GWIRE: Global Women in Real Estate — May 2021 Events

GLOBAL COVID 19 Scars for Cities – Virus vs Vaccine

Monday 17 May 2021

See the VIDEO of the Zoom panel discussion

the impact of COVID-19 on cities” from five influential women from across the globe.  Some of these COVID scars will last. So how will cities manage this transition from pre to post COVID?  What should happen when the Reset button is pushed? Identify research opportunities. Connect with women researchers around the world.


Karen Sieracki, Director, KASPAR Associates

Karen has been actively involved in property research and investment management for the past 35 years. She has had over ten years’ fund management experience.  Dr Sieracki has her own research company, KASPAR Associates. KASPAR’s principal areas of business focus are providing analysis of the property investment market in Europe, US and Asia and property portfolio investment plans.


Rosemary Feenan, Executive Vice President, QuadReal

Rosemary joined QuadReal as Executive Vice President, Research in May 2018. Her focus is on strategic research and analysis in support of QuadReal’s international investment objectives.She was formerly Director of Global Research Programmes at JLL, concentrating on urbanisation, changes in city competitiveness and the impact of technological advances on real estate.

Tryfina Kgokong, CEO, Triumphant Zoe Property

Tryfina began her career in 2003 in the construction industry. She has depth of knowledge in the field of construction and property development not only in South Africa but also in Botswana, Zambia, Dubai, Qatar, Beirut and Abu Dhabi. Her range of projects includes from malls to residential to airports to water pump stations.  She returned home to Johannesburg to set up her own business in 2019.

Ong Choon Fah, CEO, EDMUND TIE & Company

With more than 30 years’ experience in real estate and academia, Choon Fah heads the executive leadership team for Singapore- based EDMUND TIE & Company, a regional full serviced real estate consulting firm as CEO.  EDMUND TIE is an industry-leading real estate consultancy and adheres to the highest ethical principles, supporting the community for long-term sustainability. She sits on the management board of the National University of Singapore Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies.

Victoria Ormond, Partner, Knight Frank

Victoria is Partner in the capital markets research team at Knight Frank. With over 15 years’ experience in commercial real estate, Victoria works alongside the global capital markets teams to produce market-leading insight, commentary and analysis, including the flagship publication, Active Capital.

Nicola Woodward, Parner, KPMG Australia

Nicola is an experienced property consultant with over 27 years’ experience in the property industry. She joined KPMG Australia in 2019 as the Partner responsible for the Queensland Property & Environmental Services team, providing vendor and purchaser technical due diligence reports, capital expenditure plans and condition audits across all property asset types She has advised on portfolio-wide capital expenditure planning initiatives across both the property industry and government entities.

Organizing Committee:

Co-Chairs: Olga Filippova – Karen Sieracki

Members: Fernanda Antunes – Pernille H Christensen – Velma Zahirovic-Herbert – Catherine Kariuki – Kwan Ok Lee – Meagan McCollum – Prisca Simbanegavi – Yi Wu


This event is made possible by the volunteer organizers and participants.  We acknowledge the support of the Presidents and Executive Directors of IRES and its sister societies.  A special thank you to Olga Filippova at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) for hosting the event.