IET London, 2 Savoy Pl, London, WC2R 0BL

9th May 2019

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When it comes to the retail newsreel, we’ve all tuned into radio ‘doom and gloom’, but what’s really going on?

Why are modern day consumers seeking lifestyle and leisure experiences alongside everyday shopping?

How are some retailers successfully bucking the trend with their reassuring sales, increasing store portfolios and unparalleled international growth?

At our next event, Retailiate, on the 9th May, we’ve called in 4 “big-guns” of the property industry to discuss what is really happening in the retail market.

Together we’ll explore how our consumers will think and shop in the imminent and long term future and how this will affect your business – whether you’re a retailer, developer, city council or investor.


To register for this event please visit – please note places are limited.

If you have any questions please contact Nikki Ford, Retail Marketing Manager,


Thursday 9th May 2019

Arrival & breakfast
Introduction & Welcome
Stefan Hyttfors - Keynote session, followed by Q&A
Malcolm Smith - Director, Arup
Michael Valdsgaard - Valdsgaard & Partners
Lara Marrero - Principal & Global Retail Practice Leader at Gensler
Q&A Panel session - Malcolm Smith, Michael Valdsgaard & Lara Marrero
What's Next - Cushman & Wakefield



Stefan Hyttfors

Stefan Hyttfors is an acclaimed futurist, author and global speaker. He has a background as journalist and economist and today he is one of Europe’s leading voices on disruptive technologies, behavioral change and next-generation leadership.  Stefan has twice been awarded the Swedish speaker of the year




Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith is a director at Arup London, the Arup Fellow of Masterplanning and Urban Design, and an architect. He currently leads the Integrated City Planning team in London which integrates design, planning and economics. The team undertakes a wide range of projects that have integrated urban strategies at their core, including Stratford City metropolitan Centre, London, NOMA urban precinct in Manchester.

Lara Marrero

Lara has more than 18 years of experience spanning retail, hospitality, and entertainment experiences. As strategy director and one of Gensler’s Retail Leaders, Lara brings insights that result in innovative and powerful strategies that generate engagement between brands, places, and people. She has honed her ability to translate complex global consumer trends into understandable, workable, and profitable outcomes for her clients. She was also named as one of design:retail magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2017 and is considered a leading voice on the future of retail.

Michael Valsgaard

Michael is a profound expert in Retail and Technologies and have been working with business transformation and exponential technologies for the last 10 years on a global level with top executives. He is a retailer of trade with more than 25 years’ experience. Prior to starting his own company, Michael worked as Senior VP Digital Development at IKEA with the global responsibility for transforming IKEA’s business model.  Michael is best known for being one of the pioneers of bringing Augmented Reality experience into the hands of millions of consumers with his creation of the app called ‘IKEA Place’. An award-winning application that he launched to the world press together with Tim Cook after working closely with IKEA and Apple.