A member of the business communities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, Cecilia Ibru serves as a fellow with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. Earlier in her career, she led Oceanic Bank International Plc (now Ecobank Nigeria). Today, Cecilia Ibru continues to follow international financial trends.
In mid-June, the British Property Federation held its 2013 annual conference. Titled “The End of the Ice Age?,” the gathering featured keynote addresses from Lord Deighton of Her Majesty’s Treasury and Gillian Tett, an assistant editor at the Financial Times. The half-day event drew more than 300 senior property executives and offered several networking opportunities. Furthermore, these professionals attended sessions examining real estate and economic trends in London specifically, and throughout the UK more broadly. Organizers invited industry leaders and academics to participate in panel discussions ranging from “Property Finance: Solving the Debt Conundrum” to “Global Development: How Overseas Investment Is Shaping Our Cities.”
Especially in recent months, the British economy has started to move from stabilization into recovery, showing signs of continued improvement. With this growth, optimistic financial and real estate professionals hope to see an increase in property values and fewer restrictions on lending.