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Years of experience and know-how in the property industry

Since 2009, our management team has made more than 250 investments globally with a GDV of more than £1.5 billion

Cogress is a community of investors. We are an exit-oriented private equity platform connecting our community with opportunities usually reserved for the largest investors. Our platform carefully vets and matches all property developers and investors, giving peace of mind on both sides.

Our experience is backed up with numbers. Since 2009 our management team has invested in more than 250 projects globally including the US, Canada, Germany, Cyprus and Israel, with over £1.5 billion of asset value, before joining together to create Cogress. The company was founded with a clear focus on the UK market, where we already have a range of investments.

Cogress Chief Executive Officer

Tal Orly
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
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The founder of Symbia Realty Portfolio and an experienced global investor himself, Tal has been involved in large, complex urban property development projects since 1992. He has vast experience in acquisition, development and resale in both the residential and commercial sectors.

As a licensed solicitor, Tal is well versed in the complexities of realty law in multiple markets, as well as the legal, financial, planning and execution stages that are vital to increasing the value of property investment projects.

Cogress senior management team

Zahid Anwar
Chief Financial Officer
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Zac Gazit
Business Development Director
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Ilanit Orly
Chief Operating Officer
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Celine Brill
Head of New Business
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Lior Zaidner
Marketing Director
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Daniel Levene
Head of Analysis
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Rachel Stark
Investor Relations Direcrtor
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Omer Brakin
Head of Portfolio Management
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Cogress advisory board

David Bernstein
Chairman of the advisory board
Current chairman of Ted Baker Plc. the British Red Cross and former chairman of the Football Association and Manchester City F.C, renowned business executive David has excellent credentials across multiple UK business sectors and an impressive record of achievement.  His tenure at Manchester City F.C. is held in high regard for the revival of the club’s fortunes, and whilst chairman of the FA he was instrumental in progressing the organisation in a number of key areas.
Lord Mendelsohn
Member of the advisory board
Member of Cogress’s advisory board, Jon was elevated to the Peerage in September 2013 and sits as a Labour Working Peer in the House of Lords. He is currently a Partner at Oakvale Capital LLP, a corporate finance boutique advisory firm, and a Director of The Redbus Group and Heath Street Ltd.
Hanan Shemesh
Co-founder and Chairman
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Hanan is co- founder and chairman of large private equity fund Hagshama Ltd, leading the company’s operations and strategic growth since inception. Under his leadership, Hagshama has grown to more than 17,000 registered investors with in excess of 150 worldwide investments in the property and Tech industries.
Avi Katz
President and Co-founder
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Co-founder and president of Hagshama Ltd, Avi is an innovative entrepreneur renowned for his leadership and vision. He has created revolutionary business concepts such as Coffix, a chain of coffee shops in Israel that cut consumer costs dramatically. But it was during his work with Hagshama that Avi created the unique investment concept that now drives Cogress – offering investors of small equity access to investment opportunities usually reserved for the largest investors.
Lord Polak CBE
Member of the advisory board
Stuart was appointed the Director of Conservative Friends of Israel in 1989 – a role he still holds today. Stuart is also a senior consultant to Jardine Lloyd Thompson. He has previously been a consultant to Ladbrokes plc and Marsh MacLennan.

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