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Yassine Abdenbi

Project Director

Yassine has more than 13 years of experience in delivering important construction projects in Switzerland. His strong analytical and leadership skills are evident in project teamwork. Yassine has excellent communication skills and has a customer-focused approach to completing a project. He is able to develop and sustain positive relationships and atmosphere throughout the project. His area of expertise revolves around architecture, construction, urban planning, and risk management.

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Barry Anderson

Regional Principal, Delivery

Barry has worked in the workplace architecture and construction industry for 30 years, and as Regional Principal he is responsible for the delivery of all projects within Europe. Close coordination is required between all parties to ensure successful delivery, and Barry takes an active role in all projects, encouraging open and collaborative communication. He is passionate about delivery, has a keen eye for detail and is insistent that every project is delivered to the highest possible standard.

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John Bechara

Principal, Client Relations

Based in Sydney, John brings over 15 years of experience to our team. He has a strong sense of our global reach, having worked with clients across each of our regions. With a background in accounting and project management, John combines his analytical thinking and attention to detail to his role as Client Executive, sourcing creative solutions that achieve measurable results for our clients.

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Natasha Bonugli

Regional Principal, Design

An architect by training, Natasha has focused her career on an interior projects of all scales. She has spent time practicing in New York and Boston and for the past 12 years has worked in the UK interiors market. She has acted as both Project and Design Director for schemes in the USA, Europe and Middle East, including several award-winning office fit-out projects.

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David Burke

Principal, Delivery

A seasoned architectural technologist and project manager, David, Principal Delivery, based in our Sydney studio brings over 17 years of experience to the team. His architectural background and project management experience has ensured David‚ impeccable record of successfully delivered projects on time and to budget.

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Ryan Caffyn-Parsons

Global Director, Delivery

Ryan leads our project management capabilities of Unispace’s North American business. With more than 20 years of experience in the delivery of complex, fast paced, construction projects, Ryan orchestrates national and local teams to guide a collaborative process that translates to a seamless client experience.

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Jody Calfee

Principal, Strategic Accounts

Jody is an experienced designer and expert project manager who has overseen and coordinated major projects from design to construction. She has managed design teams and worked with construction contractors as well as multiple departments and consultants to ensure projects stay on schedule and within budget.

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Elena Caregnato

Principal, Design

Elena is responsible for coordinating the design team, programming client needs, conceptual and schematic design, design development and management schedules. Elena works with the client to select interior finishes, furniture and equipment, providing design solutions and alternatives.

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Nicola Carey

Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications

Nicola is the Regional Principal, Marketing and Communications for Asia Pacific. A beacon for the Unispace brand, Nicola seamlessly collaborates with all disciplines to share our compelling narrative internally and externally. Her dynamic approach encourages innovation and excellence across the regional and global marketing and communications teams.

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Bob Chase

Managing Director, The Americas

Bob leads the West Region of the Americas which includes studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. After 25 years as an accomplished consultant services vice-president and eBay General Manager, Bob brings a fresh perspective to our industry and operations to help Unispace continue on its fast-paced growth trajectory.

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Glenn Chellberg

Principal, Client Relations

Glenn is a talented facilitator, working with a range of clients in the market to bring definition and clarity to projects. As a leader of our Minneapolis office, he has an excellent grasp of client requirements and aims to meet or exceed all budgetary and schedule expectations. Glenn is passionate about creating transformational environments that align to human needs, as well as business objectives.

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Aimee Collins

Principal, Design

For over 15 years, Seattle-based Aimee has practiced as an interior designer and planner for corporate, hospitality, residential and retail spaces. With health and wellness playing an ever-increasingly important role in the workplace, Aimee aspires to create spaces that draw upon nature and feel like a breath of fresh air.

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Yvette Costi

Global Principal, Marketing & Communications

Sydney-based Yvette sets our global brand, marketing, communications and digital strategies. She ensures that Unispace is aligned with prevailing market needs, and leads our marketing teams around the world. Prior to joining us, she spent 11 years in London and has worked on significant property and interior design projects from Latin America to Russia, India and China.

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Albert De Plazaola

Global Principal, Strategy

Based in San Francisco, Albert is a strategy consultant with extensive experience in people-centered design and change strategies for private and public institutions. By leveraging design thinking and a user-centric approach, he moves beyond the typical motivations to explore how meaningful change can occur to foster greater organizational responsiveness, adaptability and innovation.

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Micael Debard

Principal, Business Development

Micael is our Principal for Business Development, based in our Milan studio. Micael supports our clients throughout Italy and wider Europe, and has gained over 10 years of experience in the workplace design and delivery market. Micael is passionate about finding solutions for projects and works alongside our strategy, design and delivery teams with the objective of creating lasting relationships and the highest quality project outcomes.

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Russell Devenish

Global Principal, Technical Delivery

Russell’s 10 years’ experience in the design, construction and interior fit-out industry coupled with a background in engineering give him the comprehensive technical foundation required to lead our global team of Technical Delivery experts. Russell has a true passion for the more technical aspects of design and project delivery, providing a valuable resource regarding all mechanical and electrical services.

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Robin Dey

Regional Principal, Client Relations

With 20 years of experience in commercial property, design and construction, Robin has been working with clients and project teams to deliver business change and transformation through real estate solutions. He has experience working with global clients on complex projects that include business planning, workplace strategy, and design development through to project construction. Robin works closely with our teams to ensure we have a clear understanding of our clients’ key objectives and a plan to deliver these exceptionally.

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Shaun Druckmiller

Principal, Delivery

Shaun is a construction operations manager and project manager with 30 years of experience specializing in the commercial tenant interiors market, building renovation projects and industrial and high rise building infrastructure improvement projects. He has a proven history of being on-time, on-budget and providing high quality project completion. Shaun excels in estimating, budgeting, scheduling and purchasing, leading to high-quality finished projects that exceed client expectations.

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Joe Dwyer

Regional Principal, Business Development

As an accomplished sales leader, Joe provides strategic direction for our Client Partnerships team. Based in Boston, Joe has an in-depth knowledge of the commercial real estate industry and unwavering commitment to support client needs by leveraging Unispace‚ integrated delivery model to create value through strategy, design and construction services for clients.

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Mark Fawkes

Principal, Delivery

Mark is a well-organised, performance-driven construction professional with over 15 years’ experience in the fitout industry across Australia, the USA and Canada. He is a proud advocate of the Unispace methodology and has proven experience managing all phases of multi-site construction projects, with a strong record of delivering on-time and under budget.

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Stuart Finnie

Regional Principal, Design

Based in the London studio, Stuart is a skilled designer responsible for managing design operations across EMEA and specifically the UK, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and Madrid. He is creative and practical with a focus on managing the team in a strategic and effective way.

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Daniel Grinter

Principal, Design

Christchurch-based Daniel has over 10 years international experience from commercial, residential and tertiary projects, through to workplace design. He believes great architecture is the result of a collaborative design process that considers what has gone before and imagines what the future may bring.

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Hannah Hackathorn

Principal, Design

Hannah lends 15 years of large-scale corporate workplace expertise to the design of progressive environments for a myriad of client types. Human-centered in her approach, Hannah believes that workplaces should function for the people who inhabit them. She encourages her team to challenge the industry‚ pre-conceived notions, leading to greater learning opportunities for our people, clients and collaborators.

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Charles Hales

Global CEO & Managing Director, APAC

A strong, dynamic leader and one of Unispace’s founding Directors, Charles leads our Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong presence as well as our global operations. Over the years he has gathered wide-ranging knowledge of design and construction, allowing him to skillfully guide our project teams, clients and collaborators.

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Gareth Hales

Global CEO

Taking the global helm of Unispace since our inception, Gareth leads through strength of character and a visionary plan for growth, culture, client service and the community. His 20 plus years in the design and construction industry have imparted a knowledge base empowering him to advise regional leadership and the global executive team.

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Nicola Harris

Regional Director, People & Culture

Based in our London studio, Nicola is the Regional Director of People & Culture for Unispace EMEA. With 22 years of HR experience in professional services and real estate, Nicola and her team support the business to succeed through the contribution of our people. At Unispace every role matters and each individual has the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. Nicola wants every Unispace employee to be passionate about what we do and engages leaders and managers to align daily activity to our ultimate business goals. And, we have to have fun too, so celebrating our successes together as one team is always high on the agenda.

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Anthony Hazell

Global Director, Strategic Clients

As Global Director, Strategic Clients Anthony brings his expertise to the strategic development of international accounts. In his role, Anthony works with key clients to deliver quality solutions - with a results-driven focus. As one of our founding Directors, Anthony utilises his over 15 years of design and construction industry experience to motivate Unispace project teams and goes above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction.

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Keith Heywood

Principal, Client Relations

Keith has 15 years of experience in the commercial fit-out sector including 10 years in Paris, and is the leader of our Paris studio. He has been involved in projects across Europe at the design and construction stages, specialising in technical delivery. His responsibilities are to ensure that communication is maintained at a local and board level, to build and lead the project team in view of delivering a functional working environment, ensuring that our Think Create Make methodology is followed.

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Kate Horton

Principal, Strategy

Based in our Auckland studio, Kate has over 12 years experience in delivering sophisticated workplace strategy solutions and research services for leading organisations. A connector of thought, she has been instrumental in developing Unispace research initiatives, workplace strategy and change programs across the region.

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Brendan Joyce

Principal, Client Relations

As a strong and engaging leader with over 22 years experience in the design and construction industry, Brendan uses his wealth of project experience to continually guide the Client Relations Asia Pacific team to new successes. His hands-on site management experience provides a unique advantage when assisting with project delivery.

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LuAnn Kane

Principal, Business Development

LuAnn utilizes her nearly 20 years of in depth industry experience in the development of long-term client relations. She leads new client outreach efforts and strategic sales initiatives. LuAnn's infectious energy and dedication to client satisfaction contributes to her success in developing authentic client partnerships and driving superior project results. She is passionate about working alongside and connecting appropriate resources to deliver award winning strategy, design and construction in the Bay Area and globally.

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Lesley Kelly

Principal, Design

As a principal in design with experience in the commercial, cultural and hospitality sectors, at the early stages of a project Lesley works closely alongside our strategy team to understand our client’s aspirations and transform them into visions. As a project progresses she works in tandem with our internal design, technical, and project management teams to deliver transformative, measurable results for our clients. Her role extends throughout the EMEA regions and beyond, overseeing some of our most prestigious design projects, ensuring quality and consistency.

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Sarah Langford

Principal, Design

Based in our Auckland studio, Sarah has over 18 years workplace industry experience. Her design work is both transformative and challenging, bringing a voice of innovation to the table. Sarah is skillful in both the creative and technical aspects of design, as well as client and consultant liaison.

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Nectarios Lazaris

Global Chief Information Officer

Backed by over 10 years strategic IT and design technology experience within the AEC industry, our Global CIO Nectarios is passionate about using technology beyond efficiency increases. Based in Sydney, Nectarios works with our Board to redefine how technology supports business strategy and operations. He encourages innovation and business performance improvements to support our people and clients to succeed globally.

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Max Lishmund

Principal, Design - Technical Specialist

With over 18 years of experience in a broad range of high quality projects, Max is a versatile professional designer who is well qualified to lead design teams. With a great eye for detail and considered approach to solutions, Max’s depth of knowledge helps achieve optimum results in every project.

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Matt Lock

Managing Director

Matt leads the North America East region, including New York, Boston and Washington DC. A founding Director, he sits on the Global Board where he‚ viewed as a key contributor to our success. Matt‚ extensive experience and passion for design and construction is making Unispace one of the fastest growing practices in the US.

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Kane Mannix

Regional Principal, Design ‚ Digital Integration

With extensive global experience leading design technology for the retail and workplace sectors, Kane heads up our Asia Pacific digital integration team. Training and mentoring our designers to be proficient with Revit and the application of uniBIM, he also works within project teams to enhance outcomes for our clients.

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Ross Markham

Principal, Client Relations

Orchestrating complex teams with a focus on client satisfaction, Ross believes in the power of creating repeat clients through excellent service. Using this goal, he has brought our unique design capabilities and methodology to bear on a wide variety of project types across the Americas. Based in New York, Ross focuses on delivering projects with unparalleled speed, quality and efficiency.

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Dennis Markham

Regional Principal, Client Relations

Dennis brings a singular focus on client satisfaction. He identifies and assembles multi-disciplinary teams that respond to each project’s unique challenges from design through construction and post occupancy. Dennis draws on his background in design supervision, project management, and furniture procurement to ensure that projects are delivered on time, within budget, and with minimal risk to the client.

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Lester Martinez

Global Head of Digital Marketing

Based in our Sydney studio Lester heads up the global digital marketing function for Unispace. His digitally-focused career spans project management, creative development, technical execution, analysis and reporting across a multitude of sectors. He brings his expertise to guide the global team in creating engaging, human-centred digital experiences that allow our clients to connect with the business in a rich and meaningful way.

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Kevin McCabe

Regional Principal, Delivery

Kevin has over 15 years experience within the construction industry. After graduating in Ireland and gaining invaluable experience, he relocated to Australia where he has delivered projects for a wide range of clients including commercial, landlord, financial and government projects. Currently based in our Sydney studio, Kevin is a project delivery leader across Unispace‚ Asia Pacific region.

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Lawrence Mohiuddine

Regional Managing Director, EMEA

Based in London, Lawrence leads the EMEA region including key studios in Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich. Lawrence brings a hands-on, consultative approach to client engagements. With over 20-years experience, Lawrence leads the strategic vision for our EMEA region, orchestrating national and local teams to the delivery of complex commercial office projects.

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Tracy Lea Neff

Regional Director, Delivery

Known as an innovative real estate leader who leverages a unique mix of strategic, practical, operational and analytical expertise, Tracy has extensive experience managing large teams and multiple vendors. She is extremely capable of executing on all project deliverables from concept to completion by successfully applying her past experience to bring shared understanding to project delivery stakeholders. With experience developing large term capital plans to support a firm’s strategic goals, Tracy ensures that projects stay within budget and are delivered on time.

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Enza Parrella

Principal, Strategic Accounts

With over two decades of experience designing workplaces, Enza leads Unispace‚ design team across the Midwest. Her award-winning work for national and global clients in finance, professional services, legal and lifestyle bring together strategic planning and a collaborative approach to ensure successful outcomes. Enza believes that today‚ offices should be about the people in them, and that their talent dictates the environment.

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Seb Parsons

Principal, Business Development

Seb is Principal, Client Relations and has 10 years of experience in the workplace design and construction market. He is a results driven individual with strong team building attributes making him a highly valued member of any project team, coordinating and liaising between the design, technical and client personnel to ensure key deliverables are met and exceeded. A high level of client engagement and deep understanding of how projects are physically managed has made Seb successful in delivering results on mission critical and complex projects.

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Simon Pearson

Regional Principal, Delivery

Simon has overall responsibility for the successful delivery of all projects within the UK and EMEA region and ensures our principles of Delivery Excellence are maintained. He is an expert in the management and delivery of Commercial office refurbishment and fit-out. With experience across multiple countries, Simon is strong and clear with skills such as approachable leadership, attention to detail, drive for excellence in delivery and a passion for client satisfaction on all successfully completed projects.

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Mike Pelletier

Principal, Delivery

Mike is a construction industry professional with a broad depth of experience in project management. His attention to detail and client-centric approach have consistently resulted in superlative projects. Mike guides teams across the Americas through all stages of project delivery including focused budget and schedule management for clients in the fields of law, technology and finance.

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Chloe Petherick

Global Head of Brand & Communications

With over 10 years’ international experience in marketing and communications, Chloe’s primed to tell the Unispace story through the clever marriage of image and word. She’s responsible for developing innovative brand marketing and communications strategies that create a consistent brand experience for our people and clients—and to ultimately grow our presence globally.

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Simon Pole

Global Director, Design

With 20 years’ experience leading exceptional and complex projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, Simon’s ideas enhance workplace performance and change the way businesses do business. He is a global leader in agile workstyles across multiple industry sectors, delivering ground-breaking concepts and award-winning environments for his clients.

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Vincent Poon

Global Principal, Design ‚ Digital Integration

With more than 15 years experience in architectural design‚ 10 of which have focused on building information modelling (BIM) ‚ Vincent heads up Unispace‚ Design Technology. He provides direction and strategic leadership to BIM across the firm and is skilled in developing execution plans as well as establishing methodologies and best practices for design-technology integration.

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Justin Poppleton

Global Principal, People & Culture

Justin Poppleton is the Global Principal, People & Culture, based in our Sydney HQ. With a dynamic career working on both the client and consultant side, Justin uses his business acumen to help transform our people and culture function globally. Justin leads the People and Culture team in aligning our people to our global business goals and evolving our culture, to attract and engage talent.

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Tom Prasky

Principal, Delivery

Tom is a high energy, results-oriented professional with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. His leadership and communication skills benefit the project team in all areas, while Tom’s thorough understanding of the design-build process ensures that even the most complex designs are successfully brought to fruition.

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Simon Raper

Global Principal, Client Partnerships

With almost 30 years experience, Simon brings his creative design talent and global project delivery experience to provide leadership across Unispace‚ Client Partnerships team. Offering strategic direction across projects in the Asia Pacific region, Simon builds long lasting and meaningful partnerships with global and regional clients as a trusted advisor.

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Peter Rendall

Global Chief Financial Officer

Peter leads our global finance discipline by driving continuous business improvement while focusing on creating value and leading with a strong sense of purpose. With over 25 years of demonstrated ability building and leading highly motivated and high performing global teams, his energetic and creative personality is a valuable asset to our global team.

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Dean Rikanovic

Regional Principal, Design

With highly developed conceptual design skills and 15 years professional experience, Dean is an innovative designer with a passion for high-end design. He has practiced across Australia and internationally, working on a number of award-winning projects. Currently based in Perth, Dean has also worked on some of Australia‚ largest workplaces, including ANZ Centre Docklands.

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Troy Ritchie

Chief Financial Officer

A commercially focused senior finance professional, Troy is our Chief Financial Officer for Australia and Asia. Troy is a respected, ethical and engaged leader, who motivates and empowers employees and drives collaboration. He combines his strength in business partnering in high value contractual arrangements, with core functional competencies. Troy has worked across various industries, including transport, logistics and manufacturing.

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Ross Robertson

Principal, Client Relations

Ross coordinates our internal design and technical teams and acts as the interface with clients. His remit extends throughout EMEA where he works with clients to establish the procurement route for project delivery and works with our teams across our 23 EMEA studios to ensure successful delivery.

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Luke Rogers

Principal, Delivery

Luke is a client-focused construction professional with a strong commercial and financial awareness. Based in our Auckland studio, his experience in construction management, site management and project management, ensures a thorough approach when guiding the project team through the design and delivery process.

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Harry Rowntree

Regional Principal, Design

Harry‚ early design experience was shaped by a number of residential projects across New Zealand, followed by several years working in Japan on a range of exciting projects including headquarters for Microsoft and Accenture. Currently based in our Auckland studio, Harry has worked alongside renowned Japanese designers such as Masaki Kasuya and Taiji Yamamoto.

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Sam Sahni

Regional Principal, Strategy

Sam is our Regional Principal, Strategy (Europe) based in Unispace's London studio. Highly experienced within the consulting and construction industry, Sam‚ knowledge comes from exposure to a variety of sectors including Finance, FMCG, Real Estate and Engineering. He's a dynamic leader and thinker, with the ability to build business, develop client bases and take accountability for complex projects. Sam has also authored a number of organisational white papers and presented at industry conferences.

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Jaime Salisbury

Principal, Client Relations

With a background in the design and construction industry, Jaime uses his experience to provide solutions to the complex workplace needs of his clients. He works seamlessly with all disciplines in his commitment to ensuring client satisfaction and quickly develops a strong rapport with those he works with.

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Mark Schwamel

Principal, Design

Mark is an experienced designer with nearly two decades of experience. His ability to combine design, strategy and research has allowed him to lead his clients and teams to discover solutions that create thriving communities, better workplaces and enhanced design experiences. Mark’s projects raise a client’s profile, their brand and unlock their ultimate potential.

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Jamie Shaw

Principal, Delivery

As Principal, Delivery based in Auckland, Jamie brings 12 years’ experience in the fitout and construction industry to the New Zealand team. Having successfully managed and delivered a number of complex and highly specified fitouts, Jamie has built a reputation for his impeccable attention to detail, strong commercial acumen, and unwavering professionalism.

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Andrew Simmons

Director

Results driven and resourceful, Andrew strategically guides our New Zealand presence from his home base of Auckland. He has the ability to develop and strengthen management teams and draws on strong leadership skills and a broad knowledge of the industry to achieve results for Unispace clients. Andrew is passionate about aligning client business objectives with design and technology to achieve successful, project outcomes.

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Neville Simmons

Managing Director, New Zealand

A knowledgeable industry leader and founding Director, Neville’s career began in the engineering sector, later encompassing all aspects of design and construction. His insights and commitment to establishing client relationships for life inform Unispace’s future direction and ongoing recruitment strategies in New Zealand.

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Andrew Sinclair

Chief Operating Officer

Based in Sydney, Andrew leads our Corporate Services disciplines which encompasses our People & Culture, Marketing & Communications, IT, Risk, and Health, Safety & Environment teams, where he promotes a culture of continuous business improvement. Andrew is results driven with more than 25 years of international and domestic experience working across various industries, including CFO and senior finance roles, commercial leadership and business transformation of large global organisations.

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Jeff Southard

Managing Director, US Midwest

Jeff is a Unispace founding Director and Managing Director of Unispace US Midwest. Jeff continuously strives to deliver cutting edge workplace solutions for our clients in Chicago, Minneapolis and Columbus. His hands-on approach, decades of industry experience and focus on client satisfaction translate to long term relationships built on transparency and accountability.

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Douglas Taylor-Saunders

Senior Associate, Client Relations

Douglas is Senior Associate, Client Relations based in our London studio. A level headed, motivational team member, he is skilled in understanding and communicating the needs of each project he works on. Douglas is committed and able to provide superior solutions, supporting and getting the very best from his team. His aptitude for identifying and resolving problems and for balancing cost and programme pressures ensures successful and timely delivery.

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Benji Tiso

Principal, Client Relations

Heading up our studio in Zurich, Benji enthusiastically leads and motivates a highly qualified team and is responsible for generating, developing and supervising projects. With over 15 years of successful experience in project management and client relations, Benji as Principal for Client Relations, has the ability to quickly identify client needs, both in day to day and complex situations, and provide solutions.

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Nathan Wroughton

Principal, Client Relations

Nathan is a skilled Principal, Client Relations with extensive experience in the London real estate market. He is passionate about interior design and project management and always ensures to complete the due diligence thoroughly for a project, leading to a happier client and successful delivery.

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Mathew Xavier

Senior Associate, Strategy

Mathew is constantly focused on connecting an organization’s business strategy to the design of their space. He is a driven and creative professional with over 20 years of experience in strategic consulting, project management, architecture and workplace strategy across the United States. He is well-versed in work for law firms, government, professional service and pharmaceutical companies and he has exceptional management, marketing, sales and communication skills. Mathew utilizes data analytics and web development to help tie a company’s goals to inform their workplace.

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Aldo Zoli

Principal, Strategy

Residing in Paris, Aldo works across the Europe region as well as global projects. Aldo works for organisations in the process of changing their business. As organisations progress through change it is essential to understand how people work, how space can serve business objectives, and respond to organisational evolution.

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