Johannes Lagemann and Hans Jahnke establish GFA (Gesellschaft für Agrarprojekte in Übersee) with the first office in Hamburg-Duvenstedt.
First contract for a long-term project with the EU in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso); first projects carried out in Mauritania and Senegal for the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ). Bernhard Riggers joins the company as director of finance.
Christoph Schaefer-Kehnert (today a managing director of the company) goes on his first short-term mission for GFA Agrar in Sudan.
GFA Infrastruktur und Umweltschutz is founded in Bonn. On its tenth year anniversary the GFA Group consists of: GFA Agrar, GFA LUB, GFA Agritec, GFA International Management Consulting and GFA Umwelt.
The GFA Bonn office is opened by Günter Schmidt. GFA becomes the General Agent of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (BML) for technical cooperation in the agricultural sector in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. The future managing director of GFA Consulting Group, Klaus Altemeier, takes over management of GFA International Management Consulting. GFA opens an office in Jakarta, Indonesia.
GFA Mitarbeiter Beteiligungsgesellschaft (employees’ shareholder company) is founded and purchases a ten-per cent share in GFA Agrar. It currently holds over six per cent in GFA Holding AG. GFA opens an office in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Company founder Johannes Lagemann withdraws from operational management and becomes chairman of GFA Holding AG.GFA SysCom is founded. GFA Holding AG merges with Luso Consult, Hamburg. Heiko Weißleder becomes managing director of GFA Medica. The new company headquarters in Hamburg-Volksdorf are completed. The workspace accommodates around 120 employees of GFA Holding, GFA Terra Systems, GFA Management, GFA Medica and GFA SysCom.
At the end of the year, GFA demerges from GFA Umwelt, headquartered in Bonn. The remaining shareholders rename the company GFI Umwelt.
GFA Terra Systems, GFA Management and GFA Medica are merged into GFA Consulting Group as regional and technical departments. GFA Consulting Group is managed by Klaus Altemeier, Johannes Lagemann, Christoph Schaefer-Kehnert and Günter Schmidt.
B.I.S. Business Intelligence Systems, today GFA B.I.S., is founded with headquarters in Bonn.
Heiko Weißleder becomes managing director along with Klaus Altemeier and Christoph Schaefer-Kehnert. Günter Schmidt retires as managing director. Founder Johannes Lagemann and Maria Lagemann withdraw from day-to-day business. As part of a management buyout the HASPA BGM becomes minority stakeholder in GFA. GFA moves its Bonn office to Berlin. GFA establishes the new department Labor Market & Human Resources Development (today Education, Skills & Employment).
GFA Certification GmbH is founded with headquarters in Hamburg. Next to the GFA main building a new office block is built. GFA ENVEST GmbH is integrated into GFA as Compentence Center for Climate & Energy.
Heat GmbH, Königstein is a new company of GFA Consulting Group.
GFA is co-founder of Cotton Expert House Africa gGmbH. About 1,500 employes are working for GFA Consulting Group worldwide.