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Armon Bar-Tur
Armon Bar-Tur
CEO
BaseCamp Student
Armon Bar-Tur
https://www.basecampstudent.com/
Copenhagen | Denmark
BaseCamp Student is an investor, developer and operator of Purpose Built Sudent Accommodation in Germany, the Nordics and Poland.
Brian Welsh
Brian Welsh
Head of Student
Round Hill Capital
Brian Welsh
http://roundhillcapital.com
London | United Kingdom
Round Hill Capital is a vertically integrated real estate investment management firm, a market leader in the accommodation sector. We have a proven track record of successfully identifying and acquiring high quality accommodation real estate with stable underlying cash flows and asset management upside.
Chanakya Chakravarti
Chanakya Chakravarti
Managing Director, India, Growth Markets
Ivanhoé Cambridge
Chanakya Chakravarti
http://www.ivanhoecambridge.com
Delhi | India
Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, is a Canadian real estate company with C$65BN of assets around the globe.Its areas of activity are investment, development, asset management, operations & leasing.
Charlie MacGregor
Charlie MacGregor
CEO & Founder
The Student Hotel
Charlie MacGregor
https://www.thestudenthotel.com/
Amsterdam | Netherlands
Our mission is to create boundary-blurring spaces where students, travelers, mobile professionals, creative nomads and enterprising minds can connect and thrive in smart design co- living and co-working spaces.
Craig Carracher
Craig Carracher
Group Executive Chairman
Scape
Craig Carracher
https://www.scape.com/
Sydney | Australia
Scape is an inspirational place to live and work. We make sure that our students have everything they need to feel safe, calm and at home. And also make sure they feel challenged, clued up and plugged into new ideas and a new city. They will be joining a community that looks out for one another, throughout their stay with us and when they leave. They will get that little bit of guidance that will make a big difference for uni and beyond.
Freddie Wonnacott
Freddie Wonnacott
Associate Director
M&G Investments
Freddie Wonnacott
https://www.mandg.com/real-estate/
London | United Kingdom
M&G Real Estate, the property fund management arm of M&G, is a specialist investor in all major real estate sectors across the globe.
Harald Hübl
Harald Hübl
Investment Director
Value One Holding AG / MILESTONE
Harald Hübl
http://www.value-one.at
Wien | Austria
We at Value One develop and operate properties and districts that offer more: more vision, more quality of life, more joy. We think across borders, operate internationally and look back on over 20 years of experience. Our three business areas, Development, Operations and Investment, aim to set standards and inspire our customers.
Henry Morton
Henry Morton
President
Campus Suites
Heriberto Cuanalo
Heriberto Cuanalo
CEO
Collegiate
Heriberto Cuanalo
https://www.collegiate-ac.com/
Bristol | United Kingdom
Collegiate AC is a UK based international Student Accommodation operating platform with management, development and investment services. The company is expanding its operating activities in Spain and Portugal and is interested in Western-European markets
Ioannis Verdelis
Ioannis Verdelis
Managing Director, International Development
Vita Group
Ioannis Verdelis
https://www.vitagroup.com/
Cheshire | United Kingdom
Vita Group creates connected communities, underpinned by living spaces. We challenge convention to re-imagine the way we live, work and socialise.
Irina Stamate-Rocha
Irina Stamate-Rocha
Partner
Patron Capital
Irina Stamate-Rocha
https://www.patroncapital.com/
London | United Kingdom
Established in 1999, Patron Capital Partners has evolved into one of the leading opportunistic real estate managers in Europe. Since its founding, Patron has raised a total of €4.0 billion from institutional and high net worth investors from Europe, the Middle East and the US. To date, Patron has undertaken more than 170 transactions across 83 investments or programs, involving over 65 million square feet of assets in 16 countries.
James Halstead
James Halstead
Director
BlackRock
James Halstead
http://www.blackrock.com
http://www.blackrock.com
+44 207 743 3000
London | United Kingdom
BlackRock is a global asset manager. We help investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, our clients turn to us for the solutions they need.
Jason Lee
Jason Lee
Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager
AEW Capital Management
Jason Lee
http://www.aew.com/
http://www.aew.com/
+852 2107 3500
Central | Hong Kong
Founded in 1981, AEW provides real estate investment management services to investors worldwide. One of the world’s leading real estate investment advisors, AEW manages $78.0/€69.5 billion of property and securities globally (as of December 31, 2019). AEW has over 725 employees with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, as well as additional offices in seven European cities.
Javier Perez Lecumberri
Javier Perez Lecumberri
Managing Director
Proprium Capital Partners
Javier Perez Lecumberri
http://proprium.com/
http://proprium.com/
+44 20 3008 8952
London | United Kingdom
Proprium Capital Partners is an employee-owned real estate fund manager spun out from Morgan Stanley in March 2013. Members of our Team have experience investing in real estate and real estate operating companies over the course of four special situations funds in 17 years. Proprium is focused on providing investment advisory services to commingled, discretionary funds with respect to opportunistic investments in real estate and real estate-related operating companies.
Jeffrey Sújar Blanco
Jeffrey Sújar Blanco
Managing Partner, Alternative Investments
URBANIA ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT, S.L.
Jeffrey Sújar Blanco
http://
http://
+34 912 90 80 70
Spain
Syllabus by Urbania is an International Real Estate company specializsed in the delivery of state-of-the-art Student Accommodation.
Joe Persechino
Joe Persechino
Head of Residential & Student Accommodation
AXA IM - Real Assets
Joe Persechino
https://realassets.axa-im.com/
London | United Kingdom
AXA IM - Real Assets is fully part of AXA Investment Managers, the Asset Management arm of the AXA Group, a world leader in global insurance and financial protection. Through a wide range of investment solutions, from commingled funds and joint ventures, to separate accounts and tailor-made investment vehicles, and from regional to country-specific investment strategies, we manage €100 billion1 on behalf of our 200+ third-party institutional clients as well as AXA Insurance Companies.
Josef Preschel
Josef Preschel
Managing Director & Founder
Peninsula Investment Group
Josef Preschel
http://www.peninsulainvestments.com/
Miami | FL | USA
Organización de planificación de activos enfocada en inversiones para el desarrollo de proyectos para venta de bienes raíces. Inversiones en mercados seleccionados de América Latina
Juan Acosta
Juan Acosta
Managing Director/ Head of Spain
Greystar
Juan Acosta
https://www.greystar.com
Madrid | Spain
Our innovative vertically integrated business model integrates the management, development and investment disciplines of the rental housing industry on international, regional and local levels.
Juliano F. Antunes
Juliano F. Antunes
Presidente
Uliving
Juliano F. Antunes
http://
Founded in 2012, the Uliving Brasil focused in the development and operation of student living projects.
Julie Skolnicki
Julie Skolnicki
Senior Managing Director
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Julie Skolnicki
http://www.greystar.com
Charleston | SC | USA
Greystar provides world-class service in the residential rental housing industry. Our innovative vertically integrated business model integrates the management, development and investment disciplines of the rental housing industry.
Ken Wainer
Ken Wainer
Founding Partner
VBI Real Estate
Ken Wainer
http://www.vbirealestate.com
São Paulo | SP | Brazil
Housing Office Development and Retrofit shopping mall development and logistic warehouses developments.
Laura Brinkmann
Laura Brinkmann
Vice President, Real Estate
Brookfield
Laura Brinkmann
http://
London | United Kingdom
Brookfield Asset Management is a leading global alternative asset manager with over US$500 billion of assets under management across real estate, infrastructure, private equity and credit (including through affiliate Oaktree Capital Management).
Leo Hertog
Leo Hertog
Senior Portfolio Manager - Real Estate
APG
Leo Hertog
http://www.apg.nl
http://www.apg.nl
+31 31 20 604 82 57
Amsterdam | Netherlands
APG is a global asset manager with €529 billion (August 2019) in pension assets. APG has offices in Amsterdam, Heerlen, Brussels, New York and Hong Kong.
Michiel Olland
Michiel Olland
Investment Management Director
Collegiate
Michiel Olland
https://www.collegiate-ac.com/
Bristol | United Kingdom
Collegiate AC is a UK based international Student Accommodation operating platform with management, development and investment services. The company is expanding its operating activities in Spain and Portugal and is interested in Western-European markets
Nick Barker
Nick Barker
Director
GCP
Nick Barker
http://www.gcpuk.com/
http://www.gcpuk.com/
+44 20 3405 8500
London | United Kingdom
In the last 10 years the founders of Gravis have advised on the financing, development, acquisition and management of student accommodation and educational property assets with a value well in excess of £4 billion.
Nick Hayes
Nick Hayes
Group Property Director
UNITE Group
Nick Hayes
http://www.unite-group.co.uk
Bristol | United Kingdom
Unite Students is the UK’s leading manager and developer of student accommodation. We provide a home for over 50,000 students in 132 purpose built properties across 26 of the UK’s strongest university towns and cities. We have over 1,000 employees and work in partnership with more than 60 higher education providers, as well as renting rooms directly to students.
Nitin Bhandari
Nitin Bhandari
Head of Direct Investments
LetterOne Treasury
Nitin Bhandari
http://www.letterone.com/
London | United Kingdom
LetterOne Treasury invests in and manages investments in public securities, private equity, real estate, hedge funds, and direct lending.
Paul Oliver
Paul Oliver
CEO
Curlew Capital
Paul Oliver
http://www.curlewcapital.co.uk/
London | United Kingdom
Curlew Capital focuses on the Acquisition, Development, Investment, Asset & Fund Management of UK PBSA Assets.
Russell Petrie
Russell Petrie
Head of Student
EQT Exeter
Samuel Vetrak
Samuel Vetrak
CEO
Bonard
Samuel Vetrak
https://bonard.com/
https://bonard.com/
+43 650 612 4527
Vienna | Austria
BONARD is a global market research and investment intelligence firm that assists with data, strategies and assessments in rented residential asset classes, incl. student housing, micro living, co-living, etc. The company provides the highest level of secondary and primary in-field data for real estate investors, funds, developers and operators, making it a leading provider of independent and reliable research and solutions.
Sean Lyons
Sean Lyons
Partner & Co-Founder
Jackson Dearborn Partners
Sean Lyons
https://www.jacksondearborn.com/
Chicago | USA
Jackson Dearborn Partners is a real estate investment and development company with a particular focus on multi-family and student housing.
Stephen Gaitanos
Stephen Gaitanos
Managing Director & Group CEO
Scape
Stephen Gaitanos
https://www.scape.com/
Sydney | Australia
Scape is an inspirational place to live and work. We make sure that our students have everything they need to feel safe, calm and at home. And also make sure they feel challenged, clued up and plugged into new ideas and a new city. They will be joining a community that looks out for one another, throughout their stay with us and when they leave. They will get that little bit of guidance that will make a big difference for uni and beyond.
Tom Rix
Tom Rix
Managing Director
Hines
Tom Rix
http://www.hines.com
http://www.hines.com
+44 20 7292 1900
London | United Kingdom
Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, founded in 1957, with a presence in 205 cities in 24 countries and $133.3 billion of assets under management.
Varun Singh
Varun Singh
Head of Investments - India and SE Asia
Allianz Real Estate
Varun Singh
http://www.allianz-realestate.com
Singapore | Singapore
Allianz Real Estate is the captive investment and asset manager for real estate within Allianz Group. We develop and execute tailored investment strategies for the Allianz Group, focusing on direct and indirect equity globally and commercial real estate
Xavier Scheibli
Xavier Scheibli
Portfolio Director
Global Student Accommodation Group
Xavier Scheibli
http://gsa-gp.com
http://gsa-gp.com
+49 6131 693 06 - 0
Mainz | Germany
GSA provides communities for higher education students in the best real estate and university markets.
Brian Welsh
Brian Welsh
Head of StudentRound Hill Capital
United Kingdom
Brian Welsh has over 14 years’ experience in the student accommodation and private rental sector markets. He has been responsible for the development and management of over 50,000 beds globally. Brian assumed the role of CEO of Nido Student in October 2017. Within this time, he has overseen the expansion of the portfolio from 2,000 to a pipeline of over 20,000 beds. Prior to joining Nido, Brian was Head of Operational Management at Liberty Living plc and then assumed the role of COO of Threesixty Developments and The Student Housing Company, where he oversaw the acquisition and delivery of over 17,100 beds across Europe, breaking into new PRS markets which have since become established, in particular Ireland and Spain.
Chanakya Chakravarti
Chanakya Chakravarti
Managing Director, India, Growth MarketsIvanhoé Cambridge
India
Chanakya (Chan) Chakravarti is the MD for India, responsible for implementing in his territory, the investment and asset-management strategies outlined in Ivanhoé Cambridge’s annual business plan and strategic plan. He works closely with the Growth Markets team and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to put in place and consolidate strategic partnerships for major projects in India. Mr. Chakravarti is a seasoned manager with more than 27 years of experience, including over 20 years in real estate, investment and development. Before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2018, he was Managing Director, Global Alternatives, Asia, at J.P. Morgan Chase. Chan has previously held country management roles at Actis Capital and C&W.
Charlie MacGregor
Charlie MacGregor
CEO & FounderThe Student Hotel
Netherlands
As founder and CEO of The Student Hotel (TSH), MacGregor has reimagined the concept of ‘luxury’ city centre accommodation for an expanding customer base of internationally-minded students, entrepreneurs and travellers who seek more than the anonymity of a box room in a building that sits in grand isolation from the community that surrounds it.
Craig Carracher
Craig Carracher
Group Executive ChairmanScape
Australia
Craig co-founded Scape Australia in 2013. After a partnership at Minter Ellison Legal, he became General Counsel of Consolidated Press Holdings. Craig then made the move to the investment world, first as CEO of Arctic Capital and then as co-founder of Telopea Capital Partners. After seeing the importance and potential of student living, Craig took on the role of Executive Chairman at PAD Student Living, co-founding Scape Australia soon after. Craig is responsible for Scape Australia’s legal, compliance and investor relations.
Freddie Wonnacott
Freddie Wonnacott
Associate DirectorM&G Investments
United Kingdom
Harald Hübl
Harald Hübl
Investment DirectorValue One Holding AG / MILESTONE
Austria
Harald Hübl is Investment Director of value one group. Prior to that, he headed Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance at Bawag PSK (a Cerberus owned bank in Austria). He spent nearly ten years in London at GE Capital as leader in European Healthcare Leveraged & Real Estate Finance, M & A and infrastructure investment.
Henry Morton
Henry Morton
PresidentCampus Suites
Canada
Past and present, Henry has (co) developed over 14,500 student housing and conventional bedroom units and 200,000 square feet of retail development. These projects span nine States and four Provinces, and hold a combined value of over $1.25 billion. His projects have won many awards, including the Portal of Excellence, “The Top Apartment Community” in Florida, and the National Association of Home Builders Pillar of the Industry Award – Student Housing for The Varsity in College Park, Maryland. The communities he developed have won awards in virtually every market in which he has worked. He was also recently named a Pioneer of the Industry, an award given out to 25 individuals who “helped to establish the modern student housing industry”.
Heriberto Cuanalo
Heriberto Cuanalo
CEOCollegiate
United Kingdom
Eri is a recognised expert in the development and management of high quality student accommodation schemes, with over 12 years of senior experience in the sector, and has worked on over 500 student accommodation projects.
Ioannis Verdelis
Ioannis Verdelis
Managing Director, International DevelopmentVita Group
United Kingdom
Growing our footprint in the PBSA sector in Spain and beyond.
Irina Stamate-Rocha
Irina Stamate-Rocha
PartnerPatron Capital
United Kingdom
James Halstead
James Halstead
DirectorBlackRock
United Kingdom
James Halstead, Director, is a member of BlackRock's Real Estate Team. He is responsible for sourcing and managing value add and opportunistic real estate investments in the UK, Ireland and Spain. Prior to joining BlackRock Mr. Halstead was a director at MGPA and lead Transactions team working on opportunistic pan-European acquisitions. Before this he practised as a corporate real estate lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner. He holds an MBA from London Business School and LLB from University of Southampton.
Jason Lee
Jason Lee
Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio ManagerAEW Capital Management
Hong Kong
Jason Lee is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for AEW in Asia and Portfolio Manager for AEW's Asia Core Plus/Value-Add Strategy. He is also a member of the AEW Asia Investment Committee. Mr. Lee is responsible for implementing the investment strategy including, sourcing, structuring and underwriting of new investment opportunities. Mr. Lee has 22 years of real estate investment experience. Prior roles include being a Director of Merrill Lynch’s Asia Opportunistic Real Estate Fund and the Global Principal Investments Group. Mr. Lee has a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is fluent in Mandarin.
Javier Perez Lecumberri
Javier Perez Lecumberri
Managing DirectorProprium Capital Partners
USA
Javier is a Managing Director at Proprium Capital Partners, L.P. where he is focused on leading new investments in Europe as well as overseeing management of the legacy SSF III European portfolio. Javier serves on the board of Monthisa Real Estate and on the advisory committee of the Casati Fund. Prior to joining Proprium, Javier worked for the real estate investment management platform of Deutsche Bank (formerly RREEF) since 2011 where he focused on analyzing new opportunities and managing the existing investments of the Global Opportunistic Fund II. As a member of the opportunistic team, Javier played a key role in the refinancing or restructuring of more than €1 billion in debt facilities and the acquisition of €500 million of assets.
Jeffrey Sújar Blanco
Jeffrey Sújar Blanco
Managing Partner, Alternative InvestmentsURBANIA ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT, S.L.
Spain
Jeffrey holds a Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and more than 20 years’ experience in Management and Business Development in the Real Estate area. In 2018 he joined Urbania International as CEO of Syllâbus, Urbania subsidary, leading the company’s operations as well as strategy, investment advisory and structuring. Syllâbus is a Property Development Company specialised in the delivery of prime Student Accommodation. Nowadays, he is also Proffesor at IE School of Architecture and Design. Prior to Syllâbus, Jeffrey held a position as Vice-President and Managing Director at Hill International and he was Development Director of Shopping Centre Specialist at Sonae Sierra.
Joe Persechino
Joe Persechino
Head of Residential & Student AccommodationAXA IM - Real Assets
United Kingdom
Joe is the Sector Specialist for Residential & Student Accommodation at AXA IM Alts – Real Assets. He is responsible for defining the broader residential sector strategy, assisting with deal origination, advising the Funds Management and Acquisitions teams on investments, working with in-country Asset Management teams on portfolio performance, sharing best practice and introducing sector innovation whilst leveraging on his professional network. Joe joined AXA IM Alts – Real Assets in 2018 and has over 20 years' experience in real estate, of which, the last 12 years have been in the residential sector covering social, affordable and intermediary housing as well as PBSA. Joe's career also extends to having worked in both Australia and France.
Josef Preschel
Josef Preschel
Managing Director & FounderPeninsula Investment Group
USA
He has been both an Investor and Developer of residential and mixed-used projects across Latin America and the South Eastern US. While working in Latin America, Josef identified a significant regional housing deficit, which he saw as a great opportunity to create value by investing in the residential development space; therefore, in 2005 he co-founded Peninsula with Mauricio Levitin. At Peninsula, Josef is responsible for overseeing investments, portfolio allocation in Mexico, Panama and Colombia, and managing investor relations. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the different funds of the firm.
Juan Acosta
Juan Acosta
Managing Director/ Head of SpainGreystar
Spain
Prior to joining Greystar, Mr. Acosta worked within CBRE’s Global Investment Partners (“CBRE GIP) as well at ING Real Estate, where he was responsible for sourcing, acquisitions and portfolio management across Continental Europe. Since joining CBRE GIP in 2011, Juan has been responsible for the acquisition and management of over €2.5bn of assets including €1.5bn of residential and student housing opportunities throughout Continental Europe. Juan started his career in 2003 at PwC Argentina in the advisory practice before joining ING Group in 2007. Juan received his MSc in International Finance at Amsterdam University.
Juliano F. Antunes
Juliano F. Antunes
PresidenteUliving
Brazil
Founder and CEO of Uliving, bringing the concept of Purpose Built Student Accommodation to Brazil. Graduated in Civil Engineering from Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia and Post-graduated in Business Management and Strategy from Instituto de Economia at Unicamp. Juliano is a mentor at Learn To Fly, helping people to understand and pursue their purpose. He is also an Advisor at Smartus, an organization that promotes knowledge and innovation in the real estate market.
Julie Skolnicki
Julie Skolnicki
Senior Managing DirectorGreystar Real Estate Partners
USA
With over 20 years of University Public Private Partnerships Transaction and Development Experience, Julie has focused her career on creating dynamic mixed-use environments driven by institutional objectives. - Delivered over $5 Billion in mixed-use campus communities - Oversees $2 Billion Development Pipeline - Focused on structuring complex multi-phased student life developments for colleges and universities - Expertise in building and managing large planning, design, construction, finance and operations teams - Structures innovative project financing and implementation strategies - Regular speaker, moderator, subject-matter expert for industry organization, conferences and publications.
Ken Wainer
Ken Wainer
Founding PartnerVBI Real Estate
Brazil
Ken co-founded VBI Real Estate in 2006 and has been involved in all of VBI Real Estate’s investments since inception. Prior to the formation of VBI Real Estate, Ken was a founding partner of Vision Brazil and was responsible for establishing the real estateprivate equity practice. At Vision Brazil, Ken was responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring, and portfolio management for investment funds with an AUM of U.S.$2 billion. Ken’s professional experience has included twenty years of investmentmanagement and M&A advisory work based in New York and São Paulo. Ken received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Laura Brinkmann
Laura Brinkmann
Vice President, Real EstateBrookfield
United Kingdom
Laura Brinkmann is a Vice President in Brookfield’s European Real Estate Group, overseeing Brookfield’s pan-European hospitality and French student housing platforms. Laura sits on the boards of edyn Ltd. a pan-European design-led aparthotel owner and operator; International Campus GmbH, one of Germany’s largest student housing owner and operator; as well as Appart’City SAS, part of GMG, the largest aparthotel operator in France as well as Center Parcs UK. Prior to joining Brookfield, Laura spent more than a decade with Marriott International, IHG plc and Deloitte LLP in M&A and asset management functions covering EMEA.
Leo Hertog
Leo Hertog
Senior Portfolio Manager - Real EstateAPG
Netherlands
Responsible for sourcing, negotiating, executing, managing and ultimately also disposing European private real estate investments including residential, student housing, retail, offices and hotels in amongst others the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. Currently managing more than € 1.2 billion equity in Pan-European student housing, Dublin residential development and Iberian shopping centres. In my capacity as a representative of APG, I sit on various boards, investment committees and advisory committees of the portfolio investments.
Michiel Olland
Michiel Olland
Investment Management DirectorCollegiate
United Kingdom
Michiel Olland, is an Investment Management Director at Collegiate AC and an Executive Director of BCRE - Brack Capital Real Estate Investments N.V. He is also the principal of MO Real Estate BV, an investment, capital and finance services firm based in the Netherlands. Between 1992 and 2012, he has had Executive Director roles in the international real estate sector, most importantly as global co-head of RE investments with APG Asset Management, Managing Director of Bouwfonds Property Finance International (an ABN Amro subsidiary) and as a real estate lender at ING Group.
Nick Barker
Nick Barker
DirectorGCP
United Kingdom
Nick is a director of Gravis. He is the co-lead manager of the GCP Student. Nick joined Gravis from Schroders where he worked for eight years, ultimately as head of alternatives for the real estate business and a member of the fund management team for the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund. Nick has over sixteen years investment experience having previously also worked at Cushman & Wakefield and JLL. Nick graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Investment & Finance in Property. Nick is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Nick Hayes
Nick Hayes
Group Property DirectorUNITE Group
United Kingdom
Nick heads up the Groups property business and is responsible for all aspects of Unite's real estate activities including property development, asset management and investment. He joined Unite in 2007 and has held a number of roles within the business. Nick sits on the Unite Students Executive Committee and is also a member of the BPF Student Accommodation Committee.
Nitin Bhandari
Nitin Bhandari
Head of Direct InvestmentsLetterOne Treasury
United Kingdom
Nitin Bhandari is Head of Direct Investments at LetterOne Treasury (LTS), responsible for private equity, direct lending and special situations investments. LTS manages financial investments in excess of $5 billion. Until recently, Nitin was also a Partner of Pamplona Capital Management LLP and responsible for direct lending and special situation investments in the Credit Opportunities Fund. Nitin has been involved in the European real estate and asset backed markets for over 25 years and has previously led the European Real Estate and Principal Finance businesses of Nomura and Bear Stearns.
Paul Oliver
Paul Oliver
CEOCurlew Capital
United Kingdom
Paul is currently CEO of Curlew. He has over 40 years’ experience in development and investment management in both the UK and Europe. He has been at the forefront of the establishment of unlisted property funds since 1991. He spent the 1980′s leading development teams on predominantly shopping centre schemes, following which, he moved to head up Dusco alongside Chairman Dik Dusseldorp, founder of Lend Lease plc. Paul then established Equity Partnerships promoting and managing collective investment schemes, which merged with the Teesland Group in 2000. In 2002 he launched Teesland plc on the London Stock Exchange, building funds under management to €6.5 billion before sale to Valad in June 2007.
Russell Petrie
Russell Petrie
Head of StudentEQT Exeter
United Kingdom
Samuel Vetrak
Samuel Vetrak
CEOBonard
Slovakia
Founder and CEO of BONARD and has over 20 years’ experience advising real estate investors, funds, developers and operators. Since 2007, under his leadership, his staff of 50 researchers and analysts operating in four offices around the world have been providing the highest level of secondary and primary in-field data, making BONARD a leading provider of independent and reliable research and solutions. Samuel, an individual member of the world's leading professional research association ESOMAR, is a frequent speaker at the major global real estate stages, attending dozens of conferences a year and sharing latest insights backed by his long-term industry experience
Sean Lyons
Sean Lyons
Partner & Co-FounderJackson Dearborn Partners
USA
Sean is a Partner and Co-Founder of Jackson Dearborn Partners. His primary areas of focus in The Student Housing sector include fundraising, investor relations, and marketing. Sean has over 20 years of experience including the last 16 as a real estate broker and principal participating in well over $1 billion in real estate transactions. Sean started his real estate career with Marcus & Millichap in 2003, eventually founding his own brokerage company, Triad Real Estate Partners, in 2010. Moving to the principal side, Sean went on to found JDP where he utilizes creative marketing and an extensive network to build a portfolio of real estate and relationships within the Student Housing space across The United States.
Stephen Gaitanos
Stephen Gaitanos
Managing Director & Group CEOScape
Australia
Over 10 years real estate investment, private equity and investment banking experience in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Extensive expertise in investing in hard asset backed and operational real estate, acquisitions, developments and disposals, private and public M&A, restructuring, work out, capital raising and investment structuring in public and private markets. Experience in a broad range of sectors including student accommodation, residential, education, healthcare, leisure & hospitality and core / social infrastructure. Over the last five years Stephen has been focused on the global student accommodation sector with particular focus on the Asia Pacific.
Tom Rix
Tom Rix
Managing DirectorHines
United Kingdom
Tom joined Hines in 2017 to lead the living operations team. Tom has over eight years’ experience in the sector and has previously held senior management roles with international operators such as Greystar and iQ Student, managing large portfolios across the UK with a focus on operational excellence.  In 2019 Tom was appointed Managing Director, with overall responsibility for all Hines Living operations in Europe. 
Varun Singh
Varun Singh
Head of Investments - India and SE AsiaAllianz Real Estate
Singapore
Varun Singh is a Director in Allianz Real Estate Asia Pacific and heads the India & Southeast Asia business. Prior to joining Allianz in 2019, Varun was leading Singapore real estate acquisitions for JPMAM. He was directly involved with and led investments in Singapore across all sectors for JPMAM’s flagship Strategic Property Fund Asia, an open-ended core fund focused on Asia Pacific gateway cities. Previously, Varun spent 9 years investing in Indian real estate market focused on equity and debt investment opportunities. Varun graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and received his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Xavier Scheibli
Xavier Scheibli
Portfolio DirectorGlobal Student Accommodation Group
Germany
Since 2018, Xavier Scheibli is Portfolio Director at GSA, based out of Frankfurt. He has more than 17 years of experience in multiple RE sectors, both on the equity & debt sides. In his current role, he’s responsible for managing portfolios of PBSA assets in Germany & UK, maintaining a close relationship with all players in the capital stack. Prior to GSA, Xavier was a Director at LNR/Hatfield Philips, leading NPL underwriting activities in Continental Europe & the firm’s co-investment opportunities. Before joining LNR in 2013, Xavier served as VP at Hudson Advisors & held posts in the RE division of UBS Wealth Mgt, where he was involved in fund structuring, acquisitions & distributions to high net worth individuals & inst. investors.

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Caroline Zurakowski
Caroline Zurakowski
Director RE Asia Pacific
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Laura Brizuela
Laura Brizuela
Director, Global Committees Production
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Caroline Zurakowski
Caroline
Caroline Zurakowski
Director RE Asia PacificGRI Club
Caroline Zurakowski (祖拉) is a Director, Real Estate - Asia Pacific based in Shanghai, China. Caroline has extensive, cutting-edge understanding of the technologies and best practices that drive today's businesses in China. She holds a BA in International Relations, a Master in Science and Security from King's College London and a Business Administration and Management course at JiaoTong University. She has been working in Innovation Consulting in China since 2019, hosting over 500 Investors and C-Level Executives from +200 different organizations. Now she is responsible for the GRI expansion across Asia-Pacific region.
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Laura Brizuela
Laura Brizuela
Director, Global Committees ProductionGRI Club
Brazil
I am a journalist, international analyst, and currently Director of Global Committees Production at GRI Group. I hold a Ph.D in International Political Economy (UFRJ), a master degree in International Relations (UERJ) and a degree in Journalism (UP). I have experience in Media, Research, and in Communication, as well as in Public Relations.

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