Francisco X. Pineda currently serves as the Academic Director and Lecturer for the Master of Science in Construction Administration program at Columbia University.
In his eighteen-year career he has worked on all aspects of the development cycle—investment, 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 from the University of Kent.
Following an early career in corporate strategy at Hess as well as investment banking and private equity at Merrill Lynch, he 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 operation of a 410-key luxury hotel on the Palm (Jumeriah Zabeel Saray), serving as a board member of The Light Group, a $100 million food & beverage operator across MGM’s Las Vegas properties, and the work-out of contractor and creditor liabilities across the portfolio.
He is an investor and advisor to several tech/start-ups in the construction, hospitality, and property sectors, such as Knotel, Voyage Control, onTarget (kwant.ai), Boost-Inn, SimpleLabs (acquired by ZocDoc), and Appetito24 (acquired by Delivery Hero).
He serves on several industry-related committees/councils: ULI’s (NY) Program Steering Committee, ULI’s (NY) RE Technology and Innovation Council, Turn Around Management Association’s (NY) Academic Relations Committee, as well as working closely with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Americas).
More recently, in his programmatic and faculty roles at Columbia University, he has been active in two areas: 1. a workforce research agenda and practice-based workshop initiative focused on MWBE (Veteran, Disabled, and Local) contractors access, training, and tracking in NYC and, 2. his personal focus on applied research, knowledge management, and pedagogy in construction, real estate, and the built-environment—particularly on networks, field operations, and supply-chains and their relationship to project leadership, project-based organizations, emerging technologies, and urban systems.