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    Efraim Benmelech Efraim (Effi) Benmelech
    Program Director
    Denise Akason Denise Akason
    Associate Director

    Denise Akason is the Associate Director of the Real Estate Program at the Kellogg School of Management. She was a lecturer for five years at Kellogg; as the co-instructor of the Kellogg-Booth Real Estate Challenge Lab, and as instructor of a Sustainable Real Estate Development course. Denise was a guest lecturer at the University of Florence, Italy, also on Sustainable Real Estate Development. She has also supervised independent studies related to real estate, and has produced  real estate case studies.

    Prior to Kellogg, Denise worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She began her career as a commercial office broker. She was then a commercial real estate lending officer for Mitsubishi Trust. After receiving her master’s degree, she spent eight years in real estate and litigation consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. Denise’s experience has given her the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of property types and financial and market conditions. She also spent several years in residential brokerage and development in the Chicago area.

    Denise is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Pension Real Estate Association, the US Green Building Council, and serves on the Board of the Kellogg Real Estate Alumni Club. She is a LEED Green Associate, and a licensed real estate broker.

    Denise received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and her MBA from Kellogg.

    Real Estate Program
    Kellogg School of Management
    Andersen Hall Room 401
    2001 Sheridan Road
    Evanston, IL 60208