PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit (ARES 2022) is supported by official MICE partner Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); official partner PropertyGuru for Business; official channel partners History and Lifetime; official magazine and podcast Property Report by PropertyGuru; official PR partner Artemis Associates; media partners d+a Magazine, Esquire PH, Hot Magazine, People Asia, REm Thailand,

ARES Leaders PanelPropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit (ARES 2022) is supported by official MICE partner Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); official partner PropertyGuru for Business; official channel partners History and Lifetime; official magazine and podcast Property Report by PropertyGuru; official PR partner Artemis Associates; media partners d+a Magazine, Esquire PH, Hot Magazine, People Asia, REm Thailand, Southeast Asia Globe, The Grid, and Think of Living; official ESG partner Baan Dek Foundation; official charity partner Liter of Light; and supporting associations Green Building Consulting & Engineering, IFC – Building Resilience Index, IFC – Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies, and REHDA Institute.

Hari V. Krishnan, chief executive officer and managing director of PropertyGuru Group, said, “Today, PropertyGuru completes fifteen years of operations, and we mark it with the launch of our enterprise solutions brand ‘PropertyGuru For Business’, which aims to guide enterprise clients such as property developers, agencies, banks, valuers, city planners and policymakers.”

The third segment opened with a discussion on a data-driven sustainable, affordable housing solutions panel (co-presented by REHDA Institute) featuring Dr Nai Jia Lee, head of real estate intelligence at PropertyGuru Group, and Ryan Ip, CFA, MRICS, research director and head of land and housing at Our Hong Kong Foundation, with moderator Tan Sri Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi, trustee of REHDA Institute and group managing director of MKH Berhad.

Jeremy Williams, managing director for marketplaces at PropertyGuru Group, said: “For the eighth year, the PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit has gathered the brightest minds, top-level business leaders, and decision-makers in the property and technology sectors from around the world.

ARES Leaders Panel
ARES Leaders Panel

Another panel discussion, moderated by Variety media analyst and correspondent Heidi Chung, featured leading voices pushing for a sustainability-first mindset among developers, investors and consumers in Asia: Dr Kessara Thanyalakpark, managing director of Sena Development Public Company Limited; Kristin Thorsteins, regional head of partnership growth, APAC West, IWG; Rachanee Chanawatr, Asia-Pacific principal of the International Financial Corporation/World Bank Group; Stephen Oehme; and Thien Duong, general director for Vietnam at GroupGSA.

International broadcaster Manisha Tank led the following discussion that focused on intelligent post-Covid development strategies, with panellists Josh Chye, partner and head of tax at HLB Mann Judd and board member and treasurer of the Property Funds Association of Australia; Stephen Pimbley, founding partner and director of SPARK Architects; Winston Lee, director of special projects at PropertyGuru Group; and Ir.

The segment closed with a discussion among influential women leaders: Coco Liu, chief regional officer of APAC, HLB; Jean Jacquelyn de Castro, CEO of ESCA Incorporated; Loemongga Haoemasan, president director of Asiana Group; and Shyn Yee Ho-Strangas, managing director of data and software solutions at PropertyGuru Group, with Palanca-winning author and journalist Jessica Zafra as moderator.

The second segment of the summit included a keynote on financing instruments and climate investments in property businesses by Kim-See Lim, regional director of East Asia and the Pacific at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/The World Bank Group, as well as a keynote on humanitarian tech by Illac Diaz, founder of Liter of Light Foundation and winner of PropertyGuru’s Visionary of the Year award in 2020.

ARES 2022’s final segment gathered some of today’s most influential content creators and personalities to discuss the effects of new media on property seekers: Jett Gunther, video producer and news anchor for Thaiger; Nelly Hrnic, creator of Nelly’s Life and Making It Happen; and Wil Dasovich, television personality and creator, with the special participation of Illac Diaz.

Following the summit, distinguished guests headed to an exclusive gathering at the ARES VIP Cocktail Part: Celebrating Power Women in Real Estate, sponsored by PropertyGuru for Business. This occasion honoured four influential women leaders who pushed for gender diversity and equality in their respective fields.

The second segment ended with a discussion on the property rights of the LGBTQI+ community in Asia, moderated by drag artist and television host Pangina Heals, with panellists Nick Myers, founder and CEO of RedFox AI; Ramil Andag, SOGIESC rights officer of APCOM Foundation; and William Tan, real estate advisor and co-founder of President and Haus of Pride.

Manav Kamboj, chief technology officer of PropertyGuru Group, was on hand to present the Developer’s Choice award to the winner of PropertyGuru Hackathon 2022: Selling Sunsets, market insights and campaign tool.

Emceed by seasoned broadcaster Tina Ryan, ARES 2022 took place on 8 December 2022, marking 15 years since the foundation of PropertyGuru Group.

More than 40 global experts from around the world flew in for the summit at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel Bangkok, where they issued and renewed a call for adaptation and mitigation in a world changed by the coronavirus and global warming. The 2022 Visionary of the Year award was presented to Colin Chee, founder of the popular web series Never Too Small, whose unique, distinctive storytelling skills and passion for small-footprint residential architecture and design have inspired a global movement.

PropertyGuru Group, Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company, has returned its thought leadership platform, the PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit (ARES), to the physical stage, drawing the most brilliant minds from around the world to the Thai capital. The first segment of the programme also included a keynote on sustainability by Erastus Njuke Ndugire, programme manager for the City Investment Facility at the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and a keynote on the state of Asia’s current macroeconomy by Syetarn Hansakul, Asia Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Following the successful virtual summit editions in 2020 and 2021, the 2022 edition of PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit, supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and PropertyGuru for Business, is themed ‘Adaptive Reinvention.’ The third segment continued with the Design keynote, delivered by Marshall Blecher, founding partner of MAST, the Copenhagen-based architecture studio working with water to create innovative, open and sustainable spaces.

We believe PropertyGuru for Business is a timely launch as we hope to equip our enterprise clients with the correct data, tools and information to navigate the uncertain economic conditions ahead and be better prepared to serve their customers. Over these eight years, our goal for PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit has remained constant: to educate, innovate and inspire, sharing ideas, inspiring innovation, and developing practical solutions that can help improve our built environments.

The discussions and presentations challenged the audience-in addition to viewers who tuned in to the live stream of the Summit on its official YouTube and Facebook channels to exercise critical thinking in the areas of sustainability, inclusivity, diversity, and creativity after the pandemic. The programme opened with a call to action on urban change from Stephen Oehme, the managing director of Quantum Thailand Ltd and a former Burj Khalifa Dubai board member.

The day-long programme focused on the way forward for the real estate and tech sectors as they emerge from the pandemic era and continue reckoning with climate realities. We hope to empower our business partners and customers to make better-informed decisions by harnessing the integrated power of our proprietary data, technology, and people.

PropertyGuru Tech Innovation Award, a benchmark of excellence for startups and SMEs with game-changing products and innovations in proptech, was presented to Rebricks. This Indonesian company transforms rejected waste into valuable building materials. The 2022 edition of the Summit also coincided with the launch of its enterprise brand, PropertyGuru for Business. The 8th PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit was part of the ‘PropertyGuru Week’, which included the presentation of the 17th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final. Our ambition is to bring transparency within the real estate journey and create a trusted platform for home seekers and business partners. We will focus on how our cities, communities and built environments can adapt to changes and how we, the inhabitants and developers of these environments, can use best practices and lessons from the past to build the communities of tomorrow.”

“Our theme this year is adaptive reinvention. Tech entrepreneur Dustin Jefferson Onghangseng also presented a showcase of the comprehensive air sensor uHoo, winner of the 2021 PropertyGuru Tech Innovation Award. Dr Zulhkiple A. Bakar, managing director of Perunding ZAB.

Jules Kay, general manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards & Events, had engaged Novita Tan and Ovy Sabrina, founders of Rebricks, in a fireside chat about the journey of trash to eco-friendly bricks.

The presentation served as a culmination of the 2022 Awards series of in-person and virtual gala celebrations. The final segment was also an opportunity to present several honours to outstanding game-changers and innovators. The 8th PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit was thematically divided into four segments: Restart/Rebound; Revive/Reboot; Rethink/Reset, and Reimagine/Reinvent. These decisions can impact thousands or even millions of people at an enterprise or a city level. PropertyGuru For Business guides our clients to maximise growth opportunities while reducing risk and uncertainty.



Written by: Supaporn  Pholrach (Joom)