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Seydina M. Fall

Lecturer; Founder, smf +co; Associate Director, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association

Seydina has over 15 years of experience in real estate, private equity, and finance education. Currently, Seydina serves as Associate Director for Exams at the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). His focus is on curriculum development and exam management in the areas of real assets, hedge funds, private equity, and structured products. Additionally, Seydina is the founder and the managing partner of smf+co, an international real estate private equity firm focused on thematic investing around long-term trends, such as rapid urbanization, resilience to address climate-related challenges, and the use of technology to improve new infrastructure and to make old infrastructure more efficient.

Prior to founding smf+co, Seydina was Chief Financial Officer of MDNY real estate and Corbel capital, both full service real estate firms based in New York City. Seydina has taught corporate finance, business analytics, real estate finance, and advanced valuation at various universities, including New York University, Johns Hopkins Carrey School of Business, University of Maryland, and Fordham University. His most recent publication is “Mboolo – Centre for Fair Trade and Exchange” for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (August 2020). He graduated summa cum laude from New York University and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Seydina is trilingual (French, English, Spanish) and has achieved professional working proficiency in Arabic.


  • M.B.A., Yale School of Management