Christopher Seymour heads list of experts joining RICS’ MENA board

Panel will be dedicated to connecting RICS to the needs of the market

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has appointed new members to their Market Advisory Panel (MAP) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Among them are Mott Macdonald’s Christopher Seymour and Fatima Balfaqeeh of RKAH Consultancy.

The panel will be dedicated to connecting RICS to the needs of the market and driving positive change and confidence into the markets through strong thought leadership, said the organisation.

It added that the panel members will also: “promote the adoption and recognition of international standards, forge links with other professional associations, encourage growth in the number of qualified professionals and support the professional development of prospective and existing members.”

“As we experience significant growth in the Middle East and North Africa, it is essential RICS champions innovation and shapes the urban landscapes for future generations. I am confident that the members of our Market Advisory Panel will assist us in developing and implementing our strategic objectives that ensure the region’s built environment sectors continue to thrive and are fit for the future,” said Robert Jackson, RICS Managing Director EMEA.

The new members of the Market Advisory Panel include:

  • Christopher Seymour – Chair, Mott Macdonald
  • Fatima Balfaqeeh – RKAH Consultancy
  • Louise Rodrigues – Aquila PM
  • Craig Finlayson – Currie & Brown
  • Daniel Pugh – JLL
  • Tarek Madany – Global Appraisal Tech
  • Suzannah Newboult – DLA Piper
  • Mohamad Al-Dah – Dubai Land Department
  • Ibrahim Al Zubi – Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC

Chaired by Christopher Seymour, the board consists of nine members from diverse backgrounds, who are committed to building on the success of RICS in the region and strengthening the brand in the marketplace. The members of the panel will play a pivotal role in progressing RICS’ growth strategy in the region and add significant value to the local market by promoting RICS’ wide range of services, all of which are delivered under its independent ‘public interest’ mandate.

“The RICS in MENA has always maintained strong engagement with the market and the formation of this board will create an even more effective channel through which we can work with the key stakeholders in the region. The makeup of the Market Advisory Panel being both RICS members and senior industry players keeps us relevant and also broadens our base which will be so important as we begin the run-up to EXPO,” said Christopher Seymour RICS Market Advisory Panel Chair

In a period of significant change around the world, RICS said it is “continuing to advocate for the value of trusted professionals to governments, businesses and the public. With a growing member base of over 5000 professionals across the Middle East and North African region, RICS is supporting professionally qualified, and chartered surveyors build resilient economies and sustainable communities.”

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