William Kistler

Co-Founder - Urban Innovation Network

William Kistler


Bill Kistler leads the Urban Innovation Network offering advisory, investment and development services to cities and the real estate industry through a network of academic, business and government leaders.

Previously, Mr. Kistler was the Senior Partner at Korn/Ferry International leading the Real Estate practice in EMEA. From 2003 - 2009 he was President of the Urban Land Institute–EMEA a non-profit, research and education institute dedicated to the built environment.

Before joining ULI, Mr. Kistler Managing Director of Equinox partners, an advisory and executive search firm focused on the real estate industry with offices in Europe and the US. The firm’s clients included developers, investors, corporations and governments. Prior to this he was General Manager of the Disney Development Company, responsible for Val d’Europe at Disneyland Paris. 

His career includes senior roles at JMB Properties in Chicago, Cushman & Wakefield in New York and IBM where he oversaw the company’s real estate in New York and Paris.

Mr. Kistler is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He is an Architect and holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California.

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