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Damian Harrington


Head of Research | Global Capital Markets & EMEA

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Professional Summary

I currently have a joint role as a Director Colliers, as both Head of EMEA Research, and Head of Global Capital Markets Research.  I am also part of  our EMEA Location Strategy team.

I have worked within the real estate profession  for over 20 years, living and working from various locations across EMEA including London, Dubai, Prague, Helsinki and Amsterdam. My work and student experiences expanded my horizon to include India and the US. 

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.  During my career I have written research /generated analysis of markets across all asset class types - from residential to offices, retail to logistics and hotels to niche sectors such as life sciences, air cargo and data centres.   I have analysed a variety of subjects and subject matter relevanmt to our industry, examining the impact on real estate such as the changing nature of global capital and the impact on global capital flows, the impact of e-commerce and near/off-shoring on global industrial and logistics markets and the changing nature of the energy and hydrocarbon industry. In addition to developing a view of markets at a very high-level,  I have conducted multiple studies examing the  micro-meso location factors critical in supporting the creation of planning policy at city/regional level, and in supporting investment and occupier decisions on key projects across EMEA, in addition to providing a strategic overview of multiple- markets and locations  as part of the decision making process. 


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 also run my own business consultancy prior to joining Colliers, so I know how to prioritise and deploy time and resources effectively.

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


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



ARK Data Centres, AT Kearney, Bloomberg, CTP, Carcoustics, Farasis, Faurecia, Garmin, Heathside, Hollister, Ideal Automotive, IMOE, Immofinanz, Koch Industries, Lingnang, Macquarie, Mapletree, Molex, Oaktreee, Phillips-Medisize, Sitel,  Skanska, TI Automotive, Varroc, Verdion, Wuest & Partners,


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) 




Town Planning, Area Development, Demographic Mapping, Development Consulting, Location Advisory and Incentives

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Property Type

Hotels, Industrial, Retail, Residential

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