Speaker Profile

Rick Santos

Chairman and CEO, Santos Knight Frank

Rick Santos is the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Santos Knight Frank (an affiliate of Knight Frank, the largest privately owned global real estate consultancy, with more than 400 offices in 60 countries across the globe including a strategically important partnership with Newmark Knight Frank in the United States). Santos Knight Frank was the country’s first fully integrated real estate service provider. 

Since founding the business in 1994, Mr Santos has grown it to its current size of more than 1,200 staff operating across the country with 11 stand-alone, market leading business lines such as Occupier Services & Commercial Agency; Valuation & Appraisal; Investment Sales & Capital Markets; Project Management; Facilities Management; Property Management; Research & Consultancy; Residential Services; and Technical Services & Engineering.

Mr Santos and his Philippine team were instrumental in the growth of the Business Process Outsourcing sector and were pioneers in bringing many of the multinational BPO and offshoring companies to the country. In addition to running the day-to-day business, he takes charge of the cross-border investment team that focuses on the inbound and outbound movement of institutional and private investment capital.

Mr Santos serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards including YPO Gold Philippines, the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Philippines Chapter, and American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

Born in the Philippines (his father is from Zamboanga), his education covered UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics and Oxford University.