Walker has extensive experience in global real estate investment and in particular in retail property. Having been CEO of the Macquarie Wanda Real Estate Fund, a 7 million sq ft retail portfolio in China in the late 2000’s, He worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority from 2009 to 2017 where he was Head of Asia Pacific and a Global Executive Committee member in the Real Estate Department. During the 1990’s, Walker held various roles at JLL and then at Hines based in Hong Kong and then Beijing. In addition to his new role at Pradera, Robert is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of the M&G Asia Property Fund, a consultant to Lendlease Europe and an Advisor to Chelsfield.
Walker said: “The retail property market is undergoing major disruption as new technologies and innovations continue to change the way we shop and this is changing the way retail property works. This is both exciting and challenging and I am pleased to be able to participate in this through my role at Pradera given their experience in the retail property investment and operations market.”
Colin Campbell, Chairman of Pradera, said: ”I am delighted to welcome Robert to our Board and to our Investment Committee. Robert brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as a senior investment professional that is highly relevant to Pradera today. This includes time in agency, time at a development company, time as CEO of a retail property fund and eight years at a very senior level at a leading global sovereign wealth fund. Having moved back to the UK in 2017, Robert combines strong experience in Asia where Pradera is in joint venture with Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets with good experience in Pradera’s home markets in Continental Europe.”