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 elected on 27 February 2019 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 WGA Office

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

The management of the WGA:

Dr. Monika Beutgen, Secretary General

RA Lutz Düshop, Secretary General

Dr. Rodger Wegner, Secretary General

Other employees:

Anniina Braun, Manager

Kyra Schaper, Manager

Maximilian Wittig, Manager

Lisann Bauer, Manager Scientific Affairs

Dr. Julia Biller, Manager Scientific Affairs

Cordelia Kraft, Manager Scientific Affairs

Marten Verch, Manager Scientific Affairs

Christiane Hillesheim-Behrens, Assistant

Christina Claußen, Assistant

Shirley Costello, Assistant

Susanne Frank, Assistant

Julia Reckel, Assistant

Julia Zimmermann, 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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