Research Manager | St Martins Management Corporation Ltd
Cléo Folkes, a Dutch national, took up her current role as Research Manager at St Martins, the global property-investment arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority, in mid 2008. Since 2010 Cleo has at the same time been heavily involved with the Society of Property Researchers as a major driving force on the committee, of which five years as an officer.
At St Martins she is responsible for global research and strategy, which encompasses overseeing house-views, annual & quarterly reporting, the investment process & associated risk including setting hurdle rates, performance calculation and analysis and bespoke in-depth research projects. Cléo joined from Spark Europe, a Pan-European investment advisory, and prior to this she worked in private equity for Terra Firma/Deutsche Annington, at property consultancies (DTZ, Savills, CBRE, Allsop, Knight Frank), and at Investment Property Databank in various positions.
Cléo has a wide range of experience encompassing many aspects of property research, strategy, investment and interim-management. Current and previous market focus has been across asset classes and on a Global level as well as on a Pan-European, German, Dutch and UK-only basis. She speaks fluent English, Dutch and German. Cléo hold an MA in Economic Geography and hopes to be CAIA qualified once the results of the final exam are published in April.