Ben Aitkenhead

Managing Director

As Managing Director for Pacific Oak Capital Advisors, Ben is responsible for building and managing Pacific Oak’s private placements business, which currently includes 1031 Exchange DSTs, Single Family Rentals, and Opportunity Zone Funds. Ben works closely with the Pacific Oak Capital Markets to execute capital raising for these platforms and with Pacific Oak Capital Advisor’s acquisition and asset management teams at the property level.

Prior to joining Pacific Oak Capital Advisors, Ben was a managing director at Credit Suisse and a member of the Global Fixed Income Operating Committee. Ben held multiple positions in fixed income at Credit Suisse in his 22 years at the firm and was responsible for building multiple business platforms, capital raising, capital commitment, risk management, client relationships and strategic business development. Ben was co-head of the securitized products business throughout the global financial crisis in 2007 to 2009. Credit Suisse did not receive any government bailout as a result of that crisis.

Ben received his Master of Arts Degree in Comparative Politics from New York University, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Ben is an independent director / trustee on the PIMCO Registered Funds board and an independent director of the Crown Melbourne board in Australia. Ben was an independent trustee on the board of Blackstone Real Estate Investment Fund from 2013 to 2022.