Nikki Greenberg

Futurist and Expert in Trend-Spotting & Technology Strategy; Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Real Estate of the Future
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  • A sought-after trends expert, Nikki is a strategic advisor to leading global investors on how to capitalize on global trends and emerging technologies
  • One of the foremost futurists and innovation leaders, recognized as a Top 25 Most Innovative Women in Commercial Real Estate
  • Led the technology strategy for a global investment manager with $70 Billion in assets under management (AUM) for their real estate portfolio
  • Imaginative, humorous and highly-engaging style, Nikki provides a balance of what is possible, as well as a pathway to achieve it
  • Founder of Women in PropTech and Co-chair of the Urban Land Institute's New York Real Estate Technology and Innovation Council

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Nikki Greenberg is a world-leading futurist and innovation strategist, focussed on preparing organizations for a tech-enabled future. She helps leaders reimagine their businesses to bring them into alignment with the increasingly digitized way that people live, work, and communicate today. She has held leadership positions with Fortune 500’s, and most recently served as the Head of Technology Strategy at QIC, an Australian investment manager with a $70 Billion portfolio of assets under management, where she led the digital transformation of their global real estate vertical. 

A passionate thought-leader and practical innovator, she is focussed on how to prepare organizations today, for the needs of tomorrow. She is an advocate for developing a human-centered approach to innovation and works with c-level executives to understand the impact of digital transformation to build resilience while reducing risk. Here she develops practical strategies for organizations to trial and incorporate emerging technologies such as Ai, machine learning, crypto, PropTech, the Metaverse, and robotics, as a means to address organizational challenges including ESG, DEI, hybrid-work, customer acquisition, and desired productivity boosts.

An Australian national that now resides in New York, Nikki has had an impressive international career that has spanned the US, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. Nikki has worked with global organizations including Lendlease, QIC, Brown Harris Stevens, Koichi Takada Architects, and Greenland Australia. During this time, she worked on transformative projects across mixed-use, residential, commercial, retail, office, hospitality, logistics and smart cities. She holds a Master of Commerce with a focus on International Business, Master of Architecture, and Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors. Nikki has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades particularly including being recognized as CIO View's 5 Most Influential Women in Real Estate to Watch, Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Innovator, the ULI Global Luminary), and a Finalist at MIPIM Global PropTech Awards. She is the founder and global ambassador of Women in PropTech and three-term co-chair of the Technology & Innovation Council for ULI in New York.

Nikki’s approach brings a balance between pushing possibilities, and practicality. Her style when presenting to audiences is humorous, light-hearted, and thought-provoking. She considers it an honor to have the attention of the audience and is focussed on inspiring them on the incredible possibilities that our future presents, and their important role in making it a reality. It is no wonder that Nikki is one of the most sought-after speakers in her field.


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The Future Workplace: The Productive Office: Original tips and insights on how to make workplaces productive, preferable, and profitable in the age of flexible working.

In navigating the current conditions around the future of work and needs of offices, perhaps the most critical question that leaders can ask themselves is not what ‘will’, but what ‘should’ the future of the office for their organization be.

Shockingly, only 32% of a person’s typical work day is spent doing work, with interruptions costing US businesses $588 Billion annually. Organizations that create ways for employees to feel (and be!) more productive at the office than at home, can elevate the office to be their employees' preferred place to work. When people are more productive during the work day, not only do they stress less and enjoy greater work-life balance, but they also make a more meaningful contribution in the work that they do. It’s a win-win for everyone.

During her high energy, inspiring and entertaining keynote, world-renowned futurist Nikki Greenberg will talk about the new relationship between office-space, cyber-space, and cognitive-space. Here she will question the status-quo while showcasing workplaces experiments that are occurring around the world that have had measurable successes for workers’ wellbeing, project outcomes, and team cohesiveness. From reducing meetings which can lead to 70%+ increases in productivity, to moving away from open-planned offices which has been shown to reduce negative mood by 25% and sick days by 63%, Nikki will introduce proven ways to bring into closer alignment office-space, and the way that people want to work today.

The Future City: What Buildings Will Be Like When Robots Take Over. An inspiring exploration into the impact of emerging technologies on cities and buildings into the future.

During her high-energy, entertaining keynote audiences will hear about cutting-edge technologies, and be inspired by the disruptive impact that they will have in shaping the future of the built world - and are already having today. Nikki leverages her experience in leading the digital transformation of a $17 Billion global real estate portfolio and makes the argument for why organizations cannot stand still in this ever-changing environment. Here she provides the steps that organizations can take today to be prepared for tomorrow’s increasingly tech-enabled future. This topic is for real estate audiences with an interest in the convergence of physical space and cyber space, and how the design of future-places impacts on the inhabitants of generations to come.

The Future Decision Makers: Gen-Z and the 2030 Opportunity. What organizations must do today to capture the attention of the world’s largest population group, digital native Gen-Z. 

In 2019, Gen-Z became the largest population group globally, and by 2030, 75% of the workforce will be made up of Gen-Z and Millennials. Gen-Z, as the first generation to not know a world without the internet, and thus interact with the world in a unique way that blurs the boundary between digital and in-person realities. In understanding that Gen-Z is both your future workforce and future customer, Nikki provides insights on how to ensure that what is delivered today will meet the needs of tomorrow.

Nikki translates trend data into actionable tips on how to design products that will appeal to this ‘iGeneration’. She provides guidance on how to differentiate between passing fads vs true disruptors to build loyalty with Gen-Z. As a millennial herself, Nikki shares what she believes Gen-Z has learnt from the hard lessons of the Millennial generation, to understand the actions that you should take today to get into the Gen-Z mindset.

The Future Workplace: The Happy Hybrid-Workplace: Hacking your workplace technology to create a happy hybrid-work experience.

90% of companies expect to include remote and hybrid work, yet the challenge of how to make hybrid-work work successfully eludes many organizations. In this new world of work, it is time to take pause and redesign the way that work takes place in a way that embraces the increasingly digitized way that people interact with the world on our devices. During her high energy, humorous and light-hearted keynote, world-renowned futurist, Nikki Greenberg will talk about the 5 Tweaks to your Work Week, where she will outline ways to leverage technology to improve productivity, engagement, wellness, and connection at your organization. Amongst tips on digital decluttering, productivity hacks, and designing workplaces to optimize cognition and focus, she will talk about how to create a future-ready organization. Ultimately, she will challenge the audience to consider not what ‘will’, but what ‘should’ be the future of work.

The Future of Shopping: The Convergence of Cyber Space & Retail Space: Omni-channel Retail Experiences in the Age of eCommerce

Today, the digital space is a direct competitor with retail space. With the ever increasing dominance of e-commerce competing with the need for physical malls and shops, the competitive landscape for brick-and-mortar locations has extended beyond the physical, and into the digital realm. During her high energy and light-hearted keynote presentation, world-renowned futurist, Nikki Greenberg will share her insights having led the digital transformation of a portfolio of 22 shopping malls, and designing world-class malls in Australia and China. Here she will discuss what is needed to create great omni-channel experiences for customers that add a level of richness to physical spaces, and how the Metavese can be leveraged in a way that the physical and digital realms converge.  This keynote is created to identify the new opportunities that emerge at the intersection of physical space and cyber space and outline the decisions that must be made today to prepare for an increasingly digital future.

The Future of Construction: ConTech Trends: A Glimpse into Emerging Technologies Shaping the way the World is Built

There is nothing that is more exciting than getting a glimpse into the way that the built world is created - except of course for the vision of where the construction industry is heading. Already today, there have been incredible advancements in robotics, material sciences, ConTech and computer visioning that are driving the industry forward at the convergence of the digital and physical realities. With the invisible hands of automations working in the background to optimize construction sequencing, discover efficiencies, and prevent hazards before they occur, to the figurative robotic arms driving 3D printers, autonomous trucks, and drone site surveys; tomorrow’s worksites sound like science fiction, and yet these technologies are increasingly being adopted today. Alongside this accelerating drive to digitization, is a global push towards achieving net-zero, with the construction industry taking on a significant role. During her inspiring, high-energy keynote, Nikki Greenberg will discuss the trends and technologies affecting the construction industry and present a vibrant vision for its’ future inspired by NextGen technologies, insights from other industries, and global forces.

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