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19 MRZ 2018

Meet Marie Seiler: our new vice-chair

After the elections in September 2017, we introduce you to the new board, and their roles and responsibilities. Our second interview is with our new vice-chair, Marie Seiler.

What is your role on the Swiss board?

As the vice-chair of RICS Switzerland my main role is to support our chair, Pierre, in all strategic decisions. Moreover, I am responsible for all topics related to standards and regulation concerning real estate valuation. In this role, I also undertake a regular exchange between the different Swiss real estate professional organisations.

I want to support and inspire our female members. I am very proud that we have achieved a significant growth in the number of female professionals in our organisation recently and we need to further increase our efforts.

What do you want to achieve in your time on the board?

I strive to further increase the impact RICS has on the Swiss real estate market. First, by helping increase the number of our members and, second, by encouraging more active involvement of our senior members. Their influence on our industry is the most effective one and we need to make more out of this. Last, but not at all least, I want to support and inspire our female members. I am very proud that we have achieved a significant growth in the number of female professionals in our organisation recently and we need to further increase our efforts.

What is your professional role and career path?

I am responsible for the Real Estate Advisory Team at PwC Switzerland with teams located in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. We support our mainly institutional clients with real estate valuations, sell-side transaction mandates, due diligence, structuring and strategic corporate real estate topics.

What first interested you in RICS?

The network. I always wanted to be a part of it.

What first got you interested in a career in Real Estate? 

To be honest it was not a perfectly considered strategic decision. The faculty for real estate studies was a newly opened one at the time I did my studies in economics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and I thought it was a good add-on to my capital markets specialisation. In the end, I preferred the tangible world of real estate and, so far, I have spent all my professional career at this field... and I love it.