Despina Katsikakis

Passionate about transforming workplaces to inspire, motivate and make your business the place to be.

Despina Katsikakis is an industry leader with an international reputation for thought leadership and innovation and over 30 years experience on the impact of the workplace, on people and business performance. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she leverages her global expertise to provide input across the firm’s global business on the changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. With these factors increasingly determining leasing decisions, Despina's global insights benefit corporate clients and landlords seeking to attract them, through a holistic approach that links the real estate industry to occupier priorities to navigate today's complex business landscape and re position real estate to drive top line performance. With clients including Accenture, BBC, BP, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, GSK, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Siemens and Unilever, she has developed ground-breaking initiatives and has an extensive track record of successfully implemented global workplace programs that have delivered significant improvements to people and business performance. Despina is passionate that the built environment should have a positive impact on the performance, health and wellbeing of people and is a member of the Delos™ advisory board, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard.™ She regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.