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Bernd Kolkmann launched his career in the real estate industry in 2007 at swb-Service-Wohnungsvermietungs- und -baugesellschaft in Mülheim an der Ruhr. In July 2010, he completed his education as a real estate agent at the Essen Chamber of Industry and Commerce as the best of his year. During his education he already successfully completed various courses of study and further training on subjects such as real estate valuation or real estate brokerage. During his third year of his education, Mr. Kolkmann started studying at the EBZ Business School. In order to finance his studies, he acquired real estate in need of modernization for which the foreclosure proceedings had been opened, revitalized it and brought it to new owners.
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After completing his education he was entrusted by swb with the independent modernization and maintenance of an approximately 1900 property portfolio. Parallel to his studies at the EBZ Business School, Mr. Kolkmann attended further training courses and study programs at other universities, such as the Private Equity Advisor (EBS/BAI) program at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. In 2011 Bernd Kolkmann founded the company Kolkmann Immobilien as a real estate project development company. Shortly afterwards, the company owner was granted an exemption by the Free State of Bavaria to begin MBA studies at the International Real Estate Business School (IREBS) in addition to his Bachelor's degree.
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In 2013 Bernd Kolkmann graduated as "Executive Master of Business Administration Real Estate (IREBS)". During his master studies, the company founder had several periods of study abroad, including studies at the universities of Harvard (USA), Reading (UK), Hong Kong and Shanghai. Since completing his studies, Mr. Kolkmann has concentrated on the expansion and permanent development of his company. In 2015 he founded the BKI Group. Mr. Kolkmann also acts as a lecturer at three of the most renowned educational institutions in the real estate industry, teaching the subjects of real estate purchase and sale, construction project management and real estate valuation.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education as real estate agent (best in class) 2007-2010
  • IHK-certified for the valuation of developed and undeveloped land 2008
  • Certified real estate agent (EBZ) 2009
  • Real Estate Economist (GdW) 2009-2010
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Association of Certified Real Estate Agents 2010-2013
  • Graduate in Housing and Real Estate Management (EBZ) 2010-2011
  • Private Equity Advisor (EBS/BAI) 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts Real Estate (EBZ) 2011–2012
  • Study Abroad at the University of Hong Kong (Real Estate Development & Urban Planning) 2012
  • Study Abroad at the Tongji University Shanghai (Real Estate Development & Urban Planning) 2012
  • Study Abroad at the Harvard University School of Design (International Strategies in Real Estate) 2012
  • Study Abroad at the Henley Business School Reading (Real Estate Investment & Finance) 2012
  • Executive Master of Business Administration Real Estate (IREBS) 2012–2013
  • Negotiation and Influence - MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Leading Organizations and Change - MIT Sloan School of Managementg
  • Business Process Design for Strategic Management - MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Value Investing an der Columbia Business School
  • Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment - MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Real Estate Economics and Finance - LSE London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Lecturer at the EBZ Academy (since 2014)
  • Lecturer at the BBA - Academy of the real estate industry e.V. (since 2015)
  • Lecturer at the IUBH (since 2015)