Cinnamon Life Business Forum series to kick off today

Cinnamon Life

November 27, 2017 –

  • To feature globally-acclaimed expert Andreas Krüger

Cinnamon Life, Sri Lanka’s largest and most iconic integrated multi-functional development project to date, in association with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), is set to host the first chapter of the Cinnamon Life Forum Series today.


Leading the first event in the highly-anticipated thought leadership series will be world-renowned property policy expert and Belius GmbH, Berlin Managing Partner Andreas Krüger, who will explore the pertinent topic of creative place-making and entrepreneurship in the 21st Century.

The Cinnamon Life Business Forum Series was launched to share powerful ideas that will ultimately help to shape Colombo into a dynamic and competitive city. By exploring the subject of modern day place-making and entrepreneurship, Krüger will tackle a wide array of important areas, including political, government and public administration policymaking, understanding of roles, stakeholder monitoring and he will provide an overview of recommended methods and process innovation. He will also touch on smart participation and collaboration formats, economic and financial feasibility as well as the need to embrace a respectful, transparent and accessible culture of dialogue, communications and marketing. The first segment of the forum will address the key questions in the field of innovative place-making and entrepreneurship in modern times, whilst empowering Sri Lanka’s top business audiences to conceptualise thoughtful frameworks and resources to power physical, digital and financial platforms.

In addition, Krüger will also deliver exclusive insights from the drastic transformation of Berlin, a dynamic and fast-paced city that thrives on entrepreneurial drive, contrast and creativity.

These valuable insights, coupled with useful learnings from some of Krüger’s projects such as Moritzplatz and Prinzessinnengärten, will collectively shed light on the important role that citizens and residents play in the development of a city and its governance, whilst fostering the understanding of behavioural changes that are required to keep a city constantly evolving and transforming.

Raised in north Germany and currently based in Berlin, Krüger is a multidisciplinary expert with decades of experience in the fields of creative place-making, content-related space strategies, urban humanity, artist interventions and cultural and creative working processes.

He also has in-depth knowledge on the areas of international exchanges, urban development, urban planning, property policy, construction and real estate, among others. Krüger currently serves at the helm of Belius, a Berlin-based strategic consultancy which supports policymakers, urban administrations, property owners and investors, users and civic initiatives. His team helps them in their efforts to create and maintain human-centred, liveable, relevant and economically feasible spaces. Additionally, Krüger specialises in curating urban residences and developments for cultural, retail, commercial and residential use.

Commenting on spearheading the first event of the Cinnamon Life Forum Series, Krüger stated: “I am pleased to have been invited to participate in the Cinnamon Life Business Forum Series and kick-start this innovative initiative that will help to reshape the city of Colombo. I look forward to conducting a dynamic and insightful discussion that will truly engage and inform Sri Lanka’s business communities. Though Sri Lanka has evolved steadily and progressed rapidly since the end of the civil conflict, the country has yet to see a mixed development as large as Cinnamon Life making a mark on its skyline and economy. I hope that these talks will showcase the role that this project and the country’s rapidly growing real estate industry at large will play in the development and positioning of the city of Colombo both regionally and internationally.”

Cinnamon Life is a mixed development by Sri Lanka’s premier listed conglomerate, the John Keells Group. Upon completion, the project will comprise of an 800-roomedluxury Cinnamon hotel, an array of entertainment facilities, apartments, retail and entertainment malls, office spaces and many other attractions. The development’s iconic design by Cecil Balmond will span across 4.5 million square feet, and it is envisioned to be the epicentre of modern South Asia.

Designed to be the first multi-functional development of its kind in the country, and a city within a city, Cinnamon Life is set to strengthen Colombo’s position as a travel, trade, lifestyle and entertainment hotspot in the Indian Subcontinent.



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