An exciting programme

The Belfast MIPIM 2019 Taskforce is delighted to launch an exciting programme of on-stand and off-stand events.

Featuring a wealth of engaging and internationally renowned speakers – including world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind – 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.

All events take place on the Belfast stand (C19.D) unless otherwise stated.



Stand Opens

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand
Tea, Coffee & Pastries



Judith Allen / Partner TLT LLP
Councillor Dónal Lyons / Chair City Growth and Regeneration Committee

10:00 - 10:30

Belfast: A City On The Rise

Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council

A thriving, diverse economy, skilled workforce and attractive cost base has meant Belfast has been a city on the rise in recent years. Talent, technology and tenacity drive this city on and underpin recent successes. Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, Suzanne Wylie, reveals the secrets to the city’s success and the opportunities which exist for those in the know in this opening address.

She will set out the ambition for Belfast’s real estate investment strategy and the key factors which will drive future success. She 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.

10:30 - 11:00

Belfast Real Estate Market Outlook

Brian Lavery / Managing Director CBRE NI

Investors know that intelligence is king in the real estate world, so one of the foremost experts in the field offers a sector-by-sector rundown of the market. Brian Lavery heads up CBRE’s Belfast office and will reveal how the office, hotel, student, retail, and investment parts of the real estate puzzle have performed over the last year and offer up thoughts on their potential in the year ahead as the economy continues to grow.

With demand for office accommodation continuing apace, Brian will set the scene for current and future Grade A office schemes in the city, including the compelling investor case for more Grade A office developments in our core city centre.

11:00 - 11:30

Grade A Office Showcase

Chair: Brian Lavery / Managing Director CBRE NI
Speakers: Gareth Graham / Director Oakland Holdings
Laura McCarthy / Senior Asset Manager Killultagh Estates and
Paul Crowe / Managing Director TODD Architects
Paul Beacom / Senior Asset Manager McAleer & Rushe

11:00 - 11:45

Location: Palais des Festivals

UK Cities: Partnership Power

Featuring: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council

11:30 - 13:30

Location: Majestic Barriere

fDi Awards

12:15 - 14:00

Location: Off Stand

Investor Lunch

By Invitation Only

14:00 - 14:45

Belfast Region City Deal

Chief Executives’ Think Tank

Chair: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council
Speakers: Colin McCabrey / Head of Economic Development Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Stephen Reid / Chief Executive Ards and North Down Borough Council
David Burns / Chief Executive Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Anne Donaghy / Chief Executive Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Liam Hannaway / Chief Executive Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

The Belfast Region City Deal sees six councils from in and around Belfast coming together to drive the economy for the good of all. We hear from representatives of each council about their collective plans as part of the deal and the impact they expect it to have in their respective areas. Also, they will discuss the real estate investment opportunities across the region, focusing on those sectors with the most potential.

15:00 - 15:45

Screen City Tourism

Belfast Creative Industries Driving Growth in Tourism

Chair: John McGrillen / Chief Executive Tourism NI
Speakers: Joe O’Neill / Chief Executive Belfast Harbour
Professor Michael Alcorn / Dean of Internationalisation Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast is one of the fastest growing creative clusters in the UK. We’re creative and full of character. Creativity is part of Belfast’s DNA. Whether it is the creation of television programming to state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality, Belfast’s creative companies are making their mark globally. The city’s young population and highly skilled workforce ensures there is a wealth of talent available across the film and TV subsectors. This represents a diverse and easily accessible supply chain for the creative and digital industries.

Alongside this, the city and region has been enjoying a surge in tourism leading to the development or extension of nine hotels and an additional 1,249 hotel bedrooms in the city in 2018. Tourist numbers from cruise ships alone are expected to bring more than last year’s record 285,000 visitors to the city.

Now for the first time, the success of our creative industries is having a massive impact on tourism through the rise of screen tourism. This panel session looks at the booming film sector in the city as well as a flourishing and broad creative scene which is not only enriching society but bolstering the economy throughout Northern Ireland. With HBO’s recent announcement of a major legacy project for Northern Ireland, the rise of screen tourism is going to be a game changer for the region. What will the impact on the city be and what investment opportunities might it bring?

15:00 - 15:45

Location: Palais des Festivals

UK Post Brexit Investment Strategies

Featuring: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive, Belfast City Council

15:00 - 15:45

Location: Newcastle Stand

Destination Building: Culture, Leisure & Tourism

Featuring: Alistair Reid / Strategic Director of Place & Economy Belfast City Council

16:00 - 16:30

Belfast Region City Deal

A First for Belfast and a Major Move to Raise Capital to Drive New Inclusive Economic Growth for the Belfast Region

Speakers: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive, Belfast City Council
Andrew Kerr / Chief Executive City of Edinburgh Council
Kellie Beirne / Director Cardiff Capital Region
Ashleen Feeney / Director KPMG
Damien Toner / Director of Estates Queen’s University Belfast
UK Minister (TBC)

The Belfast Region City Deal is transformational for the city and surrounding region. Centred on investment around £1bn will see six councils coming together to harness additional investment, create new jobs and accelerative inclusive economic growth. This session will hear how the deal will create up to 20,000 new and better jobs alongside a 10-year programme of inclusive economic growth and a £470m increase in gross value added. Hear from Suzanne Wylie, chief executive of Belfast City Council, a representative from HM Treasury and the two main universities in Belfast about how the deal is a game changer for the city.

16:30 - 16:45

Tribeca Belfast

Tribeca Belfast will attend prior to the drinks reception to showcase their exciting plans for the city’s largest regeneration project.

16:45 - 18:00

Drinks & Networking on the Belfast Stand

Sponsored by Visit Belfast

19:00 - 22:00

Location: Off Stand

Delegation Dinner

Closed door


Stand Opens

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand
Tea, Coffee & Pastries



Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council

10:15 - 10:30

Investment Showcase

Speakers: Jonathan Millar / Managing Director Colliers on behalf of Giant’s Park Limited

10:45 - 11:30

City Centre Living Taking Centre Stage

Chair: Trevor Leaker / Director AECOM
Speakers: Tom Bloxham MBE / Chair and Co-Founder Urban Splash
Anthony Best / Managing Director Lacuna Developments
Cathy Reynolds / City Centre Regeneration Belfast City Council

The centre of Belfast is alive with the buzz of life, work, students and tourists. The host of companies – both indigenous and international – over the last few years including Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Citi, Allstate, Concentrix, PA Consulting, Fujitsu, Kainos, Deloitte, HBO, Axiom, Cybersource, WhiteHat Security and Microsoft have helped bring employment to the central business district and a young professional community that wants to live there.

The city has been on a positive journey with student accommodation having launched nearly 3,500 new student units over the last two years. Now is the time to deliver the next generation of city centre living with plans to deliver 30,000 new homes by 2030 which will transform our city.

This panel session will hear from the people driving the demand for new and refurbished living space in the city centre alongside those who want to deliver it. Our panel will include Tom Bloxham from placemaking specialists Urban Splash, Anthony Best from Lacuna Developments who has been constructing student accommodation in the city, and Cathy Reynolds, City Centre Regeneration at Belfast City Council.

11:30 - 12:15

The Work and Life of Peter Rice

An Engineer Imagines

Hosts: Daniel Libeskind / Studio Libeskind
Becci Taylor / Arup

An Engineer Imagines is a cinematic homage to the life and ideas of Peter Rice, a man widely regarded as the most distinguished structural engineer of the late twentieth century. Without his innovations and collaborations with the leading architects of his time, some of the most recognisable buildings in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre Pyramid, would not have been possible.

We are delighted to have world renowned architect and friend of Peter Rice, the wonderful Daniel Libeskind, with Becci Taylor of Arup, present key clips from this Fine Point Films production which traces Rice’s extraordinary life from his native Ireland, through London, Sydney and Paris, to his untimely and tragic death in 1992. Daniel and Becci will reflect on the importance of Peter Rice’s legacy to the world today and how it has shaped the places we have all grown to love.

Through a series of segments including interviews with his family, friends and former colleagues, interwoven with stunning time-lapse photography, we will begin to understand the workings of one of the great minds and unsung heroes of the twentieth century. This is the story of a man who pushed the boundaries of art and science to achieve the unimaginable.

“One of the most rigorous and imaginative structural engineers of his generation.” / THE INDEPENDENT

11:00 - 12:00

Location: Gdynia Stand – R8.A7 / Riviera 8

Waterfront Regeneration

Chair: Greg Clark
Speakers: Alistair Reid / Strategic Director of Place & Economy Belfast City Council
Katarzyna Spychala / Deputy Mayor Gdynia
Sérgio Saraiva / Executive Assistant Lisbon South Bay

12:15 - 14:00

Location: Off Stand

Investor Lunch

By Invitation Only

15:00 - 15:30

Connectivity Driving Growth for International Belfast

Speakers: Chris Conway / Chief Executive Translink
Joanna Rowelle / Director City Economics Arup London
Alistair Reid / Strategic Director of Place and Economy Belfast City Council
Colin Mounstephen / Director Deloitte

In today’s world, digital and transport connectivity is critical to ongoing success. As a city we recognise that decisions by inward investors are increasingly influenced by the speed, ease and quality of transport connectivity between cities as well as digital connectivity. Together, transport and digital connectivity represent crucial elements of a city’s overall offer to residents, workers, students, tourists – and investors.

In Belfast’s case, connectivity with Dublin and London has never been more important. Growing recognition of the need to deliver more rapid, frequent and high-quality inter-urban rail services has prompted renewed exploration of options for upgrading rail connectivity between Dublin and Belfast. Like transport, Belfast’s digital connectivity is fundamental to growth, and this makes strong digital infrastructure a key differentiator for cities seeking investment. How is Belfast investing in the future to ensure its connectivity is globally competitive and delivers economic empowerment?

15:30 - 16:15

Masterclass with Daniel Libeskind

Belfast: An Edgy City Defining its Future

Featuring: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council

Join the Belfast Stand for a masterclass with Daniel Libeskind on his perspective of Belfast as an edgy city and how that can shape its future successes. The development of a new Destination Building to tell the story of the city can build on the phenomenal success of the internationally acclaimed Titanic Belfast. Developing another new major visitor attraction that will become a landmark cultural destination connecting the city to international visitors is a major part of the city’s investment plans.

Daniel Libeskind, one of the world’s most respected architects, is the man behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the extension of the Denver Art Museum, the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and a host of other landmark buildings, as well as being the masterplan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Centre site. Daniel will share his views on the future for Belfast as a place to live, work and play, shining a light on the importance of cultural attractions in forming a rounded, vibrant, welcoming city.

16:30 - 18:00

Drinks & Networking on the Belfast Stand

Sponsored by Oakland Holdings


Stand Opens

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand
Tea, Coffee & Pastries

10:00 - 10:45

Waterfront City: Belfast’s Major Regeneration Projects

Chair: Simon Bedford / Partner Deloitte Real Estate
Speakers: Joe O’Neill / Chief Executive Belfast Harbour
James Eyre / Commercial Director Titanic Quarter
Wade Cruickshanks / Director Osborne+Co.
Gerry Millar / Director of Property and Projects Belfast City Council

Look back at the history of many great cities and you’ll find that their location is strategically based around access to water. Belfast is no different, sitting on the mouth of Belfast Lough with easy access to the Irish Sea and trade with the word. 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 our city’s waterfront.

Alongside Belfast Harbour, Northern Ireland’s principal maritime gateway and logistics hub, new developments including City Quays, a £250mn redevelopment of 20 acres of ex-shipping land have emerged, creating Grade A office space, 4-star hotel and leisure, retail and car parking. Across the water from City Quays, lies Titanic Quarter, one of the world’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects. Made world-famous by its visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, this area has a futuristic mix of residential, commercial, tourism, education and retail space, creating a new urban quarter in the city.

With plans to launch a new Masterplan to secure the next ten years of development for this area., the future of Titanic Belfast is exciting. Other significant development has taken place along the city’s waterfront over the last ten years including, Giant’s Park, the reimaging of a former landfill site into a cleantech energy facility and the appointment of a preferred developer to take forward a commercial leisure led and mixed-use development. Add to this, the rejuvenation of our city’s most prized asset, Belfast Waterside, a £450 million development of bespoke placemaking on a pivotal site embracing our iconic River Lagan. The waterfront landscape of our city is almost unrecognisable, we have 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.

Join us to hear from some of those directly involved in the next phase of waterfront regeneration and share in our plans for to further strengthen Belfast’s reputation as a leading waterfront city.

11:00 - 11:45

Region of Innovation

Scaling Ambition to Create Belfast’s First Innovation District

Speakers: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council
Chris Roberts / Chief Development Officer Bruntwood
Brian McCaul / Director of Innovation Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Raffi Folli / Provost Ulster University
Steve Orr / Chief Executive Catalyst Inc.

Innovation and hard work have always fuelled Belfast’s confident expansion. For the fifth consecutive year the Region is the second fastest growing Knowledge Economy in the UK. Innovation is a core strand of Belfast’s DNA. From our historic linen production and shipbuilding to today’s engineering, digital specialisms, research and development and problem-solving, Belfast has an innovation success story spanning hundreds of years.

This panel session will look at the solid foundations that have been laid with the Region’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. Investment from the Belfast Region City Deal secures £350m in additional investment to develop a digital and data driven City and region economy over the next 15 years, this is key to delivering the City and the Regions aspirations.

We will hear from Bruntwood who have been instrumental in delivering the Manchester Science Park looking to their successes and challenges. What can Belfast take from this as we upscale to achieve the city’s ambitions, to grow our overall economy adding an additional £3.2bn GVA and 80,000 new jobs by 2030.

12:15 - 14:00

Location: Off Stand

Investor Lunch

By Invitation Only

15:00 - 15:45

Wrap Up Panel Session

Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council

16:00 - 18:00

Closing Reception

Joint Closing Reception on the Belfast Stand with the European Waterfront Cities Network