Who We Are

Echo Polska Properties

Echo Polska Properties is a Dutch dual listed real estate investment company that follows the REIT formula, investing in retail, office and industrial properties throughout Poland. With a current portfolio that includes 9 office, 14 retail projects totalling over GLA 620 000 m² and two retail development sites in Warsaw, our initial portfolio is highly diversified. The buildings are located in 18 cities across the country, characterized by their strong economy and purchasing power, and ability to attract international investment interests. Our goal is to create Poland’s leading, cash-generating platform of well-performing office, retail, and industrial assets that will deliver consistently high returns to our shareholders.

EPP Property Management

The EPP Property Management team is comprised of 67 qualified and highly experienced specialists with long-term experience in the property management industry. The property managers work day-to-day in shopping centres and offices across Poland with c. 460,700m2 and approximately 630 tenants. Echo Polska’s Property managers give our clients the support they need to access and leverage the entire real estate value chain including asset management, tenant management, (re)development, lease contract administration, bookkeeping, administration of technical building infrastructure, cost optimization, and marketing implementation. EPP has an experienced asset and property management team with proven real estate track records, the majority of which joined the company from Echo Investment SA and who therefore benefit from long term relationships with portfolio tenants.

Board of directors

  • Robert Weisz

    Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Robert Weisz serves as Partner and Managing Director of Timevest, a European commercial property investment company. Its portfolio includes high street shopping and commercial retail locations in Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Previously, Mr. Weisz was Partner and Managing Director of DBN Group, a commercial property company operating in the Netherlands and the US. Mr. Weisz has been visiting professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven's Urban Planning Design Group since 2004 and was formerly a guest lecturer in property finance and valuation at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and University of Groningen. Mr. Weisz is the co-author of three textbooks on property investment.

    He obtained MBA, CA, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors RICS

  • Marek Belka

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Marek Belka is a former Prime Minister of Poland (2004-2005) and President of Narodowy Bank Polski (Polish Central Bank) (2010-2016). He qualified as an economist with an M.A., Ph.D. and Habilitacja (higher degree common in continental Europe). He has held various political positions since 1996, including Advisor to the President of Poland, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. He has also held positions in international organizations, serving as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (in the rank of Undersecretary General of the U.N.) and Director of European Department in the International Monetary Fund (2008-2010). Marek worked in Albania as advisor to three consecutive PMs of the country and in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq (2003-2004). He was member of Board of Directors of two commercial banks in Poland (at different times) and served as Chairman of LOT Polish Airlines in 2002-2003.

  • Marc Wainer

    Non-Executive Director

    Until August 2014, Marc was Chief Executive Officer of Redefine Properties Limited, before moving in to his role as Executive Chairman. He has 40 years' experience in all aspects of real estate. Marc’s primary focus is on acquisitions and disposals, international investments, and investor relations, as well as playing a role in conceptual development at Redefine.

  • Maciej Dyjas

    Non-Executive Director

    Maciej Dyjas is a Co-Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Griffin Real Estate, a leading and dynamically-growing investment group operating in Central & Eastern Europe’s commercial real estate market. He is also a Managing Partner at Cornerstone Partners – a private equity investment firm, active in the CEE region - with an impressive track-record of transactions. Before joining Griffin and Cornerstone, he was a Managing Partner and CEO of Eastbridge Group, a Luxembourg-based private investment fund that manages over €1.5 billion in assets related to retail, consumer goods, and real estate.

    He graduated from the University of Warsaw and University of Stuttgart with degrees in Mathematics, IT, and Management.

  • Andrew Konig

    Non-Executive Director

    A qualified Chartered Accountant with 22 years of commercial and financial experience, Andrew was previously the group Financial Director of Independent News and Media. He is responsible for the management of Redefine as well as all aspects of regulatory compliance, corporate activity and communications, and for ensuring the board’s strategy is implemented. Andrew holds degrees in BCom and B Acc CA (SA).

  • Nebil Senman

    Non-Executive Director

    Nebil Senman is a Co-Managing Partner of Griffin Real Estate, a leading and dynamically-growing investment group operating in Central & Eastern Europe’s commercial real estate market. Previously, Nebil held positions for nine years as Senior Vice President and Supervisory Board Member of Oaktree’s German and Polish real estate funds and operations worth several billion Euro. Before joining Oaktree, Nebil spent eight years within the real estate advisory and corporate finance division at Ernst & Young Real Estate (previously Arthur Andersen) where he held different managerial positions.

    Nebil is a graduate of universities in Berlin (TU Berlin), Paris (ESCP-EAP) and London (LSE). He holds an MBA and a degree in civil engineering, and a post-graduate diploma in real estate management (EBS). He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, MRICS.

  • Dionne Ellerine

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Dionne has a B Com LLB from Wits and thereafter was admitted as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa. She lived in London for 11 years where she worked at Stenham Property managing commercial property investments for offshore clients. On her return to South Africa, she was appointed as the director of Ellerine Bros. Proprietary Limited, which is involved in equities and property investments.

  • Andrea Steer

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Andrea is International Legal Counsel at Randstad Holding N.V., an HR services company with operations in 39 countries, headquartered in Amsterdam and listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (AEX). Previously, she held roles as legal consultant at the SBS Broadcasting Group (Amsterdam) and as an associate at Clifford Chance LLP (Amsterdam). Andrea is a Solicitor of England and Wales, an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and is registered with the Dutch Law Society (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten) as a foreign lawyer practising within the EU.  

  • Peter Driessen

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Until 1 July 2016, Peter served as the European Director of Capital Markets with CB Richard Ellis in Amsterdam, where he focused primarily on providing strategic and property-specific investment advice to both Dutch and international investors across all property sectors. Previously, Peter served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Colliers BDR / Insignia BDR, as a board member of BCD Holdings, and as Director Real Estate Investments at Centraal Beheer Pensioenverzekeringen N.V. (Achmea Group). He currently serves as a member of the supervisory board of three international real estate investment funds of Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance.

  • Przemysław Krych

    Non-Executive Director

    Przemysław is chief executive officer and a founder of Griffin Real Estate, a Managing Partner at Cornerstone Partners as well as a member of the supervisory board of Echo Investment and a chairman of the Council of Directors at Griffin Premium RE. He has many years of experience in management, investment and restructuring. In recent years, he was behind the largest deals on commercial real estate market, including the Echo Investment take-over. Under his leadership Griffin has become one of the largest and the most active investors with EUR 5 billon-worth assets under management.

History

Registered in the Netherlands in January 2016.

Echo Polska Properties (EPP) was created on base of Polish cash-generating commercial projects built and held by Echo Investment, listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) developer company controlled by consortium of the most active real estate investor in Central and Eastern Europe - Griffin Real Estate together with Oaktree and PIMCO funds. Apart from owning and managing former Echo Investment's projects, EPP invests in Poland's based commercial properties.
On 1 January 2016, a South African REIT headquartered in Johannesburg - Redefine Properties - acquired a 75% stake in EPP’s issued ordinary share capital, subsequently reducing its shareholding to just under 50% through the on-sale of EPP ordinary shares to a consortium of selected co-investors.

Awards

Echo’s in-house development and asset management team has been recognized over the years with many awards