Meet the team

Samantha Rowan
Editor, REFI US

Samantha is the long-time editor of REFI US, having been associated with the title for around 20 years. Based in our New York office, she is one of the best known and most respected journalists in the real estate sector in the US. Prior to joining REFI, she had a spell on Institutional Investor covering private asset management. Samantha has a BA in American Literature from Columbia University.

Julie Cruz
Managing Editor, REFI Europe

Julie is managing editor of REFI Europe, and is based in our London office. Julie joined Property Investor Europe, as was, in January 2016. Prior to this, Julie worked as a reporter for Bloomberg News in Frankfurt, and also had a spell in media relations at Henkel, the German consumer brand. She has a masters in business from ESCP Europe and a BA in politics and economics from Sciences Po Aix. Julie speaks five languages.

Peter Benson
Pension Funds Reporter

Peter Benson is the pension funds reporter for Real Estate Fund Intelligence US. He is a recent graduate of the Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism Master’s program at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. During his time there he covered topics such as on and off-campus sports, guns, and travelling.

Will Muoio
Senior Reporter, REFI US

Will is a senior reporter for REFI US and is based in our New York office. He joined REFI in November 2018; previous to that, Will held various journalism roles for a range of different publications, all in the New York area. He has degree in journalism from Syracuse University; previous to that, he was educated in the UK at The American School in London.

Krystal Scanlon
Reporter, REFI Europe

Krystal is a reporter on REFI Europe and is based in London. She joined the title in November last year after a spell on its sister product, PEmap. Prior to joining the business, Krystal operated as a freelance journalist and copywriter for a range of different publications. She has a diploma in journalism from the College of Media & Publishing in Chichester and a BA from the University of Reading.

Mariah Brown
Reporter, REFI US

Mariah is the property markets reporter for REFI US. Based in our New York office, Mariah joined the business in January 2018, having previously interned at the New York Times, Associated Press and NBC. She has a masters degree in business and economics from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and a BA in journalism and history from the State University of New York.

Charley-Kai John
Reporter, REFI Europe

Charley is a reporter on REFI Europe and is based in Cardiff. An NCTJ-accredited journalist, he is a graduate of the News Journalism MA at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and has a BA in English Literature from the University of Warwick. Before moving over to REFI Europe, Charley wrote for sister publication Fundmap, covering North American foundations and endowments.

Steve Whitehouse
France Editor, REFI Europe

Steve is a freelance writer and editor, specialising in European business, finance, investment, economics and politics. Based in Paris, Steve has been covering the European real estate market for REFI Europe for several years. Prior to going freelance, he worked for Thomson, AFX and Reuters. Steve has a PhD in economics from the University of Bath and speaks two languages.

Simon Meads
UK Editor, REFI Europe

Simon is a freelance writer and editor, based in London. Specialising in financial services reporting, including private equity and M&A, he has been covering the UK property sector for REFI Europe for more than six years. Prior to going freelance, Simon wored as a financial journalist for both Reuters News and Thomson Financial. He has a degree in law from the University of Leicester.

William Purchase
Membership Sales Manager

Will is a senior subscription sales manager at Pageant Media, overseeing membership sales for REFI and other sister products. Based in the London office, he joined the business in March 2019. Prior to Pageant, Will spent eight years at Informa in a range of similar roles on its shipping and agriculture information services. He has a BA in English from the University of Leeds.

Jon Drackett
Membership Renewals Manager

Jon is responsible for subscription renewals on both REFI US and REFI Europe. A renewals specialist, Jon joined REFI's parent company Pageant Media in February 2013 and has worked across many of the business' leading products and services. He is based in the London office. Prior to this, he spent eight years at Informa in a similar role. Jon was educated at Brampton Manor Academy in London.

Emiliano Schiavon
Membership Account Manager

Emiliano is a membership account manager for REFI US. Currently based in London, he joined REFI's parent company Pageant Media in March 2017, working in a range of different subscription sales roles. Prior to joining the business, he worked for Grupo Peñaflor, one of Argentina's biggest wineries. Emiliano as a degree in international relations from UCA in Buenos Aires.

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