Arthur Segel is the Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice associated with the Finance and Entrepreneurial Management units at Harvard Business School where he has been writing cases and primarily teaching courses in real property since 1996. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College (1973) and Stanford University Graduate School of Business (1975). At Harvard Business School, Professor Segel has written extensively in the areas of securitisation, distress investing, development, sustainability, urbanization and globalization. In the Spring of 2016, Professor Segel was affiliated with the Said School of Business at Oxford University. In 2016, Prof. Segel was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Segel was a cofounder (1982-2001) of TA Associates Realty, a large U.S. based private equity real estate development and investment advisory firm. Prior to TA Associates Realty, he worked as a Vice-President at Boston Properties and as Deputy for Finance and Administration at Massport under Governor Michael S. Dukakis. In 2005, he helped found The Xander Group, a real estate private equity firm focused on South Asia and the The Tobin Project, a non-profit that encourages policy-relevant academic research and a recent recipient of the 2012 MacArthur "Genius" Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. In 1998, he was also one of the Co-founders of the 21st Century Fund, a non-profit for public education. Professor Segel serves on the Advisory Committees of High Vista, a Boston–based multi-asset fund; and SRB Corporation, a Boston-based insurance company. He is a Member of the Urban Land Institute, PREA, NAIOP, a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a life trustee of Temple Israel and an overseer of the Gardner Museum and Brookline Foundation. Private Equity Real Estate Journal named him one of the 30 most influential players in real estate in the world.