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.
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.
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. 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 seven 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.
B.I.S. Business Intelligence Systems, today GFA B.I.S., is founded with headquarters in Bonn.
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.
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 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 the GFA Group.
GFA becomes a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC).
GFA signs the letter of intent to officially become a member of the Make-IT Alliance, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
GFA Climate & Infrastructure (Pty.) Limited is founded with headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa.