Retail Arena Helsinki

The economy is tight – how are shopping centers doing?

October 13th at 8.30-11.30 | Breakfest Event | Rake Ballroom Helsinki

13.10.2022 Retail Arena Helsinki

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How will shopping centers and retail cope with exceptional market conditions? The breakfast event will discuss how global inflation and economic stressors are changing the market environment worldwide and in Finland, and what survival strategies consumers, retailers and shopping centers have at their disposal.

Our special keynote speaker Anjee Solanki comes from San Francisco. Her team has collected fresh data on the subject.

The speakers are a wide range of top experts in the field: Tanja Linsiö, Shopping Center REDI, Matti Ahrelma, Colliers, Mikko Seppälä, Shopping Center Seppä, Sami Maukonen, Suunnittelutoimisto Amerikka and Jussi Raitaniemi, Trevian. See the whole program.

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Special Guest Speaker

Anjee Solanki


National Director, Retail Services & Practice Groups

Anjee Solanki will talk about the effects of global inflation, rising prices and interest rates, and political uncertainty on the decision-making of consumers, retailers and investors. She examines the development in a timeline starting from 2019 to the present and from now on, drilling down into the purchasing behavior of different types of consumers/family units, different product categories and the survival strategies of different players and, on the investment side, the return prospects.

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U.S. Based in San Francisco and with more than 32 years of experience, she provides strategic leadership to over 550 specialized retail professionals across 177 offices.

Her strategy identifies current market and property inefficiencies to capture untapped value through asset repositioning, releasing, redevelopment, rehabilitation, proactive management, and enhanced marketing.

Creative problem-solving is her specialty, and she becomes a key stakeholder with national and international retailers, such as JPMC, Opry City Stage/Ole Red and Tim Hortons, and many others. Her highly focused approach reduces the risk profile and provides clients with a thoughtful approach executing strategic multi-year planning initiatives.

Keynote Speakers

Tanja Linsiö

Shopping Centre REDI

Shopping Centre Director

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Tanja Linsiö is a brand development professional who previously worked in the construction industry and before that for 15 years in the fashion industry, where she has witnessed the industry’s change in a more ethical and ecological direction. Linsiö strongly intends to bring this same activity to RED. Linsiö is part of CBRE’s Property Management team.

Matti Ahrelma


Head of Capital Markets Finland

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In his keynote speech, Matti Ahrelma brings Anjee Solanki’s presentation to the Finnish and Nordic level, giving a local market overview.

“We are an interesting player precisely because of Colliers’ global network and our local expertise. We have excellent networks for both Finnish and international investors. Strong and smooth cooperation with Colliers’ European and global Capital markets teams supports operations with international gamblers. In addition to traditional buying and selling advice, our services also cover a debt financing arrangement, which we implement in cooperation with EMEA’s Debt Advisory team,” says Matti Ahrelma.

Colliers’ strength is the extent of the global network and good local market knowledge. The company has operations in 62 countries in hundreds of locations, from Oulu to Cape Town and from Vancouver to Auckland. The global network makes trading easy for investors, wherever they operate or want to own real estate.


Sami Maukonen

Suunnittelutoimisto Amerikka
CEO / Design Director

I am the CEO and architect of Suunnittelutoimisto Amerikka Oy. My passion is the design of an attractive and functional city, where the role of services and thus Shopping Centers is significant.
I have been involved in several large shopping center concept and space planning projects, such as Mall of Tripla and Turku’s Hansakortteli. The most recent ongoing project is the Helsinki Central Railway Station development and renovation project, where the station’s architecture is raised to its rightful value and the station’s service offering is renewed to better serve customers.

Tanja Linsiö

Shopping Center REDI
Shopping Centre Director

Tanja Linsiö is a brand development professional who previously worked in the construction industry and before that for 15 years in the fashion industry, where she has witnessed the industry’s change in a more ethical and ecological direction. Linsiö strongly intends to bring this same activity to REDI.

Jussi Raitaniemi

Business Director, Partner, Trevian

Jussi is a member of Trevian’s management team and is responsible for the Retail business and the financial management of properties outside the capital region.

He has 15 years of experience in real estate asset management with international investors, as well as experience in managing real estate and portfolio entities located in Norway and the Baltics.

Jussi has a DI degree in real estate management from the University of Technology. Jussi’s special expertise is the strategic management of large portfolios and leasing.



Retail Arena Helsinki

October 13th at 8.30-11.30
Breakfast Event | Rake Ballroom Helsinki

8.30 Breakfast
9.00 Opening session: Merja Aura, CEO, Bonnier Business Forum
9.05 Anjee Solanki: How the retail market will survive the global inflation and economic stress factors?
9.45 Coffee break & networking
10.00 Tanja Linsiö: Sustainable development as part of the future of shopping centers

10.25 Matti Ahrelma: including case study Shopping Center Seppä, Mikko Seppälä
10.50 Panel Sami Maukonen, Tanja Linsiö and Jussi Raitaniemi: Are shopping centers truly development organizations?
11.15 Concluding session & time for networking

Rake Ballroom, Erottajankatu 4 C, 3rd floor, Helsinki



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