Who am I?

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  • Name: Christopher de Gruben
  • Date of Birth: 31st of May 1982
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Currently in: Mongolia
  • Phone: (976) - 95853377
  • Email: chris@degruben.com

Profesional Profile

I am a goal-orientated real estate investor and entrepreneur, versatile in emerging markets environments, adept at originating and carrying through niche-market transactions in which I can bring clear added-value. I have a real passion and understanding of the fundamentals surrounding transitioning economies and their potential for long-term growth creation.

I specialise in value driven investments, property management, sales & marketing, urban planning, market research and land / property valuations. I have strong language and interpersonal skills.

My Professional Background

Work Experience

2008 June - Present

M.A.D. Investment Solutions

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

M.A.D. is a boutique real estate investment firm focused on leveraging the full potential of Mongolia’s economic growth. The company manages its own portfolio of properties in addition to offering a number of property focused investment products to its network of clients. The company has furthermore rapidly become the premier real estate research institute in the country with a number of landmark reports published and Mongolia’s only dedicated permanent Real Estate survey team. M.A.D. has 37 full time employees.

  • Led the team that prepared a full set of documentation for the State Housing Corporation of Mongolia for three separate large scale affordable housing projects in order to raise over 350 Million USD from the Exim Bank of China and the Development Bank of Korea.
  • Brokered and managed over 250 real estate transactions within Mongolia in all asset classes amounting to over 125 million USD in direct sales to third party clients.
  • Launched Mongolia’s first serviced apartment business with a proprietary portfolio value of 3.2 Million USD spread over 23 apartments generating a net yield of 12.4% annually.
  • Established commercial partnerships with JLL, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, GIZ and Colliers.
  • Oversaw the development of the two largest proprietary databases in the country tracking past transactions and future expected supply of real estate in Ulaanbaatar.
  • Keynote speaker at the Mongolian Investment Conference in both Hong Kong and London for 2011 and 2012, discussed Mongolia’s Investment environment and its Real Estate sector. Speaker at a large number of domestic investment conferences, regular commentator for Bloomberg Mongolia TV.
  • Carried out the process for M.A.D. to be regulated by the RICS, the first to do so in Mongolia.

2005 September - 2008 May

Asia Pacific Investment Partners


Director of Business Development

A venture capital and property development firm operating 10 businesses in Mongolia across a wide range of industry sectors. APIP managed at the time real estate assets worth 50 million USD.

  • As CEO of its tourism arm (Mongolian Resorts), I managed the firm’s restaurant, cafes, ger camp and guesthouse. Oversaw the firm’s development and all its activities, managed a full-time staff of 35.
  • Reformed and relaunched the property agency arm of APIP (Mongolian Properties), building it into the leading real estate agency in Mongolia with over 15 staff members and 3 office locations.
  • Launched property management operations which reached up to 340 properties under management.
  • Oversaw the complete redevelopment of the branding of Mongolian Properties with the creation of new websites, marketing materials, PR campaigns, media awareness and investor programs.
  • Personally carried out over 20 Million USD in sales for three large scale developments in Ulaanbaatar and signed over 350 proprietary and third party rental contracts.
  • Created a database of over 5,000 international property investors interested in the Mongolian Real Estate market and developed a weekly newsletter as well as a monthly investment report.

2001 - 2004

British Army - Officers Training Corp, Oxford Branch


Senior Cadet Officer - Section Commander - Cavalry Troop

As a part-time officer cadet with the UOTC, I successfully passed the Military Training Qualifications Levels 1, 2 &3. Throughout that time I undertook a number of training exercises both in the UK and abroad. I became a specialist  in tactical warfare, reconnaissance, radio communications & small arms weaponry. I also became proficient at FV107 Scimitar light tank operations.

I was named best cadet for 2003 and passed the Royal Commissioning Board for Sandhurst Officer selection in 2004 but eventually declined.

My Education

Education

2015 October - 2017 September

Oxford University

MSc in Sustainable Urban Development (PT)

Member of Harris Manchester College

The University of Oxford’s MSc in Sustainable Urban Development offers a multidisciplinary understanding of core areas and advanced topics in sustainable urban futures, linking academic research to policy and practice worldwide. The MSc provides a stimulating learning environment and exposure to cutting-edge knowledge, aimed at enhancing professional development and opportunities in a global context.  The MSc is delivered in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Modules on this course include:

  • Concepts of the City and Environmental Change
  • Climate Change and the Built Environment
  • Place-making
  • Financing Sustainability
  • Transport and Sustainability
  • Urbanism and the Design Process
  • Urbanisation in the Global South
  • The Flexible City? Urban Theory, Practice and Project Management

2013 September - 2015 October

University of Reading

MSc in Real Estate (DL)

Done through the College of Estate Management as an online course.

This is a postgraduate conversion programme delivered by distance learning  which develops the knowledge, understanding and critical thinking required to practice as a valuer or commercial property surveyor. It offers a range of modules which address the competencies required for these disciplines.

Modules on this course include:

  • Economics
  • Valuation
  • Development Appraisal
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Finance & Investment
  • Research Method
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Marketing
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Economics of Sustainability

The topic of the final thesis: How do foreign investors perceive risks in Mongolia’s nascent property market?

2014 - 2015

Oxford University

Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business (PT)

Associate Member of Jesus College

The Oxford Diploma in Global Business is a masters-level postgraduate qualification designed to help students undertake the senior international responsibilities which drive organisational success. This part-time programme will enhance the understanding of the issues involved in conducting business in a global landscape.

This is an intellectually rich programme designed to extend knowledge and broaden and deepen skill bases, with a clear focus on practical application.

Modules on this course include:

  • Global strategy
  • Risk and Reputation
  • Corporate diplomacy in a global context
  • The challenges of business in emerging markets.

The ‘Business Project Report’ was focused on: Exploring the potential of successfully replicating M.A.D.’s non-market strategies in Uruguay.

2001 - 2005

Oxford Brookes University

BA Hons in Business and Marketing Management (FT)

Erasmum year spent at the Hochshule Regensburg, Germany (2004)

Oxford Brookes course on Business and Marketing Management is a full time course taught in Oxford. Marketing is at the heart of any successful organisation, providing the vital link between the marketplace and strategic decision making.This course is focused on developing an in-depth understanding of marketing in an international business context, enabling students to respond to the differing needs of a diverse range of organisations.

The Final Dissertation was focused on: How does Belgium market itself to Foreign Investors despite its complicated political makeup?

What I am good at

Skills & Knowledge

Software

Photoshop 86%
Corel Draw 73%
Adobe Illustrator 79%
Adobe InDesign 57%
Cinema 4D 44%

Recognitions

International Design Awards 2014

15 March 2014 / New York State University
Place: 3

Logo Design Contest Chicago 2013

12 October 2013 / Chicago House of Art
Place: 2

Web Design Contest New York 2013

12 October 2013 / New York Technology Office
Place: 2

LANGUAGE SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

English
Experience
French
Experience
German
Experience
  • Google Analythics & SEO
  • Instal and Configure
  • E-commerce Platform
  • Color theory knowledge
  • Web Usability
  • Grid & Layout
  • Photo manipulation skills
  • Digital Painting
  • Photo Composition
  • Good sense of Tipography
  • Portrait Retouching
  • Video Editing

Hobbies & Interests

  • Sports

    Sports

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  • Photography

    Photography

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  • Marketing

    Marketing

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  • Movies

    Movies

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  • Fashion

    Fashion

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  • Technology

    Technology

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  • Travel

    Travel

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  • History

    History

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Research

Projects

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    Ulaanbaatar Urban Redevelopment and Affordable Housing

    Asian Development Bank

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    Capacity Building for Bayankhushuu Urban Planning Department

    World Bank

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Asian Development Bank

Urban Redevelopment and Affordable Housing

General Description

 

This project is a pre-feasibility study focused on developing the quality of life of Ulaanbaatar ger district residents through the delivery of well-planned and well-developed mixed use and mixed income urban areas. It supports the implementation of the city urban master plan and ongoing initiatives from the GoM, the MUB, the private sector, the IFI's and the communities.

The project will include the provision of an ADB sovereign loan to the MUB, a NSO loan to a state entity such as TOSK as well as a number of private sector loans to property developers totalling approximately 380 Million USD in disbursements.

My consultancy role in this project is to intervene as an expert in the Mongolian real estate sector with a particular focus on the private sector involvement, the land and property laws of Mongolia as well as developing financial schemes for the implementation of affordable housing.

August 2015 - March 2016, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Real Estate / Private Sector and Land Development Specialist

Affordable Housing Mongolia

World Bank

Capacity Building to implement the District Plan in Ulaanbaatar & Preparation of a District Development Plan

General Description

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the role of the District regarding urban planning – within its legal competences and resources – by improving coordination and cooperation with the Municipality. More specifically, this project aims to provide the District with additional capabilities and tools to actively relay and justify its needs and demands towards the Municipality (that is the decision-maker) and hence play a more active role in guiding the urban planning process.

In this project I was the Deputy Team Leader as well as the Housing & Land expert. My responsibilities included the design and implementation of the capacity building program, carrying out a number of lectures, workshops and seminars as well as contributing to the district development plan.

2014 - 2015, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Deputy Team Leader & Housing / Land Expert

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Contact

Get in touch

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about Real Estate in Mongolia.

My Address

  • Sukhbaatar District, 4th Khoroo, Building 68, Apartment 18, Ulaanbaatar 14250, Mongolia
  • (00976) 95853377
  • chris@degruben.com

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