MS in Real Estate Development’s Grimsley Appointed to UN-ECE Advisory Group
Kat Grimsley, director of the MS in Real Estate Development program at George Mason University’s School of Business, has been appointed to the Real Estate Market Advisory Group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). The Advisory Group consists of real estate experts that assist the UN-ECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and the Working Party on Land Administration to develop stronger housing markets.
Grimsley’s nomination to the Advisory Group comes after several years of her participation with the UN-ECE Working Party on Land Administration, for whom she has presented research at both UN and World Bank conferences. In addition to future research and consulting contributions, Grimsley will participate in a panel discussion on the Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets at the 78th Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management in Geneva on October 8. Her term with the UN-ECE Real Estate Market Advisory Group officially began in October 2017 and is renewable annually.
“I am honored to be a member of the REM Advisory Group and represent George Mason at this level,” said Grimsley. “I hope to contribute by sharing knowledge drawn from our very active VA-DC-MD real estate market and from the work done by our Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, and also to bring back lessons from international markets for the benefit of students in the MS in Real Estate Development program.”
The UN-ECE region includes the United States of America, which officially joined the Commission as a Member State in 1947. The group also advises national governments through roundtable discussions aimed at identifying measures to strengthen a country’s real estate markets and contribute to economic growth. The Advisory Group’s specific areas of focus include: energy efficient housing; affordable and social housing; housing finance; property valuation and registration; and land markets and land administration.
Prior to joining Mason, Grimsley managed an international property portfolio for the U.S. Department of State, in which she developed acquisition strategies for the development of new diplomatic properties in more than 25 countries and represented the U.S. Government in the implementation of each. Grimsley completed her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed global tenure and title insecurity by uniting policy with existing international best practices and technological capacity in the context of global administrative solutions.
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