Immobel: Marnix Galle hands over his post of President of ULI Europe to Lars Huber

Huber plans to focus on ESG, climate change and the urgent actions needed for the industry to succeed in tackling decarbonization.

London (July 1, 2022) – Lars Huber, CEO of Hines Europe, has been appointed President of ULI Europe. Huber, who succeeds Marnix GalleExecutive Chairman of the Board of Directors of developer Immobelwill serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2022. He will also join the ULI Global Board of Directors.

Huber brings to his new role extensive leadership experience within the Institute. He has served on the Executive Committee of ULI Europe for the past two years and is also a member of the ULI Global Board of Directors.

Under his leadership at Hines, working closely with ULI, he was instrumental in creating the highly successful annual ULI Hines – Europe Student Competition, now in its third year. Additionally, Hines, alongside other global real estate players, is contributing to ULI Europe’s flagship initiative to help the real estate industry decarbonize the built environment.

“We are delighted to have Lars join us as Chairman of ULI Europe,” said ULI Global Chairman Peter Ballon, Global Head of Real Estate, CPP Investment Board. “Lars has an impressive track record in his passion for – and commitment to – the Institute, not least through the support of Hines. of ULI on a global scale and which motivate many key initiatives in Europe.

He adds: “We are confident that ULI in Europe will continue to thrive under his leadership, building on the excellent work done under Marnix’s expert leadership over the past two challenging years. This includes his advancement of our mission in Europe, continued membership growth, member value and, most recently, his energy and diligence in organizing the European Conference in Brussels.We extend our thanks to Marnix for his invaluable contribution .”

Marnix GalleOutgoing President of ULI Europe, said: “It has been a real privilege to lead ULI in Europe over the past two years, and although the overall industry situation has been difficult, I am proud of the continued growth that the Institute has achieved, demonstrating its continued relevance during this time of fundamental change. I’m really happy to welcome Lars as my successor. I know Lars is passionate about solving the major challenges facing our industry, and I’m sure he will build on the great work that has been done by ULI.”

Lars HuberCEO of Hines Europe, said: “It is a great honor for me to be appointed President of ULI Europe. I have the utmost respect for ULI and the incredible work it does for our industry, and I am thrilled with ULI’s unique position. to create meaningful change in the real estate industry and the challenges it faces in the current environment.”

“Having served on the European Executive Committee for the past two years, I am proud to join such a talented and motivated team under the leadership of Lisette van Doorn. And with the entire ULI organization, I am deeply grateful to so many peers from European industry for their outstanding contributions and commitment to ULI.”

“I would like to sincerely thank my predecessor Marnix Galle for his fantastic achievements as President of ULI Europe over the past two years, especially for his thoughtful and effective leadership during the pandemic. I will do my best to follow his traces and I look forward to I also look forward to continuing to work with Marnix as a member of the ULI Europe Executive Committee.”

Huber has identified several priorities that will guide his tenure as President of ULI Europe.

He adds: “I am particularly delighted to take on this role at this time. The industry is embarking on a period of seismic transformation while trying to navigate the myriad of economic, market and geopolitical challenges. The biggest priority that ties the entire real estate industry together is the need to curb climate change, drive social impact, and further advance diversity and inclusion, and I will focus on advancing this ESG agenda in my role as President of ULI Europe.”

“It is also clear that we must recognise, properly address and fully embrace the fundamental long-term needs of our customers: the occupants and end users of the buildings and space we create. This will require a greater focus on the real estate operation, shifting to a true human-centric approach, supported by technology and service delivery Only then can we successfully and comprehensively achieve our strategic goals and ESG.”

“All of this requires a collective and collaborative effort from our industry, and I can’t think of a better organization than ULI to bring us together to successfully address these challenges. Achieving this also provides a huge opportunity for ULI to further develop its membership and enhance its scale, continuing its impressive path of growth across Europe over the past two years. The Institute is the most relevant and unique non-profit organization in our sector , and the opportunities it provides for its members to connect, share ideas, solutions and best practices in real estate and the built environment, are honestly invaluable as we collectively strive to bring about change. lasting positives.”

In addition to Huber’s appointment as President of ULI Europe, five new members of ULI Europe’s Executive Committee will take office on July 1, 2022, including Amal Del Monaco, Senior Managing Director – Head of European Asset Management and countries, PATRIZIA, France; Alex Jezeph, Senior Development Manager, Transport for London (TfL), UK; Alberto Valls Martinez, Managing Partner of Real Estate and Real Estate Assets, Deloitte Spain and EMEA, and President of ULI Spain; Thibault Weston Smith – Managing Director Realty Corporation, UK/France and ULI Europe Young Leader Chair; and Markus Wiedenmann, Founder and CEO, Art-Invest Real Estate Management, Germany and Incoming President of ULI Germany.

The ULI Europe Executive Committee is complemented by existing members, Marnix Galle, outgoing President of ULI Europe: Anette Simpson, President of ULI UK and Director of Development and Partnerships, Legal & General Affordable Homes; Sébastien Chémouny, Head of France, Allianz Real Estate and President of ULI France, Nicholas Garattini, Head of Business Development and Consulting, GENERALI REAL ESTATE; Sophie van Oosterom. Global Head of Real Estate, Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited and ULI Global Governance Trustee; Guido Verhoef, Head of Private Real Estate, PGGM Investments and ULI Global Governance Trustee; Alexander Gebauer, CEO Western Europe, Allianz Real Estate and ULI Global Governance Trustee; Edward Siskind, Cale Street Partners and ULI Global Governance Trustee; Lars Huber, CEO of Hines Europe and President of ULI Europe; and Lisette van Doorn, CEO of ULI Europe.

Globally, 28 real estate industry luminaries have been added to ULI’s list of Global Governors Trustees, including six from Europe: Sébastien Chemouny, Director France, Allianz Real Estate, Paris, France; Amal del Monaco, Senior Managing Director – Head of European Asset Management & Countries, PATRIZIA, Paris France; Alex Jezeph, Senior Development Manager, Transport for London, London, UK; Annette Kroeger, CEO of Allianz Real Estate North & Central Europe, Allianz Real Estate, Munich, Germany; Markus Wiedenmann, Managing Director, CEO, Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH, Cologne, Germany; and Dorota Wysokinska-Kuzdra, Senior Partner, Colliers, Warsaw, Poland.

Finally, in addition to Lars Huber, Hala El Akl, Senior Director for ESG and Operations, Oxford Properties Group will join ULI Global’s Board of Directors from the Europe region.


Notes to editors:

About the Urban Land Institute:

  • The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit, member-supported teaching and research institute. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities around the world. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 46,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

  • ULI’s mission priorities that the organization will focus on over the next three years include:

    • decarbonize the real estate sector and aim for net zero;

    • educate the next generation of diverse real estate leaders; and,

    • increase housing affordability in communities around the world.

  • ULI has more than 4,600 members in Europe spread across 15 national networks of National Councils. For more information, please visit uli.orgor follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn Where instagram.

¹ Includes both Hines Global Organization and RIA AUM as of December 31, 2021