Sequa gGmbH


 Latest Update:17/09/14

sequa - Partner of German Business

On September 23, 1991, the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) founded sequa as a joint organisation of the German private sector dedicated to concentrate and bundle the private sector's contributions to international cooperation.

In January 1994, the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) became 3rd shareholder.

In January 2006, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) became the 4th shareholder. 

In January 2010, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH became the 5th shareholder. As of January 1, 2011, GTZ has been renamed Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit  (GIZ) GmbH.

Today, thanks to its successful cooperation with clients and shareholders' network partners, sequa is a highly respected project partner in the international cooperation scene. The founding shareholders' vision to intensify the interaction of international cooperation and the private sector has turned into reality. 


On January 1st, 2013, Holger Schwannecke (ZDH) becomes Chairman of the Board and succeeds Dr. Martin Wansleben (DIHK) after his three-year-chairmanship.

On January 1st, 2013 the 3-year lasting SMART Myanmar project (financed by the European Commission) commences its activities This project is amongst the very first international pro-jects in Myanmar and is dedicated to strengthen Myanmar’s national chamber of textile in-dustry.

In spring 2013, sequa publishes its image brochures after a comprehensive face-lifting (for the first time in four languages: German, English, French and Spanish).

In May 2013, sequa has been awarded grant contracts by the European Leonardo-da-Vinci-Programme to support mobility measures for 666 trainees (programmes SINDBAD and TRANSDUAL) as well as 101 trainers (programme move-it). sequa is ranking first in the German Leonardo-da-Vinci-Programme in terms of number of participants.

End of June 2013, sequa’s undertaking “Import Promotion Desk- IPD” terminates its inception phase and becomes operational. IPD’s Consulting Committee agrees to the pilot countries Indonesia, Peru and Egypt as well as to the pilot branches “organic and conventionally produced foods, natural food ingredients, natural ingredients for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics sector, and technical wood.

On July 31st, 2013 Dr. Thomas Michel leaves his position as Deputy Managing Director vacant.

During 2013, sequa purchases comprehensive equipment to improve the education infra-structure of nine TVET centres, a welding centre, and an orthopedic institute in Tunisia. The procurement volume totals up to approx..EUR 5 m which is being financed Germany’s federal foreign office within the framework of the Transformation Partnership Programme with Tunisia.

In October 2013 the very first pilot classes in the field of automotive maintenance commence education according to the principles of Germany’s dual system. For the very first time the trainees have concluded “education & training contracts” with companies.

In autumn 2013, Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and Germany’s Embassy in Tunis announce their intention to prolong the programme “Transformation Partnership with Tunisia” by one further year until end of 2014.

On October 1st, 2013 the project “K to 12 plus” begins. For the first time AHK, Afos-Stiftung / BKU, DIHK, GIZ, sequa and Sparkassenstiftung run a project jointly. The project’s being financed by BMZ until December 2016.

In 2013, on sequa’s website an interactive worldmap has been integrated.

On November 21st, 2013 sequa’s shareholders agree unanimously on „Guidelines of Cooperation between sequa and its shareholders“. It is the joint target of all shareholders to efficiently organise and perform private sector’s contributions to international development cooperation.

 In 2013 sequa reports revenues of EUR 26.1 m. On December 31, 2013 sequa employs 43 staff members (33 permanent / 10 temporary).


From 2012 until 2013 the Federal Foreign Office provides 10 Mio. EUR for the “Employment Pact Tunisia” as well as for the educational partnerships “welding and joining technology” and “orthopedic technology“ as part of its Transformation Partnership Programme. Among the institutions partici-pating in the implementation of the project are amongst others the Saarland chamber of crafts of the Saarland, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the Institution for Vocational Training of the Bavarian Employers' Associations, the Goethe-Institute, the Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International and human study e.V..

As of March, 1, 2012 Dr. Thomas Michel (GIZ) is appointed supports as sequa's in the position as deputy managing director the company.

In May, sequa's introduces a new organisational structure plan changes in which so-called client groups replace the old customer areas. have been abolished eliminated and the client group have benn new implemented.

In June 1, 2012, the National Agency of the European Union approves grants from the EU mobility programme “Leonardo da Vinci” for 380 trainees in the sequa programme Sindbad/Transdual. Simul-taneously, sequa launches the new mobility programme for VET professionals "move it" (Mobility of Vocational & Educational Institutions and Trainers).

In autumn 2012 there are personnel changes in the Board of Directors: Dr. Eisenblätter (GIZ), Mary Richter (GIZ) and Tanja Nackmayr (BDA) have retired and are succeeded by Dr. Lena Behmenburg (BDA), Tanja Gönner, GIZ (Deputy Chairman) und Joachim Prey (GIZ).

On October 1, 2012, sequa starts the BMZ-funded project "Import Promotion Desk (IPD)“. The purpose of IPD, which is conducted in close cooperation with the partner Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V. (BGA), Germany is the promotion of imports from development and transition countries to Germany.

On November 26, 2012, Gudrun Kopp, parliamentary state secretary to the Federal Minister for Eco-nomic Corporation and Development, awards the BMZ innovation prize to the company Börlind, se-qua's partner in the programme, for particularly successfull development corporation between the private sector and civil society in its VET project in Mali.

In 2012 sequa reports revenues of EUR 20.3 m. On December 31, 2012, sequa employs 44 staff members (37 permanent / 7 temporary).


On February 9, 2011, Federal Minister Niebel invites high-ranking representatives of the private sector, chamber and business associations and politics to a formal ceremony on the occasion of the company’s 20th anniversary.  Speeches are also made by Undersecretary of State, Gudrun Kopp, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Martin Wansleben, deputy Chairman of the Board, Dr. Bernd Eisenblätter, ZDH’s Secretary General, Holger Schwannecke, Member of the Board, Oliver Wieck, founding Managing Director, Walter Kiefer, and the company’s current Managing Director Gebhard Weiss.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and sequa commissioned a study to look into the sustainability of projects financed under the BMZ Partnership Programme for Chambers and Business Associations with the result that BMZ Partnership Programme has proved to be an effective instrument of development cooperation.

On September 08, 2011, sequa invites its employees, partners and clients to a networking event on the river Rhine under the motto “20 years sequa in motion”.

On October 27, 2011, sequa´s "Smart Cebu" project team is awarded a prize honouring the best project presentation in the frame of the European Commision´s Switch Asia regional conference.

In 2011 sequa reports revenues of EUR 17 m. On December 31, 2011, sequa employs 44 staff members (35 permanent / 9 temporary).


In January the members of the Board of Directors are: Dr. Martin Wansleben (DIHK, Chairman), Dr. Axel Nitschke (DIHK), Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz (HK Hamburg), Holger Schwannecke (ZDH, Deputy Chairman), Dr. Rainer Neumann (ZDH), Dr. Ortwin Weltrich (HWK Cologne), Dr. Carsten Kreklau (BDI), Oliver Wieck (BDI), Tabea Kölbl (BDA) and Tanja Nackmayr (BDA).

On June 7, 2010, with retroactive effect on January 1, 2010, the Shareholders Assembly approves a capital increase and the emission of new shares to be acquired by GIZ as well as, the revised Articles of Association. The Trade Register Bonn officially notifies the modifications on July 7, 2010. Germany`s top-4 business ssociations hold 51% of the shares (DIHK and ZDH with 17% each, BDA and BDI with 8.5% each). GIZ holds 49% of the shares. On July 8, 2010 the modifications are notified by the Trade Register Bonn.

On November 8, 2010, sequa`s Shareholders´ Assembly establishes a Board of Directors based on the revised Articles of Association. Members of the Board are: Dr. M. Wansleben (DIHK, Chairman), Dr. B. Eisenblätter (GIZ, Deputy Chairman), H. Schwannecke (ZDH), Prof. H-J. Schmidt-Trenz (HK Hamburg), Dr. O. Weltrich (HWK Cologne), C. Richter (GIZ), M. Schäfer (GIZ), O. Wieck (BDI), T. Nackmayer (BDA).

With a total of 3 projects in Bangladesh, Philippines and Vietnam, sequa is one of the most represented institutions in the SWITCH Asia Programme initiated by the European Union.

sequa signs its 100th contract in December 2010 for a sewage project of Lausitzer Klärtechnik GmbH (LKT) "Know-how and technology transfer for sustainable water and wastewater management in Peru".

In 2010 sequa reports revenues of EUR 15 m. On December 31, 2010, sequa employs 40 staff members.


In January the newly designed image brochures are distributed to clients and partners. After nearly 10 years the new edition is highly overdue.

On February 15, the revised launches its first call for proposals. sequa is exclusively responsible for the topic "Vocational education, Training and Qualification". In the calendar year 2009 a total of four contests of ideas are performed, each lasting 6 weeks.

In March sequa successfully passes an audit according to the standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 and is awarded a conformity certificate issued by CERTQUA. 

In May the mobility programme SESAM/ODYSSEUS comes to an end. SESAM has been conducted since 1992 as a free-mover-programme for post-graduates from IHKs and Hwks.

In June sequa's first participant in the new ERASMUS-for-Young-Entrepreneurs Programme signs his grant contract with sequa. 

In November sequa's Shareholders Assembly unanimously elects the new members of the Board effective on January 1, 2010, and with a mandate of three years until Dec 31, 2012. In 2009 Dr. Wilbert (Hwk Koblenz) and Mr. Kemper (BDI) have retire. Furthermore, Mr. Schleyer resigns his mandate after 18 years of continuous membership to the Board. The new members are: Dr. Martin Wansleben (DIHK), Dr. Axel Nitschke (DIHK), Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg-Schmidt-Trenz (HK Hamburg), Holger Schwannecke (ZDH), Dr. Rainer Neumann (ZDH), Dr. Ortwin Weltrich (Hwk zu Köln), Dr. Carsten Kreklau (BDI), Oliver Wieck (BDI), Tabea Kölbel (BDA) und Tanja Nackmayr (BDA).

sequa reports revenues of EUR 11 m and employs 31 staff members.


In February sequa successfully passes a quality management audit according to the standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 and is awarded a conformity certificate issued by CERTQUA.

In April the private sector development project in St. Lucia -  funded by the EC - commences. At this point in time it is sequa's biggest EC-project, ever.

In November the "social dialogue in the new EU accession countries" funded by the Federal German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs expires. At this stage the only federal ministry sequa collaborates with is the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

In 2008 the following members of the board resign: Dr. Claudia Wörmann (BDI), Dr. Dörffler (IHK for Munich and Upper Bavaria). They are replaced by Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz (HK Hamburg) and Oliver Wieck (BDI).

sequa reports revenues of EUR 12.0 m. and employs 33 staff members at year end. A third of sequa's budget is covered by business operations with the European Commission.


In January, the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Innovation terminates its programme "Qualification Partnership South-Eastern-Europe".

In February, CERTQUA successfully audits sequa according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 standard.

In August, the EC grants the funds for 160 apprenticeships for craftpersons in Europe under the SESAM Programme. Because of SESAM's success sequa commences the preparation of the ODYSSEUS-programme which is dedicated to young professionals with IHK-certificates.

In September, sequa relaunches its new homepage.

In December, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) terminates funding for the exchange programme "Poland-Czech Repubic Hungary". sequa designes "SINDBAD" as a successor programme  and prepares its application in the Leonardo-da-Vinci-Programe in February 2008.

In December, sequa countersigns its largest contract with the EU so far. For 3 years, sequa will take care of private sector development on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

At the end of December, sequa reports revenues of EUR 12.9 m. and a staff of 31.


In January,  the Federation of German Industries (BDI) becomes sequa`s 4th shareholder. The following organisations are now shareholders: DIHK and ZDH (1/3 each), BDA and BDI (1/6 each). The company's name is changed to sequa gGmbH. The company is also permitted to use the name affixes "Partner of German Business" and The non-profit service organisation of the German Chambers and Employers' Associations".

Also in January, sequa successfully passed the re-certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality management standard.

In March, the company's Privacy Statement has been made available on the website.

At the end of December, sequa reports revenues of EUR 12.6 m. and a staff of 30.


In July, Gebhard Weiss succeeds Markus Pilgrim as Managing Director.

In August, the IT network system as well as corresponding data protection procedures are updated. All safety precautions regulating the access to premises and data processing systems have been re-designed.

In October, the Board of Directors adopts a new corporate strategy.

In October, the shareholders' assembly adopts a capital increase and the emission fo new shares to be acquired by BDI; it becomes effective in Januar 2006.  

In December, the company's quality management manual is updated. The company commences a paperless-office process. The co-operation with the European Commission proves to be successful. In terms of revenues sequa`s  EU-funded projects have tripled within a period of two years.


BMZ evaluates both its BMO Partnership Programme and sequa as implementing agency. The evaluation confirms that the partnership programme is an effective instrument of private sector promotion with significant future potential. 

The company's revenues from the European Commission have doubled versus 2003.

Foro Latino – an internet platform for the exchange of information and experience between sequa's partnership projects in Latin America –  is launched as a new service for Latin American BMOs.

The Robert Bosch Foundation awards a first project to the company: „Training as a jumb-start basis for the vocational qualification of Romanian orphans".

In November, sequa relocates to Alexanderstrasse in Bonn.


The first project award from the World Bank Group: Drafting of a manual with "Guidelines for the development and implementation of projects promoting Business Membership Organisations (BMOs)". The international Finance Corporation (IFC) will use the manual for internal staff training. 

German Ministry for Economics and Labour (BMWA) entrusts sequa with the overall coordination of the programme "Promoting the Social Dialogue in EU-accession countries". 7 German organisations under the leadership of sequa's shareholder BDA cooperate with 10 employers' associations in 10 EU-accession countries.

The ZDH partnership programme "Asia", one of the most important and successful projects coordinated by sequa, reaches the end of its schedule. Over a period of 13 years the project has cooperated with about 80 BMOs in the region. 


In September, sequa`s quality management system is certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2000. 

In December, the PPP-Team concludes the 20th PPP contract. The list of PPP-projects comprises a wide range of countries and subjects from HIV/AIDS-prevention in South Africa, the introduction of ecological apiculture in Mexico to the qualification of welding technicians in Vietnam.

A two-days workshop is organised in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 25 participants from 6 Latin American countries exchange BMO partnership experience. 


The Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, honours Uzbek Business Women Association with an UN-donated award for sustainable self-help projects by working women. German partner was the regional Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses based in Mainz. 

sequa concludes its 1st PPP contract with the mechanical engineering firm Haas GmbH of Dreibach/Westerwald.  Supported by grants from the PPP Programme Haas enters into a joint venture in Brazil.

Andreas W. from Suhl in Thuringia is the first participant of SESAM in an Eastern European country.  Participant No. 436 within the European mobility programme for craftspeople (SESAM), he starts a 6-months practical training in an orthopaedic workshop in Jurmala, Latvia.

Revenues total up to DEM 24 million. The number of staff increases to 19 Bonn-based employees and 20 expats who managed a portfolio of some 80 projects.


Change starts in people's minds: Funded by the BMBF, some 7,500 trainers, teachers and entrepreneurs from Eastern Europe have hitherto participated in technical training or business courses offered by German chambers, associations and training centres. 

sequa wins an expert placement tender issued by the European Foundation for Vocational Training (ETF).

The Nepali partnership projects of the Mainz Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses as well as of the German Confederation of  Skilled Crafts (ZDH) are presented at the EXPO in Hannover.


sequa becomes BMZ's first implementation agency to start a major project in Cuba. In cooperation with the Dortmund Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses, sequa reforms vocational education in the field of car mechanics. 


The German Federal Foundation for the Environment (Bundesstiftung Umwelt) funds a project operated by sequa. The scope of work includes  environmental consultancy of textile companies in the Czech Republic and Poland.

BMZ issues a formal Guideline for BMO Partnership Programme, that means the programme has left its pilot phase behind. 

sequa receives funds from the European PHARE Programme dedicated to developing social partner structures in Latvia.

Dr. Markus Pilgrim succeeds Dr. Ludwig Veltmann as Managing Director.


For the first time, sequa wins a tender issued by the Deutsche Ausgleichbank (DtA), the German federal government's bank for business founders and SMEs, for the consultancy of Slovak companies in the fields of quality management and export promotion.


Revenues exceed DEM 20 m.


The Otto Wolff Foundation, a private foundation,  commences collaboration with sequa. Young professionals who undergo practical training in a European country except Germany may apply for financial fundings from the new SAMIS Programme. Ulrike H. is the first to complete a 11-months practical training as a cook in a restaurant in Champagne, France.

HQ relocates to Mozartstraße in Bonn. 


 In January, the Confederation of German Employers' Association (BDA) becomes the company's 3rd shareholder.   

Annual turnover exeed the DEM 10 m. threshold.

Managing Director Walter Kiefer retires after 40 active years in international development cooperation. Dr. Ludwig Veltmann becomes his successor. 


In January, 15 trainers from vocational schools in Poland visit the Hannover Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses to gather information about the organisation of vocational education in Germany. This is the first BMBF-funded project implemented by sequa thait is dedicated to support VET reforms in Central and Eastern Europe.   

Heiko Wäsch is the company's first long-term expatriate. His assignment is to coordinate the ZDH Partnership Programme in Southeast Asia.


Carpenter Bernd S. from the Würzburg Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses region is the first participant in the SESAM programme, the new European mobility programme for craftspeople. He does an internship in Caen, France.  


On September 23, 1991, the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) found sequa as joint organisation of the German private sector dedicated to coordinating the sector's contributions to international development cooperation. 

Walter Kiefer becomes the company's first managing director. The temporary offices are located in the attic of the "Kuratorium der Deutschen Wirtschaft für Berufsbildung" building in Bonn.

The company's first project is a BMO partnership project between the Kiel Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Industry in Danzig, Poland. The project is funded by BMZ.


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