30 minute listen time
3 March 2022
Subscribe to Talking Property with CBRE



Talking about property is so much more than the physical building – we go beyond the buildings and warehouses and look holistically at real estate operations and the impacts to all its community. 

In this episode of Talking Property, Sameer Chopra, Head of Research, Pacific & ESG, Asia Pacific at CBRE sits down with Alicia Maynard, General Manager of Sustainability & Technical Services at ISPT, Melissa Schulz, General Manager of Sustainability at QIC GRE, and Michael Hobday, head of Network Strategy & Portfolio Optimization at 7-Eleven Australia.  

Together they uncover the latest in occupier and landlord initiatives in retail real estate, across topics from emissions & waste management, community engagement initiatives and employee diversity.



Sameer Chopra – Head of Research, Pacific & ESG, Asia Pacific, CBRE

Sameer previously Managing Director, Head of Australia Research and Head of Asia Pacific ESG Research at Bank of America Securities.  The Australia team was ranked No. 1 in Institutional Investors Asia 2019 ranking and was also recognised as Best Ongoing ESG research at Responsible Investors Association of Australia 2021 awards. In 2020, Sameer led BofA’s Global ESG Research conference and has presented at a number of industry events. .


 Alicia Maynard – General Manager of Sustainability & Technical Services, ISPT

Alicia is responsible for the development and implementation of ISPT’s ESG Strategy, including managing the engineering operations of ISPT’s $20bn property portfolio. An Engineer by training with extensive experience across design, construction and building operations in ASX-100 listed and unlisted organisations, Alicia brings a pragmatic, outcomes-based approach to maintaining and improving the performance of ISPT’s property portfolio.


Melissa Schulz – General Manager of Sustainability, QIC GRE

Melissa is responsible for providing leadership on ESG strategy development and execution across all QIC GRE functions, at both a fund and asset level, and is a key member of QIC’s Global Real Estate executive committee.  Melissa has over 20 years' experience in environmental management, community investment and corporate sustainability.


Michael Hobday – Network Strategy & Portfolio Optimization, 7-Eleven Australia

Michael has worked in retail for over 20 years including Supermarkets, Department Stores, Specialty, Food and Beveridge and Petrol & Convenience. Having worked in senior roles across Property, Construction, Design and Development Michael brings a broad commercial view to ESG from a retailers perspective.


More on ESG


GRESB Sector Leaders across Oceania share their thoughts on how ESG is impacting the real estate industry and how GRESB Assessments contribute to the success of their organisation.

Real Estate’s Role in the ESG Agenda

This report examines the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) concepts most under discussion today.

ESG Fireside Chats

CBRE's ESG Fireside Chats explore the latest trends, innovations and requirements across the pillars of ESG in the commercial property industry.