10:00 - 10:45

Belfast Potential: Perfectly Positioned

Speakers: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive, Belfast City Council

An overview of Belfast; its vision; its track record.
Hear from Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, as she outlines Belfast’s vision and track record, as well as what makes the city tick as it looks to progress with plans to make Belfast region a global investment destination. Talent, technology and tenacity drive the city on and underpin recent successes. Suzanne will explain how flourishing indigenous businesses have been working alongside blue-chip inward investors, a punchy start-up scene, strong sectors including fintech, cybersecurity and creative industries and a burgeoning tourism market to create growing demand for real estate which demands attention.

11:00 - 11:45

Belfast: City of Innovation - Where Ideas Become Reality

Speakers: Scott Rutherford / Director of Research and Enterprise, Queen’s University Belfast
Thomas Osha / Senior Vice President, Innovation & Economic Development, Wexford Science and Technology
Petr Suska / Chief Economist and Head of Urban Economy Innovation, Frauhofer IAOMorgenstadt, Smart Cities
Moderator: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive, Belfast City Council

With a focus on how innovation is driving sectoral growth in Belfast and the surrounding region, this session will examine the impact this is currently having on real estate demand and regeneration works.

This panel session will look at the solid foundations that have been laid with Belfast’s knowledge economy and how, with ambition and confidence, we can become one of the top knowledge economies in the world, one that attracts investment and talent and that builds on high-quality research.

12:00 - 14:00

Investor Lunch

14:15 - 14:55

Belfast: The UK’s Creative Hub for Film & TV Production

Speakers: James Eyre / Commercial Director, Titanic Quarter
Joe O’Neill / Chief Executive, Belfast Harbour
Nick Smith / Consultant, Belfast Harbour Film Studios
Tony Wood / Chief Executive, Bucaneer Harbour Film Studios
Moderator: Nicola Lyons / Production Manager, NI Screen

A look at Belfast’s burgeoning film and screen sector; past/planned investment in assets and infrastructure to support the sector; a look at the wider economic and real estate opportunity that comes with film and screen

There is no doubt that Games of Thrones has helped put Belfast on the map as a world-class global film and tv-production hub. The multi-award-winning show has contributed £251m to the Northern Ireland economy and helped transform Belfast’s film and TV production sector offering, revolutionising our standing in the screen industry around the world.

Coupling Game of Thrones’ studio base at Titanic Studios with the recently announced £45m expansion of Belfast Harbour Film Studios, this discussion will look at Belfast’s booming film and TV production sector which is bolstering the local economy and driving investment into the city.

15:00 - 15:45

Our Waterfront Future: Keynote with Wayne Hemingway & Panel Discussion

Speakers: Wayne Hemingway / Founder, Hemingway Design
Scott Wilson / Development Director, Belfast Harbour
James Eyre / Commercial Director, Titanic Quarter
Cathy Reynolds / Director of City Development and Regeneration, Belfast City Council
Stephen Reid / Chief Executive, Ards and North Down Borough Council
Moderator: Trevor Leaker / Director, AECOM

Join us to hear from leading coastal regeneration specialist Wayne Hemingway, as well some of those directly involved in the next phase of Belfast and Bangor’s multi-million pound waterfront regeneration schemes.

Belfast’s waterfront has a long heritage of ship building and rope works, and we are drawing confidently on this history to spark new and ambitious plans for the city’s waterfront. Having transformed our industrial waterfront into a maritime economic driver, a tourist hub, a local neighbourhood and a magnet for employment, the potential for further investment is unlimited.

Also hear from the team behind Bangor Marine, who have submitted plans for the £50m regeneration and development of the coastal town.

16:00 - 18:00

Belfast Stand Closes

18:00 - 18:45

Belfast Stand Opens

19:00 - 22:00

Delegation Dinner

08:00 - 09:00

Private Breakfast Event

Private breakfast event led by Ards and North Down Borough Council.
By invitation only


Stand Opens

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand
Tea, Coffee & Pastries


Belfast Huddle

09:30 - 10:00

Belfast Region Development Opportunities

Speakers: Donal Rogan / Director, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Stephen Reid / Chief Executive, Ards and North Down Borough Council
Colin McCabrey / Head of Economic Development, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Anne Donaghy / Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Moderator: Marie Ward / Chief Executive, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

The Belfast Region City Deal is transformational for the city and surrounding region. Centred on an investment of around £850m, it will see six councils coming together to harness additional investment, create new jobs and accelerative inclusive economic growth. This session will outline each regional council’s plans and strategic sites for investment.

10:00 - 10:45

City Centre Living: Creating Housing and Connected Communities for Everyone in Belfast

Participants: Anita Conway / Director of Developmet, Radius Housing
Oscar Brooks / Director, Moda Living
Stephen Surphlis / Property Director, MRP
Suzanne Lutton / Regeneration and Infrastructure Manager, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Moderator: Cathy Reynolds / Director of City Development and Regeneration, Belfast City Council

Belfast is a city re-imagined and resurgent. A great place to live, work and invest. The city has set a bold vision which prioritises the city centre as an inclusive place to live, work and visit, in which no one will be left behind. This panel discussion will look at how we accelerate city centre living, ensuring we have the right mix of housing and infrastructure to create a vibrant, well-connected city centre for people to work, live and play.

10:00 - 10:45

Location: London Stand

Collaboration: London and the UK

Participants: Cllr Huw Thomas / Leader, Cardiff Council
Andrew Jones / Cities Programme Director, AECOM
Peter Murray / Chair, NLA

With the UK’s exit from the European Union and the need for a more regionally balanced economy, it is essential that UK cities are better connected and better aligned, in terms of policy and inward investment strategies. This discussion brings together cities to address the ways in which we can better collaborate in these areas.

11:00 - 11:45

Belfast/Dublin/London: The Prosperity Triangle and Impact of Economic Collaboration

Speakers: Aidan Sweeney / Senior Executive for Enterprise and Innovation policy, IBEC
Catherine McGuinness / Policy Chair, City of London Corporation
Lisa McLaughlin / Director, Herbert Smith Freehills
Neil Rebeugeot / Director Property Portfolio, Arup
Ashleen Feeney / Partner – Markets, KPMG
Moderator: Anna White / Freelance Journalist

This session will focus on the impact of collaboration between Belfast, Dublin and London and the opportunity it delivers for investors, developers and occupier in the context of a post-Brexit environment. What impact and opportunity could this have on regeneration and economic development?

11:00 - 11:45

Location: Red Room, Palais 3

Governance: A Citizen’s Experience of the City

Speakers: Steven Kellet / Argent
Ricardo Veludo / Lisbon City Council
Suzanne Wylie / Belfast City Council
Moderator: Anna Lisa Boni / Secretary General EUROCITIES

This panel will focus on how cities respond to their citizens’ needs for greater sense of belonging, empowered communities and stronger ties with their built environment. How do we design the city with people at the heart of the schemes? How do we shape the way people relate to each other?

11:00 - 11:30

Location: Department for International Trade (DIT) stand

If Devolution Leads, Will International Investment Follow?

Speakers: James Child / Head of Research, EG
Rachel Fisher / Deputy Director for Regeneration & Infrastructure, MHCLG
Alison Newton / Co-Head of Real Estate Sector, Addleshaw Goddard
Pat Ritchie / Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
Alistair Reid / Strategic Director of Place and Economy, Belfast City Council

12:00 - 14:00


14:15 - 15:00

World-class Infrastructure: Enabling Belfast’s Future

Speakers: Alistair Reid / Strategic Director of Place and Economy, Belfast City Council
Paul Webber / Cardiff Office Leader, Arup
Riccardo Marini / Founder, Marini Urbanismo
Moderator: David Algie / Associate Director, Arup

This session will provide an update on the latest plans for the Belfast Transport Hub and the surrounding £200m Weavers Cross development. We will also discuss a case study from a city that is focusing on transit-oriented design as a means to attract investment, and intends to use transport connectivity to act as a further catalyst for growth.

15:00 - 15:45

Belfast Region Projects Update

Speakers: Hazel King / Economic Development Manager, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
Colin McCabrey / Head of Economic Development, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
Marie Ward / Chief Executive Newry, Mourne & Down District Council
Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive, Belfast City Council
Stephen Reid / Chief Executive, Ards & North Down Borough Council
Ann Donaghy / Chief Executive, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
Moderator: Ashleen Feeney / Partner – Markets, KPMG

The Belfast Region has a once-in-a-generation opportunity through the City Deal to drive economic growth and prosperity across the region. During this panel session, we will hear from the regional partners about how this significant programme of £1bn co-investment will deliver 22 integrated projects underpinned by investment in employability and skills. They will also discuss the regional real estate investment opportunities, focusing on the highest growth sectors.




Stand Opens

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand
Tea, Coffee & Pastries


Belfast Huddle

10:00 - 10:45

'Get on Yer Bike': Belfast’s Sustainable Future - Carbon Neutral within a Generation

Speakers: Riccardo Marini / Founder, Marini Urbanismo
Alice Charles / Cities, Infrastructure & Urban Services Lead, World Economic Forum
Iain Percy / Chief Executive, Artemis Technologies
Duncan McAllister / Senior Programme Manager, Translink
Moderator: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive, Belfast City Council

The UK is rapidly decoupling its economy from carbon, and in doing so is becoming a world leader in renewable energy solutions. As the capital city in Northern Ireland, Belfast is committed to developing a low-carbon economy and becoming net zero carbon by 2050 at the latest.

This session provides the opportunity to discuss progress being made within Belfast on energy and transport innovation to transition to a low carbon economy; to hear directly from innovators working in this field and to understand how other cities are showing leadership in this area.

11:00 - 11:45

Belfast: Number 1 International Investment Location for US Cyber Security

Speakers: Judith Miller / Queen’s University Belfast
Elaine Curran / Investment Manager, Invest NI
Damian Mitchell / Property Director, Causeway Asset Management
Moderator: Chris Borland / Editorial Director, React News

Northern Ireland is the number 1 international investment location for US cyber security development projects. It is now home to an impressive cluster of international companies, world renowned university research and innovative start-ups delivering global cyber security solutions. How is real estate responding to this?

12:00 - 14:00


By invitation only


MIPIM Wrap-up & Networking