Blockchain for Real Estate Investment: Future of Marketplace Services

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Cross-border real estate investment has many challenges. Investors need to consider several barriers and risks, such as:
– political risk of government policies, red-tape and corruption,
– legal risk involving government regulations, legal systems, and taxation,
– economic risks like currency fluctuations,
– physical climate and risk of natural disasters,
– developer risk related to quality and reliability,
– property management concerns, and even
– language barriers.

Blockchain technology is transforming real estate with its wide ranging applications. Can real estate services using marketplace solutions on the blockchain address these challenges and propel cross-border real estate investments?

To address these questions, Blockchain Centre – the world’s first non-profit blockchain knowledge hub, is holding this inaugural event, marking the launch of Blockchain Centre Singapore.



6.30 pm – Registration opens
7.00 pm – Keynote speech
7.15 pm – Panel discussion followed by Q&A
8.00 pm – Networking, drinks & snacks


Speakers & Panelists:

– Dato’ Dr. Jay Ho
Founder & CEO

Dato’ Dr Jay Ho is the Founder and CEO of PropEase Technologies. Dato’ Jay had previously managed a technology and marketing corporation with a yearly turnover of more than USD250m. He was also a Business Development Director for a multi-national marketing company, spearheading its global expansion. For his impeccable track record in marketing in the APEC region, Jay was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in International Marketing Management from InterAmerican University; he was also conferred the title of Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (D.I.M.P) by the Sultan of Pahang in 2014. In 2017, he received the Top 100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneur Award.
1. Top 100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneur Award, 2017
2. ASEAN International Leading Brand in Real Estate Investment Excellence, 2017
3. ASEAN Most Recognised Brand Leading Property Management, 2015
Experience through the ages:
21 – 24, Exposure to ASEAN Markets
25 – 30, Ran an IT Company in China
31 – Present, Real Estate Developer
PhD in International Marketing Management
Honorary Doctorate from InterAmerican University


– Alice Chen
Co-Founder & General Counsel

Alice is the co-founder and general counsel of InvestaCrowd, an investment platform based in Singapore with a Capital Markets Service license issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. InvestaCrowd is using blockchain technology to tokenize assets, and is also creating a secondary market trading platform for tokenized securities. Alice is a licensed attorney and has over 16 years of legal experience both in private practice and in-house in the areas of commercial real estate and corporate finance. She was previously with prominent international firms DLA Piper in Los Angeles and Skadden Arps in both Tokyo and Shanghai.

Alice is actively engaged in the blockchain industry in Singapore, often lobbying and providing feedback to regulators in pursuit of furthering the industry, and regularly speaks in the areas of Fintech and entrepreneurship. She is a founding council member of the Global ICO Transparency Alliance (GITA Foundation), a non-profit organization aimed at self-governance and promoting a sustainable ecosystem, she is also the Director of Special Projects for ACCESS (Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Association).


– James Crawford
Executive Director, Valuation & Advisory Services, International Valuation
CBRE Asia Pacific

James is responsible for CBRE’s Singapore Valuation & Advisory Services business which provides valuations for mortgage security, financial and corporate reporting, IPO, acquisitions and disposals property tax advisory, litigation, rental assessments and determinations and compulsory acquisition.

Clients include Listed and Unlisted Funds, Fund Investors, Corporates, Real Estate Operating Companies, Developers, major Financial Institutions and Government Organisations and Agencies.

James is also jointly responsible for CBRE’s International Valuation business across Asia. The team undertakes valuation services for listed and unlisted institutional clients seeking a regional approach to assignment execution and strategy. We also help clients seeking advice on secondary interests within existing funds and advice on partial or whole platform acquisitions.

Working for REOCs and REITs, LPs and PE groups looking at Real Estate positions in Asia Pacific and GPs for acquisitions and fund reporting, the team has broad experience directly or indirectly in Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and has a good understanding of the Pacific market.

James has also established the Valuation & Advisory Services’ specialist Data Centre business for APAC. Responsibilities include direct involvement in key valuation and investment advisory assignments across the region, as well as dedicated business development

James has been working in Asia since 2007.


– Vickum Nawagamuwage
Founder & CEO
Santani Resort & Spa

Vickum is the Founder of Santani, Sri Lanka’s first integrated wellness resort with 50 rooms and full destination spa facilities on a 48 acre estate.

He is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and group Managing Director with almost twenty years of strategy, business development, corporate finance, accounting, management and start up experience. More than fifteen years of international experiance including USA, Sri Lanka India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

He founded and grew MAK Alliance group to 6 companies and 40 employees representing hospitality, health and wellness, rigid and flexible packaging, and international trading within the first year with offices in Sri Lanka, Dubai, and Singapore.

He managed and completed 2 M&A deals to acquire two manufacturing companies in Sri Lanka in the plastics and packaging sector and turned them around with operating profits within the first 6 months



– Teymoor Nabili
International Broadcaster & Journalist

Teymoor Nabili is a veteran international journalist based in Singapore.

Over a 28-year career he has anchored, reported and produced news and programmes for the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, CNN and Channel News Asia.

He has reported major breaking stories from the field, including 9/11, the Asian Tsunami and the Japan earthquake, and covered global events from the studio like the Arab spring and the global financial crisis.


Who Should Attend:

The Event Will Be Open To Industry Stakeholders, Service Providers, Experts, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Developers, As Well As Individuals Who Are Keen To Expand Their Knowledge On Real Estate Investment And Blockchain Ecosystems.



General Ticket – $10 (Includes 1 Member + 1 Guest. The Guest Will Be Required To Register At The Venue)

Student Ticket – FREE (Present Your Valid Student ID At The Venue To Claim The Student Ticket)

Attendance Is By Registration Only, Applicable To All Members, Students, And Guests.


30 Jan 2019


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Blockchain Centre Singapore
Blockchain Centre Singapore, The Company, #02-01 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188720