Programme

Once again, we have devised an exciting programme of on-stand and off-stand events to showcase Belfast’s compelling investment proposition at MIPIM.

Featuring a wealth of engaging, internationally-renowned speakers – together with representatives from a range of sectors within our delegation – our programme will highlight all that is good about the Belfast region as an attractive place in which to live, work, learn, visit and invest.

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

09:00 - 10:00

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand

Tea, Coffee & Pastries


10:00 - 10:10

Welcome

Jackie Henry / Chair of Belfast MIPIM Taskforce & Senior Partner Deloitte NI
Councillor Donal Lyons / Chair City Growth and Regeneration Committee


10:10 - 10:30

Belfast: 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 its 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, retail, investment and other 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. However, with continuous demand for office accommodation, 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: Guy Hollis / Oakland Holdings
Laura McCarthy / Killultagh Estates
Paul Beacom / McAleer & Rushe


11:00 - 11:45

Location: Palais des Festivals

UK Cities: Partnership Power

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: Representative from each BRCD council

The Belfast Region City Deal will see six councils from in and around Belfast come 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

From HBO’s Game of Thrones to Superman prequel Krypton, Belfast has been the creative home to some of the world’s most successful series of the last few years. 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.

We will hear from a range of speakers including:
Richard Williams / Chief Executive of NI Screen, the national screen agency for Northern Ireland
John McGrillen / Chief Executive of Tourism NI
Joe O’Neill / Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour


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: What’s the Big Deal?

Chair: Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council
Speakers: Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, UK Minister

The Belfast Region City Deal is transformational for the city and surrounding region. Centred around investment of c.£850m, it will see six councils come 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 - 18:00

Drinks & Networking on the Belfast Stand

Tribeca Belfast: The team behind Tribeca Belfast will attend the slot to showcase their exciting plans for the city’s largest regeneration project.


19:00 - 22:00

Location: Off Stand

Delegation Dinner


09:00 - 10:00

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand

Tea, Coffee & Pastries


10:00 - 10:45

An Engineer Imagines:
In conversation with Daniel Libeskind on the work and life of Peter Rice

Chair: Arup
Speaker: Daniel Libeskind


10:45 - 11:30

City Centre Living Taking Centre Stage

Chair: AECOM
Panellists: Tom Bloxham MBE / Chair and Co-Founder Urban Splash
Anthony Best / Managing Director Lacuna Developments
Cathy Reynolds / City Regeneration & Development 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 Tom Bloxham from placemaking specialists Urban Splash, Anthony Best from Lacuna Developments who has been constructing student accommodation in the city, and Cathy Reynolds of City Regeneration and Devleopment at Belfast City Council.


12:15 - 14:00

Location: Off Stand

Investor Lunch

By Invitation Only


15:00 - 15:30

International Belfast


15:30 - 16:15

Masterclass with Daniel Libeskind

Belfast: An Edgy City Defining its Future

Join Belfast on the Belfast Stand for a masterclass with Daniel Libeskind on his perspective of Belfast as an edgy city and how that will shape its future successes including the development of a new Destination Building to tell the story of the city. Building on the success of the internationally acclaimed Titanic Belfast, this new major visitor attraction will be a landmark cultural destination connecting the city to international visitors.

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 city.


16:30 - 18:00

Drinks & Networking on the Belfast Stand


09:00 - 10:00

Breakfast at the Belfast Stand

Tea, Coffee & Pastries


10:00 - 10:45

Waterfront City: Belfast’s Major Regeneration Projects

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 world.

This panel session looks at some of the major waterfront regeneration projects including City Quays, the next phase of Titanic Quarter, Giant’s Park and Belfast Waterside.


11:00 - 11:45

Region of Innovation


12:15 - 14:00

Location: Off Stand

Investor Lunch

By Invitation Only


15:00 - 15:45

Wrap Up

Suzanne Wylie / Chief Executive Belfast City Council


16:00 - 18:00

Networking and Drinks on the Belfast Stand