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Dror Poleg

Economic historian. Exploring how physical and digital systems affect human behavior, wellbeing, and dignity.

Previous/parallel lives: Front-end designer/developer. Private equity real estate executive. Startup founder. Parliamentary advisor. Soldier.

The name Dror rhymes with "door" and is pronounced like "drawer," with a slight rumble on the first r. It is an ancient Hebrew word for freedom.

A longer bio, in the third person:

Dror Poleg is the Co-Founder of Real Innovation Academy and author of Rethinking Real Estate.

In books, articles, classes, and talks, Dror explores the impact of technology on where and how people live, work, and socialize. His insights have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC, The Times of London, and beyond.

Dror holds a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics and a BA in Media & Communications from Swinburne University of Technology. He has taught and spoken at events by The University of Zurich, Harvard Graduate School of Design, The University of Colorado, The Wharton School, and The City University of New York.

Dror regularly briefs, advises, and teaches senior executives from multibillion-dollar companies such as UBS, Bank of America, HSBC, AvalonBay Communities, Hines, RXR, British Land, Liberty Mutual, Dubai Holding, Cushman & Wakefield, and others.

Previously, he served as Co-Chair of The Urban Land Institute's Tech & Innovation Council in New York; as Vice President of Kardan Land, where he oversaw the expansion of a $3b property portfolio in partnership with investors such as Blackrock MGPA and Frasers Properties; as CEO of, a social media startup; and as Head of Digital at Standards Group, a creative agency that served clients such as IKEA, Scandinavian Airlines, and Shangri La Hotels.

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