In his latest post Kerem served as the CEO of Astra Student Housing where he has played an integral role in the set-up and development of Turkey’s largest private operator with over 5.000 beds. After acquiring 50% stake in Astra in 2010, Kerem has brought together a diverse base of Shareholders including strategic development partners and financial institutions including the IFC (World Bank). He has simultaneously served as the Managing Director of Milestone Capital Partners, a direct investment firm in Turkey that was founded in 2007. Kerem has over 19 years of investment experience in financial markets across multiple asset classes including managing public equity portfolios and private equity investments. Kerem was a founding member of the Dubai Investment Group (DIG) the investment office of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Prior to becoming a manager at Hedge Fund of Funds and Member of the Investment Committee at DIG, Kerem served as a senior analyst for several direct investments. These include DIG's partnership with Citigroup Alternative Investments - Estithmaar Islamic Real Estate Fund, a European Real Estate Private Equity Fund, Estithmaar TMT Fund, a JV with Deutsche Bank, and DIG’s opportunistic real estate investment initiative Longwing Ventures US. Prior to joining DIG at its inception, he was a senior trader at Citigroup, N.A. Treasury in Dubai. Kerem has also served as the Vice President of Board of Trustees at Bilgi University and he has been re-assigned as a member recently. Kerem has a B.Sc. from Bentley Uni. (USA) and an M.B.A. from Warwick Uni. (UK).


David has begun his professional career in Hong Kong with multinational commodities trader Noble Group. Assisting the M&A team across multiple commodity groups he then helped establish the Group’s first in-house research team providing macro economic coverage across several countries of interest. In his second year with the Group, David moved to Singapore to join the coal team as thermal coal analyst. Seeking a more challenging and active role, David moved into a fifo role in East Kalimantan, Indonesia as commercial manager to the Group’s only fully owned and operated met-coal mine for a year.  Extending his stay in Kalimantan, he lead as Project Manager for a major $12 million CAPEX project from due diligence through to execution.  In his final role, David served as the Commercial Manager for a distressed iron ore asset in Northern Territory, Australia. Leading a due diligence and CAPEX justification targeted to salvage the mine through operational and supply chain overhauls. After completing a rigorous 4 years in both office and on-onsite roles, David decided to pause his professional career to complete a life long ambition of world travel.  3 years of dedicated solo backpacking divided in two overland routes - India to Japan and Mexico to Patagonia.  Returning to Turkey after 10 years away, he chose to follow a more entrepreneurial route that so far has led him to a variety of projects in international commercial real estate, aviation and beverages. David's wide array of experiences coupled with his multi-cultural background and international education result in a truly global citizen who is not phased by opportunities regardless of how and where.


President of New York based GD3 Real Estate Inc, Mr. Kanver is an accomplished business professional and trained architect with almost two decades of development experience assisting companies with real estate projects from inception to completion. His work extends geographically world-wide with successful projects from New York to Miami in the US, and across the globe to Turkey, South America and the CIS countries. Mr. Kanver has been instrumental in working from the site selection process through financing, marketing, and branding for some of the best IRR of real estate development projects both in the USA and abroad. For developers he has focused on their ultimate goal – excellent ROI, that is determined by many factors from design and materials to location and assesment of regulatory and government approvals. From an investor and builder’s perspective Mr. Kanver oversees physical project development from pre-development and feasibility stages to ground breaking, construction management through to completion. In residential condominium projects he has successfully marketed individual units to both potential residents and investors from abroad. Market knowledge is key to success and with extensive experience throughout the United States and in Turkey he brings a contact base from both the US and abroad to his professional work. Current and past developments include luxury condominium projects in NYC on both the Upper East Side and East Village, luxury development in both Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Through his company GD3, Mr. Kanver is also the founder of RED (Real Estate Development) in New York (REDinNYC), one of New York City’s most respected real estate professional networking organizations that bring industry professionals together with periodic events and critical conferences which recently grows in entire USA. Mr. Kanver also represents real estate companies from Turkey for their North and South America initiatives. This includes family offices along with firms such as Acibadem Project Management, NEF, Rixos, and Tabanlioglu. Mr. Kanver also works with CNY, NY based construction firm for Turken Foundation Yurt Evi project in Manhattan. He holds strong relationship with Peru and Bolivia for specifically healthcare projects. With a proven track record of experience, Mr. Kanver brings the highest level of professional services, real estate expertise and investor relationships to development opportunities in the United States and its surrounding area.