HafenCity Hamburg GmbH provides for integrated development management for the whole district. Here you can find information on the municipal company and the management and regulatory bodies that serve it

Executive Board

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Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg

Since 2003, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg (born 1951) has been chief executive officer of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a public company owned by the City of Hamburg charged with the development of HafenCity. Bruns-Berentelg is thus responsible for one of the world’s most important city waterfront projects. The eventual goal is that HafenCity will represent an enduring quality of the inner city as a public good that is outstanding world wide.

Before his involvement with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg occupied management positions with British, American and German property companies, sometimes at executive board and board of director level. In the process he was also involved in major projects, such as Berlin Central Station or the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg studied geography and biology. He is also a real estate economist (ebs). He publishes regularly on questions of urban development.

Latest publications:

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg
“HafenCity Hamburg – Identity, Sustainability and Urbanity”, discussion paper on HafenCity No 3, 2012

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg
„Die Kreation einer New Downtown und die Mechanismen der Urbanitätsentwicklung“
S. 68 – 87
in: Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Jörn Walter, Dirk Meyhöfer (Ed.)
„HafenCity Hamburg – Das erste Jahrzehnt", published Junius Verlag, Hamburg, 2012

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg
"Social mix and encounter capacity. A pragmatic social model for a new downtown: the example of HafenCity Hamburg"
in: Gary Bridge et al. (Ed.)
"Mixed communities. Gentrification by stealth?", published The Policy Press, Bristol, 2012

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg
"Public urban spaces and the creation of the public sphere"
in: Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Angelus Eisinger, Martin Kohler, Marcus Menzl (Ed.)
"HafenCity Hamburg - Places of Urban Encounter between Metropolis and Neighborhood", published Springer Verlag, Vienna, 2010

Supervisory Board


The Supervisory Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

The supervisory board was set up in 1995 on the founding of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH (then GHS Gesellschaft für Hafen- und Standortentwicklung mbH), 100 per cent owned by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Supervisory Board members are representatives of the Hamburg Senate; their task is to look after the interests of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The ongoing development and implementation of the Masterplan that takes place during realization of HafenCity Hamburg will be authorized by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH.

Members of the Supervisory Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH:

Chairman: Olaf Scholz
First Major of Hamburg 

Vice-Chairwoman: Senator Jutta Blankau
Urban Development and Environment Minister

Senator Prof. h.c. Barbara Kisseler
Culture Minister

Senator Frank Horch
Economic, Transport and Innovation Minister 

Senator Dr. Peter Tschentscher
Finance Minister

Advisory Board


The Advisory Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

A high-caliber consulting body comprising nine selected members was constituted February 7, 2005, to advise the management of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH on all fundamental issues related to the development of HafenCity Hamburg. The Advisory Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is particularly concerned with the following subjects: continuing development of the Masterplan, continuing development of development planning, compilation of the development plan, continuing development of the uses concept, as well as communication and marketing.

The Advisory Council of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH comprises at least six expert members, together with institutional members including the chairman/president of the Chamber of Trades, the Chamber of Crafts, the Architects’ Chamber and the City Center Sponsors’ Association. The chairman of the Advisory Board and his deputy are elected by a majority vote of the board. The Advisory Board meets at least twice a year with the management of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. Members of the board are appointed by the Supervisory Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH for a period of two years; their posts are honorary.

Members of the Advisory Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH:

Andreas Bartmann
Vice Praeses of chamber of commerce Hamburg
Chairman of advisory board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH


Prof. Dr. Ilse Helbrecht
Geographic institute of Humboldt-University of Berlin
Vice chairwoman of advisory board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH


Prof. Kees Christiaanse
KCAP Architects and Planners Zurich (Masterplan of HafenCity)


Ludwig Görtz
President of "Trägerverbunds Projekt Innenstadt e. V." / Executive director of Ludwig Görtz GmbH


Konstantin Kleffel
President of "Hamburgischen Architektenkammer" (Architectural association)

Susanne Wegener
President of "Netzwerks HafenCity e. V."

Thomas Magold
President of "Tourismusverbands Hamburg e. V."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Gertz
Head of Institute for Traffic Planning and Logistics of Hamburg University of Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Krüger
Field of work: Project developement and -management in Urban Planning, HafenCity University Hamburg


Dr. Frank Billand
Member of Executive Board of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH