The people behind the creation of the index

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Nikodem SzumilNikodem Szumilo200o, Fellow in Economic Geography at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

My research is focused on applied real estate finance and economics. In particular, I am interested in the impact of (broadly defined) sustainability on property markets and regional economics. My finance-related projects focus on analyzing and quantifying risk, developing methods of forecasting income volatility and valuing real assets.

The most recent development is using a dynamic spatio-temporal model to forecast changes in asset prices and index their values. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge where I later lectured and worked as a post-doctoral researcher. My interest in real estate economics is driven primarily by the main challenges of measuring and tracking asset values. Increasingly, I am turning to innovative datasets and methodologies to tackle these problems. I have a track record of successfully applying this approach in practice to a variety of real estate assets including office, residential, hotel and retail properties.

andrew sAndrew Sangster launched Hotel Analyst more than 13 years ago and it has grown into a publishing business that now encompasses a paid subscription service for hotel investors, a reports division and events.

There are three London-based conferences: The Hotel Distribution Event; The Hotel Alternatives Event; and the Hotel Operations Conference. You can find out more about the events and Hotel Analyst at www.hotelanalyst.co.uk.

Andrew has been a journalist for his entire career, starting out on trade press titles before joining the national press and a brief spell at the BBC. He launched his own business focused on providing high level information on a subscription basis after despairing at the quality of what the old business model of selling advertising space was producing. Andrew holds a BSc in economics and a MA in journalism. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children.