Officers and Board of Directors

IRES Officers

IRES officers are elected by the Board of Directors. The webmaster is appointed by the Board.

President 2024
Velma Zahirovic-Herbert
ARES

Past President
Steven Williams
ARES

Associate Executive Director
Kimberly Winson-Geideman
ARES

Treasurer
Jeffrey Robert
ARES

President elect 2025
Kola Akinsomi
AfRES

Executive Director
Karen M. Gibler
ARES

Secretary
Deborah Leshinsky
PRRES

Webmaster
Paloma Taltavull de La Paz
ERES

IRES Directors

Each member society selects three people to serve on the Board of Directors along with the officers and two industry members selected by the Board.

Aly Karam, AfRES
Kunle Awolaja, AfRES
Nicky Nzioki, AfRES
Desmond Tsang, AsRES
Kwan Ok Lee AsRES
Jiro Yoshida, AsRES
Lily Shen, ARES
Meagan McCollum, ARES
Erik Devos, ARES

Eamonn D’Arcy, ERES
Martin Hoesli, ERES
Laura Gabrielli, ERES
Dulani Halvitgala, PRRES
Graham Squires, PRRES
Neville Hurst, PRRES
Claudio Alencar, LARES
Eliane Monetti, LARES
Hamilton Leite, LARES Patrick Katabua, Industry Henry Chin, Industry

Velma Zahirovic-Herbert, President Steve Williams, Past President Francois Viruly, Past President Deborah Leshinsky, Secretary
Jeff Robert, Treasurer
Karen Gibler, Executive Director Kola Akinsomi, President-Elect Kimberly Winson-Geideman, Associate Executive Director

African Real Estate Society (AfRES)

President: Kunle Awolaja
Executive Director: Aly Karam

American Real Estate Society (ARES)

President: Vivek Sah
Executive Director: David Funk

Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES)

President: Che Chun (Cary) Lin
Executive Director: Rose Lai

European Real Estate Society (ERES)

President: Qiulin Ke
Executive Director: Michael White

Latin American Real Estate Society (LARES)

President : Hamilton Leite
Admin & Finance Director: José Varandas

Pacific-Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES)

President : Graham Squires
Executive Director: Dulani Halvitgala