Chief Executive Officer of HafenCity Hamburg since 2003 and is responsible for the development management of one of Europe’s largest inner-city and urban waterfront development projects.
Among other positions, he has previously been a member of the board of a major real estate company in Hamburg. He has also worked as Managing Director in Germany for New York-based real estate developer Tishman Speyer in Berlin. He was educated as a geographer and real estate economist in Germany and the Netherlands. He is co-editor of the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal (London) and lectures and writes extensively on a number of aspects of large-scale urban development projects, e.g. risk structures, collective goods aspects and market development, and urban planning. Born in 1951, he studied geography, biology, political economy and geology at Hanover Technology Institute and Oldenburg University, and received a graduate stipendium to study at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague (Netherlands), initially as an adviser in Africa, before moving to the real estate business in the 1980s.As deputy branch manager for the British consultancy Healey & Baker, then from 1996 as a member of the management of the global property developer Tishman Speyer, J. B.B. was involved in large projects in Berlin (e.g. Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz, Friedrichstadt Passagen, and the Central Station). In 2003 he switched to the public side of urban development, as executive chairman of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH (previously GHS Gesellschaft für Hafen- und Standortentwicklung) and became responsible for one of the most significant “waterfront projects” world wide.J. Bruns-Berentelg lectures at Carl von Ossietski University Oldenburg and at the real estate academy of the European Business School and is internationally active as speaker on urban development/HafenCity.