Maximilian Hardegg has been a Supervisory Board Member at ERSTE Foundation since 2004. He graduated with an engineering degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Weihenstephan, Germany. He spent two years honing his financial expertise at Vienna AWT Trade and Finance Corporation. Then he went back to manage the family estate, which consists of farmland, vineyards, a pig breeding unit and landscape creations, as well as a training centre for land users. In 1997, he started to publish his own newsletter (Hardegg Info) and founded Agrardialog, a platform for modern day farming. From 2009 to 2014, he was a Board Member at Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft (German Agricultural Association), European Landowners’ Organisation, and Friends of the Countryside, and has also been President of the latter since 2012 . Since 2002, he is Member of the Supervisory Board of Ceska Sporitelna a.s., since 2015 also of Erste Group Bank AG.