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.