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The Team

The AFRIKA KOMMT! program is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the partner companies.

Dennis Mutschler-Neumann

Senior Project Manager

I have joined the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in 2009 and hold an MA degree in Political Science. After studying, I conducted the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) Postgraduate Program on international cooperation. At GIZ, I  have recently headed projects on International Climate Finance in Bonn and served as Project Manager for strategic marketing in Frankfurt am Main and Kiev.

I have grown up in Southern and Eastern Africa and feel truly connected to the region. I strive to steer AFRIKA KOMMT! sustainably through a dynamic and volatile environment.


Team members from here on in alphabetical order.

Phyllis Chege

Advisor Partner Companies, Marketing
+49 (0)211 8689 138

‘Africa is rising’ for me goes beyond being just a maxim or popular rhetoric – I have seen it, I have lived it and I am IT. This is why I am passionate about raising up young African change makers through AFRIKA KOMMT!

When not at work, you will likely find me on my bike cycling to an unknown destination or with a backpack, on a train or plane, on the way to exploring a distant new land!

Philipp Kracht

Fellow Administration
+49 (0)228 4460 2082

The concept of AFRIKA KOMMT! has deeply impressed me from the very first moment. Now that I am part of it, I will do all I can to maximize the positive impact that the fellows have on their home countries and on the relationship between Germany and the African continent.

I spend all my free time with my little family, discovering the nature around Bonn on our bikes and live the small adventures. Apart from that, my passion is meeting people from all over the world and learn from their perspective.

Alfons Lutter

Fellow Administration
+49 (0)211 8689 175

Every year when AFRIKA KOMMT! starts I am really looking forward to the new candidates.

Carola Ritzenhoff

Advisor Marketing and Alumni network
+49 (0)211 8689 112

Getting to know people and connecting them with each other excites me – and the great feeling when ideas, courage and change come out of that. That’s also where my joy in communication and networking comes from. Especially here at AFRIKA KOMMT!

Susann Tischendorf

Advisor Partner Companies and Operations
+49 (0)211 8689 210

I am an International Development Professional passionate about creating positive change. Before joining AFRIKA KOMMT!, I worked for the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and GIZ in the area of sustainable private sector development, among others in several African countries.

In my free time you can find me exploring my new surrounding in Düsseldorf with my little dog Easy and photo camera, running near the water, or simply having joyful conversations with family and friends from near and far – often while drinking a good hot chocolate.