As our cities continue to grow upward and outward, we need to consider how we develop in a way that is both smarter and more equitable. How do we ensure the right investments are available to support our growth, and that social and economic opportunities are equally shared?
The issue of shared responsibility and benefit is no greater felt than with the issue of housing. Every week, house prices, relative affordability and availability are debated in the media. How do we move beyond the rhetoric to support the changing landscape of our cities and deliver housing opportunity into Australia?
Join our esteemed panel as they explore current and future challenges and opportunities to delivering housing and communities that meet the needs of Australia’s current and future residents.
Sarah Hill, CEO, Greater Sydney Commission
Sarah commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Sydney Commission in January 2016. Following extensive engagement with the community, Sarah led the organisation in developing the Commission’s vision for ‘a metropolis of three cities’ into the Greater Sydney Region Plan and five District Plans adopted by the NSW Government in March 2018. The Commission has also implemented the "10 Directions for Greater Sydney", Collaboration Areas, Growth Infrastructure Compacts and completed the original 24 Ministerial Priorities. Previously, as a Director of Hill PDA Consulting, Sarah specialised as an economic planner with expertise in employment areas and the economics of development. Sarah also was an independent advisor to government on planning reform and was a member of the NSW Government’s 2012 Affordable Housing Taskforce. Sarah has prior experience in the UK working on affordable housing strategies and the creation of a new planning authority known as the London Olympic and Paralympic Joint Planning Authority responsible for the master-planning and approvals for the London 2012 Olympic Games and its Legacy. A past-President of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, 2016-17 PIA Planner of the Year and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sarah has received two international planning awards including the Mayor of London’s Award for Excellence and the Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Planning. Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and in 2018 completed her Doctoral thesis on the economics of planning in NSW.
Adam Hirst, General Manager - Build to Rent, Mirvac Group
Adam Hirst is a property industry specialist with extensive experience including residential development, passive investments, funds management and agency. Prior to joining Mirvac, Adam worked for AMP Capital across both their direct and listed real estate portfolios including the Global Listed Real Estate team, investing in real estate companies globally comprising many of the USA-listed multi-family REITs. Adam is one of Australia’s foremost experts in Build-to-Rent (Multifamily rental) and has led Mirvac’s Build-to-Rent strategy. He played a key role in Mirvac’s launch of the Australian Build-to-Rent Club (ABTRC) and in transforming Mirvac’s Pavilions project at Sydney Olympic Park into one of the first purpose-built Build-to-Rent assets in Australia.
Danuel Stanger, Vice Chairman of Bridge Investment Group (USA)
Daniel Stanger has 32 years of experience in every phase of the real estate investment process including acquisition, analysis, property and asset management, financing, development and disposition. He has been directly responsible for investing in over US$5 billion dollars in real estate assets including investments with an emphasis on multi family, commercial office and resort properties. Since 2009, Mr. Stanger has focused his efforts on the Bridge Funds, as the Chief Investment Officer, as well as providing direct oversight of the real estate operating and finance entities within Bridge. Previously, Mr. Stanger was one of the two founding partners of Bridge Investment Group, LLC (a Bridge Investment Group affiliate), and the CEO for the majority of his tenure. Mr. Stanger’s real estate career followed a successful career in banking, including positions with Prudential Federal and American Savings & Loan. Mr. Stanger has a strong belief in community, and has been integrally involved in the development of the Community Services Programs that Bridge sponsors throughout its portfolio. He has been a member of many community organisations, and served on the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Housing Services, Utah, and as a Founding Board Member of the Utah Community Reinvestment Corporation (UCRC). Mr. Stanger is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and was Chair of both the Salt Lake & Utah Associations of Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee and PACs. He served on the National Governmental Affairs Committee for CCIM, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Project Access, the premier Community Service provider in the apartment industry.
Caryn Kakas, Head of Housing Strategy, ANZ
Caryn Kakas has 20 years’ experience in public policy and housing. Her role directly supports ANZ’s commitment to improve the availability of suitable and affordable housing options for all Australian and New Zealanders. She was previously Executive Director of Housing, overseeing Housing and Homelessness policy and programs; intergovernmental relations and Cabinet coordination at the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW).