Karin Barthelmes-Wehr

Karin Barthelmes-Wehr is Managing Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry (ICG) – the leading Think and Do Tank for all topics related to sustainable leadership. She has been involved in building up the institute since 2003.


Karin is also Chair of the International Ethics Standards Coalition which was initiated by the United Nations in 2014. The coalition’s aim is to establish and implement a common code of ethics in the real estate industry worldwide. To date, around 150 real estate bodies from almost 50 countries (as well as just as many companies, universities and government organisations) have joined the coalition.


Apart from other honorary appointments, Karin is member of the advisory committee of the Real Estate Department of HAWK (Hildesheim/Holzminden University of Applied Sciences), a juror for the polis AWARD and founding member and mentor at the cross industry program Initiative Women into Leadership (IWiL). She holds a Master’s degree (suma cum laude) in English, Romance Philology and Political Science from the University of Münster and has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. Before joining ICG, Karin worked in real estate conference management for EUROFORUM/”Handelsblatt” and in executive search at Heidrick & Struggles. In 2020, the jury of “Immobilien Manager” selected her as the top 1 “Real Estate Influencer”, the category of “Real Estate Women with a Strong Presence and High Reputation”.