Arthur I Segel

Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice

Arthur Segel is the Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice in the Finance Department at Harvard Business School where he has been writing cases and teaching the Real Property Asset Management course 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 securitization, distress investing, sustainability and globalization. He has assisted new faculty in creating courses, such as, executive education; emerging markets; development, design and construction; affordable housing; urbanization and infrastructure; and portfolio and real estate investing.

Mr. Segel was a co-founder and co-owner (1982-2001) of TA Associates Realty, a large private equity real estate development and investment advisory firm specializing in commercial and multi-family real estate in over thirty markets in the United States and Canada. 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 and serves as Chairman of the Global Advisory Board of The Xander Group, a real estate and infrastructure private equity firm focused on emerging markets, and he co-founded The Tobin Project, a non-profit that encourages policy-relevant academic research and is a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Award. In 1998, he was 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 trustee of the Rothschild Family Foundation, Yad Hanadiv, in Jerusalem, a life trustee of Temple Israel and an overseer of the Gardner Museum. In 2006, Private Equity Real Estate Journal awarded him one of the 30 most influential players in real estate in the world.

  1. India: The Future of Retail

    India: The Future of Retail – Panel Discussion co-hosted by CNBC and Virtuous Retail, a Xander investee company
  2. Building Cities

    In the course of the 21st century new cities will be built to accommodate global population growth and urbanization. The art of building cities dates back to the Roman Eraa, however there are no commonly accepted guidelines for the necessary trade-offs and options available to modern urban design. Building a new city requires making decisions involving location, scale and types of physical elements, such as streets, buildings, public spaces, community amenities and other forms of infrastructure. These decisions have extensive implications, for they will come to shape human behavior and define the market economics of the space.

  3. General Growth Properties and Pershing Square Capital Management

    Segel, Arthur I., Stuart C. Gilson, Thomas Edward Follett Langer, Zubin Gopal Malkani, and John Anthony Mascari. "General Growth Properties and Pershing Square Capital Management." Harvard Business School Case 212-109, May 2012.