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Real Estate Panel Brunch                                                        May 16, 2010

On Sunday, May 16, an interesting discussion about the Chinese real estate market was led by four professionals.

Read below about the four speakers and see the pictures taken at the event.






















Patrick Chovanec (³ÌÖÂÓî) is an associate professor at Tsinghua University¡¯s School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China, where he teaches in the school¡¯s International MBA Program. His insights into Chinese business, economics, politics, and culture have been featured in Time, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, and many other publications, and on CNN. He frequently appears as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, Chinese Central Television (CCTV-9), and China Radio International (CRI).

Professor Chovanec has worked for several private equity funds focused on China, and continues to serve as a fund advisor. Prior to that, he served as director of Institutional Investor¡¯s Asia Pacific Institute, based in Hong Kong, and its Global Fixed Income Institute, based in London.

He holds an BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania¡¯s Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Andy Wen, Ph.D. is an award-winning architect and the Design Director at Aedas Beijing Limited¡ªthe second largest architecture firm in the world. His portfolio includes international work ranging from office centers to luxury hotels and residential towers. Having worked withfirms based in the United States as well as those in China and Taiwan, Dr. Wen has a keen insight into the different factors motivating various stakeholders interested in Chinese real estate development.Dr. Wen¡¯s current work includes Gulou Science Park in Nanjing, Shanghai Putou Zhenru Lot A3-A6, as well as mixed-use development in Hefei.

In addition to his duties at Aedas, Dr. Wen is also a professor at both Tsinghua University and Tsinghua University and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His 16 years in Beijing, coupled with his experience in both the theoretical world of academia and the practical world of the private sector, have given him a unique perspective on the future of Chinese design and its impact on future real estate development.

Dr. Wen received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He received his Ph.D from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1997.


Laurent Fischler is Director of Investment Properties for CB Richard Ellis in Beijing, with responsibility for Northern China. Laurent¡¯s experience covers foreign investment advisory, development consulting and corporate services. In his role as head of Beijing¡¯s Investment team, Laurent works with both domestic and international investors to acquire or dispose of properties, find joint-venture partners or secure financing for projects.

He has ten years of real estate experience in the fields of investment, strategic planning and development. Prior to joining CB Richard Ellis in Beijing, Laurent worked in London for URS Corporation and Llewelyn-Davies.

Laurent is a graduate of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master¡¯s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics.


Julia Fan is a Senior Director at CB Richard Ellis in Beijing, and is responsible for managing the Residential Project Marketing service in Northern China. Her team specializes in real estate projects¡¯ positioning, pricing, marketing promotion packages, sales team training and execution of projects. Representative projects include Beijing Riviera, Central Park, and The Seasons. Ms. Fan has worked with clients such as the Motorola, HSBC, and Citibank.

Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Fan was the head of Sales and Marketing at Hines. In this role, Ms. Fan oversaw Shanghai-focused residential, commercial, and retail projects. Ms. Fan also served as the head of Residential Services in DTZ Debenham Tie Leung.

Ms. Fan graduated with a degree from The University of Adelaide with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and Economics. Later, she obtained an MBA from the University of Melbourne. Ms. Fan is a member of The Institute of Engineers in Australia as well as the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia.