MGT’s Adina David wins ULI’s Emerging Talent Award

MGT Investment Management’s Adina David celebrates winning the Emerging Talent Award at the 2024 ULI UK Leadership Awards.

Pictured left to right: Jim Eyre, Adina David and Yohance Harper at the ULI UK Leadership Awards. Image by Karla Gowlett | BTR News
Pictured left to right: Jim Eyre, Adina David and Yohance Harper at the ULI UK Leadership Awards. Image by Karla Gowlett.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announces the winners of this year’s ULI UK Leadership Awards, which recognises the exceptional contributions of individuals to the industry that exemplify the Institute’s spirit and mission. MGT Investment Management’s Executive Director, Adina David, won the Emerging Talent Award.

The awards were announced last night during a gala ceremony at the Imperial War Museum in London, held in support of ULI’s UrbanPlan initiative.

The Emerging Talent Award celebrates the professional, personal, and civic commitments to the real estate industry in the UK – by someone with 15 years or less of industry experience.

A stalwart of the UK’s Build to Rent sector, Adina is part of the team responsible for MGT Investment Management’s £1.4bn residential portfolio, leading the company’s rental living strategy. Her previous roles included Director of Urban Living at Greystar and Vice President of Investments at The Collective.

Adina has extensive experience working across different living real estate asset classes, including on their financing, design, development and operation. Adina has also played a prominent role in promoting emerging living real estate sectors with the ULI. She is also the Founder of Ladies in Real Estate – a networking and mentorship group.

“I first joined the ULI in New York while I was studying for my master’s degree at NYU and working on the sell side, over 10 years ago. I immediately saw value in the ability to connect with so many impressive professionals in the built environment.

“Membership was invaluable when I relocated to London in 2016 and was able to meet peers, find mentors, and start to share best practices via the Residential Council. Over the last decade as a member, I’ve enjoyed supporting and organising various programmes across the living space.

“To receive the Emerging Talent award from the ULI is a real honour and I hope I can continue to add value to the organisation and the wider industry as I continue my career journey.”

Adina David, Executive Director, MGT Investment Management

Alongside Adina, Jim Eyre, OBE, Co-founder and Director of architects WilkinsonEyre won the Outstanding Contribution to Real Estate Award. The award celebrates a leader whose career achievements exemplify personal and professional contributions to the industry. 

Jim has led on many of Wilkinson Eyre’s celebrated projects, including the restoration and repurposing of the Grade II listed Battersea Power Station. He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2003 and was made Honorary Doctor of Laws at Liverpool University in 2009. Jim is currently a Commissioner to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and a Chair of the Architectural Association Foundation. 

“I am fortunate to have been involved in so many extraordinary projects in my professional life and am humbled by the recognition given by this award, really only possible because of the great team we have at Wilkinson Eyre.” 

Jim Eyre, OBE, Co-founder and Director of WilkinsonEyre

Nominations for the awards were received from ULI members including from the ULI UK Executive Committee and ULI UK Young Leaders Committee. The judging panel determined the winners following an exhaustive evaluation process.

The panel included UK real estate leaders from across the built environment. It was chaired by Yohance Harper, Quadrant Estates, and included: Mark Collins, CBRE and ULI UK Chairman; Anne Kavanagh, Telford Homes; Megan Walters, Pimco; Alex Jezeph, TfL; and Ben Collins, ULI UK Executive Director. 

“Huge congratulations to our two remarkable Leadership Awards winners, whose impactful contributions to the built environment in the UK are remarkable. They are also both true exemplars for everything that ULI represents in its mission to shape the future of the built environment for transformational impact.”

Mark Collins, ULI UK Chair and Executive Director and Chairman of Residential at CBRE

Profits from the awards will support UrbanPlan, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. UrbanPlan is a schools-based educational programme that aims to help young people understand the role real estate plays in reviving and regenerating urban areas.

Taking the programme to 50 schools across the UK so far, UrbanPlan aims to engage students from diverse social and economic backgrounds and strives to reach groups traditionally underrepresented in the property industry. It seeks to bring urban studies to life, raise aspirations and promote careers in the built environment.

In lieu of presenting physical awards, ULI will also work with a conservation charity to plant a tree on behalf of each winner in the school grounds of their choice. 

“I am immensely proud of this year’s winners, whose extraordinary contributions continue to inspire and shape our industry. This awards ceremony is not just a celebration of individual achievements, but a testament to the collaborative spirit and forward-thinking ethos we strive for in the real estate sector. It reflects the shared commitment to innovation, sustainability, and community that drives us at ULI.”

Yohance Harper, ULI UK Leadership Awards Chair