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MSCI exclusively invites you to join us for the eighth annual MSCI Americas Real Estate Investment Conference in New York on May 2, 2019. 

This year's conference themes will address major real estate investment issues for the near and medium term, including how to establish a performance culture across a global enterprise and the impact of disruptive technology on investment.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Former Chief Economist at the US State Department, Heidi Crebo-Rediker, as well as Greg McKinnon, Director of Research at PREA, who will host an interactive session titled "Chart of the Year," where you will be able to choose which of four presented charts has the biggest implications for real estate.

Please join the discussion with more than 100 of your industry peers from across the Americas and beyond.

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May 2, 2019

New York, NY


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Followed by networking cocktails


Carnegie Hall
881 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(Administrative Entrance on the corner of 56th Street)


May 2, 2019
8:00 a.m Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Baer Pettit, President, MSCI
9:15 a.m.

External Keynote Presentation: Political Risk and Uncertainty - What they Mean for Financial Markets

  • Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Former Chief Economist at the US State Department

Recent fundamental political change has brought leaders and ideas that are far more illiberal, interventionist and arbitrary. From a political risk perspective, we’re adjusting to the most advanced economies acting more like emerging market economies. They are less predictable. Perhaps more important in the long run, we are witnessing an attack on the post-war, liberal world order crafted by the US and Europe, which underpinned a rules-based, multilateral trading and economic system based on shared values and interests. Growth in those same economies is slowing down while inequality looks set to deepen.  In this environment - one major theme dominates all others: uncertainty.  And one major question for markets: does any of it matter?

10:15 a.m.

U.S. Real Estate In A Global Context

  • Simon Fairchild, Executive Director, MSCI

Looking at its latest global performance data, MSCI investigates the state of real estate markets at home and abroad. What can we learn about how the latter stages of the real estate cycle are shaping up, and how do the drivers of returns differ from region to region?

10:45 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m.

Establishing A Performance Culture Across The Global Enterprise


  • Jay McNamara, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate, MSCI 


  • Ray Adderley, Global Head of Performance & Investment Process, Nuveen Real Estate
  • Christine Sayegh-Filgiano, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Construction and Risk, Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Julie Terres, Global Head of Portfolio Analytics, CBRE Global Investors 

As real estate investment becomes increasingly international, global real estate management organisations have emerged to implement these strategies.  But given that such firms have often brought together a raft of regional operations, how can the management challenges of this integration – in particular those relating to measuring performance – be overcome?

12:00 p.m.

2019 Emerging Real Estate Trends

  • Will Robson, Global Head of Real Estate Solutions Research, MSCI

For real estate investors, 2019 may be a year of adjusting to rapid changes arising from a variety of sources, including environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) risks; geopolitical uncertainty; and disruptive technology. Robson discusses the five emerging real estate trends we view as most likely to impact our clients’ investment decisions over the next 12 months and beyond.

12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m.

'Chart Of The Year'


  • Greg McKinnon, Director of Research, PREA


  • Michael Acton, Head of ResearchAEW Capital Management
  • Steve Albert, Chief Customer Officer, Geophy
  • Michael Brooks, CEO, Real Property Association of Canada
  • Jim Costello, Senior Vice President, Real Capital Analytics

In this new interactive session, four leading real estate experts each present a chart showing the trend they believe is set to have the biggest impact on the asset class.  The audience will then have the chance to interrogate each speaker before voting for the chart they find most compelling.

2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m.

Disruptive Technology and Real Estate Investment

  • Peter Shepard, Head of Fixed Income, Multi Asset Class and Real Estate Research, MSCI

In this keynote presentation, Shepard describes some of the digital techniques and technologies that are changing the way data can be harvested and harnessed to transform investment strategies and operations.  There are big potential gains to be made, but how to isolate the practical applications from the hype?

3:15 p.m.

Learning From AI Innovators Across Finance


  • Peter Shepard, Head of Fixed Income, Multi Asset Class and Real Estate Research, MSCI


  • Prashant Bhuyan, Founder and CEO, Accrete.AI
  • Abhinav Somani, CEO, Leverton
  • Beau Vance, Head of Enterprise Analytics, TD Ameritrade

Three industry leaders at the cutting edge of digital innovation share insights on its potential and the pitfalls. Drawing on their experience of applying new technologies across the banking, artificial markets and real estate sectors, they explore what artificial intelligence and machine learning, among others, can contribute in the real world today.

4:15 p.m.

Fireside Chat

  • Russell Read, Global Head of Client Solutions, MSCI joins Ted Eliopoulos, Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Partnerships, Morgan Stanley for a wide-ranging discussion of how investment strategies are evolving across the asset classes. What are the approaches now being followed by leading asset owners, what do they mean for allocation decisions, and how do “alternatives” including real estate fit into the picture?

5:00 p.m

Closing Remarks 

  • Jay McNamara, Head of Real Estate, MSCI

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Event Speakers

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Former Chief Economist | US State Department

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Michael Acton

Head of Research | AEW Capital Management

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Ray Adderley

Global Head of Performance & Investment Process | Nuveen Real Estate

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Steve Albert

Chief Customer Officer | Geophy

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Prashant B. Bhuyan

Founder and CEO | Accrete.AI

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Michael Brooks

CEO | Real Property Association of Canada

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Jim Costello

Senior Vice-President | Real Capital Analytics

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Ted Eliopoulos

Vice Chairman & Head of Strategic Partnerships | Morgan Stanley

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Simon Fairchild

Executive Director | MSCI

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Christine Sayegh-Filgiano

Executive Vice President, Portfolio Construction and Risk Management | Ivanhoé Cambridge

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Greg MacKinnon, Ph.D., CFA

Director of Research | Pension Real Estate Association

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Jay McNamara

Managing Director and Head of Real Estate | MSCI

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Baer Pettit

President | MSCI

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Will Robson

Executive Director and Global Head of Real Estate Solutions Research | MSCI

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Russell Read

Managing Director and Global Head of Client Solutions | MSCI

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Peter Shepard

Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income, Multi Asset Class and Real Estate Research | MSCI

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Doug Slater

Executive Director and Head of Americas Real Estate | MSCI

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Abhinav Somani

CEO | Leverton

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Julie Terres

Global Head of Portfolio Analytics | CBRE Global Investors

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Beau Vance

Head of Enterprise Analytics | TD Ameritrade

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