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Michael Spies

Senior Managing Director – Innovation; India and New Markets, Tishman Speyer 

Mr. Spies joined Tishman Speyer in 1989 and led the establishment and growth of Tishman Speyer's European business, before recently returning to New York. He leads new global innovation initiatives while supervising the Indian operations and early stage efforts in new markets.

He chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the firm's Management and Compensation Committees. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, he was Executive Vice President of the Public Development Corporation, which was the City of New York's lead economic development agency.

Mr. Spies is a Global Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and currently Chairs the Jury for awarding ULI's highest honor, the Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. He serves on the Board of Directors for TechnoServe, a global non-profit organisation reducing poverty in the developing world through supporting economic development and entrepreneurship. He is also member of the Dean's Council at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American School in London, as well as past Chair of the ULI European Charitable Trust.

Mr. Spies graduated cum laude from Princeton University and from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with an MA in city and regional planning.

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