GWIRE: Global Women in Real Estate

Property and Real Estate Beyond COVID19 and 2020:

Panel Discussion and Virtual Networking Event

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Hilde Remøy, TU Delft (ERES)

Hilde Remøy has a PhD in Real Estate Management and is associate professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Management in the Built Environment (TU Delft). She has a wide range of publications, and is a member of the editorial board of several international journals. She is a board member of the European Real Estate Society (ERES). Hilde has a rich experience in research for Dutch governments and building industry, as well as in international research programmes. She teaches redesign of places, products and processes to BSc and MSc students at TU Delft and other education institutes, and supervises MSc and PhD thesis students. Her teaching and research focus on resilience and adaptive of real estate, including heritage buildings, with specific focus on adaptability and value development in the broad sense, including environmental, societal and financial values.


Lee Kwan Ok, National University of Singapore (AsRES)

Kwan Ok LEE is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Dean’s Chair in the Department of Real Estate at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Kwan Ok’s research has appeared in leading academic journals. Her research interests include housing markets, urban policy analysis, household residential choice, and neighborhood dynamics. She is a board member of the Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES) and an AsRES representative to the International Real Estate Society. She has also served as an academic expert and commentator for international organizations and government bodies including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea. Prior to joining NUS, Kwan Ok received her PhD in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California and Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University.

Tilda Mwai, Knight Frank Middle East (AfRES)

Tilda Mwai manages research outputs centering around the African real estate and investment market at the Knight Frank Middle East office based in Dubai. This include Knight Frank’s thought leadership publications on the real estate markets in Africa, such as the Africa Report, which focuses on real estate markets in 30 African countries and broader level themes impacting markets across the continent. Prior to joining Knight Frank, Ms. Mwai worked as a research in Kenya and the broader African context. She hold a degree in Real Estate Management from the University of Nairobi.

Karen Sieracki, Kaspar Associates (ERES)

Karen Sieracki has been actively involved in property research and investment management for the past 35 years. She has more than ten years’ fund management experience, during which time she created one of the first institutional property research departments in the UK.  Dr Sieracki has her own research company, KASPAR Associates, working with several leading institutional clients and the property industry at large. KASPAR’s principal areas of business focus are providing analysis of the property investment market in Europe, US and Asia and property portfolio investment plans. Dr Sieracki was Visiting Professor to the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Ulster She is past international President of Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society.

Sara Wilkinson, University of Technology Sydney (PRRES)

Sara Wilkinson is Australia’s first female Professor of Property. Her transdisciplinary research program sits at the intersection of sustainability, urban development and transformation, with a focus on green cities and preparing our urban environments for the challenges of climate change. Recent work includes a project with Swedish developer Skanksa and funded by the Kamprad Family Foundation that uses virtual reality to assess customers’ willingness to pay for green infrastructure in a residential housing development. Another project funded by the City of Sydney resulted in the development of a prototype wallbot to inspect and monitor green walls on high-rise buildings. Dr. Wilkinson has produced 9 books, 29 book chapters, 59 refereed journal and 105 refereed conference papers, and 8 keynote presentations. She is the Director of ZEMCH (Zero Energy Mass Custom Housing), Australia and the Australian Hub Leader for the Carbon Leadership Forum.

Elaine Worzala, College of Charleston (ARES)

Dr. Elaine Worzala is the Director of the Carter Real Estate Center at the College of Charleston. She has published in many of the mainstream real estate academic journals as well as industry-based publications and other media.  She is currently sitting on 14 journal editorial boards and is the special co-editor for Journal of Property Investment and Finance and the Deputy Editor of Real Estate Issues.  Applied in focus, her research is typically designed to provide insight on the commercial real estate investment profession.  The majority of her work is in the areas of institutional investment and valuation and she has a strong interest in the international/global marketplace.   She is a founder of IRES and Past President of ARES and IRES.  She sits on the board of the James R. Webb American Real Estate Society Foundation board. Dr. Worzala is proud to have received numerous awards including the Grasskamp Award as well as the IRES Achievement and Bert Kruijt Service Award.  She is also a Fellow in the Weimer School.  Dr. Worzala is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Real Estate Research Institute.

Organizing Committee:

Karen M. Gibler – Su Yeon Jung – Rose Neng Lai – Deborah Levy – Margaret McFarland – Rachael Mirembe – Paola Torneri Porto – Thabelo Ramantswan – Hilde Remoy – Karen Sieracki – Connie Susilawati – Bing Wang – Kimberly Winson-Geideman – Zoe Yang Yang – Bola Yusuf-Ekine


Thank you to the Carter Real Estate Center at College of Charleston for hosting the event.