Co-founder and Managing Principal
Genghis Hadi has over 14 years of real estate private equity experience in the United States. Most recently he spent 7 years with Carlyle Group and worked on several billion dollars of transaction volume including new acquisitions and asset management of existing transactions with a focus on New York City.
Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Hadi was part of both the Acquisitions and Asset Management team at Boston Capital. He completed his Masters of Science in Real Estate Development at Columbia University, and his undergraduate studies in Economics at Tufts University. Born and raised in Dubai, UAE he has now lived in the US for over 15 years. Currently he serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Real Estate Development Program.
Director of Construction
John Lennon has extensive knowledge, experience and background in the construction business. Prior to joining Nahla Capital he worked for a tristate general contractor overseeing their NYC projects that included complex mixed-use projects. In addition, previously Mr. Lennon worked for a Long Island based development/ construction management group where his responsibilities included overseeing company management and operations, project management, preconstruction estimating and scheduling.
Mr. Lennon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Iona College and an Associate Degree in Civil Technology from Westchester Community College. John’s many years in construction have given him a broad range of knowledge involving high end retail, residential condominiums, affordable housing, hotels, office buildings, renovations, hospital and outpatient care facilities.
Director of Asset Management
Andrew Liebhafsky has over 14 years of real estate experience as a real estate attorney, asset manager and property manager in the commercial and residential sector. Most recently he spent 8 years with Red Apple Group and his portfolio included 40 commercial buildings within New York City, 75 commercial buildings outside of New York City and 4 new construction residential buildings in downtown Brooklyn.
Prior to Red Apple Group, Mr. Liebhafsky worked as an investment sales specialist at Cushman Wakefield. Prior to Cushman, Mr. Liebhafsky worked as a transactional lawyer in the CMBS space for Thelen Reid Brown Raysman. He completed his J.D. at New York University, and his undergraduate studies at Cornell University. Mr. Liebhafsky was born and raised in Manhattan and currently lives on the Upper West Side.
Director of Accounting and Finance
Grace Ng has over 18 years of experience as a CPA and advisor in public accounting prior to joining Nahla Capital. She was previously with Berdon LLP as a principal in its audit department where she provided accounting, auditing, and tax services to clients in an array of business sectors, with specialization in the real estate industry. She advised and worked closely with owners, operators, managers, developers, and investors in commercial and residential real estate projects, including some of the most prominent firms in New York real estate.
Ms. Ng graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New York.
Tala Jallad has 10 years of transactional experience counseling and representing various participants in the structured finance market including issuers, lenders and borrowers in asset-backed transactions, secured lending facilities and warehouse lines of credit. Ms. Jallad gained her legal experience working in the New York structured finance group of the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and then at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP when she left with her team to join Katten’s New York office.
Ms. Jallad received her J.D. from New England Law | Boston where she was awarded a CALI excellence for the future award and her B.A. in Classics from Tufts University.
Amanda Chan has previously worked in architecture and real estate development across United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Nahla Capital, she was a Project Manger at HAP Investments working on residential developments in New York City. Before that, she was the Business Development Manager at UNStudio, a renowned global architecture office headquartered in Amsterdam, where she led the strategic planning and business development of the company for the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Chan graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management, and received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. She is a scholarship recipient of the WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate.
Pieter-Jan (PJ) Van Hoof
PJ Van Hoof has previously worked in real estate development across Europe. Prior to joining Nahla Capital, he was a Financial Analyst at Montea, a Belgian Real Estate Investment Trust, specialized in industrial and built-to-suit assets.
Mr. Van Hoof completed his Masters of Science in Real Estate Development at Columbia University. He holds a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Economics from KU Leuven, Belgium.
Sam Hitch has previously worked in both real estate and telecommunications development. Prior to Nahla Capital, he worked as an Acquisitions & Development Analyst at HK Organization, a Brooklyn-based real estate owner, operator, and developer.
Mr. Hitch graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Real Estate Development.
Meghan Conley previously held administrative roles prior to joining Nahla Capital. Most recently at HFZ Capital Group, where her role ranged from Administrative to Executive assistance.
Ms. Conley graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Managing Director, Franklin Templeton
Marc Weidner joined Franklin Templeton in early 2002 and is a member of the Global Investment Committee of Franklin Real Asset Advisors. In addition, he is a member of its Management Committee and in this capacity serves as Head of Investments. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Mr. Weidner worked in the investment banking group of DLJ/Credit Suisse in London and New York where he originated and structured real estate private equity funds in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining DLJ/Credit Suisse, he was with Security Capital Group in London where he worked on various transactions and business development initiatives. Mr. Weidner holds an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Fulbright scholar. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations, magna cum laude, and a BA in Business Management, magna cum laude, from Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Mr. Weidner is a member of PREA and INREV, and is a faculty member in the MSc in Real Estate Development program at Columbia University.