Gabriel Uzgen appointed as Chair of ULI Belgium and Luxembourg

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During yesterday's ULI Belgium annual conference, it has been announced that Gabriel Uzgen, CEO of BESIX RED will succeed Xavier Denis, Chief Development Officer at AG Real Estate, as the new chair of ULI Belgium & Luxembourg for a voluntary two-year term starting on 1st of July 2021.

Gabriel Uzgen has been an active supporter of the Urban Land Institue since 2017. He is committed as new chair to make ULI the real estate and urban development reference platform in Belgium and Luxembourg by delivering even more valuable content and events to members of the Institute and to focus on the Young Leaders programme for members aged under 35. He comments his nomination “ I am privileged to have been given this opportunity, especially at a time when ULI is more important than ever before for our industry. Given the challenges and opportunities ahead of us, it is critical that we all build on the lessons learned from the past few months and use our interpersonal connections in order to bring new momentum to ULI’s multidisciplinary and global network”.

It is to remember that ULI is the world’s oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate experts, with more than 45,000 members globally. ULI Belgium & Luxembourg involves over 200 leading real estate stakeholders from the private and public sectors representing all disciplines within the commercial and residential property market.

Gabriel Uzgen is a visionary leader with over 30 years’ experience within the European real estate industry. Since being appointed as managing director of BESIX RED in 2010, and later CEO, he has positioned the company as a strategic pillar within BESIX Group and one of the key players in the real estate market. Leveraging on the Group’s strong synergies and multidisciplinary expertise, he developed several strategies including geographical and sectoral diversification, and co-developments with external investors. This included growing the company in its native markets, Belgium and Luxembourg, and expanding across new cities in The Netherlands, Portugal and France. He positioned it as a socially responsible business developing projects that bring positive change and valuable contributions to all its stakeholders including local communities.