Sonny Kalsi is a Founder and Partner of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients. Formed in 2010, GreenOak Real Estate is a highly focused global platform with an experienced and cohesive senior team that possesses a long and successful track record investing in and managing real estate. The firm has nine offices globally including New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Tokyo and Seoul with dedicated teams that possess local knowledge, experience and extensive networks in each market. Since inception, GreenOak has raised approximately $8 billion of equity to invest in targeted strategies and assets and acquired approximately $10bn of real estate assets globally.
Sonny was previously the Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business and President of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds until early 2009. At its peak, the MSREI platform had approximately $100 billion of AUM in 33 countries. From 1997 through 2006, Sonny and his team led the formation of Morgan Stanley’s property business in Asia and built the leading real estate platform in the region.
Sonny was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and is a former member of the Georgetown’s Board of Regents. He also serves on the board of several organizations including: The Spence School, Teaching Matters, PowHERful Foundation, Room to Read, AHRC New York City Foundation, and the Asia Society. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP in the Real Estate Development program.