GFA HISTORY

1982

Johannes Lagemann and Hans Jahnke establish GFA (Gesellschaft für Agrarprojekte in Übersee) with the first office in Hamburg-Duvenstedt.

1985

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.

1986

Christoph Schaefer-Kehnert (today a managing director of the company) goes on his first short-term mission for GFA Agrar in Sudan.

GFA Agrar moves to new offices in Hamburg-Volksdorf.

1989

GFA’s official name is shortened to “Gesellschaft für Agrarprojekte”.

1990

The Social Forestry Development Project (SFDP) is launched in West Kalimantan, Indonesia; it continues until late 2002. GFA LUB is founded in the spring of 1990. GFA Agritec is founded in Frankfurt, Main. GFA International Management Consulting is founded in Hamburg.

1992

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.

1993

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.

1996

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.

1997

GFA Medica International Health Consulting is founded in Munich.

1998

GFA LUB becomes GFA Holding GmbH and later in the same year GFA Holding AG.

2000

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.

2001

At the end of the year, GFA demerges from GFA Umwelt, headquartered in Bonn. The remaining shareholders rename the company GFI Umwelt.

2002

B.I.S. Business Intelligence Systems, today GFA B.I.S., is founded with headquarters in Bonn.

2005

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.

2006

GFA Envest is founded. GFA establishes the new Water and Sanitation department.

2007

GFA Consulting Group celebrates its 25th anniversary with a record turnover of € 53 million.

2009

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).

2009

GFA Public is founded with headquarters in Berlin.

2011

The departments Europe and Maghreb merge to the new department EMENA.

2013

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.

2014

HASPA BGM exit initiated. Gradual exit over a period of five years until 2019. GFA sells GFA Public to its managing directors. GFA Entec AG and Projekt-Consult GmbH are new companies of GFA Consulting Group. GFA establishes the Public Finance Management department.

2016

Heat GmbH, Königstein is a new company of GFA Consulting Group.

2017

GFA is co-founder of Cotton Expert House Africa gGmbH. About 1,500 employes are working for GFA Consulting Group worldwide.

2018

GFA establishes the Governance department.
GFA becomes a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC).
GFA signes the letter of intent to officially becomes a member of the Make-IT Alliance, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).