About us

At 140 locations in 92 countries around the world, the members of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) offer their experience, connections and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries which are of special interest for German companies.

Close ties to Germany

  • AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German companies with building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries.
  • The umbrella organization of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs.
  • Furthermore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strengthens the link from AHKs to business and markets.
  • The AHKs are partially funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Three Pillars

AHKs fulfill three main tasks on their locations. These are:

Official Representation of German Companies

AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as business location.

Member Organizations

AHKs are member organizations for companies actively involved in the bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations.

Service Providers to Companies

Under the brand “DEinternational” AHKs provide services to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.

The Chamber advises and informs German companies and organizations with regard to the Irish economy as well as Irish companies and organizations with regard to the German economy. The trademark "DEinternational" provides Services to members all across the globe. 

Mission statement

The German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce is part of a global network of German Chambers in 80 countries whose guiding principle is bilateralism. We are a membership organisation and our mission is trade facilitation between Germany and Ireland. We assist companies in their search for new business opportunities and business partners in both countries.

We are a Chamber of Commerce and consultancy, reputable membership organisation as well as competent professional service provider.

Quality is our business

In order to meet the requirements of our clients, we offer a range of products and services focused specifically on three core areas of activity.

  • member interests
  • bilateral business relations
  • customer services
As part of the global network of bi-national German Chambers of Commerce abroad, all our work practices are carried out strictly in accordance with the Quality Management System based on DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015 laid down in our Quality Management manual. The objective of our Quality Management System is to guarantee that all aspects of our operations uniformly conform to the maximum possible standard.
Client orientation

Our client orientation is based on the following guiding principles:

  • Our services meet the requirements and expectations of our clients in all respects in so far as these are economically feasible, comply with the law and do not contravene the rules of the Chamber
  • We continuously monitor the quality of our services and products using client satisfaction as the yardstick for the quality of our work
  • We motivate our staff. The quality of their work guarantees our organisation's success in fulfilling our clients' requirements.

 

 

Executive Board

Patron

H.E. Deike Potzel, Deutsche Botschafterin in Irland

President

Sheamus Causer (Irisch)

Vice-President

Dr. oec. Wolfgang Häfele (Deutsch), Dussmann Group 

Councillors

Philip Daly (Irish), LK Shields

Eddie Goodwin (Irish), Enterprise Ireland

Frank Heisterkamp (German), CRH Plc.

Frank Mee (Irish), Allianz Care Ltd

Gisbert Kügler (German), Ornua Deutschland GmbH

Ralf Lissek (German), Deutsch-Irische Industrie- und Handelskammer

Gary O'Callaghan  (Irish), Siemens Ltd.

Patrick McGrath (Irish), Miele Ireland Ltd.

Derek Collins (Irish), Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking

Liam Ryan (Irish), SAP Ireland Ltd.

Werner Schwanberg (German), SFGS - Schwanberg Financial Governance Services

John Glennon (Irish), RSM Ireland 

Jonathan Hackett (Irish), Botany Weaving Mill Ltd.

Declan Bolger (Irish), Canada Life Europe

Company Secretary

Andreas Fagin (German), Deutsch-Irische Industrie- und Handelskammer

Founded in 1980 in order to promote bilateral trade and investment between Germany and Ireland, the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce has become an Organisation whose 350 member companies from various industries benefit from the services and network.

It is our objective to best represent your economic and political interests in Ireland and Germany.