Four internationally renowned real estate industry leaders have joined ULI’s Global Board of Directors, and 38 additional industry luminaries have been added to the roster of the Institute’s Global Governing Trustees. Both the Global Board members and Global Governing Trustees will serve on a voluntary basis beginning on July 1.
The Global Board of Directors, which is the Institute’s global governing body, provides strategic direction for ULI in conjunction with the executive committees of each region in which ULI has a presence: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and the Asia Pacific region.
Working with ULI’s regional leadership, the Global Board continues to implement the Institute’s Global Strategic Plan, a multiyear strategy to improve member engagement and expand member impact worldwide, while taking into consideration the wider industry response to COVID-19. The plan seeks to improve member-to-member connections; strengthen and broaden ULI’s member networks; and encourage more philanthropic giving to support the Institute’s mission-oriented work.
The new Global Board members are incoming ULI Americas Executive Committee chair Jonathan Brinsden, chief executive officer, Midway, Houston; incoming ULI Europe Executive Committee chair Marnix Galle, executive chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer, IMMOBEL SA/NV, Brussels, Belgium; Kristina Raspe, vice president, real estate development and facilities operation, Apple Inc., Cupertino, California; and Diane Hoskins, co–chief executive officer, Gensler, Washington, D.C.
They join current board members and ULI leaders Owen Thomas, ULI Global Chair and chief executive officer, Boston Properties, Boston; Thomas W. Toomey, the Institute’s immediate past global chair, and the chairman, chief executive officer, and president of UDR in Highlands Ranch, Colorado; ULI Foundation chair Douglas Abbey, chairman, Swift Real Estate Partners, San Francisco; ULI Secretary Peter Ballon, managing director and global head of real estate investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; ULI Treasurer Thomas R. Arnold, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi; ULI Asia Pacific chair Nicholas Brooke, chairman, Professional Property Services Limited, Hong Kong; and at-large members Ralph Rosenberg, global head of real estate, KKR, New York, New York; Marty Burger, chief executive officer, Silverstein Properties, New York, New York; Goodwin Gaw, chairman and managing principal, Gaw Capital Partners, Hong Kong; Anne Kavanagh, CIO, Patrizia, London, United Kingdom; Roy March, chief executive officer, Eastdil Secured, New York, New York; Amy Price, president and chief investment officer, BentallGreenOak, San Francisco; François X. Trausch, chief executive officer, Allianz Real Estate, Munich, Germany; and W. Edward Walter, ULI global chief executive officer.
“The Global Board of Directors plays an incredibly important role in guiding the work of ULI and increasing the positive impact our members are making in communities around the world,” says W. Edward Walter, ULI’s chief executive officer. “The thoughtful direction of these new board members will help bring fresh new energy as we seek to advance our mission globally.”
The newly elected Global Governing Trustees reflect the global composition of ULI’s membership, with representatives from the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. They were nominated by the Global Board of Directors and subsequently elected by the Institute’s full members. Each candidate’s ULI activity and participation, in addition to industry leadership, were among the criteria considered for nominations.
The new Global Governing Trustees are Clarissa Alfrink, director, business development – Europe, Avison Young, Germany; Kenneth F. Bernstein, president, chief executive officer, Acadia Realty Trust, Rye, New York; Michael K. Berry, president, Hillwood, A Perot Company, Fort Worth, Texas; Fernando Costa, assistant city manager, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth; Rushabh Desai, head of real estate APAC, Allianz Real Estate GmbH, Singapore; Michael J. Franco, president, Vornado Realty Trust, New York, New York; Derek Goring, executive vice president, Northcrest Developments, Toronto, Canada; Manfred Guenterberg, member of the executive committee, Wolfsburg AG, Germany; Vanessa Hale, director, research, BNP Paribas Real Estate UK, London; Diane Hoskins, co–chief executive officer, Gensler, Washington, D.C.; Chris Igwe, founder, Chris Igwe International, Paris; Linda J. Isaacson, managing director, global head of innovation and technology, Ferguson Partners, New York, New York; Xavier Jongen, managing director, Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH, Berlin; Louise Kavanagh, managing director, Nuveen Real Estate, Hong Kong; Xiaomei Lee, regional managing principal, Greater China, Gensler, Shanghai; Susan Meaney, Menlo Park, California; Stuart Mercier, managing director and head of Asia (real estate), Brookfield Asset Management, Shanghai; Timothy Naughton, chairman and chief executive officer, AvalonBay Communities Inc., Arlington, Virginia; Junho Pok, head of real estate development, IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd., South Korea; Lee A. Polisano, founding partner and president, PLP Architecture, London; Kristina Raspe, vice president, real estate development & facilities, Apple Inc., Cupertino, California; Georg Reutter, chief executive officer of the Management Board, DZ HYP, Germany; Bethany Logan Ropa, managing director, UBS Investment Bank, New York, New York; Eiji Sakaguchi, president and chief executive officer, CBRE K.K., Tokyo; Susheela Rivers, partner, head of real estate Asia Pacific, DLA Piper – HK, Hong Kong; William S. Taubman, chief operating officer, Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Coen van Oostrom, founder and chief executive officer, EDGE Technologies, Amsterdam; Tim Wang, senior managing director, Blackstone Group – HK, Hong Kong; Wei Wang, managing director, Ping An Asset Management, Shanghai; Adam Christopher Weers, principal, Trammell Crow Company, Washington, D.C.; Delfin Angelo Wenceslao, chief executive officer, D.M. Wenceslao & Associates Inc., Philippines; Birgit Werner, cofounder, REALCUBE GmbH, Switzerland; Greg T. West, chief executive officer, ZOM Living, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Michele Wheeler, president and chief executive officer, Jackson-Shaw, Plano, Texas; Cynthia Wilusz Lovell, executive vice president, Wells Fargo, San Francisco; and James Wong, executive director, Hon Kowk Land Investment Co. Ltd., Hong Kong.
“We are delighted to welcome these leaders as Global Governing Trustees, who are responsible for representing and serving as the voice of our broad and diverse membership,” Walter says. “The addition of these industry luminaries will bring expertise and commitment to ULI as we work to improve the member experience and expand ULI’s reach worldwide.”