Dr. Raphael Mertens is Chief Risk Officer at Allianz Real Estate and is responsible for Allianz Real Estate’s global ESG strategy, overseeing the decarbonization of the company’s portfolio to reach net zero emissions by 2050. He is a Member of the Executive Committee and a Member on both the Equity and Debt Investment Committees where he holds a right of veto. Raphael joined Allianz Real Estate in 2015 as Global Head of Portfolio Management. He has been with Allianz since 2004 where he held several positions including Group Head of Alternative Investments and Director at Allianz Investment Management. He has also served as Head of Alternative Investments-Controlling at Allianz Deutschland AG and Investment Officer Alternative Investments at Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG. Raphael holds a Ph.D. from University of Kiel, Germany, and an MBA equivalent (Dipl.-Kfm.) from the Universities of Kiel and Trier.