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Real Estate Futurist


Nikki Greenberg is the world’s top real estate futurist and most sought-after industry trends, presenter.

Through her high energy keynotes, she explores the convergence of real space and cyber space. She is determined to not only inspire her audiences on the possibilities of emerging technologies and innovative ways of thinking but provide insights on ways to capitalize upon it. In short, Nikki directs companies on what to do today to deliver on the needs of tomorrow.

Nikki delivers public and private presentations to global audiences, ranging from board meetings to leading conferences with thousands of industry professionals in attendance. The Head of IBM’s Global Real Estate in Washington DC described Nikki as having “The perfect blend of charisma, levity and insight”, while TechCrunch’s Editor-in-Chief, Mike Butcher credited her keynote as “The best presentation of the day!”.

Current Work:

Proudly servicing as both the current co-chair of the Urban Land Institute's New York Real Estate Technology and Innovation Council, and Global Ambassador of Women in PropTech, (which she also founded), Nikki leads the industry’s conversation on the built world innovation.
Nikki is an alumnus of UNSW in Sydney, Australia where she attained Masters of International Business, Masters of Architecture, and Bachelors of Architecture with Honors.

Previous Experience:

A true digital nomad with an international career that has spanned the US, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia, she has held cross-functional leadership positions including Fortune 500 companies with a focus on innovation and design. In New York, she leads the innovation e?orts of the #1 private brokerage Brown Harris Stevens, for new luxury residential developments. In Australia, she designed and developed transformative mixed-use residential, retail and master- plan projects with Lendlease and Koichi Takada Architects.

Nikki has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades including being recognised as a Top 25 CRE Innovator (2021), Top 100 Real Estate Executive (2020), and Finalist at MIPIM Global PropTech Awards (2019). Her past clients include CBRE Global Investment Partners, AEW, Dexus, Silverstein, JDS, VTS, and Lendlease, amongst others. She has been a featured speaker for the real estate industry’s leading groups and conferences including ULI, RICS, FIABCI, CREW, Nareit, CoreNet, MIPIM, RecoTech, National Association of Realtors, and more.

Nikki speaks passionately on topics of innovation, disruption, IoT, sustainability, design think- ing, future workplace, robots, cities, architecture and the built environment.
It is little wonder that Nikki’s one of the most sought-after speakers of this age.

Talking Points

What Buildings Will Be Like When Robots Take Over

An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek yet highly informative keynote on the role of service robots, PropTech & automation within real estate. The keynote looks at a history of innovation in the built environment drawing from case studies such as Archigram’s Cities Walking, as well as reflecting on predictions from the popular futuristic cartoon series The Jetsons. The audience is encouraged to interact with one another to discuss and explore the future that we imagine might be like.

Topics: Innovation, disruption, real estate, robotics, futurism, sustainability, humanitarianism, architecture
Learnings: Key terminology from tech, robotics and VC. PropTech to enhance operations and UX. The tech-enabled future for CRE.

A New Reality for Realty

In 2019, Gen-Z (born 1996-2010) became the largest population group globally. As the first generation to not know a world without the internet, the way that they interact with the world is unique in that they blur the boundary between digital and in-person realities.

Gen-Z view products as services and expect a personalized experience from brands. They also turn to social media to search for information and trust reviews over advertising. A New Reality for Realty, explores how Gen-Z’s attitudes and expectations are disrupting the way that real estate is designed and operated, to ensure that what is delivered today will meet the needs of tomorrow.

Topics: Generational change, social media, new technologies, drones, IoT, co-working, co-living, gamification, virtual reality, robots

Learnings: Complementing physical and digital experiences. Meeting values of Gen-Z. Do’s and don’t for tech adoption

2030: A Space Odyssey

A decade of innovation has been condensed into a matter of weeks as companies im- implemented new systems in response to Covid-19. The real estate industry has been shaken up, with the places in which we work, live, shop, dine and play needing a complete rethink. While the new reality for realty now starting to take shape, there is an in-credible opportunity to rebuild with technology, innovation, empathy, and sustainable development principles to guide the way that developments are designed, transacted, operated, and occupied. How do you design for the future and operate in an environment with so many unknowns? How do you identify areas for growth and prosperity? How do you adapt assets to the new reality without degrading their core function?
What does design for flexibility look like? How do you rebuild responsibly to create a lasting legacy?

Topics: Rebuilding the industry, COVID-19, CRE, robotics, IoT, future, residential, retail, innovation, realtor, social media, PropTech

Learning: Apply designing thinking to as- sess your traditional operations. How to focus on a long-term outlook in an uncertain environment. International case studies. Design for flexibility of use. How to capitalize on disruption to breed innovation.

Towards 2050: The Future of Workplace, Workflow & Workforce

2020 saw a disruptive change in the notion of the workplace as companies all around the world moved to work remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, an advanced acceleration in the adoption of new remote-work technology took place which has forever altered the way that companies conceptualize work. As a move towards a hybrid way of working which encompasses both a traditional o?ce as well as remote-work possibilities is now the new reality for many companies, what trends and technologies can support such a move? How should workplaces best position themselves for this new reality? What role do advancements in Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Machine Learning play in this new reality?

Nikki will provide a global analysis of best practices from around the world with a focus on New York and Silicon Valley. She will discuss both the way that workplaces have changed as a result of the global health crisis, as well as identify the issues that companies need to consider as they conceptualize their future workplace and the role that their workforce will play within this new reality. During her presentation, she will look at the changing role and growth potential that drones, service robots, chatbots, and artificial intelligence hold as part of the human capital mix, and how mega-tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft are considering the future of workplace, workforce, and workflow within their own operations. Her keynote will conclude with both future projections and tangible recommendations on the next steps to take to prepare for this techno-centric new reality.

Cyber Space vs Real Space

Today, cyberspace is a direct competitor with real space. With the ever-increasing dominance of e-commerce and remote work competing with the need for physical malls and offices, the competitive landscape for real estate owners has extended beyond the physical, and into the digital realm. During her keynote presentation, Nikki discusses this notion of the ‘physidigital’, that is, the way in which the physical and digital realms converge. Here, the audience will learn ways that their spaces can be optimized for productivity within this new reality, along with the decisions that they can make today to prepare them for a digital tomorrow.

Gen-Z & The New Reality for Realty

In 2019, Gen-Z became the largest population group globally. By 2030, 75% of the workforce will be made up of Gen-Z and Millennials. Gen-Z, as the first generation to not know a world without the internet, interacts with the world in a unique way that blurs the boundary between digital and in-person realities. The New Reality for Reality, explores how Gen-Z’s attitudes and expectations will shape the way that spaces are designed and operated in the future. Here, Nikki will provide insights on how to ensure that what is delivered today will meet the needs of tomorrow.

The AnyPlace WorkPlace

The workplace is evolving. It is no longer a fixed location of workstations, meeting rooms and private offices. Instead, today’s workplace is about both bricks and bytes, where the physical space has converged with cyberspace.

During her energetic keynote presentation, Nikki will present her original insights on what workplace means today, in the Age of the Cloud. She will challenge the audience to question the rationale of traditional 9-5 work policies that precede the internet and present the approach to hybrid-work being taken by future-forward technology companies across the globe to engage digital native Gen-Z and Millennial employees. And most importantly, Nikki will challenge leaders to be bold enough to take steps to challenge the status quo, and create the conditions for their employees to do their best work.

Building a Better Future

There is nothing that is more exciting than getting a glimpse into the way that the built world is created - except of course for the vision of where the construction industry is heading. Already today, there have been incredible advancements in robotics, material sciences, ConTech and computer visioning that are driving the industry forward at the convergence of the digital and physical realities. With the invisible hands of automations working in the background to optimize construction sequencing, discover efficiencies, and prevent hazards before they occur, to the figurative robotic arms driving 3D printers, autonomous trucks, and drone site surveys; tomorrow’s worksites sound like science fiction, and yet these technologies are increasingly being adopted today. Alongside this accelerating drive to digitization, is a global push towards achieving net-zero, with the construction industry taking on a significant role. During her inspiring, high-energy keynote, Nikki Greenberg will discuss the trends and technologies affecting the construction industry and present a vibrant vision for its future inspired by NextGen technologies, insights from other industries, and global forces.
Best presentation of the day! TechCrunch

The power of Nikki's message for the Real Estate industry simply cannot be ignored.

JLL New York

Nikki has the perfect blend of charisma, levity, & insight.


What Nikki said resonated. It really was a perfect fit for us.

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