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The Propcast

Oct 1, 2020

The Propcast
Season 2, Episode 6
Title: AI & Portfolio Management with Richard Belgrave and Kevin Mofid
Summary: In this episode we talk to Richard Belgrave of MRI Leverton AI and Kevin Mofid, of Savills about how artificial intelligence is transforming portfolio management and delivering great insights for corporate occupiers
The Propcast by Louisa Dickins, Co-Founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruiter brought to you in partnership with UK PropTech Association, The UK PropTech Association is a membership organisation to drive the digital transformation of the property industry.
This show will focus on connecting the PropTechs, real estate funds and VC’s globally…and get everyone talking about innovation of the build to rent environment.
About Our Host
Louisa Dickins
Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).
About LMRE
LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the right place at the right time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.
About Our Guests
Richard Belgrave 
Rich is a Vice President at Leverton, an MRI Software Company. He helped the global expansion of Leverton prior to acquisition and served in various capacities (the latest being Chief Revenue Officer) since joining the company in May, 2016. Richard started his career in corporate finance, where he worked on a wide range of strategic projects and performed analysis for FTSE350 clients. His strong interest in technology later drove him to join Leverton, now MRI software. MRI Software is the leading provider of innovative real estate software applications and hosted solutions. MRI’s comprehensive and flexible technology platform, coupled with an open and connected ecosystem meets a unique need for real estate businesses, from property level management and accounting. to investment modelling and analytics of the global commercial and residential markets. 
Kevin Mofid
Kevin is a Director in the Savills Research team and heads up research capability into Industrial & Logistics markets co-ordinating market data collection across the UK and producing Research reports covering the sector. Previously, at BNP Paribas Real Estate, Kevin headed up research into Central London Office markets and Industrial & Logistics markets producing a number of landmark reports including The Real Estate Implications of waste management and recycling, The Warehouse of the Future and the Real Estate implications of the proposed IAS 17 lease accounting changes.
Kevin is a key market commentator and regularly presents at industry events appearing at The ICE Energy From Waste Conference, The Estates Gazette European Distribution Summit, the Retail Week Supply Chain Summit and other events for the IPF, IPD and the CPD Foundation. Kevin is a member of the Society of Property Researchers, the Industrial Agents Society, the IPF and in 2013 was the youngest ever Chairman of the Society of Property Researchers.
LMRE website 
Savills website 
Insights from this Episode
  • Our technology is geared towards helping our clients find, analyse, interrogate data buried within both complicated contracts Richard Belgrave
  • It's really about helping people make decisions quicker to adapt as a result of the pandemic – Richard Belgrave
  • The data that was unstructured before is now structured. And that as I said before creates efficiencies just in terms of the way we work internally – Kevin Mofid
  • So, the more data we have in a structured fashion that will allow us to answer those big questions that are troubling everyone at the moment – Kevin Mofid
  • I think for decision making, I think for running your business or staying ahead of the competition, and just doing what's right by your investors, by your senior stakeholders, you need data. You need to be able to access it, you need to be able to trust it. And thematically I think the real estate industry is making a lot of progress – Richard Belgrave
  • Data will give you some answers, but are you asking the right questions – Kevin Mofid
  • The models that we deploy to process these contracts and turn unstructured content into structured data, they can also be used to help drive really meaningful analysis– Richard Belgrave
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