Nicola Michels

Executive VP

Nicola is Executive VP and works closely with Jack Rosenbloom and Stefan Peikert in running the daily business of AHP International Inc. Nicola holds both the U.S. and the German Citizenship. As Senior Manager she is also part of the leadership team of AHPI in the German headquarter.

Nicola is a seasoned economic development professional with over 20 years of experience spanning three continents. She started out her career in South Africa as a Trade Association Executive in Cape Town representing 750 German, Austrian and Swiss companies as well as the Leipzig Trade Show in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nicola then spent 15 years in the United States working for the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York City. With 7 offices and 2,500 member companies the German American Chamber network is the largest in the worldwide chamber system of 130 locations in 60 countries. In her last role as Vice President she worked in close cooperation with the President & CEO and the Board of Directors, as well as managing the overall representation of the organization toward the media, political and corporate stakeholders. As VP she launched a program for German tech startups exploring the U.S. market, and working in close collaboration with the German Government sponsored German Tech Startup Accelerator. After moving back to Germany in 2016, Nicola Michels founded a consulting firm offering strategic counsel on international expansion and new market entry, with a focus on Europe the U.S. and Africa. She worked with The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on projects in Kenia and Nigeria and also served as European Representative of the State of New Jersey. There she was in charge of organizing the FDI mission of Governor Philip D. Murphy to Germany and subsequently promoting the State of New Jersey as a business location. Before joining AHP International as Senior Manager & Consultant she collaborated with AHPI on numerous projects such as the German Government Market Entry Program (MEP) for German SMEs exploring new markets abroad.

Nicola Michels studied in Germany and the U.K. and holds a Master’s degree in Communication Science. She is a dual German American citizen and fluent in German and English, speaks French and basic Spanish.

Project languages: English and German

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