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Shed Club Heaven | Logistics goes mainstream – time to grow up

May 11, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

With the sector now not only becoming the primary focus of the world’s biggest investors, it is also in the public eye with consumers acutely aware of the rise of the tech giants and online consumption that is underpinning growth in the logistics sector.

More than ever before, with the sector becoming an ever more powerful force, it must fulfil all facets of its ESG obligations and push the boundaries of the positive impact it can have on society.

But talking the talk and walking the walk are entirely different things and hitting performance targets that are still largely foreign to many industry professionals and outside of the traditional remit of many firms is no easy feat.

The latest in React News’ Shed Club Heaven webinar series will focus on providing practical advice and insight on what developers, investors and advisers can do to propel the logistics sector forward across the ESG spectrum.

• Logistics’ road to net zero
• What the rise of e-commerce means for logistics’ role in society
• Will the important of logistics become heightened in the eyes of the public and government?


Pertti Vanhanen

Pertti Vanhanen

Managing Director, Europe at Cromwell Property Group

As Managing Director of Cromwell Property Group in Europe, Pertti has full operational responsibility for running the European business.

Pertti joined Cromwell in 2021 and is a seasoned leader in the real estate industry with over 30 years’ experience. He has held a number of senior roles at a number of leading European management organisations throughout his career, most recently as Global Co-head of Real Estate at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

While at Aberdeen Standard Investments and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM), Pertti led or was closely involved in several major corporate and real estate transactions, including the merger of AAM and SLI’s real estate divisions, establishing the group’s Asian real estate organisation and the launch of several successful funds and trusts including pan European residential funds, Nordic funds and the first ever open-ended property fund in Finland.

Ekaterina Avdonina

Ekaterina Avdonina

CEO & Co Founder at Mirastar

Ekaterina is responsible for the overall leadership of the Mirastar platform. She is a recognised Pan-European industry leader and regular contributor to panels and articles in the logistics sector.

Ekaterina previously co-founded Delin Properties in 2011, first as Head of Investments and subsequently as MD, where she repositioned the business as a fully integrated Pan-European logistics development and asset management platform. Third party investment was secured through 3 separate mandates, enabling the development pipeline and assets under management to increase from €400m to over €1.3bn in less than 3 years. Before that, she worked in ING Real Estate’s lending team in the Netherlands and with GVA in Moscow.

Cécile Tricault

Cécile Tricault

SVP, Country Manager France and Regional Head Southern Europe at Prologis

Cécile Tricault is responsible for leading the portfolio strategy and development in France and coordinating the activity across France, Italy and Spain.
She joined Prologis in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in real estate.
Prior to joining Prologis, she worked at JP Morgan Asset Management as Head of Real Estate Asset Management for France and Benelux.
Prior to JP Morgan, Cécile worked first as a Fund Manager and later as a Senior Asset Manager for Axa Real Estate IM.
She started her career as a Project Developer with Bouygues, a French Construction Company.
She has an Engineering degree (Master of Engineering) from Ecole Centrale Paris, a French top-ranked Engineering school (“Grande Ecole”).

Helen Drury

Helen Drury

Sustainability Lead at Tritax Group

Helen joined Tritax Group in 2019 to lead its sustainability function and is responsible for all aspects of sustainability and ESG. This includes strategy development, implementation, reporting and stakeholder engagement across the Group, including its two flagship logistics funds Tritax Big Box and Tritax EuroBox plc. Having previously worked at intu Properties as Corporate Responsibility Manager, and Virgin Money as Senior Manager for Sustainability, Helen has over ten years’ experience focused on driving sustainability and corporate responsibility within organisations. Prior to that, Helen has also worked in various roles developing and advocating climate change and environmental policy, notably working on the GHG reporting guidance and the national strategy for energy efficiency. Helen holds an MA in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Tools and is a Chartered Environmentalist.


May 11, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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