I’m Thomas Brandt

General Manager of the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
BORN:

16th June 1966 in Hamburg

Email:

thomas.brandt@malaysia.ahk.de

Phone:

+6 03 9235 1800/10

For many years the Economist has been actively providing consultation to small and medium-sized companies with regard to market entry strategies into the Asian markets. The consultation areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, market surveys, joint venture negotiations using market access facilitation techniques, conferences, seminars, workshops, and various match-making initiatives as well as training workshops for clients/partners.

Extensive experience in the Event- and Project Management business was accumulated through years of assuming leading roles in a number of large projects, e.g. EUProjects, Techno German Exhibitions and managing entrepreneurial as well as high-ranking official delegations to many countries in the Asian region.

Thomas Brandt is an author of five books, three of them having achieved bestseller status: “Business in Indonesia – The Cultural Key to Success”, “Asia in Those Days” and “China in Those Days”. His evening shows were held around the globe and have attracted a large number of participants. He is a recognized speaker at symposia, workshops and seminars on doing business in Asia, especially on intercultural topics. He also has a passion for Green Technology and Renewable Energies.

Education

1986 – 1992

Macroeconomics studies in Hamburg

Work Experience

1988 – 1993

Attached to the Hamburg Institute of Research of Economics, (HWWA), contract work alongside academic course

1994 – 2001
  • Posted as Delegate by the German Chambers of Commerce & Industry at the German-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Head of Market Research and Public Relations Department
2001 – 2005

Deputy General Manager with the MalaysianGerman Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Head of “German Business Pool”

2005 – 2018

Geschäftsführer of the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (MGCC)

2019 – Present

General Manager (stellvertretender Geschäftsführer) of the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry/AHK Malaysia

July 2019

Brandt was congratulated for his 25th Jubiläum (anniversary) for serving 25 years in the system of the foreign chambers by the DIHK in Berlin

Memberships & Other

Member of various Asian-German Friendship Associations

Books

2008

Thomas Brandt’s masterpiece “China in Those Days” was published before the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. Brandt solidified his position as a specialist on China and Overseas Chinese with his fourth volume having achieved bestseller status prior to its first print run. It was partnered and preordered by over 75 well-known corporations from China, Chinese overseas entrepreneurs in countries in SEA as well as partners in Europe.

2011

Publication of “Asia in Those Days” after a seven-year research period. 70% of the printed circulations were preordered before print. Among the official partners and supporters of the book were Citibank, Nokia, several Dutch corporations and the whole German elite of multinational corporations, e.g. Siemens, Deutsche Bank, DaimlerChrysler, Schenker, Lufthansa, BASF, Beiersdorf, Schering, amongst others.

1993

Publication of a managerial handbook with the support of 25 European, Australian and American multinationals and institutions (embassies and associations). Title:” Business in Indonesia – The Cultural Key to success”

1994

Due to the success of the aforesaid book published originally in the German language, it was translated into English and was launched by the Minister of Culture in Indonesia in a TV show

1996

Publication of the book “AsiaComic”.

Hobbies

Sport

(badminton, jogging, golf)

A few years of professional badminton playing and coaching.

Reading

Traveling

Snooker

Speaker and Moderator at Events/Workshops

Overall close to 150 presentations on topics regarding management and the Asian markets, were conducted in Germany, Europe and Asia. Ministries, Associations & Business Clubs, Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Enterprises organized these events

Brandt is a well-known and recognized speaker at symposia, workshops and seminars in Asia. For several years he conducted CTRE training on various history topics for the Kuala Lumpur Tour Guide Association.

*** Organization of in-house intercultural seminars upon request ***