Cha has been in the finance industry for 20+ years and established Re‐Imagining Cities Foundation under the Korea Green Building Council non‐profit umbrella. We imagine a world with 100% renewable energy, clean air and a happy and healthy environment where we can all live, work and play in harmony with nature.
Cities are the problem emitting 70‐80% of the world’s greenhouse gases. With increasing urbanization, we seek to make Cities part of the solution to our energy and climate crisis by accelerating green building solutions. Working closely with Architecture 2030, the World Green Building Council, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF‐Korea), Re‐Imagining Cities Foundation focuses on the “business case of green buildings” to help real estate developers and investors increase their financial returns with green buildings and green cities. Cha is concurrently Vice Chairman of the Korean Green Building Council and Co‐Chair of the Energy & Green Growth Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Seoul.
2007‐Present: Have been focused in the green building and smart cities space since 2007. In addition to being Co‐founder and Chair of the Re‐Imagining Cities Foundation, Cha owns a majority interest in Susterra Partners, providing investment advisory services in the areas of energy efficiency, green buildings and clean energy, a 30% equity stake in a building energy modeling & simulation firm in Korea and a minor equity interest in a Seoul‐based real estate fund.
2002‐2007: Huneed Technologies, Vice Chairman. Communications firm listed on the Korea Stock Exchange (KOSPI) with 300 employees. Cha led the team of investors to acquire Huneed out of bankruptcy and attracted The Boeing Company to become the 2nd largest shareholder.
1998‐2002: Lone Star Korea, CEO & General Partner of Lone Star Private Equity Fund III, a US$2 billion real estate fund. Cha helped establish operations in Korea from the ground up, hired and managed a team of over 150 employees, and helped source, underwrite and successfully close over US$2 billion of equity investments in real estate and distressed debt deals in Korea.
1986‐1998: Cha has worked in various financial institutions including Asian Banking Corporation, as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of a publicly listed Korean‐Japanese joint venture merchant bank based in Seoul. Yasuda Trust & Banking Company, as Senior Manager, one of Japan’s largest trust banks, Cha worked in Tokyo in their International M&A Department, servicing Japanese clients investing in the U.S. And, at Citibank, Cha worked as Credit Manager in New York, Sydney & Honolulu primarily extending loans on cross border real estate transactions to high net worth individuals.
Cha received his MBA degree from Columbia Business School in 1985. Majors: Accounting, Finance & Real Estate. He received his B.S. in Economics degree from The Wharton School in 1979. Majors: International Finance and Computer Science. Cha enjoys traveling, mountain biking and organic farming.
Friday, May 21, 2021
10:00am – 12:35pm
The forum will focus on the continued progress, developments and integration of ESG in commercial real estate across the Asia Pacific.