The Political Section
Political relations between Germany and Kenya are of importance to all sections in the Embassy; they are being coordinated by Ambassador Margit Hellwig-Boette and Political Counsellor Friedo Sielemann.
This includes the dialogue with the Kenyan government and opposition as well as the handling of questions of principle of Kenyan domestic and foreign policy.
Another important aspect is the contact to various corporate groups such as associations, churches and non-governmental organizations.
Main focus of work is the observation and the support of questions concerning human rights, democratization of the Kenyan society and humanitarian aid.
The German Embassy Nairobi is a so-called Regional Embassy, i. e. next to its host country Kenya, political relations are also being kept with Somalia and the Seychelles.
The Ambassador is also the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to UNEP and UN-HABITAT which are based in Nairobi.
Officer for Somalia: Dr. David Krivanek
Officer for UNEP and UN-HABITAT: Corinna Enders
The Economic Section
The Economic Section's main object is the promotion and support of German-Kenyan economic and trade relations as well as observing the overall economic situation.
Head of Section: Bernhard Dresbach
This department coordinates the Kenyan-German Development Cooperation. Our central function is the official dialogue with the Kenyan government, especially the coordination of programmes in the focal areas of Health, Water, Private Sector Development in Agriculture and Good Governance as well as coordination with other international development partners in Kenya.
Head of Department: Lars Wilke
The Cultural Section
The Cultural Section of the Embassy coordinates all intermediary organizations such as Goethe-Institute and German Academic Exchange Service DAAD. With financial means from the German Foreign Office, it conducts its own cultural projects.
Head of Section: Andrea Sasse
Culture, Sports and Education
The Press Section
The Press Section is responsible for the public relations of the Embassy. It is in close contact with the Kenyan press and the German journalists accredited in Nairobi. It analyses the Kenyan press and gives an account of the development in the Kenyan press as well as different streamings in the public opinion to the Foreign Office.
Head of Section: Andrea Sasse
Media and Press
The Consular Section
The main task of the Consular Section is to assist German citizens in Kenya who are in need of help or judicial advice. It is the link to all competent German authorities and is also able to mediate with the Kenyan authorities.
Furthermore, the Consular Section is the contact for all Kenyans living in its administrative district who intend to travel to Germany and thus need a visa.
Head of Section: Sandra Littfass
All about Visa
The Defence Attaché Section
The Defence Attaché Section consists of the Defence Attaché and his assistant. The section represents the German Ministry of Defence to the Kenyan Ministry of Defence.
The Defence Attaché advises the ambassador in all questions of security and defence policy as well as military issues with regard to Kenya. He is also notified to Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.
In his additional function as Attaché for military technology and industry he supports the German defence industry with contacts to the ministries of the host countries.
Additional information is provided on the homepage of the Ministry of Defence.
Head of Section: Lt Col Manfred Hoengesberg
The Regional Medical Office
The Regional Medical Office of the German Foreign Ministry for East and South-East Africa is based at the German Embassy in Nairobi.
A full-time qualified medical physician and a medical laboratory technician operate the medical office during weekdays.
Medical consultations including vaccinations are available on appointment for all EU-citizens.
Head: Dr. med. Gerhard Boecken
Medical Laboratory Technician: Simone Stier
The Administrative Section
The Administrative Section is in charge of human resources, finance, building management and general services, i. e.
- responsibility for more than 50 personnel, about half of them foreign based; the rest is employed locally
- budget planning, accounting, billing and payment services
- management of two buildings, the so-called chancery, where the offices are located, and the ambassador's residence
- procurement, stocking and distribution of office and IT material, access control, security, communication, transportation and mail room services
Head of Section: Barbara Peterlechner
Please be advised that as a rule no interns are accepted locally.