Melissa is an applied economist whose analytical expertise lies at the intersection of property economics and industrial development. Her work comprises a unique blend of experiences and skills across real estate, industrial economics, statistical and geospatial analysis.

Melissa’s experience includes: quantitative and qualitative market and industry research, property demand and supply modelling, financial feasibility assessments, and precinct economic positioning strategy grounded by an understanding of industry dynamics and ecosystems.

Prior to joining Cistri, Melissa worked with the economic development and investment promotion arm of the Singapore government. Melissa has lived in Singapore, Jakarta and London and now works with public and private sector clients across Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

I use economics and research to generate better economic and social outcomes for cities and the communities they serve.

Melissa’s project experience: 

  • Economic positioning, development strategy and financial feasibility assessments for Al Quoz Creative Zone, Dubai
  • Economic activation strategy for creative industries in Prince Mohammed bin Salman Non-Profit City, Riyadh
  • Hospitality market studies and development strategies for multiple Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 tourism mega projects
  • Market assessment and feasibility studies for transit-oriented developments in Riyadh
  • Economic advice on transit-oriented development in Jakarta
  • Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust retail portfolio review
  • University campus location advice for Monash University Indonesia
  • Orchard Road Business Study – tenant mix analysis, international benchmarking of retail precincts, comparative study of programming and place management strategies
  • Due diligence for Mercatus retail portfolio in Singapore
  • Annual independent market reviews for Singapore’s two largest retail REITs
  • Demographic assessment, population forecasting and demand modelling to inform leading Abu Dhabi developer’s residential strategy