The Association

The WGA, founded in 1916, is an umbrella organisation based in Hamburg and supports very different trade associations, their members and individual companies from wholesale and foreign trade in their day-to-day work in international trade.

The profile of the WGA

More than 1,000 companies worldwide currently benefit from this strong association. Where individual trade associations are too weak, the WGA can make its voice heard towards authorities, politics and business in the long term. The WGA and the trade associations united under its roof participate in numerous committees and associations and are constantly in direct dialogue with politics and administration. This enables the targeted people to be addressed. Practically relevant aspects are introduced in a factually sound manner. The basis is for an intensive professional exchange with and among members in a wide variety of committees and event formats.

Executive Board

Entrepreneurial personalities from renowned foreign trade companies are committed board members of the WGA for their respective industries, but also other industries and thus give foreign trade a strong voice.

The composition of the current board, which was reelected on 23 February 2022 in accordance with the articles of association:

from left to right
Peter von Kruse, 2nd Deputy Chairman and Treasurer
André Harms, Chairman
Carsten Gerrens, 1st Deputy Chairman

The Team

As a registered association, the WGA has its office in Hamburg.

The management of the WGA:

Dr. Rodger Wegner
Secretary General

Gregor Wolf
Secretary General

Atty. Lutz Düshop
Secretary General

Atty. Thorsten Harms
Secretary General

Maximilian Wittig
Secretary General

Other employees:

Dr. Monika Beutgen
Senior Advisor

Julia Bolus
Executive Assistant

Björn-Darjusch Buchmann
Manager Scientific Affairs

Shirley Costello
Executive Assistant

Ramona Eyrich
Executive Assistant

Christiane Hillesheim-Behrens
Executive Assistant

Cordelia Kraft
Manager Scientific Affairs

Nicole Krämer
Executive Assistant

Farshad La-Rostami
Manager Scientific Affairs

Pia-Doreen Lau
Executive Assistant

Stephanie Mansmann
Executive Assistant

Dr. Marina Panten
Manager Scientific Affairs

Kyra Schaper

Julia Zimmermann
Executive Assistant

Do you have any questions? We will gladly help you with your issues.

WGA Wholesale and Foreign Trade Association Hamburg e.V
Sonninstr. 28, 20097 Hamburg

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