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The MIT Center for Real Estate has a highly-regarded, 35-year history of advancing the art and science of international real estate. Our pioneering research investigates the real estate transaction from initial concept to market reality, allowing us to provide thought leadership that helps organizations around the globe capitalize on today’s dynamic markets and technologies.

New for This Year's Virtual Forum
• Two Days – We're spreading the agenda out over two days to provide greater schedule flexibility for attendees.
• Global Time Zones – With both morning and evening sessions (EDT) each day, attendees from anywhere in the world can attend at least part of the Forum in real-time.
• Watch Later – All sessions will be available exclusively to attendees for viewing after the Forum.

Engaging Discussions​
Lively and informative discussions between industry thought leaders on topics impacting global real estate - today and into the future.

A Look Into the Future
Join industry leaders, distinguished MIT faculty and researchers, developers and investors, technologists and founders, in a wide-ranging and far-reaching conversation about the future of global real estate.

MIT Innovation Showcase
A unique opportunity to learn about MIT’s latest, most exciting research on real estate innovation, technology, and the future of global real estate.


2021 Past Speakers

Prof. Sandy Pentland
Founder, Connection Science + Human Dynamics Labs, MIT Media Lab

Dr. Edgar Blanco
Director, Net Zero Carbon - Worldwide Sustainability Amazon and Founder, MIT Megacity Logistics Lab

Dr. Daryl Fairweather
Chief Economist, Redfin

Richard Croft
Executive Chairman, M7 Real Estate

Dr. Parag Khanna
Founder, ClimateAlpha

Dr. Ramya Ravichandar
VP Product Management, Sustainability, JLL

Anthony Malkin
Chairman, President + ​chief Executive Officer, Empire State Realty Trust

Prof. Dennis Frenchman
Professor of Urban Design + Planning, MIT Center for Real Estate, Senior Partner, Tekuma Frenchman

Dr. Juan Palacios
Postdoctoral, ​Research Associate, MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab

Bjorn Holta
Business Development Lead, DigiShares

Dr. Andrea Chegut
Research Scientist, MIT Center for Real Estate, Co-Founder + Director, MIT Real Estate, ​Innovation Lab

Olivier Elamine
CEO, Alstria Office REIT-AG

Dr. Rachelle Villalon
Co-Founder and CEO, Hosta Labs

Ben Breslau
Chief Research Officer, Americas, JLL

Dr. Jeffrey Fisher
Professor Emeritus, Founder, Center for ​Real Estate Studies, Indiana University

Dr. Sai Ravela
Principal Research Scientist, ​MIT Earth, Atmospheric + Planetary Sciences

Kevin Danehy
CEO, North America, Willow

Emilie Mazzacurati
Global Head, Moody's Climate Solutions and Founder, FourTwentySeven

Peter Merrigan
CEO + Managing Partner, Taurus Investment Holdings

Dr. Thomas Wiegelmann
Managing Director, Schroder Real Estate

Janine Yorio
Managing Director, Head of Strategic, ​assets & Initiatives, Republic

Prof. Kairos Shen
Executive Director, MIT Center for Real Estate, Professor of the Practice

Kirsten Ritchie
Global Design Resilience Leader | Principal, Gensler

Justin Banon
CEO + Co-founder, Boson Protocol

James Scott
Lead Researcher, MIT Real Estate

Dr. Durga Satapathy
Director, Advanced Technology + Innovation, T-Mobile

Prof. Siqi Zheng
Faculty Director, MIT Center for Real Estate

Samuel Tak Lee
Professor of Entrepreneurship + Development

Alpha Arsano
Creator, ClimaPlus

Hewson Baltzell
President + CEO, Helios Exchange

Jeffrey Chulick
Global Technology + Innovation Leader, EY Real Estate Services​

Dr. Seema Bhangar
Senior Indoor Air Quality Manager, WeWork

David Weir-McCall
Business Development Manager, Unreal Engine Enterprise @Epic Games

John Gilbert
COO/EVP/CTO, Rudin Management Co.

Prof. Sheila Kennedy
Director of Design & Applied Research, MATx

Dr. Randolph Kirchain
Principal Research Scientist, Co-Director, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub

Steve Weikal
Head of Industry Relations, MIT Center for Real Estate