February 25, 2022 Zoom
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GBR: Key Drivers in the Property Market in Germany and the UK

The German British Roundtable (GBR) exists to deepen and strengthen relations between Germany and the UK, building bridges through dialogue between senior business leaders, including engagement with political leaders.

On behalf of the GBR, Fidelio hosts regular Zoom Roundtables to explore key issues which are on the agenda of business and political leaders in the UK and Germany. Our February Roundtable, ‘Key Drivers in the Property Market in Germany and the UK’, will focus on the key sector of property including long-term drivers and specific trends in the two markets.

With the changes in work patterns driven by the pandemic and the imperative of decarbonisation, the future of the property has never been as uncertain, nor as exciting!

To help us explore these mega trends and the impact in Germany and the UK, we will be joined by two very experienced senior business leaders in the property sector: Susanne Eickermann-Riepe, Chair of the RICS European World Regional Board, and Duncan Owen, Chief Executive Officer of Immobel Capital Partners and Non-Executive Director of Workspace.

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Susanne Eickermann-Riepe FRICS was appointed as chairwoman of RICS Germany in May 2020. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is a professional organization that is active worldwide and represents over 130,000 real estate experts around the globe. The RICS stands for the professional practice of the profession in all areas of the real estate industry, across all types of use. It regulates and promotes the profession on the basis of high professional standards and strict professional ethics.

She is also deputy chairwoman of the Institute for Corporate Governance in the Real Estate Industry (ICG). The institute aims to contribute to the transparency and quality of companies in the real estate industry.

She has been active in the real estate industry for many years, including 18 years as a partner at PwC WP GmbH. She managed PwC Real Estate Germany with 33 partners and directors and around 450 employees and was a member of the EMEA and Global Real Estate Leadership Board until June 2020.

Her experience is based on strategic and operational consulting for financial service providers, real estate and alternative funds and real estate companies. Her work has focused on business model development, restructuring and performance optimization, process management and control design, and risk and compliance management. She has also been involved in the development of topics related to sustainability (ESG) and new technologies (PropTechs, AI) and is committed to overarching standards in the real estate industry.

Duncan Owen is the Chief Executive Officer at Immobel Capital Partners. ICP is a co-investing manager of specialist strategies in the Office and Residential sectors with a focus on ESG matters and making a positive impact on sustainable cities for people.

Duncan was previously Global Head of Real estate at Schroders for 9 years from 2012, having grown its business from £8bn of AUM in the UK to over £20 billion invested internationally with 15 teams across Europe, Asia and North America. 

Prior to Schroders he was the CEO of Invista Real Estate PLC having led its IPO and the founder of Gatehouse Investment Management prior to leaving LaSalle investment Management. He is a strategic real estate investor with global experience, a very strong investment performance track record as well as being a business creator, developer, and CEO of international, scaled and highly successful investment management platforms across private and publicly listed companies.

Duncan is also an independent Non Executive director of the Church Commissioners and Workspace Group plc as well a senior advisor to Sellar.  In these roles he chairs the Property Investment Committee and is a member of the Social Impact Investment Committee and REMCO at the Church Commissioners.

Duncan has a degree from Sheffield Hallam University, is a qualified chartered surveyor, studied at INSEAD Business School and was an FCA approved person and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as sitting on the British Property Federation’s Policy Committee.

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