Elected Organs

ELECTED ORGANS

PRESIDENT

Stratos Paradias - POMIDA (GR)

Stratos Paradias is the President of the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) since 2005 and President of POMIDA, the Greek property owners association. Prior to that, he was UIPI General Secretary for many years.

Stratos is a Supreme Court Lawyer in Athens, specialised in Property Law. In 1983, he founded the Hellenic Property Federation “Πανελλήνια Ομοσπονδία Ιδιοκτητών Ακινήτων” (POMIDA), based in Athens, and he is its President since 1996. 

Stratos was the introducer of legislation for the deregulation of all rentals (1989- 1994-2014) and the abolition of Property Tax (1980, 1992 and 2007) in Greece. He was a member of the Greek State Committee for Legislation (1984-1991) and Codification of the Commercial Rentals Law (1994) as well as a member of the State Committee for the Taxation of Real Estate Property (1997) and the National Council against Tax Evasion (2008). He was also a member of the City of Athens Buildings Renovation Committee for the Athens Olympic Games (2002-2004). Recently (2014) he was the introducer of the new deregulated commercial rentals legislation in Greece.

Stratos is a graduate from the Law School as well as the Political Sciences School of the University of Athens.

A Greek national, Stratos is fluent in English, French and Italian.

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SECRetary general

Emmanuelle Causse - UIPI (EU)

Emmanuelle Causse has been elected General Secretary of the UIPI in February 2020. Prior to be elected General Secretary of UIPI, she was Director of UIPI since 2009, when she settled the UIPI Representation in Brussels.

Emmanuelle started her career in EU Affairs in 2001, working for different organisations, including the European Parliament, a well-known European think tank, the Ile-de-France region representation in Brussels and a wide European umbrella association. She was also a researcher on EU policy at the Austrian Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).

Her role is to lead the Brussels office, act as a representative toward EU institutions and prepare as well as defend the positions of the organisation on all EU topics relevant for private property owners.

Vice Presidents

Dr. Edo Pirkmajer (ZLAN - SI)

Dr. Edo Pirkmajer is the President of the Slovenian Association of Property Owners “Združenje lastnikov nepremičnin v Sloveniji”  (ZLAN). Vice President of UIPI for more than 20 years. 

Dr. Pirkmajer trained as a physicist. After the fall of ex-Yugoslavia, he hold political offices in Slovenia. Between 1996 and 2001, Edo was the Secretary of State of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development. Edo is a strong defender of property and fought for property restitution in former communist regimes. 

Dr. Friedrich Noszek (ZH - AT)

Dr. Friedrich Noszek is President of the Viennese association of property owners Zentralverbands Haus und Eigentum  and Vice President of UIPI since 2002.

Dr. Noszek was also President of the Austrian landlord’s organisation Österreichische Haus- und Grundbesitzerbund. He is the chief editor of the Austrian magazine “Haus und Eigentum”.

Dr. Noszek graduated in law at Vienna Law University. He has more than four decades of experience in property management.

Dr. Kai Warnecke (Haus&Grund - DE)

Dr. RA. Kai Warnecke is President of Haus & Grund Deutschland and Vice President of UIPI since  2016. He is member of UIPI Executive Committee since 2004.

Dr. Warnecke was elected President of Haus & Grund Deutschland, the Federal Association of German property owners, in 2016. He joined Haus & Grund Deutschland in 2003: first as consultant and Head of Department, later as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer and finally as Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

He is also Deputy Chairman of the NaWoh (the German Association in support of sustainable development of housing), a member of the KfW Board of Supervisory Directors – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau as well as a member of the Council of the DV (German Association of housing, urban and regional planning).

Kai is a registered lawyer and owns a PhD in Law from at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is also a Law graduate from the University of Passau, the University of Glasgow and the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. Before undertaking his Doctorate on tax-privileged real estate investments, he worked as a legal clerk at the Supreme Court.

A German national, Kai is fluent in English.

Michele Vigne (CONFEDILIZIA - IT)

Michele Vigne is Vice President of UIPI and of the Italian property Owners association “Confederazione Italiana della Proprietà Edilizia” (CONFEDELIZIA), since 2000 and President of the Confedilizia for the Veneto Region since 1989.

Professionally, Michele is an expert in industrial construction and mechanical engineering. His work focuses on the professional care of civil and artistic historical construction with a particular emphasis on plant and fire safety.

Michele is involved in many Italian technical committees and has published many studies on these issues.

Rndr. Tomislav Šimeček (OSMD - CZ)

Rndr. Tomislav Šimeček is President of the Czech property owners association “Občanské sdružení majitelů domů bytů a dalších nemovitostí v ČR” (OSMD) since 1996 and Vice President of UIPI for more than a decade.

Tom’s family was a victim of property confiscation during the communist regime. In 1992, when his family property was restituted, he started to be active in housing policy notably working on rent deregulation in the Czech Republic and the establishment of individual social housing allowance.

Tom graduated from the Charles University of Prague with a RNDr degree (Doctor of Natural Sciences – similar to PhD) in Physics. During his professional career he worked at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences where he remained as a leading research scientist until his retirement in 2012. He was also a visiting professor on semiconductor and laser physics at the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia in Canada.

Prof. Dr. Luis Menezes Leitão (ALP – PT)

Prof Dr Luís Menezes Leitão is President of the Lisbon Landlords Association “Associação Portuguesa de Proprietários” (ALP) and Vice President of UIPI since 2014.

Prof. Leitão was born in Coimbra, Portugal. He is a Professor ex cathedra of Contract and Tort Law, Labour Law and Insolvency Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon.

He is a Lawyer and Arbitrator, former Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon as well as former Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Consumer Law and the Institute of Labour Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon.

A former Vice-President of the Lisbon Section of the Portuguese Bar Association and former member of the Pedagogic Council of the Portuguese Judges Formation Institution, Luis is also a member of various scientific academies in Portugal, Italy and Germany. Prof Leitão is the author of more than 50 titles published on topics ranging from Contract Law, Tort Law, Labour Law, Tax Law, Insolvency Law, and Internet Law.

Augustin Pujol (CCPU - ES)

Agustin Pujol is Vice-President of UIPI since 2016. Agustin is a member of the Confederation of Urban Property Chambers of Spain “Confederación de Cámaras de la Propiedad Urbana y Asociaciones de Propietarios de Fincas Urbanas” (CCPU) and President of the Regional Catalonian Chamber of Urban Property since 2015 and of the Chamber of Tarragona since 2013.

Agustin was born in Tarragona, Spain into a family of architects. Like his grandfather, father and brother, Agustin is a Higher Architect, graduating with a degree in Higher Technical Architecture from the University of Barcelona in 1973.

Professionally, Agustin has designed numerous architectural works; mainly residential but also for industrial companies, public institutions, town planning and all types of restoration.

Aside from his architectural practice, Agustin was President of the Spanish Tennis Federation from November 1985 until December 2004; President of the European Tennis Federation from 2000 to 2002; a member of the Olympic Committee for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) from 1990 to 2004; and a Member of the Spanish Olympic Committee from 1991 to 2001.

Treasurers

Dr. Rudolf Steiner (HEV Schweiz – CH)

Dr. Rudolf Steiner holds the post of the Treasurer for UIPI since 2001.

Rudolf Steiner was the President of the Swiss Property Owners Association “Hauseigentümerverband Schweiz” (HEV) from 2004 to 2012.

national representatives

executive committee

Among UIPI elected organs, the Executive Committee is the core body of the UIPI. It leads the activities of the organisation and mainly determines its actions. It comprises all the elected officials of the UIPI: the President, the General Secretary, the Treasurer as well as the Vice-Presidents of the UIPI, assisted by an Assistant General Secretary and an Assistant Treasurer as well as elected representatives from all national associations – Members of the UIPI. 

Jean-Louis Racaud

Union Nationale des Propriétaires Immobiliers (UNPI) – FRANCE

Morten Andreas Meyer

Huseierne – NORWAY

Barbara Grzybowska-Kabańska

Polska Unia Właścicieli Nieruchomości (PUWN) – POLAND

Stephen Faughnan

Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) – IRELAND

Giovanni Gagliani Caputo

Confederazione Italiana della Proprietà Edilizia (CONFEDILIZIA) – ITALY

Inka-Marie Storm

Haus&Grund Deutschland (H&G) – GERMANY

Kaija Savolainen

Suomen Omakotiliitto (SO) – FINLAND

Maarten Eeke van der Veen

Vereniging Eigen Huis (VEH) – THE NETHERLANDS

Karol Spisak ​

Občianske združenie vlastníkov nehnuteľností s regulovaným nájomným (RN) – SLOVAKIA

Jette Malskær

Parcelhusejernes Landsforening (PL) – DENMARK

Eva Dorotea Kormos​

Társasházak és Társasházkezelők Országos Egyesülete (TTOE) – HUNGARY 

Petar Galanov

Национално обединение за права и управление на собствеността (NOPUS) – BULGARIA

George Strovolides

Κυπριακοσ συνδεσμοσ ιδιοκτητων ακινητων (KSIA) – CYPRUS

Sasa Novkovic

Savez Udruga za Zaštitu i Unapređenje Vlasništva i Vlasničkih Prava u Republici Hrvatskoj (SUVLAH) – CROATIA

Slavenko Grgurevic

League for Protection of Human Rights (LPHR) – SERBIA

Mile Antic

Mreža za Restituciju u Srbiji (APPPBG) – SERBIA

Joan Rafols

Confederación de Cámaras de la Propiedad Urbana y Asociaciones de Propietarios de Fincas Urbanas (CCPU) – Spain

Rikard Silverfur

Fastighetsägarna – SWEDEN

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honorary members

Honorary members are previous members from national associations involved in the activities of the UIPI which have been awarded “honorary membership” for their outstanding contribution to the association.

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