James Whittaker is a member of Barings Real Estate, a global real estate platform with extensive capabilities across both debt and equity strategies. James is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for a European open-end core real estate fund. James has worked in the industry since 1997 and his experience has encompassed property investment, finance and development experience in the U.K. and Northern Europe. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he was with Protego Real Estate Investors LLP before its acquisition by the firm in January 2010. Prior to this, James was with the Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”) for four years in their Corporate Property Finance Team, advising the credit committee on loan structures, debt levels and assisting the origination teams with the structuring of investment and development loans. Prior to working at RBS, James was at BNP Paribas Real Estate for four years on their investment valuation team, valuing assets across all property sectors for lending purposes. James began his career at CBRE in their asset management and valuation teams. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”) and is currently an assessor for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and Professional Experience route.