About us


Since 1998 making a real difference in the real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Our History
Established since 1998 and founded by Henri Alster, GRI was the abbreviation for Global Real Estate Institute.

With the spirit of a real community, the company started by producing top-level conferences for a senior audience (developer, lenders and investors). Later, with the advent of the  Club and the penetration in the Infrastructure sector, the Global Real Estate Institute became simple the GRI Club.

Using the strength of its brand recognition and special relationships in the market the GRI Club become the GRI Group with the launch of Smartus a new event company focused on building knowledge and sharing expertise in emerging markets.

In line with the latest developments in the real estate and infrastructure industry the GRI Group launched two new initiatives: GRI Tech Club and GRI Capital.

I.M. Talent is the latest development by the group,  using their high-level relationships to source talent for companies looking for  C-Level executives within the real estate and infrastructure industries.

 
  • 1998
    GRI Foundation
  • 2005
    Expansion to 6 countries
  • 2008
    GRI enters another
    8 markets
  • 2012
    Launch of the Club
  • 2013
    Expansion to 19 countries
    and launch of Infrastructure Sector
  • 2014
    Expansion to 22 countries
  • 2017
    New Ventures: Smartus, I'm Talent
    +1000 members
    +2 offices: Mexico City and Mumbai
  • 2018
    Private Venture: Tech Club and GRI Capital
Vision

Minds connected
shaping the future

In everything we do we believe in creating meaningful relationships - we believe in celebrating what makes each of us unique and bridging gaps.

We do this by designing experiences that bring bright minds together helping them build meaningful relations. We connect the dots between individuals and businesses understanding what makes them tick. We believe in the power of face-to-face contact in an era of digitalisation.

We are the essence of global leadership; we are minds connected shaping the future; together, we generate economic growth, we move economies.

Being a leader is having the ability to translate ideas into attitudes, to transform thoughts into new projects, to bring the future to the present, to forge new paths where they don't exist. That's leadership, that's your GRI Club.
VALUES
Our Companies
Management
Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Chairman
Gustavo Favaron
Gustavo Favaron
CEO
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Managing Director
& Senior Partner
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Partner, Real Estate - USA & Brazil
Airton Medeiros
Airton Medeiros
Global Vice President & Partner
Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Chairman
GRI Club
+44 7 768392892
+44 20 7121 5070
Founding Chairman of the GRI, a global club of investors active across the Americas, Europe, India and the Far East since 1998. He previously worked for 20 yrs as a RE investment banker, advising or partnering with Goldman’s Whitehall Street, KLM Pensioenfonds, Forest City Enterprises and others across the USA and Europe. He led Citicorp's RE investment banking efforts in Europe between 1988-94, closing Europe’s two largest land deals in Paris on behalf of Exxon and Pechiney. He previously spent 5 yrs in f/x activities with ITT Corp and Chemical Bank in New York and Brussels. A Columbia Business School MBA ('74), Henri is an undergraduate Technion Israel Industrial Engineer ('72). He is fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Dutch and German.
Gustavo Favaron
Gustavo Favaron
Gustavo Favaron
CEO
GRI Club
+44 2071215074
Gustavo Favaron is global CEO and Managing Partner of the GRI Group, present in more than 60 countries with the mission of connecting leaders, fostering relationships, disseminating knowledge and contributing to the generation of real business opportunities in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. He is the originator of the club format which has boosted GRI's widespread expansion since 2013. Under his remit are the six GRI Group companies: GRI Club Real Estate, GRI Club Infra, GRI Tech Club, GRI Tech Fund, Smartus and Global Talent. A natural leader and a multicultural professional, Gustavo has a solid track record in business development, strategic planning, integrated management and highly complex negotiations.
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Managing Director
& Senior Partner
GRI Club
+55 19 9 99135588
+55 19 3203 0645
Managing Director and Senior Partner of the GRI Club, which brings together leading real estate and infrastructure players in more than 20 countries. He runs the club's real estate division in Europe, managing a highly evolved platform of conferences and member-only activities in a variety of locations across the continent.
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Partner, Real Estate - USA & Brazil
GRI Club
+55 11 99955-5662
+55 11 2391 5583
Robinson Silva is director of the GRI Club, which brings together leading real estate and infrastructure players in more than 20 countries. He leads the club's real estate market division in the United States and Brazil, including conferences and exclusive activities to members in the residential, land development, malls, retail, hospitality, offices, industrial and logistics segments. He is also a moderator of debates with essential players of the market, economy, and politics. He has an extensive network of relationships and a broad experience in the American and Brazilian real estate industry and the financial and credit areas. He holds a degree in Public Relations and postgraduate degrees in Marketing and Project Management.  
Airton Medeiros
Airton Medeiros
Airton Medeiros
Global Vice President & Partner
GRI Club
+5519993419664
Airton Medeiros is global vice president of the GRI Group, present in more than 20 countries with the mission of connecting leaders, fostering relationships, disseminating knowledge and contributing to the generation of real business opportunities in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. He is involved directly in the strategic management of the six GRI Group companies: GRI Club Real Estate, GRI Club Infra, GRI Proptech Club, GRI Proptech Fund, Smartus and Personal Path. He has extensive experience in the real estate and infrastructure industries, especially in the areas of intelligence, business structuring and funding strategies.
CAREER
SEE THE PROFILES WE ARE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW.

If you are looking to be part of a global team that actively contributes to the development of the real estate and infrastructure sectors, communicating directly with the top leaders of these sectors, and are seeking to continuously improve your skills in a dynamic and challenging environment, then GRI is the place for you.

For more information on positions available see below.