Degrees & Programs



Recent Graduates (2012)

HEC - Europe

Christophe de Robien
Christophe de Robien, GREM Class of 20123 Christophe graduated from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics in 2011 with an Master's degree in civil engineering. Following graduation, Christophe worked for a six months internship in the French bank BNP Paribas as a junior advisor in the real estate consulting team. During this internship, he provided consultancy to clients and helped to deliver practical solutions to ensure that real estate strategies are aligned to business objectives, in order to maximize value, save costs and help create competitive advantage. His team worked on over 50.000 sqft in the CBD of Paris. After this experience in real estate, Christophe started an MSc in International Finance at HEC Paris, in partnership with the GREM program at the Wisconsin School of Business. He hopes to begin his career in commercial development or in real estate investment.

HKUST - Asia

Yousuf Altwairesh
Yousuf Altwairesh, GREM Class of 20123 Yousuf graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering. Yousuf has over 12 years of experience in various fields of construction, engineering consulting and real estate. After graduation, he worked as a site engineer in the Public Authority for Housing Welfare. In 2006, he established ATEC, an engineering consulting firm. Under his leadership, ATEC revenue grew by approx. 40% in the first 4 years and he manages a team from across Asia and the Middle East. In 2010, he received a scholarship from the Kuwait Investment Authority and enrolled in HKUST MBA and GREM programs to gain global perspective and network. He hopes to leverage his past engineering/construction experience, global network, and academic studies to pursue a career in global real estate asset management or development.

Jack Li
Jack Li, GREM Class of 20123 Jack is currently taking a study leave from the position of General Manager of Asset Management at Siemens Real Estate, in which he manages a comprehensive office and industrial property portfolio in China. Prior to Siemens, he worked with Cushman & Wakefield as National Director of Facility Management in China. Jack holds a MBA degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and completed the advanced project management program at Stanford University.


Juan Pena
Juan Pena, GREM Class of 20123 Juan graduated from ESPOL of Ecuador in 2009 with a B.S. in Managerial Engineering. Prior to entering the GREM Program at the Wisconsin School of Business, he obtained an MBA degree from INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. Through his MBA he studied as an exchange student for one semester at Emory University, where he specialized in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. During the summer break in May 2011, Juan interned with CAPEBSA, a real estate developer in Ecuador. As an intern, he was in charge of the analysis of the supply purchases and the relationship with the suppliers. He started his professional career at Banco Bolivariano, one of the biggest banks in Ecuador. In this institution he worked in the Risk department, where he led a team of 12 expert appraisers, responsible for the valuation of loans' collaterals, assigning and approving appraisals for an amount of US$40 million per month. Prior to this experience he was a Commercial Officer in Valores Bolivariano, an Ecuadorian Brokerage Firm. In this position he structured a bonds convertible issue in the amount of US$10 million. After graduation Juan plans to integrate his previous experience and the knowledge obtained in the GREM program to pursue a career in the real estate industry.

Tomás Pinto
Tomás Pinto, GREM Class of 20123 Tomás joins the GREM program with three years of equity investment experience with Grupo Mercante, a private equity group in Costa Rica. As the financial manager of the group, he was in charge of all aspects of finance, strategic planning, and data analysis. He was designated to direct the development, construction, and sale of a $120 million commercial real estate development near Juan Santamaría International Airport, Costa Rica. Tomás also participated in the planning of a Continuing Care Retirement Community for American retirees in Costa Rica. Prior to his job in the private equity sector, his career began as a financial risk analyst for Scotiabank. He underwrote more than $45 million in real estate development loans for private development companies as well as REITS and participated in the analysis and valuation of a $700 million beach development project. Tomás graduated with honors from the George Washington University in 2005 with a B.S. in Economics. In 2010, he started the MBA program at INCAE Business School, in partnership with the Wisconsin Business School. Upon graduation, he plans to continue his career in real estate consulting and development.

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Why Wisconsin?

The real estate program at the Wisconsin School of Business is one of the oldest and most highly regarded programs in the United States. It is consistently ranked among the top three programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is gaining increased recognition on the international stage.

Partner Schools

The Global Real Estate Master (GREM) is a joint initiative between the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and three of the world?s leading business schools:

  • HEC Paris, #1 in Europe (FT)
  • HKUST Business School, #1 in Asia (EIU); #6 in the world (FT)
  • INCAE Business School, #1 in Latin America (América Economía)
  • Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), a new premier institution for finance education