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Executive Committee

Chairman
 
Dr. Stefan Liebing is the owner and managing director of Conjuncta GmbH. Previously, he held various management positions in the energy industry, most recently at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. Since the beginning of 2012 Liebing is chairman of the Afrika-Verein.

Deputy Chairman
 
Sabine Dall'Omo has been CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa since July 2014. Previously, she was in charge of the Risk and Controlling, Mergers and Acquisitions division of Siemens South Africa. With her team, she introduced innovative processes to make Siemens' business in Africa efficient, responsible and sustainable.

 

Deputy Chairman

Dr. Martin Güldner has been managing director of the GOPA Consulting Group since 1995. For a long time he was President of the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA). He is still Deputy Chairman of the External Aid Committee of EFCA. Güldner has been a member of the Management Board and Executive Committee of the Afrika-Verein since 2014.

 

Deputy Chairman
Jörg Wellmeyer has been a member of the Executive Committee and Management Board of the Afrika-Verein since 2014. He is Managing Director of STRABAG International GmbH.

 

Deputy Chairman, treasurer
Wolfgang Knörle leads the consulting company of the same name as an entrepreneur. Since 2004 Knörle is on the Management Board of the Afrika-Verein and was elected in 2009 in its Executive Committee.

Management Board

  • Annette Bauer
    CEO
    ITS International Training & Support GmbH
  • Andreas Berger
    Chief Regions & Markets Officer
    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialtiy SE
  • Beate Bischoff
    CEO
    AKA AusfuhrKredit-Gesellschaft
  • Andreas Bulling
    Director Corporate International Relations
    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Gerhard Gauff
    CEO
    H.P. Gauff Ingenieure GmbH
  • Cornelius Geber
    Managing Partner
    CG Beteiligungs-Management GmbH
  • Roland Göhde
    Senior Managing Director
    Sysmex Partec GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz-Walter Große
    Chairman
    B. Braun Melsungen
  • Lutz Hartmann
    Partner
    Belmont Legal
  • Gerhard Hirth
    CEO
    Schwenk Zement AG
  • Alexander Knauf
    CEO
    Knauf Gips KG
  • Dr. Benjamin Kroymann
    Partner
    DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • Hans Wolfgang Kunz
    Member of the Management
    Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
  • Angela Kurrle
    Head of Financial Institutions
    Commerzbank AG
  • Christiane Laibach
    Member of the Management
    DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Frank Nordmann
    General Manager Key Accounts and Sustainable Development
    Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co KG
  • Dr. Eberhart von Rantzau
    Managing Partner
    Deutsche Afrika-Linien GmbH
  • Michael Ruch
    Managing Partner
    Joh. Achelis & Söhne GmbH
  • Thomas Schäfer
    Chairman & Managing Director Southafrica
    Volkswagen AG
  • Ulrich Schaffhauser
    Board Member
    Herrenknecht AG
  • Jan-Dirk Schuisdziara
    Senior Vice President Projects Logistics, Oil & Gas
    Kühne & Nagel AG
  • Volker Schütte
    CEO
    Fredk. Möller Söhne GmbH
  • Paul van Son
    Chairman MENA & Turkey
    innogy Middle East & North Africa Ltd.
  • Dr. Markus Thill
    President Region Africa
    Robert Bosch (Pty) Ltd

Management Board

Christoph Kannengießer has been Chief Executive Officer of the Afrika-Verein since June 1th 2012. Since 1995 he has worked in responsible positions of business associations such as the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations and as Managing Director of the Brand Association (2007-2009). He was also almost 4 years Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Marlen Stephenson

Management Assistant

Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-60

stephenson(at)afrikaverein.de

Politics & Communication

Claudia Voß

Press Officer
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-50
voss(at)afrikaverein.de

Lisa Steinbacher
Politics & Communication Officer
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-54
steinbacher(at)afrikaverein.de

 

Michael Monnerjahn

CRM & Publications Officer
Tel.: +49 (0)40 41 91 33-14
monnerjahn(at)afrikaverein.de

Melanie Eckhard

Senior Consultant
eckhard(at)afrikaverein.de

Consultants

Egon Kochanke

Off-Duty Ambassador
Tel.: +49 (0)30 - 20 60 719-46
kochanke(at)afrikaverein.de

Countries & Markets

Judith Helfmann-Hundack

Foreign Trade and Development Policy
Tel.: +49 (0)30 23 46 01 29
ez-scout(at)afrikaverein.de

Regions

NORTH
Katarina Kunert
Manager North Africa
Tel.: +49 (0)30 2060 719-33
kunert(at)afrikaverein.de

 

SOUTH

Peggy Schulz

Deputy Head Countries & Markets

Manager Southern Africa
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-77
schulz(at)afrikaverein.de

EAST

Asmau Nitardy

Manager East Africa
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-43
nitardy(at)afrikaverein.de

WEST

Sannssi Cissé

Manager Francophone West Africa

Tel.:+49 (0)30 20 60 719-53

cisse(at)afrikaverein.de

SOUTH & WEST

Khadi Camara (on parental leave)

Manager Lusophone Africa & Anglophone West Africa
Tel.:+49 (0)30 20 60 719-56
camara(at)afrikaverein.de

 

Anna Sophia Rainer

Manager German Agribusiness Alliance
Tel.:+49 (0)30 20 60 719-44
rainer(at)afrikaverein.de

TRADE FAIR BUSINESS &
TENDERS

Berit Zierz

Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-52
zierz(at)afrikaverein.de

Finance, Controlling & Administration

Monika Kracht
Accounting
Tel.: +49 (0)40 41 91 33-15
kracht(at)afrikaverein.de

 

Afrika-Verein Veranstaltungs-GmbH

CEO: Christoph Kannengießer

Angela Ben Aïssa

Head of Event Management
Tel.: +49 (0)40 41 91 33-18
benaissa(at)afrikaverein.de

Berit Bürger

Project Manager
Tel.: +49 (0)40 41 91 33-26
buerger(at)afrikaverein.de

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board strengthens the knowledge base of our work, accompanies the content orientation and supports the definition of strategic guidelines. With their expertise, the members of the Advisory Board deliberately advise the Afrika-Verein on selected topics and thus contribute to the quality assurance of our work. Under the organisational leadership of the Afrika-Verein, the Advisory Board meets once or twice a year. The results of the meetings are fed into the work of the Afrika-Verein through direct exchange, publications or participation in the event.

 

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

 

Prof. Dr. Andreas Freytag

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Prof. Dr. Philipp von Carlowitz

ESB Business School -
Hochschule Reutlingen