Angela Han, Director of Asset Management | SINOBO GROUP


About SINOBO Group:

"SINOBO GROUP Co., Ltd. (SINOBO GROUP) was established in September 2005 and headquartered in Beijing. Adhering to the corporate spirit of 'ASPIRING FORWARD', SINOBO GROUP has gradually transitioned from 'high-end real estate leader' to 'comprehensive property developer and holding operator'. It has developed into an investment conglomerate operating in the real estate development, commercial operations and sports culture. SINOBO GROUP has competitive advantages in high-end apartments, commercial property, villas, office buildings and related value-added services. The Group's projects have always been industry benchmarks for China's high-end real estate.

SINOGO GROUP has invested in sports and cultural tourism industry since 2011. At present, it is the sole owner of Beijing Guoan Football Club, i.e. BEIJING FC. SINOBO GROUP is the investment operator of Taizicheng Resort-Chongli, a major supporting project of the 2022 Winter Olympics, and is responsible for the renovation, reconstruction, and operation of Beijing Workers' Stadium. "



Angela Han is a member of the Advanced Management Development Program, and recently took a few open enrollment programs with us. We caught up with her to learn about her journey to Harvard.


You are currently the Director of Asset Management at SINOBO Group. Tell me a little bit about your work, and your company.

I’ve had a variety of roles in my career, all over the world. In my current work, I work in design, construction, and development, and for many of our projects, I am working on them from beginning to end. I interview and evaluate contractors and designers, align construction schedules with the sales and marketing leasing timeline, and even do market assessment and analysis.


One of the big projects I am working on right now is for mixed-used development at the site of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Our firm is building up most of the buildings outside of the competition venues and the Olympic village, with the goal of making a “smart town”. A lot of our work has been disrupted by COVID, but we have found ways to finish on time – unlike most building projects, this one cannot be delayed. It was with this in mind that I took some of my electives for AMDP, including AI, Machine Learning and the Built Environment, and From Smart to Autonomous: Emerging Technologies in Buildings. I am learning everything I can to make this project a success.


You mentioned those electives you took. What stood out in your experience in From Smart to Autonomous: Emerging Technologies in Buildings?

What really stood out in this program was that it was very practical and discussed more than just the technology in buildings at a high level. The program introduced the different standards that buildings can seek, LEED, WELL, etc., but also gave insight into the cost/benefit of which of these to pursue depending on the project you are working on. It also discussed the technological and practical overlap of different standards – some have more similarity, while others are very different. And the group discussion challenged us to think about the pros and cons of the different standards for our different projects.


You have taken the AMDP during an unprecedented period of disruption, having started in 2020. Talk about why you chose to do this program, and what your experience has been in it?

I’ve dreamed of studying at Harvard ever since I was little, so when I learned about this program, it was a dream come true. There has been some overlap in content from my Executive MBA, but the practical case studies used by many of the professors makes learning fun. When people ask me if I recommend AMDP, I always say yes - if you want to make a network across the world, it is very useful. Real estate has a lot of small business owners as well - for small business owners, this program is really good to get exposure to a broad range of real estate knowledge and a global network.