Gartner Expert

Melanie O'Brien

VP Analyst

Melanie O'Brien is a VP, Analyst and Key Initiative (KI) Leader serving clients under the Corporate Real Estate and ESG and Investor Relations core topics. Melanie addresses client challenges relating to workplace strategies , portfolio management, sustainability and effective investor communications. She is also responsible for the Corporate Real Estate research plan as KI Leader.

Previously Melanie was Team Manager for the Technology-led Corporate Finance & Services team based across APAC and North America leading researchers writing to Growth Investment and Cost Structure and Corporate Real Estate KIs. As the manager of this team, Melanie was responsible for research planning and client support, understanding the prevalent challenges Executives incur in these areas, particularly as real estate and ESG continue to demand increased Executive attention.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner Research & Advisory, Melanie held a variety of roles including Manager in the Infrastructure, Economic and Commercial Advisory team at Deloitte and lead stakeholder engagement consultant on a range of significant infrastructure delivery projects in the APAC region. In these previous roles, her focus has been heavily in stakeholder engagement, business case design and modelling support, including advising clients on real estate portfolios and asset management, report writing, designing consultation efforts including setting up working groups, and undertaking risk mitigation involving environmental, social and governance matters.

Professional background

Deloitte

Manager, Economics and Commercial Advisory

SMEC

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Advisor

Areas of coverage

Finance Function Strategy and Organization Design

Growth Investments and Cost Structure

Corporate Real Estate

Executive Leadership: Sustainability

Education

Master of International Law, University of Sydney

Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies (Journalism, Politics), University of Wollongong

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1ESG

2Workplace Strategy

3Portfolio Management

4Investor Relations

5Personal Effectiveness