Despina Katsikakis

Executive Partner, Global Head of Total Workplace • United Kingdom

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Despina Katsikakis

Executive Partner, Global Head of Total Workplace • United Kingdom


Despina is one of the leading voices in the office sector. For nearly 40 years she has led innovation, research, and implementation of transformative workplace environments for global corporates and the visioning of exemplary real estate developments for investors worldwide.  

She pioneered the role of workplace consultancy in the 1980s and led the transformation of the workplace as an experience. In her role at Cushman & Wakefield, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity, wellbeing, and the future role of the workplace to deliver social value and business performance. 

With these factors increasingly determining the real estate decisions of leading corporations, Katsikakis’ unrivalled insight on the future of work benefits occupier clients – as well as building landlords and investors – through repositioning commercial real estate to deliver top line performance, cultural aspirations, and ESG commitments. 

She is the current President of the British Council of Offices (BCO).  

Katsikakis regularly lectures, writes, and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace. She serves on various advisory boards including Delos™, the founders of the WELL Building Standard.

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Authority Magazine Article Despina (image)
“Why we need to take a hospitality mindset" with Despina Katsikakis

We need to bring new skills to the industry; we don’t need more chartered surveyors, we need more analysts, tech designers, curators, experience managers, human behavior experts, and environmental and wellbeing experts. We as an industry need to take a hospitality mindset to focus on customer satisfaction and ongoing loyalty and service rather than transactions.

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CNN Feature (image)
Lessons from China: How global business has changed forever

Commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has built a prototype called the "Six Feet Office," which encourages workers to continue social distancing when they return to the office.

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Fast Company (image)
Our offices will never be the same after COVID-19. Here’s what they could look like

It's hard to imagine now, but we will one day have to go back to our offices. So how will work...work? That's the question Cushman & Wakefield is answering already.

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Despina Washington Post (image)
The post-pandemic workplace will hardly look like the one we left behind

Through Cushman & Wakefield’s joint venture with Chinese real estate developer Vanke, the firm has already advised thousands of companies in Asia about returning to work.

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Business Insider feat Despina (image)
10 Real-Estate Insiders Lay Out the Future of Flex-Offices, and How Employers are Preparing Now

The costs for flex operators will be similar to those at traditional at traditional offices, Despina Katsikakis, Cushman & Wakefield's head of occupier business performance said.

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ABC News (image)
What offices may look like in a post-pandemic era, if they exist at all

Cushman & Wakefield developed a best practices guide and has also made a prototype of a "Six Feet Office," a reimagined office space that encourages social distancing at work and implemented a full-scale example.

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Asia Pacific Office Outlook 2024

Cushman & Wakefield’s 2024 Asia Pacific Office Outlook provides supply, demand, vacancy and rent data forecasts for cities in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dominic Brown • 13/12/2023
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The 4-Day Workweek Podcast

Join host Michael Creamer, Despina Katsikakis, Executive Partner & Global Head, Total Workplace at Cushman & Wakefield, and Charlotte Lockhart and Andrew Barnes, co-founders of 4 Day Week Global, to understand how the discourse surrounding work should transition from time to outcomes in terms of productivity.
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Podcast: Black Women in Real Estate

Join host Michael Creamer, Hanna Afolabi, MRICS, founder of BWRE (Black Women in Real Estate) and Joelle Allotey, Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield, as they explore the unique challenges of black women navigating the real estate landscape.
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ReThinking the office sector in Asia Pacific

Our report takes a deeper dive into the underlying dynamics and drivers across The APAC region’s major markets and provides a roadmap for asset optimisation.
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What Occupiers Want: Global Survey Results 2023

Highlights from this year’s What Occupiers Want report include perspectives on workplace design, global talent recruitment, flexible work and changes to real estate portfolios.
Despina Katsikakis • 08/06/2023
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Podcast • Workplace

Podcast: Reworking the Workplace

In this episode, Michael Creamer is joined by Nicola Gillen, Richard Pickering, Sophie Schuller and Zoe Humphries, lead authors of our new book ‘Reworking the Workplace’ published by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Michael Creamer • 06/06/2023
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A New Reason for the Office: Connection and Inspiration

Technology has enabled the workforce to be more virtual and as most employees now have choices of where to work, there’s something different about the office these days. It’s not just the casual attire, the prevalence of videoconferencing or the hybrid work environment. 
Despina Katsikakis • 05/06/2023
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Office Fit Out Cost Guides

These Guides are an essential tool to assist in corporate real estate decision-making regarding fitting out, retrofitting & reinstating office space.
19/04/2023
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Asia Pacific Office of the Future Revisited

Our latest insight establishes three realities through the Asia Pacific lens: office space is still in demand, hybrid is here to stay, and the role of the office has changed. We explore the nuances, challenges and opportunities in the region.
15/06/2022
office of the future
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Office of the Future Revisited

Our latest insight establishes three realities: demand for office space is accelerating, hybrid is here to stay, and the role of the office has changed—and we explore their implications for office-using companies and workers.
Despina Katsikakis • 26/04/2022
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Workplace Ecosystems of the Future

In this report, we examine what the future of the office will look like in a post-COVID-19 world by exploring investor, occupier and placemaker feedback and analyze historical work from home (WFH) penetration rates.
David Smith • 21/12/2020

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