Derek Heffernan is the Director of construction at Hines. He has had a very diverse career during his 24 years in the Real Estate industry, working on a variety of projects across Europe and the Middle East. He studied Quantitative Surveying at the University of Westminster. In 2008 he began working for Majid Al Futtaim, an Emirati holding company based in Dubai, as VP for Commercial Management. During his 11 years there, he worked on projects across the Middle East, and began to implement technology into his projects where applicable.
In 2020 he returned to his native Ireland to work as Director of Construction at Hines. Calling on his knowledge from a diverse project range and experience gained has allowed him to tackle challenges in different ways, one of which was his outspoken support for integrating technology much more heavily into his sites.