Web Conference: Rethinking Global Business Districts Story

December 11, 2020 7mn
The managers of global business districts and experts attended a web conference held on Monday, December 7

2020 has been a transformative year for business districts worldwide. The health crisis has dramatically altered the way business districts operate, accelerating their transformation. How are they handling this unprecedented crisis? How can they bounce back? What are the resulting economic, social and cultural impacts? How can these challenges be seized upon as new opportunities?

For the first time since the start of the health crisis, business district leaders got together to share their experiences, which vary by region (Europe, America, Africa and Asia), and debate the new issues and consequences arising from this pandemic for the future of Global Business Districts. They also discussed how changes accelerate current trends in the fields of placemaking, retail, housing, hospitality, mobility, offices and workspaces.


Pierre-Yves Guice, President,GBD Innovation Club, CEO Paris La Défense, France

Michael Edwards, President and CEO, Chicago Loop Alliance, USA

Richard Guiney, CEO, Dublin Town, Ireland

Emile Roux, CEO, Montréal Centre-Ville, Canada

Maria Tserevitinova, Development Department Director, MIBC Moscow City, Russia  


Sophie Henley-Price, Principal, Studios Architecture

Sébastien Chemouny, President of ULI France and Head of France, Allianz Real Estate

Victor Carreau, Co-founder and CEO, Comet Meetings


Jorick Beijer, urban planning expert, Co-founder of Blossity

This Web Conference, organized by the GBD Innovation Club, is intended for members of its ecosystem, heads and managers of international business districts, representatives of key companies, urban planners, architects, local governments and other stakeholders.

Discover the video of the GBD Innovation Club Web Conference: