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About Emerging Real Estate Digest

Emerging Real Estate Digest delivers news, timely analysis, and bold ideas on topics and trends impacting emerging market commercial real estate investors, developers, and owners. 

Founded in 2023, Emerging Real Estate Digest gives senior commercial real estate executives (and those aspiring to be) what they need to know to make better decisions from unbiased and qualified sources and writers.

Emerging Real Estate Digest is part of Lerna Group, the owner and operator of several public-facing media platforms focused on investing and doing business in the emerging markets. The platforms include websites, newsletters, social media, and other modes of distribution. 


Based on the 2023 successful launch, the management team has decided to expand our content creation staff and distribution capabilities. In 2023, we gained over 5,000 email subscribers. As of March 2024, our articles are on track to be seen and read more than one million times annually by 2025. While those numbers are tiny, relatively speaking, the reach we have is rare due to the special and difficult-to-reach nature of our readers and followers.

Advisory Board

  • Al Blanton – former CEO of Wells Fargo Reinsurance.

  • David M. Krakoff – former CEO of Americas for Toto, Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, Vitromex, etc. Current CEO of Haystack Techs, a sales technology company focused on building materials. 

  • Dr. David Lynn – former MD and partner at ING Clarion heading global investments for the $100 billion+ platform. Launched and led three healthcare private equity organizations. MIT MBA, Cornell Master’s, Berkley BA, PhD/Master’s from London School of Economics. Author of the leading book on investing in emerging market real estate. 

  • Irwin Barkan – 40 years of executive experience in commercial real estate including a stint in Ghana as a shopping mall developer. In Africa, he partnered with the Rose family, a prominent real estate family in NYC. Globally he’s developed and owned more than 2 million sf of retail real estate. 

  • Randall Loker – CIO for Paladin Realty Partners. Paladin is the most active US-based real estate investor in LatAm having invested in 420 properties in 8 countries into mostly workforce housing projects valued at $7 billion. 

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