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.
Vice President of Construction
Nina Chan has 15 years of construction experience in NYC. Prior to joining Nahla Capital, Ms. Chan worked as a project manager at a leading general contractor in New York overseeing luxury residential project at 1228 Madison Avenue, 430 E 14 Street, 221 W 77th Avenue, 2-17 51st Avenue. Her responsibilities included preconstruction, project management, estimating and scheduling.
Ms. Chan has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Bernard Baruch College.
Director of Development
Jitendra Jain (JJ) brings over 20 years of experience in design, development, and construction across the United States, Paris, and London. Prior to joining Nahla Capital, as the Director of Development at Fisher Brothers, Mr. Jain oversaw the development of AREA15, a 200,000 SF ground-breaking experiential art, retail, entertainment, and events complex in Las Vegas while actively seeking new opportunities in markets throughout the US and UK to expand the AREA15 business model. During his tenure at the New York-based development firm Sumaida+Khurana, Mr. Jain led the development of highly crafted residential projects in Manhattan, including 152 Elizabeth Street, a 7-unit boutique, ultra-luxury, condominium project in Nolita designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando and an 80-unit ultra-luxury condominium tower in Midtown West designed by another Pritzker Prize-laureate Portuguese Architect Alvaro Siza. Prior to transitioning from architecture to real estate development, Mr. Jain spent over 15 years working as an Architect in New York, Paris, London, and Mumbai while working for world renowned practices such as Bjarke Ingels Group in New York, Dominique Perrault Architecture in Paris, and Kohn Pedersen Fox in London.
Mr. Jain graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Real Estate Development, preceded by a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), in Los Angeles.“
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.
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.
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.
Meghan Wassel previously held administrative roles prior to joining Nahla Capital. Most recently at HFZ Capital Group, where her role ranged from Administrative to Executive assistance.
Mrs. Wassel 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.