Friday, August 27th 2021
Chairman Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI)
Professor Dr. Heinz-Walter Große joined the finance department of B. Braun Melsungen AG in 1978. His career took him via the USA and the management of B. Braun Austria to the position of Chief Financial Officer in 2005. From 2008, he was also responsible for Human Resources and Legal Affairs as Labor Director. In 2009, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Management Board; from April 2011 until his retirement in March 2019, he held the position of Chairman of the Management Board. Since 2018, he has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Group subsidiary Aesculap AG.
In 2015, Professor Große took over the honorary chairmanship of SAFRI (Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business), sponsored by the German-African Business Association (AV), the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
Federal Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel has been a member of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany) since August 1990, and a member of the German Bundestag, for the constituency of Stralsund, North Western Pomerania and Rügen, since December 1990. From 1991 to 1994 she served as Federal Minister for Women and Youth, subsequently becoming Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, a position she held until 1998.
From December 1991 until her election as General Secretary of the CDU on 7 November 1998, she held the post of Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU in Germany. She was simultaneously Chairwoman of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania CDU from May 1993 to May 2000. She has been Chairwoman of the CDU in Germany from April 2000 to December 2018. She also served as Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag from September 2002 until she was first elected as Chancellor in November 2005.
Since her third re-election as Federal Chancellor on 14 March 2018, Angela Merkel has led a government of the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union) in coalition with the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany).
Member of the presidential board and designated President, Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA)
Dr. Dirk Jandura, 51, holds a doctorate in business administration and is father of five children. After starting his career in auditing/tax consulting, he held various positions in corporate finance and project financing at banks in Frankfurt and London. In 2011 he joined the management of Oskar Böttcher GmbH & Co. KG in Berlin. As an electrical wholesaler, he represents the core area of the German wholesale trade. He is a member of the Federal Association of Electrical Wholesalers (VEG), where he is a permanent member of the board as treasurer. He has been Chairman of the BGA Tax Committee since 2016 and a member of the BGA Board of Directors since 2018.
Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy
Since 11 February 2020 Marco Wanderwitz holds the position of the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. From 2020 to 2018 he hold the position of the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. Since June 2018 he is the Chair of the Saxony group of CDU members of the Bundestag. Prior to that Wanderwitz was an Attorney at Kanzlei Professor Mayer & Kollegen in Leipzig.
In his capacity as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Marco Wanderwitz is acting as a political representative of the Federal Minister, in particular vis-à-vis the Bundestag and the parliamentary groups.
In his function as Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States, part of his role is also to ensure that the specific interests of the people in eastern Germany are taken into account whenever the Federal Government takes any political decisions or adopts new policies.
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
Since 17 December 2013 Dr Gerd Müller holds the position of the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Prior to that from 2005 to 2013 he was the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; responsible, among other things, for international relations, development projects and world food affairs. Dr Gerd Müller is a Member of the EU, Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the German Bundestag, spokesman of the group of parliamentarians from the CSU in the German Bundestag for foreign affairs, European policy and development policy. In 1994 he became a Member of the German Bundestag, representing the constituency of Oberallgäu/Kempten/Lindau. From 1989 to 1994 he was a Member of the European Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU group.
Managing Director, SAP Egypt
Hoda joined SAP in 2013 in the UAE where she held various positions before being appointed as Managing Director for SAP Egypt in Feb 2018; which was further extended to Frontier Countries in 2020.
In her current capacity, Hoda is responsible for SAPs in country presence and growth strategies including driving sales, marketing and operations. This in addition to her role in leading global education and training platforms to expand the respective countries digital ecosystem and workforce.
Given her impact in transforming SAP business, Forbes acknowledged her leadership by recognizing her as one of Forbes Top 50 Power Businesswomen for 2021 which was on the back of the previous selection by Forbes as one of Top 100 Power Businesswomen in the Middle East in 2020 & Forbes Top 100 most Influential Women in the Middle East for 2018. She was also recognized as one of the Top50 women in Egypt in 2019 and awarded the Best Distinguished Women Award in the field of Digital Transformation by the Arab Council for Social Responsibility in 2021.
CEO, Plot Enterprise Ghana Limited
Patricia Poku Diaby, a Ghanaian national, is a successful business executive with over 27 years of trading experience.
Mrs Diaby is Founder and CEO of Plot Enterprise (Gh) Ltd, a 32,000mt per annum capacity modern state of the art cocoa processing company established in 2010 and based in Takoradi.
Patricia is to date, the only woman in Africa to establish a large sized cocoa processing Facility.
Mrs. Diaby’s current business portfolio also includes a cocoa grinding Facility in Côte d’Ivoire and two other cocoa sourcing companies in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire of which she is Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors.
Senior Vice President Sales Africa, Voith Hydro
Heike Bergmann is Senior Vice President Sales Africa at Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG and responsible for the global sales activities in Africa. From 2012 to 2016 she was Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Board of Management at Voith Hydro GmbH & Co. KG.
Before joining Voith she held the position as Commercial Director at Areva Energietechnik GmbH heading the Turnkey Sales activities for High Voltage Systems in Eastern Europe. After the takeover of Areva Energietechnik by Alstom Grid she was the Unit Manager of the Service activities in Germany. She started her career 1996 at ABB Calor Emag Schaltanlagen AG in Business Development and Marketing of products for transmission and distribution networks and was responsible for the development of new Software Solutions for the deregulated energy market.
CEO, Giesecke+Devrient (G+D), Chairman of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI)
Ralf Wintergerst is Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke+Devrient (G+D). In addition to his duties as Group CEO, he is responsible for the Central Services departments of Information Systems, Corporate Security, Compliance Management and Auditing, Corporate Communications, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal Services and Corporate Governance.
In addition, he holds various positions related to IT security issues, including as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Cyber Security initiated by the BSI (German Federal Office for Information Security) and member of the Executive Committee of Germany’s digital association, Bitkom.
Member of the Executive Board, BDI The Voice of German Industry
From October 2020 on Wolfgang Niedermark has been a Member of the Executive Board of BDI, Berlin. Prior to that in 2016 he was appointed Delegate of German Business the German Industry and Commerce Ltd. (AHK) Hong Kong. His tasks included the Management of the AHK in Hong Kong, serving as a board member of German Industry and Commerce in Greater China (GIC) and again as member of the management board of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA).
In his capacity as Vice President Corporate Communications at BASF, The Chemical Company, Niedermark was responsible for the company’s government relations in Berlin and Brussels until end of 2015. He started his career as Regional Manager for the Indian Subcontinent at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), Hamburg, and from 1996 worked as Managing Director of the Australia-New Zealand Business Association (ANV). In 1998 he took over as Executive Member of the Board of OAV and ANV. Ex officio he became Member of the Management Board of APA in Berlin.
Chairman, German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein)
Stefan Liebing is the CEO of Conjuncta GmbH, a boutique investment and project development company with a regional focus on Europe and Africa. Stefan is a Non-Executive Chairman of Africa Technology Partners and a Non-Executive Director of ADM Energy plc. Before his current role, Stefan Liebing was the Director of International Gas Business at EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG, one of Germany’s major utilities. He started his career with several management positions at Royal Dutch Shell, working in their headquarters in The Hague and in Hamburg. Since 2012 Stefan Liebing is the Chairman of Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V., the German-African Business Association, a prestigious industry association that gathers German investors that are active on the African continent. He also is a Past Chairman of the European Business Council on Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM).
CEO, Das Labor. GmbH
Tom Halgasch is Founder and Managing Director of “Das Labor. GmbH” in Potsdam, Germany since 2019. Since 2011 he is the Managing Director of “Laboratoire Médical Guinéo-Allemand SARL” in Conakry, Guinea. He has 16 years of working experience in several African Countries. Tom holds degrees in Political Science & Geography.
Das Labor. GmbH is a German company based in Potsdam. Its mission is to establish and operate high quality medical laboratories to provide reliable diagnostic services in sub-Saharan Africa.
Another field of activity is the production of quality medical rapid tests. Our production unit is located in Abidjan and enables a production according to German standards in Côte d’Ivoire.
CEO, SCS Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Friedemann Faerber currently holds the position of the CEO of Stahlschmidt International Holding GmbH since January 2018. Prior to that from April 2009 to December 2017 he was Senior Manager, Head of Automotive Sector Center at the Struktur Management Partner GmbH in Cologne. He started his career at the Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart from September 1998 to March 2009, with various assignments in Germany, Italy and China.
CEO, Kowry Energy GmbH
Ndiarka Mbodji, a former Executive with Rolls-Royce Group, is Founder and CEO of Kowry Energy GmbH. During her 15-year tenure with the Rolls-Royce, she has gained extensive experience in Supply Chain, Operational Excellence, Engineering and Customer Business.
Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Ndiarka worked for 7 years in the automotive industry where she held several operational roles in Supply Chain management.
With over 18 years working at senior levels in complex, global and regulated environments, she is a resourceful professional with a track record of planning and successfully delivering operational and financial results by leading multi-disciplinary teams with a global footprint.
A French National with Senegalese heritage, Ndiarka holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Toulouse and is a graduate of TUCK2030 Global Leadership from Dartmouth Business School.
Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, Republic of Senegal
Born in Thiaroye Gare, Senegal on October 25th 1972, he is married and father of 3. From primary School to Baccalaureate, Amadou studied at the primary school Khali Madiakhate Kala of Guédiawaye (formely known as Ecole 25), before joining Junior high school CES Pikine.
Prior to joining the Government of Senegal as Minister in charge of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation in April 2019, Amadou was the Vice President of the African Development Bank’s Power, Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change Complex, since November 2016, and has 20 years of experience in areas such as structured finance, sovereign wealth funds management, investment banking, infrastructure and the development of integrated energy solutions.
Senior Manager Anglophone West Africa & Lusophone Africa, German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein)
Khadi Camara holds a master’s degree in business administration with an international focus and has been a member of the German-African Business Association (AV) since July 2013. As the Deputy Head of the Department of Countries & Markets she has gained extensive insights about the activities and challenges of German Industry in various African markets. She is also the Senior Manager for Anglophone Western countries and Portuguese-speaking Africa as well as the Sector Manager Energy.
Managing Director, Head of Countries & Markets and Senior Manager Southern Africa, German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein)
Claudia Voss is managing director and head of the countries and markets department at Afrika-Verein (AV). She has been working for AV since 2015, initially as press spokeswoman. Before that, Voss worked in various media companies, most recently as head of duty at a local Hamburg television broadcaster and for various publications by Axel Springer Verlag. Voss studied at the University of Hamburg (Germany), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London (GB), the Bayero University in Kano (Nigeria) and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal).
For 125 years, the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) has been on the ground for German business worldwide. We advise, support and represent German companies that want to establish or expand their international business. At over 140 locations in 92 countries, we bring business, politics and society together, build bridges, create access and arrange contacts.
With 18 offices in 12 countries, the AHK network is also your central contact point in Africa. We have first-class contacts and profound knowledge of the various markets. Our multilingual staff know the market potential, opportunities, risks and current projects in the individual countries and are very familiar with the local conditions. This provides you with orientation and optimum support in exploring and realising business opportunities on the African continent.
The umbrella organisation of the IHKs - and also the AHKs - is the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce e. V. (DIHK).
The Africa Business Network, established by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, offers advisory and support services for German companies wishing to engage in African markets, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises. It comprises established actors and programs of German foreign trade and investment promotion and German development cooperation, such as the network of German Chambers of Commerce in Africa, Germany Trade & Invest and the export initiatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It also includes federations, associations and institutions with expertise in business and development in Africa.
As a part of Africa Business Network, CCI Network Office Africa (INA) strengthens German foreign trade promotion and helps small and medium-sized enterprises to access African markets. The support services by INA are manifold: In cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry (IHKs) and bilateral chambers of commerce (AHKs), INA offers advisory services on market entry and industry sectors, connects companies to suitable points of contact or informs about events and funding opportunities.
Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany. African markets are promising economic partners.
The four-page "Fact Sheet Africa" provides compact information on business opportunities, useful contacts and practical hints.
The Africa Business Guide is the online platform of the Business Network Africa. The website provides important information and useful contacts for doing business in Africa, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. An overview on the economic development, strengths and weaknesses, opportunities in promising sectors and the conditions for doing business in Africa is provided in the detailed country profiles.
The Africa Business Guide offers practical advice, for example with reports on the opportunities and challenges faced by German companies operating in African markets. It also contains information on the relevant support programmes and services of all the partners within the Business Network Africa, including sections on “News” and “Events”.
The Africa Business Guide is provided by Germany Trade & Invest on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The Development Investment Fund was launched in 2019. It provides tailor-made financing solutions on favourable terms for the private sector. The aim is for even more German and European companies to become involved in Africa, invest there for the first time or expand their business. The Fund targets the reform-oriented twelve countries of the Compact with Africa initiative and is based on three pillars: AfricaConnect, AfricaGrow and the Africa Business Network.
AfricaConnect provides financing support on attractive terms to European companies in both their existing and planned activities in Africa. It promotes and facilitates local investments in a targeted manner, offering tailored financing solutions without red tape.
AfricaGrow is a fund of funds domiciled in Germany, which aims to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups on the African continent, by investing in Pan-African regional and country-specific private equity and venture capital funds with proven track records and capacities. The Fund intends to have a catalytic effect on the emerging and dynamic African SME and start-up ecosystem, and thus contribute to the promotion of jobs and income, as well as strengthening sustainable economic growth.
Under the Invest for Jobs brand, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has put together a package of measures to support German, European and African companies in investment activities that have a high impact on employment in Africa. The Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation – the official title – offers comprehensive advice, contacts and financial support to overcome investment barriers. The development objective is to team up with companies to create good jobs and training opportunities in the partner countries, of which there are currently eight, and to preserve them during the Covid-19 pandemic.
develoPPP, a funding programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is aimed at companies that want to invest sustainably in a developing or emerging country and expand their local operations. The programme provides technical and financial support for suitable projects between 100,000 and 2 million euros, thus covering up to 50% of the total costs. Prerequisites for funding are a long-term business interest and a sustainable developmental benefit in the country.
Business Membership Organisation Partnerships (KVP) and Vocational Education and Training Partnerships (BBP) are intended to mobilise the experience and know-how of German business membership organisations (BMO) for development cooperation, enable direct collaboration of non-government agencies and pick up on private sector initiatives. German chambers and associations as well as institutions of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe act as implementing organisations.
The Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE), as one central point of contact for development cooperation, offers advice on investments and sustainable projects in emerging and developing countries. With a focus on sustainability aspects, the AWE's Helpdesk Business & Human Rights supports companies in implementing due diligence on social, environmental and human rights standards.
The development cooperation experts of the Business Scouts for Development programme advise companies on the funding, financing and cooperation offers of the German development cooperation, network with potential partners and initiate cooperation projects. Business Scouts operate both in Germany and abroad. They are e.g. anchored at associations of the German private sector or Chambers of Trade and Industry German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and Delegations of German Industry and Commerce or German development cooperation offices.
The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is an initiative for import promotion. The project fulfils a hinge function between small and medium-sized enterprises in its 14 partner countries on the one hand and European importers on the other. The objective is to integrate those emerging and developing countries into global trade, thereby contributing towards sustainable economic development in these countries.
On leverist.de, companies can discover and connect with concrete business opportunities in developing and emerging countries and thus gain transparent and direct access to development cooperation.
The Strategic Partnership Technology in Africa (SPTA) is a network of over 220 European companies with the aim of initiating public-private cooperation projects that promote future-oriented technologies in African countries.
For almost 60 years DEG has been a reliable partner to private-sector enterprises operating in developing and emerging-market countries. We provide our customers with tailor-made solutions, including financing, promotional programmes and advice tailored to individual needs. They can thus develop successfully and sustainably, while generating local added value and creating qualified jobs. With our portfolio of around EUR 8.5 billion in approximately 80 countries we’re one of the world’s largest private-sector development financiers.