The Pacific Century, Silicon Valley

Breakfast briefing: Asia-Pacific in Focus

The Asia-Pacific region continues to grow in importance as a driver of global economic growth. Such is the significance and scale of shared trade, security, and political interests between the region and the U.S., some commentators have coined the term – The Pacific Century – to describe our times.

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In a thought-provoking, engaging and informative presentation and discussion forum, Savills will explore the above topic from a real estate perspective and discuss implications for U.S. business. With presentations led by Savills’ Head of Research for Asia-Pacific and with in-market experts from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Australia in attendance, the breakfast speaking events were a rare opportunity for attendees to meet, discuss and share views on a subject which is topical and of increasing relevance to us all.

The Pacific Century Savills Speaking Series will took place in 5 cities on the U.S. West Coast. We visited Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Newport Beach.  


The Ortus Club hosts knowledge-sharing discussions for senior executives internationally. It has been providing an environment for business leaders to explore processes of collaborative creativity that will drive innovation within their industry.

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Geo-political tensions and the ongoing tit-for-tat tariff war between the U.S. and China have recently brought into sharp focus the scale, increasing importance and complexity of the relationship between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific. In order to provide some context for later discussions, Simon Smith, Savills’ Head of Research for Asia-Pacific will lead off by providing a brief introduction and presentation covering the following topics:  

  • Demographics and population
  • Economic development, growth and scale
  • Real estate and capital investment flows
  • Emerging trends in tech, e-commerce, AI, manufacturing & logistics

The event was a lively and engaging forum with plenty of discussion, debate, shared views and experiences, with participation from the audience and with real estate experts in attendance from key markets across the Asia-Pacific.

This was a rare and not to be missed opportunity for any real estate or operations executive involved in the delivery of real estate solutions throughout the Asia-Pacific to talk to and hear from real estate experts who have forged successful careers in some of the world’s most diverse, dynamic and challenging real estate markets.


8:00 am: Arrival and coffee/tea reception
8:30 am: Welcome remarks by Ortus and introduction by Savills
8:40 am: Presentation over breakfast “The Pacific Century” by Simon Smith, Head of Research for Savills Asia-Pacific
9:00 am: Panel question and answer portion
9:30 am: Networking session

Silicon Valley Capital Club, Capital Ballroom South

50 W San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113

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Silicon Valley Capital Club

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

8:00 am

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