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. 21st Century Fund (Brookline, MA) Distinguished Alumnus: Honored as 2007 Man of the Year by the 21st Century Fund, a foundation in Brookline Massachusetts that supports new initiatives in public education.

  2. Private Equity Real Estate. Top 20 Most Influential People in Real Estate: Voted One of the Top 20 Most Influential People in Real Estate in the World by Private Equity Real Estate Magazine in 2007.