Vice President, Greater China, Head of Consulting, Greater China • Greater China
Alva To is Cushman & Wakefield's Vice President, Greater China and Head of Consulting, Greater China, and has been one of the directors of the former DTZ / Cushman & Wakefield in Hong Kong since its founding in 1993. Early in his career, he worked in the valuation department serving the banking sector. Prior to this, he had eight years of work experience in JLW.
Alva oversees more than 260 consulting professionals in 20 major cities in mainland China. During his 30 years of professional experience in the real estate sector, Alva has handled numerous valuations and research and consultancy exercises; including rail and property developments, township developments, mixed-use developments, brown field developments, tourism / leisure consultancy, and strategic planning projects. Some of his more significant projects include China city metro station developments, the Lenovo global headquarters project, and the Shell site selection project.
Since 2013, Alva and his team have been frequent participants in nationwide summits and road shows on urbanization throughout cities in mainland China. In 2014, he became the convener of Cushman & Wakefield’s Greater China Urbanization Committee and actively facilitates the progress of urbanization projects and the flow of market information across different cities. From 2015 onwards, Alva has also managed a number of Greater China service platforms, including Transport Oriented Development (TOD), Belt & Road, Greater Bay Area, Tourism & Hospitality, International School, and Senior Housing; while also attending government and media events as a guest speaker on urbanization and the real estate market. In 2016, he created the Industrial Plus platform, designed specifically to facilitate the introduction of different sectoral operators into large scale property projects, to ensure the projects on which he consulted were effectively realized.
Alva has profound knowledge of both Hong Kong and mainland China real estate policies. His comments on property submarkets are widely sought-after by investment banks, funds, the media and the general public.