Rani Gharbie

Rani Gharbié is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP's Masters in Real Estate Development program, where he teaches Private Equity Development, Hotel Focus.

Rani oversees Virgin Hotels growth in North America and works closely with capital partners and strategic investors to increase management agreements and equity positions for new and existing properties. Prior to Virgin, Rani was the Managing Director & Founder at Cedar Funds, a New York City based hotel and real estate development and investment firm with a focus on progressive hotel assets. Cedar Funds focus is Progressive Hotel concept that targets a large, but often overlooked segment of the market with high expectations for design, quality, and intuitive technology that remain largely unanswered by the lodging industry. Prior to launching Cedar Funds, he worked in key positions in the hotel and real estate industries for over 19 years. He was regional Director of Development MEA, with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he was responsible for actively expanding IHG’s premier hotel brands, including InterContinental, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn. In this position, he oversaw and contributed to the growth of 19 hotels worth over $1.8 B in real estate value. Prior to IHG, Gharbié worked for Jones Lang LaSalle where he advised key clients on real estate investment and development projects valued at $4.2B.

Rani holds a Master degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, an MBA from the HEC Business School in Montréal, a Bachelor degree in Hotel Management from the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland, and a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University in New York. He is also a regular guest speaker at major conferences. Rani has lived on three continents and speaks four languages. He is an avid traveller, runner, golfer and vinyasa yogi. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Alisha.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6583‑1 Spring 2018
Private Equity Development-Hospitality Focus
Rani Gharbie By application only
200 South Fayerweather
TU 6 PM - 8 PM
Session A: 1/16-3/2
1.5 Points