Knight Frank has hired ESG professional Amira Hashemi as UK ESG Lead Property and Asset Management.
Hashemi joins from a client-side role as UK ESG Lead at Frasers Property UK.
Hashemi will be working closely with the Knight Frank Property and Asset Management and Energy and Sustainability departments. She has led the ESG activities for Frasers Property UK for the past 4 years and prior to this spent 4 years with Frasers Property Australia.
Over recent years Amira has led the sustainability strategy for Frasers Property UK from conceptualisation through to successful delivery. Within two years she has taken Frasers Property UK from not reporting into GRESB to a 4 star GRESB award and first in the peer group, and achieved the certification of the UK’s first 3-star Fitwel certified business park.
Hashemi has been a BBP (Better Buildings Partnership) member and an Expert Panel Member of the NLA (New London Architecture).
In her new role, Amira will lead upon ESG strategy and implementation across Knight Frank’s Asset Management, Property Management and Facilities Management businesses across the UK.
Michael Lewis, Head of Property and Asset Management at Knight Frank, commented: “We are delighted that Amira is joining Knight Frank into this newly created role of ESG Lead UK for our Property and Asset Management (PAM) business. We have ambitious plans to grow our PAM business across the UK and ensuring that our approach to ESG is market leading is essential. As a business we are committed to playing a leading role in decarbonising commercial real estate and one of the areas we can have most impact is through the assets we manage. Our recruitment of Amira is a step-change moment in how we address ESG as a firm and we are excited for the impact she will have.”
David Goatman, Head of Energy and Sustainability EMEA at Knight Frank, added: “Our PAM business is one of our most important service lines and it is absolutely right that we have industry leading ESG individuals in that business driving our ESG client interactions and offer. Amira has had a stellar ESG career client-side and we are very pleased that she has chosen to join Knight Frank to take the next step in her ESG career.”
Amira Hashemi, ESG Lead UK Property and Asset Management at Knight Frank, commented: “I am excited to be taking on this newly created role. The opportunities for us to enhance our Property and Asset Management ESG client services and to further establish a market leading position in this area are huge. Coming from a client-side position I feel I am well placed to help shape how the Knight Frank PAM business embeds ESG into all practice areas and supports our clients on their ESG journeys.”
The recruitment of Amira complements Knight Frank’s wider expansion of ESG advice and expertise across their business, with Jonathan Hale joining as Head of ESG Consultancy and Harriet Hix as Senior ESG Consultant in 2022, and the recent formation of a new ESG Research team led by Flora Harley.
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