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Senior Executive Team
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Jonathan Martin
Chief Executive Officer

North America

Jon Martin is AEW's Chief Executive Officer responsible for the oversight of the firm’s Private Equity & Debt platform, Global Securities platform, Investor Relations team, and Corporate Operations. He chairs the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and is a member of its Investment Committee, Risk Management Committee, and Audit Committee. He is also the executive sponsor of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Jon has nearly 31 years of real estate experience and has been with AEW since 2001. Prior to assuming his role as CEO of AEW Capital Management, Jon became CEO of North America in 2021. He was also the firm’s Chief Operating Officer for a period of three years and also spent ten years as a Portfolio Manager for AEW’s flagship core, open-end strategy. During his time at AEW, he has also served in various roles in the firm’s Asset Management, Accounting & Finance teams. Prior to joining AEW, Jon worked for ten years as a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in Boston and Minneapolis where he was an auditor and financial consultant specializing in the real estate and mortgage banking industries. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A.) in Finance and Accounting.

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Michael Acton CFA®
Head of Research & Strategy, North America

North America

Mike is a Managing Director of the firm and AEW’s Head of Research with responsibility for directing the activities of AEW Research, the firm’s in-house research group. As one of the founding members of AEW Research in 1990, Mike has over three decades of expertise as an economic analyst and forecaster. The resources offered by AEW Research are an essential component of the firm’s successful investment process. He collaborates closely with senior experts from all sectors of the firm to formulate core through opportunistic equity and debt investment strategies that align clients’ risk and reward objectives with prevailing market prospects. Additionally, he played a vital role in shaping the strategy for AEW's listed securities business, which was launched in 1995. During his career, Mike has also actively contributed to the development of various proprietary research tools, notably playing a key role in the creation of the highly regarded and widely read AEW Relative Value Index. His important contributions to the advancement of research on real estate as an institutional asset class led to his 2023 PREA Graaskamp Research Award¹, a prestigious recognition to those who contribute to the common body of knowledge and insights gained through their significant research. He holds a permanent position on the Investment, Risk Management and Compliance Committees within the organization. Prior to joining AEW, he was with DRI/McGraw-Hill where he managed the Metropolitan Area Forecasting Service. He is a graduate of Bates College (B.A.), and a CFA charterholder, as well as a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Boston.

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¹PREA members submit nominations for the award. Nominations are reviewed by former winners of the PREA Graaskamp Award, and three finalists are then voted on by the full PREA membership to determine the winner.

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Michael Byrne
Chief Investment Officer, Head of Private Equity & Debt

North America

Mike Byrne is AEW’s Chief Investment Officer and Head of Private Equity and Private Debt in North America. He has been with AEW since 2003. He is responsible for overseeing all of AEW’s commingled funds, separate accounts and direct investments in North America. In this capacity he is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the Firm’s portfolio management, acquisitions, capital markets and asset management functions in addition to managerial responsibility of the Private Equity Group resources. Mike also serves on AEW’s Investment Committee, Risk Management Committee and Governance Committee in North America, and he is a member of AEW’s Global Investment Committee. Mike plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW, he was a member of the real estate team at the Pension Reserve Investment Management Board (“Mass PRIM”), where he managed the pension fund’s real estate and timber portfolios. Prior to that he worked at Citigroup in the real estate investment banking group. Mike is a member of the Urban Land Institute (U.L.I.) and NAREIM, and a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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JT Straub
Head of AEW Real Estate Securities

North America

JT Straub is a Managing Director of the firm and Head of AEW Real Estate Securities. He oversees AEW’s securities team in Boston, London, and Singapore. He is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. JT plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. JT brings to AEW over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Principal at CBRE Clarion Securities, where his responsibilities included institutional client coverage, consultant relations and product solutions. He is active within the real estate community and is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), the Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC) and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA). JT is a graduate of Connecticut College where he earned a B.A. in economics with distinction and government.

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Jay Struzziery CFA®
Head of Investor Relations

North America

Jay Struzziery is a Managing Director at AEW with overall responsibility for the firm’s Investor Relations. His broad experience at the firm includes responsibility for marketing AEW’s investment services and for developing and maintaining client and consultant relationships, as well as strategic partnerships. He is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. Jay plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Jay joined AEW in 2004 from Morgan Stanley and prior to that he was an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Fixed Income Capital Markets group, working with U.S. corporations. Jay graduated from Villanova University (B.A.) and is a CFA charterholder, as well as a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

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Seth Berger
Chief Financial Officer

North America

Seth Berger is the Chief Financial Officer of AEW Capital Management and a Managing Director at the firm. He oversees the corporate finance department, which encompasses corporate accounting, tax, treasury and payroll functions. Seth plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW in early 2018, Seth spent over 18 years at MFS Investment Management in various Corporate Finance positions, the latest being Senior Group Controller and Head of Financial Planning; and before that, he was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP. He is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Management (B.S.B.A.) with a concentration in Accounting.

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Piper Sheer
Chief People Officer

North America

Piper Sheer is a Managing Director and AEW's Chief People Officer. Piper directs the activities of AEW's Human Resources Group. Piper is a member of AEW's Diversity Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee and plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW, she served as the Managing Director for the Global Human Resources Group at State Street Bank. She has more than 31 years of broad-based human resources experience. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in Human Resources at IDG. Piper is a graduate of University of Vermont (B.A.).

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Carrie Bellerby
Co-General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer

North America

Carrie Bellerby is a Managing Director of the firm and AEW’s Co-General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer. Carrie manages AEW’s legal, regulatory and compliance matters and also oversees AEW’s Insurance Risk Management group. She is a member of the AEW Risk Management Committee, the AEW Compliance and Internal Audit Committees, and the firm's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. Carrie plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW in 2005, Carrie practiced at the law firm Sullivan & Worcester, LLP, in its Business Law Group. At Sullivan & Worcester, Carrie concentrated in the areas of public company corporate governance, including advising public company clients on SEC regulations, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Carrie is a graduate of Clark University (B.A.) and Boston College Law School (J.D.).

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Jess Bissey
Chief Resilience Officer

North America

Jess Bissey is a Managing Director of the firm and AEW’s Chief Resilience Officer. Jess is responsible for overseeing the evolution of AEW’s Social, Governance and Resilience (ESG) efforts across the firm, driving a cohesive approach to ESG performance and its continued integration into our global investment processes. At AEW, she will implement innovative systems, enhance responsible transparency, and foster the exploration and adoption of best practices, while leading a team of subject matter experts for the firm’s operating partners, investors, property managers, and other vendors. Carrie brings with her deep expertise in leading and advising companies on sustainability, governance, social impact, and transformational change with a specific focus on ESG. She is a member of the firm's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. Jess plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction In her most recent position, Jess was Director of ESG at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she launched and led an enterprise-wide ESG function and was responsible for establishing a data-driven, integrated approach to corporate sustainability, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. While at Booz Allen, she also served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Previously, Jess was Deputy Chair of the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Practice Group at the global law firm, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Jess is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.) and Cornell University (B.A.).

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Alec Burleigh
Portfolio Management

North America

Alec Burleigh is a Portfolio Manager in AEW's Private Equity Group, with responsibility for client real estate equity portfolios. He has 37 years of real estate finance and portfolio management experience encompassing all major property types. Alec joined AEW in 1997 as a Senior Portfolio Controller, responsible for the financial reporting and management of real estate separate accounts and co-mingled funds containing assets throughout the U.S. He later served as Asset Manager for several office and industrial properties. Prior to joining AEW, Alec was employed with First Data Investor Services Group and The Boston Company (1989-1997), where he was a Senior Portfolio Controller, specializing in real estate limited partnerships. Prior to that, he was employed at Boston Federal Savings Bank (1986-1989). Alec is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A.).

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Sara Cassidy
Head of Portfolio Management

North America

Sara Cassidy is a Managing Director at AEW and Head of Portfolio Management for the firm’s Private Equity Group. In this capacity, she is responsible for the oversight of all portfolio management activities across strategies and separate accounts. Sara is also a Senior Portfolio Manager for the firm’s open-end, core property strategy, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the strategy's investments and operations as well as working closely with investor relations on marketing and providing support to investors. She is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Risk Management, Talent, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committees. Prior to joining AEW in 2018, Sara worked with J.P. Morgan Asset Management since 2006, and she most recently held the title of Executive Director. In that role, she was responsible for the origination, structuring, negotiating and underwriting of investment transactions in the Northeast, focusing on acquiring core, value-add, and opportunistic real estate. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she had affordable housing equity investment experience with Related Capital. Sara holds a B.A. in finance from Boston College and serves as a council member for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a Management Committee member for ULI Boston, is a past President and current active member of NAIOP Massachusetts and is an Advisory Board Member for The Boston College Real Estate Council.

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Redmond Costello
Chief Technology Officer

North America

Redmond Costello is a Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer at AEW. In this capacity, he is responsible for both the day-to-day management and operations of technology infrastructure and information systems across all of AEW’s US and international offices. This includes defining IT initiatives, developing and implementing IT strategy, overseeing system implementations, ensuring availability and support of technology infrastructure and managing all technology related expenses and acquisitions. Red plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining the firm, Red worked for eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he was an auditor and systems consultant specializing in the real estate industry. Red is a graduate of Holy Cross (B.A.) and Northeastern University (M.S., M.B.A.). He is also a former CPA in Massachusetts.

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Anthony Crooks
Portfolio Management

North America

Tony Crooks is a Managing Director at AEW and Senior Portfolio Manager for AEW's opportunistic strategy with responsibility for investment origination and asset management, as well as assisting in overseeing the strategies' operations and strategic direction. Tony is a member of AEW’s Investment Committee and Risk Management Committee. Since 2000, he has invested and managed office, multifamily residential and mixed-use sectors. He is currently responsible for office, retail, residential, industrial and debt acquisitions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida Markets. He also leads AEW's opportunistic strategy in all healthcare related investments and asset management domestically and in Canada. During his tenure at AEW, Tony has been involved in acquisitions, dispositions, financing, asset management and portfolio management for a wide variety of commercial real estate product types across North America. Prior to joining AEW in 2000, Tony served as an Equity Analyst with Thomson Financial. He currently is a member of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a graduate of Northeastern University (B.S.B.A.) and a CFA charterholder.

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Marc Davidson
Executive Managing Director

North America

Marc Davidson is an Executive Managing Director of AEW Private Equity in North America and serves on the firm’s Investment Committee and Risk Management Committee for the region. Previously Marc was the Head of AEW's opportunistic strategy group, where he was responsible for overseeing the funds' resources, strategic direction, investment strategy and portfolio management. He has over 42 years of experience in real estate portfolio and asset management, investment acquisition and structuring, property management and development, including extensive experience working with national developers and large institutional property owners. Prior to joining AEW, Marc worked at Coopers & Lybrand as a Senior Manager in the Real Estate and Reorganization Groups, where his areas of expertise included financial analysis and planning, forecasting, development of internal management controls, deal structuring, and investment analysis. Prior to that, he served as a commercial real estate controller at several real estate development and management companies, including Winthrop Management, The Linpro Company and Charter Development Company. Marc is a graduate of Bentley College (B.S.).

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Head of Capital Markets

North America

Al Della Porta is a Managing Director and Head of AEW’s Capital Market Group with responsibility for financings, subordinate debt investment originations, and strategic asset dispositions on behalf of the firm’s institutional clients and funds. Since joining AEW in 1998, he has executed capital market transactions including project and entity level financings as well as mezzanine and B-note investments across various markets and property types including multifamily, industrial, office, senior housing and hotels. Al plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW, he worked for Konover & Associates, a private retail developer. Al is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate & Urban Economics. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and Mortgage Bankers Association.

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Michael Dopler
Portfolio Management

North America

Mike Dopler is a Director within AEW’s private equity platform. Mike is a separate account Portfolio Manager, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and fund operations, and a Senior Acquisitions Officer, responsible for sourcing and closing new acquisition and development opportunities. Mike has over 18 years of broad real estate experience primarily focused on acquisitions and development but including portfolio management, asset management, dispositions, and restructurings. Mike joined AEW in 2006 from The Bascom Group, where he focused on value-added multifamily acquisitions in California, Colorado, Texas, and Georgia. He is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and National Multifamily Housing Council. Mike earned a B.A. in Business Administration at California State University, Fullerton.

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Dean Dulchinos
Head of Debt Portfolio Management

North America

Dean Dulchinos is a Director of the firm and the Head of Debt Portfolio Management in the AEW Private Equity Group. Dean joins AEW from Amherst Holdings, where he served as Head of SFR Portfolio Management. Previously, he was Head of Real Estate Debt Portfolio Management and Capital Markets at Barings, overseeing all commingled funds and separate accounts, with responsibility for a team managing $28 billion in commercial real estate investments in stabilized, transitional and construction strategies. In this role, he led new commercial real estate debt product development as well as the deployment of client capital in CRE debt investments and the global capital markets and syndication functions. He served as a member of Barings’ Global Real Estate Debt and Equity Investment Committees and its CRE Debt Valuation Committee. His experience has encompassed commercial mortgage lending, real estate structured credit and the formation and management of investment vehicles for global institutional clients. He has held a variety of leadership positions at Barings and its predecessors, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers and Babson Capital Management, including Head of Structured Real Estate Investments, overseeing the firm’s bridge and construction lending platform, as well as a 100-person operating company dedicated to multifamily capital solutions, including its agency lending strategy. Dean began his career as an attorney focused on commercial real estate transactions at Day, Berry and Howard (now Day Pitney) before joining MassMutual’s Law Division, representing the company in CRE lending, investment funds and private placement transactions. He holds a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, and a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from Western New England University.

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Joshua Heller
Head of Eastern U.S. Acquisitions

North America

Josh Heller is a Managing Director within AEW's Private Equity Group and also on the firm's Investment Committee. He plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Josh is the head of the Eastern U.S. Acquisitions and oversees a team of acquisition professionals with the responsibility of sourcing, underwriting, negotiating, and closing new acquisition and development opportunities across the eastern half of the U.S. Since joining AEW in 2011, Josh has completed a wide variety of deal structures including direct real estate acquisitions, speculative ground-up developments, joint venture partnerships and structured financings. In his time at AEW, he has assisted with portfolio management duties for one of the firm’s institutional clients, a large private pension fund, as well as help launch AEW’s cold storage platform. Josh is a member of Urban Land Institute (U.L.I.) and a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.) (M.S.A) (Real Estate Finance).


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Lily Kao
Head of Asset Management

North America

Lily Kao is a Managing Director at AEW and Head of Asset Management for the firm’s Private Equity Group. In this capacity, she is responsible for the oversight of all asset management activities across all funds and separate accounts. Lily is also a Senior Portfolio Manager for the firm’s open-end, core property strategy, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Fund’s investments and operations as well as working closely with investor relations on marketing and providing support to the Fund’s investors. She has been with the firm since 1998 and is a member of AEW’s Investment and Risk Management Committees. Lily plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Lily serves as a Council Member for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Julie Kittler
Portfolio Management

North America

Julie Kittler is a Director and Portfolio Manager within AEW’s Private Equity Group, responsible for co-managing the AEW's essential housing income strategy, which focuses exclusively on multifamily investments. Ms. Kittler is also the Head of Multifamily Asset Management. She leads a team of multifamily and housing asset management specialists who are responsible for the management of apartment units. In addition, Julie has been actively involved with developing, incorporating and enhancing AEW’s resiliency practices across AEW’s platform and multifamily properties. Ms. Kittler joined the firm in 1993 and has 30 years of institutional real estate advisory experience in a variety of property types across the country. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (B.A. Economics).

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Dillon Lorda
Portfolio Management

North America

Dillon Lorda is a Director and Portfolio Manager within AEW’s Private Equity Group, responsible for co-managing the AEW's essential housing income strategy, which focuses exclusively on multifamily investment. Prior to joining AEW, Dillon was a Managing Member of Conrad Investment Management, where he utilized research-based metrics to target specific segments of the multifamily sector that were expected to have resilient income potential and led a team focused on underwriting and structuring those transactions. In 2009, he joined Pension Consulting Group (now part of Meketa Investment Group), as a Managing Director, consulting on a non-discretionary basis for the real estate accounts of major institutional investment plans. Dillon’s prior roles included development, sourcing and underwriting of real estate assets focused on residential properties at both Del Mar Development and Time Equities. Before starting his real estate career in 2006, Dillon spent six years in international agricultural trading with Bunge and ED&F Man. He is a graduate of Hamilton College (B.A.) and New York University (M.S. Real Estate Finance).

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Shirley McCrohan
Portfolio Management

North America

Shirley McCrohan is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager within AEW’s Private Equity Group focusing on the management and support of office, industrial, retail and multifamily assets. Shirley joined the firm in 2012 and has ten years of real estate experience spanning portfolio management, asset management and accounting. She is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S. Economics) and Northeastern University (MBA/MSA) and holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant, inactive, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Patrick McLaughlin
Portfolio Management

North America

Patrick McLaughlin is a Director of the firm and a Portfolio Manager within AEW's Private Equity Group. As a Portfolio Manager for AEW’s separate account clients, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the investments and operations of institutional client portfolios. Prior to joining AEW, Patrick worked at Long Wharf Capital, most recently holding the title of Director of Investments. In that role, he was responsible for the origination, underwriting, structuring and negotiating of investment transactions. He also retained responsibility for all key strategic decisions being made on behalf of those investments. Prior to Long Wharf Capital, Patrick was a Vice President at CIBC Private Wealth Management, serving as a senior member of the investments team. Patrick is a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA.) and Tufts University (B.A. Economics). He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Mark Morrison CFA®
Portfolio Management

North America

Mark Morrison is a Director of the firm and a Portfolio Manager in AEW’s Private Equity Group. Mark is responsible for managing portfolio assets across the core and value-added spectrum that represent all major property types and most significant U.S. markets, in addition to sales and new acquisitions. Mark has 19 years of real estate experience spanning portfolio management, acquisitions and accounting. Prior to transitioning to the role of Portfolio Manager, Mark served as an acquisition specialist for several years responsible for sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and closing new investment opportunities. Prior to that, Mark was based in AEW’s Singapore office where he served as Financial Controller for AEW Value Investors Asia, a pan-Asian closed-end fund. Prior to joining AEW in 2008, he was a Senior Accountant at Ernst and Young, with a primary focus on publicly traded REIT’s. Mark has a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College and is a Certified Public Accountant, inactive. Mark is also a CFA charterholder.

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Thomas Mullahey
Head of Western U.S. Acquisitions

North America

Tom Mullahey is a Managing Director of the firm and co-heads the firm's Acquisitions, leading the Western U.S. sourcing efforts. Tom is also a member of the firm’s Investment and Risk Management Committees. Tom plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. He has 40 years of real estate experience and is responsible for overseeing the management of a variety of investment assets, located primarily in the western U.S. Tom is also involved in sourcing and underwriting office and industrial investment opportunities in West Coast markets. He joined the firm in 1995 after spending ten years at L.J. Melody and Company as correspondent to Copley Real Estate Advisors and New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. Tom is a member of the Urban Land Institute (U.L.I) and a graduate of the University of Arizona (B.S.).

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Lauren O'Neil
Chief Operating Officer

North America

Lauren O’Neil is the Chief Operating Officer of AEW Capital Management and a Managing Director of the firm. Lauren has responsibility of AEW’s day-to-day operations, including working with the firm’s Investor Relations, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology groups. In addition, she is responsible for developing, maintaining, and expanding key relationships for the firm nationwide. As a Managing Director, Lauren plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Lauren is a member of AEW's Risk Management Committee. Prior to joining AEW, Lauren was a Senior Managing Director and Boston office Co-Head at JLL (and previously HFF) since 2018. Her primary responsibilities included managing day-to-day operations of the capital markets business, in addition to deal origination. She spent the previous 13 years as a Senior Director, Director and Analyst at the firm. Lauren is a Board Member and former President of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA); National Forum Member, MA Chapter Board and Gavel Member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP); and a Member of IOPC Green Product Council for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She is actively involved in community initiatives and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Heading Home, Hill House and The Advent School. Lauren is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.).

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Justin Pinckney CFA®
Head of Private Debt

North America

Justin Pinckney is a Director of the firm and Head of Private Debt. Justin is a member of AEW's Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining AEW in 2022, he was a Principal with Mercer Alternatives where he served as Head of Private Debt, North America and was a member of the Private Debt Investment Committee and Ratings Review Committee. Previously with Mercer, Justin served as a lead researcher within North American real estate and as consultant on select client relationships. Before Mercer, he was Deputy Chief Investment Officer with Michelin North America. Justin started his career as an underwriter for commercial real estate and lower middle market commercial and industrial lending at First Citizens Bank. Justin graduated from Wofford College (B.A.) and is a CFA charterholder, as well as a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society South Carolina.

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Adam Schwank
Portfolio Management

North America

Adam Schwank is a Director in AEW’s Private Equity Group and Portfolio Manager for AEW's cold storage strategy. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Fund’s portfolio construction and risk analysis, the seamless integration with the Fund’s dedicated cold storage operating platform and working closely with investor relations providing support to the Fund’s investors. Prior to transitioning to the role of Portfolio Manager, Adam served as an acquisition specialist and was responsible for the origination, underwriting and structuring of real estate investment transactions in Florida, as well as retail opportunities across the East Coast. He brings to his position 17 years of real estate experience, and while at AEW, has completed transactions that involved a variety of deal structures. Adam joined AEW in 2011 as an Asset Manager in the retail group where he managed, repositioned and sold multiple shopping center investments. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in asset management at Bentall Kennedy responsible for industrial, office and retail properties. Adam is a graduate of Northern Arizona University (B.S.) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S.) where he remains actively involved at the MIT Center for Real Estate as a teaching assistant for graduate level courses focused on real estate contracts.

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Steve Sechko
Portfolio Management

North America

Steve Sechko is a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager in AEW's opportunistic strategy group with responsibility for investment origination and asset management on the East Coast. During his tenure at AEW, Steve has been involved in acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, and financing for a wide variety of commercial real estate product types and strategies across the United States. At AEW, Steve has been involved in acquisition transactions across the risk/return spectrum. Steve plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Steve joined the firm in March 2002. Prior to joining AEW, Steve worked for Citigroup in their Financial Management Leadership Development Program. Steve is a graduate of Boston College (B.S.).

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Neal Sharma
Co-General Counsel

North America

Neal Sharma is a Managing Director of the firm and AEW’s co-General Counsel. Neal manages AEW's legal, regulatory and compliance matters and is also a member of the AEW Risk Management Committee. Neal plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW, Neal practiced at the law firm Goodwin, LLP, in its Real Estate and Private Investment Funds groups. Prior to joining Goodwin, Neal provided legal and consulting services to the affordable housing and supportive services firm Cascap, Inc. Prior to attending graduate school, Neal was an analyst at the information technology service and consulting firm Accenture. Neal is a graduate of Boston University (B.S., Biomedical Engineering), University of Michigan Law School (J.D.), and University of Michigan Ross School of Business (M.B.A.).

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Dana Spires
Head of Fund Operations

North America

Dana Spires is a Managing Director at AEW and Head of Fund Operations for the Firm's North American and Asian commingled funds platform. In this capacity, Dana is responsible for all operational aspects from the funds’ structuring, initial setup and overseeing efficiencies in the asset management and accounting functions. Dana has expertise in the establishment, administration and management of a variety of client investment accounts, including the management of one of AEW’s senior housing separate accounts, and the AEW's Core Plus/Value-Add strategy and AEW's Asia Pacific Core/Core Plus & Value-Add Strategy. Dana plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. He joined the firm in 2000 as Controller within the firm’s Private Equity Group. Prior to AEW, Dana was the Controller of Leggat McCall Retirement Properties, where he assisted in the development, construction, acquisition, financing and management of assisted and senior living communities throughout New England. He is the former Vice-Chair of the NCREIF Performance sub-committee and a member of the National Investment Center for Senior Housing & Care Industry. Dana is a graduate of Thiel College (B.A.).

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Brian Sunday
Portfolio Management

North America

Brian Sunday is a Managing Director of the firm and Portfolio Manager for the AEW senior housing investment strategy. In his role as Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Funds and is a voting member of the Funds’ Investment Committee. Brian plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Since joining the AEW's acquisitions team in 2005, he has completed investments in the senior housing sector, including age-restricted, independent living, assisted living, and memory care facilities in metropolitan markets throughout the U.S. Before joining AEW, Brian worked at AMC Delancey Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Brian is a graduate of Villanova University (B.S.).

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Gina Szymanski CFA®
Real Estate Securities Portfolio Management

North America

Gina Szymanski is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the firm’s Real Estate Securities Group where she is also a member of the Global Securities Allocation Committee. Gina plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW, Gina worked at Putnam Investments for over 15 years where she was the REIT portfolio manager for Putnam's Research Fund, a senior member of the Global Equity Research team, and a portfolio member of the Quantitative Equity Research team. Prior to joining Putnam Investments, Gina held finance positions at CIBC World Markets and Matson Driscoll & Damico Ltd. In 2019, Gina was selected as the winner of Bonhill’s 2019 Women in Asset Management Award1 for the Real Estate category. Gina earned an Honors Bachelor of Mathematics in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a CFA charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

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¹ Nominations are open to asset management professionals across industries and are judged by a panel of senior women in the industry. Nominations are only considered for candidates living and working within the USA. Nominations are open for all: individuals can nominate themselves or someone else. No fees were paid to participate in the nomination process.

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Matthew Tracy
Portfolio Management

North America

Matt Tracy is a Director of the firm and Portfolio Manager within AEW's Private Equity Group. He has over 37 years of experience in real estate investment management and finance and is responsible for managing two separate accounts. Matt joined AEW in 1996 as a Portfolio Controller, responsible for the financial reporting, management, and disposition of client assets throughout the U.S. He later served as Asset Manager for a several office, industrial, and independent living properties. Prior to joining AEW, Matt worked at Saunders Real Estate Corporation, specializing in commercial, residential and condominium property management. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM), a member of the New England CCIM network, and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (B.A.).

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Jonathan Watson
Portfolio Management

North America

Jon Watson is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the AEW's opportunistic strategy group with responsibility for investment origination and asset management on the West Coast. Jon plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. During his 17-year tenure at AEW he has been involved in the acquisition, disposition, financing, and asset management for a wide variety of commercial real estate product types. Prior to joining AEW, Jon was with Thomas Properties Group (NASD: TPGI), where he was involved in acquisitions, asset management, leasing and development services for a multi-million square foot office portfolio. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business (B.S.)

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David Schaefer
Chairman

Asia Pacific

Mr. Schaefer serves as the Chairman of AEW’s Asia Pacific region. He is a member of the AEW Asia Investment and Risk Management Committees. Mr. Schaefer plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Mr. Schaefer has 33 years of real estate investment experience in the Asia Pacific region, including extensive portfolio management and acquisitions experience. Mr. Schaefer plays an integral part within the firm’s Senior Leadership Team, actively contributing to AEW’s overall strategic vision and direction. Prior to joining AEW, Mr. Schaefer was the Global Head of Institutional Capital and Head of Asia Pacific for DTZ Investment and Asset Management. Mr. Schaefer was also the Head of Asia Pacific at Citi Property Investors, where he created Citi’s first Pan-Asia real estate opportunity fund, the $1.3 billion CPI Capital Partners Asia Pacific, L.P. Prior to Citi, he was Head of Property-Asia for Macquarie Bank, and Senior Advisor to the Schroder Asian Properties Fund. David has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Cornell University.

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Jason Lee
Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Private Equity and Chief Investment Officer

Asia Pacific

Jason Lee is a Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager for AEW’s Value-Add Strategies, Head of Private Equity and Chief Investment Officer for the AEW Asia Pacific. He is also a member of the AEW Asia Pacific Investment and Risk Management Committees. Jason is responsible for implementing the investment strategy including, sourcing, structuring and underwriting of new investment opportunities. Jason has 28 years of real estate investment experience. Prior roles include being a Director of Merrill Lynch’s Asia Opportunistic Real Estate Fund and the Global Principal Investments Group. Jason is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S.), holds an M.S. from MIT and is fluent in Mandarin and English. Jason sits on the advisory board of Cornell University’s Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF).


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Glyn Nelson
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Asia Pacific

Mr. Nelson is a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager of the AEW Asia Pacific Core Strategy. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the strategy's investments and operations as well as working closely with investor relations on marketing and providing support to investors. He is a member of the AEW Asia Investment and Risk Management Committees. Mr. Nelson has over 25 years of real estate experience in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining AEW, he served as Head of Asia Pacific Property Research for Aberdeen Asset Management and as Head of Real Estate Intelligence for Jones Lang LaSalle. He is a graduate of University of Auckland and University of Texas at Arlington (M.S. in Real Estate).

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Christopher Chiang
Managing Director, Head of Transactions

Asia Pacific

Christopher Chiang is the Head of Transactions for AEW Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading the investment team focused on all acquisitions and sales within the region. Mr. Chiang has 25 years of real estate investment experience. Prior roles include being a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Asia at Credit Suisse, as well as holding roles at CBRE Capital Advisors, JLL, and N.M. Rothschild & Sons. Mr. Chiang holds a B.Com in Finance from the Curtin University and a Post Grad. Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia.

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Jean-Philippe Gaudin
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Asset Management

Asia Pacific

As Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Asset Management, Jean-Phillippe Gaudin is responsible for Regional Asset Management in Asia Pacific. He has over 20 years of experience, with 15 years in the real estate industry working for global Institutional Investors and investment management firms. His prior recent positions include Head of Asset Management for AEW in France (July 2015 to December 2017) and Head of Asset Management for GE Capital Real Estate in France. He started his career working as a consultant in Information Systems working for PWC and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young with a focus on technology, transformation, process and change management. Mr. Gaudin holds a M.S. in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) and M.B.A. from Nantes University.

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Jason Maxwell
Australia Country Manager

Asia Pacific

Jason Maxwell is Country Manager-Australia with responsibilities including investment origination, acquisition and asset management. Jason has over 13 years of experience across a number of Australian and European markets. Prior roles include Senior Asset Management positions at both Charter Hall and Macquarie Real Estate in Sydney and London. Mr. Maxwell has a B.Com and a B. Law from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

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Michael Moon
Korea Country Manager

Asia Pacific

Michael Moon is Director and Country Manager-Korea. Michael oversees the firm’s activities in Korea, which includes investment origination, acquisitions and asset management. He has over 25 years of real estate investment and asset management experience including the last 20 years in Seoul. Prior roles include Head of Macquarie Real Estate Korea. Mr. Moon has a B.A. from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and is fluent in Korean.

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Yian Wang
Head of Acquisitions – Greater China

Asia Pacific

Yian Wang is responsible for investment and asset management in China and Hong Kong. She has more than 10 years of solid experience in real estate investment and asset management in Greater China. Ms. Wang has worked in both Mainland China and Hong Kong with prior investment management roles including Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and Hongkong Land, a subsidiary of Jardine Matheson Group. She graduated with First Class from the University of Cambridge and has an M.A., M. Eng and B.A. in Chemical Engineering and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. She is a native Mandarin speaker.

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Kiyomasa Matsuda
Japan Country Manager

Asia Pacific

Kiyomasa Matsuda is Director and Country Manager for Japan. He is responsible for managing AEW’s day-to-day business activities in Japan. His real estate investment career spans nearly 20 years in Japan covering multiple asset classes and strategies. Prior to joining AEW, he was an Executive Director at Orion Partners where he was principally responsible for Orion’s investments in Japanese Senior Housing. Prior to joining Orion Partners in 2010, Mr. Matsuda held positions at CBRE Global Investors and Macquarie Group where he was in charge of acquisitions. He is a graduate of Keio University, where he earned a B.A. in business, and Rice University, where he earned an MBA. He qualified for the U.S. CPA designation and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker.

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Hanna Safdar
Head of Research & Strategy, Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Hanna Safdar is an Associate Director and Head of Research and Strategy for AEW's Asia Pacific Region where she supports both the direct and indirect investment teams in the region. Ms. Safdar has over ten years of real estate experience which she relies on to provide research and strategy support for all new and existing property investments. She joined AEW in 2018 from Cambridge Associates, where she conducted fund manager research and due diligence projects across Asia Pacific's real estate and infrastructure managers. Prior, she also held a research position at DTZ in Singapore. Ms. Safdar has a B.Sc Real Estate from the National University of Singapore.

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Rob Wilkinson
Chief Executive Officer

Europe

Rob Wilkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of AEW Europe with overall responsibility for the management and strategy of the firm. Rob is a member of AEW’s Global Executive Committee and the firm’s European and Asian Investment Committees. Rob joined AEW in 2009 and prior to being appointed CEO in 2014, served as Chief Investment Officer for the firm in Europe. Rob was previously Managing Director at the Goodman Group and a member of the firm’s European Executive Committee. Rob has over 30 years of real estate and financial services experience, holds a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified chartered accountant. He is a member of the Management Board of INREV and was recently appointed Vice Chair of the organisation. Rob is a non-executive director of Derwent London plc. He has also participated in the Bank of England Commercial Property Forum and previously served as a non-executive director of Grainger plc.

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Raphaël Brault
Chief Investment Officer

Europe

Raphaël Brault is Chief Investment Officer & Head of France for AEW in Europe. Raphaël is a member of the firm’s European Executive Committee and European Investment Committee, and is responsible for coordinating fund management and investment activities across Europe. In France, Raphaël oversees all French business activities, including management of strategies, investments and asset management. He has 25 years of real estate experience, and prior roles include 12 years with Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Funds and Real Estate Structured Finance Divisions. Raphaël graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris.

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Vanessa Roux-Collet
General Counsel

Europe

Vanessa Roux-Collet is Managing Director and General Counsel Europe for AEW in Europe. Vanessa joined AEW’s legal department in 2010, before being appointed as Head of Legal in Paris in 2015 and General Counsel in 2018. She is responsible of a team in charge of all compliance, insurance and legal matters across the European business of AEW. Prior to joining AEW, Vanessa was a senior lawyer at Clifford Chance within the real estate legal department. Vanessa has more than 22 years of experience, was admitted to the Paris bar, holds a master’s degree in Banking and Financial Law from Paris I University as well as a master’s degree in Common Law from Paris II University.

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Christina Ofschonka
Head of Germany & Central Europe

Europe

Christina Ofschonka is the Head of Germany and Central Europe, based in Frankfurt. Christina has responsibility for all German and Central Europe business activities, including the overall management of strategies, and the investments and asset management carried out by AEW's German platform. Prior to joining AEW in 2016, Christina worked as a Portfolio Manager at ALTE LEIPZIGER AG for seven years where she was in charge of building a diversified core portfolio. In addition to Germany, Christina has also spent time working in Milan and Paris during her 15 years of experience. Christina started her career at IVG, where she accompanied the OIK-Merger and took part in building up a European transactions team. She has a wide network on international real estate markets. Christina is a graduate of the Hochschule Aschaffenburg and additionally holds the title CIIA (Certified International Investment Analyst) of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management (DVFA). Christina is fluent in English, German, French and Italian.

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Hans Vrensen CFA
Head of Research & Strategy, Europe

Europe

Hans Vrensen is Managing Director and Head of Research & Strategy for AEW with responsibility for directing the firm’s research activities in Europe. Based in London, he is a member of the AEW European Investment Committee and a member of the firm’s Global Securities Allocation Committee. Hans' responsibilities include monitoring, evaluating and forecasting the macroeconomic environment, demographic trends and capital market conditions across Europe. He interprets this information for AEW’s senior professionals in order to provide decision support to the investment, asset management and portfolio management activities. Prior to joining AEW, Hans acted as an external consultant to CREFC Europe prior to that served as Global Head of Research for DTZ. He was also the Head of European Securitization Research at Barclays Capital prior to that a Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investor Services. Hans has a Masters in Economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Masters in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Alex Griffiths
Head of Investor Relations

Europe

Alex Griffiths is Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations for AEW's European business and is based in London. She joined AEW in 2013 and focuses on capital raising and client relationship management for pan-European funds and separate accounts. Prior to joining AEW, Alex worked in the Corporate Finance team at Jones Lang La Salle in London having begun her career at King Sturge prior to its merger with JLL. Alex completed an Economics degree at Durham University and an MSc in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes.

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Pierre-Emmanuel Juillard
Chief Financial Officer

Europe

Pierre-Emmanuel Juillard is Managing Director the Chief Financial Officer for AEW in Europe with responsibility for financial reporting and controlling and mergers & acquisitions projects. Pierre-Emmanuel joined AEW in 2018 from Natixis Investment Managers where he worked in the Strategy and Corporate Development Division. Pierre-Emmanuel graduated from the EDHEC Business School and holds a Masters in Management and Major Finance.

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Jonathan Stevens
Head of Private Debt

Europe

Jonathan Stevens is Managing Director and Head of Private Debt at AEW, based in London. He is a member of AEW’s European Executive Committee and is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of AEW’s Private Debt platform which comprises real estate, infrastructure, aviation and corporate debt. Prior to joining AEW in 2023, Jonathan was Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Head of Infrastructure (Debt) at BlackRock, where he led their $10 billion European infrastructure debt business. Jonathan has over 25 years of experience and started his career at PwC, he has since held senior positions at West LP AG, BNY Mellon and CIBC. Jonathan holds a degree in Physics from the University of Sussex.

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Antoine Barbier
Head of AEW Patrimoine

Europe

Antoine Barbier is Managing Director of AEW Patrimoine (AEW's French retail business) and is based in Paris. Antoine oversees the private client strategies (SCPI and OPCI), business development, investments and asset management and has almost 20 years of experience. Prior to joining AEW, he held positions at Caisse d'Epargne Normandie (France) as Market Director for wealth management and private banking and at LCL Banque Privée where he was Regional Director for private banking. Antoine holds a CESB - Cycle d'Etudes Supérieures Bancaires - diploma as well as a CESA in Management of Banking Activities from HEC.

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Massimiliano Bernes
Country Head, Italy

Europe

Massimiliano Bernes is Managing Director and Country Head of Italy for AEW. He is responsible for all Italian business activities, including investments and asset management. Prior to joining AEW in 2011, Massimiliano held the position of Investment Director at La Gaiana SpA, which was part of the Gabetti Group, and was also an Asset Manager for a €6.5bn real estate portfolio at Generali Properties Asset Management. Massimiliano has over 20 years of real estate experience and holds a degree in Business and Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

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Ludovic Bernini
Senior Portfolio Manager

Europe

Ludovic Bernini is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for one of AEW's European flagship strategies and is based in Paris. His main responsibilities include management of the strategy platform and monitoring investments in the pipeline. Ludovic also oversees asset management and fund administration activities, as well as investor relations. Prior to his current role, Ludovic was head of AEW’s dedicated logistics asset management team where he had overall responsibility for the asset management of fund logistics assets across Europe. He joined AEW in 2008 as an asset manager in Milan. Previously, Ludovic worked in corporate banking with Natixis. Ludovic graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris.

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Stephan Boenning
Special Advisor, Germany & Central Europe

Europe

Stephan Boenning is a Special Advisor for AEW’s German & Central European Platform and a member of the Management Board for AEW invest. Stephan joined AEW in 2005 and was Head of Germany and Central Europe for 19 years, responsible for all German and Central Europe business activities, including the overall management of strategies, and the investments and asset management carried out by AEW's German platform. Prior to joining AEW, Stephan Boenning was Managing Director of AXA Investment Managers and Aachener Grundvermögen, both German Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, where he was in charge of real estate investments and fund management. Stephan has over 30 years of real estate experience and is a graduate of the Fachhochschule Nuertingen.

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Alexandre Brunel
Country Manager, Luxembourg

Europe

Alexandre Brunel is Country Manager for Luxembourg and Conducting Officer in charge of Fund Operations and Portfolio Management for AEW S.a r.l. Alexandre joined AEW in 2005 as a Corporate Controller in Paris before moving in Luxembourg to manage AEW's Logistics Platform as Fund Controller. In 2018, Alexandre was promoted as Conducting Officer and Board Member of AEW in Luxembourg. He was previously a Financial Controller in a Listed Real Estate Investment Trust (GECINA). Alexandre has over 20 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate. He holds an Executive Master's degree in Real Estate Management (ESSEC Business School) and a Master's degree in Management.

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Jérémy Convert
Head of Investments, France

Europe

Jérémy Convert is Managing Director and Head of Investments for France, based in Paris. He leads the investment team and is primarily responsible for identifying, negotiating, structuring and closing real estate acquisitions. Prior to joining AEW in 2013, Jérémy was Head of Investment Banking for Crédit Suisse’s real estate sector covering France and Benelux. He also previously held positions at Lehman Brothers, Société Générale and Archon Group France. Jérémy has over 20 years of real estate experience and graduated from ISG and holds a Master’s degree in Insurance and Finance from ESSEC Business School.

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Spencer Corkin
Co-Head of Investment UK & Head of Value Add Strategies

Europe

Spencer Corkin is Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment and Head of Value Add Strategies for AEW’s London office. In his role, Spencer is responsible for the origination and execution within all property sectors for AEW’s strategies in the UK and the strategic direction of non-core strategies both in the UK and Continental Europe. Spencer joined AEW in 2012, working in the European investment team sourcing and underwriting value-add and opportunistic acquisitions for a wide variety of commercial real estate products across the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, CEE and the Netherlands. Spencer has a Masters in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University.

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​Carsten Czarnetzki
Country Head, Spain

Europe

Carsten Czarnetzki is Managing Director and the Country Head for Spain, based in Madrid. He is responsible for all Spanish business activities, including investments and asset management and in particular for sourcing opportunities and overseeing asset management activities for two non-core pan-European strategies. Carsten joined AEW in 2012 and was based in the London office for four years before relocating to Spain in late 2016 to run the Madrid office. Prior to joining AEW, Carsten held a number of positions in fund management, investments and asset management across the USA and Europe. He began his career in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank, focusing on real estate mergers and acquisitions. He also gained experience working in the private equity real estate area at JER Partners, as well as Starwood Capital Group in the UK, the USA and France. He then joined Generali Immobiliare in Paris as Director of investment funds and asset management, where he was entrusted with overseeing funds and assets in Europe and the US. Carsten holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe, Paris, and completed a degree in Business Administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University.

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Laura Elkin
Co-Head of Investment UK

Europe

Laura is the Co-Head of Investment in the UK and the Portfolio Manager for one of AEW’s UK listed strategies. She joined AEW in March 2013, and since 2016, has focused on portfolio management, including sourcing investments, and overseeing asset management and fund operations for the listed strategy. In her role, Laura is also responsible for overseeing the origination and execution of transactions within all property sectors for AEW’s strategies in the UK. Prior to joining AEW, Laura worked as a Senior Surveyor at Colliers International in the National Investment Team. Laura is a qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and holds a BSc Hons in Real Estate, Finance and Investment from Cass Business School.

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​Marie-Hélène Helleux
Head of Financial Management & SRI

Europe

Marie-Hélène Helleux is Head of Financial Management & SRI at AEW. She leads the teams covering vehicle structuring, accounting and taxation, financial management and reporting in Paris and Luxembourg and ensures coordination of these teams across Europe. She also leads, with the SRI Director, SRI management for AEW's European strategies. She joined AEW in 2008 as Head of Portfolio Operations Mandate and Clubs Deals before taking over the management of Mandate and Club Deals management in France. She has 30 years of experience in finance and real estate, mainly acquired at Caisse des Dépôts and at BPCE banking group. Marie-Hélène is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (specialization in Taxation Finance), Paris-Dauphine University, and SFAF (Société Française des Analystes Financiers).

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Cyril Hoyaux
Head of Real Estate Debt

Europe

Cyril Hoyaux is Head of Real Estate Debt strategies at AEW, based in Paris. He is responsible for the strategic oversight and development of the European real estate debt platform. Cyril joined AEW in 2015 from JLL France where he was co-head of the debt advisory business. Prior to this, he spent 7 years at Morgan Stanley where he actively participated in sourcing and structuring in excess of €4 billion of real estate financing transactions, and was head of the valuation division at Ad Valorem. Cyril has 30 years of experience in real estate valuation and structured finance. He holds a BA in Corporate Finance from Paris Dauphine University and a Master’s Degree in Commercial Real Estate from Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

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Sebastian Iwanski
Head of Asset Management Germany

Europe

Sebastian Iwanski is the Head of Asset Management Germany at AEW, responsible for overseeing the delivery of asset management strategies for office, retail and residential assets across Germany, including the delivery of decarbonisation pathways and management of sustainability initiatives to future proof investments. Sebastian joined AEW in 2016 from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, where he worked as Operating Manager from 2013-16. Sebastian started his career in Property Management in 2009 and holds a BA in Business Administration from FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management in Dortmund.

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Gereon Kohlgrüber
Head of Investments, Germany

Europe

Gereon Kohlgrüber is Managing Director and Head of Investments for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, based in Düsseldorf. He leads the investment team and is primarily responsible for identifying, negotiating, structuring and closing real estate acquisitions. Gereon has been working in the real estate industry for 30 years and, prior to joining AEW in 2006, he held the position of Head of Investments at the German insurance company, Gerling Konzern. He has also worked for Deutsche Immobilien Leasing, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Bank group. During his career, Gereon has completed acquisitions totalling approximately €10bn. He holds a degree in Business Administration and is a member of RICS.

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Thierry Laquitaine
Head of SRI

Europe

Thierry Laquitaine is Executive Director, Head of SRI for AEW and is based in Paris. He manages a team of dedicated ESG professionals and oversees the environmental and sustainability related policies and activities for the business. He is president of CIRCOLAB (circular economy association), chairs the SRI Committee for ASPIM (French asset management association), and teaches in several engineering schools. Thierry has over 25 years of professional experience and joined AEW in 2010. Prior to joining AEW he worked as a Programme Manager for Redman and for Hertz France as a Project Manager. Thierry holds an Engineer Degree from ESTP Paris and a legal diploma from ICH he is also member of RICS.

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​Arsène Marques
Co-Director of Fund Management, AEW Patrimoine

Europe

Arsène Marques is Co-Head of AEW Patrimoine's Fund Management and Administration. His responsibilities include the definition and implementation of the strategy of private client strategies (SCPI and OPCI). He has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and holds a Master's degree in private law and a DEA in business law. He is also a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).

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Patrick Meutermans
Country Manager, Belgium

Europe

Patrick Meutermans is Country Manager for Belgium, and is based in Antwerp. His responsibilities include advisory support and execution of transactional and asset management activities in the BeNeLux region. Prior to joining AEW in 2015, Patrick was Country Manager and a member of the European Management and Retail Boards at CBRE Global Investors. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate sector from various positions at companies including ING Real Estate, Heijmans Vastgoed and Mevo. Patrick is a board member of and assessor for the RICS BELUX since 2007. He holds a Master’s Degree in Constructional Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from the University of Antwerp and a BREEAM License.

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Anne Niedbalski
Head of Human Resources

Europe

Anne Niedbalski is the Head of HR at AEW, based in Paris. Anne joined AEW in 2024 from Natixis Investment Managers International, where she held the position of Senior HR Business Partner, managing HR teams across Europe within the Distribution, Portfolio Management teams and support functions. In this role, Anne was responsible for ensuring the HR coverage of 230 employees in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium. She has also worked extensively with HR teams across Paris, London, Boston and Hong Kong. Anne started her career in 1999 as an HR Assistant in the tourism industry. She subsequently held HR roles in the fleet industry. Anne holds a degree in Human and Social Sciences and a Master's degree in Human Resources Development.

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Johan Morvan
Risk Manager, Europe

Europe

Johan Morvan is Executive Director and Risk Manager for AEW in Europe. He has 20 years experience in financial services and industrial businesses and joined AEW in 2016. Prior to his position at AEW, Johan was Risk Manager with GE Real Estate in charge of debt & equity investments and responsible for real estate assets valuation. Johan holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from Rennes University and graduated from the European Business School.

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Robert Oosterkamp
Managing Director, Global CIO, Portfolio Manager – Europe and GSAC Chair

Europe

Mr. Oosterkamp is a Managing Director of the firm and serves as the CIO for AEW’s Global Real Estate Securities team, Portfolio Manager for Europe and is also Chair of AEW’s Global Securities Allocation Committee. He is responsible for overseeing AEW’s regional securities investment teams in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America as well as the bottom-up construction of the European component of AEW’s global property securities portfolios and European mandates. Mr. Oosterkamp, who is based in London and provides his services as an affiliate associated person of AEW, joined AEW in 2005 from Kempen Capital Management, where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for European real estate securities. Mr. Oosterkamp also has held positions with SFS, a pension fund in the Netherlands, and ING Bank. He has 26 years of investment management and analysis experience and is a graduate of the H.E.A.O. Business School in the Netherlands (B.A.) and the University of Amsterdam (M.B.A.).

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Anne Parent
Head of Compliance & Internal Control, AEW Patrimoine

Europe

Anne Parent is Head of Compliance and Internal Control (RCCI) for AEW's Retail Business AEW Patrimoine and is based in Paris. Anne joined AEW in 2017 after the merger of Ciloger and AEW and previously was RCCI for Ciloger in a position she held since 2010. Anne holds a degree of the MSTCF sector from IAE Poitiers (France), the professional card of compliance and internal control management (RCCI) issued by the French Financial Authority (AMF), and she is a AMF certified professional of the financial market sector.

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Axel Peinemann
Chief Financial Officer Germany

Europe

Axel Peinemann is Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for AEW’s German platform. He joined AEW in September 2021 and is responsible for the team covering fund operations, tax, risk, legal, compliance and IT as well as corporate finance and controlling for AEW’s German activities. Axel has more than 20 years of experience in Fund Operations and Finance in the regulated real estate investment business. Prior to joining AEW, he worked as a Director at Henderson Global Investors and TH Real Estate and subsequently spent 13 years at Nuveen Real Estate, where he initially took on the commercial management of the continental European offices and was appointed managing director of the Luxembourg MIFID company in 2019. Axel is a graduate of Hamburg University, holding a degree in Business and Administration.

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Thomas Poulis-Leinberger
Head of Asset Management & Development Logistics

Europe

Thomas Poulis-Leinberger is Managing Director and Head of Asset Management & Development Logistics in Europe, based in Frankfurt. He is primarily responsible for the performance of our standing logistic assets and developments. Thomas has been working in the real estate industry for 14 years and, prior to joining AEW in 2015, he held the positions of Head of International Asset Management and Indirect Investment Manager at Allianz Real Estate group. Thomas holds a diploma in Business Administration from the European Business School and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of Hong Kong.

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Head of Separate Accounts, London

Europe

Tim Sankey is Managing Director and Head of Separate Accounts in London. Tim joined AEW in 2022 and has almost 25 years’ experience in real estate including his most recent role as Head of Real Estate at the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership. In this role he was responsible for defining the global investment strategy for their real estate programme. Prior to this, Tim spent 16 years at Aberdeen managing a range of funds and separate accounts for both UK and international investors. Tim holds a degree in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University. He is also a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and holds the IMC.

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Stéphane Sebban
Managing Director, Institutional Business

Europe

Stéphane Sebban is Managing Director and Co-Head of Institutional Fund Management, Separate Accounts & Club Deals at AEW. He is responsible for overseeing all strategies managed by the AEW Paris office, alongside Remy Vertupier. Stéphane has over 20 years of experience in the real estate and financial sector. Prior to joining AEW in 2004, he worked for the Archon Group in France (Goldman Sachs) for six years, as a European Fund Controller at Vice President level. Before that, he worked as an auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Paris for two years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance.

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Michael Shears
Head of Asset Management, AEW UK

Europe

Michael Shears is Head of Asset Management at AEW UK and Assistant Portfolio Manager for one of the UK specialised strategies. He has over 18 years’ industry experience and prior to joining AEW in 2014, worked at DTZ in the Investment and Development Agency team, where he advised on property acquisitions and sales within the South West of England, with the majority of transactions being on behalf of UK property funds. He has also undertaken roles in Professional Advisory Services and Valuation, specialising in retail landlord and tenant advice. Michael is a qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).

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Rémy Vertupier
Managing Director, Institutional Business

Europe

Rémy Vertupier is Managing Director and Co-Head of Institutional Fund Management, Separate Accounts & Club Deals at AEW. He is responsible for overseeing all strategies managed by the AEW Paris office, alongside Stéphane Sebban. Rémy has worked in various roles at AEW over the past 15 years, after initially joining as an Asset Manager in 2004. Subsequently, he led asset management and then fund management responsibilities for AEW’s logistics platform. Rémy graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris.

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Etienne Wagner
Head of Compliance, Institutional Division

Europe

Etienne Wagner is Executive Director and Head of Compliance for AEW's European institutional business, based in Paris. He joined the firm in 2007 and is responsible for compliance activities across Europe, working closely with the firm’s legal division. Etienne Wagner started his carrier at Caisse Centrale des Banques Populaires as an authorized agent of investment vehicles. During his career in the real estate sector he holds several managing positions within Natixis group. Prior to joining AEW, he was of Legal Director at Natixis Asset Management, a regulated fund management Company. Etienne Wagner holds a Master’s Degree from Sciences Po in Paris as well as a Business & Corporate Law degree.

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​Frederique Weber
Country Manager, The Netherlands

Europe

Frederique Weber is Country Manager for the Netherlands, and is based in Amsterdam. Frederique has over 20 years’ real estate experience and joined AEW in 2016 having held functions as a Portfolio and Fund Manager at CBRE Global Investors between 2008 and 2016. Prior to these roles at CBRE Global Investors, she fulfilled different roles within the investment and asset management industry at various real estate companies including Equity Estate, Jones Lang LaSalle and Royal Haskoning. Frederique holds an Executive MBA from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Engineering from Rotterdam University.

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Nick Winsley
Head of AEW UK

Europe

Nick Winsley is Managing Director and Head of AEW UK, based in London. Nick is responsible for the management of a UK value add strategy and a build-to-core logistics partnership. Prior to joining AEW in 2011, Nick was a Director within the UBS UK real estate team, a Portfolio Manager for the UBS Secure Income Property Fund and was a member of the UK Investment Committee governing all UK property funds. Between 2000 and 2007, Nick was an Associate Director at Colliers CRE where he specialised in valuation, landlord & tenant, agency, investment and development. Nick is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and holds the IMC.

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Jeff Furber
Chairman Emeritus

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific

Jeff Furber joined AEW in 1997 and from 1999 to 2020 served as Global Chief Executive Officer. In 2020, Mr. Furber transitioned from Global Chief Executive Officer to the newly created role of Global Chairman, primarily overseeing the completion of a firm-wide leadership succession plan. He retired from AEW in 2023.

Under his leadership, AEW experienced extraordinary growth, expanding from a small U.S.-focused firm with $8 billion of assets under management to a $90 billion1 global real estate platform with 18 offices and over 800 professionals offering institutional investors diversified real estate strategies in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Furber is a member of the Board of STAG Industrial Inc. (NYSE: STAG), the Boston Children's Hospital Trust; and the Ogunquit Playhouse, as well as a former member of the Board of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHH). He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.

1 As of June 30, 2023. AEW includes (i) AEW Capital Management, L.P. and its subsidiaries and (ii) affiliated company AEW Europe SA and its subsidiaries. AEW Europe SA and AEW Capital Management, L.P. are commonly owned by Natixis Investment Managers and operate independently from each other. Total AEW AUM of $90.7 billion includes $41.9 billion in assets managed by AEW Europe SA and its affiliates, $5.3 billion in regulatory assets under management of AEW Capital Management, L.P., and $43.5 billion in assets for which AEW Capital Management, L.P. and its affiliates provide (i) investment management services to a fund or other vehicle that is not primarily investing in securities (e.g., real estate), (ii) non-discretionary investment advisory services (e.g., model portfolios) or (iii) fund management services that do not include providing investment advice. Staff and offices include AEW Capital Management, L.P. and AEW Europe SA and their respective subsidiaries.

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Katie Johnson Bergen
Investor Relations

North America

Katie Johnson Bergen is a Senior Vice President of the firm in AEW’s Investor Relations Group with responsibility for capital formation, client service and broader firm initiatives. Katie joined AEW in 2024 from Corten Real Estate, where she served as a Principal of Capital Strategies. Before that, she was Senior Director of Capital Strategies and Investor Relations at Sagard Real Estate (formerly known as EverWest Real Estate Investors), fundraising for core through value-added mandates and debt strategies. Prior to Everwest, she spent eight years at CenterSquare Investment Management in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Capital Markets, focused on capital raising for multiple strategies. Katie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, and Finance, Investment, and Banking. She serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA) as Vice President of Finance. She is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and its Capital Markets Affinity Group. She is a Founder and Board Member of Project Elevation, an institutional real estate industry group supporting inclusion initiatives, and a Founder and Executive Committee Member of Real Estate Women of Denver (REWD).

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Chad Nettleship CFA®, CAIA®
Investor Relations

North America

Chad Nettleship is a Vice President of the firm in AEW’s Investor Relations Group with responsibility for marketing AEW’s investment capabilities to the insurance industry. Chad joined AEW in 2022 from PIMCO, where he was focused on developing relationships with insurance clients and delivering customized investment solutions. Prior to that, he was with State Street Global Advisors working in their exchange-traded fund (ETF) group where he led the buildout of their insurance distribution efforts and engaged with insurance regulators / industry groups on statutory accounting matters. Chad holds an undergraduate degree in finance and marketing from the University of New Hampshire and is both a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

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Brooke Pinault
Client Services

North America

Brooke Pinault is a Vice President of AEW Investor Relations with responsibility for overseeing the team’s Client Service efforts. She also contributes to the broad marketing and client/consultant support efforts, with a focus on marketing collateral, sponsorships and events. Brooke has been with AEW since 2010. She is a graduate of Fairfield University and holds a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.

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Michele O'Brien
Marketing Communications

North America

Michele O’Brien serves as the Director of Marketing Communications at AEW, with a dual focus on corporate and investor relations initiatives. She has oversight responsibility for maintaining the firm's brand integrity, ensuring alignment of communications with the company's strategic direction and image. She manages internal and external marketing strategies that extend across various channels, from digital platforms to traditional marketing avenues. Joining in 2005, Michelle brought with her over 25 years of marketing and management experience from positions she held at prominent real estate firms such as Beacon Properties, Legatt McCall/Grubb & Ellis and Spaulding & Slye. She holds a B.A. in English from Merrimack College.

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John Cho
Investor Relations

Asia Pacific

John Cho is a Director in AEW’s Investor Relations Group and is responsible for developing and maintaining client and consultant relationships in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Cho has more than 14 years of real estate experience in Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to joining AEW, he was Senior Portfolio Manager at National Pension Service of Korea. He has also held real estate investment position at Hana Alternative Asset Management. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate & Urban Economics.

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Morgan Sparrow CFA®
Client Services

Asia Pacific

Mr. Sparrow is an Associate Director and the Head of Client Services in Asia Pacific based in the firm’s Singapore office. He is responsible for maintaining client and consultant relationships in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining AEW, Mr. Sparrow was with UBS Asset Management for 13 years covering various functions from risk management to client services. Mr. Sparrow has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia and is a CFA.

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Steven Song
Investor Relations

Asia Pacific

Steven Song is an Assistant Director in AEW's Investor Relations Group and is responsible for developing and maintaining client and consultant relationships in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Song has experience in private markets across Asia, Europe and North America. Before joining AEW, he was Senior Investment Manager at Meritz Securities in Korea, responsible for real estate investment and asset management. Prior to that, he held private debt investment and leveraged finance roles. He is a graduate of Emory University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Mathematics.

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Alex Griffiths
Head of Investor Relations

Europe

Alex Griffiths is Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations for AEW's European business and is based in London. She joined AEW in 2013 and focuses on capital raising and client relationship management for pan-European strategies. Prior to joining AEW, Alex worked in the Corporate Finance team at Jones Lang La Salle in London having begun her career at King Sturge prior to its merger with JLL. Alex completed an Economics degree at Durham University and an MSc in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes.

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Bianca Kraus
Managing Director, Investor Relations

Europe

Bianca Kraus is responsible for German-speaking clients within the Investor Relations Division. Bianca joined AEW in 2019 and is responsible for building and managing relationships with institutional investors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bianca has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and joins AEW from BNP Paribas where she was Head of Customer and Fund Relations. Bianca is a Certified Real Estate Analyst (CERA) with a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg.

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Matilda Williams
Director, Investor Relations

Europe

Matilda Williams is a Director in the Investor Relations team and is based in London. She joined AEW in 2022 and is responsible for capital raising and client relationship management for Pan-European strategies. Matilda joined AEW from PineBridge Benson Elliot where she spent 11 years in their Investor Relations team responsible for capital raising, project management and investor reporting. Matilda holds a BA in Modern Languages (French and German) from Oxford University.

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Emmanuel Brechard
Director, Investor Relations

Europe

Emmanuel Brechard joined AEW in January 2023 as a Director in the Investor Relations team. He is based in Paris and is responsible for client relationship management for AEW's investors primarily from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Monaco. Emmanuel joined AEW from Bpifrance where he spent 10 years and was latterly responsible for investor relations and fund raising for their private equity funds. He also formerly headed up the Middle East & Central Asia office for Bpifrance and worked in structured finance for corporate and RE transactions, having started his career in M&A. Emmanuel has a Master's degree in Asset Management & Financial Markets from IAE Clermont Auvergne.

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