Amanda Clack was the 135th President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She is an Executive Director at CBRE where she is Head of Strategic Advisory and Managing Director for Advisory across EMEA. She sits on the CBRE UK Board. She has an MSc in Programme Management and is a Fellow of RICS, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Association of Project Management, the Institute of Consulting and the Royal Society of Arts. Amanda is a Certified Management Consultant and Companion of the Institute of Management. Judith Gabler has worked for RICS in Europe for over 20 years and is currently Acting Managing Director, Europe with Germany as her country focus. She has a BA (Hons) in French with German and an MSc in Real Estate and Property Management. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Chartered Management Institute, as well as being a Chartered Linguist and Chartered Manager.
The RICS School of the Built Environment in India has been created to help establish the future built environment professionals for this country and around the world. Whilst this book has been written for senior leaders and influencers in the real estate and construction sector, I would also see it as adding huge value to help inspire and empower the next generation of future leaders. This subject is something that the RICS School of the Built Environment and universities around the world hope to engender, as it is as powerful to the next generation of leaders to understand this as it is for current leaders in the sector, as both can help change the dial. - Mona N. Shah (Ph.D), Professor and Dean, RICS SBE - Noida Recognition of the imperative to promote diversity in the property and construction sectors is long overdue. Not only is it important to remove the deeply rooted obstacles to equal gender representation and wider diversity at all levels, it is increasingly urgent given the chronic skills shortages arising from a long-term failure to appeal to a much wider talent pool. Industry leaders must live up to their titles. They need to set aggressive targets and put in place practical implementation plans to achieve them. This book includes a wealth of ideas and insights into effective ways to change the culture of an organisation, and how together we can begin to transform our industry for the better. - Dan Labbad, CEO Lendlease Europe