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EG’s Rising Stars: Ekkist Co-founder, Olga Turner

Olga Turner Photo: Jon Enoch

In 2016 Estates Gazette profiled Ekkist founder Olga Turner as a Rising Star in the property industry. The following extract was first published on EG online. You can read the full article here.

“We have spent the past six months searching for the 15 most exciting under-35-year-olds in the industry.”

“Straight talking, to the point and ruthlessly ambitious, they are the perfect clutch of bright young things to pay tribute to the legendary Iraqi architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly in March this year at the age of 65.”

“From tech entrepreneurs to surveyors and from developers to maths geniuses, these are the fresh faces you need to have on your radar.”

EG's Rising Stars group portrait at Zaha Hadid Studio Photo: Jon Enoch

“They are the perfect clutch of bright young things to pay tribute to the legendary Iraqi architect Dame Zaha Hadid”

The star surveyor

Olga Turner, 26, senior surveyor, CBRE

“Being young and successful happens when… you have a willingness to learn, an open mind, and a positive, enthusiastic attitude; when you are learning from your mentors, questioning and challenging convention, and making yourself as useful as you can.”

“What do you wish you had known when you were starting out? I wish I had had an appreciation of quite how many roles there are in the property industry and how many ways there are to shape the built environment.”

“Advice for property graduates: Get to know as much as you can about the industries and career paths you’re interested in before you commit to a full-time job. Do work experience in different sectors and different roles within that sector, through internships and by talking to people in those roles. And don’t be afraid to change roles if you feel it isn’t taking you where you want to be.”

This article was first published by Estates Gazette online