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The Cambridge Finance Real Estate Academy

Turn your real estate team into true property finance and investment experts with our bespoke training courses. We help you pinpoint capability building opportunities and deploy your human resources to achieve and sustain outstanding results.

Why Building Capability in your Real Estate Team?

Technology, pandemics, climate change, demographic shifts and global movements of people and capital mean that the way we live, work and play have all changed. Inevitably, the real estate markets have been impacted and real estate teams and their services will need to change and adapt.

We collaborate with our clients to deliver on their capability building programmes so they can change and adapt. Our Cambridge Finance Real Estate Academy team provides customized learning experiences led by our network of experts who combine deep knowledge with real world experiences.

Global Training

We train delegates across the globe, who operate in a wide range of property sub-sectors: office, retail, affordable housing, PRS, logistics and warehouse, mixed-use and alternatives such as healthcare and data centres. Our delegates are investors or their advisors in various asset classes including private equity, public companies, non-investment grade credit, core, value-add and opportunistic investments, worldwide.

Building a Community

We seek to drive shared learning and experiences in real estate investment and real estate finance through community building. Our Mastermind Club is not only a source of learning consolidation but also a way to network and meet new people.


How We Help

Unique training and development options tailored to your needs, delivered by experts.

Real Estate Financial Modelling

We are a global leader in real estate financial modelling training solutions. We provide a comprehensive real estate financial modelling training offer across a range of geographies, sub-sectors, funding sources and structures. All our public real estate financial modelling courses are available in an in-house format and they can also be tailored to your company's specific real estate capability building requirements.

Your teams will learn from our experts on topics such as:

Real Estate Strategy

Our Real Estate Strategy courses will demystify how the real estate markets work, jargon and processes used and we will reinforce our content with role-relevant case studies, repeating and building on key concepts that will ensure that your team can think and act strategically. We design our courses with practitioners in mind and bring to life many scenarios and challenges that real estate and financial professionals around the world are faced with, day in, day out.

A sample of what we can deliver include:

RICS APC Courses

We work in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to deliver the the highest standards in real estate finance education, so that not only APC candidates are sufficiently knowledgeable to obtain their charter but, more importantly, capable of dealing with the challenges of the profession. Our focus is on the Commercial Property Pathway and Property Finance and Investment Pathway and we are able to deliver the training programmes as full-day sessions or split over several shorter sessions of two or three hours each.

We can help your team master the following competencies:
  • Development Appraisals
  • Indirect Investment Vehicles
  • Investment Management (including fund and portfolio management)
  • Property finance and funding
  • Valuation
  • Financial Modelling

What to Expect

Practical Approach

Our expert trainers have been real estate practitioners and are highly qualified and experienced professionals. We understand the real estate markets from a practical viewpoint as we have been investors, developers, asset managers, valuers, investment analysts and team managers ourselves. We all have had the practical experience that will create an inspiring learning journey for your team.

Interactive experience

We don't lecture, we provide a learning experience. Our training sessions are run in small groups, giving your team members the attention they require so they can take their skills to the next level. Our training sessions are dynamic, intensive and relevant to the experience and expectations of each member of your team. Our training experts use a variety of delivery methods and creative approaches, including real life case studies, simulations and gaming in small group sessions. Our programs are engaging, fun and inspiring.

Consolidation Sessions 

We offer a two-month post course support so you can ask us questions related to the course material. Our Post-Course Support runs as interactive sessions with all our past delegates and it is a platform to share experience and build a network of like-minded real estate professionals.

Joining a Community 

By joining Cambridge Finance, your team can access a wider community of real estate finance professionals,  from analysts to fund managers and principals. We offer a continuous source of knowledge and inspiration to many real estate professionals.
Maria Wiedner MRICS, CFA, MPhil
CEO / Principal Trainer

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. 

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 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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Anouk Khan
Head of Growth
Anouk Khan is Head of Growth at Cambridge Finance, a premium provider of real estate finance training. In her role, Anouk is focused on sales, customer experience and growing the brand globally.
In addition, Anouk serves as COO on the committee of Real Estate Women, a non-profit association with a mission to create an equitable and inclusive industry and built environment. Anouk built her career upon strategic client acquisition roles starting at Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch, to boutique firms as well setting up her own consultancy in the UAE as her last role. She is focused on advocating for professional development skills to be made accessible for underrepresented groups across the built environment and real estate sectors
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Naa Shika Lamptey

Naa is currently the Real Estate Financial Modelling Analyst at Cambridge Finance where she focuses on reviewing and re-writing Cambridge Finance’s publication pipeline which consists of current course manuals as well as assisting with financial modelling projects. 

Naa Shika studied Economics and Mathematics at undergraduate level prior to getting a Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance at Henley Business School, University of Reading. Her experience has been centred around both the financial services industry; having had internships with Stanbic Bank and PwC; as well as the real estate industry where she worked as a graduate assistant for Imperial Homes Limited, a luxury real estate developer in Ghana.
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Holly Mapletoft
Executive Assistant

Holly is a self employed licensed accountant and member of the AAT and has been part of the Cambridge Finance family since 2019. Most of Holly's experience comes from running a holiday business in rural Lincolnshire for over 25 years.

Encroaching development meant a change of tactics and a return to her accountancy roots with retraining and setting up a new business. Outside of the office Holly loves Zumba, swimming, hiking and is part of the local amateur dramatic society.
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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, 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.
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Morag Beers BSc MRICS

Morag offers over 25 years commercial property experience. Her career focus has been in complex international portfolios, leading multi disciplinary teams to deliver projects. 

Experience in managing international real estate portfolios from strategic planning to day to day management puts her in a perfect position to pass her knowledge on through training. As a member of the RICS, INREV and CoreNet, Morag has insights into a broad range of real activity, not least the increasing importance of technology and sustainability in the industry. Morag is a part-time lecturer in Real Estate at Glasgow Caledonian University; Director of property Services with affordable housing provider Albyn Housing Society; and Advisory Board Member of Ubuntu Impact Investments in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands. Cambridge Finance are delighted that Morag has agreed to join the team in delivering the best quality training to property professionals.
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Kate Taylor FRICS

Kate focuses on helping people become chartered surveyors by building confidence and technical abilities. She has authored 6 editions of RICS APC Commercial Real Estate Revision Guide and 3 editions of Residential Real Estate.  

Her specialism is valuation, following 26 years as a senior valuer and training consultant in central government, at the Valuation Office Agency. She gets stuck into RICS assessment of professional competence as an assessor, auditor and appeal panel member, helping the process to be as fair as possible. Kate develops and delivers training for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in valuation, residential real estate, commercial real estate and, of course, APC.  She delivers one of the most successful RICS Training products. The 33 years of experience in public and private sector mean her technical background is strong and varied. (and yes she did start young...) She empathises strongly with APC candidates and everything she does is with the overall goal of making the next generation of chartered surveyors the leaders we need in all aspects of surveying.
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Stephanie Gnissios

Stephanie is focused on building towards a resilience economy and financial sector by embedding climate as a factor in financial decision-making, strategy, and risk management. 

Generating impact through knowledge development and capacity building, bridging knowledge and insights from climate science and data into the business world, alongside the development of practical tools and approaches. Leveraging my background in technical and analytical thinking as an engineer in the mining sector, complemented by a governance and business understanding built from holding non‐executive director roles for non‐profit organizations, startups, and undertaking an Executive MBA (achieved with distinction) at Oxford University. My focus on climate and impact come from a personal drive to contribute to re-orienting the world that my children are growing up in, supported by completion of the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme and ongoing advisory for impact-driven initiatives. I also advise impact-focused startups and early-stage enterprises, with a particular focus innovation, strategy, and impact; and female founders and entrepreneurs. I am also a passionate advocate for improving diversity, with a focus on gender diversity, and actively mentor and support young women in STEM through formal and informal efforts.
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Gerhard Mulder

Gerhard is a climate change and finance professional with 25 years of international experience in banking, consulting, non-profit, government, and politics. 

His passion is to make our planet greener and fairer by working on pragmatic solutions. Finished MBA at University of Oxford in August 2018 with distinction.
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Diana Andrade Jiménez MRICS

Diana is specialised in Business Development Management with the ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment, Diana has vast expertise in managing diverse real estate portfolios, analysing and financial modelling of new Investment and valuation.

Diana has extensive experience of over 10 years primarily in the real estate and financial services sector with well-known Spanish companies such as Hipoges Iberia, Copernicus, Aliseda Inmobilaria, Efico Homes and Finsolutia .
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