International representatives

The German Design Council is partnering with a growing number of representatives in different countries to provide a targeted boost to local exchange and networking. The new business contacts made from this result in the encouragement of new solutions, which is a boon for both members and the overall design-oriented economy.


Dorian Kronenwerth
Phone +32 495 911 910

Krown Consultance
2 Rue de l'Amazone
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

Krown Consultance acts as a bridge for business between the BeNeLux and Germany, as well as for interactions with the European Union's institutions. The aim is to contribute to the global success and positioning of companies from the BeNeLux countries by delivering strong means of communication, representation and business development. Dorian Kronenwerth calls both BeNeLux and EU-Brussels home and relies on his knowledge of the three countries, their cultures and languages as well as an extensive network and his skills in economic diplomacy to enable the region's companies and to make their voices heard in Brussels and on the global marketplace.

Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

Marie Hemdal[at]
Phone +46 (0) 76 714 50 33

MH Partner AB
Sickla Kanalstreet 87
120 68 Stockholm, Sweden

Advice to companies how to open doors to new international markets and target groups around the world. Focus areas are furniture, interior and design. Marie Hemdal Thryselius has many years of experience in the trade fair industry, both nationally and internationally, e.g. at Koelnmesse and its worldwide trade fair portfolio or in Sweden at the Stockholm International Fair. Her knowledge and experience also includes media and press relations, sales, project management, marketing for exhibitors and visitors, and liaising with associations. Marie uses her networks and knowledge to understand what business works and to open the right doors at the right time for the right target group. Motto: Never give up. Focus: Customer. Future: Look beyond your borders.


Michael Scherpe[at]
Phone +33 (0) 144 89 67 70

72, rue Louis Blanc
75010 Paris, France

SEME SA was founded in 1953 under an agency agreement with Messe Frankfurt for France and Monaco. In 1981 Mr. Michael Scherpe took over the company and has been its President / CEO and main shareholder ever since. SEME and its subsidiaries are active in the areas of communication, marketing, film production, press and culture.

Mr. Scherpe and his team has extensive knowledge in market strategies, brand development and multimedia strategies. His excellent network capabilities makes him a popular partner for many institutions as well as industries such as textiles, consumer goods, sanitary, heating, ventilation, music, lighting, automobiles, security and food processing.

Michael Scherpe is the recipient of the French Republic's Grand Order of Merit.

East, West and South Africa

Skander Negasi (Mr.)[at]
Phone + 49 (0) 6003 826892

Trade and Fairs Consulting GmbH
Feldpreul 33
61191 Rosbach, Germany

Trade and Fairs Consulting (TFC) is a German based consulting and event organizing agency with regional offices in Africa. The company represents various German trade show companies across a wide range of sectors such as construction and building, consumer goods, textiles, mobility, processing etc and is well experienced in creating and promoting brands and designers from Africa. TFC owns several fashion event brands, organizes exhibitions on the African continent as well as supports international organizations, associations and governments through missions, workshops and industry events. For the German Design Council TFC is an exclusive partner for Ethiopia, Kenya, Ruanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa.


Piotr Łukaszewicz
Phone +48 22 494 32 03

Targi Frankfurt Przedstawicielstwo w Polsce S.C.
ul. Bugaj 5d
05-806 Komorów, Poland

Piotr Łukaszewicz and his team are highly experienced in market strategies, brand management and design. Their outstanding networking capability makes them an ideal partner for government institutions, industry associations as well as media representatives. They have already supported over a thousand Polish companies from 20 different industries in their preparations to events in 15 countries. Since October 2007 Targi has also been developing Messe Frankfurt’s business in Poland conducting all sales and promotional activities.


Cristina Motta[at]
Phone +351 211 359 931

Kamotta Representações Lda
Largo São Sebastião da Pedreira, 44
1050-205 Lisboa, Portugal

Kamotta Representações Lda was established in 1997 with the main purpose of providing marketing and communication services to Portuguese export-oriented companies. To enhance their presence in international markets, design and brand awareness are undeniable key factors to success. Kamotta relies on an excellent network of industry partners and supports companies in their communication strategy, thus contributing to the valued positioning of the Portuguese industry in international markets. (Photo: Vitorino Coragem)


Catharina Salzmann
Phone +1 312 585 8337

GACC Midwest, Inc
150 North Michigan Avenue, 35th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601, USA

Catharina Salzmann has been working for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) since August 2020. In her role as Consultant, Catharina specializes on advising and supporting German companies on their market entry strategy. She focuses on project management tasks for business partner searches, mergers & acquisitions, site selections and market research studies. Additionally, she works closely with companies that have a virtual office presence with GACC Midwest.  Prior to working at GACC Midwest, Catharina earned her Master's degree in Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island in the US. She gained cross-industry experience in the hospitality industry as well as marine technology while working for a startup incubator in Boston, during her studies. 

Kim Lonzer
Phone +1 312 585 8337

GACC Midwest, Inc
150 North Michigan Avenue, 35th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601, USA

Kim is originally from Germany and has a degree in intercultural business psychology. She has experience in marketing, HR and product management and worked in various intercultural environments. Through this experience with different countries, cultures, and languages as well as her extensive network she now enables German businesses market entry in the US.
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) combines elements of a trade commission, a membership association, and a professional consulting service for market entry and apprenticeships. The continuing mission is to promote German American business relations and to support trade and investment between Germany and the US.