Student Organizations

Private Equity Club


The Columbia MsRED Private Equity Club was founded by Rani Gharbie in 2012 with the mandate to create an environment where students and leaders from the real estate investment community have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. The Club's objective is to ensure that students have a wider understanding of industry dynamics and have better access to career opportunities. The Club aims to accomplish these objectives by meeting with real estate investment industry leaders, organizing teams to compete in case competitions and industry events, and arranging skill and knowledge development sessions. 

Contact: Christopher Rhind


Christopher Rhind, as the President of the MsRED Private Equity Club, is responsible for developing and executing the Club’s annual strategy. Chris works closely with the Club Officers in relationship-building efforts with key industry leaders and associate clubs at top academic institutions.
Prior to pursuing the MsRED program, Chris worked with the New York based investments team at Oxford Properties. In that role, Chris assisted the team with acquisition underwriting, due diligence coordination, and market research. Prior to that, Chris worked as an analyst at the Cushman & Wakefield Canadian headquarters in Toronto. Chris holds Honors Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Western Ontario and studied under the University of Virginia while circumnavigating the world on Semester at Sea. 

Women in RED


The mission of Women in RED is to create a supportive and inspiring platform for the female student in the MSRED program. We aim to foster and influence the success of women in the real estate and related industry, and to promote the advancement of women in the industry through series of formal and informal meetings and networking events with female leaders in the industry. 

Contact: Amanda Mingsze Chan


Growing up in Hong Kong, studying undergraduate at Cornell university, and working in Amsterdam and Shanghai, all these experiences have prepare Amanda to be open minded and to embrace challenges. Amanda previously worked as the business development manager of UNStudio, an award wining Dutch architecture design studio, she is responsible for business development of Asia Pacific region. She is particularly interested in global development and social enterprise within the real estate industry.

RED Club


The Real Estate Development (RED) Club is platform for students aspiring to become Real Estate Developers that fosters academic collaboration and professional exchanges within the industry at large.  Collectively we aim to expand our knowledge of development through internal presentations among classmates, conversation with professionals, site visits of existing project, office tours and participation in case competitions. Comprehensively, this has become a catalyst for discussion that enables our group to formulate a deeper understanding about a particular location, trend or opportunity. Our club reaches out to professionals within greater New York City as well as throughout the world. We are focused on in-depth discussions with professionals that can cover the means and methods that they use in practice. This is an integrated process that involves multiple iterations as a way to continually grow and expand our knowledge and understanding of the development processes. Perhaps our conversations can challenge some of the current views on the industry and allow us to bring an altered approach to the built environment in our future developments. Club Website: http://developourworld.com 

Contact: Andrew McCarthy


As the President of the Real Estate Development Club at Columbia University, Andrew’s main objective is to foster a diverse environment that enables both academic and professional exchanges. This model creates a platform where students can constantly deliver their ideas and speculations to the public realm. Prior to joining the program, Andrew worked for Rafael Viñoly Architects PC in New York City where he worked on a multitude of projects including 432 Park Ave, NYU Abu Dhabi, and UPenn Center for Advanced Medicine. Andrew holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Entrepreneurship Club


The mission of the Entrepreneurship Club is to foster an environment for students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial efforts within the realm of real estate. The club aims to provide students with the tools necessary to seek and pursue their own deals. Our goal as an organization is to prepare as many students as possible with the ability to launch their own real estate companies upon graduation.

Contact: Robert Kong


Prior to pursuing his Masters in Real Estate Development, Robert was an Analyst with RED Development, a retail real estate development company co-headquartered in Phoenix, AZ & Kansas City, MO. While at RED, he worked primarily in Acquisitions & Asset Management assisting both teams in site due diligence, market research, and financial analysis. Robert graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

Building Tours


The building tour lecture series intends to meld the didactic experience of a lecture, the interactive benefit of academic discourse and the physical experience and emotional power of experiencing the
built environment into one.  The intention of the series is to both learn from and understand the various aspects that go in to the completion of a project from conception to completion (design, construction, development etc) and to gain inspiration from successful projects that are assets to the community we live in.  a series will be curated to include a variety of building and development types that will be explored throughout the academic year.  projects will include, but are not limited to: typical ground up developments (residential, commercial, mixed use) of varying sizes, adaptive re-use projects, public works project and public/private collaborations, institutional projects, and affordable housing projects.  in special circumstances, trips to locations around the tri-state area may be required.

Contact: Sam Alison-Mayne (sa3008@columbia.edu)