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Representing our clients’ political, economic and strategic interests is our core business at friedrich30*. The members of our team of experts have their professional backgrounds in politics, business, association work and the security sector. We have in-depth knowledge of governmental structures, notably of the decision-making process at federal and state level. As a lobbying firm, we forge links between business and political decision-makers. friedrich30 paves the way for a smooth marketing of your products.
We help with exploiting new business segments and sound out feasibility at business and government level. Our firm initiates corporate contacts with political players.
We are aware of the requirements of ministries and government authorities and place products and solutions for our clients.
Our security specialists gather information and strengthen defenses against criminal machinations.
Our communication experts provide support with reputation management and image enhancement. They reinforce a positive public perception of our clients.
friedrich30 has offices in Berlin, Brussels and Mainz. We are well positioned nationally as well as internationally.
Our specialists are renowned for their expertise, detailed specialist knowledge and a network that reaches far into sociopolitical and economic structures. We consistently and tenaciously represent the interests of our business clients to political decision-makers at federal, state and European Union level.
For friedrich30, advising and promoting the sustainable economy in the areas of nutrition, food and agriculture is of great importance.
friedrich30 supports corporations during procurement procedures and provides consulting for tender preparation.
friedrich30 creates access to domestic and international markets. This is facilitated by our excellent network of contacts with decision-makers at federal and state level as well as domestic and international companies and organizations.
For business clients, friedrich30 is also able to provide services with regard to countries in difficult political circumstances and volatile security situations. We supply comprehensive strategic consulting for your international activities, prepare bases for sound decision-making and put our contacts in the respective countries to use.
Security within the public sphere, in business and at government level is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Companies, their owners, executive board members and employees in sensitive positions of responsibility are prone to a great diversity of risks.
Our specialists elucidate, and analyze and develop strategies for a defense against criminal machinations. Our team operates nationally as well as internationally, profiting from a wealth of experience in politics, business and the various segments of the security sector.
Each and every business is only as good as its public perception. The messages it sends, its positioning strategies and its image are crucial to business success. With its communication experts, friedrich30 helps to enhance positive perception, ensure a focus on expertise and create a convincing public positioning of a company’s leaders.
friedrich30 provides consulting for public appearances and supplies its clients with information from executive and legislative circles, business and the various segments of the security sector.
“The grain of sand in the oyster ... a minor alteration can have major consequences.” This is how Sebastian defines his ideal of political work. Communication needs to be developed on the basis of prior understanding and analysis.
At the end of the day, a decision-maker has to be moved to take action – to sign a contract or to agree to a position. In short, people need to be convinced, and majorities have to be created. Sebastian is an expert of political communication.
He took a degree program in political science in Mainz and Berlin and wrote his thesis in New York. Alongside his studies, he trained as a tabloid journalist with private media network Sat 1 and worked for a political program with government broadcasting station ZDF. Ever since then, he has known what it is that turns information into news and constitutes a message: how to tell a story to make someone listen, how to provoke the listener and truly trigger something in him, and how to motivate him to take action.
After graduating in 2000, Sebastian initially worked for financial information provider Bloomberg in Frankfurt and London as a producer of daily live broadcasts. He then embarked on a career in private enterprise and pursued sales and lobbying on behalf of consulting firms. In his work, politicians have always been valuable network partners and have often served as a door opener.
Sebastian founded friedrich30 in 2007.
In his spare time, he likes to go hunting in the area around Mainz. Sebastian is committed to the reconciliation of interests and the redressing of balance between man and nature in the heavily strained Rhine-Main metropolitan area.
Former Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior
“When in doubt, attack” describes his attitude to tackling challenges. Don’t react, act. Always try to stay on top of the game. He focuses on contacts, achieving majorities, balancing interests, motivating and gaining supporters, interpretational jurisdiction and information advantages.
After studying theology (“We church people really understand money”), he was a member of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Parliament for 11 years and a member of the Budget and Internal Affairs Committee. In local politics, Fritz Rudolf served as First Alderman (voluntary office) as a representative of the Mayor in his home municipality Meisenheim. In 1990, he became a Member of the German Parliament and was the domestic affairs spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group from 1994 to 1998. Following the German parliamentary election in 1998, Fritz Rudolf was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of the Interior (Otto Schily) within the Federal Government led by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
After the end of the Schröder government, Fritz Rudolf also left the Federal Government. From 2005 - 2009, he served as Deputy Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group and was responsible for the areas Interior, Justice, Culture, Media and Sports among other topics. In 2009, he became a member of the Defence Committee and the Parliamentary Control Committee, among other positions. Körper left the German Parliament in 2013 and joined the company. In 2014, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Innovation Center on Public Security at Fraunhofer Fokus in Berlin.
In his spare time, he takes care of his leased country pub “Zum Radler” in his home village Rehborn on the trolley route along the Glan. The networker Fritz Rudolf Körper brings people together here, too.
Former President of the BND
“To recognize correlations and to get to the bottom of subject matters – that’s the basis for successful action. Drawing conclusions from facts and information is an important prerequisite for making the right decisions.”
After passing his school leaving examination, Gerhard Schindler trained as a lone fighter with the paratroopers in the town of Lebach/Saar. This training and subsequent service as a reserve officer have a lasting effect on him to date. After he took a degree in jurisprudence at the university at Saarbrücken, Gerhard initially worked for the Bundesgrenzschutz (Federal Border Guard), the predecessor of today’s Bundespolizei (Federal Police Force). This was followed by a position as the head of an observation department at the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (The Domestic Intelligence Service).
In 1989, he was appointed head of the budget department at Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior. The next ports of call in his professional career were: constant representative of the head of the central department, head of the special administrative department “Moderner Staat – Moderne Verwaltung” (modern state, modern administration) and head of the newly founded subdivision “Terrorismusbekämpfung” (counterterrorism). These were important steps on the way to the position of a ministerial director and head of the department of public security.
As of 2008, Gerhard Schindler was responsible for security legislation and the coordination of the fight against terrorism, organized crime and cyber-attacks. He was also in charge of the subject-specific supervision of the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA – Federal Criminal Office) and the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV).
At the beginning of 2012, Gerhard was appointed president of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND – Federal Intelligence Service). This exceptional task is characterized by the global procurement of information, educational work in crisis areas as well as the analysis and evaluation of information – occasionally procured in unconventional ways.
Since he retired from his office in the middle of 2016, he has been enjoying jogging during his spare time, relaxing with a good book and doing journalistic work.
"He who has no heart for his soldiers may accomplish all sorts of things, but he cannot lead them. The way someone deals with the power of leadership reveals his character, his inner freedom and responsibility, as well as the often concealed values and goals of life. "
In almost 45 years of service, Hans-Lothar Domröse experienced a classic troop-leader career: from leadership at the lowest level of the platoon to company, battalion, brigade, division, corps and up to the highest level of command as 4-star general in command of the NATO Joint Command in Brunssum/Netherlands.
After graduating from high school in 1973, he followed in his father's footsteps and was drafted as an officer candidate of the mechanized infantry regiment in Braunschweig. After completing his studies in economics in Hamburg, he was employed by the troops in many different ways.
From 1984 to 1986, Domröse successfully completed a general staff course at the Management Academy of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg. This was followed by several assignments alternating between Ministry, NATO, Federal Chancellery and troops. In the NATO missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan he was deployed as Chief of Staff, in Bosnia and Herzegovina as "Head of Election Support Team" for the first free elections in 1996.
In March 2016, Hans-Lothar Domröse was solemnly bid farewell to his retirement with a traditional military tattoo ceremony.
Since July 2019, Domröse – with his immense experience – has been supporting the team of friedrich30 and is a welcome guest at security policy panel discussions. In his Lower Saxony home Oldenburg he keeps himself active and fit to strengthen body and mind.
Former employee of the Federal Chancellor's Office
“Commitment and assertiveness are just as important as process and subject matter expertise when it comes to the supporting and steering of administrative and political processes. To know the right paths and to analyze the facts correctly, this guarantees success.”
After his A-levels, Günter Heiß studied music for five years, finishing with a degree specializing on piano in 1975. Having subsequently completed a law degree course, he worked for four years as a judge at an administrative court and then changed to the Ministry of the Interior of the federal state of Niedersachsen in 1987. Having held several different posts as civil servant and after his appointment to Assistant Head of Department he took over the running of the Unit Emergency Management and Fire Safety.
In 2003 he was appointed Head of the Ministerial Department for Civil Protection, after which he changed to the Office for the Protection of the Federal State (Landesamt) in Niedersachsen in 2007, presiding over it for two years. In December 2009, the Federal Chancellor’s Office summoned him as Head of the Ministry Department and coordinator for the national intelligence services. At that time, he was the central point and interface for all intelligence activity of the federal Republic of Germany and was considered a reliable anchor to the Federal Chancellor’s Office in all questions of national security. Günter Heiß retired in September 2017. He has been with friedrich30 since November 2018 and supports the team with his manifold experience relating to security policy.
Günter Heiß, born in Helmstedt, plays the piano in his free time, publishes music and theatre re-views in daily newspapers and goes to the opera. His favorite composers are Bach, Beethoven und Wagner.
Head of the Berlin Office
“Decisions are the result of weighing the interests and positions of various parties. Confidence is the basis of politics. Confidence arises from an attitude characterized by reliability, decency and the courage to think differently.”
After graduating with master’s degrees in history, law and political science at Philipps-Universität in Marburg and administrative sciences at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, he worked in different areas and on different topics: for the highest competent regional authorities (State Chancellery, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture), PR firms, as a research spokesman for a parliamentary group and as a research assistant for a politician. He also established the Berlin headquarters of an association in the agricultural sector and managed it for several years before joining friedrich30.
Alexander Schulz has found his political home in the CDU local federation Schönhauser Allee in Prenzlauer Berg. According to his motto “plus ultra,” he takes great interest in good books, fine wines and bicycle racing – preferably around Lüdenscheid in the green hills of his homeland Sauerland.
“We meet each other at eye level and with respect. An honest but firm point of view and the right message to transport it, this is how you create trust and achieve results.”
Kristin Karnbach is a qualified journalist specializing in economics and politics. She also completed a master's degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. While studying and following, she worked for various German daily newspapers and online media as well as in the European Parliament. Ms. Karnbach then developed the political work of an international non-governmental organization and led it, first from Brussels, then from Berlin for more than six years. Ms. Karnbach is currently living in Brussels.
She likes to spend her free time in nature with diving, reads good crime novels or visits art exhibitions, preferably surrealism.
“Likeable and genuine in your dealings with others, sober and honest in contemplation, and determined in the matter: These are the pillars of a professional business relationship.”
Henning Radtke, a former navy officer, most recently led an expert team in the area of security policy at a renowned institute in west Hamburg. As a child and teenager, Scandinavian countries as well as the multicultural city of Brussels left an imprint on him. Henning Radtke later studied political sciences at the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität in Hamburg and obtained a master’s degree in security studies in London. As an officer for press work and public relations, Henning Radtke was able to gain experience in Afghanistan before he moved on to work for an international organization in the area of strategic communication for more than six years. In his work for friedrich30, he can build on his experience of over a decade in multinational work environments.
In his leisure time he plays badminton or indulges in classic card games such as skat in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying good talks with friends.
Undersecretary ret. (Ministerialrat a. D.)
“No-one needs to be afraid of the Internet. It is true that the extensive threats in cyberspace are continually increasing, affecting not only companies and government bodies but also our private environment. This means we have to work the harder to make our lives safer.”
Friedhelm Theis studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces and graduated in 1978, after which he served as an officer in the German military. In 1990 Friedhelm Theis changed to the headquarters of Deutsche Telekom where he headed the department Information Management. That same year he was also the responsible managing director in the founding process of a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary. In the context of the company’s industrial cooperation with the Armed Forces, Friedhelm Theis built up the division Defence and Security at the telecommunications group from 1999. In the early 2000s he took on additional responsibility, managing the international Defence and Security Division in Brussels. His expertise is in digital forensics, monitoring of telecommunications, and cryptanalysis.
In his leisure time Friedhelm Theis likes to be active and keeps himself fit with running and mountainbiking.
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