Photo from the MIPIM press room

The countdown is on for one of the biggest global real estate events of the year. MIPIM 2016 will take place in Cannes, France from the 15th – 18th March. If you’re not yet clued up on this industry-leading real estate show, don’t worry. We recently blogged about everything you need to know about MIPIM.

One of the things that makes MIPIM stand out from other real estate shows of its kind is the impressive programme of conference events. Across the four days of the show there will be more than eighty events to choose from, many of them led by the big players of the property industry.

If a conference programme so big and so varied makes you unsure how to spend your time, we’ve done some of the hard work for you. Below we’ve set out six key speakers you won’t want to miss out on. Want to know more about them? We’ve included links to further details where possible.

Tim Rowe


Tim Rowe is founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Centre. This facility is the largest in the world dedicated to housing early stage technology businesses. Alumni of the centre include Google Android. He’ll be speaking at MIPIM on Innovation Districts: A New Urban Development Model Emerging in the United States.

Over the coming year the Cambridge Innovation Centre will be incubating more than three hundred of Boston’s most promising start up companies.

You can find Tim on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Melanie Epp


Melanie Epp is Head of Communications at Allianz Real Estate. Her team is based in Munich and is the strategic centre for real estate expertise within the Allianz Group. Melanie will be speaking at MIPIM on Digitalisation in Real Estate: Risk and Chances for Retail and Office.

Allianz Real Estate has a number of high profile retail investment projects currently underway including the Fischapark Shopping Centre in Austria and the Central Shopping Centre in Slovakia.

Professor Greg Clark CBE


Greg Clark is an independent global advisor on cities. He currently holds eight roles in the industry, including Global Fellow at the Metropolitan Programme and Global Cities Initiative, Senior Fellow at the Global Land Institute, Board Member at the London Enterprise Partnership, Chairman of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium and Visiting Professor at University College London. He will be speaking at four events during the conference including Using Retail and Leisure to Unlock Waterfront Regeneration.

Greg is currently working on co-authoring a range of studies and reports, the results of which can be viewed on his website.

You can find Greg on Twitter.

Melanie Leech


Melanie Leech is Chief Executive of the British Property Federation. The federation is the membership organisation for the UK real estate industry. They work alongside the government and other regulatory bodies to ensure the real estate industry is given the space to grow and thrive. At MIPIM Melanie will be speaking at the Mayor’s Think Tank for Housing the World.

The federations key aims are: to improve legislative, fiscal and regulatory conditions, help members access information and understand policy, and to raise the profile of the industry as a whole.

You can find Melanie on LinkedIn.

Dan Miller


Dan Miller is the founder of global investment holding company Myrtle Grove Ventures. He also co-founded Fundrise, the first US real estate funding platform. Finally, Dan is also a managing partner of WestMill Capital Partners, a real estate development company. At MIPIM he will be speaking at the Re-Invest Summit 2016: Real Estate Risks and Awards.

You can find Dan on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Louis Paillard


Louis Paillard is an architect and founder of Paris-based firm Louis Paillard Architecte. He is part of the FGP Atelier du Grand Paris which focuses on international and prospective urban capital. At MIPIM he will be speaking at a Case Study Presentation: Disruptive Innovations in Building.

Louis Paillard’s architecture firm are currently working on a student accommodation building in La Defense area of Paris.

You can view the full programme of MIPIM events here. If you’re planning on attending the show, we’d be keen to hear your thoughts and recommendations. Why not share them with us in the comments?

All speaker images from the MIPIM website.