Our committee is formed of volunteers who generously give RE:WOMEN their time and talent to improve diversity in the real estate industry.
Maria Wiedner, CEO
Maria founded the RE:WOMEN network in December 2012 as she saw the need to gather the real estate community and discuss gender equality in the industry. Maria is a CFA Charterholder and graduate from the University of Cambridge with a Masters in Real Estate Finance in 2011.
Maria speaks English, German, Finnish, Spanish and Portuguese, no kidding. Following a successful career in property funds analysis and consulting, Maria set up the Cambridge Finance – School of Applied Real Estate Finance – in January 2016.
Anouk Khan, COO
Anouk began her career at Merrill Lynch International Private Bank in London in 1997 to advise High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth clients in the Middle East. In March 2009, Anouk moved to Dubai to join DeaconCapital Ltd, an asset management firm with responsibility for its operational, strategic and marketing functions.
In 2012, Anouk set up Oakwood Advisors, a turnkey consultancy for commercial real estate fit-out and residential interior design solutions and completed projects across Dubai. Anouk returned to London in late 2016 to direct her energy and passion into the London real estate market. She has joined RE:WOMEN to unite in their cause to empower women, to share knowledge amongst the industry and to help create a unified and diversified environment across the real estate sector. Anouk is a graduate of London School of Economics.
Joanna Turner, Committee Member
Joanna took up her current role as Head of Property Research at Canada Life Investments in 2015. Joanna has over twenty years experience in Property Research & Strategy at a global, European and UK -only level. Prior to Canada Life, she has worked at DTZ Global, and global property fund managers such AXA Real Estate, La Salle Investment Management and Invesco.
Joanna holds an MSc in Real Estate from Cass Business School and a BA (Hons) from Manchester University. She speaks Spanish, German and French.
Cléo is CEO of Property Overview, a training and consultancy business for institutional property investors and service providers to the real estate industry. Previously Cléo worked for 9 years at St Martins – owned by a Kuwaiti SWF – and before that Cléo did consultancy in Pan-European investment advisory, for Terra Firma Capital Partners / Deutsche Annington (now Vonovia) and for chartered surveyors. Her career also involved a 6-year stint at IPD (now part of MSCI) where she set up and held run various indices in Continental Europe. As a Dutch national Cléo speaks 4 languages.
Cléo joined the committee in February 2018, using her skill, network and dedication to good use within RE Women to help the cause of diversity & inclusion within the property industry. Her aim is to make the property world a better place, and not just for women, as she strongly believes diversity will enrich the property industry.
Heather Barker, Committee Member
Heather has been a PA at British Land for just over a year and is very proud to work alongside so many brilliant women in the property industry. She began her career as a receptionist when she was 18 and has been chipping away at the glass ceiling ever since. Five years on she is board member and Treasurer of Real Estate Women, Treasurer and Secretary of British Land’s Women’s Network, Co-Chair of British Land’s Sports & Social Committee and was recently nominated for We Are The City’s Rising Star Award 2016. Her long term ambition is to build a career in finance.
Pav Boparai, Committee Member
Pav joined the RE:WOMEN in March 2016 in order to share her ideas and contribute to the running of the organisation. Being a full-time working mum, she has been keen to share her own personal experiences, whilst helping to organise and promote events with RE:WOMEN.
Pav speaks English and Punjabi. She works for a City Law Firm in London within the Real Estate sector as a Legal Assistant. Pav is also studying part-time for her legal qualifications.
Virginia Perez Nieto, International Relations Director
Originally trained as a court interpreter, over the past five years, Virginia has successfully transitioned to the real estate sector concentrating on student accommodation. She has significant experience in executing sales and marketing strategies, and has also developed extensive relationships with property owners, educational institutions and government agencies in Europe. Virginia speaks Spanish, French and English.