Emanuel Schiffer (born 1951) began his career as an assistant engineer at Hapag Lloyd, subsequently expanding his technical knowledge at the Wallenius Shipping Line, after which he took a degree at Bremerhaven Polytechnic. He practised his engineering qualifications at sea, before starting a foundation course in economics in Bielefeld.
In 1978 Emanuel Schiffer joined Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft (BLG) as a trainee manager in the Technology Department. From 1981 he was in charge of planning and profitability for operations in Bremerhaven; five years later he changed to the Planning and Scheduling Department.
In 1994 he took over as head of container business, and a year later he was appointed to the BLG Management Board. With the foundation of EUROGATE in 1999, in addition to his membership of the BLG Management Board, Emanuel Schiffer was appointed Joint Chairman of the EUROGATE Group Management Board together with Thomas Eckelmann.