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Francisco Pineda

Francisco Pineda serves as Academic Director and Adjunct Lecturer for the Master of Science in Construction Administration program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

In his 17-year career, he has led and turned-around several property development companies and construction projects, as well as businesses in hospitality, building materials, and food & beverage. He has executed and managed M&A and restructuring transactions for publicly traded companies in the United States, and mid-size companies in Europe and the Middle East, and worked alongside nonprofits and public agencies on urban space-use and revitalization. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MPA in Advanced Policy & Economic Analysis from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. from the University of Kent.

Pineda started his career in project finance at BNP Parisbas and corporate strategy at the Hess Corporation in New York City. Following his graduate studies at Columbia, he joined Merrill Lynch as an investment banking associate and ultimately went on to manage Merrill Lynch’s global principal real estate investment activities in south-eastern Europe.

After several years of M&A, integration, turnaround, and restructuring activities, Pineda was engaged to lead one of the Middle East’s largest corporate recovery initiatives working alongside 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 400-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, where he led the sale of the firm’s interests to Morgans Hotel Group.


Upon the successful completion of the restructuring, Pineda founded a New York City-based boutique development and construction firm that had grown to develop and reposition nearly 100,000 sq ft of residential and mixed-use real-estate. In 2015, he joined Columbia's School of Professional Studies master’s program in Construction Administration as Academic Director.