Sam Chandan is Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Real Estate Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he leads the school's applied real estate and urban research initiatives, industry and policy engagement, and undergraduate and MBA real estate programs, ranked #2 among business schools by US News and World Report. Prior to joining the Stern faculty in January 2022, Dr. Chandan was the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair and academic dean of the Schack Institute of Real Estate at the NYU School of Professional Studies, one of the world's largest centers of real estate continuing education. He is also founder of Chandan Economics, an economic advisory and data science firm serving the institutional real estate industry, a contributor to Forbes, and host of the Urban Lab on Apple Podcasts. Among his diversity and inclusion initiatives, Dr. Chandan is Global Chair of the Real Estate Pride Council, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender leaders in the professions of the built environment, and a member of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC). In 2017, he founded the National Symposium of Women in Real Estate (WIRE), which has since grown into the industry's largest annual mentorship forums connecting senior executives and early-career women in real estate.