Advisory board

advisory board


Dr. Tom G. Geurts, FRICS, is a member of the advisory board of INBRIGHT. He holds the “William H. Dunkak” Chair in Finance at the Bucknell University in Pennsylvania (USA) and is honorary professor at the Technical University of Berlin.

Beyond his academic career, Dr. Tom G. Geurts served as Director of Research at Newmark (now Newmark Grubb Knight Frank), was a research and analytics consultant at CBRE New York and was one of the founding partners of Cadence Capital, a real estate consulting and investment management boutique. He has also held several consultancy mandates for investment and real estate firms, including IBM, Morgan Stanley and Real Capital Analytics.

Dr. Geurts was a „Philip H. Sieg“ scholarship holder at Pennsylvania State University, where he gained a Ph.D. in finance. He holds two Master Degrees from the University of Amsterdam, Economics and Political Science. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in civil engineering from the Higher Technical College in Zwolle (Netherlands).


Rüdiger Thräne is a member of the advisory board of INBRIGHT. Most recently, as branch manager of the JLL office in Berlin, he was responsible for around 360 employees. Since June 2021, he has been focussing as Senior Advisor on JLL´s strategic clients in Berlin and Leipzig. 

In his first position as Real Estate Portfolio Manager in New York at Siemens USA, he was responsible for the valuation of all company sites in North America. In 1990, he returned to Germany and specialised at Kemper´s in investments in top locations, helped to build up Kemper´s branch network and was finally appointed Managing Director of the company. In 1996 he also became Managing Director of Kemper´s Holding GmbH. With the merger of Kemper´s and Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008, Rüdiger Thräne became Regional Director and has since then headed the Berlin JLL office. From 2009 to 2017, he was also a member of the German Management Board.

Rüdiger Thräne studied economic geography at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and later completed a course of study at the European Business School.

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How we derived Our ESG strategy

In an initial workshop, we first developed core values for our company. The development of an ESG strategy for INBRIGHT is based on this: main topics were determined and validated based on a fixed evaluation scheme in a two-day workshop. On the one hand, the topics result from the requirements of national and international industry standards and frameworks, such as DGNB, LEED and GRESB, and, on the other hand, from general sustainability standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Sustainable Development Goals. The list of topics was ultimately supplemented by specific industry requirements from the Light Industrial area. The collection of topics was classified based on a fixed evaluation scheme in a materiality assessment using a two-dimensional matrix with the dimensions “Relevance to business” and “Effects on the government and society”. The topics with the highest values in both dimensions, and hence being above the materiality threshold, form the basis of our ESG strategy or our sustainability programme. The materiality assessment is revalidated annually with the participation of internal and external stakeholders and the assessment of the topics is adjusted accordingly. 

Our Contribution to the sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 by the member states of the United Nations.
They set a road map for the sustainable social, economic and environmental transformation of our world by 2030.

The SDGs also offer us as a company a framework for contributing to a positive future for the world. Our ESG strategy is our contribution to tackling the greatest worldwide challenges, especially to achieving the following SDGs:

We respect diversity, a fair pay and participation structure and the indivdual promotion of out team members, thus contributing to equality of opportunity.

Economic success and a profitable investment strategy are for us the foundation for securing attractive jobs in the long term and contributing to healthy economic growth.

We promote a low-emission infrastructure by locating our properties close to existing residential areas, offering our tenants access to public transport. We modernise and reposition old industrial and commercial properties to make their use lower in emissions, cleaner and more flexible, thus making a noticeable contribution to sustainable industry.

When building and repairing our properties, we are careful to use innovative and engery-efficient systems so as to aviod unnecessary environmental pressures on the surrounding area. Wherever compatible with legislation and the comfort demands of our users, we reduce technical equipment to a minimum to promote the longevity of our properties.

We align both our company and our property projects to ESG criteria. This includes planning our properties in a way that is sparing of resources and ensures them a long useful life with maximum flexibility. We also maintain open interactions in the spirit of partnership with all those involved – from planners and building firms through to the eventual user.

Reducing emissions, especially CO2 emissions, has a high priority for us within our ESG strategy. We as a company aim to reduce and compensate for our CO2 footprint to make the most effective contribution we can to protecting the climate.