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Dror Poleg

speaker location icon New York City, USA

Founder of Rethinking.RE

Proptech Expert, examining technology's impact on Real Estate asset values

Works with the world's largest Real Estate companies to leverage the latest technology & insights to create long-term value

Dror Poleg is the author of Rethinking Real Estate and the Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Technology and Innovation Council in New York. He is a former real estate and technology executive who now dedicates his time to researching the impact of technology on urban life and the way physical assets are designed, used, and valued.

Dror advises executives across the real estate universe on emerging business models and consumer behaviors. His clients include multibillion dollar companies such as AvalonBay Communities, British Land, Liberty Mutual, Dubai Holding, and Cushman & Wakefield, industry organizations such as the National Multifamily Housing Council, NAIOP, EPRA, and INREV, as well as venture-backed startups such as Breather, Bumblebee Spaces, and Carson. 

Dror’s work draws on his experiences living and working in some of the world most vibrant cities — Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Beijing, Melbourne, and New York — as well as his formal training at the London School of Economics,  INSEAD, and Swinburne University of Technology. His insights and research have been featured in reports and events by KPMG, PwC, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Business Insider, The Real Deal, PERE, CRETech, MIPIM, Real Estate Weekly, and Estates Gazette.

Previously, Dror served as Vice President of Kardan Land, where he oversaw the expansion of a $3b property portfolio in partnership with investors such as Blackrock MGPA and Frasers Properties; as CEO of Otherz.com, an app development company; and as Head of Digital at Standards Group, a creative agency that served clients such as IKEA, Scandinavian Airlines, and Shangri La Hotels.

Over the past two decades, Dror Poleg has participated in a number of high-profile projects. These include:

  • Developing over 27 million square feet of commercial and residential space
  • Overseeing the expansion of a $3 billion property portfolio

Participating in hundreds of negotiations with some of the world’s largest financial institutions, real estate operators, and retailers — including Blackrock, HSBC, PAG, Frasers, China Construction Bank, GIC, Zara, H&M, Uniqlo, and LVMH

Speaking topics include:

– Emerging Business Models: Coliving, Coworking, Home-sharing and Beyond

– Humans in Space: The Changing Needs of Tenants and End Users

– Technology’s Impact on Real Assets

– Responding to Disruption: Strategy, Structure, and Synergies

– Data: Best Practices for Collection, Analysis, Protection, and Privacy

– Long term impact: Autonomous Vehicles, Micromobility, Drones, Blockchain, Advanced Materials, and More


Our Comment

"Dror has established himself as one of the world's foremost proptech experts and a leading futurist within the Real Estate industry. He brings a truly global and innovative perspective to a sector undergoing fundamental changes. "

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