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The next event in the Real Estate Luminaries Series at Georgetown University will feature a conversation with Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht.

Mike Kirby, chairman of real estate research firm Green Street Advisors, and Steve Wechsler, president and CEO of NAREIT, will interview Sternlicht as part of the program. The event is scheduled to take place April 23 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lohrfink Auditorium of the Rafik B. Hariri Building at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The program will begin with a panel discussion on global real estate investing led by Matthew Cypher, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business who heads the school’s Real Estate Finance Initiative. GreenOak Capital Founder & Partner Sonny Kalsi, Cerberus Capital Head of Real Estate Investing Ronald Kravit and Carlyle Head of International Real Estate Adam Metz will take part in the roundtable with Cypher.

Sternlicht formed Starwood Capital Group in 1991. The private investment firm focuses on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, energy infrastructure and securities trading. Sternlicht has structured investments with an asset value of approximately $47 billion since the firm’s founding. He currently serves as chairman of commercial mortgage REIT Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: STWD) and single-family home REIT Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY). He was chairman and CEO of hotel company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from 1995 to 2005.

The Real Estate Luminaries Series represents a joint effort between NAREIT and Georgetown’s Real Estate Finance Initiative. Past speakers at Real Estate Luminaries Series events include Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investments; David Simon, chairman and CEO of Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG); and Ralph Rosenberg, global head of private equity firm KKR’s real estate platform.