Investing in US Equity & Credit in an Era of Heightened Uncertainty

Investment
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As an asset class, real estate continues to attract significant capital driven by today’s low interest rate environment.Together we discuss the opportunities and risks created by political, demographic, capital flow and technological shifts.


PANEL DIRECTOR:
FRANK WILLIAMS (MBA '18)

Moderator:
Charlie Wu, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Managing Director and Founding Partner, BayNorth Capital

Speakers:
Onay Payne, Equity Owner and Director of Clarion Partners
Sharmil S. Modi, Principal at The Baupost Group
Andrew Shore, Principal of Ares Management
Carlos Febres-Mazzei, Director at Eastdil Secured

Strategies to Create New Urban Districts: Anchoring Mixed-Use Developments

URBAN
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With changes in demographics, lifestyles, work environments, and entertainment options, comes the shifts in mixed use strategies when (re)creating urban districts. 


PANEL DIRECTOR:
DANLU LI (MDES '18)

Moderator:
John D. Macomber, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School

Speakers:
Fred Cooper, SVP of Toll Brothers
Mark Spector, SVP of NYCEDC (former President of Hudson Yards Development Corp.)
Adam Meister, VP Development of Howard Hughes
Catherine Malmberg Dannenbring, Director Development of Thor Equities
Nicholas Jay Iselin, General Manager of Development at Lendlease

Launching Your Own Real Estate Venture

Venture
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A candid conversation about the trade-offs associated with launching your own venture (e.g. work/life balance, compensation, career satisfaction, etc). Our panelists, who have pursued their real estate passions at an early stage in their careers, will explore the following questions: What are the most important factors one should weigh when deciding whether to stake out on their own? Does it always make sense to raise financing for real estate deals via a fund structure or is it best to pursue deal-by-deal financing? 


PANEL DIRECTOR:
ANDREW VELO-ARIAS (MBA '17)

Moderator:
Nori Gerardo Lietz, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Speakers:
David Colman, Principal of Roco Real Estate
Dwight Angelini, Founding Partner of Longpoint Realty Partners
Craig Young, Founder and Managing Principal of Tidewater Capital
Maximillian Amster, Managing Director and Partner of Avesta Communities LLC

New Age Models of Hospitality

LIFESTYLE
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Come and explore the new age business models in hospitality, through the first hand experiences of the most innovative hospitality founders and the most savvy hospitality focused real estate investors.


PANEL DIRECTOR:
AAYESHA GHANEKAR (MBA '18)

Moderator:
Alexander Mirza, President & CEO of Cachet Hospitality Group

Speakers:
Jason Brown, Chief Development Officer of YOTEL
Brenna Halliday, VP Strategic Insights of Host Hotels & Resorts
Vicki Poulos, Senior Director of Global Brand Management at Moxy Hotels of Marriott International
Mark Owens, EVP and Head of Hospitality Capital Markets of CBRE Hotels
Adam Hochfelder, Managing Director of Real Estate Acquisitions & Development of Merchants Hospitality

Exploring Untapped Tech Opportunities and Industry Disruptors

Technology
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The traditional real estate business model is undergoing transformation, and new players are introduced along with unique investment opportunities. Panelists will explore the challenges facing the industry and how technology and innovation will propel it into the future.


PANEL DIRECTOR:
RUBEN ORTEGA, JR. (MBA '18)
ANDREW FAULKNER (MBA '18)

Moderator:
Roberto Charvel, Harvard Business School Alumni '01

Speakers:
Marc Rutzen, Co-Founder and CTO of Enodo Score
Irina Mladenova, ‎President and Head of Product Strategy of Rifiniti
JP Ackerman, VP Client Development of HouseCanary Inc.
Sara Queen, EVP Asset Management of Brookfield
Britt Zaffir, Director of Real Estate Acquisitions of Common

The Evolving Workplace: How Innovation is Shifting Commercial Office Development

Workplace
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Innovation and technology are changing how and where we work. They are a central part of corporate strategy to gain competitive advantage in the 21st century. What strategies are developers and investors pursuing to understand and leverage innovation and technology in office buildings? What is the effect of these spaces on the urban economy?


Panel Director:
Andrew Wade (MDes '18)

Moderator:
Dr. Jesse M. Keenan, Lecturer in Architecture and Real Estate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Speakers:
Andrew Laing, Head of Workplace Strategy and Design of Bridgewater Associates
Thomas Vecchione, Director of Workplace Strategy and Headquarters Planning, Gensler
Peter Miscovich, Managing Director of JLL
Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center