Business Head, Europe
Carlo heads the CA Ventures’ European platform and he is responsible for all development activity, acquisitions and operations in the region. Prior to that he had set-up and served as CEO for Actis’ London development platform in West Africa where he developed $500m of commercial class A assets. Between 2002 and 2010, he spent eight years as Managing Director with Hines Europe. His time with Hines included responsibilities for the development of large mix-use scheme Porta Nuova in Milan, the pan-European Hines European Development Fund and the Hines CalPERS Spain Fund.
Carlo brings to twenty-five years of pan-European and International experience in the real estate industry. He is a registered architect, he graduated from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) School of Architecture and received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
As Managing Director, Olaf focuses on acquisitions, residential property developments and conversions, as well as purpose-built student housing projects.
Olaf Henschen joins CA Ventures from LIFE Group in Antwerp, Belgium, where he served as managing director of the group’s residential real estate and student housing developments in the Netherlands. He brings over more than 20 years of acquisition, real estate development and asset management experience of which the last twelve years at board level.
Olaf holds a Masters of Science from the University of Antwerp and a Bachelors of Science from the University of applied Science Eindhoven.
Senior Vice President, Construction
As Development Director of CA Ventures Europe Tom oversees development and construction work across CA’s Student living and PRS verticals in the UK and Ireland. Tom ensures the implementation of all due diligence aspects of land acquisition, planning applications, procurement strategies and delivery of the product to the operational teams. The risk management and mitigation measures that Tom oversees ensures a streamlined well managed process from cradle to grave.
Tom has huge experience in the Student and PRS worlds having delivered over 12,000 student beds, circa $2bn across the UK and Ireland at Knightsbridge Student Housing/ Threesixty developments never late and on budget. Tom immediately prior to joining CA- Ventures was a Development Director working at the Watkin Jones Group. The leading developer in purpose built student accommodation and private rented sector developer/ contractor in the UK where he was involved in the groups largest student portfolio disposal to date, negotiation of forward funding agreements, site acquisition and planning.
Tom brings over 13 years’ experience in the construction and real estate industries. He is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), he graduated from Leeds University in Biochemistry with BSc (Hons) before going down the non- cognate route into surveying.
Vice President, Acquisitions
Christian Davis is Vice President of Acquisitions for CA Ventures Europe. Christian is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the Student Accommodation Sector for the past 10 years. Christian is responsible for identifying and transacting deals for CA across the Student and Multi-family sectors in Europe.
Prior to joining CA, Christian was the Transactions Director for Threesixty Developments, the Oaktree Capital Management platform that sourced, developed and sold in excess of 10,000 Student and multi-family beds between 2011 and 2016. Most recently Christian was the Transactions Director at Watkin Jones Plc, the UK’s largest Developer and Contractor of Student accommodation in the UK having developed in excess of 34,000 bed spaces. Whilst at Watkin Jones Plc Christian led the sale of 2,500 student beds to a joint venture between Roundhill Capital and KKR, now operated by the Nido Student Living brand.
Christian holds a BSc in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol as well as an MSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading.