The most important decision-making body of the ZIA is the annual general meeting. You can find out how the ZIA works during the year below.
The Executive Board is responsible for the management of the Association. The Executive Board works in an honorary capacity and has the option of appointing a management. The members of the Executive Board are also members of the Presidium. (More information in German)
Members of the Executive Board
- Dr. Andreas Mattner, President of ZIA, Managing Director ECE Development & Consulting GmbH, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hamborner REIT AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board EUREF AG
- Rolf Buch, Vice President and Committee Chairman Housing, Vonovia SE, Chairman of the Management Board
- Ulrich Höller, Vice President ABG Real Estate Group, Managing Partner
- Dr. Jochen Keysberg, Vice President Apleona GmbH, CEO
- Jochen Schenk, Vice President and Treasurer, Real I.S. AG, Gesellschaft für Immobilien Assetmanagement, Board of Directors
- Jan-Hendrick Goldbeck, Goldbeck GmbH, Managing Director
- Annette Kröger, Allianz Real Estate North & Central Europe, CEO
- Iris Schöberl, Deputy Chairwoman of the Trading Committee, BMO Real Estate Partners, Managing Director Germany & Head of Institutional Client
- Honorary Chairman: Dr. Eckart John von Freyend, Hamborner REIT AG, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board
The Executive Committee steers the work of the ZIA and initiates committees and working groups on the individual topics. (More information in German)
The content-related work of the ZIA takes place in committees, which are staffed with a total of over 1.000 honorary representatives of the ZIA members. The resolutions and recommendations of the committees form the basis of the association’s work. (More information in German)
- Accounting and Valuation Committee
This committee is dedicated to the often controversial issues of accounting and valuation of real estate assets and makes recommendations to clarify the existing problems.
- Office Property Committee
The committee discusses how the uncertain regulatory environment in office real estate can be improved for tenants, landlords and investors and how the high need for innovation in this segment can be supported in a targeted manner.
- Corporate Real Estate Committee
The committee deals with the future of corporate real estate and contributes to raising public awareness about the strategic necessity of real estate management and planning for the German economy.
- Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
The committee deals with the social responsibility of the real estate industry and sustainable and value-oriented corporate management.
- Digitalisation Committee
The committee covers all aspects of digitalisation in the real estate industry and addresses the associated challenges. It develops approaches to solutions for the real estate industry and thus promotes the competitiveness of companies.
- Energy and Building Technology Committee
The work of this committee focuses on energy and climate-relevant laws and regulations for the building sector and their practical implementation.
- Financing Committee
This committee examines the impact of regulatory projects on real estate-related banking, insurance and fund companies.
- Health Real Estate Committee
This committee deals with the challenges arising from demographic developments in Germany. The focus is on all types of use within the health, care and social real estate sectors.
- Commercial Real Estate Agents Committee
The committee deals with all topics that are relevant for the large internationally active brokerage companies, but also for medium-sized brokerage companies that focus their activities on the brokerage of commercially used real estate.
- Trade Committee
The committee deals with current developments in city centres and retail-relevant city locations from the perspective of retailers and investors.
- Hotel Real Estate Committee
This committee deals with the current challenges surrounding the asset class of hotel real estate. This includes, among other things, regulatory framework conditions as well as possibilities for improving hotel financing.
- Human Resources Committee
The committee’s work focuses on topics of human resources management in the real estate industry as well as improving the transfer of knowledge between companies, universities, institutes and associations.
- Investment Capital Committee
The committee deals with all relevant topics of regulation, market development and standard setting in the area of capital and asset investments. The focus is particularly on strategic and general market and industry topics.
- Logistics Real Estate Committee
After the committee succeeded in raising the economic potential of logistics real estate, strengthening its importance in public perception and optimising it as an asset class by increasing transparency and improving the data situation, the focus is now on integrating the aspects of climate protection, digitalisation and changing mobility and consumer behaviour.
- Marketing and Public Relations Committee
This committee advises on appropriate communication strategies to implement Board and Executive Committee resolutions. The aim is to improve the image and perception of the ZIA and the real estate industry in general.
- Legal Affairs Committee
The topic of law is dealt with in this committee in many different ways. Focal points include tenancy law, investor protection, brokerage law and data protection and the associated effects on the real estate industry.
- Urban Development Committee
The Urban Development Committee is committed to sustainable urban development, which is oriented towards climate protection and energy saving goals and focuses on consistent inner development.
- Tax Law Committee
The work of this committee focuses on tax issues relevant to the real estate industry. The capital market-oriented real estate industry in particular is repeatedly affected by short-term and momentous changes in tax law.
- Transparency and Benchmarking Committee
The transparency of the German real estate market is still lower than in other countries such as the USA or Great Britain. The committee analyses the existing deficits and develops proposals for solutions.
- Residential Property Committee
This committee deals with the numerous topics related to the asset class of residential real estate. These include affordable housing and construction, modern urban development, demographic change, building culture and the overall regulatory framework for this asset class.
Around 40 employees work in the ZIA’s offices and prepare the work of the committees and the passing of resolutions. (More information in German)
ZIA Municipal Council
The ZIA Municipal Council supports and develops guidelines and standards for cooperation between municipalities and the real estate industry. Among other things, the body discusses political and legislative initiatives as well as quality components and gives the ZIA recommendations for the association’s work. In return, the Municipal Council enables municipal decision-makers to experience and discuss the real estate industry’s point of view at first hand. The Municipal Council will strengthen the exchange between municipal representatives and the real estate industry. (More information in German)
Scientific Advisory Council
The Scientific Advisory Board advises the Board of Directors and the management of the ZIA in full independence and on a voluntary basis on all topics and challenges relating to the real estate industry. (More information in German)
ZIA Sustainability Council
The ZIA Sustainability Council is responsible for the strategic management of the ZIA’s sustainability policy. It deals with the topic of sustainability in all its breadth and diversity in a theoretically sound manner from a practical perspective and primarily considers aspects relevant to corporate management. (More information in German)
Council of Real Estate Experts
Since autumn 2002, the „Rat der Immobilienweisen“ (Council of Real Estate Experts) has been providing more transparency on the real estate markets with its spring forecasts. The data on gross production value, employees and real estate holdings, which was collected for the first time at that time, was also intended to raise public awareness of the real estate industry as one of the most important economic sectors in Germany. (More information in German)
Innovation Think Tank
The Innovation Think Tank (ITT) provides impulses for the entire real estate industry. The core objective of the ITT is the systemic networking of all relevant actors and the committees of the ZIA. The focus is on the transfer of knowledge for the development of recommendations for action and the steering of the topic area of innovations. In this way, the ITT makes a significant contribution to more social, ecological and economic sustainability in all living spaces. (More information in German)
Task Force Energy
The energy turnaround is one of the core goals of the real estate industry, but it can only succeed with measures that make economic sense and are open to technology. For this reason, the ZIA and its Task Force Energy have developed proposals for the real estate industry to achieve climate policy goals and presented the position paper „Real Estate Industry & Energy“. It deals with the energy policy of the European Union, the federal government and the states with regard to real estate. (More information in German)
Task Force Trade
In order to deal with and intensify the handling of the effects of the Corona pandemic at the end of the first half of 2020, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the ZIA convened a Retail Task Force under the leadership of Andreas Hohlmann, Managing Director at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW Germany). The aim was and is to quickly increase the ZIA’s clout in the area of retail real estate and to supplement the committee work, especially for the Retail Committee, for the period of the effects of Corona. (More information in German)