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Nikki Greenberg  

Real Estate Futurist, Head of Global Technology Strategy & Digital Management at QIC Global Real Estate

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, Greenberg directs companies on what to do today to deliver on the needs of tomorrow.

Greenberg 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 Greenberg 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!".

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 lead the innovation efforts 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 masterplan projects with Lendlease and Koichi Takada Architects. Today, Greenberg is Head of Global Technology Strategy at QIC Global Real Estate, where she leads the transformation of a $22 Billion real estate portfolio, towards a tech-enabled future.

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), Greenberg leads the industry's conversation on built world innovation. Greenberg is an alumni of UNSW in Sydney, Australia where she attained Masters of International Business, Masters of Architecture, and Bachelors of Architecture with Honors.

Greenberg has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades including being recognised as the Top 25 CRE Innovator (2021), Top 100 Real Estate Executive (2020), ULI Luminary (2022), and Finalist at MIPIM Global PropTech Awards (2019). Her past clients include CBRE Global Investment Partners, AEW Capital Management, 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 Harvard Business Review, ULI, RICS, FIABCI, CREW, Nareit, CoreNet, MIPIM, RecoTech, National Association of Realtors, and more.

Greenberg speaks passionately on topics of innovation, disruption, IoT, sustainability, design thinking, future workplace, robots, cities, retail, architecture and the built environment.

It is little wonder that Greenberg's one of the most sought after speakers of this age.

Speech Topics

2022 & Beyond - Technology's Impact on Shaping the Built World

Future of Retail in the Robot Age

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.


How do we design places today to meet the needs of tomorrow? In understanding the drive to a Carbon-Neutral society, the way that technology compliments the physical reality has become increasingly important. The question of when to apply high-tech, low-tech or no-tech solutions is discussed through innovative case studies and global presidents.

Topics: net zero, green new deal, climate mobilization act, green buildings, gen-z, sustainability, buildings, Proptech

Learnings: Understand the opportunities brought by the Green New Deal and Local Law 97. Passive design. PropTech solutions.


The rate of change in technology is advancing at a rapid rate and yet we continue to deliver places exactly the same way as they always have been. During this talk, the impact of innovative ways of using spaces such as co-working, co-living and ghost kitchens are discussed alongside the disruptive technologies of drones, autonomous cars and service robots. Here the audience will be inspired to ‘think different’ to discover new opportunities for optimizing their assets to increase operational efficiencies and profitability.

Topics: real estate, development, PropTech, co-working, co-living, service robots, innovation, virtual reality

Learnings: Getting started on tech-enabled real estate. Key concepts and alternative uses of space. Identifying new opportunities.


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

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An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek yet highly informative keynote on the role of service robots, PropTech & automations 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 what the future that we image 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.

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