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John Saunders

Head of APAC at BlackRock Real Estate


John Saunders is the Head of Real Estate – Asia.  In this role, John is responsible for the management of all of BlackRock’s Asia Pacific real estate operations and the oversight of the day to day operations of BlackRocks Asian Funds. In addition John is the Fund Manager for BlackRocks two Asian flagship opportunity Funds. 

John has nearly 28 years of experience in the property industry, the last 20 years of which have been in Asia. Prior to joining MGPA, John worked for Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia running their regional property research effort, being variously No1 and or top three ranked for the majority of his tenure there. In addition, John was instrumental in the start of their closed end Real Estate Fund business on which Fund he served as an investment committee member. Prior to that, John ran the overseas (ex Hong Kong) portfolios for listed landlord HongKong land.

Over his career to date John has been involved with all of the major real estate asset classes across the majority of the Asian markets. A regular market commentator in the press, radio and TV

John is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and a member of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors.