real estate investment

Where is the US real estate market heading? What are the strategies that private equity funds and developers are looking to adopt over the next years? The Real Estate Investments panel will cover critical questions facing the CRE industry over the short to medium term.



Charles F. Wu (Moderator)

professor, harvard business school

managing director, baynorth capital

Charles F. Wu is Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Wu is also a Managing Director and founding partner of BayNorth Capital, a private real estate equity firm based in Boston.  The BayNorth team has invested approximately $2.6 billion of capital for seven distinct funds for 45 institutional clients. Investments include equity, participating debt, joint ventures, land acquisitions and partnerships. Prior to co-founding BayNorth Capital in July 2004, Charlie co-founded the private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners in July 1998 and was a Managing Director of its predecessor firm, Harvard Private Capital Group, the private equity and real estate investment unit of Harvard Management Company.  Before joining Harvard Private Capital in 1995, Charlie was a Managing Director at Aldrich Eastman & Waltch, where he directed the restructuring group and was a portfolio manager. Prior to AEW, Charlie worked at Morgan Stanley in their corporate finance department.

Charlie serves on the Facilities and Capital Planning Advisory Committee for the Harvard Corporation and is on the Board of Trustees of Newton Wellesley Hospital. He was a founding Board member of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, is a past President of the Newton Schools Foundation, and has chaired Boston Mayor Menino’s Economic Advisory Board. Since 2006, Charlie has been a frequent lecturer at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Charlie has an MBA, with distinction, and a BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University.

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Ben Brady

managing director, bain capital

Mr. Brady joined Bain Capital in 2018 as part of Bain Capital Real Estate’s founding team. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Brady was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Harvard Management Company’s (HMC) Real Estate Investment Group, where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, structuring, negotiating and managing HMC’s real estate investments.Prior to joining HMC in 2006, Mr. Brady was an attorney at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray, LLP. Mr. Brady is a graduate of Rice University and Yale Law School.


Jonathan Willen

principal, blackstone

Jonathan Willén is a Principal in Blackstone’s Real Estate group, based in London since 2015. Before joining Blackstone, Mr Willén was an Associate at Goldman Sachs, focusing on cross-asset derivatives structuring and client trading. Prior to that, Mr. Willén worked at Morgan Stanley in the credit derivatives structuring group. Mr Willén received a BSc in Economics with First Class Honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master (MDesS) in Real Estate and the Built Environment from the Harvard University GSD.


Joe McMillan

chairman & ceo, ddg

Prior to the founding of DDG, Joe was a senior member of the U.S. private equity investment team at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM), a global institutional alternative asset management firm with $32 billion of assets under management. He was also a principal at Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL) and initial member of Greenhill Capital Partners LLC investment team managing $1.1 billion of equity capital. Joe has guest lectured at Columbia University and New York University, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Municipal Art Society of New York and the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, he holds a B.S. in Commerce, Concentration in Finance. Joe also served in the U.S. Army.