GW and VIVA Group Host First Global Real Estate Conference

The GW School of Business (GWSB) hosted leading real estate executives and academics March 26 at the university’s first Global Real Estate Conference, “Where Does the Smart Capital Flow?” in New York.

Organized by the GW School of Business Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) and presenting sponsor VIVA Group, the conference brought together practitioners in the field of global real estate capital from China, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Germany, and from across the United States for a critical face-to-face discussion about the opportunities and challenges associated with the provision of global capital.

The opportunity to gather experts together and discuss the real-world implications of global capital flow was made possible by the support of corporate partners like VIVA Group. A presenting sponsor, VIVA Group’s six-figure commitment helped launch the conference. VIVA Group is a multifaceted business conglomerate involved in retail, logistics, media, education, hospitality and other portfolios.

“This conference was a good opportunity to expose VIVA as a company and for us to be exposed to different ideas and people,” said VIVA Group owner and director Monty Thakur. “India today is dependent on foreign capital for its development and growth and most of the capital is coming from the U.S. market, so the topic of global real estate capital flow is a very important one for us.”

Additional corporate sponsors included CIBER, RICS, FIABCI, Taconic Investment Partners, First Wall Street, Cushman & Wakefield, Institutional Real Estate, Inc., and SNL Real Estate. Many of them supported the conference with five-figure commitments.

Monty Thakur, owner and director of VIVA Group, talks to conference participants. VIVA Group's support as a presenting sponsor made the conference possible.

Monty Thakur, owner and director of VIVA Group, talks to conference participants. VIVA Group’s support as a presenting sponsor made the conference possible.

“We are very excited by the strong corporate support that was given in support of the Global Real Estate Conference by all of our sponsors,” said Elizabeth H. Mitchell, assistant vice president in Development and Alumni Relations at GWSB. “We especially want to recognize the VIVA Group as lead presenting sponsor, who made a six-figure commitment. At the GW School of Business our corporate partners are called Trusted Partners. Companies today are operating in a challenging global environment. Our goals for our Trusted Partners is that they will have access to the knowledge, research, networks, and talent that will help their organization navigate this terrain successfully, as well as facilitate engagement with constituents and maximize value for their stakeholders.”

For GW students, the conference was a valuable opportunity to network with alumni in the real estate field and have face time with major corporate executives.

“This conference gave myself, along with the other group of students who attended, an exclusive way for us to network and make connections with the various executives who attended the event and the members who spoke or who presented,” said Jordan C. Glaubinger, CCAS ’15. “Through the GW alumni system and with the Real Estate groups, this event gave me and students a great way to meet and learn from some of the most important people in the business.”

VIVA Group also supports GW students by providing in-kind support to GWSB’s international case study program. The conglomerate assumes the cost of hosting a group of students in India every year, providing them with unique on-the-ground exposure to development projects.


Corporate sponsorships create opportunities for faculty and students to engage with experts and address real-world issues. Learn how you can enhance academics at GW by visiting today. Read more about the conference in GW Today.

Author: Julia Parmley

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