• Elizabeth Bell
  • Thomas Brown
  • Brian Cannella
  • Fred Cooper
  • Jacob Feingold
  • Spencer Garfield
  • Rose Haas
  • David Hamm
  • Andrea Himmel
  • Ryan LaRue
  • Chester P. Lee
  • Jay Neveloff
  • Eric Newman
  • Isela Rosales
  • Carly Saviano
  • Michael Vu
  • Brian Wallick
  • Tim Wang
  • Katie Cappola
  • Kamran Soleiman
  • Jeff Giller, Partner
  • Jefferson Weston IV
  • Augustus Moy
  • Peter Wang
  • Philip Mintz

Speaker Profiles

Elizabeth Bell

Principal, Real Assets Investments - Hamilton Lane

Elizabeth Bell is a Principal on Hamilton Lane’s Real Assets team, where she is responsible for due diligence of primary, secondary, and co-investment opportunities in real estate.    

Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2022, Elizabeth was a Managing Director with Jaguar Growth Partners where she was responsible for leading Latin American real estate private equity investments.  Previously, Elizabeth was an Investment Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management on the Property Multi-Manager team and was a Vice President at Equity International, responsible for investing in emerging markets real estate companies.  Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was an Associate at real estate private equity firm, JER Partners, and an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank.    

Elizabeth received her M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Princeton University.   

Thomas Brown

Partner - LGT Capital Partners

Thomas Brown is a partner at LGT Capital Partners (USA) Inc., where he is a senior member of the real estate practice. He focuses on setting investment strategy and making investments globally in primary funds, secondaries and co-Investments.

Prior to joining the firm, he co-founded Clerestory Capital Advisors in 2007, now part of LGT CP. Before that, Mr. Brown headed the global real estate practice of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, based in London. Earlier still, he was real estate investment banker for 12 years at J.P. Morgan in London, New York and Frankfurt. He began his career with Oak Tree Capital, Inc. in New Orleans, formerly a real estate asset management firm and a subsidiary of Oak Tree Capital Savings and Loan.

Mr. Brown holds a BA from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Brown currently serves as a Board Member for INREV and AFIRE. He is fluent in English and conversant in German.

Brian Cannella

Senior Managing Director, Head of Transactions & Capital Markets - Kayne Anderson Real Estate

Brian Cannella is a senior managing director and head of transactions and capital markets at KA Real Estate where he is responsible for managing the execution of all developments, acquisitions and dispositions for KA Real Estate’s equity funds. Cannella is also responsible for sourcing & structuring all debt and managing lender relationships for KA Real Estate’s equity funds. During his tenure at KA Real Estate, Cannella has closed more than $20 billion of transactions in the student housing, multifamily, seniors housing, medical office and storage sectors. Cannella also serves on the KA Real Estate Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2013, Cannella spent time at Tishman Construction and Newmark. In these roles, he focused on managing and analyzing financial, operational, and business risks related to the development, acquisition and disposition of commercial space in New York City. Cannella also spent three years as a consultant for a leading consulting firm in New York City.

Cannella earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Union College and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Fred Cooper

Senior Vice President Finance, International Development & Investor Relations - Toll Brothers

Fred Cooper joined Toll Brothers in 1993 to establish its Finance and Investor Relations departments. As the Company's in-house investment bank, the team he leads is responsible for our capital markets, investor relations and financial planning activities as well as our partnering relationships with major U.S. and international institutions. Since formation, the group has raised over $20 billion from banks, the public capital markets, and institutional partners. In addition to capital raising, the group advises on complex project structuring, joint ventures, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and major property acquisitions. Fred has been financial point for the creation of Toll Brothers City Living, which has now built over 5,000 urban condos in 45 buildings, Toll Brothers Apartment Living, which has developed over $3 billion of urban and suburban rental assets nationally, and several other start-up initiatives.

From 1989 to 1993, Fred was Director of Corporate Finance and Planning at DKM Properties Corp., the real estate arm of a Forbes 50 private company. From 1984 to 1989, he was Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the NYC Financial Services Corporation, New York City's economic development bank. From 1980 to 1983, he worked in community-level affordable housing and economic development in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, New York.

Fred received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master of Public Policy degree focused on finance and international development from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. 

Fred is an active mentor and lecturer at a variety of graduate-level real estate programs, including the Wharton International Housing Finance Program.  He is President of the U.S. Friends of the Kenya Community Development Foundation and an advisor to REALL International, which provides capital and technical assistance to affordable housing developers in emerging markets globally. As a volunteer consultant with the Stanford University SEED Program, he works with African entrepreneurs in the real estate development sector. He serves on the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, and the University of Wisconsin Graaskamp Center Real Estate Advisory Board and is a member of the ULI Global Exchange Council.

Jacob Feingold

Managing Director - Canyon Partners Real Estate LLC

Jacob Feingold is a Managing Director responsible for the firm’s debt and equity real estate investments in the East Coast, as well as securitized investments and secondary opportunities nationally. Prior to joining Canyon in 2014, Mr. Feingold worked at iStar as a member of its investments team where he focused on structured real estate investments, development, and distressed opportunities. Mr. Feingold is a graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (B.B.A., Honors) and Columbia Business School (M.B.A., Honors).

 

Spencer Garfield

Managing Director, Credit and Real Estate Department - Fortress Investment Group

Spencer Garfield is a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group LLC in the Credit and Real Estate business. Mr. Garfield is responsible for real estate debt originations and acquisitions, equity investing and forming strategic relationships with real estate related companies.

Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Garfield spent 12 years with Hudson Realty Capital LLC as a Managing Director responsible for loan originations, equity investments, business development and building and maintaining real estate industry relations.

Mr. Garfield received his B.S. from the University of Colorado, his Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University and was an adjunct professor at NYU in the Masters in Real Estate Program for three years. Mr. Garfield has received extensive recognition for his contributions to the commercial real estate and finance community.

Rose Haas

Cerberus Capital Management

David Hamm

Senior Managing Director and Head of Real Estate - Wafra

David W. Hamm is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Real Estate at Wafra. Mr. Hamm chairs the Real Estate Investment Committee and is responsible for overall investment performance and the implementation of investment strategies for traditional real estate. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hamm served as Head of Real Estate Acquisitions at Wafra.

Mr. Hamm was previously a Managing Director at DWS RREEF America LLC, responsible for leading the East Coast transactions team focusing on office, retail, industrial and multifamily products for direct equity and structured debt investments. During his 19 years at DWS he completed more than $7.0 billion in transactions.

Andrea Himmel

Principal + Chief Investment Officer - Himmel + Meringoff Properties

Andrea Himmel serves as Principal and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at leading Manhattan-based commercial real estate owner/developer Himmel + Meringoff Properties. In this key role, Andrea is working to expand the company’s $2 billion NYC portfolio of Outer Borough industrial warehouses and secondary office buildings in Manhattan. In July 2021, Andrea was chosen to serve as a Board Member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Andrea currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Diversity Committee.

Prior to joining Himmel + Meringoff in 2018, Andrea held a number of key positions with several well-known commercial real estate firms, including Brookfield Properties.

As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s esteemed Wharton School, Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Real Estate Finance. During her tenure at Wharton, she was also chosen to be part of the Joseph Wharton Scholar Honors Program.

Himmel + Meringoff Properties is a privately held New York real estate investment company with a commitment to the long-term ownership and hands-on operation and management of one of the largest privately-owned portfolios of secondary office buildings in Manhattan and a growing portfolio of industrial warehouses located in the boroughs of New York City. The company acquires opportunistic commercial real estate properties with significant value-add potential.

Ryan LaRue

Director, Innovation and Portfolio Strategy- Barings Real Estate

Ryan LaRue is a member of the Barings’ Real Estate Team, a global real estate platform with extensive capabilities across both debt and equity strategies. Ryan is responsible for real estate research coverage for the U.S. multifamily and hotel property sectors. He uses a top-down macro perspective and market-level real estate fundamentals for deal-level analyses on debt and equity real estate transactions. Ryan has worked in the industry since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from State University of New York, Binghamton.

Chester P. Lee

Partner - Duane Morris LLP

Chester P. Lee is co-chair of Duane Morris' Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Lee practices in the area of real estate law, providing strategic and legal advice for all types of commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Lee has represented both lenders and borrowers in secured financings and loan restructurings, including construction loans, Real-Estate-Owned properties (REOs), leasehold financings, debtor-in-possession loans, exit financings, project financings and mezzanine debt.

Mr. Lee also has counseled clients acquiring, disposing and/or developing real property, including ground-lease and sale-leaseback transactions (including sale-leasebacks involving call centers and medical facilities). Many of these matters involved purchases of multiple sites located in numerous jurisdictions. He has represented many foreign investors (including those from China, Russia and France) in their initial acquisitions and developments of projects in the United States (such as retail and manufacturing sites). He also has worked with landlords, tenants and subtenants in the leasing and subleasing of real estate assets, including built-to-suit facilities, retail locations and warehouse and distribution centers.

Mr. Lee has represented international and domestic investors in natural resource acquisitions, including uranium and coal mining projects. Mr. Lee has counseled clients in the financing of energy assets such as wind farms and propane gas distribution facilities.

Mr. Lee is a 1982 graduate of Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University.

Jay Neveloff

Partner and Chair, Real Estate New York - Kramer Levin

Jay A. Neveloff advises a broad range of clients involved with the development, ownership and financing of real estate projects, including high-profile mixed-use, commercial, retail, and residential projects in New York City and throughout the country. A nationally recognized transactional lawyer, Jay represents institutional and private equity funds, as well as other investors, in joint ventures, in the acquisition and sale of property, including portfolios of properties, and in connection with a broad variety of developments. He also represents major international funds and financial institutions in commercial lending transactions, preferred equity investments, loan restructurings and workouts.

Eric Newman

Treasury Manager - City of Stamford, Connecticut

Eric is responsible for treasury, investment management, and pension fund accounting. He
serves as a Trustee on the Classified Employees Retirement Fund Board, Other Post- Employment Benefit (OPEB) Board, Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Board and City’s
Investment Advisory Committee. Eric is a Trustee on the Town of Fairfield Employee
Retirement Board and Joint Retirement Investment Board. Prior to entering government finance, Eric held finance positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM Global Financing, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Price Waterhouse and Soros Fund Management.

Eric received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Adelphi University; Certificate in Investment
Banking from New York University, M.B.A. in Finance from Sacred Heart University and is
pursuing a Corporate Finance Certificate at Harvard University. He is a Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Isela Rosales

Managing Director, Head of ESG & Sustainability - Bridge Investment Group

Isela Rosales, CAIA, serves as a Managing Director in the Capital Markets Group as well as of ESG and Sustainability at Bridge Investment Group. She leads the firm’s ESG Steering Committee to oversee the development, implementation and refinement of firm wide environmental, social and governance initiatives and practices, driving sustainable investments and operations. In addition, she is focused on expanding Bridge’s relationships across consultant and select institutional investors, including pension plans, foundations, Community Re-Investment Act groups, family offices, and impact-oriented clients.  Ms. Rosales also Chaired the Bridge Women’s Network (BWN) Inaugural Kick-Off, is a Committee Member of BWN, and an active BWN mentor.

Prior to joining Bridge, Ms. Rosales worked at Brevan Howard in Investor Relations, managing corporate and public pension, endowment, foundation, private wealth, and investment consultant relationships. Previously, she was Head of Client Services for Lyxor Asset Management, Inc. and Director of Marketing & Investor Relations for Coast Asset Management in their New York offices, cultivating institutional level client relationships for each multi-billion dollar firm’s hedge fund and multi-manager products. She began her career at Cambridge Associates, serving on consultant teams for the firm’s endowment, foundation, and family office clients, covering traditional and hedge fund asset classes. Ms. Rosales received her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Stanford University, graduating with honors distinctions.

She has moderated industry panels on Real Assets, Diversity & Inclusion, and Opportunity Zones as well as supported panels as a speaker on Real Estate and Opportunity Zone Fund investing. Ms. Rosales holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is the Chapter Head Executive for the CAIA San Francisco Chapter. She is fluent in Spanish and has competed in Ironman, endurance cycling, and marathon competitions.

Carly Saviano

Partner - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Carly G. Saviano is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Department. Carly represents all types of clients in the real estate industry, including developers, private equity investors and funds, hedge funds, REITS, public companies, high net worth real estate families and other real estate investors and operators, across all real estate asset classes. She advises on a broad range of complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, financings, workout negotiations and restructurings.

Carly was recognized as a 2020 Law360 Rising Star in Real Estate. She was also selected to serve on Law360’s Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board in 2020.

Michael Vu

Senior Managing Director - Artemis Real

Mr. Vu is a Senior Managing Director and sits on the Investment Committee. Mr. Vu is responsible for developing and implementing the acquisition and asset management activities of Artemis. Mr. Vu joined Artemis in May 2010 and is based in metropolitan Washington, DC.

Previously, Mr. Vu was an associate at The Carlyle Group, where he served in the Transactions Group within U.S. Real Estate. Mr. Vu was focused on property and portfolio acquisitions, dispositions, financings and workouts across all major property types. Prior to The Carlyle Group, Mr. Vu was an analyst at Lazard Frères & Co. where he focused on mergers and acquisitions within the U.S. Real Estate group in New York.

Mr. Vu earned a BS in Politics and Finance from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Vu was awarded the Lyman H. Atwater Prize for the top thesis within the Politics department. Mr. Vu is the Vice Chair on the board of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., which focuses on providing a second chance to high schoolers and young adults to put them back on track towards a high school diploma or equivalent credential and a path for a productive post-secondary career. Mr. Vu is also an active council member with the Urban Land Institute.

Brian Wallick

Director, New York Investments, Office and Life Science, Americas - Nuveen Real Estate

Brian is a Director on the New York Office & Life Science team, and is responsible for both acquisitions and asset management.  He has recently overseen two large-scale redevelopments of Class A office assets and is currently working on both office and life science ground-up developments in New York City.  Prior to his current role, he worked on the Debt Asset Management team within Nuveen, where he oversaw the TIAA Bank transitional mortgage portfolio.  In addition to this responsibility, he managed a fixed and floating rate mortgage portfolio for the TIAA General Account and other third-party separate account and pooled vehicles.     

Brian received his BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Baruch College, with a concentration in finance and real estate.

Tim Wang

Managing Director and Head of Investment Research - Clarion Partners

Tim Wang, equity owner and Managing Director, is the Head of Investment Research at Clarion Partners. Tim leads the group in supporting the development of Firm-wide and business unit-specific investment strategy and advising on portfolio strategy through proprietary analytics and econometric forecasting. Additionally, he is responsible for macroeconomic analysis, market forecasting, and research support for capital raising and client services. He joined the Firm in 2006 and is a member of Clarion Partners’ Investment Committee. Tim has published numerous real estate research articles and co-authored five real estate strategy books, including Active Private Equity Real Estate Strategy (2009), Guide to U.S. Real Estate Investing (2009), Emerging Market Real Estate Investment: Investing in China, India, and Brazil (2010), Inside the Real Estate Fund Investor (2011), and Real Estate Mathematics (2011). He was an appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University in 2018-2020. Tim ​​​​​​is a frequent guest speaker at real estate investment conferences. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves on the PREA Research Committee (Chair), the NCREIF Research Committee, and the Real Estate Research Institute Advisory Board.

Katie Cappola

ESG Manager - Madison International Realty

Kamran Soleiman

Director Real Estate Investment & Strategy - Manulife Investment Management

Jeff Giller, Partner

Head of Real Estate -StepStone Group

Mr. Giller leads StepStone’s global real estate activities.

Prior to joining StepStone in 2014, Mr. Giller was a founder, managing partner and the chief investment officer of Clairvue Capital Partners, a real estate manager that integrated with StepStone to establish StepStone Real Estate. Before that he was a managing principal and chief investment officer at Liquid Realty Partners, an investment manager focused on real estate secondaries. Mr. Giller has also held senior positions in other real estate private equity investment firms in the US and Europe such as JER Partners and Somera Capital Management.

Mr. Giller earned his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and MBA from the University of Virginia.

Jefferson Weston IV

Porfolio Manager, Real Estate & Real Assets - Arizona PSPRS

Augustus Moy

Principal & Managing Partner - Atlas Pearl Investments

Peter Wang

Managing Director of Portfolio Management - Elion

Peter Wang is Managing Director of Portfolio Management at Elion, and participates in the firm’s Asset Management Committee and Investment Committee. Peter works closely with the acquisitions and investment teams to execute the portfolio investment strategy with a focus on enhancing portfolio performance through acquisitions, disposition and refinancing activity to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns. Peter also plays an active role in the quarterly reforecast and valuation process.

Previously, Peter served as Vice President of Portfolio Management at Lone Star Funds, where he headed the portfolio management team that oversaw $14 billion AUM for its commercial real estate investments and led the quarterly reforecast and valuation process. He began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co within its Private Equity Group focused on risk management and analytics, portfolio optimization and fund financing for its alternative investments. 

Peter earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Business Economics, with honors, from Hofstra University.

 

Philip Mintz

Partner & Chief Investment Officer, US & Asia Real Estate Equity, Apollo Global Management

Philip Mintz is Partner, Real Assets of Apollo, and serves as Chief Investment Officer of the Firm’s US and Asia Real Estate Equity business. Philip joined Apollo in 2015, following Apollo’s acquisition of Venator Real Estate Capital Partners, the firm he founded in 2013 and the manager of the $1 billion Trophy Property Development Fund. Philip also served as Chief Investment Officer of Winnington Capital in Hong Kong. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of Asia Pacific Land. Prior to that, he was Partner at Warburg Pincus, where he initiated the Asian real estate investing efforts. He was also CEO of General Electric Real Estate Asia. Prior to GE, Philip was a director in Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch, and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

 

Philip graduated with an MBA from New York University, a JD from Fordham University, and a BA in Political Science from Duke University.