THE JUDGING PANEL



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DAVID SYLVESTER

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT


David Sylvester is the Executive Vice President of Global Retail and is responsible for overseeing the company’s large scale retail propositions within the integrated resorts. He joined Las Vegas Sands Corp. in October 2005. Mr. Sylvester has over 25 years of extensive experience in the development and management of shopping centres in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in more than 40 major retail projects. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sylvester was Group General Manager of GIC Real Estate’s retail assets in Australia and China. He enjoyed a 12-year career with Jones Lang LaSalle and was previously the head of the company’s International Retail Leasing for Asia, based in Hong Kong. Mr. Sylvester established his career in the retail industry with Westfield and Lend Lease.



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JAMES QUINN

EDITOR - RETAIL & LEISURE INTERNATIONAL


On completion of a Master’s Degree in Contemporary English and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University, James joined RLI, the world’s only global retail and leisure magazine in 2013, initially assisting with the inaugural RLI Connect deal-making event in London, before commencing work in an Editorial role following the departure of Andrew Climance, Editor of the magazine. James became an awards judge at the Global RLI Awards for the first time in 2017, and now the upcoming edition in the US presents a unique opportunity to be involved with an Awards ceremony that is taking place outside of London and Dubai for the first time.



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JEFF LIND

PRESIDENT OF GRANDSCAPE


Jeff Lind began his career at Nebraska Furniture Mart in August of 1983, he quickly rose to the executive level and since 2010 has been the Chief Strategy and Development Officer. Now, serving as the President of Grandscape, Jeff has traveled the globe curating a group of tenants that will create an environment that is unlike any other.




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JUSTIN A BEAVIS

FOUNDER, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMERCIAL OFFICER


Justin has a background in leisure and entertainment, corporate finance (M&A), strategic business development and infrastructure. For many years he has enjoyed an active personal and professional interest in the leisure, hospitality and consumer sectors. He is Chief Development & Commercial Officer of Urban Legacies, a company he co-founded to develop and launch a new sports, entertainment and lifestyle brand called Urban Adventure. Bringing together collections of adventure activities and active experiences, as well as hospitality and retail facilities into destination venues, Urban Adventure is working on projects both in the UK and internationally.

Justin started his career in investment banking with the corporate finance teams at Close Brothers and Arthur Andersen, with most of his banking life spent in Frankfurt. Since 2009 he has been a senior advisor to Future Foundations, one of the UK’s leading independent training and development companies for young people. Justin is a Trustee of Community Leisure Services Partnership, a UK operator of community oriented health and fitness centres. He was also a founding director of Whyte & Brown, a premium casual dining restaurant concept located in the heart of the West End’s Carnaby Estate.


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LESLIE J. MAYER

EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR - RETAIL SERVICES


Leslie J. Mayer is an Executive Managing Director of Retail Services for Cushman & Wakefield, headquartered in Century City, Los Angeles, California. Since joining CW in 2004, she has been a key asset in the considerable growth of the Retail Platform in Southern California, domestically and cross-border. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Leslie operated her own national retail brokerage firm, The Mayford Group for nearly 15 years.

With more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Ms. Mayer provides strategic planning and real-estate services to a select group of private and institutional clients, both Landlord and Tenant on regional, national, and international levels and provides leasing, sales and consulting services for restaurants, shopping centers, retail/entertainment projects, creative office buildings, and new developments. She has been the exclusive National Master Broker for Skechers Shoes for over eighteen years.



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MARK BOUREGOIS

MANAGING DIRECTOR - UK & IRELAND


Mark began his career at KPMG; he then qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Donaldsons, where he became partner in charge of the London Shopping Centre Management team. Mark moved to Capital & Regional in 1998 where as Executive Director, he led the management and development of their substantial shopping portfolio. He joined Hammerson in 2017 as Managing Director of UK & Ireland, responsible for the company's £6.5bn shopping centre and retail parks business. Mark chairs the UK & Ireland Management Board and sits on the CR Board, IT Steering, Risk & Controls & Health & Safety Committees.




MARWAN BIN JASSIM Al SARKAL

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHARJAH INVESTMENT
AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SHUROOQ)


His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal is the Executive Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and is one of the key business leaders in Sharjah. His career with Shurooq began as CEO of the authority in 2009 until mid-2018, which he then became the Executive Chairman under an Emiri decree by HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah.

Al Sarkal has led the authority by realising the vision of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, and established Shurooq as the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah as a key investment, tourism, and business destination in the region. Al Sarkal led major developments and projects by Shurooq, covering tourism, environment, healthcare, logistics, light manufacturing, education and real estate, which has contributed to its on-going success story.