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GRI Chairmen’s Talk

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Friday, 30th July
14:00 - 15:00 | British Summer Time (GMT+1)
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Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Henri Alster
Chairman
GRI Club
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Founding Chairman of the GRI, a global club of investors active across the Americas, Europe, India and the Far East since 1998. He previously worked for 20 yrs as a RE investment banker, advising or partnering with Goldman’s Whitehall Street, KLM Pensioenfonds, Forest City Enterprises and others across the USA and Europe. He led Citicorp's RE investment banking efforts in Europe between 1988-94, closing Europe’s two largest land deals in Paris on behalf of Exxon and Pechiney. He previously spent 5 yrs in f/x activities with ITT Corp and Chemical Bank in New York and Brussels. A Columbia Business School MBA ('74), Henri is an undergraduate Technion Israel Industrial Engineer ('72). He is fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Dutch and German.
Kirsty Stevens
Kirsty Stevens
Kirsty Stevens
Global Head, Content & Production | Senior Director, UK Accounts
GRI Club
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12 years experience within conference production in infrastructure, tax, finance and real estate. Previously working with RICS for four years helping drive the global CPD rollout. I have been with GRI Club for over 4 years, from Sales Director, UK Markets Director, Content Director and now as Global Head of Content with Sales Specialty within our Europe and USA markets. Ask me about our European events,asset class specialisms and connecting wtih investors globally. BA Hons in Philosophy from Kings College London, hobbies include Rugby, Theatre Production and Time Out Tastemaker.

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Confirmed Participants

Alexey Blanin
Alexey Blanin
AB Development
André Freitas
André Freitas
Hedge Alternative Investments S/A
Audrey Klein
Audrey Klein
Kennedy Wilson
Brooks Blake
Brooks Blake
Kew Capital
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph Schumacher
Manulife Investment Management
Coley Brenan
Coley Brenan
KSL Capital Partners
Dan-David Golla
Dan-David Golla
Golla Capital
Davide Albertini Petroni
Davide Albertini Petroni
Risanamento
Dirk Brandes
Dirk Brandes
Natixis
Eduardo D’Alessandro
Eduardo D’Alessandro
Castlelake
Edward Aldag Jr.
Edward Aldag Jr.
Medical Properties Trust
Edward Siskind
Edward Siskind
Cale Street Partners
Fabio Longo
Fabio Longo
Bain Capital
Florian Schaefer
Florian Schaefer
Northwood Investors International Limited
Alexey Blanin
Alexey
Alexey Blanin
CEOAB Development
Russia
AB Development has been successfully operating on the commercial and residential real estate markets in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Being a CEO of the company, Alexey Blanin has 20 years of experience in development, he has developed more than 1 mn sqm of quality commercial and residential projects with a total budget exceeding USD 2 bn and net operating income amounting more than USD 500 mn. Alexey started his career in well-known international development company Hines. In 2005-2009 Alexey headed Horus Capital, one of the major players of Moscow commercial real estate market.
André Freitas
André
André Freitas
Partner & CEOHedge Alternative Investments S/A
Brazil
Andre is the CEO and CIO of Hedge Investments, an Asset Management Company founded in 2015 that manages Real Estate Investment Funds (FII), Private Equity (FIP), Hedge Funds (FIM) and managed accounts for institutional investors. Previously, he was a co-founder and senior partner of Hedging-Griffo, from 1983 to 2006, and an MD at Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo from 2007 to 2016. He was also the chairman of the Real Estate Consulting Committee at B3 and a member of the Real Estate Financial Products Committee at ANBIMA.
Audrey Klein
Audrey
Audrey Klein
Head of FundraisingKennedy Wilson
United Kingdom
Audrey Klein is the Head of Fundraising for Kennedy Wilson Europe. Prior to this she held Head of Fundraising roles at several firms but is best known for starting the European business out of London for the Park Hill Real Estate Group, a Division of Blackstone, which she ran for 9 yrs. Prior to joining Park Hill, she ran her own business for 5 yrs marketing alternative asset funds across all asset classes including private equity, real estate and hedge funds to European investors comprised of pension funds, banks, family offices and high net worth individuals. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of business where she received an MBA, and is also a graduate of Emory University with a degree in Economics.
Brooks Blake
Brooks
Brooks Blake
PartnerKew Capital
United Kingdom
Brooks has over 20 years of private equity experience. Brooks currently leads real estate investing for Kew Capital LLP, a large single family office based in London. Prior to Kew, Brooks led real asset investments for the Bain Capital family office based in Boston. Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior private equity real estate executive and led over nine million square feet of development. Brooks earned an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a dual degree in Economics and Political Science with Honours and Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph
Christoph Schumacher
Global Head of Real Assets, Private MarketsManulife Investment Management
Switzerland
Dr. Christoph Schumacher has been appointed as Global Head Real Estate at Credit Suisse Asset Management as of June 1, 2017. Christoph served as Managing Director at Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH, Germany, in charge of the Institutional Business and a member of Union Investment’s Real Estate Investment Committee. In January 2016, he became spokesman of the board of the German Property Federation ”ZIA Region Nord“. From 2005 to 2011, Christoph worked for Generali Real Estate, in Cologne, Luxembourg and Paris. Prior to that he was a lawyer for Linklaters in Berlin and London. He was previously a personal advisor/office manager to the minister of finance in Berlin.
Coley Brenan
Coley
Coley Brenan
Partner, Head of EuropeKSL Capital Partners
United Kingdom
Coley Brenan, Partner & Head of Europe, KSL Capital Partners. KSL is a leading private equity firm with $7.0 billion of equity capital commitments raised since 2005 and a 20-year track record of making investments exclusively in travel and leisure businesses. Through its investment vehicles, KSL has owned and operated some of the largest and most renowned hotel and resort properties in the United States and Europe, comprising 15,500 hotel rooms, 500 restaurants, 350 retail stores 250 golf courses and 630,000 members.
Dan-David Golla
Dan-David
Dan-David Golla
CEOGolla Capital
Germany
Dan-David Golla is one of the leading impact investment experts in Germany for investments in social infrastructure and demographic trends. As a pioneer, he constructed one of the first institutional investment funds for nursing homes and assisted living in Germany. With the foundation of AviaRent Capital Management S.à r.l. he established the company as the market leader in this asset class in Germany. During his time as CEO he also initiated the first and one of the largest investment funds for furnished apartments in Germany. Dan-David Golla decisively shaped the market and the concept of the new form of living, Microapartments. He also developed the largest kindergarten portfolio in Germany.
Davide Albertini Petroni
Davide
Davide Albertini Petroni
Managing DirectorRisanamento
Italy
Since 2009 he is Managing Director of Risanamento S.p.A, a property and development Company with €1 bln of assets under management. He was CEO of Immobiliare Cascina Rubina owning Sesto Project designed by Renzo Piano for 963.500 sqm and is still CEO of all the subsidiaries of the Group. He sold assets for € 3.0 billion: Paris properties’ portfolio for €1,5 billion, a prestigious building in New York for €0,4 billion and other Italian assets. He is also the CEO of Milano Santa Giulia Spa, owner of Milano Santa Giulia mixed-use Development Project in Milan - 440,000 sqm to be built. Previously, he headed the Real Estate Development by IPI (Fiat Group), being Director of the subsidiaries.
Dirk Brandes
Dirk
Dirk Brandes
Executive Board MemberNatixis
Germany
Dirk Brandes is Member of the Executive Board and Head of Real Estate Finance at NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG based in Frankfurt am Main. The Bank combines the special abilities of a Pfandbrief bank with the commercial business resources of Natixis S.A., the corporate and investment bank of Groupe BPCE. The main markets are Germany, France, Italy, Spain and United States. Prior to joining NATIXIS in 2016, Dirk Brandes was Head of Business Origination at HSH Nordbank AG, Hamburg. Previously, he was Head of Commercial Real Estate at DG HYP, Hamburg.
Eduardo D’Alessandro
Eduardo
Eduardo D’Alessandro
PartnerCastlelake
United Kingdom
Mr. D’Alessandro is a partner at Castlelake, responsible for non-performing loan and real estate investment opportunities in southern Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Mr. D’Alessandro is also a rotating, voting member of the firm’s Investment Review Committee. He joined Castlelake in 2011 and became a partner in 2017. Mr. D’Alessandro leads the firm’s investment approach to Spanish land banking and is also responsible for its strategy in Portugal, Italy and Greece, the United Kingdom and Ireland. His expertise also includes direct asset and non-performing loan opportunities Germany and Eastern Europe.
Edward Aldag Jr.
Edward
Edward Aldag Jr.
Chairman, President & CEOMedical Properties Trust
Luxembourg
Ed Aldag launched Medical Properties Trust in 2003 as the world’s only real estate investment trust focusing exclusively on hospitals. Today, company assets have grown to over $20 billion and the number of hospital beds owned exceeds 42,000. A business and finance graduate of the University of Alabama, Ed serves on the board of Children’s of Alabama, one of the nation’s leading hospitals for children, and as a director and member of the investment committee of the Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation. He also serves as a board member of Mitchell's Place, the Birmingham Education Foundation and the American Sports Medicine Institute, and as an executive committee member of the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Edward Siskind
Edward
Edward Siskind
Founder & CEOCale Street Partners
United Kingdom
Ed is the Founder and CEO of Cale Street Partners LLP (“CSP”). CSP is a European focused property investor providing senior and mezzanine debt as well as joint venture equity capital. CSP was founded in 2014 and seeded with €1.1 billion from a sovereign wealth investor with a long term, patient approach to investing. Prior to founding CSP, Ed enjoyed a 23 year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he held a variety of leadership positions including Global Head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area and Co-Head of European Merchant Bank. He also served as Chairman of the Global Real Estate Investment Committee and on the European Management and Mortgage Capital Committees.
Fabio Longo
Fabio
Fabio Longo
Managing DirectorBain Capital
United Kingdom
Mr. Longo joined Bain Capital Credit in 2013. He is a Managing Director in the Non-Performing Loan and Real Estate team that is part of Distressed and Special Situations and is based in Bain Capital Credit’s London office. Previously, Mr. Longo was a Principal in the European Principal Finance Fund at Apollo investing in non-performing loan portfolios and real estate assets being disposed by European financial institutions. Mr. Longo started his career in the Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Longo received an M.Eng. from University of Cambridge and MIT.
Florian Schaefer
Florian
Florian Schaefer
Senior MDNorthwood Investors International Limited
United Kingdom
Florian Schaefer is a Senior Managing Director at Northwood and is responsible for sourcing and executing real estate equity and debt opportunities in Europe. Prior to joining Northwood Investors, Mr. Schaefer served as a Managing Director at the Blackstone Real Estate Group. During his 14 year career at Blackstone, Mr. Schaefer was based in London and Hong Kong and was involved in over $10 billion of real estate acquisitions, disposals and financings across all property types in Europe and Asia. He has been involved in the Blackstone Real Estate Group’s international expansion and most recently played a key role in leading Blackstone Real Estate’s core plus business in Asia. Mr. Schaefer received an MBA from the EBS University;
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