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Emerging Technologies in Real Estate and Finance

The Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and

Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business present

Emerging Technologies in Real Estate and Finance

The purpose of this conference is to examine the trends in emerging technologies and how they impact decisions for investments.

Wednesday, April 14 | Noon-2 p.m. ET | Held Via Zoom

Registration is required. 

Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session prior to the event.

For questions or more information about the conference, email



Conference Directors


Dr. Ehsan Nikbakht
C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor in Finance and International Financial Services, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University


Dr. Andrew Spieler
The Robert F. Dall Distinguished Professor in Business and Professor of Finance, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University


Professor Ashira Ostrow
Peter S. Kalikow Distinguished Professor in Real Estate and Land Use and Executive Director of the Breslin Center for Real Estate Studeies, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University



Noon | Welcoming Remarks


12:10 p.m. | Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Dr. Janet Lenaghan
Dean, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey S. Katz
IBM Technical Leader, Global University Program and IBM Research

Mr. Katz joined the IBM Academy of Technology in 2010 and the Industry Academy in 2018. His professional background is in Scientific and Engineering computing. Mr. Katz has extensive experience with real-time systems and process control; electronics, especially radio frequency communication; power systems, especially electric power production; robotics; Critical Infrastructure Security; remote monitoring and diagnostics. Read more.


12:40 p.m. | Panelists 

Hugo Benedetti
Assistant Professor and Director of Master of Finance Program, University de los Andes, Chile

Professor Hugo Benedetti researches the asset pricing implications for evolving financial instruments that implement blockchain-enabled technologies. His work has been published in a wide variety of journals. He is also a co-founder at BlockInStrat, a leading blockchain innovation and strategy consulting company. Read more.

 Joshua Harris
Vice President, Strategy, Skanska USA Commercial Development

Dr. Joshua Harris serves as the Vice President of Strategy for Skanska USA Commercial Development, a leading developer of high-rise office, multifamily, and mixed-used projects in urban cores nationwide. As Vice President of Strategy, Dr. Harris coordinates all business planning, market analysis and research initiatives. Read more.

Alim Khamisa
Executive Director, Kin Foundation

Alim Khamisa is the Executive Director of the Kin Foundation. The Kin Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Kin Ecosystem, which comprises a thriving community of apps, developers, content creators, and millions of active users that earn, spend, and ultimately benefit from the use of Kin (a cryptocurrency).  Read more.
 Joel Simkins
Managing Director- Head of Gaming & Leisure Investment Banking, Truist

Joel Simkins is an experienced managing director with a demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry. He is skilled in equity research, portfolio management, the gaming Industry, theme parks, and hedge funds. Read more.


2 p.m | Closing Remarks

Wednesday, April 14, 2021



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