At Morgan Stanley, Sonny Kalsi oversaw private equity real estate investing which included staff of over 1,000 professionals, and played a pivotal role in building the division into the leading real estate platform. Ultimately, Mr. Kalsi and his team were responsible for the management of $100 billion in assets across 33 countries.
During his career, Sonny Kasli has had the opportunity to live and work in cities across four continents, including Sydney, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and London. From his time overseas, Sonny understood where to execute the best investment platforms possible, and with the help of his co-founders, set up GreenOak’s offices in order to take advantage of the best real estate opportunities.
Today, Sonny Kalsi is a founding partner of GreenOak, where he organizes and oversees self-sufficient country teams that leverage the firm’s biggest asset: its seasoned management team. At GreenOak, Sonny puts his strategic thinking and business judgment to good use, implementing key changes, such as shortening the investment period and fund lives on major projects, and pioneering a decentralized approach that allows for significant adaptability.
GreenOak’s flexible structure and niche market, along with the deep experience of GreenOak’s senior executives and partners, has generated impressive results in only six years’ time: today, the firm manages an astounding $6.8 billion of assets, has raised a further $5.1 billion of equity as of June 2016, and continues its strategic investments into global markets.
Sonny is a board member of PowHerFul, an organization which offers comprehensive college scholarships to disadvantaged young women; TeachingMatters, an educational nonprofit dedicated to developing, retaining, and advocating for excellent teachers; and Room to Read, a literacy NGO which has built 10,000 libraries and schools across Asia and Africa.
In addition, Sonny is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and has lectured at Georgetown, his alma mater. Sonny is driven to give back to the institutions which have allowed him to live a vibrant, dynamic life, and to prepare the next generations to do the same on their own terms.
Sonny Kalsi is also a trustee of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening ties and understanding between East and West; the Spence School, an academically rigorous private institution in Manhattan; and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit forum specializing in sustainable land use and real estate development.