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Webinar #3 | D&I in sustainable property development

 Tuesday, 25 August

 13:00 – 14:00 CET

Our gender, age and sociocultural background shape our models of thinking and our consumer habits, which influence architecture and city planning. Nevertheless, the property development world is yet to take full advantage of the business potential deriving from D&I. Furthermore, not caring about diversity creates generational and racial segregation, poverty, illness and makes communities disappear.

The discussion will focus on:

  • the relevance and role of D&I in property development, including the role of unconscious bias;
  • the interconnection between real estate/infrastructure development, D&I perceptions and sustainability;
  • integration and sustainability in the production of energy and construction materials (circle economy and shared economy);
  • D&I project financing for sustainable buildings.

AIJA Commissions:


  • Environmental and Energy Law

  • Real Estate

General reporters:

  • Alessia Giaccari, Nunziante  Magrone Studio Legale Associato (Italy)

  • Eva Schwittek, RITTERSHAUS (Germany)

  • Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN LEGAL, (Kenya)

  • Louise Wong, The Law Society of Hong Kong, (Hong Kong)

Please register to the congress to attend this session.


George Arabbu

Architect, Kenya

An alumnus of the University of Nairobi, he is currently a director at Sitescape Studio Limited, an architectural practice with offices in Nairobi and Mombasa.

He serves as the vice chairperson of the Architects Chapter of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and a member of the Association’s umbrella Governing Council. He has served for 6 years as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Nairobi department of Architecture and Building Science, and at the Nairobi Institute of Technology departments of Building and Interior Designed.

He is enthusiastically pursuing integrated urban design planning via sustainable community setups. He is intentionally seeking and consulting for groups of young professionals who are looking to build their first homes in towns or at their rural homes with the aim of creating sustainable communities with shared financial obligations, values and dreams. He believes that there’s an urgent need to curb uncontrolled individualistic developments in Nairobi, and will give us an insight into the related problems and current developments, e.g. city dwellers answering the cultural call to build at their ancestral land.

Evelyne Mbula Nzuki


Moderator and General Reporter

Mbula is a seasoned Commercial Attorney with strong background in Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation & Arbitration) and keen interest in LegalTech, TMT, StartUp, International Business, Oil & Gas, Energy & Environmental Law practice areas.
She has a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Public International Law, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)London and is Founder & Principal Attorney at MN Legal Advocates – a futuristic, client-oriented, innovative law firm based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mbula is very keen on diversity and inclusion as well as sustainable development especially in urban city developments and the policies that further the global sustainability agenda.

Louise Wong

The Law Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speaker and General Reporter

Louise is a dual qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Hong Kong. She currently works as a litigation associate in Hong Kong.

She is an appointed member of the Appeal Panel (Housing) of the Transport and Housing Bureau, and an Adjudicator of the Immigration Tribunal of the Security Bureau.  Louise also sits on various committees of the Law Society of Hong Kong including the Standing Committee of External Affairs and the International Legal Affairs Committee.

Prior to her current roles, Louise spent over 5 years practising as an immigration lawyer at a non-profit organisation in England where she headed the Immigration Department which deepened her appreciation for multiculturalism through her interaction with diverse clientele from around the globe.

Being British-born Chinese, Louise embraces her bi-cultural identity and has a particular interest in Hong Kong’s unique multicultural heritage.  Initiatives for heritage conservation is relatively new in Hong Kong and Louise will be sharing selected efforts and achievements in sustainable development of heritage buildings in Hong Kong.

Wayne Goetz

Actor, Germany

Wayne Götz is a German Slovenian actor, mover and choreographer as well as a business coach for startups and innovative processes. He has a Diploma in Physics and currently studies Physical Theatre at the Folkwang University of the Arts, building on more than ten years of experience in improvisation theatre and other artistic fields.

Together with a group of about 70 persons of every age, he has realised a communal and self-organized residential project in Heidelberg, Germany. The two buildings contain apartment units as well as shared space that is used for various social, political, cultural and ecological activities, strengthening both the residential community and the neighbourhood surrounding it. The residential project has joint a network following a concept that takes the buildings off the normal real estate market and aims at providing long-lasting affordable living space by private initiative. They are also part of a cooperative covering their demand for renewable electricity partly by locally produced (renewable) energy.

Wayne will give us an insight into the ideas of the project group, the legal concept behind it, and the sense of community that he has experienced there.

General Reporters

Alessia Giaccari

Nunziante Magrone Studio Legale Associato, Italy

Eva Schwittek