About APA

The Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) voices the concerns of German business to policy-makers in Germany and the Asia-Pacific region. It is the most important German forum for the formulation and discussion of Asia-Pacific-related economic and political interests concerning German and Asian business interests.

The objective of the APA is to intensify co-operation with the Asia-Pacific countries and to foster mutual trade and investment. As global economic challenges and the economic importance of Asia-Pacific are increasing, APA’s mission is to shape the future in changing times, together with Asia, based on the principles of partnership, equal opportunity and sustainable development.

The APA is a joint initiative and umbrella organization of leading business federations – the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Banks (Bankenverband). The APA bundels the economic concerns of German business active in the Asia-Pacific region. CEOs and owners of major German companies as well as medium-sized businesses with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region support the APA. Also the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) in Asia-Pacific contribute business experience gained in the region to the APA activities.

In addition to the manifold activities of its sponsor organizations, the APA’s involvement extends to top level business summits, visits to Germany of Asian government representatives and of German politicians to Asia. The APA’s main event is the bi-annual Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business, co-organized with the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Since February 2014 Dr. Hubert Lienhard, Member of the Shareholders' Committee and the Supervisory Board, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA, has been Chairman of the APA. The Chaiman is advised and supported by the APA Board.

APA Chairman

© Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Dr. Hubert Lienhard

Member of the Shareholders' Committee and the Supervisory Board
Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

APA Board Members

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Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser

Chair of the Supervisory Board
Claas KGaA mbH

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Hans-Georg Frey

Chief Executive Officer
Jungheinrich AG


Heiko Hutmacher

Member of the Management Board and Labor Director

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Cedrik Neike

Member of the Managing Board
Siemens AG

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Michael Reuther

Member of the Board of Managing Directors
Commerzbank AG

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Jan Rinnert

Chairman of the Board of Management
Heraeus Holding GmbH

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Dirk Sänger

Managing Partner
C. Melchers GmbH & Co. KG

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Dr. Axel Schweizer

Chief Executive Officer
ALBA Group plc & Co. KG

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Werner Steinmüller

CEO Asia Pacific
Deutsche Bank AG


Prof. Dr. Axel Stepken

Chairman of the Board of Management

BDI DIHK OAV BGA bankenverband