At Qualive, we believe people are our most important asset. We are a women-led, diverse, and dedicated team of professionals. We offer in-depth knowledge and breadth of experience in real estate finance, architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, and real estate brokerage.
Ziyou is the founder and CEO of Qualive Real Estate. She holds a degree in urban planning and real estate from Cornell University. Ziyou’s previous experience in building revitalization includes projects for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and for a nonprofit in Portugal. She is an author for the China Urban Development Blog and a certified LEED green building associate.
Claire is an investment manager with a unique experience in financial services in Asia. After graduating from New York University with a degree in economics, Claire joined Ernst & Young where she participated in audit reviews for IPOs and listed firms. Prior to Qualive, she worked as an investment manager at UBS SDIC Asset Management Co. where she managed over $1.5 billion in portfolio investments.
Maria Vasconcelos has experience developing a wide variety of projects, ranging from family housing to the requalification of urban spaces. As a designer, Maria has worked alongside renowned architects such as Eduardo Souto Moura, Manuel Aires Mateus, and Adriano Pimenta for over a decade. As a project manager, Maria is well-versed with planning regulations in Portugal’s national and local councils. She ensures the success of planning approvals, the quality and details of architectural projects, and the accuracy and compliance of all engineering projects.
DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION
Rui Ferreira is a civil engineer with over a decade of experience in the construction industry. Having started his career in Portugal, Rui Ferreira spent 7 years in London where he managed construction projects ranging from residential, commercial, to public buildings. Rui successfully led a major residential development in London as the Project Manager in the last four years. Rui returned to Portugal in 2020. He continues to develop his career managing complex construction sites, aiming to guarantee the quality and efficiency of investments in real estate.
DIRECTOR OF TRANSACTIONS
Laila Nesheim has a diverse background from various fields, including International Development with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Jerusalem and Norway. In 2014, her negotiation skills acquired from complex international development projects allowed her to successfully transition to the Real Estate field. She currently sources and negotiates deals on behalf of many investors and funds from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
INTERIOR DESIGNER & PROPERTY MANAGER
Joao Santos has worked in the hospitality sector for over 15 years. He has honed his impeccable hospitality skills by working as a steward on Japanese and British airlines. Joao is a talented interior decorator and an experienced hotel operator. He has successfully operated over ten assets in London and Lisbon, gaining a renowned reputation in the field of interior design and hospitality services.