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Letter from the Director:

We always strive to establish high standards for the Steers Center for Global Real Estate, and in this newsletter we are proud to update you about our recent work in Hong Kong, share insights from the sold-out Conversation with Joseph Sitt P ’18 in New York City, and review several student-centered events that brought industry leaders like Tim Naughton to campus. This tremendous work is possible with an expanded team, and I am grateful for the work of Sunil Madan who joined us as associate director this semester. I am continually thankful for your support as we strive to build a globally recognized real estate program for our students and alumni. I invite you to follow our progress and keep in touch on social media, or by emailing me directly at matthew.cypher@georgetown.edu.

Hoya Saxa,

Matthew Cypher, Ph.D.
Atara Kaufman Professor of Real Estate and
Director of the Steers Center for Global Real Estate
Sunil Madan Joins the Steers Center Team
Sunil Madan joined the Steers Center for Global Real Estate this fall as associate director. Below is a Q&A introducing him to the Georgetown McDonough family.

Welcome to the McDonough School of Business! What are you most excited about in your new position as associate director for the Steers Center for Global Real Estate?

Two things excite me most. Throughout my career, I have worked with well-established institutions that were growing rapidly. The Steers Center for Global Real Estate is a very good program already. Building it out further, particularly internationally, is exciting to me. Additionally, I am looking forward to the mentorship aspect and working directly with students. I don’t think mentoring stops with graduation – the wonderful thing about having a center is that our relationships with the students begin when they enter the program and can last throughout their careers. Setting up those relationships is one of the key reasons this job appealed to me.
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Congressional Testimony
Alumni Spotlight
Susan Swanezy, F ’81, is a partner at Hodes Weill & Associates. In this issue’s Alumni Spotlight, she discusses her unique career path and offers advice for McDonough students who are getting ready to launch their careers in the real estate industry.

What is one word you would use to describe Georgetown University?

Relevant. I think a Georgetown education is more relevant than ever. When you look at what’s going on in the world today, the issues are complicated and multidimensional requiring an interdisciplinary approach. Georgetown offers an education that provides students with the skills and experience to succeed when confronted with complex issues.
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Hong Kong
Matthew Cypher moderated a panel discussion with Brian Chinappi, C ’94, global head, private equity real estate at Standard Chartered Bank; Samuel W. T. Chu, B ’84, managing partner and chief investment officer, Phoenix Property Investors; and Alfredo Lobo, C ’84, partner, Hodes Weill & Associates. They shared their perspectives on real estate investment in greater China at Georgetown University’s International Alumni Weekend, which was held at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong on November 6.

In addition to the panel, Cypher met with international business reporters and sat down for an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s “First Word Asia” program. You can listen to his interview online.
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Congressional Testimony
New York City
Joseph J. Sitt, president and CEO of Thor Equities, shared his personal insights and professional tips with a sold-out audience of Georgetown students and alumni in New York City on November 12. As a global leader in the real estate industry, Sitt talked about current trends and forecasts in a discussion with Matthew Cypher and answered questions from the audience. The event was co-hosted by the McDonough School of Business’ Steers Center for Global Real Estate and the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance, and the two organizations announced a joint partnership with the launch of the Georgetown University Real Estate Alliance.
Congressional Testimony
Washington, D.C. McBride Lecture Features Tim Naughton
Timothy J. Naughton, chairman, CEO, and president of AvalonBay Communities, Inc., was on campus October 15 to talk to students in the second annual McBride Family Lecture. As part of the Steers Center’s applied learning experience, these lectures are designed to provide aspiring students an opportunity to learn from the first-hand experiences of top executives. Following an hour-long discussion and a lively Q&A, Naughton continued the discussion one-on-one with students during a reception in the McDonough School of Business’ Fisher Colloquium. The lecture series was created by Tim McBride, JD ’75, L ’80, chairman and CFO of McBride Enterprises and the McBride family.
Upcoming Events

Bobby Turner, Principal and CEO of Turner Impact Capital,
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:30-8 p.m. McDonough School of Business,
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium

Georgetown Real Estate Society Holiday Party, Friday December 4, 2015, 7-10 p.m.

Argus Training with Todd Zeldin, President and Founder of ACG Professionals, Inc.
January 28-29, 2016 McDonough School of Business, Rafik B. Hariri Building, room TBD

Annual MBA Student International Real Estate Trek April 13-16, 2016 Panama
Select MBA real estate students will spend a week in Panama experiencing the diligence undertaken by
investors allocating capital to prospective investments. Students will participate
in site visits and meetings focused on private sector and infrastructure development,
property ownership, and real estate financing.


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