Investing in the only future for the built environment
We invest in early-stage companies that seek to meet the built environment’s most urgent sustainability challenges.
As societies respond to rapidly changing realities, the way buildings and cities are constructed, used and operated is undergoing unprecedented change. Industry is at an inflection point, and today’s practices will be unrecognisable in a few short years.
We bring knowledge, experience and rigour to searching for solutions that matter – and that industry actually needs and wants. Our deep networks and diversity of expertise allows us to support innovators and companies in developing real solutions and measureable impact.
To combat the most urgent sustainability challenges within the built environment, while making a significant financial return for our investors.
Our mission is to direct investment to solutions that are able to make a measurable positive impact to the built environment.
Our team is made up of a unique combination of academics, real estate investors, entrepreneurs and sustainability consultants.
Alex has been involved in the real estate industry for the last eighteen years, as a co- founder of a serviced apartment platform, a co-founder of an asset manager and investor and also as an angel investor into early stage companies. Alex has always had a mission to make the built environment a better place to live, work and enjoy and Undivided Ventures represents what he hopes is a part of the solution to one of real estate biggest challenges.
Ariel has worked in the real estate industry across both debt and equity, development and value add strategies in the last seventeen years, and has been extensively investing in proptech companies as an angel investor. She is the founder of boutique single family office investment practice, focused on real estate and proptech investments, and was a co-founder of an investment platform for family offices investing in US real estate. Previously, Ariel worked in structured finance arranging debt financing for real estate companies at Citibank Hong Kong and real estate private equity in ING Real Estate Investment Management. Ariel is passionate about the future of the built environment and the merge between tech and real estate.
Tim began his career in construction before becoming an academic and industry consultant focussed on sustainability and buildings and cities. Tim has taught sustainability and design at world-leading universities in postgraduate programmes for practising built environment professionals and has led industry-funded research and consulted on a wide range of sustainability-related projects. His belief that the world’s problems require more collaboration and innovation motivates his work at Undivided Ventures.
Amie has worked in sustainability in the built environment for the last 17 years, including on construction sites, in the boardroom as a Global Director of Sustainability for both construction and engineering firms as well as running her own consultancy. She also has a strong academic track record, publishing papers to enhance knowledge share. She is keen to ensure action is implemented rapidly, and Undivided Ventures can provide the support to scale those innovative solutions needed.
Andrew has worked in funds management for over a decade, with a focus on technology and sustainability. Prior, Andrew was the COO&CFO of a Cayman Islands food sustainability fund. Andrew has taught economics, M&A and accounting to MBA students at Macquarie University, and HKUST for over 10 years.He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jack is a Charted Building Services Engineer and has worked in sustainability and construction engineering roles for the last 14 years, including stints at a global engineering consulting firm and founder of a sustainability consulting practice. He also holds two masters degrees from the University of Cambridge, one in Engineering for Sustainable Development and the other in Environmental Fluid Mechanics.
Dan has a background in tech, with an engineering degree from UPenn, and started his career at Gammon Construction. He’s since worked at start-ups, including founding his own, in Black Kite Brewery. Recognising the immediate need for sustainable solutions, Dan is excited to identify and develop these innovations through Undivided Ventures.
Matt has worked in the low-carbon energy sector for over seven years as a consultant and as a civil servant. In his role at the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Matt was the lead technical advisor for the £65m Heat Pump Ready innovation programme. Matt is a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and holds two masters, an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (distinction) from the University of Cambridge as well as an MSc in Chemical Engineering.
Denise is the Senior Sustainability Adviser to Melco Resorts & Entertainment, previously the Chief Sustainability Officer of the group. She spearheaded the company’s commitment to the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (led by UN Environment and UNWTO in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) to set concrete targets by 2025 to reduce plastic waste in its operations. Her previous role was Group Treasurer of the company, she developed the Treasury function from the company’s early days and managed it through to reach a US$10 billion market capitalisation. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kresse Wesling CBE
Kresse Wesling CBE, is a multi-award winning environmental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital and significant start-up experience. After first meeting with the London Fire Brigade in 2005, Kresse launched Elvis & Kresse, which turns industrial waste into innovative lifestyle products and returns 50% of profits to charities related to the waste. Elvis & Kresse’s first line is made from decommissioned fire hose, 50% of the profits from this line are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. The company now collects 12 different waste streams, has several charitable partnerships and is involved with collaborations across industries, from FTSE 100 companies to fashion houses, including a current, 5 year partnership with the Burberry Foundation.
Duncan Baker-Brown is an expert in circular economy solutions. Duncan is a practicing architect in the UK (bakerbrown.studio) with strong UK and European links to industry, and he is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Duncan is well-known in the UK design/construction circuit as a public speaker and debate participant, and he is currently preparing an update to his excellent book, The Re-Use Atlas.
Kirsten Henson is a civil engineer and a sustainability practitioner. Kirsten founded KLH Sustainability, a London-based sustainable built environment consultancy in 2010. She is involved in ambitious projects in the UK and around the world (including most recently, Google’s Downtown West in San Jose, Nairobi Central Station and innocent’s Net Zero factory in Rotterdam). Kirsten has deep green sensibilities and is closely involved in industry and policy debate forums. Her advisory roles have included UNEP, the International Olympic Committee and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where she recently curated the Sustainable Real Estate on-line short course.
Mike has been a Chartered Building Services Engineer for over twenty years through a blend of consultancy and contractor roles, and is passionate about passive integrated design and the technical coordination of services within tall, complex, and low energy buildings. He has extensive UK and international experience across all construction sectors, all RIBA and GRIP stages of design, and research interests in building physics, building and system simulation, and minimising in-use building energy consumption to maximise sustainable outcomes.
With more than 12 years of experience in real estate and construction, Dominik has been involved with a number of landmark projects across the globe, including the M+ Museum in Hong Kong. He took charge of Hmlet in Hong Kong as Chief Innovation Officer after its acquisition of his start-up, which enabled the group to raise a series A from Sequoia capital, followed by a 40M Series B. His entrepreneurial flair and passion pushes him to continue searching for sustainable solutions and new technology.