With only 42 days to go before the inaugural Property Report Congress, a high-level forum featuring top-level executives and industry experts, we’ll get to know the respected leaders who have shaped or are shaping the future of Southeast Asian real estate
A young and dynamic leader with a passion for green building and sustainability, Ramon Fernando D. Rufino is the executive vice-president of The Net Group, an acclaimed green office building developer in Manila. In 2013, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), a national non-stock profit organisation he co-incorporated in 2007 that promotes the BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) certification.
A holder of a Business Management degree (with a minor in Industrial Psychology) from Ateneo de Manila University, and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from New York City’s Columbia University, Rufino was also a former a Young Leader Board member of the Urban Land Institute, and in the past has worked as an executive and/or consultant for RHL Properties & Development Corporation, Industrial Property Developers Inc, Megaworld Corporation, Philippine Real Estate Investment Trust Structure, Castel Realty, and Carella Management.
“Upon my return to the Philippines from my Master’s at Columbia University, my father asked me what my top ‘learning’ was, and I answered, ‘green building and sustainability’. During the programme, every single feasibility project we worked on integrated green building and sustainability as a key component and consideration for design, construction, and operation,” he shared. “My biggest frustration was the reality in the Philippine market at that time was the opposite. Green building and sustainability for the vast majority of projects was a low priority, and was often not even part of the conversation or thought process for development.”
As PHILGBC chairman, Rufino successfully represented the group to become recognised as an emerging member of the World Green Building Council in 2014, which will open up opportunities to push green thinking in the Philippines. For his contributions to the advancement of Philippine real estate, Rufino was named Real Estate Personality of the Year at the Philippines Property Awards 2015.
Hear what Rufino has to say about the opportunities and challenges of investing in the Philippines and the importance of green and sustainable building at the Leaders Forum, happening between 10:00 and 11:00am on 21 October 2015 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.
Click here for the full agenda of the whole-day congress, which includes breakfast, sponsors exhibits, plenary sessions, industry overview and outlook, international networking session and lunch, country-focused breakout sessions, and immediately followed by the fifth annual South East Asia Property Awards 2015.