Lars Huber, the CEO of Hines Europe, has been appointed Europe Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) effective July 1st. Huber, who succeeds Marnix Galle, Executive Chair, Immobel, will serve for two years and will also join the ULI Global Board of Directors. He plans to emphasise ESG, climate change and the urgent steps required for the industry to address decarbonisation effectively.
“It is a great honour for me personally to be appointed ULI Europe Chairman. I have the greatest respect for ULI and the incredible work it does for our industry, and I am excited about ULI’s unique position to create significant change across the property sector and the challenges it faces in the current environment”, said Huber.
Huber brings extensive leadership experience working with the Institute to his new role. He has served on the ULI Europe Executive Committee for the last two years and is also a ULI Global Governing Trustee.
“Lars has an impressive track record in his passion for – and commitment to – the Institute, including through the support of Hines”, said Peter Ballon, Global Chair, ULI and Global Head of Real Estate, CPP Investment Board. “He is dedicated to tackling many major industry challenges, which perfectly reflects the mission priorities of ULI globally and which are driving many key initiatives in Europe.”
Under Huber’s leadership at Hines, working in close partnership with ULI, he was instrumental in establishing the highly successful, annual ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe, which is now in its third year. Additionally, Hines, alongside other global real estate players, contributes to ULI Europe’s flagship initiative to help the real estate industry decarbonise the built environment.
“I am particularly excited to be taking on this role at this moment in time”, said Huber. “The industry is embarking on a seismic period of transformation while trying to navigate the myriad of economic, market and geopolitical challenges. The single biggest priority which ties the real estate industry together is the need to curb climate change, drive social impact and further advance diversity & inclusion, and I will be focused on pushing forward this ESG agenda in my role as ULI Europe Chair.”
Another priority will be recognising, addressing and fully embracing the longer-term, fundamental needs of the occupiers and end users of the buildings and space created, he said. This will require a stronger focus on the operation of real estate, shifting to a true human-centric approach, supported by technology and the provision of services.
“Only this way we can successfully and holistically achieve our strategic and ESG goals”, Huber said. “I cannot think of a better organisation than ULI to bring us together to successfully tackle these challenges. The Institute is the most relevant and uniquely positioned non-profit organisation in our industry, and the opportunities it affords its members to connect, share ideas, solutions and best practice in real estate and the built environment, are honestly invaluable while we together collectively strive to make long-lasting positive change.”
In addition to Lars Huber, Hala El Akl, Senior Director for ESG and Operations, Oxford Properties Group will join the ULI Global Board of Directors from the Europe region.