About Us

The Foreign Council On Economic Relations was reestablished in 2021 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization for economic diplomacy.

We are committed to open markets, functioning competition, and fairness of opportunity and performance in the world.

Together with our partners, we engage foreign diplomats with German institutions, politics, associations, and the private sector to accelerate trade, foreign direct investment, and prosperity across the globe.

Our Work

Briefings and Meetings

Our regular diplomatic briefings provide first-hand background information and help foreign diplomats track, analyze and understand economic and political developments in Germany.

The briefings take place in English (currently held as video conferences).

Trade and Foreign Direct Investment

We help leading German companies to shortcut their global growth journey by using our international network to access and build their reputation directly with key decision-makers across the public sector and top-tier enterprises from around the world.

Political Dialogue

As a founding and executive board member of the Alliance of Associations, we shape the German political dialogue on domestic, European, and global economic policy.

The Diplomatic Weekly

The Diplomatic Weekly is a specialized news agency exclusively for foreign embassies that supports foreign government bodies track and analyze economic and political developments in Germany.

Since April 2021 the Diplomatic Weekly is now part of the Foreign Council On Economic Relations.

Steering Committee

Dr. Nazar Al Baharna


– President, Foreign Council On Economic Relations (2019 – Present)
– Board Member, Borgen Project (2012 – Present)
– President, Federal Business Associations of Germany and the Gulf Cooperation Council (2016 – 2019)
– State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain (2006 – 2011)
– Chairman, Labor Fund, Bahrain (2006 – 2011)
– Deputy Chairman, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2005-2006)

Maximilian Hoffmann

Chairman & Secretary-General

– Secretary-General, Foreign Council On Economic Relations (2019 – Present)
– Chairman, The Diplomatic Weekly (2019 – Present)
– Deputy-Spokesperson of the Executive Board, Alliance of Associations (2020 – Present)
– Secretary-General, Federal Business Associations of Germany and the Gulf Cooperation Council (2016 – 2019)
– Chairman, German Partner (2017 – 2018)
– Member of the Board of Directors, Federal Association of German Business in Ukraine (2008 – 2016)

Alexander Kulitz

– Member, German Bundestag, FDP
– Member of the Executive Board, China Brücke (2020 – Present)
– Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag (2018 – Present)
– Deputy Chairman, Parliamentary Group for Relations with the ASEAN States German Bundestag (2018 – Present)
– Federal Chairman, Junior Chamber of Commerce Germany WJD (2017 – 2018)

Torben Michael Theis

– Political Adviser (2013 – Present)
– Federal Deputy Secretary-General, CDU, Junge Union Germany  (2007 – 2013)
– Deputy Secretary-General, Junge Union, CDU Hessen (2006)
– Personal Adviser to Helge Braun MP, German Bundestag (2004-2005)

Matthias Bannas

– Director Communications, Federal Association of the Service Industry (2010 – Present)
– Chairman Berlin/Brandenburg, Federal Association of Communicators BdKom (2016 – 2020)


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