Who we are

Wings of Help / Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V. ...

based at Frankfurt Airport spreads its wings worldwide to help people in need. The areas of responsibility are the immediate care of needy children and families after natural and humanitarian catastrophes as well as the transport of medical emergencies from all over the world for medical treatment to Germany.

In addition to numerous aid projects worldwide, including in Haiti / Pakistan (earthquake), Myanmar / Indonesia / Japan (tsunami), Syria / Iraq / Greece (refugees) and Mozambique (current cyclone disasters) Wings of Help / Aviation without Borders e.V. builds for Children and adolescents computer schools, such as in Myanmar, Nepal, Puerto Rico and Kurdistan. Our credo: Education is the sustainable basis of young generations who receive new perspectives and opportunities via electronic media and thus have access to the rest of the world.

Our organization, founded in 2003, works together with airlines, logistics companies and a large number of renowned German and globally engaged companies. In the 16 years since its founding, we have quickly and non-bureaucratically delivered supplies, food and much-needed pharmaceuticals worth more than 120 million euros and a volume of more than 6,000 tons to needy people on every continent. This is done on site in cooperation with local and global aid organizations.

Wings of Help / Aviation without Borders e.V. as a charitable recognized aid organization issues donation receipts to its supporters.

Our Team

Managing Director

Frank Franke


Journalist and author | Legends Wings of Help Award 2018 | Former editor-in-chief on Hessischer Rundfunk | Vice-President ASF International  | Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany | WACS Humanitarian Award 2012

Marie-Luise Thüne

Vice-President & General secretary Aviation sans Frontières

actress | playwright | Medal of Merit Rhineland-Palatinate 2015 | Ehrensache SWR 2010

Dr. Ulf Merbold

Honorary President

Astronaut & Cosmonaut | 1983 – 2nd German in space | first German with 3 space flights Mission STS 9 Space Lab 1, shuttle flight | Later as the only one 3 times in space: Missions STS 42 Shuttle Flight- Spacelab & Mir 94 – 32 days on the Mir Station | 1984: Federal Cross…

Executive Board

RA Henning Koch

Chief Financial Officer


Rolf Geyer

coopted Chief Financial Officer

Former manager of a large “Sparkassenbank” branch in Frankfurt | since 2018 Carrier | Federal Cross of Merit | Silver honorary pin of the EKHN

RA Bernhard Hau


Attorney-at-law | founder and partner of a corporate law firm in Frankfurt/Main

Werner Claasen

Media & PR

With Werner Claasen, Wings of Help has more than four decades of intensive experience in corporate communications.

Guido Holz

TV and Film

TV producer | Owner of Timeline TV | German Human Rights Film Award 2014 | Robert Geisendörfer Film Award 2015

Angelika Franke

Chief Logistics Officer

Logistics expert for special and special transports | film editor | Chief Financial Officer Animal Welfare

Felix Groh

Head of Operations

Diploma in Business Administration and logistics expert

additional members

Christian Poppe, founding member and co-opted board member, Hans-Joachim Sauer, lawyer, Dr. med. Markus Schmitt

Our team at the Frankfurt headquarters

Jasmin Lopes Batista

Office assistance

Office communication clerk

Kerstin Fritsch

Assistant to the Board

Tobias Seidel

Office management

Management Assistant for Office Communication | aircraft handling

Celeste Warner-Heymann

International Relations

Council of trustees


Jürgen Harrer (Chairman)

Eckhard Zanger (Co-Chairman)

Bruno Gantenbrink

Silke Kadach

Ulf Köper

Marina Noble

Christian Poppe

Michael Roll

Claudia Ströhlein

Johannes Winter

Anton Wüstefeld

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