Wednesday, December 7, 2022

In-Person, Columbia Business School's Manhattanville Campus, NYC


The annual Real Estate Symposium, Columbia Business School's largest alumni real estate event, is a presented exclusively for CBS alumni by CBS alumni in partnership with the Center.  The annual half day industry conference is intended to highlight and connect thought leaders and industry experts with the CBS alumni community, and the event is led by a committee of Circle leaders. 

Kim Lew
Kim Lew
CEO & President of Columbia Investment Management Company, LLC

Kim Y. Lew is CEO of Columbia Investment Management Company which manages the endowment of Columbia University in the city of New York. Previously, she was the CIO of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the private grant making foundation founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 which she joined from the Ford Foundation. Lew started her career in the middle market banking group of Chemical Bank and following business school joined Prudential Capital Group.

Lew graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S in Economics and from the Harvard Graduate School of Business with an MBA. She is a CFA charterholder and has served as both a standard setter and grader.

Lew serves on the Boards of Ariel Investment Management Mutual Funds and Girls Who Invest. She serves on the investment committees of the ACLU and National Gallery of Arts.

David Simon
David Simon ’85
Chairman, CEO & President of Simon 

David E. Simon is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Simon
(NYSE:SPG), a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and
mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company. Simon's properties across North America,
Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and
generate billions in annual sales.

Mr. Simon joined the organization in 1990. In 1993 he led the efforts to take Simon Property
Group public with a nearly $1 billion initial public offering that, at the time, was the largest real
estate stock offering. Mr. Simon became CEO in 1995. Since that time, he has orchestrated
more than $50 billion in strategic acquisitions that, together with ground-up development, have
allowed the company to assemble a portfolio of top-tier shopping centers that serve as home to
virtually every top retailer.

Before joining the organization, Mr. Simon was a vice president of Wasserstein Perella & Co., a
Wall Street firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts.

Mr. Simon is a member and former chairman of the National Association of Real Estate
Investment Trusts (NAREIT) board of governors and is a former trustee of the International
Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has received numerous industry honors, and in 2000,
he was inducted into the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni
Fellows. He has been named the top CEO in the real estate industry by Institutional Investor
magazine every year from 2009 – 2018. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the World's Best
CEO's by Barron's magazine. Harvard Business Review recognized him as one of the world’s
best-performing CEO’s in 2013 – 2014 and 2016 – 2019. In March 2012, Mr. Simon was
appointed to the position of Chairman of Klépierre's Supervisory Board. Klépierre is a public
retail real estate company, headquartered in Paris that focuses on the ownership, management
and development of high-quality shopping centers across Continental Europe. Mr. Simon also
sits on the board for Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Mr. Simon holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Columbia
University’s Graduate School of Business.

Please email [email protected] with questions.