Jean De Castro is one of the busiest women in real estate today, being at the helm of two esteemed organizations and taking on several other responsibilities that all help shape the industry for the better.
Jean Jacquelyn Nathania A. De Castro is the current Chief Executive Officer of ESCA Incorporated, a globally competitive engineering firm based in Quezon City with prominent businesses here and abroad, and a certified BIM (Building Information Modelling) Manager of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore, a board under Singapore government’s Ministry of National Development.
The Woman Behind
Jean De Castro makes managing big corporate titles seem like an easy gig. Working for ESCA and BCA is proof of how credible and driven she is when it comes to the real estate world.
ESCA offers services such as structural design, civil engineering, and project construction management services. Though based in the Philippines, the company’s infrastructure allows them to work and provide engineering support overseas.
Jean, also a corporate lawyer, with her years of practice and knowledge as a litigator specifically with the concentration on extensive construction arbitration and commercial litigation in Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco Law Offices and MOSVELDTT Law Offices led her to serve as the General Counsel and Vice President for Finance and Administration and later on promoted as the Chief Executive Office of this firm. Operating for more than 30 years, they have applied their expertise in commercial, residential, and industrial projects, which includes some of the country’s famous landmarks.
On the other hand, BCA through its Green Building Masterplan and other initiatives actively promotes the use of eco-friendly building technologies and environmental sustainability and awareness among the people of Singapore. BCA allows professionals to work on building projects digitally before they are even built through the BIMs. Being a BIM Manager equipped Jean with the knowledge she has now on the greener- and more technologically advanced ways of dealing with real estate plans.
But did you know that she was also a hardworking student-achiever and a news anchor?
Before All These
Jean was an Oblation Scholar and a magna cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman where she took her Political Science degree. She, later on, pursued her law degree in the same university and finished fifth in her class. After immediately passing the bar, she worked as a litigation associate in Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco where she was awarded as Best Associate for consecutive years before even being promoted to Senior Associate.
She continued her career working for the Philippine Government as a consultant for the Privatization and Management Office. She mostly addressed conflict of claims, joint venture agreements, privatization, negotiated procurement, and even the public bidding of the government assets.
All these experience led her to an opportunity to work as a credible business news anchor for “First Up” – a TV show locally produced by Bloomberg TV Philippines which had a segment focused on the Philippines’ real estate industry.
The Passion Continues
She continues hosting, attending, and sharing insights on discussions, forums, conferences, and exciting events that talk about property acquisitions, emerging cities, investment, and more topic regarding the real estate industry.
She also took part as a member of the reputable judging panel of Kohler’s PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2018 and Lamudi’s very own Outlook 2018.
Her passion for the real estate industry and its growth, as well as when it comes to the representation of women and leadership in the said industry is undeniable.
Jean de Castro, besides all the mentioned activities and being a mom to a teenage son, has also been an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) for years. ULI is an international non-profit research and educational organization with offices in Hong Kong, London, Frankfurt, and Washington D.C. One key program of ULI is the WLI or the Women’s Leadership Initiative – a subset dedicated to raising the visibility and number of women leaders within the organization and all throughout the real estate industry.
Leadership and Growth
The learning doesn’t stop for Jean de Castro. She is currently taking the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) Program of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in the United States. This specific program aims to challenge the executives to think and try new ways of boosting their success and enriching their business relationships. Jean de Castro has been featured as one of the top women in the Philippine real estate business and her experiences and dedication alone give her all the rights to become one.
Sources: ESCA Engineers Website, Wikipedia, MOSVELDTT Website, Businessmirror, Lamudi PH