• Visibility brings opportunities, challenges stereotypes and provides role models. It also helps us to work towards a more diverse and inclusive industry that would best serve the cities and communities in which we work.

    We increase the visibility of under-represented groups in the European built environment industry, with a particular focus on women and ethnic minority professionals. Our database connects these professionals with speaking opportunities. We also provide female-only training for successful stage presence.

Our mission

Our mission is to further diversity and inclusion in the European built environment industry by raising the visibility of under-represented groups.

We believe visibility matters when it comes to tackling under-representation, both to bring about better business opportunities for individuals but also to work towards a diverse and inclusive industry that would best serve the cities and communities in which we work.

Our approach is practical and measurable; by working with event organisers to help them offer diverse and inclusive programming, we can find platforms for experts from all backgrounds. This helps individuals raise their own profile and become role models for others, but also broadens our conversations and deepens our understanding about how to address the challenges the built environment is facing today.

We started as Women Talk Real Estate, focusing on raising the visibility of female professionals, and have seen 760 invitations issued to 307 different female experts since our launch in 2017 (data date: Sept. 2021).

We now want to extend the reach of the practical power of this platform to bring attention to other under-represented groups. Our focus is on female professionals and experts from ethnic minority backgrounds of all genders but we have an open door for those individuals from other under-represented groups that wish to harness our platform.

We are proud to have the support of the industry to effect real and practical change. As a non-profit, we are funded through industry sponsorship, which enables us to offer our online platform as a free service to our speakers, as well as to event organisers and the media.

Andrea Carpenter
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Andrea Carpenter

Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Diversity Talks Real Estate, and a writer and communications consultant in the property industry.

As a Director of Diversity Talks Real Estate, Andrea helps raise the visibility of under-represented groups in the industry through the stage and media. This includes training and other female-led initiatives through DTRE’s Women Talk Real Estate community.

On the writing side, her book about the history of the modern European property industry, High Rise and Fall, was published by Routledge in September 2018.

Andrea began her career as a journalist at Property Week before moving on to be editor of EuroProperty for seven years. Following this she worked for various industry bodies including the Urban Land Institute, INREV in Amsterdam, and its sister organisation ANREV in Hong Kong. On returning to the UK, she worked as Head of Marketing and Communications EMEA at CBRE Global Investors.

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Viktorija Grubesic
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Viktorija Grubesic

Viktorija has worked in the real estate industry for 15 years, and for the past 10 has been focused on the programming, marketing and delivery of pan-European events in cities across the region. This includes major annual conferences, leadership dinners, seminars and roundtables as well as smaller, high-level gatherings.

Viktorija started in real estate by working in the executive search business in London before moving onto event management at the Urban Land Institute. She holds a BA Degree in Business and Finance from Westminster University.

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Liz Waller
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Liz Waller

Liz has over 20 years’ experience in European real estate working for non-profit and private sector organisations. Most recently, she was Executive Director for the Urban Land Institute UK where she provided strategic direction to the organisation and managed the day-to-day operations, including overseeing membership growth, events programming, research and business development.

Prior to this, Liz was Senior Director of Events at ULI Europe and Communications Executive at Hampton Trust PLC, a real estate development and management company. She holds a degree in Geography and Planning from Birmingham University.

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