friedrich30 is a network weaver.
Politically – strategically – economically
friedrich30 is a network weaver.
Politically – strategically – economically
friedrich30 is the core of a network of representatives from politics and business. At a national as well as international level, the non-partisan enterprise brings people with different political background together. These people are representatives of the federal or state governments, various parliaments, authorities and companies. friedrich30 comprises two business units: Lobbying & Security and Business Development. friedrich30 assists companies in safeguarding their interests in relation to politics in Europe, Berlin and Germany’s federal states.
Companies are subject to manifold risks. friedrich30 compiles situation assessments and analyzes risks as a basis for evaluations and decisions. Our Business Development unit assists entrepreneurs in selling to the public domain and accessing new areas of business. We are distinguished by our business perspective and work in various economic sectors. friedrich30 has locations in Berlin and Mainz.
What is the meaning of the name? Everybody knows Friedrichstraße in Berlin. It is located amidst the capital’s governmental institutions – at the core of friedrich30’s political work. In addition, the firm was founded at Friedrichsstraße 30 in Mainz – so the name is a connecting element. friedrich30 emerged from Warnemünde Consulting GmbH. Today, Sebastian Warnemünde and Fritz Rudolf Körper run the company.
friedrich30 advocates the political interests of businesses. Companies continuously have to face new challenges due to changes in framework conditions. For example, there might be political changes to the detriment of a company. Or maybe the company wishes to play an active role in the development of market design by submitting legal proposals?
Enterprises are subject to risks. These are of global scope and related to the actions of governments, cyber security, and destructive opinion making. On top of that, there is the dependency on infrastructure. Nobody can afford comprehensive protection from all these risks. friedrich30 analyzes potential threats and assists enterprises in focusing on the greatest risk potentials and in assessing their likelihood of occurrence.
Examples from the range of our activities: One of our clients in the security industry wants to acquire further qualifications and certifications in order to enhance his position as a reliable partner in the field of security. To achieve this aim, he first has to develop content-related positioning and an appropriate implementation strategy. Ultimately, he needs to present proposals for solutions that are capable of winning a majority. friedrich30 implements the strategy, makes appointments and conducts negotiations.
friedrich30 operates internationally and also does business in countries in which the political conditions are difficult, and/or the security situation is unstable. Because of this, analyzing political balances of power and economic structures is crucial. From which circles does power really emanate? What is the true economic situation of a counterpart? An assessment of framework conditions is of fundamental importance for decisions on investments and contracts. friedrich30 offers strategic consulting, assists in analysis and compiles reports as a basis for decision-making.
Another example: Our client’s business model is threatened by illegal suppliers. Instruments for the more stringent enforcement of existing laws have to be developed. Closer attention from the political sphere needs to be drawn to the situation. friedrich30 develops substantive position statements and the necessary strategies. These are implemented in a goal-oriented manner, with an eye on deadlines and follow-ups.
friedrich30 assists clients who lack contacts – in Germany as well as internationally – creates market access and augments the sales strategy for expansion. Our main focus is the mediation of political contacts, but we also connect clients in the spheres of business and institutions. To do this successfully, we rely on our large national and international network and broad experience. friedrich30 offers consultancy in the development of business plans and support in their operative implementation. We assist in selling to the public domain, in the positioning of new products and the exploitation of markets.
One client, for example, developed a new tool for emergency communication. friedrich30 is helping to market this through targeted appointments in the public domain and with corporate groups. What distinguishes our work is that we are also involved in further developing this tool. We already arranged initial meetings at specialist level with target customers during the product’s beta phase. The findings from these meetings could then directly benefit further product development.
When a federal authority accepts a bid for the development and procurement of a new software solution, information needs to be exchanged beforehand. friedrich30 develops the communication strategy and offers strategic and operative support during the bidding process.
Another example: A client in the security industry offers products and solutions for the physical protection of critical infrastructure. Here, increased attention has to be drawn to the issue and his service to encourage higher investments in this area. friedrich30 develops the strategy, identifies potential clients and accompanies the entire procurement and sales process.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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“Well-informed can only be he who receives well-researched information. Researching, checking, truth and truthfulness, but also linguistic accurateness and seriousness help people, products and also ideas and targets, to get where they belong: to the top!”
Marc Kayser spent his childhood and teenage years in Potsdam, working at a shipping company in Rostock, but soon came ashore again. In his mid-twenties he went to study at the Bavarian School of Public Policy in Munich, followed by a position as editor at the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the years after that he worked as a publisher, interviewer and author for DIE ZEIT, the Financial Times and Die Weltwoche in Zurich. For nearly 10 years March Kayser was, as a consultant and editor-in-chief, part of the managing team of two sociopolitical talk shows of the ARD (Consortium of public broadcasters in the Federal Republic of Germany). In media trainings he prepared top-ranking representatives of business as well as politicians for their public appearances in different media formats. He developed formats for bookmpublications and film productions and published various books of fiction and non-fiction. His recently published book deals with Russia’s current view on the German-Russian relations.
Marc Kayser loves spending free hours on lakes or by the sea, at the cinema, with his family, or in his private study overlooking the forests surrounding the Berlin Wannsee Lake.
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