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ESMT Open Lecture with Michael Zahn

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"Economy in the 21st century: radicalization and emotionalization of the sociopolitical environment"

Companies today face a considerably more critical environment than ever before. Their license to operate is subject to constant reevaluation by stakeholders. Proven business models are being put to the test. Moreover, global trends like climate change, the digital transformation, and globalization are challenging the fragile harmony of society, economy, and politics in unprecedented ways. 

All areas of our society and community life are being exposed to massive and rapid change — the urban housing market is no exception. Michael Zahn, the CEO of Deutsche Wohnen, uses the example of the housing industry to show how so-called non-market factors are decisive for business success — and failure — and why a new social contract must be the basis for a joint solution.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
6:00 p.m.

”Economy in the 21st century: radicalization and emotionalization of the sociopolitical environment”
ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

SpeakerMichael Zahn, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Wohnen SE 
Moderator: Susan Knoll, publishing director Politik & Konzepte, Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH 

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.
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*Please note, this Open Lecture will be held in German.


About the speaker

Michael Zahn received his economics diploma from the Albert Ludwig-Universität in Freiburg, Breisgau in 1992. Parallel to his professional work he graduated from two postgraduate programs as Corporate Real Estate Manager and Chartered Surveyor from the European Business School in Oestrich Winkel. Michael Zahn held various executive positions for the GEHAG Gruppe between 1997 until 2007. As part of the merger of Deutsche Wohnen SE and the GEHAG Group/Gruppe he was appointed a member of the Executive Board on September 1st, 2007 and made its Spokesperson in October, 2007. In December 2008, Michael Zahn was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Wohnen SE. In his position as Chairman Michael Zahn is responsible for the strategic alignment of the Deutsche Wohnen Gruppe. 

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