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Student headshot Aceil

“I find great pleasure in thinking out of the box and contributing to value creation through innovation.”

As a millennial working in the real estate industry in the Middle East, Aceil belongs to a generation that pushes for innovation, embraces change, and takes many risks. “There’s a gap between the current paradigm of real estate products and my generation of digital, plugged-in urban dwellers,” she explains. Her goal is to build future cities that drive social development and entrepreneurial growth. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Aceil joined Benchmark Development. She established an in-house design team, introduced the firm to social media, and led product design initiatives while working with world-renowned architects. It was difficult to find a graduate program that provided the technological edge to support her research activities as well as a people-centric learning experience. “The IDM program not only offers me the right set of tools and skills to kick-start the next stage of my career,” she says, “but also enables me to add value through innovation and collaboration with my peers.”