David Hedalen


Job title

Head of Real Assets Research

Work location

London, United Kingdom

Joined Aviva Investors


Joined The Industry



Main responsibilities

David Hedalen is Head of Real Assets Research at Aviva Investors. He leads a team tasked with delivering both thematic and fundamental research to the various investment desks across Real Assets. David is part of the senior team, delivering challenge and corroboration where required as well as offering insight into strategy formation and portfolio construction. David and the RA Research team also develop and maintain propriety models which underpin investment decisions and market outlook.

Experience and qualifications

Prior to joining Aviva Investors, he was with abrdn where he was Head of UK & European Real Estate Investment Strategy, a role which covered both research and strategy functions across the real estate business. Before that, David worked in London and Stockholm for IPD (now part of MSCI Real Assets) where he managed accounts and analysis for several large asset management houses in Europe.

David has been a member of numerous industry bodies, is a former Chair of both the INREV Performance Measurement Committee and the INREV Asset Level Index, has been a member of the IPF Research Steering Committee and was also part of PDIG, the Property Derivatives Interest Group.

He holds a degree in Geography from the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, an MSc in Spatial Planning and the Built Environment from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden as well as an MBA (with distinction) from Alliance Manchester Business School, UK.