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Keynote Speakers

  • Geeta Nanda OBE

    Geeta Nanda OBE

    Chief Executive
    Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, UK

    Geeta is Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) a leading national provider of affordable homes to rent and buy with around 60,000 homes. Across a career of nearly 30 years, she has held a variety of leadership roles in the housing sector. Geeta was Chief Executive of Thames Valley Housing for nine years, and then Chief Executive of Metropolitan from October 2017, before the two organisations merged. She established the highly successful market rent subsidiary, Fizzy Living, in 2012.

    Geeta has served on the boards of a number of other housing organisations and is Chair of the G15 group of London's largest housing associations, which collectively provides home to one in ten Londoners and builds a quarter of the capital's new homes. Geeta is a Board member of the National Housing Federation, a non-Executive member of PRS REIT plc, the UK's first quoted real estate investment trust to focus on high-quality new-build family homes for the private rental market.

    In 2013, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing, and in 2021 received the 'Outstanding Individual' award at the EG Awards in recognition of her achievements and position as a 'role model' within the sector.

  • Linda Mandolini

    Linda Mandolini

    Eden Housing, USA

    Linda Mandolini has served as President & CEO of Eden Housing since 2001. Under Linda's leadership, Eden has developed or acquired over 10,600 affordable rental apartments, serving over 22,000 low-income residents in communities throughout California.

    Linda is a leader in housing policy at the local, state and national level and has served on a number of housing policy boards including the California Housing Consortium, the National Housing Conference, the ULI Terwilliger Center for Affordable Housing, and a founding board member of the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley.

    Linda is a vocal advocate for local and state-wide housing policy and expanded resources for affordable housing. Linda worked tirelessly for the passage of state-wide and local housing initiatives that have collectively generated billions in funding for affordable housing production.

    Linda has received several awards including the Silicon Valley Housing Trust's Housing Champion Award; being inducted into the California Homebuilder's Hall of Fame and the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame; named to the San Francisco Business Times' Forever Influential Honour Roll in 2016; and the Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Business in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

    A native of Massachusetts, Linda held various community development positions in Boston. Linda received her AB degree from Wheaton College and her MBA from Boston University.

    In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking, travel and is an avid bicyclist, frequently riding for charitable causes including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

  • Alex Gold

    Dr Alex Gold

    BWD North America, USA

    Dr Alex Gold is the Head of ESG and CEO of the North America office of BWD Strategic. Alex has worked across Australia and the United States as a consummate sustainability professional, focusing on the need to integrate ESG into corporate strategy, governance, and reporting.

    Alex is a real estate sector specialist, with experience advising listed property trusts, community housing organizations, and private equity funds on how to incorporate sustainability into their long-term value proposition.

    With a PhD in climate change and organizational strategy, Alex's deep knowledge helps companies turn sustainability into a competitive advantage that meets the expectations of investors and other stakeholders. His firm currently acts as a trusted advisor to several Fortune 500, ASX 50, and other global large-cap companies.

  • Hon Julie Collins MP (invited)

    Minister for Housing and Homelessness

  • Tim Lawless (invited)

    Head of Research
    Core Logic Asia Pacific

  • More speakers to come.

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