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Get Ready for This: What the Global Real Estate Recovery Will Look Like in 2021 & Beyond

August 10, 2021 34 Minute Listen

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What big trends are driving the global economy and commercial real estate in 2021? CBRE Global Research leaders Julie Whelan and Henry Chin join Spencer Levy to discuss what’s next for key sectors and asset classes in 2021 and beyond.

Get Ready for This: What the Global Real Estate Recovery Will Look Like in ...

August 10, 2021 34 Minute Listen


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Henry Chin, Ph.D.

Global Head of Investor Thought Leadership & Head of Research, Asia Pacific

Dr. Henry Chin leads CBRE’s investor thought leadership across all regions and oversees all research activity in Asia Pacific. After joining CBRE in 2014, Henry was promoted to CBRE’s Asia Pacific Strategic Group, the board which oversees CBRE’s strategic direction in the region, in 2016. From 2019-2020 he also served as Head of Research, EMEA.

Before joining CBRE, Henry was head of Asia Pacific research and strategy at PGIM (previously known as Pramerica Real Estate Investors), Prudential Financials Inc., where he was responsible for leading the company’s Asia Pacific real estate investment strategy. Henry also spent several years with Deutsche Bank Group, where he had numerous roles ranging from global real estate strategist based in London to co-head of real estate for Asia Pacific for their private banking business. Henry began his career as lead Asian real estate analyst for DTZ.

Henry is a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University (UK) and an assistant professor at National Taipei University (Taiwan). He is also a member of the Society of Property Researchers (SPR), Investment Property Forum (IPF), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Asian Public Real Estate Association (APREA), Asia Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV), International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC), SFC Hong Kong, HKSI and UKSIP. He was served as a chairman of ANREV’s research committee from 2011 to 2014. He holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC) in the UK.

Henry has 20 years research experience in the Asia Pacific and Global real estate markets. He holds a BA in Land Economic and Administration from National Taipei University (Taiwan); an MSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading (UK) and a PhD in Real Estate Investment from Oxford Brookes University (UK).

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Julie Whelan, CBRE

Global Head of Occupier Thought Leadership

Julie Whelan leads a global team of researchers tasked with identifying major trends impacting commercial real estate occupiers across all industries. Julie also works directly with CBRE professionals across the Advisory & Transaction Services business to advise clients on real estate markets and strategies around the world.

An expert on the future of work, Julie is particularly interested in how the fundamental shifts toward sustainability and flexibility are reshaping the strategy and utilization of space. As a public speaker, she provides critical context for both massive and subtle shifts in the commercial real estate market, and her analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Forbes, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Axios, CNBC and more.

With decades of experience working on both the client and services sides of the industry, Julie built her career creating data-driven insights that influence the C-suite on matters related to real estate in large institutions. Before joining CBRE, she was the Vice President of Global Realty Services for State Street Corporation, where she built a team responsible for analyzing the strategic and financial impacts associated with real estate decisions globally.

Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College, a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University and completed the Commercial Real Estate Program at Boston University. She lives in Boston and enjoys traveling the world with her husband and three young children.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.

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