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6 January, 2014

Announcement of the DANA 2014 International Timberlands-Alternative Real Estate Investment Conference London: 7 & 8 October 2014

In light of a very successful inaugural DANA International Timberlands Investment Conference held at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel in London in October 2013, we have confirmed that we will be repeating the event on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday  8 October  2014, with some additional innovations for delegates.  These include:

  • A pre-conference field trip: beginning with an excursion to a private (or possibly a large public) forestry estate in the UK - Scottish border region.  Field trip delegates will assemble at the Best Western Hotel in Lockerbie Scotland at around lunchtime on Sunday 5 October, for a Sunday afternoon visit to a major commercial forest estate. They will stay overnight at the hotel and then on Monday October 6 visit UK's largest and one of its most modern sawmills nearby (James Jones), together with a visit to electrical utility E.oN's large modern biomass electricity generating plant, which is on the same site. Delegates will then catch a train in the afternoon to London. Please note: We will likely have a limit to the field trip numbers, so please at least submit your "expression of interest" via email or in the "Field Trip" tab when you register for the Conference online.  This is an optional extra to the Conference registration and we will advise the cost shortly.
  • The Conference will be held on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 October 2014 at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel London (the same venue as for the 2013 Conference). While the format (topics/themes) will be similar to our 2013 meeting, we will:
    • be asking a number of different speakers.  The 2013 speakers were global leaders in their fields, but we will, where we think appropriate, rotate speakers to provide delegates with a range of presentations, views and opinions. We are however pleased to be able to advise that at this time already 15 speakers have confirmed, which is 70 % of the total speaker compliment.  In addition we have a number of others who are favourably considering participation. 
    • placing more emphasis on Day 2 on "alternative real estate asset investment" sessions.  In 2013 DANA held its meeting in conjunction with London- based IPD, which had its own alternative real estate asset investment conference the day before.  IPD has confirmed it will not hold a similar conference in October 2014, but it has confirmed that it would be delighted to assist us in strengthening this section of the DANA Conference; and indeed to chair these sessions and assist in identifying and confirming the very best speakers available for each topic.
    • be working to offer separate "1:2:1"pre-arranged meetings between pension fund and other institutional funds looking to place funds; with fund and project managers that are seeking investment funds.  Traditionally these services are offered at a substantial fee to fund/project managers; but we would like, if at all commercially possible, to offer these services on a complimentary, or very inexpensive basis; and to offer "the money folks" a complimentary, or minimal charge fee to attend the Conference.  We are still finalising our budgeting and will be able to confirm our decision with regards to fees (if any) for these pre-arranged meetings in our first newsletter for 2014.  In the meantime we would encourage both classes of potential delegates to diarise these dates and indeed register your interest to me at your earliest convenience.
  • To view the program, confirmed speakers, register for the conference (including an early expression of interest for the field trip), book accommodation and to view sponsorship options, please click this link

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Pamela Richards

Managing Director
PR Conference Consultants

Tel: +61 3 5781 0069
Fax: +61 3 5781 0082