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Thomas Richard Arnold

Visiting Scholar

University of Florida
Warrington College of Business
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Department
Stuzin Hall 321
PO Box 117168
Gainesville, FL 32611



Thomas (Tom) Arnold holds a Doctor of Business Administration (2017), a Juris Doctorate (1983), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (with honors, 1980) from the University of Florida, a Masters of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1991), and a Masters of Law (Taxation) from New York University (1986). Tom is a licensed attorney, and a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. Tom has co-authored an article in the Journal of Portfolio Management (2017) and published in Tax Notes (2017) and currently is working on another article under a 2018 research grant from the Real Estate Research Institute. 

Tom joined the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 2009 and is based in Abu Dhabi. As Global Head of Real Estate, Tom is responsible for the creation and execution of the sovereign’s investment and business strategy as well as the real estate department’s organizational design and professional talent development. In 2016, Tom was recognized by the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute as one of the top-10 public investors globally. 

Tom is a former chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), was a Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and currently is on the Global Board of Directors and remains Governor of ULI, and is also a member of the board of directors of the Real Estate Roundtable. 

Current academic affiliations include the Dartmouth College Regional Advisory Committee for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Real Estate Research Advisory Board, a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute, and memberships in the Academy of Management, the American Finance Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Alpha Epsilon Lambda. 

Tom is considered an industry-academic hybrid, combining 27 years of legal and private equity investment experience with a passion for higher education with academic teaching and counseling experience at over 20 institutions of higher learning. 

Tom’s prior professional affiliations include a Cerberus Capital Management (a partner and Managing Director), ING (Managing Director), Credit Suisse (Director), and the Praedium Funds (Principal). Tom began his career in Finance at Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup) and practiced law for five years, principally with Holland & Knight, focusing on real estate, lending, securities, and bankruptcy matters. 

Tom’s areas of expertise and research interests include: leadership, organizational change, business policy and strategy, finance, entrepreneurship, international business, taxation, reputation, trust, private equity, and real estate. 

Research Areas

  • leadership
  • Private Markets
  • Contracting and Agency Theory
  • International Finance
  • Global Capital Flows
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Taxation
  • Real Estate