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Competence, exclusivity and passion

Engel & Völkers is one of the world's leading real estate service providers - with a focus on brokering residential property and commercial real estate, as well as yachts and aircraft in the premium segment. The goal is to provide every one of its customers worldwide with the same high quality brand and service. This includes the white façade with the black front door and boxwood trees of the Engel & Völkers shop design. At the in-house academy, comprehensive knowledge about real estate marketing is imparted to everyone employed by the Engel & Völkers brand. We always provide our customers with expert advice about the right property, offer them an exclusive portfolio and work hard on their behalf on a daily basis to ensure their satisfaction.

Who we are?

Engel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading service companies specialised in the sale and rental of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircrafts. Thanks to our unique and constantly expanding network and the strength of our brand, we have access to an exclusive clientele. We feel most at home among discerning individuals. Our employees live the spirit of our brand with true passion.


We link together the aspirations of discerning individuals around the world, be it in private or a business context. With total passion.

Mission statement

In everything we do, we ensure the success of our company. For us, our mission statement is a binding promise. We take a long-term view in our dealings, strengthening the Engel & Völkers brand whilst taking care to ensure that customers all around the world enjoy the same brand experience. We value and cultivate our core values of competence, exclusivity and passion. We are serious about meeting the requirements of discerning customers, and we offer a first-class service. We attract the finest employees and help further their careers. We build a global network on behalf of our customers – and fill it with life. We are leading innovators in our field.


Your added business value: our global partner network

- Our continually growing partner network with more than 900 locations in more than 30 countries offers you connections around the globe and mutual customer referrals

- You will benefit from access to top properties as well as wealthy private and corporate customers – even beyond your actual location

- You will also be able to offer your local customers top-class real estate in other countries right from the outset

- You are your own boss – yet at the same time part of a large family whose members support each other and pursue a common goal: to impress discerning customers with first-class services

Management Board


Christian Völkers

Christian Völkers is the Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Engel & Völkers Group. He set up the Hamburg-based company in 1977 with his friend and business partner Dirk Engel and has since developed Engel & Völkers into a global brand. Before entering the real estate industry, he trained as a maritime shipping administrator and studied Business Administration in Toronto, New York and Barcelona. Christian Völkers wrote the Engel & Völkers Manual, which forms the foundation stone for the company’s worldwide franchise system and real estate Academy. In 1988, he founded an in-house publishing company known as “Grund Genug Verlag” and began producing the lifestyle and luxury magazine “GG”. As a visionary and entrepreneur, Christian Völkers is always working on the enhancement of the company’s service offer relating to all aspects of real estate. At present he is focused on business concepts for Engel & Völkers Venture Management GmbH.

Sven Odia

Sven Odia began his career at Engel & Völkers in 1997. After completing his training as a real estate agent, he became an independent Licence Partner at the age of 22 and set up the very first real estate shop on Majorca, in Port d’Andratx. In 2006, Sven Odia was appointed to the Management Board of the Engel & Völkers Group, and between 2006 and 2014 he played a key role in the international expansion of the Group. Between 2014 and 2020, he undertook joint management of the company as Co-CEO, together with Christian Völkers. In this role he was responsible for all operational business including global expansion, the opening and management of the Market Centers, and digital transformation. Sven Odia has been the sole CEO of the Engel & Völkers Group since August 2020.

Thilo von Trotha

Thilo von Trotha has been Chief Financial Officer of Engel & Völkers Group since 2002. In this role he is responsible for the Finance division, which encompasses Corporate Finance & MA, Accounting & Taxes and Controlling, as well as for the Legal and Human Resources departments. Prior to Engel & Völkers, he worked for the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company before becoming CFO of PropertyGate.com AG. Thilo von Trotha completed his degree in Business Economics in Bonn and Berlin and went on to gain a Master’s Degree in Management at the London School of Economics.

Giuseppe Cunetta

In March 2022 Giuseppe Cunetta took up his post as Chief Marketing Officer at Engel & Völkers. Most recently, Giuseppe Cunetta was Chief Marketing & Digital Officer at the MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group. Prior to this, the native Italian held management positions at Technogym and the Benetton Group, as Worldwide Digital & eCommerce Director, as well as at Ferrari. His focus areas are e-Commerce, Digital Marketing, and Brand and Client Loyalty.

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