Back to All Events

The DFI & Real Estate Panel Discussion

Hosted by the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization (HREAO)

With the recent influx of foreign investment and active capital market, please join the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization for a panel discussion featuring prominent industry leaders from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, representing companies that are actively investing and developing in the US with foreign capital from Asia and Europe.  Some prominent development projectsand investments in the Bay Area include: the LUMINA designed by Arquitectonica, 1545 Pine555 Howard designed by architect Renzo Piano, 1125 Market, and Hunters Point Shipyard


Brandon Sedloff – Senior Vice President, ULI Headquarter Corporate Relations

Brandon is the Global Head of Corporate Development at ULI.  Based in San Francisco, Brandon is responsible for managing and expanding relationships between ULI and key corporate stakeholders and strategic partners.  Previously, Brandon was Managing Director, Asia Pacific at the ULI based in Hong Kong where he helped expand and lead ULI's Asia Pacific platform (Singapore, Australia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Japan).  Prior to joining ULI, Brandon was Asia Practice Area Head at Gerson Lehrman Group. 


Michael Ridloff – Director of Investment, Vanke  

Michael is the Director of Investments for Vanke Holdings USA LLC.  Michael oversees the acquisition efforts of Vanke USA since the operation’s inception in 2013.  Vanke currently has major projects in San Francisco and New York, with a total asset value forecast to exceed ~USD 3 billion.    

Prior to joining Vanke, Michael worked on the acquisitions teams of Lane Capital Partners and Madison Capital originating, analyzing and executing core plus, value-add and opportunistic real estate investments, distressed loan acquisitions and commercial joint ventures in major US markets across all property types.  Previously, Michael served as an acquisitions officer at DTZ Real Estate Investors and a loan originator at Eurohypo AG after beginning his career on Wall Street at Bear, Stearns & Co. as well as BlackRock, Inc.   Michael holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School. 

Hans Galland – Senior VP, Pacific Eagle

Hans is Senior Vice President – Development with Pacific Eagle and its US Real Estate Fund. Pacific Eagle is the US-investment business of Hong Kong Great Eagle, with a history of 23 years investing and developing real estate in the United States. Its US Real Estate Fund is focused on investing and managing institutional capital from Mainland China in the US Real Estate market. 

Hans oversees developments from acquisitions to completion. His most recent portfolio of acquisitions and developments include 1545 Pine Street, 555 Howard Street, and 1125 Market Street in San Francisco as well as a condo conversion in Malibu and 8701 Park by Renzo Piano in Miami. For the Pacific Eagle (US) Real Estate Fund, Hans is also involved in all fund-raising efforts with institutional capital providers in China. 

Eren Cicekdagi – Director of Operations, Golden Gate Global

Eren joined GGG after ten years of management consulting, international real estate and corporate law experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pega/Jones Lang LaSalle and Herguner Law Firm. He has worked within the fields of finance, real estate, mortgage banking and energy, specializing in project management, strategy consulting, foreign investments and contracts. His work at GGG focuses in managing the investment process through the EB-5 immigration investment program. Eren holds an MBA degree from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a JD degree from his home country of Istanbul, Turkey.

Golden Gate Global (GGG) channels foreign investment dollars into public and/or private projects in the US that create jobs for the US economy. GGG operates via a US federal program that helps to bring in foreign direct investment called the EB-5 Investment Immigration program. The intent of the EB-5 is to encourage the flow of capital into the U.S. economy and to promote employment of U.S. workers.  Since 2008, over $12 billion of foreign direct investment has been deployed into the U.S. economy via the EB-5 Program. Currently, GGG manages eight investment funds with over $300 million in EB-5 funds raised, and is expanding its portfolio to finance additional projects in California. 

Mike Hu – Senior Vice President, Capital Market, Gaw Capital Partners   

Mike Hu has over 10 years of real estate and management consulting experience and is currently responsible for capital formation, co-investments, investor relations and marketing.  Mr. Hu was previously a member of Gaw Capital Partners’ acquisitions and investment team based in Hong Kong, and formerly worked for Tishman Speyer in their London and New York offices, working in acquisitions, debt financing, restructuring, property and asset management, and construction and design.  Mr. Hu received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/International Area Studies with college and Latin honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Business Administration from London Business School.

Zhengyu Huang – CEO, IMMCapital  

Zheng Huang is founder and Chairman of Immigration Capital, China's number one trusted end-to-end immigration investment firm, a trusted partner to Chinese investors as well as development and investment professionals in the United States. In this role, he oversees the Group's deal flow and guides investor outreach in China and deal selection in the US.

Borne out of the EB-5 immigration program in the US, Immigration Capital matches qualified Chinese investors with high growth, job creating projects and companies in the US for investments. Immigration Capital aims to bring to the US up to $500M annually in equity and debt financing through the EB-5 program.

Zheng was educated at Stanford University, with a M.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Industrial Engineering, and B.A. in Economics. He also earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.  Zheng serves as a Board member of the China Exploration Research Society. In his spare time, Zheng dabbles in exploration and contemporary arts. He will play basketball for work.v