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The full name of the Senior Experten Service (SES) is the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation). Senior Experts have left their professional lives behind them, and they help people to help themselves - abroad and in Germany.

The SES has its headquarters in Bonn, while fourteen offices in Germany and more than 140 representatives worldwide maintain contact with industry and with the Senior Experts.

The SES GmbH, a non-profit limited company, was founded in 1986 by the Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the Federation of German Industries (BDI), and the Carl Duisberg Advisory Board (Carl-Duisberg-Förderkreis e.V.). These bodies were later joined by the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA).

Since January 2003 the SES GmbH has been backing the SES Foundation, which was founded by the former SES shareholders: the BDA, BDI, DIHK and ZDH. They all transferred their shares in the SES GmbH to the new Foundation, which has remained as the sole shareholder of the SES ever since.