The Voice of Commercial Real Estate Finance

Young Professionals Real Estate Finance (YPREF)

Not yet a member? Find out the member benefits

Not yet a member? Find out the member benefits

Europe’s sole networking group dedicated to CRE lending professionals and advisors with less than 10 years industry experience.

YPREF is chaired by: Michael Shneerson and YPREF chair-elect Joan Jackson. Scroll down to see the core committee.

Thank you to our 2021 YPREF Sponsor 

Communication:- Promoting and encouraging avenues of communication within the REF industry young professional community and beyond

Education:- Assisting with career development by providing an educational platform through a combination of peer learning and access to leading REF professionals, including for mentoring

Support:- Providing the tools and resources required for members to fulfil their educational and professional development goals

Networking:- Recognition as the primary meeting point for all young professionals working in REF and to build upon the current CREFC Europe networking opportunities


Below is a snapshot of YPREF events in 2021.

Events remain under review due to Coronavirus

Events are free to YPREF from member firms with the exception of any events marked *

21 April How to Invest - YPREF Training Session *  
Summer 2021 - date TBC Y PREF How to’s – 201 sessions *  
Summer 2021 - date TBC  In person YPREF Quiz Night (subject to Government guidelines)   
Year end 20201 - date TBC Wine tasting YPREF (subject to Government guidelines)  

Register your interest to become part of this network.  Contact Carol Wilkie

Mentorship Rocket

We have been exploring how we might best provide a flexible and scalable mentoring offer to our network, and think we have found the solution. It is an online platform called Mentorship Rocket, specifically designed for trade association mentoring programmes, and we plan to procure it jointly with our friends at the Association of Real Estate Funds, to offer mentees from each of our networks an even broader range of potential mentors. You can read about how the platform works to connect mentors and mentees here. We hope to be up and running in a matter of weeks – initially to recruit mentors, and then to invite mentees to register. Watch this space!

YPREF Core Commitee:

AIG Asset Management Michael Shneerson, Chair
Alston & Bird Sherry Scrivens
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Petya Petrova
Cheyne Capital Reena Banga
CBRE Ltd Fathima Haniffa
Dekabank Jessica Wolckenhaar /  Joanna Phillips
ING Real Estate Finance Anushree Srivastav, Immediate Past Chair
JLL Liz Levingston
Knight Frank Varun Dev Gudka
Lloyds Banking Group Victoria Lawton
Savills Joan Jackson, Chair Elect
Simmons & Simmons Gabriella McCoy
Grainger Dimitris Tsompanidis



View all our events
CREFCE Summer Drinks Reception
  • 07 July 2022
  • Ashurst LLP
  • United Kingdom
Inaugural BAME Networking Breakfast – DATE TBC
  • 06 September 2022
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • United Kingdom
YPREF Quiz Night Fundraiser
  • 15 September 2022
  • Knight Frank
  • United Kingdom