Mr. Larry A. Silverstein

Larry A. Silverstein is the Chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc., a Manhattan-based real estate development and investment firm that has developed, owned and managed 40 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space.  The firm currently has $10 billion worth of development activity underway and has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in New York City” by Crain’s New York Business for eight years in a row.


In July 2001, Mr. Silverstein completed the largest real estate transaction in New York history when he signed a 99-year lease on the 10.6 million square feet World Trade Center for $3.25 billion, only to see it destroyed in terrorist attacks six weeks later on September 11, 2001.  He has spent the last 19 years rebuilding the office component of the World Trade Center site, a $30 billion project that will consume the balance of his working life.


In May 2006, Silverstein Properties opened 7 World Trade Center, the first office tower to be rebuilt at the site, and the first LEED-certified office building in New York City.  The 52-story, 1.7 million square foot office tower is fully leased to an eclectic group of tenants.   In November 2013, the company opened 4 World Trade Center, a 72-story 2.3 million square foot building designed by Fumihiko Maki.  In June 2018, the company opened 3 World Trade Center, an 80-story, 2.5 million square foot building designed by Richard Rogers.  The company is developing one other office tower on the WTC site – 2 World Trade Center.


Silverstein Properties recently completed and opened a Four Seasons hotel and private residences designed by Robert A. M. Stern in Lower Manhattan which, at 82-stories, is one of the tallest residential towers in New York.  The company also completed and opened the largest Four Seasons resort in the world at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.


Mr. Silverstein owns and manages many successful and high-profile commercial and residential properties in New York City, including 120 Broadway, 120 Wall Street, 529 Fifth Avenue and 1177 Avenue of the Americas.  Mr. Silverstein completed and opened Silver Towers, two 60-story residential towers at 600 West 42nd Street, the companion to 1River Place, a 40-story, 921-unit tower which opened in 2000.  The square block development houses over 2,200 families.


Mr. Silverstein is a member of the New York Bar and a Governor of the Real Estate Board of New York, having served as its Chairman.  He has served as Chairman of the Realty Foundation of New York.


A 1952 graduate of New York University, Mr. Silverstein served as Vice Chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees, where he continues to serve as member of the Board of Trustees of the New York University Langone Medical Center.  He is the Founder and Chairman emeritus of the advisory board of the NYU Real Estate Institute.  As a Professor of Real Estate, his “Silverstein Workshop” became one of the most attended and informative educational sources for learning real estate development and investment analysis.


Mr. Silverstein donates his time and resources to support many philanthropic endeavors.   He has served as Chairman of the Board of UJA-Federation.  He is a founding trustee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and has served as treasurer of National Jewish Health in Denver.


Mr. Silverstein contributes his time and resources to organizations that are dedicated to higher education and medical research, meeting humanitarian needs and supporting the arts.  Mr. Silverstein currently serves as a board member of the New York Philharmonic.  He is a classical music enthusiast, a passionate yachtsman and a dedicated New Yorker. Larry and Klara Silverstein have been married for 64 years and have three children and one son-in-law, three of whom are executives at Silverstein Properties, and they also have eight grandchildren.



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Ms. Gina Diez Barroso

Ms. Gina Diez Barroso is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

She is the Founder and President of Dalia Empower, a lifelong learning global project dedicated to the career advancement of women; of Grupo Diarq, one of the leading international design, architecture and real estate development companies in Mexico and the United States; and is the Founder of Centro University, the leading university in Mexico focused exclusively on creative studies, with a strong emphasis on business and entrepreneurship (it offers 7 B.A´s, 20 master degrees and more than 200 courses and has more than 3,000 students).

Ms. Diez Barroso is an active board member of several companies and an advisor for numerous international and national organizations.  She is the representative of Mexico at the W20 – the women initiative of the G20 – and she was also appointed Mexico’s private sector representative to EMPOWER, an initiative that reports directly to the G20. She is a member of WPO (Women President Organization) and the only Latin American member of C200 (200 Women Business Leaders of the World) and the Global Women Business Leadership Organization.


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His Excellency Abdalla Shaheen

His Excellency Abdalla Shaheen, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in New York, was appointed in April 2019. As Consul General, Shaheen works to promote the important UAE-US  bilateral relationship and expand business and cultural ties in New York and the Eastern US region. Consul General Shaheen also serves as a liaison for US corporate and government officials and as a resource for UAE Nationals residing in the East Coast area.

Prior, Consul General Shaheen worked closely with Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation. In this capacity, Consul General Shaheen advised on and coordinated the execution of programs and strategic initiatives under her portfolio, including Expo 2020, Dubai Cares, Vice President Office for Political Affairs (VPoPA), and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA).

From 2010-2017, Consul General Shaheen was with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and  International Cooperation, becoming Deputy Chief of Staff in 2012. As Deputy Chief of Staff to His Highness, Consul General Shaheen helped  manage all aspects of the Foreign Minister’s portfolio and his office, developing a deep knowledge and expertise in foreign affairs.

In addition, Consul General Shaheen liaised with foreign officials and Ambassadors in the UAE as well as Emirati Ambassadors abroad. He also established strong relationships with UAE officials from business and government entities, including the UAE’s Supreme Council for

National Security, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), National Defense College, and Education and Human Resources Council.

Consul General Shaheen was born and raised in Sharjah, UAE. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach.


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Mr. Tal Kerret

Tal Kerret is the President of Silverstein Properties, Inc. He is responsible for managing and monitoring the company’s portfolio of assets and devising strategies for growth. Mr. Kerret oversees day-to-day operations at the company.

Mr. Kerret joined Silverstein Properties in 2011, as Executive Vice President, was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in 2013 and to President in 2015.

Prior to joining SPI, he was Chairman and Co-Founder of Oberon Media, Inc., the leading casual games platform and solution provider established in 2003.

Prior to co-founding Oberon Media, Mr. Kerret was CEO and co-founder of RichFX, an e-commerce technology infrastructure company, for seven years. Prior to RichFX Mr. Kerret served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces for six years.

Mr. Kerret holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Tel Aviv University.

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