WATT David C. DTZ (Hong Kong SAR)
| International Director / Head of Business Development and Client Services Asia Pacific
David Watt is an International Director at DTZ. Based in Hong Kong and Singapore he is responsible for DTZ's Asia Pacific client services. He has been advising both corporate and institutional investors into the region, and, cross-border within the region for the past 9 years. He originated DTZ’s India and Japan platforms and for the past years was responsible for the Greater China business. Before 2002, Mr Watt was Managing Director of DTZ's mainland European business. Previously he had run DTZ's Middle East operations based in both Dubai and Bahrain.
Mr Watt was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford and awarded an MA in Modern History. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and completed the International Executive Programme at INSEAD.
Bringing you the power of one
DTZ is a leading global real estate advisory and consultancy firm providing innovative property and business solutions worldwide, satisfying clients' cross-border needs across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
DTZ is now part of UGL Services. The combined business creates one of the largest property services companies in the world, providing corporate/occupier clients with a global, integrated end-to-end service officering and best-in-class investor services capabilities in investment agency, leasing agency, property and facilities management, project and building consultancy, valuation, and investment and asset management. The organization has 27,000 permanent employees and 43,000 contractors, operating across 225 offices in 45 countries.
In Europe, DTZ has one of the strongest market presence of any real estate adviser. In Asia Pacific, DTZ has a total of 41 offices in Australia, New Zealand mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
MITCHELL Peter Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) (Singapore)
Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA).
APREA is a non-profit trade association which represents and promotes the real estate asset class in the Asia Pacific region. It is headquartered in Singapore and with member chapters and country boards in Japan, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
It enjoys close relationships with all major regional and national real estate bodies. It has around 170 members (from Australia, Japan, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea, the Middle East, US and Europe, amongst others). Members come from real estate companies, REITs, private funds, institutional investors and investment banks, amongst others.
Peter holds degrees in economics and law.
He has lived in Singapore for 12 years.
About Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA)
The Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) is a non-profit industry association that represents and promotes the real estate asset class in the Asia Pacific region. It is the industry body for the suppliers and users of capital in the real estate sector.
APREA embraces the four quadrants of real estate.
APREA's mission is to:
-Represent and promote the Asia Pacific real estate asset class
-Encourage greater investment in the Asia Pacific real estate sector through the provision of better information to investors, improving the general operating environment, encouraging best practices and generally unifying and strengthening the industry
-Enhance regional and global networks for capital suppliers and users
-Represent the sector to governments and regulators to improve the commercial operating environment for members
Its membership comprises estate companies, listed real estate trusts, unlisted property funds, investment managers, investment banks, property securities fund managers, institutional investors, real estate consultants, corporate advisors, stockbrokers, investment advisors and universities.
THARMALINGAM Kumar Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI) (Malaysia)
Mr. Kumar graduated from the College of Estate Management, London School of Economics with a B.Sc in Real Estate from University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM) and registered as a Real Estate Valuer and Property Consultant with the Board of Valuers in Malaysia.
He established the First Malaysian Property Trust (FMPT), a joint venture between the Bank of commerce and Austwide, Australia in 1987. Subsequently he left in 1990 to establish the MBF Unit Trust. From 1992 to 1998 he was Executive Director of Taiping Consolidated Berhad (TCB) and was part of the team building the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Starhill Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur and originated Sentul Raya for the company, a joint venture with KTM Berhad to develop 270 acres of an inner city brown field project. In 1998 he left TCB and became Chairman of Hall Chadwick Asia Sdn. Bhd. which specializes in the origination of property assets for Pension Funds, Private Equity Funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
Mr. Kumar is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI) which is a Government of Malaysia initiative under the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) tasked to promote Malaysia as property investment destination and to induce Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) specifically into Malaysian real estate. He is also the Chairman of the Investment Committee for Aseana Properties Limited, a London AIMs listed Malaysian conglomerate which has property investment, construction and development in Vietnam and Malaysia. Mr. Kumar is also an Investment Committee Advisor on Amanah Raya REIT and an independent Director on the Board of Sime Darby Property Berhad.
About Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI)
Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI) is an initiative by the Government of Malaysia to promote corporate & individual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Malaysian real estate. MPI is the first port-of-call for information related to retail and institutional real estate queries and works to fast-track retail interest and commercial partnerships by connecting prospective investors with Malaysian industry players and government authorities. In line with improving data transparency on Malaysia, MPI also publishes monthly market intelligence on the current Malaysian investment climate and latest developments in the real estate sector. Incorporated in 2008 and funded by the government of Malaysia, MPI currently has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
FINGAR Courtney fDi Magazine, fDi intelligence, The Financial Times Ltd (UK)
Courtney Fingar is the editor of fDi Magazine, overseeing all elements of editorial content for the specialist bimonthly publication and its online portal, www.fdiintelligence.com. fDi Magazine is the flagship publication for fDi Intelligence, The Financial Times Ltd's dedicated unit specialising in greenfield crossborder investment, and is read by senior-level executives at multinational corporations responsible for global expansion decisions.
A trained journalist, she frequently interviews political and business leaders about economic and investment issues, and contributes features and in-depth special reports to the magazine, such as a series of widely acclaimed investment guides based on her on-the-ground reporting from Iraq in 2009-10. She has covered FDI stories in all major regions of the world.
She also has extensive public speaking experience, having chaired conferences, moderated panels and made presentations to large audiences in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She is a regular panellist at key international events, and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment.
Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a monthly magazine focusing on trade, export and commodities finance.
Prior to relocating to the United Kingdom in 2001, she worked in Washington, DC, first for the National Journal Group as a writer for an environmental news service and later as a reporter and editor for Global Business magazine, a 90,000-circulation monthly that reported on international trade and investment for a US executive audience.
Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
About fDi Intelligence :
fDi Intelligence, part of The Financial Times Ltd, is the leading provider of intelligence on foreign direct investment. The portfolio encompasses world class products, services and business tools that allow companies and economic development authorities alike to make informed decisions about crossborder greenfield investment.