Maria Wiedner, MRICS, CFA, MPhil (Cantab)
Maria’s passion for real estate finance and particularly 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 and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 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.
T: +44 (0)772 545 8012
Cléo Folkes, CAIA, MA
Cléo is the Founder and CEO of Property Overview Ltd, a training, consulting and strategy company focussed on the delivery of high-quality and interactive professional courses.
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.
T: +44 (0)7722 866 610
Dr. Ricardo Pereira
Dr. Pereira is a leading academic and practitioner in the property finance markets in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
Ricardo founded InProp Capital LLP in 2008. InProp Capital is a UK commercial property fund which focusses on real estate derivatives as a way to deliver synthetic property returns to investors. Prior to InProp Capital, Ricardo was a Real Estate Strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s where he developed the property derivatives trading strategies for the bank’s clients.
Ricardo’s innovative views on risk management and property derivatives meant that he has published in high-impact academic journals, such as The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics (2007 & 2009), Econometrics and Risk Management (2008) and international property conferences.
Ricardo earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Universidade do Minho, Portugal and his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. Ricardo speaks Portuguese and English fluently.