APAC Living sector – what’s next?

23 Nov 2023 @ Singapore


The ANREV briefing on the update of the APAC living sector was successfully held on 23 November in Singapore.

At this briefing, industry experts shared their views on the latest development of the APAC living sector and provided insight on future trends. 

This event concluded with networking drinks.



Thursday, 23 November 2023

  • 17:00 Registration
  • 17:05 Presentation
  • 20:00 The end

Knight Frank Offices, 10 Collyer Quay, #08 01 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315

  • Free of charge for ANREV member
  • USD100 for non-member
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This event is fully booked, email [email protected] if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.


Emily Relf
Head of Living Sectors, Asia Pacific, APAC Capital Markets
Knight Frank

Emily leads the expansion of Knight Frank’s living sectors capabilities in Asia-Pacific and advises outbound capital from the region into the U.S, UK, and EU. In her role, Emily is also responsible for strengthening Knight Frank’s partnership with Berkadia – a leader in commercial real estate and one of Knight Frank’s U.S.-based partners, focusing on executing significant capital market initiatives in the U.S.

Before this, Emily was responsible for the Knight Frank capital strategies team, monitoring the live requirements of over 800 cross-border investors to match the most active capital with the right investment opportunity worldwide.  

Based in Singapore since 2015, Emily has forged strong relationships with institutional investors, private equity funds, and high-net-worth individuals throughout the region. An expert commentator on the living sectors, she works closely with Asia-Pacific investors looking to enter this asset class from across the globe.  

Since she joined Knight Frank as a graduate in London in 2011, Emily has spent her career with the company in some of its key hubs – the UK, Australia, and Singapore. During this time, Emily has transacted deals across continents and sectors, including the largest portfolio of student accommodation in the UK to a Singaporean government-linked body. 

Chun Meng TAN
Head, Private Equity Investments, Serviced Residence
The Ascott Limited

Tan Chun Meng has over 16 years of real estate experience covering investment, asset management, financing, private equity and hospitality. At Ascott, he is responsible for investment and management of assets under the Ascott Global Serviced Residence Fund, a US$600 million serviced residence joint-venture fund with the Qatar Investment Authority to invest in serviced residences globally.

Prior to joining Ascott, he was at Frasers Hospitality from 2014 to 2019. His responsibilities included securing management contracts and investments in North Asia. From 2011- 2014, he was driving the development and distribution of real estate structured financing solutions to credit worthy real estate clients and monitoring of loan portfolios across the Asia-Pacific region at Mizuho Bank.

He started his career with Mapletree, under the Mapletree India China Fund, where he built his experience in real estate investment and fund management. He was based in Shanghai and focused on sourcing investment opportunities in Central China.

Chun Meng holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

David Askham
Acquisitions Director, Australia
M&G Real Estate

David joined M&G Real Estate’s London office in 2001 and moved to M&G Real Estate’s Singapore office in 2006. David has spent 25 years in the property industry across transactions, funds and investment management across major property sectors.

Prior to joining M&G Real Estate, David worked for St Martins Property Corporation Limited as an Investment Manager.

David graduated from De Montfort University in England, United Kingdom with a second class upper honours degree in Land Management. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Charmaine Cheuk
Managing Director
Greystar Asia Pacific

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Portfolio Management. Charmaine Cheuk is a Managing Director at Greystar Asia Pacific and is responsible for portfolio management activities across the APAC region.

Charmaine has over 25 years of professional experience in real estate across US and Asian markets, including more than 15 years in asset management, portfolio management and fund operations roles for pan-Asian private equity real estate products. During this time, Charmaine oversaw a series of value-add discretionary funds investing across Asian gateway cities totaling $1.7 billion in equity commitments, a discretionary fund investing in retail assets across Asia totaling $600 million in equity commitments, and the Asian sub-portfolio of a non-discretionary separate account totaling €500 million in equity commitments.

Prior to joining Greystar, she served as Managing Director, North Asia at CohnReznick Hong Kong Limited. She previously held senior roles at AEW, CBRE/CBRE Global Investors and Lehman Brothers. Charmaine received a M.S. degree in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and HK University of Science & Technology, and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California Berkeley. She is fluent in English, Chinese and Japanese.

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