Colliers International continued to build up its information assets in the region this week as the property consultancy introduced Daniel Shih as its new director of research for Hong Kong.
Shih, who has a background in urban planning and financial modelling joins Colliers from AECOM, where he had served as Regional Managing Director for the Asia Sustainability Center at the engineering consultancy for more than three years.
“Today’s announcement augments our game-changing move to deepen the research basis of our offerings to clients,” said Nigel Smith, Managing Director of Hong Kong. “Colliers is constantly seeking to drive a more integrated and client-centric research approach to help articulate the opportunities in land and property development.”
Shih, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Arts in Social Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology built an 80-member economic development consultancy team that performed studies into sustainability and livability in urban environments, according to statement from Colliers. Shih also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association (APA), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
The new hire comes less than two months after Colliers introduced Andrew Haskins as its new Head of Research and Advisory for Asia, and represents a significant increase in depth to Colliers research team at the top levels. Prior to bringing Haskins and Shih on board, Colliers employed a single director in its Hong Kong office who supervised research both for Hong Kong and for the Asia Pacific region.
According to Colliers, its recruitment of the two new research directors is part of a company-wide effort to strengthen qualitative insights about real estate markets in the region, and is aimed at better assisting the consultancy’s clients in making informed property decisions.