International real estate advisor Cushman & Wakefield and International Facility Management Expert Centre (IFMEC) have signed a covenant in which parties agree to jointly engage further in the international positioning and development of Facility Management. The exchange of knowledge and expertise is central in the cooperation.
In the covenant, parties specifically agree to work together in the areas of:
• Internships, work experience, coaching and counseling to outstandingly graduated HBO Facility Management talent within diverse branches as part of the IFMEC Young Professional program.
Asaël Akkerman, Head of Workplace at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Core business of both Cushman & Wakefield and IFMEC is to connect people, locations and their activities. Essentially, this is about finding and creating the best way to align real estate with company goals. Whilst our focus is on workplaces and work related activities of people, Facility Management is about supporting service concepts for people. Two disciplines that are inseparable and for which exchange of knowledge and expertise is of great importance in developing integrated service concepts. In addition, continuous investments in young talent is one of Cushman & Wakefields´ spearheads. This covenant supports this ambition offering the best talents access to this specific discipline.”
Leo Laanen, IFMEC Director: “IFMEC is the knowledge center for Facility Management and plays an active role in developing Facility Management in the Netherlands and beyond. Based on this commitment, we encourage knowledge sharing between professional associations, education and management in business, care, government and semi-government. For us, collaboration with a company that specialises in workplace strategies is an important source of inspiration, knowledge and experience.”
Cushman & Wakefield’s Workplace Services is part of the Global Occupier Services line that operates internationally in three different regions being Europe, Asia and the United States. This team also provides Transaction Management, Facilities Management and Asset Services.
As part of its global ambitions in Workplace services, Cushman & Wakefield recently appointed Despina Katsikakis Head of Occupier Business Performance. With a record of accomplishment of over 30 years in research, innovations and transformations of work environments, Katsikakis has well earned her stripes. During her career, she advised major multinationals such as Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft about the best strategy for achieving business goals with healthy workplace concepts.