Lead8 Co Founder & Executive Director Claude Touikan was delighted to join the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and International Chapter (CRECCHKI) on a 6 day fact-finding mission to Greater Paris and MIPIM at Cannes last week. Led by the Chairman of CRECCHKI, Ivan Ko, we had a packed schedule connecting at high level with both public and private sector future collaborations in Greater Paris, followed by further networking in Cannes, amongst the 25,000 plus delegates of MIPIM.
“It was my honour to lead the CRECCHKI delegation to explore future investment opportunities in Paris and to attend MIPIM Cannes,” said Ivan Ko, Chairman of China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and International Chapter (CRECCHKI). “Based upon the 2017 theme of our Chapter ‘Globally Together’ while focusing on living quality and urban space, we see there are tremendous opportunities to collaborate with our peers in Europe in creating new economic and physical environments within this global marketplace. Moving forward, CRECCHKI and our members will continue to use our international perspectives and expertise to contribute to the successful implementation of Greater Paris and be part of it.”
Common themes for the week were the opportunities for Transit Oriented Mixed-Use; Paris’ position in a post-Brexit European landscape; the forging of closer investment and knowledge share links between China/Hong Kong and France, and new thinking on urban mobility and clean air, as exemplified by Lead8’s HarbourLoop project.
As described by Claude Touikan, Lead8 Co Founder & Executive Director, “The profile of the delegation meant that we had invaluable access to the highest-level of companies and public bodies, and we would like to thank Ivan and his team for this opportunity to make long-lasting connections in our bid to grow the Lead8 brand into Europe. We already have several follow-up meetings planned in both Paris and London, plus also strong leads further afield in the Middle East, wider Europe and China.”
The trip has allowed our team to broaden our knowledge on the growing opportunities in Paris and Europe, in particular their inspiring commitment to creating sustainable, smart cities. With our London studio as a conduit to our expertise in Asia, Lead8 are looking forward to applying our design experience and thinking on new opportunities in the West.