MREI Student Profiles

Ali Arabsalmany

Ali Arabsalmany

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to joining the Schulich Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure program, Ali worked as a project manager in his family’s residential construction company responsible for the administration and on-site management of projects, including luxury custom home builds and renovations.  From a young age, Ali also gained hands-on experience in various trade portions of the […]Read Full Story ›
Dina Badran

Dina Badran

MREI Candidate 2017Dina started her professional career in 2011 as a Development Analyst with Emaar Misr – subsidiary of Emaar Properties, one of the largest master-planned community developers in the Middle East.  She was later promoted to Senior Development Analyst, a position in which she managed two of the company’s biggest projects:  Mivida, a mixed-use development spread […]Read Full Story ›
Abishek Bhasin

Abishek Bhasin

MREI Candidate 2017For the last six years, prior to pursuing his graduate studies, Abishek has maintained a successful career as a realtor in residential sales and marketing, having partnered in sales transactions totaling over $100 million. In order to serve his clients further and build a portfolio of developer clients pursuing small to mid-sized projects, Abishek is […]Read Full Story ›
Adam Dermer

Adam Dermer

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to joining the MREI program, Adam worked in the field of corporate marketing which provided a broader understanding of the business paradigm and paved the way towards a deeper expertise of end-user real estate development. Adam joined Schulich’s MREI program to refine and broaden his knowledge of real estate development, fine tune his analytical […]Read Full Story ›
Patrick Dos Santos

Patrick Dos Santos

MREI Candidate 2017Patrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over three years of professional working experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ real estate and asset management team in the audit and assurance practice.  He has led engagements for major Canadian real estate developers, asset managers and investors.  His main interests include the institutional market for real estate asset […]Read Full Story ›
Benjamin Fogel

Benjamin Fogel

MREI Candidate 2017Ben worked as a Project Coordinator for a large national general contracting firm before joining the MREI program.   After being exposed to several P3 infrastructure and development projects from a construction management level, Ben realized that he wanted to get involved in these types of projects from an overall management perspective.  He decided to return […]Read Full Story ›
Pranavan Ganeshalingam

Pranavan Ganeshalingam

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to joining the MREI program, Pranavan was a Senior Economist in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, helping to oversee the province’s multi-year fiscal plan and supporting the production of the Fiscal and Economic chapters of Ontario’s Annual Budget. In order to follow his strong interest in real estate, Pranavan is now pursuing a Master […]Read Full Story ›
Harrison Ioannou

Harrison Ioannou

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to enroling in the MREI program, Harrison worked in legal management with a real estate focused law office, handling acquisition, disposition and refinance transactions. Before that he worked in marketing, where he was responsible for leading large teams involved in product promotion for prominent clients. Harrison decided to enrol in the Schulich MREI in […]Read Full Story ›
Andrea Jacyk

Andrea Jacyk

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to joining the MREI program, Andrea had the invaluable opportunity to work for a prominent luxury condominium developer in downtown Toronto for three years in project management.  She worked on six residential and mixed-use projects in Forest Hill and Yorkville, with large cross-functional teams comprised of architects, engineers, consultants, construction managers, municipal representatives and […]Read Full Story ›
Aleksandrs Jaunkalns

Aleksandrs Jaunkalns

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to Schulich, Aleksandrs worked for two years as a Financial Analyst, then Finance Manager of a successful start-up company in Toronto.   He also held Analyst positions with the RBC Capital Markets and RBC Global Risk Management teams for several years. With his background in corporate finance, Aleksandrs decided to pursue a graduate degree to […]Read Full Story ›
Michael Krasic

Michael Krasic

MREI Candidate 2017For the past eight years, Michael worked at a boutique realty advisory/development firm in Hamilton, Ontario, where he held various progressive roles and responsibilities, including his most recent role as Capital Manager.  In this position, he was tasked with overseeing the debt and equity investments of the organization, while remaining active on commercial development projects.  […]Read Full Story ›
Natasha Kuperman

Natasha Kuperman

MREI Candidate 2017Upon graduation in 2007, with a professional degree in architecture, Natasha worked in real estate investment, focusing in natural resource-driven communities across Canada.  The success of the portfolio’s income-producing properties hinged upon research into infrastructure and mining expansion.  As part of the real estate acquisitions team, Natasha was responsible for identifying, screening and recommending potential […]Read Full Story ›
Claire (Xiaoting) Liu

Claire (Xiaoting) Liu

MREI Candidate 2017Claire discovered her passion for the real estate industry while working for two years in accounting and commercial real estate leasing, where she monitored a portfolio of 52 offices across Canada. She chose the Schulich MREI program because it specifically targets students looking to advance their careers in real estate and infrastructure by providing systematic, […]Read Full Story ›
Imran Mangalji

Imran Mangalji

MREI Candidate 2017Imran came to the MREI program at Schulich having spent eight years at the helm of a private real estate holdings firm in Calgary focused on multi-family residential.  Prior to that, he spent four years as a residential mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust and RBC.  Through these experiences, Imran gained experience in numerous areas […]Read Full Story ›
Kenneth Ngacaku

Kenneth Ngacaku

MREI Candidate 2017Kenneth has worked within the realm of architecture and development for the past ten years. Adept at programming and administering design to meet a project’s financial and functional goals, he has gained a wealth of broad and multi-faceted experience working within development teams on commercial, residential, institutional, healthcare, educational, and airport projects. Kenneth’s interest lies […]Read Full Story ›
Gaik Petrossian

Gaik Petrossian

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to pursuing the MREI designation, Gaik worked at RBC as a Commercial Account Manager, providing financing for real estate investors and trade contractors.  He is passionate about ‘all things real estate’ and chose the MREI program for its strategic scope and the reputation of the Schulich School of Business.  Following completion of his MREI […]Read Full Story ›
Ahmed Zayed

Ahmed Zayed

MREI Candidate 2017Ahmed is a talented and results-oriented professional with over 13 years of experience in designing, detailing, managing and directing diverse, multi-billion dollar developments. Ahmed has practiced architecture and design management in four different cities, the most recent of which was Dubai, U.A.E., where he worked as a Senior Design Manager for the Investment Corporation of […]Read Full Story ›
Christine (Fan) Zhu

Christine (Fan) Zhu

MREI Candidate 2017Prior to Schulich, Christine worked as a Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Credit Analyst at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.  In addition to her professional work experience, Christine has also been developing her own luxury home projects in the city for several years, and she now plans to grow her development company into larger low-rise […]Read Full Story ›