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Joanne Solomon, SA REIT Association CEO and GBCSA Board Member

Meet the members: In conversation with Joanne Solomon

Joanne Solomon was appointed CEO of SA REIT Association in May 2020 and is a board member of the GBCSA. She answered our questions to give us a better idea of her work, the environment and what inspires her.

She is a seasoned marketer with 22 years’ experience and an established career in the financial services industry, having worked in one of the largest financial institutions in South Africa. She started her career in the property finance division in 1998, progressing to Head of Brand and Client Insights at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking in 2019.

1. Where do you go for inspiration?

Pre COVID-19 my inspiration came from travelling but sadly, travel plans are on hold for now.  I enjoy keeping abreast of current affairs and knowing what’s going on in the world.

2. What is the best part of your work day?

The best part of my day is to collaborate and devise new approaches, ideas and projects.  It’s a great way to balance day-to-day work with something that allows me to push the limits.

3. What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of successfully maintaining the business’s leading marketing position in the South African commercial real estate market for a large financial institution.

4. What do you think is the most urgent global environmental challenge facing us?

With the growth of impact investing, ESG has rapidly become an integral part of the investment decision process. Prioritising the environmental issues alongside the social and governance aspects will enhance a company’s investment value proposition.

5. What do you feel is the biggest issue in the green building industry that we have to overcome, and any ideas on where to start in tackling it?

Ultimately, as an industry, we all need to come together and set out a uniform roadmap on how we can work towards meeting the environmental expectations while ensuring the overall business objectives are achieved.

Individual Membership

Designed for professionals acting in their individual capacity, including single consultant-businesses.

Organisational Membership

Ideal for companies, government departments, and organisations.

  • Total Employees: 1 - 5 Employees - R 4080.00
  • Total Employees: 6 - 20 Employees - R 12570.00
  • Total Employees: 21 - 50 Employees - R 24690.00
  • Total Employees: 51 Plus Employees - R 43840.00

Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Lisa Reynolds is the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa.

Lisa was the driver for the drafting of Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulations for Buildings and has been involved in Energy Efficiency since 2003. She serves on many committees in the SABS and within the energy management professionals’ space. She was President of the SAEEC from 2016 to 2019 and was the previous President of the ESCo (Energy Services Companies) Association. Lisa was instrumental in the formation of SAFEE (Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency) within SAEEC.

She has assisted the South African Government with its Green Building Framework policies, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives and Energy Efficiency Strategies

Her passion for the “Green space” started with the birth of the Green Building Council in 2007. Lisa served on the Board and the Technical Committee of the GBCSA, as well as on several Technical Working Groups for Rating Tools and Criteria. Lisa. became CEO in June 2020.

Lisa has a BSc, an MBA and a CEM. Lisa’s awards include the 2007 ETA Award for Women, 2008 Individual Energy (SAEE), 2012 SABS Standards Writer Award; the 2014 Women in Energy (SAWIEN); and the 2016 Ian Lane Hall of Fame award.

Lisa is committed to growing the Green Economy within a Green Recovery.

Organisational categories

As an organisational member, you will fall into one of the below categories, and be charged according to specific size indicators. Please reach out to us for any further clarity on which category is best for your organisation

Property Developers

Annual Turnover

Investors, Owners, Property Managers

Total Asset Value

Major Corporate Tenants & Retail

Annual Gross Rentals

Building Contractors

Annual Turnover

Building Product Manufacturers & Distributors

Annual Turnover

Professional Services: Architects, Designers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, PM’s, Consultants, Legal

Number of employees

Research, Higher Education, NGO’S & Regulators

NGO or Research/Higher Education/ Regulators

Related Interests: Utilities, Financial, Insurance, etc.

Annual Turnover


Local/ municipal/ provincial/ state 
Contact GBCSA to confirm your category