ULI Belgium: Building great cities
9.00 - 12.15 | Tuesday 16 May - City Conference Room

Building great cities: how inclusivity leads to prosperity

ULI Belgium’s inaugural Annual Conference addressed city competitiveness as a main theme, assessing the competitiveness of Antwerp and Brussels with respect to their relative peers. One of the weaknesses that came out of the analysis for both cities related to social inclusion, which is proving to become more important for strong cities. The most successful cities are those that have embedded social inclusion in their economic and urban development strategies by applying principles of good density, mixing of population groups (generation, income, origin) and having policies in place to integrate migrants in their communities supported by active involvement of the civic society. Failure to address the inequities threatens to undo the progress made and could hamper future regeneration efforts.

Take part in this ULI conference and join real estate and urban development professionals in order to:

  • Learn more about the role that spatial planning and urban development could play in economic growth and social integration;
  • Hear about recent innovations in social integration through the development of more compact, better connected and better integrated cities;
  • Discover how social entrepreneurs have developed products and services that make cities more inclusive;
  • Share good practices and successful experiences in other cities around the world;
  • Meet other urban development experts who care about the cities of tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Moderator: Katrina Sichel

  • 8.00 - 9.00 | Registration and networking breakfast
  • 9.00 - 9.15 | Welcome remarks

by Marnix Galle, Chair ULI Belgium, Lisette Van Doorn, CEO ULI Europe

  • 9.15 - 10.00 | Keynote session

by Tom Murphy, Former Mayor of Pittsburgh (United States)
This keynote session addresses the importance of bold, cross cutting leadership when transforming cities, either to modernize its economy or to
become more socially inclusive. This is the example of Pittsburgh, a former production centre for heavy industry industrial city in the US, that
transformed into a knowledge based economy.

  • 10.00 - 10.45 | Discussion panel

The market’s response to key elements of transformation: affordability, good density, liveability, and innovation
With: Jurgen Bruns‐Berentelg, CEO Hafencity & Serge Fautré, CEO, AG RE Belgium

  • 10.45 - 11.15 | Coffee break
  • 11.15 - 11.45 | Keynote session

by Alice Charles, Community Lead, Infrastructure and Urban Development, World Economic Forum
Presentation on World Economic Forum work in the field of inclusive growth, city mindfulness, sharing city

  • 11.45 - 12.15 | Closing debate

The public sector response on inclusivity and prosperity
With: Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen & Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk

  • 12.15 | Conference close

Tom Murphy
Alice Charles
Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg



For Join & Go and Public Sector rates:
Please email europemeetings@uli.org
You must attend the main conference to attend the Chairman's Dinner.
Limited places are available at the dinner, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Register now: https://europe.uli.org/event/uli-belgium-conference-chairmans-dinner/

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