Strength in Diversity - API National Leadership Series (V190904)

7:30am Wednesday, 4 September 2019
9:30am Wednesday, 4 September 2019
The Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Pl
Melbourne, Victoria 3002

In 2019 the National Leadership Series will focus on the theme Strength in Diversity. The API aims to support and encourage diversity, growth and leadership within the property industry by exploring the fascinating journeys of professionals in a range of industries and across business models and sectors. Presented as a breakfast panel discussion, speakers will share the stories of their career paths and what diversity means to them. 

Victorian Presenters

  • Mark Browning - Head of NAB Valuations
  • Ro Allen - Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
  • Zelman Ainsworth - Director, Retail Leasing Team, CBRE
 Meet the Presenters


Mark Browning
Head of Valuations (NAB)

Mark has been Head of Valuations at NAB for the last 6 years. His responsibilities include residential, commercial and rural valuations as well as business valuations, panel management, operations and valuation risk & reliability.
As a career banker of 25 years, Mark’s prior leadership roles have been in Corporate & Business Bank, credit/risk, operational and product functions. He holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration.


Ro Allen
Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Ro Allen is an experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTIQ Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors.

Ro has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009.

As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving Ro a deep understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.

Ro is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a former Chair of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee.


Zelman Ainsworth
Director at CBRE 

Working for CBRE for close to a decade, Zelman is passionate about the Melbourne retail market, with a positive and left field approach to helping clients with their retail holdings. Zelman has delivered for a range of private, public and government landlords over his time at CBRE.

Zelman has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the industry, leveraging CBRE’s global platform.

Charity Partner: Project Independence

As part of our National Leadership Series and our ongoing commitment to supporting our local community, we will once again be supporting a charity partner for this event. Our 2019 charity partner is Project Independence, and $5 per ticket sold will be donated towards this important cause.

Project Independence (PI) is an innovative social housing development for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID). It represents a new and unique model of homeownership, not only in Australia but also internationally. PI was developed and rolled out in Canberra and provides people with an ID the opportunity to acquire equity in a property, using just their government Disability Support Pension (DSP), whilst learning the life skills and Supported Decision-Making abilities to live as independently as possible. It empowers them to use PI as a stepping stone to move to truly independent living in the broader community and grow beyond social housing as they move up the homeownership ladder.


7:00amRegistration opens 
7:30amBreakfast commences
9:30amExpected finish

Registration Fees

API Members$94
API Student Members$94
Table of 10 - please click here$893 - 5% discount

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Full attendance at this event accrues 1.5 CPD points.

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Ilan Werbeloff - Member Services Manager (Vic)

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