About GABF

A Private Think Tank

The Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF) is a private think tank whose goal is to strengthen investment ties between Germany and Africa.

Founded in 2017 as a “private for privates”, the GABF encourages German investors to consider the African continent as a profitable and important investment destination. Through a series of initiatives, the GABF draws together African business and political leaders with Germany’s preeminent companies and investors to develop fresh investment concepts that shape German and African business ties, as well as economic thought.

Our international team, based in Berlin and Johannesburg, works as an advocacy organization that supports institutions and corporates to enhance their partnerships and expand their businesses in Africa.

Within our network, we develop innovative concepts to strengthen the African cause in Germany.

The GABF Team

Sebastian Wagner

Executive Chair at Germany Africa Business Forum e. V. (GABF)

Sebastian Wagner is the co-founder of Germany Africa Business Forum e. V. For more than 10 years, Sebastian Wagner has been deeply engaged in the economic development of the African continent, which led him from Germany to Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. His professional experience spans the local African as well as the international financial markets, including employers such as ADC African Development Corporation. Sebastian Wagner has volunteered as a consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Grow Movement.

Jessica Stang

Community Manger at Germany Africa Business Forum e. V.

Jessica Stang is the Community Manager of Germany Africa Business Forum e. V. In addition to pursuing a master’s degree in Urban Studies at the Technical University of Berlin, Jessica Stang has a high level of international expertise through work and life experiences in countries such as Rwanda, Namibia, and Portugal. Jessica Stang gained her qualifications and know-how in project and event management, consulting, scientific research, and agile methods during her professional engagement at the Landesstiftung Miteinander in Hessen and Nordlicht Management Consultants.

Tatjana Ilina

Communication Coordinator at Germany Africa Business Forum e. V.

Tatjana Ilina is the Communication Coordinator of Germany Africa Business Forum e. V. Besides completing her master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Tatjana Ilina has gained international work and research experience in Namibia, France, and Ukraine. Her work experience includes internships at the NGO Women’s Action for Development (WAD) in Namibia and at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (GIZ) in Ukraine and Eschborn, where she acquired relevant expertise in the areas of project and knowledge management, international development cooperation, peace education, mediation, and event management.