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THE WORLD'S LEADING CONFERENCE ON FAÇADE DESIGN & ENGINEERING

Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 21,000+ delegates across its 73 completed editions. The conference is currently being organised in 25 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (South Korea & Greater China), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

 

This is the 74th edition globally and the 2nd edition in New York. It will showcase the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

 

Visit www.zakworldoffacades.com for details of the previous events.

Who Should Attend this Conference

Architects, Façade consultants, Developers, Government officials, PMC's, Main contractors, Sustainability consultants, Fire consultants, Façade contractors, Cost consultants, Glass processors & Structural consultants.

Speakers


We are currently developing the programme for 2019 and we expect it to be completed by August.

  • Bjarke Ingels

    Bjarke Ingels

    Founding Partner, BIG

    Bjarke Ingels

    Founding Partner, BIG

    Topic: FORMGIVING – Giving Form to the Future

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  • Dan Kaplan

    Dan Kaplan

    Senior Partner, FXCollaborative

    Dan Kaplan

    Senior Partner, FXCollaborative

    Topic: Glass City versus Mass City

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  • James Timberlake

    James Timberlake

    Partner, KieranTimberlake

    James Timberlake

    Partner, KieranTimberlake

    Topic: TBC

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  • Zach Heaps

    Zach Heaps

    Senior Project Leader, Studio Gang

    Zach Heaps

    Senior Project Leader, Studio Gang

    Topic: Project Showcase : MIRA - The Making of a New San Francisco Icon

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  • Michael Stein

    Michael Stein

    Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner

    Michael Stein

    Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner

    Topic: A Reflection of the Future

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  • Matt Williams

    Matt Williams

    Associate Principal - Façade Engineering, Arup

    Matt Williams

    Associate Principal - Façade Engineering, Arup

    Topic: Sun, Sounds & Shades

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  • Karen Brandt

    Karen Brandt

    Senior Principal, Heintges

    Karen Brandt

    Senior Principal, Heintges

    Topic: Project Showcase : MIRA - The Making of a New San Francisco Icon

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  • Andrea Lamberti

    Andrea Lamberti

    Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects

    Andrea Lamberti

    Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects

    Topic: Stealth Façade Innovations

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  • Andrea Love

    Andrea Love

    Principal and Director of Building Science, Payette

    Andrea Love

    Principal and Director of Building Science, Payette

    Topic: Fusion of Design & Performance for High Performance Façades

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  • Walter Hartnett

    Walter Hartnett

    Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

    Walter Hartnett

    Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

    Panelist: Panel Discussion: Should we Design for Glass Procurement?

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  • Christoph Timm

    Christoph Timm

    Associate Director, SOM

    Christoph Timm

    Associate Director, SOM

    Moderator: Panel Discussion: The Green New Deal in New York

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  • Charles Berman

    Charles Berman

    Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    Charles Berman

    Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    Topic: Building ‘The Shed’ at the Hudson Yards

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  • Adrian Betanzos

    Adrian Betanzos

    Innovation Team - Tech Company, Cupertino CA & Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture

    Adrian Betanzos

    Innovation Team - Tech Company, Cupertino CA & Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture

    Topic: Innovating Design and Materials from an Owner’s Perspective

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  • Stan Su

    Stan Su

    Director of Enclosure Design, Morphosis

    Stan Su

    Director of Enclosure Design, Morphosis

    Moderator: Panel Discussion: From Digital Engineering to Digital Fabrication: How is the Future of Building Skin Changing?

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  • Gustav Fagerström

    Gustav Fagerström

    Digital Practice Leader, Walter P Moore

    Gustav Fagerström

    Digital Practice Leader, Walter P Moore

    Panelist: Panel Discussion: From Digital Engineering to Digital Fabrication: How is the Future of Building Skin Changing?

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  • Erleen Hatfield

    Erleen Hatfield

    Managing Partner, Hatfield Group

    Erleen Hatfield

    Managing Partner, Hatfield Group

    Panelist: Panel Discussion: From Digital Engineering to Digital Fabrication: How is the Future of Building Skin Changing?

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  • Kenneth Zammit

    Kenneth Zammit

    Group Director - Façade Engineering, BuroHappold

    Kenneth Zammit

    Group Director - Façade Engineering, BuroHappold

    Topic: Collaborative Computation

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  • Attila Arian

    Attila Arian

    President, Schueco USA

    Attila Arian

    President, Schueco USA

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  • TJ DeGanyar

    TJ DeGanyar

    Director - Virtual Construction Lab, Schüco

    TJ DeGanyar

    Director - Virtual Construction Lab, Schüco

    Topic: Façade Acoustics

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  • Roy Weghorst

    Roy Weghorst

    Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan

    Roy Weghorst

    Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan

    Topic: Fire Safety and Building Performance

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  • George Sultage

    George Sultage

    Area Sales Manager, Press Glass USA

    George Sultage

    Area Sales Manager, Press Glass USA

    Topic: 3D GLASS - Breakthrough Innovation in Glass Forming

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  • Veronica Muffatti

    Veronica Muffatti

    Business Development - Architectural Applications, Siderval

    Veronica Muffatti

    Business Development - Architectural Applications, Siderval

    Topic: Architecture with Steel - Façade Profiles for Ambitious Architectural Projects

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  • Emily Carr

    Emily Carr

    Project Design Manager, Permasteelisa North America

    Emily Carr

    Project Design Manager, Permasteelisa North America

    Topic: Project Showcase : MIRA - The Making of a New San Francisco Icon

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  • Andrew Wilson

    Andrew Wilson

    Commercial Manager, Kingspan Insulation North America

    Andrew Wilson

    Commercial Manager, Kingspan Insulation North America

    Topic: Fire Safety and Building Performance

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  • Annissa Flickinger

    Annissa Flickinger

    International Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

    Annissa Flickinger

    International Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

    Topic: Biophilia….There’s a Cure!

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  • Mark MacDonald

    Mark MacDonald

    Sales and Marketing Manager, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

    Mark MacDonald

    Sales and Marketing Manager, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

    Topic: Achieving Green Building Standards with Sustainable Metal Coating Systems

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  • Scott Rutledge

    Scott Rutledge

    Anchor Business Unit Manager, Hilti North America

    Scott Rutledge

    Anchor Business Unit Manager, Hilti North America

    Topic: PechaKucha 20x20: Meeting Today’s Challenges at the Edge of the Slab

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  • Alexander Jafari

    Alexander Jafari

    Vice President, Vector Foiltec

    Alexander Jafari

    Vice President, Vector Foiltec

    Topic: Where Visionary Design meets Superior Functionality

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  • Kazimierz Marciniak

    Kazimierz Marciniak

    Marketing Director, Press Glass

    Kazimierz Marciniak

    Marketing Director, Press Glass

    Topic: 3D GLASS - Breakthrough Innovation in Glass Forming

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  • Valerie Block

    Valerie Block

    Architectural Marketing Consultant, Kuraray America

    Valerie Block

    Architectural Marketing Consultant, Kuraray America

    Topic: Safer Glass Railings with Laminated Glass

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  • Pierre Münch

    Pierre Münch

    CEO, Calvi Holding Hot Extrusion Division

    Pierre Münch

    CEO, Calvi Holding Hot Extrusion Division

    Topic: Architecture with Steel - Façade Profiles for Ambitious Architectural Projects

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  • Michael Elstner

    Michael Elstner

    Head of Technical Advisory Service & Strategic Communication, Interpane

    Michael Elstner

    Head of Technical Advisory Service & Strategic Communication, Interpane

    Topic: High Rise Projects – Insights from a Glass Manufacturers Point of View

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  • Stanley Yee

    Stanley Yee

    Façade Design & Construction Specialist, Dow

    Stanley Yee

    Façade Design & Construction Specialist, Dow

    Topic: Façades and Sustainability - Enabling Design, Performance and Durability Through Innovative Material Science and Application

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  • Kim Sung-Jin

    Kim Sung-Jin

    CEO, Withworks

    Kim Sung-Jin

    CEO, Withworks

    Topic: Digital Manufacturing and Assembly in Architecture for Parametric Design & Complex Geometry Buildings

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  • Steve Swales

    Steve Swales

    Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise Group

    Steve Swales

    Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise Group

    Topic: Perimeter Barrier Firestop Systems for Curtain Walls

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  • Valentín Tijeras García

    Valentín Tijeras García

    VP - Global Product & R&D, Cosentino Group

    Valentín Tijeras García

    VP - Global Product & R&D, Cosentino Group

    Topic: Dekton: The New Material for Façades

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Schedule


Session 1

(08:30 - 10:45)

07:30 - 08:30

Delegate Registration & Networking

08:30 - 08:35

Welcome Address

08:35 - 09:05

Glass City versus Mass City

Standing on the East River shoreline with Manhattan behind, Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a clear warning that the iconic skyline was due for a change: “We are going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming. They have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore”

  • Does he have a point? Is the default choice of all-glass curtain walls—especially for larger developments—a good thing for building occupants, for the surrounding neighborhood, for the larger city, and for the planet?
  • What are the hurdles—market expectations, cost, constructability—in creating more energy efficient façades?
  • How can well-conceived façades improve occupant health and well-being, connect and contribute to surrounding contexts, and reduce energy in the process? What are the interesting design opportunities spurred by exploring more radically efficient building envelopes?

Dan Kaplan

Senior Partner, FXCollaborative

09:05 - 09:30

Innovating Design and Materials from an Owner’s Perspective

  • How to transform materials into delightful outcomes
  • The role of forming partnerships to develop innovation
  • Quality as a key element of the design

Adrian Betanzos

Innovation Team - Tech Company, Cupertino CA & Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture

09:30 - 09:50

Biophilia….There’s a Cure!

  • Biophilic design with glass
  • Color rendering index and glass performance
  • Building Focus: PNC Tower in Pittsburgh, 181 Fremont in San Francisco and Biblioteca at TEC Monterrey

Annissa Flickinger

International Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

09:50 - 10:10

TBC


James Timberlake

Partner, KieranTimberlake

10:10 - 10:17

PechaKucha 20x20: Meeting Today’s Challenges at the Edge of the Slab

  • New cast-in anchor solution for thinner slabs and larger panels
  • How tighter timelines and higher edge of the slab movement requirements can be solved with new firestop innovation

Scott Rutledge

Anchor Business Unit Manager, Hilti North America

10:17 - 10:45

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session 2

(10:45 - 13:40)

10:45 - 11:10

A Reflection of the Future

  • Investigating evolving geometries for a range of ambitious structural solutions 
  • Drawing inspiration from nature to seek optimum efficiencies 
  • Creating dynamic mechanisms for flexible skins 

Michael Stein

Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner

11:10 - 11:35

Façade Acoustics

  • Current state of practice
  • Tools for simulation and prediction technology
  • Future trends and products

TJ DeGanyar

Director - Virtual Construction Lab, Schüco

11:35 - 12:05

FORMGIVING – Giving Form to the Future

  • How our physical environment is being formed by various forces. Life is always evolving; the world is always changing
  • No matter where the change comes from - climate change, demographic change, social change, migration, technological development, economic development or stagnation - whenever the world is changing, it creates new requirements, new conflicts and new opportunities
  • Whenever we see that transformation happen, we have an opportunity to accommodate that change, and literally... give form to the future

Bjarke Ingels

Founding Partner, BIG

12:05 - 12:50

Panel Discussion: The Green New Deal in New York

  • Is retrofitting all buildings within 10 years possible and is it a favourable measure?
  • Innovative façade replacement options for older buildings
  • Making greener buildings for better well-being and healthier environment for the future
  • Banning new inefficient glass-walled buildings - Is it a judicious move?

Moderator

Christoph Timm

Associate Director, SOM

12:50 - 13:40

Networking Lunch Break

Session 3 | Track A

(13:40 - 15:50)

13:40 - 14:00

Fusion of Design & Performance for High Performance Façades

  • Energy drivers of building envelopes
  • Occupant comfort from façades
  • Performance as a design driver

Andrea Love

Principal and Director of Building Science, Payette

14:00 - 14:20

Sun, Sounds & Shades

  • Tuning glass façades with early stage parametric tools to balance solar gain with daylighting and cooling strategies
  • Addressing structural robustness, to mitigate wind-induced vibration of architectural building features and their associated condensation risk
  • Modern tools and methods to combine our holistic, total architecture approach to complementary, and conflicting, design parameters using data-driven apps

Matt Williams

Associate Principal - Façade Engineering, Arup

14:20 - 14:40

3D GLASS - Breakthrough Innovation in Glass Forming

  • New opportunities in glass processing for commercial market
  • 3D GLASS - Freedom to Form!
  • Curvilinear architecture inspirations 

George Sultage

Area Sales Manager, Press Glass USA


Kazimierz Marciniak

Marketing Director, Press Glass

14:40 - 15:00

Façades and Sustainability - Enabling Design, Performance and Durability Through Innovative Material Science and Application

  • Building enclosures that contribute to a project’s sustainability journey
  • Solutions that address long term durability and performance needs
  • Current innovative opportunities

Stanley Yee

Façade Design & Construction Specialist, Dow

15:00 - 15:20

Safer Glass Railings with Laminated Glass

  • Building codes now require laminated glass
  • Stiff interlayers improve post-breakage glass retention and environmental exposure
  • Structural glass railings offer design versatility

Valerie Block

Architectural Marketing Consultant, Kuraray America

15:20 - 15:50

Panel Discussion: Should we Design for Glass Procurement?

  • How does glass procurement influence capacity of delivering innovation?
  • Strategies needed to improve the prospects of innovation
  • Procuring glass under the different performance specification
  • Future trends of glass procurement as an essential process

Panelist

Walter Hartnett

Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

Session 3 | Track B

(13:40 - 15:50)

13:40 - 14:00

Stealth Façade Innovations

  • Healthcare facilities are not always thought of as innovators in the world of architecture let alone façades as the focus is often on the systems innovation geared in the direct implementation of care. How Stanford’s new hospital features innovative façades that are designed to meet the building’s watershed earthquake resilience criteria
  • Stanford Hospital and Rockefeller University incorporate highly varied façades with each system reflecting diversity of programming, functioning and performance as well as responding to campus context and landscapes. How are the aesthetic and performance criteria for each system balanced with cost and constructability requirements?
  • Intelligent Building Information Modelling streamlines the process of designing, documenting, fabricating and installing complex façade systems. How is this achieved on dense, live campuses without interrupting operations?

Andrea Lamberti

Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects

14:00 - 14:20

TBC

14:20 - 14:40

Dekton: The New Material for Façades

  • What is Dekton?
  • Why Dekton is ideal for façades?
  • How do I make a Dekton façade in North America?

Valentín Tijeras García

VP - Global Product & R&D, Cosentino Group

14:40 - 15:00

Fire Safety and Building Performance

  • Large scale fire testing (BS8414 and NFPA 285)
  • Thermal and fire performance of today’s insulation technologies
  • The effects of changes in systems to its fire performance, a summary of research done on fire safety of systems with ACM claddings

Andrew Wilson

Commercial Manager, Kingspan Insulation North America


Roy Weghorst

Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan

15:00 - 15:20

Perimeter Barrier Firestop Systems for Curtain Walls

  • Functional requirements of perimeter barrier firestop systems
  • Fire resistance testing for curtain walling and perimeter barriers and a transatlantic comparison of testing approach, criteria and experiences
  • The criticality of workmanship quality, and the need for installation inspection & reporting

Steve Swales

Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise Group

15:20 - 15:50

Project Showcase : MIRA - The Making of a New San Francisco Icon

  • Studio Gang, the project architect will share their vision on the concept and drivers behind the façade design
  • Heintges, the façade consultant will highlight the technical challenges and performance requirements
  • Permasteelisa, the façade contractor will explain the detailing, fabrication and installation of the units

Zach Heaps

Senior Project Leader, Studio Gang


Karen Brandt

Senior Principal, Heintges


Emily Carr

Project Design Manager, Permasteelisa North America

Session 3 | Track C

(13:40 - 16:15)

13:40 - 14:00

Building ‘The Shed’ at the Hudson Yards

  • Parametric structure
  • ETFE façade
  • Kinetic systems

Charles Berman

Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

14:00 - 14:20

Where Visionary Design meets Superior Functionality

  • Use of Texlon® ETFE systems in modern architecture
  • Benefits of ETFE
  • Challenges faced at “The Shed" in New York City and the new Las Vegas NFL Stadium “Allegiant Stadium” - Two different venues, which bring together passion and people

Alexander Jafari

Vice President, Vector Foiltec

14:20 - 14:40

Architecture with Steel - Façade Profiles for Ambitious Architectural Projects

  • Transparency and freedom of design
  • Aesthetics, precision and variety of form
  • Energy efficiency, economy and sustainability

Pierre Münch

CEO, Calvi Holding Hot Extrusion Division


Veronica Muffatti

Business Development - Architectural Applications, Siderval

14:40 - 15:00

Achieving Green Building Standards with Sustainable Metal Coating Systems

  • Understand end-uses and application methods for coil and extrusion coatings
  • Exploring options for achieving LEED and LBC credits using sustainable coatings
  • Reviewing key consideration for selecting and specifying sustainable coatings for buildings

Mark MacDonald

Sales and Marketing Manager, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

15:00 - 15:20

Digital Manufacturing and Assembly in Architecture for Parametric Design & Complex Geometry Buildings

  • Digital manufacturing with high-end technology
  • Construction method that uses digital manufacturing
  • Effort for clean and safe future construction environment

Kim Sung-Jin

CEO, Withworks

15:20 - 15:50

Panel Discussion: From Digital Engineering to Digital Fabrication: How is the Future of Building Skin Changing?

  • I-Façades: is Artificial Intelligence in façades the new go-to thing for better performance
  • Streamlining complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges
  • Augmenting 3D printing for smart, well insulated and sustainable façades
  • Delivering complex façades in post digital era

Panelist

Gustav Fagerström

Digital Practice Leader, Walter P Moore


Panelist

Erleen Hatfield

Managing Partner, Hatfield Group


Moderator

Stan Su

Director of Enclosure Design, Morphosis

15:50 - 16:15

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session 4

(16:15 - 17:50)

16:15 - 16:40

Collaborative Computation

  • Human Evolution and managing the modern flood of data
  • Computing complex geometry: Jewel Changi Airport and other projects
  • Looking ahead: Closing the loop from expert systems to site QA

Kenneth Zammit

Group Director - Façade Engineering, BuroHappold

16:40 - 17:00

High Rise Projects – Insights from a Glass Manufacturers Point of View

  • Challenges of modern curtain walls for the application of glass
  • Structural and thermal stress analysis
  • Design review
  • Collaboration with the project team, architect, curtain wall company and consultants

Michael Elstner

Head of Technical Advisory Service & Strategic Communication, Interpane

17:00 - 17:45

Panel Discussion: Façade Landscape Evolution: Continued Improvisation of the Industrial Best Practices

  • International Procurement: Procuring bespoke façades suiting local requirements
  • Is the supply-only-contracts new go-to method?
  • Challenging the status quo: How are new players changing the façade delivery norms
  • Design assist appointments
  • Delivering improved construction partnering "Trust, Quality & Value"

17:45 - 17:50

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR COMPLIMENTARY SEATS: Complimentary seats are reserved exclusively for Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Fabricators, Government Officials & PMC's. 
The organizers reserve the right to allocate these complimentary seats at their discretion.
The programme is correct at time of publishing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or excuse themselves from the programme. 
This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. You can find the most up-to-date programme on this website.

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Conrad New York Downtown, Kindly reach the venue on 21st November, 2019 at 8:00 am

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Conrad New York Downtown, New York, United States, 10282

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