Katja Trappe-Willms


Katja Trappe-Willms (she/her/hers) is a trained lawyer and certified mediator with 15 years of professional experience in development cooperation specializing in Governance, Justice Sector Reform, Civil Society support, conflict prevention and decentralization.

She started her career as in-house legal counsel at Treuhandliegenschaftsgesellschaft in Rostock, a state-owned real estate company dealing with privatization of former state-owned land in East-Germany after German Reunification.

From 2004 until 2008 she lived for four years in Manila in the Philippines working for German development cooperation (GIZ) responsible for a PPP-project on Social Standards for suppliers of German retailers.

Since 2009 she has been working for GFA Consulting Group, a development consulting firm based in Hamburg, as Portfolio Manager responsible for the management and acquisition of donor-funded Governance projects in Sub-Sahara Africa. She has acquired special expertise in managing multi-stakeholder processes. She was e.g. for the last three years Project Director of an EU-funded Technical Assistance to strengthen the African Human Rights System working with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court, the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Pan-African Parliament. Other projects focused on capacity-building at ministries in African countries which frequently includes drafting of policies that take into account different gender perspectives. In addition various projects focus on objectives of feminist foreign policy such as involving women in decision-making and peace negotiations or the fight against sexual violence or education of women and girls.

She is a German native speaker and speaks English, French and Spanish.

She is a board member of Zonta Club Hamburg.