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Damian Harrington


Director | Head of EMEA Research

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Professional Summary

I am Director and Head of EMEA Research for Colliers International, having previously been Director and Head of Eastern European Research with Colliers for 7 years. 

I have worked within the real estate profession across EMEA for 20 years, living and working from bases in London, Dubai, Prague and more recently Helsinki.

I spent the first 10 years of my working life in London, starting as a development/investment consultant for an independent research house.

This was prior to joining CB Richard Ellis where I led emerging market research in MENA and CEE for 3 years. I resigned from CB Richard Ellis to develop and manage my own independent consultancy based in the UK, before joining Colliers in 2009. As of 1st July 2015, I was promoted to Head of EMEA Research. 

I use my experience and analytical skills to take a forward looking view of market opportunities & challenges impacting the industry on behalf of internal and external clients. 


I have achieved most things I set out to do - working and studying abroad and across a range of real estate sectors, helping to develop a deep knowledge and experience of different markets. I am well educated, a qualified surveyor and planner with a strong understanding of how the business works, enabling me to provide advice on issues that matter. I have also run my own business.

I continue to be hungry to learn and to earn, and look forward to using my knowledge and skills to achieve this with Colliers International.


MSc European Property Development and Planning, University College London

BPl Bachelor of Planning, University of Amsterdam/University of Manchester

Ba (Hons) Town and Country Planning, University of Manchester 

Memberships & Involvements



AT Kearney, Skanska, Sitel, Ideal Automotive


Feedback on Gen Y Reports:

"Many thanks for the report. I rarely read the full reports from agents, but I read this one with care and focus. Certainly a very interesting, thought provoking piece of research. Especially for traditional companies such as GE (Capital)."

"Thanks for the note - a very interesting paper and has already opened conversations with clients!  Having circulated copy of the report to some of my key occupier and developer clients, have already had very positive feedback (Michael Donohoe, Head of Business Space, Colliers International - Ireland)"

“Thank you for this, it certainly made for an interesting read and I definitely agree with the points on “New Challenges”, “Freedom and Feedback” and “Companionship at Work”.  I’ve observed each of these on many occasions and it’s reassuring to see it’s generational and not specific to our industry (Technology Client).”

"This is a great article – well done! My background is in management consulting at McKinsey and I cannot stress enough to our brokers the importance of talent management approach in our client service." (Maria Melo, VP, Colliers International California) 



Service Lines

Research & Economics, Valuation & Advisory Services

Property Type

Hotels, Industrial & Logistics, Land, Office, Retail

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