Global Opportunities for Private Capital




With intense global competition for assets and the insatiable thirst for yield, how are private capital investors identifying opportunities to generate required returns? Panelists will address the challenges of sourcing and executing on deals in the current environment, share insights on which sectors and cities offer the best risk-reward, and discuss future trends that might impact the industry.


Panel Director:

Yong Kai Tan (MBA '19)



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Nori Gerardo Lietz

Nori Gerardo Lietz is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Finance and Entrepreneurial Management Units. She presently teaches Real Estate Private Equity and Venture Capital and Private Equity.

Nori Gerardo Lietz is the founder of Areté Capital, a real estate advisory firm.  Until June 2011, Ms. Gerardo Lietz was a Partner at Partners Group, a Swiss based private alternative asset manager.  At Partners Group she was the chief strategist for private real estate and chairman of the private real estate investment committee.   Ms. Gerardo Lietz co-founded Pension Consulting Alliance in 1988 and developed its real estate investment management and advisory activities. The firm became the largest real estate advisory firm in the world in terms of client assets. In that capacity she represented many of the largest real estate investors in the world. Previously, she co-founded Public Storage, Inc., an institutional money management firm deploying pension capital to acquire real estate assets. She began her career as an attorney at Paul, Hastings   specializing in SEC and ERISA matters on behalf of pension funds, real estate managers and real estate pension consultants.

Ms. Gerardo Lietz holds an AB with honors from Stanford University. She also holds a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law where she was the Chief Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review. She is a former member of the Pension Real Estate Association Board of Directors and of the Real Estate Research Institute.  In 2005 she was the Commencement Speaker for the MIT Center for Real Estate.  She received the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award for the Elective Curriculum from the Harvard Business School Class of 2014.  The Private Equity Real Estate Magazine named her one the 30 most influential industry leaders in 2006, the second most influential real estate person globally in 2007, and one of the 10 most prominent women in real estate in 2010.  



Nadeem Meghji

Nadeem Meghji is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and Head of Real Estate Americas, based in New York.  Mr. Meghji has played a leadership role in Blackstone's investment activity in the US, including the acquisition of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, Biomed Realty Trust, and Brixmor Property Group.   Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Meghji worked as an associate at the Lionstone Group. Mr. Meghji received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Meghji serves as a board member for the Lupus Research Alliance.and is the Co-Chair of the annual Rally Against Lupus fundraiser.


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Kevin Colket

Kevin Colket is a Managing Director and Head of Acquisitions for Asia Pacific at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Colket oversees the Firm’s efforts to expand its presence in the region, with a focus on investments across all real estate asset classes.

Prior to relocating to Hong Kong in March 2015 to lead the firm’s Asia efforts, Mr. Colket was Co-Head of the Firms’ Global Hotel Acquisitions Group based in London and led Starwood Capital’s hospitality acquisition efforts in Europe from 2012.

Since joining Starwood Capital’s Greenwich, C.T. office in the U.S. in 2007, where he worked until moving to the U.K. in 2012, Mr. Colket has successfully led more than $4 billion in closed equity and debt transactions. Mr. Colket has also asset-managed many of the Firm’s key hospitality investments and made several large mezzanine loans for Starwood Property Trust.

Mr. Colket earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. degree in economics from Trinity College.

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Bill Musto

Bill is a Managing Director at The Baupost Group, where he focuses on managing the firm’s portfolio of real estate investments.  Prior to Baupost, Bill was a Vice President at Beacon Capital Partners and an Associate at Lehman Brothers.  Bill graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and received his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School.  He serves on the Board of Heading Home Inc. and is an Overseer at The New England Conservatory.  Bill is active in various real estate trade organizations.