Francisco Pineda currently serves as the Academic Program Director and Lecturer in Discipline for the Masters of Science in Construction Administration at Columbia University.
In his eighteen-year career, he has worked on all aspects of the development cycle—investments, development, and construction. He has led and turned-around property development companies and construction projects, as well as businesses in hospitality, building materials, and food & beverage. He holds an MBA and an MPA from Columbia University and a B.A. in History.
Following an early career in corporate strategy at Hess and investment banking at Merrill Lynch, he was engaged to lead one of the Middle East’s largest corporate recovery initiatives working along Shearman & Sterling and Moelis & Co. on restructuring a $1.6 billion real estate portfolio. The engagement included the completion and launch of the Jumeriah Zabeel Saray, a 410-key Luxury Hotel on the Palm, as well as serving as a board member of The Light Group, a $100 million food & beverage operator across MGM’s Las Vegas properties.
He is an investor and advisor to several startups in the real estate and construction sectors and serves as Head of Research for Knotel.
More recently, in his programmatic and faculty roles at Columbia University, he has been focused on applied research, knowledge management, and pedagogy in construction, real estate, and the built-environment—particularly on project leadership, emerging technologies, and urban systems.