Invited Speakers
Listed in order of presentation at the conference

Siskind, EdEd Siskind, Cale Street Partners
Founder & CEO
Former Global Head of Real Estate at Goldman Sachs

Ed Siskind is the founder and CEO of Cale Street Partners. Cale Street Partners (CSP) is a Europe-focused real estate finance firm that provides senior and mezzanine debt as well as equity capital in partnership with best-in-class developers, operators, and institutions. CSP was founded in 2014 and seeded with approximately $1.5 billion from a sovereign wealth investor with a long term, patient approach to investing. Previously, Mr. Siskind enjoyed a twenty-three year career at Goldman Sachs where most recently he was the global head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area.

Mr. Siskind currently serves on the advisory board of Bridges Ventures and is a member of the International Council of the Global Leadership Foundation. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the International Advisory Board for the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University.

Mr. Siskind graduated from Princeton University with honors in 1988.


Botting_Sheila_hi_croppedSheila BottingDeloitte
Partner & Real Estate Leader, Canada

Sheila Botting is a partner and the real estate leader for Deloitte in Canada, and is part of the global real estate executive team. She is responsible for the full real estate offering across Canada, along with Deloitte’s corporate portfolio for which she led the transformation of 1 million square feet of space, or 60% of the Canadian office portfolio.

Ms. Botting has provided extensive real estate expertise to corporations, government, real estate companies, investors, pension funds and others involved in the industry. She is renowned for her knowledge and expertise in commercial real estate, working with many clients in the public and private sector across Canada and around the globe. Assignments have included all property types: office, industrial, low and high density residential, retail, hotel, land and mixed-use projects. Her expertise focuses on real estate investment, valuation and strategic guidance for individual properties and corporate portfolios.


Lynch, MatthewMatthew H. LynchUBS
Managing Director &
Head of Global Real Estate, US

Matthew Lynch is the head of Global Real Estate, the US investment management business of UBS Global Asset Management. A member of the firm’s investment committee since 1996, Mr. Lynch has been its chair since 2004. He heads the US management committee and has been a member of the global management committee since its inception in 2002.

Mr. Lynch joined the firm in 1996 as general counsel and a member of the senior management team. In this role, he had responsibility for legal and compliance issues, the development of products for the business, as well as assisting in the establishment of the company’s global real estate organization.

Previously, he was a partner in the Boston law firm Hale and Dorr for ten years. A past director of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, Mr. Lynch is a member of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, the Pension Real Estate Association, the Real Estate Roundtable, and the Real Estate Finance Association.


Chiofaro, Don (high res)_2Don Chiofaro, The Chiofaro Company

Donald J. Chiofaro founded in 1980 The Chiofaro Company, a Boston-based real estate development and management company. The company is responsible for highly successful and distinctive properties, both in major metropolitan and suburban areas. The company has secured over $2 billion total in equity and debt financing.

The company’s flagship development is International Place, a 1.8 million square foot multi-tenant office and retail complex located in the heart of the Financial District. Currently, Mr. Chiofaro is working on replacing a seven-story concrete garage on Boston Harbor with two towers comprised of office, condominium, hotel, and retail space.

Before starting his own firm, Mr. Chiofaro was the senior vice president of the Boston development company Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, where he directed the National Division. Mr. Chiofaro is a native of Belmont, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1968 and from the Harvard Business School in 1972.


Andersen, SvenSven AndersenKPMG
Head of Real Estate M&A &
Co-head of Real Estate, Germany

Sven Andersen is the head of real estate M&A and the co-head of real estate for KPMG in Germany. Prior to joining KPMG in January 2009, Mr. Andersen headed the real estate investment banking division at Lehman Brothers, covering Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

From 1997 to 2006, he worked for Deutsche Bank in the corporate development department. Within this function he sold Deutsche Bank’s owner-occupied real estate, was part of the project team for the merger of Eurohypo, assisted in the acquisition of various banks in Russia and Germany, and managed the insurance portfolio of Deutsche Bank.


GSD Faculty

Bing WangBing Wang, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment

Bing Wang is Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). She is Director / Coordinator for the MDes Real Estate and the Built Environment program at the GSD. She is also a faculty member for the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative, a co-chair for the GSD Advanced Management Development Program, and a co-chair for the joint GSD-HBS Real Estate Management program.

Professionally, Dr. Wang worked as an investment consultant at Lehman Brothers and is the founding principal of YoungYou Investments LLC, a private equity company based in Shanghai that focuses on investments in the real estate industry and media production companies. Her design company, HyperBina Design Group, has undertaken projects including the master planning of a 400-acre site surrounding Dianshan Lake in Shanghai, the value-creation strategies for the YuYuan shopping mall in central Shanghai, a mixed-use project in Tbilisi, Georgia, and advising the design of structures for Covent Garden in London.


Torto, Raymond

Ray TortoHarvard Graduate School of Design
Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Raymond Torto is a lecturer in urban planning and design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the former Global Chief Economist for CBRE. Previously, he was a founding principal of Torto Wheaton Research (TWR), an internationally recognized commercial real estate research company. TWR was acquired by CBRE and is now branded as CBRE Econometric Advisors.

Dr. Torto is active in many real estate organizations including service as treasurer, vice chairman and chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and as a director on the PREA Board. He is also a senior fellow of the Real Estate Research Institute and a fellow of the Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute, as well as a member of the Urban Land Institute, American Real Estate Association, and Counselors of Real Estate.

Dr. Torto is a co-recipient with Bill Wheaton of the 2007 James A. Graaskamp Award for Real Estate Research Excellence. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College.