Maria Wiedner, CFA, MPhil (Cantab)
Maria’s passion for financial modelling is built on specialist roles in the highly quantitative fields of property derivatives, renewable energy and listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) analysis, a career path complemented by an academic grounding in real estate finance from University of Cambridge and a professional qualification as a CFA Charterholder. With global consulting and leadership experience, Maria is an internationally recognised authority, speaker and thought-leader on the organisational benefits of best practice financial modelling and diversity in real estate.
Maria is the CEO and principal trainer of Cambridge Finance, which she founded with the aim to bring top-quality and affordable real estate finance education to the property industry.
Maria also founded in 2012, the diversity group for real estate, Real Estate Women (RE:WOMEN), with the objective to advocate for equality and more representation of minorities in senior positions.
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Cléo Folkes, CAIA, MA
Cléo’s motivation to improve knowledge and transparency in the global real estate industry stems from her wide ranging experience spanning several decades. Cléo has worked for a variety of surveying firms, set up services at IPD (now part of MSCI), an investment advisory/brokerage firm and a private equity company where she focussed on the German Private Rented Sector. Cléo has largely focussed on developing investment strategies heavily based on research. She is most proud of structuring the investment process for a sovereign fund whereby she identified global risks and set up hurdle rates, constructed performance measurement and contributed overall due to her critical strategic and analytical thinking.
Cléo’s teaching methodology is based on her deep understanding of real estate, practical experience and excellent communication skills coupled with patience and enthusiasm.
Cléo speaks fluent English, Dutch and German. She holds an MA in Economic Geography, is a CAIA charter holder and a Trustee of the International Ethics Standards Coalition (IESC). Past President and current active member of the Society of Property Researchers (SPR), Cléo is an influential thought-leader in real estate research and investment strategy.