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Executive Committee

Prof. 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
Volker Schütte is CEO of Fredk. Möller Söhne GmbH / Louis Delius GmbH and honorary consul of the Republic of South Africa. Mr Schütte has been active in the Excutive Commitee of the German-African Business Association since 2005 and elected as deputy chairman of the Association in 2019.

Management Board

  • Andreas Berger
    CEO Corporate Solutions
    Swiss Re
  • Beate Bischoff
    AKA AusfuhrKredit-Gesellschaft
  • Andreas Bulling
    Director Corporate International Relations
    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Gerhard Gauff
    H.P. Gauff Ingenieure GmbH
  • Roland Göhde
    Senior Managing Director
    Sysmex Partec GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz-Walter Große
    Member of the Board
    B. Braun Familienholding SE & Co. KG
  • Lutz Hartmann
    Belmont Legal
  • Alexander Knauf
    Knauf Gips KG
  • Dr. Benjamin Kroymann
    Partner & Director Africa Desk
    DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • Joachim Kühnrich
    ITS International Training & Support GmbH
  • 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
  • Hartmut Mai
    Board Member & Chief Underwriting Officer Corporate
    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialtiy SE
  • Dr. Sabine Müller
    Division Manager Africa
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • 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 South Africa
    Volkswagen AG
  • Ulrich Schaffhauser
    Member of the Management
    Herrenknecht AG
  • Michael Schröder
    Route-Manager Seeverkehre Afrika
    Kühne & Nagel AG
  • Paul van Son
    Chairman MENA & Turkey
    innogy SE
  • Dr. Markus Thill
    Chairman Region Africa
    Robert Bosch (Pty) Ltd

Management Board

Christoph Kannengießer


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.

Claudia Voß

Managing Director

Head of Politics & Communication / Press Officer
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-50


Marlen Stephenson

Assistant to the CEO

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


Politics & Communication

Lisa Steinbacher
Manager Politics & Communication
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-54


Michael Monnerjahn

Manager CRM & Publications
Tel.: +49 (0)40 41 91 33-14

Melanie Eckhard

Manager Politics & Communication
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-66

Diplomatic Advisor

Egon Kochanke

Ambassador ret.
Tel.: +49 (0)30 - 20 60 719-46

Countries & Markets

Judith Helfmann-Hundack

Foreign Trade and Development Policy
Tel.: +49 (0)30 23 46 01 29



Peggy Schulz

Deputy Head Countries & Markets

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

Katarina Kunert
Manager North Africa
Tel.: +49 (0)30 2060 719-33



Asmau Nitardy

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


Tara Méité

Manager West Africa

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




Khadi Camara (on parental leave)

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


Anna Sophia Rainer

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

Berit Zierz

Trade fair business & tenders

Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719-52

Finance, Controlling & Administration

Afrika-Verein Veranstaltungs-GmbH

CEO: Christoph Kannengießer

Angela Ben Aïssa

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

Berit Bürger

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

Dorothée Richers-Mollie

Project Manager
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20 60 719 57

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