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Back in Business: Lessons and Insights from Australia's Return to the Office

04 May 2021 40 Minute Listen

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Australia’s businesses have largely returned to the office months ahead of the U.S. and Europe. Charter Hall’s Office CEO Carmel Hourigan and CBRE’s Amanda Steele join Spencer Levy to share insights on preparing for employees to return and Australia’s central role in the global economy.

Back in Business: Lessons and Insights from Australia's Return to the Office

May 4, 2021 40 Minute Listen


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Carmel Hourigan

Office CEO, Charter Hall

Carmel is the Office CEO for Charter Hall, one of the largest REITs in Australia. She also sits on the firm’s Executive Committee and has over 28 years of industry experience spanning key senior leadership positions and roles in funds management, research and advisory services. She is leading the A$19 billion office sector from end to end including Funds Management, Asset Management, Development and Property Management teams.

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Amanda Steele

Executive Managing Director

Amanda joined CBRE in 2013 after 14 years working in the sustainability space. Between 2013 and 2015, Amanda was CBRE’s Pacific Head of Sustainability, before assuming the senior leadership role to manage one of the company’s biggest business lines, its Asset Services division in Pacific. Over three years, she doubled the growth of this business and delivered significant client outcomes via her innovative, creative and people-focused approach.

In October 2018, Amanda was promoted to Executive Managing Director of Property Management for CBRE's Pacific region. She has worked with the highest levels of government nationally and internationally, as well as alongside boards and CEOs of many organisations. Amanda is an active volunteer with a number of industry and community organisations and thrives on solving persistent problems with integrated solutions.

Amanda is the host for The Placemakers, a television program highlighting the best placemaking in the Asian region.


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Spencer Levy

Global Chief Client Officer & Senior Economic Advisor

Spencer Levy is the Global Chief Client Officer and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. Spencer leads a team of Global Client Care professionals around the world who are responsible for account management and client experience programs designed to ensure seamless client execution across business lines and geographies, with the goal of consistently delivering exceptional client outcomes. Spencer will focus on both top Occupier and Investor clients.

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