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
Gustavo Favaron
Gustavo Favaron
Airton Medeiros
Airton Medeiros
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Managing Director
& Senior Partner
Pedro Nicolau
Pedro Nicolau
Partner | Global Head of Infrastructure & Portfolio Director for India
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Chairman
GRI
+44 (0)20 7121 5060
Henri Alster is the Chairman of the GRI. He previously worked for 25 years as a real estate investment banker, advising or partnering with the likes of Exxon, Whitehall, KLM Pension Funds, Forest City Enterprises and others across the USA and Europe. He also ran his own investment boutique. Mr. Alster led Citicorp’s early real estate investment banking efforts in Europe between 1988 and 1994, closing Europe’s two largest land deals on behalf of Exxon and Pechiney. A Columbia B-School MBA (‘74), Henri is an undergraduate Technion (Israel) Industrial Engineer (‘72). He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch, and Hebrew, has lived in New York, Paris, London, Brussels and Tel-Aviv and has worked and travelled extensively throughout America.
Gustavo Favaron
Gustavo Favaron
Gustavo Favaron
CEO & Managing Partner
GRI Club
+44 (0)20 7121 5060
Gustavo Favaron is global CEO 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 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 Proptech Club, GRI Proptech Fund, Smartus and Personal Path.

A natural leader and a multicultural professional, Gustavo has a solid track-record in business development, strategic planning, integrated management and highly complex negotiations. He has a deep knowledge of the global real estate industry and has an extensive network of qualified relationships in locations worldwide.

Graduated in Law and Social Science, he is also Master in Foreign Affairs.
Airton Medeiros
Airton Medeiros
Airton Medeiros
Global VP & Senior Partner
GRI Club
+55 (19) 3203-0645
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. A wide network of global relationships means he is adept at executing strategies across a variety of geographical and industry sectors.

Airton holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and an MBA in Strategic Management and Innovation, as well extension courses at the University of Berkeley and at MIT.
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Managing Director
& Senior Partner
GRI Club
+44 (20) 7121-5060
Diego Tavares is managing director 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. He has an extensive experience in the real estate industry in Europe and Americas and a wide network of global relationships. He holds a degree in Tourism and specialized in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at the London School of Marketing.
Pedro Nicolau
Pedro Nicolau
Pedro Nicolau
Partner | Global Head of Infrastructure & Portfolio Director for India
GRI Club
+55 (11) 2888-2311
Pedro Nicolau is the global head of Infrastructure of the GRI Club, which brings together the core players in both this sector and the real estate industry in more than 20 countries. He manages the entire platform of conferences and member-exclusive activities active in infrastructure sectors worldwide. He is also in charge of the club division focused on real estate in India.

A multicultural professional, Pedro has an extensive network of global relationships and a broad experience in the transportation infrastructure, mobility, sanitation and events industries. He holds a degree in Foreign Affairs from the renowned Brazilian university Unesp.
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Partner and Head of Real Estate - Brazil
GRI Club
+55 19 3203-0645
Robinson Silva é diretor do GRI Club, que reúne os principais players imobiliários e de infraestrutura em mais de 20 países. Lidera a divisão de Mercado Imobiliário do clube no Brasil, incluindo conferências e atividades exclusivas a membros atuantes nos segmentos residencial, de loteamentos, shopping, varejo, hotéis, escritórios, industrial e logística. Destaca-se também moderador de debates com grandes nomes do mercado, da economia e da política.
Tem uma extensa rede de relacionamentos e uma ampla experiência na indústria imobiliária brasileira e nas áreas financeira e de crédito. É graduado em Relações Públicas pela Esamc e pós-graduado em Marketing pela ESPM. Possui ainda especializações em Marketing e Gestão de Projetos pela Fundação Cásper Líbero.
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.