Prof. Dr. Thomas Glatte


… myself is not so easy with just a few words.

Photo: My great-great-grandfather Friedrich Schöche (front row, far right) and my great-grandfather Reinhold Schöche (2nd row, second from left) in a group photo made in 1904 in memory of the renovation of the church of Taura, Saxony. 


Grown up in the city of Dresden, I am coming from a family with a history of 200+ years in the construction and building industry. With such a background, I had really no other choice than following my ancestors footsteps. After an apprenticeship as a building worker, I studied civil engineering and quantity surveying at universities in Cottbus, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dresden. In 1996, I graduated as a civil engineer from the Institute of Construction Management at TU Dresden University of Technology, Germany, and received 2011 my PhD in engineering at the same institute. I am also holding postgraduate degrees in building law and real estate economics. 

In 1996, I have started my professional career as a project engineer at construction sites in Thailand and India with Philipp Holzmann AG, the leading German construction company of those days. Subsequently, I have led numerous property projects in Asia-Pacific for BASF, the world's leading chemical company. A significant part of that time I stayed in Hongkong, a city which I still consider as my second hometown. With my return to Germany in 2005, the reach of my responsibility scope became global with added responsibilities and tasks every 3-4 years. Since 2020, I am BASF's Director of Global Real Estate. 

It goes back to the year 2003, when I started to support academic institutions as a lecturer. Over the years I have contributed with presentations, lectures and workshops to several leading German institutions such as TU Dresden/EIPOS Dresden, University of Regensburg/IREBS Immobilienakademie, University of Stuttgart and TU Berlin. There, my main teaching topics have been strategic and corporate real estate management, property development as well as location strategies. In September 2019 I was appointed as the Professor of Real Estate at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany.

Over the years, I have also published a number of articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers on a wider range of real estate aspects. Meanwhile, four books (in German and English language) on property development, corporate location strategies and des essentials of corporate real estate management have followed.

Additionally, I am supporting various start-up initiatives in the fields of real estate, collaborative work environment and digitalisation. Concurrently, my focus activity is with 1000 satellites - a venture of Chemovator GmbH, Mannheim. As a person that loves international real estate investments, I am also engaged in various financing and property development projects in Turkey driven by Swiss Capital Bosphorus Properties A.S., Istanbul, a company where I also serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

I have also served from 2008 until 2017 as Chapter Chair and President to the Central Europe Chapter of CoreNet Global Inc., the leading international association for corporate real estate managers. After my terms as President had ceased, I continued supporting CoreNet Global's Central Europe Chapter and other initiatives in various areas.

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Photo: Speaking 2014 at a SVIT conference in Horgen/Switzerland.