Co-Founder & Head of Venture Investments, Amro Partners
Ami graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics in 1989 and went on to obtain her post graduate degree, an M. Phil. in Economic Development, from Wolfson College, Cambridge in 1990. She also holds an RICS post graduate Diploma in Property Investment
Ami started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, New York and went on to join The LEK International Partnership as a strategy consultant. In the early nineties, Ami launched her first start-up in Kenya in the consumer goods industry sector and after a successful exit moved on to founding and building businesses in the real estate sector in East Africa, UK and Europe.
In 2010, Ami co-founded Amro Real Estate Partners - a property investment and development firm based in Central London that specialises in the purpose-built student accommodation and Build to Rent (BtR) sectors. In her role as Managing Director of AmroLiving, the group’s BtR operations platform, Ami is currently responsible for the delivery, leasing and management of c.1,500 rental BtR apartments with a GDV of c.£700m. Ami is a strong proponent of an end- user focussed approach to leasing and asset management, and as Head of Innovation at Amro, she combines her experience in asset management with her insights into technology-enabled solutions to drive a customer-focussed, hospitality-led operations strategy.
Ami is a member of the ULI Residential Council and the ULI Technology Forum. Given her interest in “proptech” and entrepreneurship, she plays an active role as a mentor on several technology start up incubator programmes and female entrepreneurship support initiatives. One of her stated aims is to promote gender equity and social diversity in the real estate sector in the UK.
Munish Datta is Director with Specsavers Group, leading the design and delivery of its global sustainable business strategy. He is a Senior Independent Advisor to BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management providing strategic insight for its pan European ESG investment platform. As a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Fellow of University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Munish empowers business leaders from a variety of global companies to tackle critical challenges. He is a trustee of sustainable development charities, Bioregional and Rama Foundation and a governor of the Stephen Perse foundation of schools in Cambridge, UK. His previous roles include Director at UK Green Building Council and Head of Sustainability, Marks & Spencer.
Studio Director | London UK | Architecture & Urbanism
Geoff graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1996 with an Architecture degree. He has further academic and professional qualifications in architecture and landscape architecture, working on projects in both the private and the public sector up to around £1bn in value.
Geoff currently leads the Out-of-hospital Care subsector for Arcadis in the UK. He is responsible for the design of healthcare, science, workplace, community, residential, and mixed-use buildings and masterplans for Arcadis.
Geoff is a regular commentator on issues including strategic planning, net-zero, MMC, housing design for intergenerational and supported living, and designing for community and wellbeing.
Geoff also co-chairs the Architecture & Urbanism Global Design Excellence Group, leads the UK business’ Carbon Reduction Plan, informing the global business ESG policy, and
heads the Architecture & Urbanism Global Climate Action Strategy & Policy Working Group.
Vice President Global Real Estate and Operations, IBM
Jane leads IBM’s Global Real Estate (GRE) organization. Her team manages IBM’s more than 700 locations throughout 100+ countries worldwide. These locations are comprised of over ~45M million square feet of space including, office space, data centre, manufacturing, development and lab space for over 270K employees and contractors within IBM's facilities.
Jane takes an active role within industry championing the advancement of technology and professional practice for real estate and particularly in the space of sustainability and asset efficiency. Jane has led the transformation of IBMs own real estate portfolio and IOT asset management through the application of AI and data led decisions in its role as client zero through leveraging the market leading capabilities of IBMs real estate software. In this role notably Jane played a leadership role in the selection; acquisition; integration and further product development of enVizi into the wider asset management suite of TRIRIGA, Maximo and Turbonomic for data centres. It is this powerful combination that enables IBM to demonstrate leadership within industry in the space of ESG including in its own ability to achieve its 2030 net zero goals.
Prior to joining IBM Jane was the Vice President for Workplace Travel and Fleet Services at Unilever where she led a global team that supported 80+m square feet of space.
Jane has also held senior leadership roles at Shell, Deloitte and KPMG in corporate real estate, consulting and real estate corporate finance. Jane is a chartered surveyor by trade.
Jane has served as a Global Board Member of CoreNet the world’s largest association of corporate real estate professionals and is active within industry.
Emma is an Associate in the Investments team at Boreal IM, a recently founded European private equity firm with a current focus on industrial and logistics assets across Western Europe. She has 7 years of experience in the financial services industry, 5 of which in real estate investment.
At Boreal, Emma is responsible for underwriting investments for the firm’s ~€3bn JV with Cadillac Fairview and sits on the ESG Committee as the representative from the Investments team. It is her role to ensure that ESG considerations are embedded into the acquisitions process.
Emma joined Boreal from BlackRock where she was part of the UK/Iberian value-add team, covering both acquisitions and asset management across multiple real estate sectors including logistics, senior living and student housing. She previously spent 3 years at Logicor where she helped to acquire ~€1bn of pan-European logistics assets for Blackstone funds. She started her career on a graduate programme at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Emma has a MA in Modern and Medieval Languages (Emmanuel College) and a MPhil in Real Estate Finance (Jesus College).