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Management of Messe Karlsruhe

Our management introduces itself

We are responsible for one of southern Germany’s leading event locations. And we all share a common goal: to create successful events where people network, exchange knowledge, discover new things or simply enjoy themselves. Whether we serve as an organizer of trade fairs and conventions or as a host for external organizers, our customers and guests are always at the centre of our work. We want our exhibitors, visitors and partners to be successful and to feel at home with us. See for yourself at an event in Karlsruhe: we are professional hosts with heart and soul.

The whole world is our guest

Situated in the immediate vicinity of France and Switzerland, Karlsruhe is at the heart of Europe - there are many ways to get here. Connected to one of the world’s fastest data highways, Karlsruhe is digitally and analogically networked and closely connected to the entire planet. Messe Karlsruhe is internationally present with its foreign representatives.

↳ Our foreign representatives

↳ Further international cooperation partners


Britta Wirtz, Managing director

"It is a daily fulfilling task to be a participant on the interface where supply meets demand, whether in the form of innovative products, knowledge or cultural performances. I am fascinated by the dynamics of these extraordinarily diverse and constantly evolving markets. At Messe Karlsruhe, we are proud to be actively involved in shaping the economic and cultural life of the city of Karlsruhe."

Britta Wirtz, CEO

T +49 721 3720-2102
E britta.wirtz@messe-karlsruhe.de

Members of the Management

Beate Frères, Head of Division Exhibitions and Conventions

"We develop qualitative and valuable indoor and outdoor trade fairs in the respective specific markets. Our motivation is thematic with exhibting companies, visitor target groups, associations and partners to create a meeting place and a sales platform that shows current topics and challenges in a solution-oriented manner. Our primary goal is customers focus"

Beate Frères, Director Market Area II

T +49 721 3720-5121
E beate.freres@messe-karlsruhe.de

Birgit Fiehn,Head of Executive Division Management and legal matters

"To successfully advance the future of Messe Karlsruhe, to be able to help shape something: that’s what drives me. It is great that we are part of one of the most innovative regions in Europe."

Birgit Fiehn, Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs

T +49 721 3720 2103
E birgit.fiehn@messe-karlsruhe.de

Oliver Brück, ppa., Authorised Signatory

"For me, the basis for successful events is an excellent service orientation through personal customer relationships with lean structures, combined with decision-making processes that are speedy, uncomplicated and solution-oriented. In addition, the modern infrastructure of our campus and the economic strength of our surroundings offer the best framework conditions"

Oliver Brück, ppa., Director Guest Events, Services, Facility Management & Infrastructure

T +49 721 3720-5180
E oliver.brueck@messe-karlsruhe.de

Holger Klanfer, Head of Division Congress & Cultural Events

"For me, conventions are an incredibly exciting event format because new ideas always emerge. Together with our team, I do everything I can to guarantee that Messe Karlsruhe creates the right framework for innovations. Karlsruhe itself offers the ideal location for this."

Holger Klanfer, Director Congress & Cultural Events

T +49 721 3720-2130
E holger.klanfer@messe-karlsruhe.de

Maren Mehlis, Head of Division Communication

"For me, personal contacts and trust are the basis for successful communication. Being a contact person means being approachable. That’s exactly what we live for at Messe Karlsruhe."

Maren Mehlis, Director Communication

T +49 721 3720-2340
E maren.mehlis@messe-karlsruhe.de

Tim Böttiger, Head of Division Digital

Tim Böttiger, Director Digital Division

T +49 721 3720-2105
E tim.boettiger@messe-karlsruhe.de

Eva Apenberg-Großmann, ppa., Authorised Signatory

„We have been growing for many years. We are expanding our company – sustainably, reliably and responsibly. Continuous investment in competitive infrastructures will further increase our profitability.“

Eva Apenberg-Großmann, ppa., Director Finance and Controlling

T +49 721 3720-2200
E eva.apenberg-grossmann@messe-karlsruhe.de

Brigitte Emmerich, Head of Department Human Resources

„Services can only be as good as the people behind them. This goal can best be achieved in an attractive working environment.”

Brigitte Emmerich, Head of HR

T +49 721 3720-2111
E brigitte.emmerich@messe-karlsruhe.de

Messe Karlsruhe is international

We are part of the Trinational Upper Rhine Metropolitan Region, which extends from the Southern Palatinate via parts of Baden and Alsace to north-western Switzerland. All these factors comprise ideal conditions for Messe Karlsruhe as a location for international trade fairs and conventions.

For more than ten years, IT-TRANS, the International Conference and Trade Fair for IT trends and innovations for public transport, has brought together guests from over 60 countries around the world. In the education sector, LEARNTEC, the international trade fair and convention, is an annual meeting place for digital-learning experts from over 15 nations. And art KARLSRUHE, the international fair for classic modern and contemporary art, annually attracts over 50,000 art lovers to the trade fair campus.

International visitors and exhibitors at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre
International visitors and exhibitors at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre

Contacts all over the world

Our foreign representatives are on site to provide the best possible service for our international guests, visitors, exhibitors and journalists. We support you in all matters relating to your participation in the fair and your stay at Messe Karlsruhe.

Our service includes:

  • Advice and support for your participation in the trade fair
  • Individual support for exhibitors and visitors
  • Processing of ticket purchases and catalogue orders
  • Information on affordable travel and accommodation options, as well as supporting programmes for tourists

Our foreign representatives

We cultivate our international contacts and networks through our presence abroad. The following foreign representatives are at your disposal as competent contact partners:

Representative for Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg)

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August De Boeckstraat 25
9120 Beveren-Waas

Ms Krist'l Daelman

T +32 3 766 1199
F +32 3 766 4390
E kris@exposervice.be
W www.exposervice.be

Representatives for France

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19 rue de Poissy
78100 Saint Germain en Laye

Ms Pascale Canova Menke

T +33 (0) 139 6201 11
F +33 (0) 970 0682 33
E p.canovamenke@promo-intex.com


41 route du Mont-Dore, Theix
63122 Saint-Genès-Champanelle

Ms Sophie Baranowski

M +33 (0) 6 82 07 70 01
E sb.sofexpo@gmail.com
W www.sofexpo.com

Representative for India

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Let’s bridge IT (Bangalore) Pvt. Ltd.

MCCIA Trade Tower
ICC Complex, 403 A
A-Wing, Ground Floor
Senapati Bapat Road
Pune (Maharastra) – 411016

Ms Iris Becker

T +91 88 056 36 004
M +91 95 039 4 66 11
E ibecker@lets-bridge-it.com
W www.lets-bridge-it.com

Representative for Italy

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German-Italian Chamber of Commerce

Via Gustavo Fara 26
20124 Milano

Ms Sabrina Messina

T +39 02 398009 62
F +39 02 398009 195
E s.messina@ahk.it
W www.deinternational.it

Representative for Austria

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Deutsche Handelskammer in Österreich

Schwarzenbergplatz 5 Top 3/1
1030 Wien

Mr Ulrich Schlick

T +43 1 545 14 17 37
F +43 1 545 14 17 937
E ulrich.schlick@dhk.at
W www.dhk.at

Representative for Poland

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Fair Support & Service

ul. Gibalskiego 21
01-190 Warszawa

Mr Krzysztof Karaś

T +48 22 620 71 98
F +48 22 245 43 42
E karas@eurotargi.com
W www.eurotargi.com

Representative for Portugal

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German-Portuguese Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Avenida Sidónio Pais,
379 4100-468 Porto

Ms Anna Lisa Löcke

T +351 226 061 566
F +351 226 003789
E anna-loecke@ccila-portugal.com
W www.ahk.de/portugal

Representative for the Czech Republic

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Naveletrh s.r.o.
U Parního mlýna 1290/6
170 00 PRAHA 7
Czech Republic

Ms Lenka Výborná

T +420 605 404 691
E info@naveletrh.cz
W www.naveletrh.cz

Representative for Turkey

Turkey flag

Feustel Fairs & Travel

Kemeraltı Cad. No:27 Kitapçıbaşı İş Merkezi Kat:4
34425 Karaköy-İstanbul

Mr Emre Yardımcı

T +90 (212) 245 9600
F +90 (212) 245 9605
E emre.yardimci@feustelfairs.com.tr
W www.feustelfairs.com.tr

Representative for Hungary

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German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Lövőház u. 3
1024 Budapest

Ms Ilona Balogh

T + 36 1 3457 631
F + 36 1 3457 661
E balogh@ahkungarn.hu
W www.duihk.hu

Further international cooperation partners

An alphabetical overview of our international cooperation partners can be found below:

Cooperation partner Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

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German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Suurtüki 4 B
10133 Tallinn

Ms Maren Diale-Schellschmidt

T +372 6276 940
F +372 6276 950
E info@ahk-balt.org
W www.ahk-balt.org

Cooperation partner China

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Beijing Heliview Int’l Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Room 1602, Anfu Tower,
No. 1 Nanfang Zhuang, Fengtai District
Beijing 100079

Ms Jie Song (Suki)

T +86 10 6762 0925
F +86 10 6766 3025
E fair@heliview.cn
W www.heliview.cn

Cooperation partner Denmark

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DEinternational Denmark ApS

Kongens Nytorv 26, 3.
1050 København K

Ms Ninna Suhr Poulsen

T +45 33 41 10 45
F +45 33 32 10 38
E nsp@handelskammer.dk
W www.deinternational.dk

Cooperation partner Finland

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Saksan Messut Oy

Deutsch-Finnische Handelskammer e.V.
Mikonkatu 25
00100 Helsinki

Ms Sonja Malin

T +358 9 6122 1223
F +358 9 642 859
E sonja.malin@dfhk.fi
W www.dfhk.fi

Postal address:
P.O. Box 83
00101 Helsinki

Cooperation partner Slovakia

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German-Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Namestie SNP 13
811 06 Bratislava 1

Ms Adriana Petesová

T +421-2-2085 0627
F +421-2-2085 0632
E petesova@dsihk.sk

Do you have any questions about our foreign representatives? Our contact person is there for you:

Jochen Georg
Head of Internationalization, Consultant Public Mobility Projects
Jochen Georg
T: +49 721 3720-5140
F: +49 721 3720-99-5140

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