Oxford Properties appoints Hala El Akl to ESG role

Oxford Properties Group has appointed Hala El Akl as senior director for ESG and operations. She will be based in London and will oversee Oxford’s ESG programme with a focus on operations.

She will work across functions such as asset management, operations, development and finance/investment risk to launch Oxford’s global ESG strategy and framework, which is integral to the business.

El Akl joins Oxford from PLP Architecture, where she was most recently a director responsible for commercial, life-science, residential, retail and mixed-use projects across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. As a founding director of PLP Labs, she led teams exploring new ideas for future cities, with a focus on environmental and social sustainability.

In 2020, she was the first recipient of the ULI European Talent Award. She is a ULI global trustee and also sits on the University of Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board.

“With a strong track record of leading innovative teams that focus on the social and environmental sustainability of future cities, Hala’s in-depth sector knowledge and practical experience as an architect
and urbanist will be highly valuable as we launch our global ESG strategy and framework,” said Anushka Grant, vice-president for business transformation and platform services at Oxford Properties.