RICS has appointed Tina Paillet FRICS to chair the organisation’s European World Regional Board, which will address future challenges facing the real estate industry such as technological change.
The board will represent over 8,100 property professionals from more than 40 European countries. It consists of nine senior-level property executives headed by Paillet, who is currently head of projects and technology at Generali Real Estate.
Paillet said the board would seek to ensure that RICS-qualified professionals are well placed ‘to respond to the future challenges impacting the natural and built environment’.
‘One of those challenges is the speed of technological change, as new technologies will dramatically change the way we work, collect and use data,’ she said. ‘Many of these advances, including artificial Intelligence (AI) and Block Chain, will bring new opportunities and make property professionals more agile, but an increased emphasis on skills development and adaptation will be crucial.’
To this end, RICS will organise the third Summit of the World Built Environment Forum in London in April 2018. Under the theme ‘Urbanisation, Innovation and Civilisation’, the Summit will focus on the commercial strategies needed to harness the enormous potential of the 21st century’s people and the built environment. With this Forum, RICS wants to bring knowledge, skills and resources to shape the environment global populations need.