MSCI taps global head of real estate applied research

Will Robson was named global head of real estate applied research at MSCI, said a spokeswoman for the firm.

Mr. Robson replaced Peter Hobbs, who joined consultant bfinance as managing director, private markets last year.

Mr. Robson, who is based in London, is responsible for providing insight for institutional investors whose portfolios include exposure to unlisted and listed real estate.

“(Mr. Robson's) experience working with owners and managers of real estate in both developed and emerging markets gives him a global perspective on the challenges that investors in this growing asset class confront daily,” said Sebastien Lieblich, global head of real estate research at MSCI, in a news release. “His insights will help us as we seek to address challenges that range from global asset allocation to lease-level income trends in specific locations.”

He was a senior research analyst in sovereign wealth fund Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's global real estate research group, said the release. A spokesman for ADIA was not available to comment by press time. ADIA does not disclose the value of its portfolio, but the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute estimates it has $792 billion in assets.