With ten years of consulting experience, Natalia Bakhlina brings an incredible depth of real estate economics knowledge with her. Natalia’s project experience emphasises entertainment destinations, as well as complex mixed use developments.
Natalia began her career as an analyst at Knight Frank in Moscow, where she led the office real estate market analytics. She moved to the UK in 2006, where she joined Economics Research Associates (ERA) covering a wide range of land uses including attractions, real estate, resorts and urban mixed-use.
At ERA (acquired by AECOM in late-2007), Natalia worked her way from a Research Associate to an Associate Director and completed a wide range of leisure and attraction assignments including feasibility studies, reviews of operational performance, and economic impact analyses for theme parks, water parks, cable cars, viewing towers and platforms, entertainment destinations, zoos, family entertainment centres, and large expos.
She has also performed due diligence for a number of large-scale attractions and attraction groups, with the aim to inform potential large-scale acquisitions.
At ERA/ AECOM, she has also acquired an extensive experience in feasibility studies and financial assessment of complex urban and resort mixed-use schemes encompassing commercial and residential real estate, hotels, golf, marinas, leisure, amenity and entertainment.
She has worked across Europe, Middle East and Asia and examples of her studies include development programme recommendations and financial appraisal for a large-scale casino development in Russia, feasibility of luxury branded residences in Turkey and Spain, a complete market study and recommendations for a 4,000ha resort on Egypt’s Red Sea, strategic planning for Abu Dhabi and Al Gharbia 2030 masterplans, and a review of business model for an Olympic ski resort in Sochi.