UK academic, Professor Andrew Baum, has joined proptech advisor Pi Labs as research and strategy partner. Baum is professor of practice at the University of Oxford, where he leads the Future of Real Estate Initiative at the Saïd Business School.
Founded in 2014, Pi Labs was the first venture capital firm in Europe to exclusively invest in PropTech companies. The company positions itself as a bridge between traditional real estate companies and PropTech start-ups across Europe.
Baum and Pi Labs have already collaborated on a white paper, Technology and the Future of Real Estate Investment Management.
Baum is also chairman of Property Funds Research, an investment advisory firm, and chairman of Newcore Capital Management, a real estate fund manager focussed on alternatives.
He founded RES (a property research company) in 1990 and with his partners sold the business to Henderson Global Investors in 1997 when he became chief investment officer (property) at Henderson and later director of international property.
In 2001 he founded OPC, a property research and investment company which was sold to CBRE Investors to create CBRE Global Investment Partners.