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FIABCI Scholarship Foundation Announces Grants

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Nine international real estate students have been awarded grants to complete their studies by the FIABCI Scholarship Foundation. For twenty years, the Foundation has supported the next generation of cross border real estate professionals who have shown academic achievement, have clear international goals, financial need and a history of community involvement. This year’s recipients include:


Bulmash Picture• Ben Bulmash from Canada pursuing a Master’s of Science in Real Estate at NYU

Setiawan Photo• Vania Levina Setaiwan from Indonesia pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate at NYU


Ti Photo• Edward Seng Wei Ti from Singapore pursuing a PhD in Land Economy from Cambridge

HyungJoon (Simon) Kim Photo• Hyung Joon Kim from Korea pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate at Cornell


Park Photo• Young Soo Park from Korea pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate at NYU


Day Photo• Wayne Day from the USA pursuing a PhD in Urban & Regional Science from Texas A&M

Hamani Photo• Omar Hamani from Morocco pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate at NYU


Ferre Photo• Jordi Ferre from Spain pursuing a Master’s in Construction Management at NYU

Lim Photo• Kevin Lim from Indonesia pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate at NYU




Grants are awarded twice each year with application deadlines March 30 and September 30. A Board of Trustees from Australia, China, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States reviews the applications and determines the award recipients. Click for more information.

FIABCI Focuses on the City We Need

Dubai - Young ThinkersTwenty FIABCI members participated in high-level deliberations on the future of our cities at an Urban Thinkers Campus in Dubai from January 10-11. Organized together with the Dubai Real Estate Institute and under the auspices of UN Habitat, the event brought together stakeholders from government, NGOs, business and academia to focus on how to realize 21st Century cities that are well planned, socially inclusive, economically vibrant, affordable, safe, healthy and environmentally sound. This Urban Thinkers Campus was a part of the World Urban Campaign leading up to Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in October. Dubai - College Thinkers

Highlights included the energy and enthusiasm brought to the Campus by Young Urban Thinkers including elementary school and college students and break-out sessions on cities that are smart and sustainable, cities that are economically vibrant and inclusive and cities that are safe and resilient. “I am so pleased that we were able to join our colleagues from around the world in Dubai – a perfect example of the city of the future – and capitalize on a diverse group of minds to think about how we can remedy an alarming lack of affordable housing for the people that make our cities work,” noted Danielle Grossenbacher, FIABCI World President. FIABCI used this Urban Thinkers Campus to launch its The City We Need is Affordable program that will address market distortions of the last decades that have lead developers to an outsized focus on the luxury market at the expense of middle-market and low income housing.


FIABCI-USA’s Top 10 Advances in 2015

10. Working to Develop FIABCI Chapters in Ghana and Vietnam

FIABCI-USA has members in the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Lebanon, Turkey and Vietnam. We are actively working to develop Chapters in Ghana and Vietnam. Click here for the story on the visit from members of Ghana’s Parliament.

9. Hosting the FIABCI World Council of Brokers Vision 2020 Session at the NAR Expo in San Diego

We once again had a successful booth at the NAR Expo in San Diego recruiting new members and welcoming FIABCI members from around the world. Click for photo.

8. Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building Takes the Gold

For the second year in a row, FIABCI-USA came home from the World Prix d ‘Excellence Awards with a Gold Winner. Click here for the story.

7. Trade Missions to Singapore and China

Asia was the focus for 2015 and those who joined the Trade Missions were treated to spectacular real estate developments and exclusive networking events. Click here for the story.

6. The World Congress

Always a must attend event, this year the World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia focused on urbanization. Click here for the story.

5. Special Section in The Wall Street Journal

FIABCI-USA and the Grand Prix Awards program were featured not once, but twice in The Wall Street Journal this year! The 2014 Grand Prix Awards were announced in the March 18 edition. Click here for the November 11 Special Section announcing the 2015 Awards.

4. The Grand Prix of Real Estate Recognizes the United Nations Renovation

Now in the fourth year, the Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards program grew and has developed into a premiere real estate event. Click for the 2015 recipients.


3. The Return of the United Nations Luncheon

After many years of renovation, we were able to return to the private dinning rooms of the United Nations to hear insightful information from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Center for International Private Enterprise as well as install Ruth Kruger as FIABCI-USA President. Click here for the story.

2. New Practical Member Benefits Contribute to Your Bottom Line

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The formal FIABCI Referral Program was launched in Hawaii. Click to send a referral and receive a referral fee.

A China Broker-to-Broker site launched to bring you Chinese buyers and Past President Edward Alford closed the first deal. E-mail Secretary General Bill Endsley if you have not received your login.

1. APREC Contributes to the Smart and Sustainable Development of Honolulu

Rather than just gather to network and renew friendships, the FIABCI Asia Pacific Real Estate Congress set out to share FIABCI’s vast expertise with the local officials and developers and give back to our host city. Focusing on Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Resort Development, the Congress succeeded on every front. Click for full report.


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