Forging New Paths Through Culture and Technology

Forging New Paths Through Culture and Technology


The opportunity for real estate owners and providers has never been higher to improve the quality of the residential and commercial environments they create through embracing and interweaving truthful cultural narrative depth and through harnessing the power of technology. Our speakers will demonstrate how outcomes can be lifted immeasurably and practically in this way.


Frank Xu
Shundi Group

Frank has a solid 32-year background in the property development and building industries in China and here in New Zealand, where he has lived and worked for the last 24 years. As both the President of the New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) and Deputy General Manager & Executive Project Manager of Shundi Group, Frank is passionate about the power that property development has to weave multiple cultural threads into places to build authentic cultural depth.

At Shundi he is intimately involved in the development of the Seascape apartments in central Auckland and the development of a major new urban masterplan to be known as Te Tauoma, on the site of the former Tāmaki campus of the University of Auckland. In doing so, Frank works constantly to blend cultures to create something truly transformational for our city.

“Our vision is to create a smarter, modern way of living. At Te Tauoma for example, we’re looking to the past, present and future, working to respect the land and mana whenua, embrace the location and provide a superb, modern, lifestyle for people. Ultimately, we are working to play our part in building the future of our city: to contribute to the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. Property has a central role to play in the development of the future of our cities; we need to get it right.”

Jordan Kostelac
The Proptech Provocateur

Jordan Kostelac focuses on solving challenges in real estate at JLL through the creation and deployment of PropTech platforms for the Asia Pacific region. Working with both internal and external stakeholders, he guides the exploration of how technology can positively disrupt built environments.

Having spent time working across Asia, Unites States and Australia, his interdisciplinary background in FMCG operations management, process improvement consulting and most recently workplace strategy and change management lends a unique perspective that sits outside traditional real estate methods. He has a proven track record of success in aligning the requirements of operations teams with the strengths of their technology partners in large multinational organisations.

His experience in project delivery has demonstrated the importance of a strategic approach. He understands how a strong aspirational direction aligned with strategic business goals can positively influence the success of organisational transformation.

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