Faculty

The faculty of the ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy comprises of over 100 professionals who have been involved in at least one of the programmes. They come from different backgrounds, like academia, the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and engage in the programmes by taking various roles, such as lecturers, guest speakers, and coaches. This way, they challenge participants with different perspectives and support them in their learning progresses.

Faculty Members

  • László Ágoston
    Kreater
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    László Ágoston

    Kreater

    László is co-founder and CEO of Kreater. He is a sociologist and change-management trainer who is enthusiastic about ideas that can be realized through collaboration
  • Noemi Ambrus Kiry
    Civil Support Nonprofit Ltd.
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    Noemi Ambrus Kiry

    Civil Support Nonprofit Ltd.

    Noémi is a trainer and consultant with more than 15 years of experience in working with non-profit organizations in Hungary, CEE and other countries of the world. She has a teacher’s degree from the Lutheran Theological University Budapest and a master in EU politics from the University Of Pécs Faculty Of Law.The main stages of her career are: being the trainer and East European coordinator of the Olde Vechte Foundation Netherlands with involvement in leadership trainings – this is where her trainership is rooted.For seven years she was the senior trainer and consultant of the Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary doing capacity building, training and consultancy for nonprofit organizations. She also worked for the Mental Disability Advocacy Center as operations director and later fundraising development manager.
  • René Andeßner
    Johannes Kepler University Linz
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    René Andeßner

    Johannes Kepler University Linz

    René Andeßner is Associate Professor at the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Management at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. After his studies in Business Administration (Uni Linz, 1990) he served for one year at the "Institut für Verbands-, Stiftungs- und Genossenschaftsmanagement (VMI)" at Fribourg University/CH.From 1992 to 1995, he worked as a loan auditor in an Upper Austrian regional bank. He has worked at the Johannes Kepler University since 1995, where he was habilitated for Business Administration in 2004. A central focus of his research and teaching is in the area of financing and resource management in and of NPOs. René Andeßner teaches also at various programs in universities and other continuing education institutions, and is volunteer member of the board of several NPOs.
  • Shawn Ardaiz
    Innovation Executive
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    Shawn Ardaiz

    Innovation Executive

    Shawn has dedicated the last 8 years of his career studying, exploring and building business models of the future. He’s spent the past year as an interim Chief Innovation Officer for a startup in SF building a model that helps organizations measure innovation at the intersection of culture and strategy. Prior to that he spent three years as a Sr. Strategist and Partner for a San Francisco based experience and innovation strategy firm, Scansion. There he became an expert at applying design thinking to tackle complex organizational challenges ranging from M&A strategy to executive level supply chain strategy. Prior to his time at Scansion he spent a decade working for two Fortune 500 companies in finance, design, and marketing. He holds a MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts and a BSc. in Operations and Management Information Systems from Santa Clara University.
  • Olivia Baciu
    Partners foundation for local development
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    Olivia Baciu

    Partners foundation for local development

    Olivia Baciu is international development consultant, trainer, and evaluator, having worked in 24 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Americas, Southeastern Asia and Middle East with stakeholders mainly from civil society, public administration and high-level policy representatives. She has substantial expertise in transitional governance and institutional building, in the areas of collaborative governance, multi-stakeholders cooperative change processes, organizational assessment and development, evaluation of development interventions, cooperative strategic planning for non profit and public institutions, cooperative advocacy, and multi-sector coalition and partnership building. Olivia is international development consultant and trainer for Partners Foundation for Local Development, FPDL, and Director of PartnersGlobal, Brussels Office, a network of 18 NGOs from Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle Easy committed to good governance and peace around the globe.In October 2015 she finalized an impact assessment of the Accountable Governance for Justice and Security (Access Nigeria and Sierra Leone) Program financed by the US Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). Since 2003, Ms. Baciu led complex organizational assessment and organizational development processes NGOs, coalitions/ federations from Romania and abroad. She graduated the International Program for Development Evaluation Training organized by the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank and Carleton University in Canada, an extensive one-month executive training program aiming to build skills and to provide managers and practitioners the tools required to evaluate development policies, programs and projects at the local, national, regional and global levels.
  • Christoph Badelt
    WU Vienna

  • Csaba Bakó
    IFUA Nonprofit Partner
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    Csaba Bakó

    IFUA Nonprofit Partner

    Csaba, an economist, has been working as a management consultant for more than 10 years. He used to help governmental organisations and, has been the executive director of IFUA Nonprofit Partner, Hungary for the last 5 years. This NGO was set up as a CSR initiative of a reputable international management consulting firm (Horvath & Partners). IFUA Nonprofit Partner’s mission: solving pressing social problems by making NGOs and their social enterprises more efficient. It uniquely combines business methods and deep nonprofit experience offering consulting projects and trainings in the field of strategy, business planning, controlling, processes, fundraising and IT. Csaba also spent 3 months in the UK at the leading nonprofit training and management consultant firm, called Action Planning. During the last 5 years Csaba has carried out – among others – more than 10 strategic planning projects. He has extended experience in trainings of strategic planning, on local and international level, as well as for small and big clients. Csaba actively uses examples from his works. He is regularly invited to give lectures at the Corvinus University ("Közgáz"), SOTE and other universities.
  • Tamas Barabas
    PILnet Hungary
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    Tamas Barabas

    PILnet Hungary

    Tamas Barabas is a legal officer in PILnet’s Budapest office. He runs PILnet’s Hungarian Pro Bono Clearinghouse and supports pro bono projects in Central and Eastern Europe. His main responsibility is working with NGOs to broker their legal needs with law firms in Hungary and elsewhere.As a student at ELTE University, he specialized in the French legal system (L’Université Paris II) and in Hungarian nonprofit law, and studied communication strategies of religious minorities in inimical social environments. He was awarded a scholarship by the Hungarian Ministry of Telecommunication & Informatics (2004) and earned the second place prize at the White & Case Telecommunication Law Competition (2005).He also spent two years as a coordinator of the ELTE University-based nonprofit clinical legal project. During his studies he gained valuable professional experience at the Municipal Court in Budapest (2005) and various law firms.
  • Josef Baumüller
    Controller Institute, Volkshilfe Österreich
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    Josef Baumüller

    Controller Institute, Volkshilfe Österreich

    Josef Baumüller is currently working both at the Controller Institute in Vienna, where he designs and teaches courses on several management control-related topics, and Volkshilfe Österreich, where he is working as controller with a focus on planning and management reporting duties. Previously, he was employed e.g. at Caritas Österreich, Contrast Management-Consulting, Ernst & Young and the University of Vienna.Josef Baumüller is lecturer at the University of Vienna and on various other academic institutions in Austria. Since 2009, he is engaged in executive education in the fields of accounting and management control. Furthermore, he is the author of several articles and books in his fields of expertise, with a special focus on the specific needs of nonprofit organisations.
  • Werner Binnenstein-Bachstein
    Porticus Vienna
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    Werner Binnenstein-Bachstein

    Porticus Vienna

    Dr. Werner Binnenstein-Bachstein was born in 1969 in Vorarlberg. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration and Social Policy from the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), focusing on economics and social policy. He started his professional career as assistant professor in the Department for Social Policy at the WU Wien. During this period he also directed the NPO-Institute at the WU Wien, in close cooperation with Professor Badelt.In 1999 he joined the Caritas Vienna as socio-political referee to Director Michael Landau. He then briefly headed the Immigrant Aid Department. From 2001-2008 he was head of the Unit for Social Work (Bereich Soziale Arbeit). He is the initiator of the projects "Tanz die Toleranz", ((superar)) and the community art location "brunnen.passage".In March 2013, Dr. Binnenstein-Bachstein joined the international foundation Porticus. As Regional Director he is responsible for activities in the region of South and Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
  • Rastislav Blažej
    Slovak Fundraising Center
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    Rastislav Blažej

    Slovak Fundraising Center

    Rastislav is a Head of Retail Product Management at Slovenská sporiteľňa bank, graduated from Bratislava University of Economics. He started his career with consulting company Accenture focusing on distribution channels in the Czech Republic. He held various positions in retail at VUB bank for a number of years in the field of direct banking and client services as well as product management.
  • Peter Bosek
    Erste Group
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    Peter Bosek

    Erste Group

    Peter is member of the management Board of Erste Group with responsibility for Retail Banking. After Studying Law and obtaining his doctorate in 1993, he was working as a lecturer there the University of Vienna. Between 1996 and 2007, Peter had various executive functions at Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse, in particular in the areas of residential construction, real estate and branches. Since 2015, Peter is a member of the Management Board at Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG.
  • Claudia Brauer
    Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)
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    Claudia Brauer

    Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)

    Claudia Brauer, Dr. is FH-Professor for Business & Management at the MCI Innsbruck. She has been researching in the fields of Internet technologies & developments (Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Mobile Marketing) and the performance measurement of Internet-based business models (Web Analytics, Social Media Analytics and Mobile Analytics) for more than 12 years. She won prizes for her research, e.g. Leopold Kunschak prize and published her research results in different national and international journals and conferences proceedings.In this regard, she teaches at different national and international universities (e.g. Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, WU Wien, MCI Innsbruck). In addition to her researching activities, Claudia Brauer has gained extensive practical experience and consults various companies from different branches (Wiener Sozialdienste, SPAR, Abeking & Rasmussen, Österreichische Controllerinstitut) in the fields of performance measurement of Internet-based activities and internet strategy development.
  • Renate Buber
    WU Vienna
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    Renate Buber

    WU Vienna

    Renate Buber is Professor and deputy head of the Institute of Nonprofit Management at WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and academic director of the Professional MBA-Programme Social Management at the Executive Academy of WU Wien. Her research interests are Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Marketing, Retailing in Museums, and qualitative methodology.Her comprehensive teaching experience stems from numerous courses taught at Austrian Universities as well as at Universities abroad, such as in Bangkok/Thailand, Hanoi/Vietnam, Jogyakarta/Indonesia, Opatija/Croatia, and Gold Coast/Australia. From 2009 to 2014, Renate served as the chair of the equal opportunity´s working group of WU Wien.
  • Erhard Busek
    Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe
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    Erhard Busek

    Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

    Erhard Busek is Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Austria, and member of the Advisory Board of ERSTE Foundation. He was born in Vienna, Austria, on 25 March 1941, and holds a Law doctorate from the University of Vienna. From 1989 to 1994, he was Austrian Minister for Science and Research, from 1994 to 1995 Austrian Minister of Education. In 1991, he became Vice-Chancellor of Austria and Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party – positions which he held until 1995.Further previous positions include: Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, President of the European Forum Alpbach (EFA), and Rector of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Since 2008, Dr. Busek has been the Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, and Chairman of the University Council of the Medical University of Vienna. He is also the Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM). Since 1996, he has been Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI).
  • Nadja Büttner
    trommsdorff + drüner, innovation + marketing consultants
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    Nadja Büttner

    trommsdorff + drüner, innovation + marketing consultants

    Nadja Büttner is consulting strategic and data-analysis-driven innovation & marketing projects in digital for large(r) organizations from automotive & mobility to FMCG at td Berlin. Off the main road, she is a coach and workshop facilitator for human-centred innovation with the network of What Would Harry Do? and accompanies institutions (mainly in the field of education, social, or sustainability) on their future path by applying Design Thinking methods on a regular basis. Nadja studied Design Thinking at the HPI School of Design Thinking in 2011 and has academic backgrounds in innovation & technology management, marketing and psychology. Competences: design thinking, human-centered innovation and design, business model innovation, new business development, innovation management.
  • Klaus Candussi
    Atempo
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    Klaus Candussi

    Atempo

    Klaus Candussi holds master degrees in Musicology from the University of Graz and in Social Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He worked as a journalist for some years and then changed to management positions in different social organisations. Since 2001 he is head of the atempo-gGmbH. as well as lecturer at the Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt and works as a management consultant.
  • Cezar Cherciu
    Graffiti PR
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    Cezar Cherciu

    Graffiti PR

    Cezar has successfully delivered media relations and crisis communication trainings for clients such as EGGER, UniCredit Leasing and PricewaterhouseCoppers.
  • Anja Christanell
    Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development (ÖIN)
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    Anja Christanell

    Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development (ÖIN)

    Diploma and doctoral studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Dr. phil.; general manager and project coordinator at the ÖIN since 2009, project coordinator at the ÖIN since 2007. Focus: research on sustainable consumption, adolescents and sustainability, fuel poverty; research methods in the social sciences; in-process evaluation of practical projects.Certified training in CSR Management, lecturer at the Vienna University of Business and Economics. Strong interest in cooperating with people who would like to move and transform openly and respectfully, create open spaces and realise creatively inspired ideas in science, business, schools, administration, culture and design.
  • Alexandra Corbu
    Super Social
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    Alexandra Corbu

    Super Social

    Alexandra Corbu is CMO of SuperSocial. For seven years, Alexandra Corbu has worked with various NGOs in the EU, focusing on social media, photography and storytelling. Also, Alexandra leads Mladiinfo Austria, an organization and platform for non-formal education for young people.
  • Gordana Ćorić
    VERN University of Applied Sciences
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    Gordana Ćorić

    VERN University of Applied Sciences

    Crowdfunding trainer for the Crowdfunding Academy and lecturer at the VERN University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb. Gordana has a wide experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovations and creative industries as consultant, lecturer and trainer. She is the board member of several professional boards in these fields and has participated in development of CEPOR’s Strategy for supporting and development of women entrepreneurship in Croatia.
  • Vlad Craioveanu
    Impact HUB Bucharest
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    Vlad Craioveanu

    Impact HUB Bucharest

    Vlad Craioveanu is partner of Business Models Inc CEE, Business Development Manager and Co-Founder of Impact Hub Bucharest. He is currently handling business development and the corporate programs around sustainability and value creation processes. Following a long experience of volunteering in an international NGO and working in the business environment in marketing, marketing strategy development and business development areas, Vlad is a sharp partner in designing and facilitating relevant conversations that enable business growth both for non-profit and for-profit organizations.
  • Sava Dalbokov
    Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG
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    Sava Dalbokov

    Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

    Sava Dalbokov is a Member of the Managing Board at Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG in Graz, Austria, with strategic responsibility for developing the bank’s operations in the Western Balkans. Before joining Steiermärkische Bank, Sava led the launch of Erste Group’s social banking initiative good.bee from 2008-2010. He was Chief Executive Officer of Erste Bank Serbia from 2006-2008, repositioning and transforming the bank following its acquisition by Erste Group; and prior to that, from 2002-2006, he was a Member of the Management Board at Erste Bank Croatia.Sava Dalbokov has been with the Erste and Sparkassen Group since 1997 and has played an important role in the Group’s successful expansion of its operations in Central and Eastern Europe. A Bulgarian national, he holds business and economic degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the University of South Carolina, Columbia in the USA. Sava is married with three children (two boys and a girl) and likes rock & roll and moderately alternative things for a better world.
  • Luisa De Amicis

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    Luisa De Amicis

    Luisa De Amicis is Co-managing Director at PlusValue, a social business that brings together research, experimentation, consultancy and policy activities for improving societal goods creation. She leads on the organisation’s consultancy activities and has an outstanding fundraising track-record with the European Union, UK Government, corporates and foundations. Luisa has extensive experience in writing proposals, programme delivery and network development with a focus on social entrepreneurship, social impact, citizen engagement and cross-sectoral partnerships. She has been a member of various expert groups within the European Commission for several years including the one focusing on cohesion policies (DG Regional Affairs) and the one on civil dialogue (DG Communication).In addition, she is a Board Member of Mouves, the French network of Social Entrepreneurs, a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Chair of the European Neighbourhood Working Group at Bond, the network of UK-based NGOs working in international development. Before joining PlusValue, she worked at Euclid Network, the European Network for social enterprises for more than six years as Director of Programmes and Deputy CEO. Additionally, Luisa worked for a management consultancy in Milan, the Council of the European Union in Brussels, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Vienna and the Trade and Investment Department of the Consulate General of Denmark in Milan. She holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions from Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) and she has successfully completed executive courses at INSEAD (Social Entrepreneurship Programme- ISEP, Fontainebleau, France) and at CASS Business School (Centre for Charity Effectiveness, London, UK).
  • Miquel de Paladella
    UpSocial
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    Miquel de Paladella

    UpSocial

    Miquel de Paladella is CEO and co-founder at UpSocial, an organisation specialised in implementing and scaling innovative solutions to social problems, based in Barcelona. He is also leading its first spin-off called Education Innovations UpSocial S.L., which is implementing JUMP Math in the Spanish school system, and more recently in Latin America. He is also a university professor of innovation at ESADE and at the University of Barcelona. Previously, Miquel has worked for Ashoka, the Global Movement for Children, UNICEF, Plan International and the Society for International Development.
  • Philipp Dietachmair
    European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
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    Philipp Dietachmair

    European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

    Philipp Dietachmair works for the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam. Working in close cooperation with local partners, he has since 2002 developed and managed most of ECF’s EU Neighbourhood capacity-building programmes with cultural initiatives in the Western Balkans, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Turkey and the Arab Mediterranean Region. A recent flagship programme developed by him are the Tandem Cultural Manager Exchanges between the EU and its neighbourhood regions. Philipp Dietachmair holds a graduate degree in History and Art History from the University of Vienna and has completed postgraduate studies in Cultural Management at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Before moving to the Netherlands, he coordinated higher education development projects for the NGO WUS Austria in Bosnia and Herzegovina and organised cultural events in Sarajevo. He currently also works on a research project that analyses new civic roles and organisational strategies of independent cultural initiatives across Europe.
  • Mirjam Dondi
    Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
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    Mirjam Dondi

    Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU

    Mirjam Dondi, studied Political Sciences, Spanish and International Relations at the Universities of Innsbruck, Vienna (M.A.1995) and Paris (Sorbonne). She served as a political adviser for Ministers at regional and federal level in the area of European Affairs, Education, Culture, Science, Research and Social policy in Bregenz and Vienna. In 2003 she moved to Brussels and became Counsellor for Education and Culture at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union.Furthermore she served as a Counsellor in Foreign Policy, dealing with relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Since 2009 she works as Head of Unit of the Visitors’ and Information Services at the Permanent Representation. She teaches as a Visiting Lecturer at the Danube University Krems. She is also a facilitator in participatory processes and passionate about hosting visitors and communication about Europe.
  • Bianca Dreossi
    Civil Society Development Foundation
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    Bianca Dreossi

    Civil Society Development Foundation

    Bianca Dreossi is involved in providing training services and consultancy for 12 years, on topics like: organizational management, writing financing proposals, European funding (PHARE, Structural Funds), Project Cycle Management, strategic planning, training of trainers (TOT programs) for nongovernmental organizations, public administration and business. Bianca has also over 7 years of experience in writing, implementing and evaluating projects in the following fields: public administration, environment, economic and social cohesion.
  • Vlad Dumitrescu
    Civil Society Development Foundation
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    Vlad Dumitrescu

    Civil Society Development Foundation

    Vlad has been actively involved in the nongovernmental sector since already 15 years as trainer, facilitator, project manager, event organizer, grants manager, consultant. His main area of interest in training and facilitation is to make people learn for themselves and make them aware of their personal development needs.His training expertise ranges from communication skills (basic communication competences, intercultural training), nonformal education methods (delivery and facilitation of various methods such as living library, storytelling, world café, photovoice, life skills development, animation etc) to theatre (theater of the oppressed, labyrinth theatre, improvisation) and coaching. He truly believes that the learning can only happen if people walk outside their comfort zone… where the magic happens!
  • Doraja Eberle
    ERSTE Foundation
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    Doraja Eberle

    ERSTE Foundation

    Doraja Eberle was member of the Managing Board of ERSTE Foundation since 2011 and its Chairwoman from 2012-2014. Since 2015 she chairs the Advisory Board. After working as a social worker for the province of Salzburg for more than ten years, she founded the private relief organisation "Bauern helfen Bauern" [Farmers help Farmers] in 1992, which enables victims of the Balkan wars to return to their homes. Since then, she devoted her time to humanitarian aid and infrastructure projects in areas of conflict during the Yugoslav wars and still does so today.From 2004 to 2010 she was a member of the provincial government of Salzburg and responsible, among other things, for children, youth, senior citizens, family, education, integration politics and the National Park Hohe Tauern. Eberle has held numerous political and voluntary positions; she has received several international prizes and awards for her humanitarian work, such as the Mitteleuropapreis of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe or the Peacebuilding Award of the EastWest Institute in New York.
  • Alnoor Ebrahim
    The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
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    Alnoor Ebrahim

    The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

    Alnoor Ebrahim is a Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His research examines the challenges of performance measurement, accountability, and governance facing organizations with a social purpose. He teaches courses on Leadership, International Business Strategy, and Managing NGOs and Social Enterprises. He also co-chairs the Schwab Social Entrepreneurs executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Ebrahim recently served on a working group established by the G8 to create global guidelines on measuring social impact, and continues to serve on an advisory board of the Global Impact Investing Network. He has worked with the NGO Leaders Forum, an annual gathering of CEOs of the largest humanitarian development organizations based in the US. His previous research on accountability mechanisms within the World Bank led to a Congressional Testimony on improving the Bank’s information disclosure policy. Alnoor is author of the award-winning book, "NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning," and is co-editor of "Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics," (both with Cambridge University Press). He is presently working on a new book, "Measuring Social Change," (Stanford University Press).
  • Helene Eller
    Austrian Alpine Club
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    Helene Eller

    Austrian Alpine Club

    Helene Eller is a member of the board of directors of the Austrian Alpine Club (Oesterreichischer Alpenverein), where she manages the Finance and Central Services department. Among other duties, she is responsible for the areas of managerial accounting, budgeting, and strategic planning. She also oversees the entire reporting of the Alpine Club. In addition, she has established the Alpine Club Academy and manages volunteer programs.She studied business pedagogy at the University of Innsbruck (graduating in 2002) and in 2015 finished her dissertation project in the Doctoral Programme in Management Science at the University of Latvia, Riga (Dissertation topic: "Corporate Governance in Alpine Clubs in Europe"). Helene Eller also teaches at the University of applied sciences Kufstein and at other institutions of continuing education.
  • Michael Fembek
    Essl Foundation

  • Sebastian Gallander
    Vodafone Foundation
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    Sebastian Gallander

    Vodafone Foundation

    Sebastian Gallander graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2011 where he was a Harvard Public Service Fellow. Upon his return to Berlin he has been working for the Vodafone Foundation Germany – first as a fellow and since 2013 as head of the think tank on education and social mobility.Before going to the U.S. he held a senior position with Scholz & Friends Berlin, one of Germany’s major strategic communication firms, consulting the federal government, corporations and non-profit organizations. Previously he had completed a Master’s degree in Communications after studying in Berlin and Seattle.
  • Gabriela Gandel
    Impact Hub network
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    Gabriela Gandel

    Impact Hub network

    As an experienced leader of innovative global organisations, organisational and personal development consultant and experiential learning designer, Gabriela is committed to building organisations and systems that enable people who thrive on accomplishing meaningful visions. She spent her last 10 years working as a manager or consultant with a mix of not for profit and for profit global organisations spanning over 50 countries around the world. As a manager she worked for AIESEC International and Romania, Future Considerations and Impact Hub. As a consultant her clients included HSBC, KPMG, BP, TATE Britain and 10 key art galleries in England, ProVita Romania, RoPot, Human Invest. Throughout her career Gabriela had coaching engagements with over 40+ leaders. This all was fun and makes up for her more than 5 passports used up to date. Currently she happily works for the Impact Hub network as a global director, helping to build a global infrastructure for catalysing and scaling social enterprises and change making businesses that address the key issues of our time.
  • Ondrej Gandel
    Inventures
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    Ondrej Gandel

    Inventures

    Ondrej's first career as a guitarist back in his hometown Námestovo, Slovakia wasn't going too badly, yet he decided to move on - literally. First, he moved to Prague to study economics, followed by Rotterdam (in Corporate Relations at AIESEC International), Salzburg (for an assignment abroad with Sony DADC), London (as Strategy Development Manager at Sony Electronics) and finally Vienna to join inventures as CEO in 2012, with the goal to "use the high potential of inventures and turn it into a successful media house."To inventures Ondrej not only brings several years of international business strategy experience but also delicious jam and fruit from Slovakia on a regular basis (which is highly appreciated by his team!). Ondrej is also fluent in four languages - Slovak, Czech, English and German - but admits that his 18-month-old son Martin "already has the stronger Austrian accent".
  • Oana Ganea
    Reality Check
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    Oana Ganea

    Reality Check

    Oana Ganea is a sociologist with over 15 years of experience in market and social research. Fields of expertise include quantitative research (customer satisfaction measurement, socio–demographic segmentation, attitudinal and target groups, investigating social phenomena - social stratification analysis, causal explanation), qualitative research, public policy and communication campaigns. Oana works with large Romanian NGOs, such as Active Watch, the Romanian Center for European Policies, the Romanian Center for Equality, the Center for Independent Journalism and Hope and Home for Children – Romania. She coordinated numerous social studies and was involved in various evaluation projects such as The Evaluation of the Communication Plan for the Sectoral Programme Increase of Economic Competitiveness and the first Audit Report on social services in Romania.
  • Vera Gjokaj
    CEDRA HR
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    Vera Gjokaj

    CEDRA HR

    Vera Gjokaj is Chief Executive Director of CEDRA HR. She has several years of experience in consulting, developing and implementing projects in the public, private and non-profit sector. Her special expertise lies in the preparation and drafting of proposals, coordination of implementation, reporting, fundraising, financial management, human resources management, organizational development and programs. The more, Vera Gjokaj is Certified EU Project Manager.
  • Gunnar Glänzel
    University of Heidelberg
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    Gunnar Glänzel

    University of Heidelberg

    Gunnar is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Investment of University of Heidelberg. He worked extensively on nonprofit organisations, especially ones with a hybrid character that earn at least substantial parts of their income in markets. In the last few years he concentrated more on social innovations and on conditions that foster their growth or replication. Gunnar holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and an MA in Sociology.
  • Robin Gosejohann
    ERSTE Foundation
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    Robin Gosejohann

    ERSTE Foundation

    Robin worked for a thinktank in Berlin, then in Istanbul, when he decided to make his workplace a desk at ERSTE Foundation’s Programme Europe in 2007. An economic historian by training, he oversees civil society initiatives on journalism, media, education and socio-economic research. He represents ERSTE Foundation in the Steering Group of the Grantmaker East Forum, a forum for interlinking donor activities in Central and Southeastern Europe. Parallel to his work he enrolled in a master’s programme in Non-profit Management & Governance at Heidelberg University.
  • Marko Gregovic
    Brodoto
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    Marko Gregovic

    Brodoto

    Campaigning expert and director of Brodoto, social impact agency based in Croatia and Serbia. Marko is the co-founder of the Crowdfunding Academy, first and only educational program about crowdfunding in Croatia. He is conductor and mentor od successful crowdfunding campaigns such as: Lighten the Load of Syrian Mothers, Solar Retro Sailboat, Fabula, Taste of Home, Brlog Cooperative Brewery, 10 Tons for Refugees in Greece, Neka vide da nas ima. Marko’s rich experience in civic sector includes campaigning for Greenpeace Croatia and founding of several successful civic initiatives and organisations in Croatia.
  • Dieter Gremel
    Network for activity-oriented consulting and development
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    Dieter Gremel

    Network for activity-oriented consulting and development

    Dieter Gremel is a psychologist, mediator, coach and organizational consultant and currently in training to become a systemic family therapist. Activities focus on diversity management for companies and schools, among other things for the ZARA association. He also accompanied participation projects in the framework of cooperatives revitalization of home owners' associations.In his 10 years of working for a political organization he was involved in the conception of participation projects for volunteer enthusiasts and their pre-accession and integration into the organization. He studied psychology in Vienna and Klagenfurt with focus in the field of social psychology and group dynamics. Furthermore, he is trained in Systemic Consulting, action-oriented consulting and training (Integrative Outdoor Aktivitäten®). Dieter Gremel is a member of the Network for action-oriented Consulting and Development (NHBE).
  • Johannes Guger
    Austrian Red Cross
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    Johannes Guger

    Austrian Red Cross

    Johannes Guger has been with the Austrian Red Cross for the past 15 years working in different positions both in the international and national context. Currently as head of the Youth, Volunteering and Organisational Development division he is responsible for the development of services and activities in particular for young people and new volunteers. Moreover he assumes a service and coordination function to the regional branches in the field of strategy development, strategy implementation and organisational development and closely cooperates with the international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in this respect.On another note he is part of the global RFL pool of the international Red Cross (specialised disaster relief expert pool in the field of restoring family links) with missions to Haiti (earthquake 2010), Malta (North African crisis 2011) and Nepal (earthquake 2015).
  • Mathias Haas
    Super Social
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    Mathias Haas

    Super Social

    Mathias Haas is Founder and CEO of SuperSocial. SuperSocial is a social media and social impact consultancy agency. Mathias Haas has been consulting people and brands on the world of social media since its early ages. His deep know-how and effective methodology are regularly trusted by brands like Red Bull and Adidas as well as organizations like the UN and the Impact Hub.
  • Reinhard Heiserer
    Jugend Eine Welt
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    Reinhard Heiserer

    Jugend Eine Welt

    Reinhard Heiserer, born in Tirol and father of five children, moved to Ecuador 25 years ago, to work there as a development aid worker. He supported local communities and gained a lot of experience in this field. Back in Austria, he founded the international aid organization “Jugend Eine Welt – Don Bosco Aktion Austria”. The non-governmental organisation was founded in 1997 and the objective is national and international youth aid together with sustainable development assistance. Nowadays Reinhard Heiserer is executive director of “Jugend Eine Welt” and “Don Bosco Finanzierungs GmbH” and president of “IGO – Interest Group of Public Benefit Organizations”.
  • Lukáš Hejna
    VIA Association
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    Lukáš Hejna

    VIA Association

    Lukáš Hejna is director and project manager at VIA Association, a Czech nonprofit organization aiming at the professionalization and education of NGOs. He gained his experiences and fundraising skills through the DARUJME.CZ program as well as his previous job as fundraiser in the organization LATA, which runs peer to peer programs for youth at risk. Currently, Lukáš leads two technology programs at VIA: TechSoup Czech republic, a software donation program and DARUJME.CZ, an online fundraising tool for Czech NGOs which focuses on individual, non-anonymous giving in an online environment.Additionally, Lukáš Hejna was supported in delivering the training in the Regional Programme by a number of guest speakers such as Radka Bystřická, Jana Pacalová, Jan Gregor, Veronika Dvořáčková and Lukáš Likavčan.
  • Anna Horváth
    NESsT Hungary
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    Anna Horváth

    NESsT Hungary

    Anna is the leader of NESsT's operation in Hungary. She oversees the development of the Hungarian portfolio of 9 social enterprises generating dignified income for marginalized people. She is also responsible for the pipe-line building of the portfolio and the operational and financial sustainability of the Hungarian office. She is also the leader of NESsT’s global Incubation Methodology Working Group.Prior to NESsT Anna worked for Foundation for Small Enterprise Development (SEED) where she developed start-ups and microenterprises. Her primary mission was supporting the economic independency of women. Before entering the civil society sector, Anna spent 13 years in the business world at GfK Market Research Company as area manager and later deputy director. Anna has a degree from the Technical University of Budapest and from Corvinus University (Economics). She is also a certified trainer.
  • Nikolaus Hutter
    Toniic Europe
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    Nikolaus Hutter

    Toniic Europe

    Nikolaus Hutter is a Director of impact investment firm Angello Capital Ltd, focused on youth unemployment in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also the initiator of the Investment Ready Program, an accelerator for social innovators from the CEE region, and the CEE Impact Day, an annual gathering for impact investors, entrepreneurs and practitioners from the region. Further, he advises and serves in board positions for a number of organisations - corporations, private investors, non-profits and the public sector - on exploring the use of investment approaches to advance social and environmental impact objectives. He also works with start-ups from the CEE region, among others as the co-founder of a sustainable skateboard company in Vienna (www.ruffboards.com).Previously, he served as Managing Director Europe of the international impact investor network Toniic, and worked in the Cleantech industry and as a venture capital investor for over a decade, prior to focusing his professional life on the impact space. He lives in Vienna with his wife and two children.
  • Lenka Iľanovská
    getCLIENTS
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    Lenka Iľanovská

    getCLIENTS

    Within the years 2001-2003 Lenka Iľanovská worked as the executive director of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association. In July 2004 she became the executive director of the Slovak Donors Forum, association of the leading foundations and corporate donors in Slovakia. In the years 2006-2007 she was a host lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where she gave lectures in fundraising and marketing of nonprofit organizations.In the period 2009-2010 she was elected to the Steering Committee of the International Network DAFNE - Donors and Foundations Networks Europe. Lenka also worked for AT&T corporation as the manager for the transition and strategic development for a period of more than two years. In 2010 she co-founded company getCLIENTS, which in 2014 launched a special training center for nonprofit organizations getADVANTAGE.
  • Oliver Jakubik
    Oliver Jakubik Consulting
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    Oliver Jakubik

    Oliver Jakubik Consulting

    Oliver Jakubík studied psychology, pedagogy, ethics, and theology. He started to work during his studies and made it to senior management positions in the area of marketing, sales, and consulting. In 2008, Oliver established his own consultation company which provides its clients with innovative trainings in soft-skills, team-building and development solutions. He loves modern trends and Technologies, brand Apple, Red Bull drinks, driving, and chill-out music.
  • Markus Janzen
    Porticus Vienna
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    Markus Janzen

    Porticus Vienna

    Born 1982 in western Germany, I am a trained Political Scientist (MA) and am currently doing a second masters degree in Nonprofit management at the Centre for Social Investment and Innovation in Heidelberg.I have been working with Porticus since 2008, starting in Düsseldorf with the Germany team being responsible for Children and Youth Programmes in the area of Civil Society and Social Care. Today, I am part of the Vienna team and have a special geographical focus on Bosnia, Albania and Russia as well as a topical focus on children and youth empowerment and education. Still living in Düsseldorf, I prepare to move to Vienna in Summer 2015.
  • Stephan Jung
    IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems
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    Stephan Jung

    IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

    Stephan is an entrepreneurial generalist with a track record in founding & funding startups for about 10 years. As professor for entrepreneurship & innovation at University of Applied Sciences Krems, he gained significant experience and knowledge in research and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation. He is co-founder of the IMC FoundersLAB, works as venturepreneur & startup mentor for i5invest.com and conda.eu and is austrianstartups local representative for lower austria. Prior to that he worked as an investmentmanager for a venture and mezzanine capital fund in Vienna and co-founded a software-as-a-service company in Germany. Additionally, he was board member of startups like opvizor.com or sensix.
  • Milena Kalezić
    PR Centre
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    Milena Kalezić

    PR Centre

    Milena Kalezić, with broad experience in international and local organizations, is specialized in project management and coordination of activities with contract realization for several projects. Currently she is on position of executive director of PR & Media Consultancy PRIME LLC, which means she is responsible for developing communications strategy, she is specialized in outreach strategies that increase visibility, developing and coordinating agency outreach campaigns and special events. Systematically assess national and local media opportunities for outreach potential and impact to the clients. Lead media relations outreach including developing media strategies for media inquiry responses or significant agency press releases. She is providing executive preparation and media consultation. Furthermore she is monitoring news, identifying emerging public policy and/or customer issues; she is familiar with all relevant media; developing and maintaining appropriate relationships with media and other key stakeholder groups.
  • Anthony Karzen
    SIL - Social Innovation Lab
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    Anthony Karzen

    SIL - Social Innovation Lab

    Anthony Karzen, co-founder of Karzen & Karzen d.o.o., has over 13 years of experience in sustainable development and tourism, (not including 15 years of experience in the Outdoor Industry). He brings significant experience in organizational planning, management, product and skills development. Anthony has worked with local, regional and national governments, International Organizations, NGOs, and private firms.A highly successful grant writer, he has authored applications for organizations including UNDP, the International Red Cross, the Croatian and Montenegrin Mountain Rescue Services, among others. Anthony is sharing this knowledge through conducting mentoring and interactive training programs for different partners in Croatia and South-eastern Europe. Anthony is currently working with Mirna and other partners in the ongoing development of video educational materials for EU funds, Social Innovation and other related topics.
  • Mirna Karzen
    SIL - Social Innovation Lab
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    Mirna Karzen

    SIL - Social Innovation Lab

    Mirna Karzen, president of SIL and director of the consulting firm Karzen and Karzen, has over twenty years of experience in socio-economic development with a focus on EU funds, strategic and business planning and human resource development. As an experienced trainer and lecturer, she has conducted more than 300 workshops and individual technical assistance programmes for entrepreneurs, local and regional governments, civil society organizations and other stakeholders on a variety of topics, from the Project Cycle Management to topics related to social innovation (impact design, design thinking methods, innovation in culture and others) etc. In cooperation with the University of Rijeka, Mirna is currently working on a unique video educational materials for EU funds and other related topics.
  • Patrick Kenis
    Tilburg University & WU
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    Patrick Kenis

    Tilburg University & WU

    Dr. Patrick Kenis is Professor of Policy and Organization Studies at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and is currently visiting professor at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and has work and lived in 5 different countries: Italy (EUI), Austria (European Centre for Social Welfare and Research), Germany (University of Konstanz), the Netherlands (Free University, Amsterdam and Tilburg University) and Belgium (Antwerp Management School). He teaches at the Masters level, in PhD-programs, Executive education programs and programs with and for practitioners. His expertise is in inter-organizational collaboration, social networks and organized networks. He has published widely in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Management Inquiry, Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Health Promotion International, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
  • Iván Kepecs
    Kreater
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    Iván Kepecs

    Kreater

    Iván is co-founder and creative director of Kreater. He is a business innovator mentor searching for new channels of innovative marketing and market-friendly social innovations.
  • Lukas Kienzl
    Lockl Strategie
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    Lukas Kienzl

    Lockl Strategie

    Lukas Kienzl is a long-time communication and media-coach at “Lockl Strategie”. He is supporting managers and technical experts in their preparations for TV appearances, interviews, press conferences or panel discussions focussing on the development of key-messages and lively storytelling. At “Lockl Strategie” Kienzl is primarily responsible for projects at the interface between industries, the environment and civil society. In addition to the topics of energy and environmental issues, a special focus of his work is also on current trends and innovations in various industries. In addition to studying theoretical physics at the University of Vienna, he earned his Bachelor’s degrees in “Management & Entrepreneurship” at the FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW. Kienzl is currently studying “Innovation and Technology Management” at the UAS Technikum Vienna.
  • Ilse Klanner
    trommsdorff+drüner innovation + marketing consultancy
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    Ilse Klanner

    trommsdorff+drüner innovation + marketing consultancy

    Ilse Klanner is a strategy and innovation consultant in Berlin. She was lecturer and researcher in the field of user and open innovation at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Vienna University of Economics and Business). She designed and developed several award winning lectures and worked as a strategy and innovation consultant for start-ups, mid-size enterprises and large cooperations in diverse fields (aviation, basic science, renewable energies, automotive etc.). Her competences include innovation management, future and trend studies, lead-user method, design thinking, user-centred design, business model innovation and new business development.
  • Michael Kleinbichler
    Caritas Services GmbH
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    Michael Kleinbichler

    Caritas Services GmbH

    Michael Kleinbichler, CEO of Caritas Services GmbH, the social business company of Caritas Vienna, studied business administration and received his Master degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Michael Kleinbichler started his career at Caritas Austria´s disaster response and development programmes in Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Haiti. Caritas Services was founded 2012 and seeks to integrate socially underprivileged people, such as refugees, migrants, disabled people, ex-convicts and permanently unemployed persons into the labour market.
  • Andrea Kóbor
    XKK
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    Andrea Kóbor

    XKK

    Andrea Kóbor has started her career as an intern in Népszabadság in 2009. She graduated in Bálint György Journalism Academy in 2010 while she was attending Corinus University of Budapest as well. She joined XKK in 2012 where a year later she became the creative director. She has broad experience in media appearances and she lead numerous media tranings in the last 3 years. Currently she is the manager of a youth media project called Hello90 that has won the Prizma Creative PR Competition in 2014.
  • Nathan Koeshall
    Catalyst Balkans
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    Nathan Koeshall

    Catalyst Balkans

    Nathan has made the Western Balkans both his home and office for the past 18 years, developing an ever-increasing interest in engaged citizenship, social change, and catalyzing and advising local-sourced philanthropy. He has worked within/led international development programs focused on community engagement and civil society capacity building and grantmaking in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Nathan is co-founder and Director of Catalyst Balkans, an intermediary organization that measures and promotes philanthropic culture in the Western Balkans. Previously, Nathan served as Senior Program Officer for the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD), Regional Program Development Manager for International Relief and Development (IRD), and served as Chief of Party and other key positions within three large-scale USAID-funded programs in Montenegro and Serbia. Nathan’s core competencies in philanthropy promotion, program management, project and solution design, participatory methodologies, training and post-conflict development and reconciliation serve as a good match to his expertise in proposal writing, work plan and budgeting, field assessments, project start-ups, fundraising, and monitoring and evaluation. He loves listening to and telling stories about the creative and innovative ways that individuals and companies serve the needs of humanity and the communities around them.
  • Dolores Kores
    PREMIKI
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    Dolores Kores

    PREMIKI

    Dolores Kores is the managing director of the social enterprise PREMIKI since 2010. In 2011 and 2012 she was a member of the National Council for SB, some period also a president of the council. In 2012, she became member of GECES as a representative of ŠENT Slovenian Association for Mental Health where she worked from 2005 as a project manager. She led several projects at national and international level connected to mental health, employment, social business and accessible tourism.For the projects she led in accessible tourism ŠENT received the Erste Foundation Award for Social Integration and the UNWTO Ulysses for innovation in tourism. As a student, Dolores Kores participated in many different projects connected to culture and social affairs. She was a leader at a Student’s organization, where her work was focused on integration of disadvantaged groups in society.
  • Ivan Krastev
    Centre for Liberal Strategies
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    Ivan Krastev

    Centre for Liberal Strategies

    Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and permanent fellow at the IWM Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the advisory board of ERSTE Foundation, a member of the regional advisory group for Europe of the IMF and a member of the global advisory board of the OSI-New York. He is also associate editor of Europe's World and a member of the editorial board of journal Transit – Europäische Revue.Since 2004 Ivan Krastev has been the executive director of the International Commission on the Balkans chaired by the former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy (2005-2011). His latest books in English are "The Anti-American Century", co-editors with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and "Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption" (CEU Press, 2004). He is a co-author with Steven Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.
  • Jan Kroupa
    Czech Fundraising Center
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    Jan Kroupa

    Czech Fundraising Center

    Jan, has over 15 years of experience as a consultant, trainer and researcher in the field of philanthropy, resource mobilization, leadership and management of civil society organizations in more than a dozen countries around the world, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the co-founder of the Czech Fundraising Center and the Chair of NETT – the Civil Society Think Tank (www.ttnett.cz). Jan serves as a board member of several civil society organizations in the CEE region.
  • Kristina Lauš
    Brodoto
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    Kristina Lauš

    Brodoto

    Crowdfunding trainer and project manager at social impact agency Brodoto. Kristina is conductor and mentor of successful crowdfunding campaigns: Lighten the Load of Syrian Mothers, Guzgef Solar School, Bring Water for Life, Solar Retro Sailboat, The Močvara Club Story. She is the organizer of the Crowdfunding Academy program in Croatia and the Zagreb Crowdfunding Convention Kristina is educator by profession. Her previous working experiences include work on campaigns and project of United Nations Development Program in Croatia and organization of local actions aimed at encouraging civic participation.
  • Jana Ledvinová
    Czech Fundraising Center
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    Jana Ledvinová

    Czech Fundraising Center

    Executive chair of the Czech Fundraising Center, Jana has over 15 years of experience as a trainer and consultant of fundraising, social entrepreneurship development and CSO management in the Czech Republic, in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Middle East. She gained her experiences from founding and for over 20 years serving as the CEO of an environmental education organization in the Czech Republic. She studied NGO management at the Institute of Policy Studies at the John´s Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA.
  • Gábor Lévai
    Civil Support Nonprofit Ltd.
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    Gábor Lévai

    Civil Support Nonprofit Ltd.

    Gábor is an economist, working in the financial, services and non-profit area for 20 years. After having been a full-time employee for six years, he is the Secretary General of the Hungarian Leasing Association now. Beside this he is a consultant, coach, founder and Executive Director of Civil Support Ltd.With many years of business development, project management and consulting experience his main area of expertise lies in the financial, service and non-profit organizations structure, structuring and development.
  • Johannes Lindner
    Initiative For Teaching Entrepreneurship
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    Johannes Lindner

    Initiative For Teaching Entrepreneurship

    During his studies in business pedagogy, Johannes was increasingly astonished by the fact that facilitating student led ideas and entrepreneurial creativity were completely neglected in business administration curricula. He decided to dedicate his life to becoming a teacher so that he could inspire widespread participation in and innovation throughout society. Johannes realized that this meant that he had to base his approach on a philosophy of education as an instrument of liberation, not assimilation. He realized that to advance full and active citizenship he had to change not only the curricula, but also provide new teaching tools and textbooks. Teaching materials needed to be fun, yet also useful and inspiring for the individual student. Johannes wanted schools to become pioneers in effective citizenship and changemaking.Passionate about his mission throughout his academic career, Johannes was selected to serve as a guest professor in Entrepreneurship Education at Columbia University in 1990. Upon his return, he worked with a professor from Vienna University of Economics and Business to shift his teaching and research, look into new dimensions of entrepreneurship and participation, and develop new teaching methods in the field. Eventually fulfilling his desire to put research and development into action, Johannes taught at a Viennese high school. There, he implemented the first pilot project for entrepreneurship education based on new teaching methods, including case studies and practical exercises.Gradually, he started teacher trainings, until 2000, when he founded the Initiative for Teaching Entrepreneurship and his work moved quickly; launching summer programs on entrepreneurship education (2005) and founding the Impulse Center for Entrepreneurship Education in cooperation with the Ministry for Education (2009).
  • Hannah Lux
    Vollpension
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    Hannah Lux

    Vollpension

    Creating spaces where diverse people manage to truly connect with hearts and minds and out of full respect for the other- this is the core motivation for Hannah Lux´s entrepreneurial actions. Creating societal change through entrepreneurship is somehow a logic consequence resulting from her development. Hannah studied economics and socials science in Vienna and public policy for political innovations in Berlin. In 2011 she founded an NGO for female victims of human trafficking in Vienna and, through the reflection on the pros and cons of social entrepreneurship, started working at Impact Hub Vienna, a global platform for social innovators and impact entrepreneurs. There Hannah led the Austrian Social Impact Award and was responsible for cross-sector parterships and sales of Impact Hub Vienna. In August 2014 Hannah co-founded the Viennese social business Vollpension, that she is now managing and leading.
  • Petr Machálek
    Za snadné dárcovství
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    Petr Machálek

    Za snadné dárcovství

    Petr graduated from sociology and politology, Faculty of social studies at Masaryk University in Brno, where he nowadays lectures courses of fundraising, project management and EU subsidy system. He works in the non profit sector since 2000, during past years he worked as a director of NGOs "Hnutí DUHA" and "Ratolest Brno".He is a co-founder and former leader of coalition supporting individual fundraising for non-profits called "a snadné dárcovství" in the Czech republic. Since March 2013 he works as a consultant, lecturer and coach for Czech and foreign non-governmental organizations. He focuses on the fileds of fundraising, PR, media, organization's development and he facilitates their strategic planning. He actively cooperates with number of Czech non-governmental organizations, for instance "People in Need" and "NESEHNUTÍ", where he is involved in implementation of the projects supporting citizen‘s initiatives in Ukraine and other countries of former Soviet Union, also "Hnutí DUHA", where he participates in School of civic initiative, or "VIA foundation". These days he is a deputy mayor of Brno-Žabovřesky as well.
  • Nadja Madlener
    Kardinal König Haus
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    Nadja Madlener

    Kardinal König Haus

    Born in 1977, Nadja studied pedagogy and sociology in Vienna and Berlin and worked as a social education worker in with youth and girls in Berlin. From 2006 to 2008 Nadja worked on her PhD-project on community gardens and intercultural communication in Berlin. In Vienna, she was head of wienXtra school events and worked as a lecturer at the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Vienna. Nadja now startet a new position at Kardinal König Haus, where she works as the head of the migration, asylum and social cohesion division.
  • Christian Majer
    MAJER-REJAM the performance institute
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    Christian Majer

    MAJER-REJAM the performance institute

    Christian G. Majer is founder of the majer-rejam Performance Institute with focus on integrated Organisational Development, Coaching and Change Management, located in Vienna und Tyrol. Between 1998 and 2004 he was Head of Corporate Development, responsible for Strategy & Organisational Development and Programme & Project Office at ONE GmbH (Orange Austria). Since 1994 he is lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is author of several articles and books (e.g. Social competence in Project management).
  • Golli Marboe

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    Golli Marboe

    Golli Marboe, former TV–Producer (developer of hundreds of documentaries in cooperation with main European public TV–Distributors, like ARD, arte, ZDF, RAI, ORF) holds a degree in political science and theatre studies from University of Vienna. Golli has various experience as a speaker and teacher to questions of media affairs and journalism at different universities and institutions in Austria. Additionally, he works as a freelance journalist and consultant to film production companies or TV-stations. Since 2016, he is chairman of the “Association for a self-determined use of media” (vsum.tv)
  • Neven Marinović
    Smart Kolektiv
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    Neven Marinović

    Smart Kolektiv

    Neven Marinovic is founder and executive director of Smart Kolektiv, a Belgrade based organization known for its work in the areas of CSR and social entrepreneurship. He is also executive coordinator of the Responsible Business Forum Serbia, a CSR business network and co-founder of "Youth business Serbia" program aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs.Neven held numerous trainings and presentations in country and abroad for different audiences. In addition to his engagement in Smart Kolektiv he consulted various institutions and companies such as The World Bank, Government of Serbia, Coca Cola, Holcim and Banca Intesa among others. He gained formal education at the department for production and cultural management at the Faculty of Drama Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade, and informal education thru numerous trainings and study visits that took place throughout Europe and USA. He has finished a course for non-profit sector leadership of Harvard University (Harvard Kennedy School).
  • Christian Marte SJ
    Kardinal König House
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    Christian Marte SJ

    Kardinal König House

    Christian Marte SJ, director of Kardinal König Haus in Vienna, studied business administration at the University of Innsbruck/Tyrol and received there his Doctoral degree. After more than eight years as staff member of the Austrian Red Cross, he joined in 1999 the Jesuits and studied philosophy and theology in Munich, London and Innsbruck.

    In 2008 he was ordained as Catholic priest, and in the same year he took up his current position. Kardinal König Haus is the formation center of the Jesuits and of Caritas in Vienna. It offers a wide range of adult eduction courses, especially on spirituality, leadership and current issues of society.

  • Daniel Matei
    Matei biz
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    Daniel Matei

    Matei biz

    Daniel Matei is an experienced sales driven online marketer using the knowledge gained so far to help businesses and NGOs to set the right goals for communication and online promotion. Among the brands that he worked with until now are: Impact Hub Bucharest, Ateliere Fără Frontiere, Biciclop, Impact Hub Global, roPot, FM Logistic și Gebrüder Weiss.
  • Wolfgang Mayrhofer
    WU
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    Wolfgang Mayrhofer

    WU

    Wolfgang Mayrhofer is Full Professor and head of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour, Department of Management, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Austria. He previously has held research and teaching positions at the University of Paderborn, Germany, and at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, after receiving his diploma and doctoral degrees in Business Administration from WU. He conducts research in comparative international human resource management and leadership, work careers, and systems theory and management and has received several national and international rewards for outstanding research and service to the academic community. His teaching assignments at the doctoral, graduate and executive level and his role as visiting scholar led him, among others, to the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), United Nations (Geneva), ESADE ( Barcelona, Spain), et cetera. He regularly consults to both private and public sector organisations, with an emphasis on leadership, team and self -development by outdoor training/sailing.
  • Olga Medlíková
    Neziskovky.cz Foundation
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    Olga Medlíková

    Neziskovky.cz Foundation

    Born in 1959, she works as a private lecturer, consultant and moderator of public events since 1996. She graduated from Faculty of Education - philosophy, psychology and Czech language. She went through drama education courses, lecturer trainings, courses of facilitation, mediation and managerial skills, trainings focused on stress management.Nowadays she specializes in management trainings, participates in the projects of non-profit and governmental sector. The topics which she tutors include presentation skills, social skills (communication, solving conflicts, negotiation), management skills, social and protocolar contact and leading managerial interviews.She is an author and a co-author of management and social skills books, she regularly contributes to a number of professional journals.
  • Michael Meyer
    WU Vienna
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    Michael Meyer

    WU Vienna

    Michael Meyer works as a Professor at the Department of Management at WU Vienna, where he is head of the Institute for Nonprofit-Management and the Competence Center for NPOs and Social Entrepreneurship. He started his academic career at WU, then he was a researcher and teacher at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and at the University of Vienna. Since 1998, he has worked in various positions at the WU's Department of Management. From 2011 to 2015, he also was a Vice Rector for Human Resources. As a visiting scholar, e.g. at Stanford University, SSE Stockholm, and Strathclyde University Glasgow he gathered experiences that inspired his teaching and research. Besides he has a training as a systemic organizational consultant. More than 150 publications dealing with Nonprofit-Management and Governance, Civil Society, careers, managerialism and Critical Discourse Analysis are the visible output of his academic endeavors. His current research is mainly about governance and managerialism in nonprofits and about social entrepreneurship.
  • Georg Mildenberger
    University of Heidelberg
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    Georg Mildenberger

    University of Heidelberg

    Georg manages the research department of the Centre for Social Investment of University of Heidelberg. He has been working at CSI since 2007, and has been leader of different project teams working on social innovation in a European context. He holds a doctoral degree from Darmstadt University, and a master's degree in philosophy and political science from Tuebingen University.In the last years he has not only worked in research on social innovation and impact measurement but also cooperated and counseled NPOs in developing and growing social innovations and building supporting structures for innovative ideas.
  • Ranko Milić
    CEDRA HR
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    Ranko Milić

    CEDRA HR

    Director and consultant for strategic and project development of Eupolis group with years of experience in consulting, development and implementation of projects in the public, private and civil sectors. One of the initiators and co-founder and President of the Board of Cluster for eco-social innovation and development CEDRA HR, ambassador for social innovation at the global European network for social innovation (SIX / CEE). A passionate activist and promoter of eco-social entrepreneurship, and the initiator and author of more innovative, award-winning regional and replicated solutions in the field of education, sustainable development and human resources development. He is a lecturer and trainer in several institutions and organizations as well as consultant for personal, organizational and social development.
  • Reinhard Millner
    WU Vienna
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    Reinhard Millner

    WU Vienna

    Reinhard Millner works as a research and teaching associate at the WU Nonprofit Management Group. He has a background in business administration as well as economics, studying at WU Wien (University of Economics and Business) as well as in St. Gallen and London. In his previous occupation at the International Studies Center of WU he was responsible for the development and coordination of several projects and international academic cooperations in Central and South Eastern Europe. He was visiting scholar at the Stockholm School of Economics in spring 2008 and visiting lecturer at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. Moreover, he is lecturing in the WU MBA Programme. His research and teaching interests lie in Philanthropy, Foundations, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Assessment.
  • Silvia Mişu
    Civil Society Development Foundation
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    Silvia Mişu

    Civil Society Development Foundation

    Silvia Misu is a human resources manager by profession with a long expertise in coordination, implementation of training strategies in private and NGO field. She has been active in the NGO field since 2002 and in the past 7 years has been more involved in training and consulting programs for nonprofit organizations and public administration on issues such as organizational development, project management and human resources. Silvia has more than 12 years of experience in training in the following topics: education, management, project management, training of trainers, leadership, communication, teamwork, during this period she developed her ability to use a variety of instruments in assessment and development programs in organizational development. She uses in her activity as a trainer and consultant different NLP and transactional analyses principles and techniques.
  • András Nagygyörgy
    Civil Support Hungary
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    András Nagygyörgy

    Civil Support Hungary

    András is engaged in non-profit marketing and fundraising for 10 years. He already specialized in these areas during his university studies: he has a Nonprofit Manager degree from the Budapest Corvinus University, a degree of Culture and Education Manager and a degree on Health Business administration from 2007. His most important successes are the one from one of the leading NGOs in the country, Bátortábor Foundation as fundraising and communications director. The 1% tax campaigns led by him won the Year award for social campaigns (Gold Effie 2010, 2011, 2012) three years in a row. Central Europe's largest charity running community, is also closely linked with his name (Élménykülönítmény). Before joining the Civil Support Team for two years he developed his knowledge in a for-profit environment, as a member of the Milka chocolate marketing team. Currently a consultant does fundraising strategy birth of non-governmental organizations, business, civil partnerships létrjötténél and concrete realization of fund raising campaigns.
  • Tamin Nashed
    Caritas Vienna
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    Tamin Nashed

    Caritas Vienna

    Project member of Caritas Vienna (Asylum and Integration) and bicultural coach of the International Organization for Migration (IOM); many years of international experience as program manager, consultant, coach and business coach (among others: The Syria Trust for Development, Syriatel Mobile Telecom). Born in Syria; lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
  • Boško Nenezić
    Consultant
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    Boško Nenezić

    Consultant

    Boško Nenezić – with broad knowledge and experience in preparation, evaluation and management of EU funded grants, and therefore have extensive experience in project proposal writing, including the expert knowledge on Project Cycle Management; Boško have written and drafted more than 100 projects so far (out of which more than 30 for EU funds), Boško implemented and monitored more than 70 projects in different organizations and funded by various donors; Boško developed excellent research and reporting skills during his work at CeMI, as well as while being engaged with OSCE/ODIHR and ENEMO. Produced dozens of reports so far, related to judiciary, human rights, media, project implementation, Elections and many other topics.
  • Kiril Kirilov Nikolov
    European Commission

  • Sergiu Petre
    Graffiti PR
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    Sergiu Petre

    Graffiti PR

    Sergiu has successfully delivered media relations and crisis communication trainings for clients such as METRO Cash&Carry, Microsoft, Ursus Breweries, EGGER, UniCredit Leasing and PricewaterhouseCoppers.
  • Dejan Petrovic

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    Dejan Petrovic

    After completing his degree in veterinary medicine, Dejan's interests and devotion quickly shifted to engaging himself in countless cultural and social issues in the human world. He joined the ERSTE Foundation with the wish to make an active contribution to social change and a society of equal opportunities - and by being the person responsible for the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration, this is exactly what he did. After nine years of running social projects for the Foundation, Dejan has decided to search for new challenges and opportunities both in social field as well as in photography.

  • Markus Petzl
    rebranding gmbh
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    Markus Petzl

    rebranding gmbh

    Markus Petzl has been advising brands, companies and institutions since the late 1990s on issues relating to brand positioning and development. In the first decade of this century, he co-founded a prominent brand consultancy. Inspired by the dynamics of the global economic crisis, in 2008 he focused his efforts on rebranding and the development of powerful brands. As founder and managing partner of the rebranding institute, wien in Vienna, Markus advises brands across Europe, always thinking and acting holistically. Furthermore, he is a member of the executive board of Strategie Austria. When his schedule permits, he is also a lecturer in the international Master of Science programme at the University of Klagenfurt. Markus is a long-time associate of GP DDWS Corporate Advisors, where he supports wide-ranging brand-building processes as advisory partner. Markus Petzl is happily married and lives in Vienna.
  • Corina Pintea
    Pro Vobis
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    Corina Pintea

    Pro Vobis

    Corina has delivered since 2004 over 75 national and international training courses on topics such as: Volunteer management, Developing and managing volunteering programs and volunteering departments, Establishing a Volunteer Center, Service-Learning, Volunteering as a value, Volunteering for Personal Development, Mentoring and Volunteer Learning process, Project Management, Project writing within Youth in Action and Erasmus+, as well as non-formal education methods and tools, European active citizenship and training sessions within the European Voluntary Service. Corina is an accredited trainer and project manager and a member of the National Pool of Trainers for Youth in Action between 2008 and 2001 and for the Erasmus+ program since 2014. Corina is promoting a non-formal participatory manner of training, involving participants in their learning process and working with a variety of training beneficiaries, of different ages and professions.
  • Alexandra Pode
    Impact HUB Bucharest
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    Alexandra Pode

    Impact HUB Bucharest

    Alexandra Pode is partner of Business Models Inc. CEE, Co-Founder of Impact HUB Bucharest and a leadership development facilitator. With a background in customer service, facilitation, leadership development and product development, Alexandra's passion lies in enabling people to co-create ecosystems that drive results through functionality and a high level of emotional engagement. Alexandra has been working with organizations ranging from start-ups to multinationals in places like Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Austria.
  • Sabine Pöhacker
    PROI Worldwide
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    Sabine Pöhacker

    PROI Worldwide

    Sabina Pöhacker is senior consultant, owner and managing director of comm:unications. She is highly experienced in the fields of corporate communication, media work, reputation management and crisis-PR. comm:unications’ costumers benefit from her market knowledge, functional expertise as well as her structured advisory skills, quickly leading to positive PR-results. Sabine Pöhacker is ISO certified Business Coach, studied Translation and Interpretation in Paris and has been working as PR-expert and journalist in Austria as well as abroad. She speaks English, French and Spanish, used to be board member of the Public Relations Verband Austria and teaches at University of Vienna.
  • Florian Pomper
    Caritas Vienna
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    Florian Pomper

    Caritas Vienna

    Florian is Head of Innovation at Caritas Vienna, one of Austria´s leading Social Services providers. Prior to his current position he worked in various managing positions at Caritas and was Managing Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Nonprofit Research at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He also serves as executive board member of Ithuba, an NGO running township schools in South Africa. Florian has a business background with focus on Nonprofit-Management. As an expert in social innovation and impact measurement he works for the European Commission as a jury member of the European Social Innovation Competition and for other social innovation awards like the Social Impact Award of the Erste Foundation Award for Social Integration.
  • Katarina Prelević
    PR Centre
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    Katarina Prelević

    PR Centre

    Katarina Prelević, has 5 years of experience in the field of public relation as the PR Manager. She has MS in Public Relation which ensures high quality of creating and maintaining a favorable public image for client by communicating programs, accomplishments and/or points of view. She is currently on position of PR Manager which means that she is responsible for, developing and implementing PR strategies, liaising with colleagues and key spokespeople; liaising with and answering enquiries from media, individuals and other organizations, researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media, collating and analyzing media coverage, writing and editing, case studies, speeches, articles and annual reports; preparing and supervising the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail leaflets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programmers; devising and coordinating photo opportunities; organizing events including press conferences, exhibitions, open days and press tours; maintaining and updating information on the organization’s website; managing and updating information and engaging with users on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook;
  • Franz Karl Prüller
    ERSTE Foundation
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    Franz Karl Prüller

    ERSTE Foundation

    Since 2016 Franz Karl Prüller is Senior Advisor of the Board of ERSTE Foundation. Before joining ERSTE Foundation, where he has been director of the Social Development Programme from 2005 until 2013, Member of the Board from 2012 until 2016 and its charman from 2015 to 2016, he had worked at Caritas Austria for 17 years. For a period of nine years, he was Secretary General in charge of international programmes and the project department. During this time he represented Caritas Austria on the executive boards of Caritas International is and Europa and was chairman of the charita¬ble foundation Neighbour in Need for three years. Prior to 1996 he was in charge of Cari¬tas’ Central and Eastern European programme and disaster relief programme. During his time working on the CEE programme from 1989 to 1993, he helped re-build Caritas organisations in the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria, among others.
  • Judith Pühringer
    bdv austria
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    Judith Pühringer

    bdv austria

    Judith Pühringer is managing director of bdv austria, the federal umbrella association for social enterprises in Austria since 2004, and has extensive experience in European projects and international work. As a graduated Master of Business Administration in Vienna with specialisation in Social Policy, Leadership and Non-Profit Management, she plays good expertise into a wide network of actors and stakeholders in the field of social economy and social enterprises in Austria. She is an enthusiastic follower of future and possible challenges for social enterprises in Austria and Europe. Consequently, she is also a member of the GECES Group, the Group of experts of the European Commission on social enterprises and social entrepreneurship. Furthermore she is personally engaged in the setting-up process of a Democratic/Ethical Bank in Austria.
  • Kushtrim Puka
    Forum for Civic Initiatives
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    Kushtrim Puka

    Forum for Civic Initiatives

    Kushtrim Puka is the Programs Manager for Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ), a leading NGO in Kosovo. He has significant experience in both private and public sector, working with the leading companies and organizations in Kosovo such as ELKOS Group, GAP Institute for Advanced Studies, and IPKO Telecommunications LLC. Kushtrim is also an entrepreneur, an avid mentor and investors in a number of startups. In addition, he serves in the boards of many local and international organizations.He holds a bachelor’s degree from RIT, with a major in Entrepreneurship a minor in Public Policy, and a Certification from Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Strategic Management & Leadership.
  • Zoran Puljic
    Fondacija Mozaik
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    Zoran Puljic

    Fondacija Mozaik

    Zoran is currently director of Mozaik Foundation. He has served as a member and chairperson of numerous domestic and international boards, including the German Marhall Fund (Balkan Trust for Democracy), European Foundation Centre (Grantmakers East Forum), the Resource Alliance and others. He founded the first Bosnian think-tank, Populari, and served on two for-profit management boards in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a Duke University Fellow in Civil Society, INSEAD Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and BoardSource Fellow in non-profit governance. He holds an MBA and an MA degree in Development, and is also fluent in English, German and Spanish.
  • Paul Rameder
    WU Vienna
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    Paul Rameder

    WU Vienna

    Paul Rameder is assistant professor at the Institute for Nonprofit Management at WU Vienna. He holds a doctoral degree in Management (WU Vienna) and Magister degrees in Business Administration (WU Vienna) and Sport Science (University of Vienna). His research areas are Volunteer Management, Community Service and Service Learning, Teambuilding and Group Dynamics, Social Inequality. Completed developments include: Coaching, Supervision, and organizational development (ÖVS), and action-oriented consulting and training (Integrative Outdoor Aktivitäten®). He is co-founder of the service learning program 'Volunteering@WU' and has outstanding experience in consulting/coaching (teams of) volunteers. Paul Rameder is a member of the Network for action-oriented Consulting and Development (NHBE).
  • Olivia Rauscher
    WU Vienna
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    Olivia Rauscher

    WU Vienna

    Olivia Rauscher is senior researcher and head of area impact measurement at the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at the WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business). Since 2007 she has led and implemented various applied research projects in the field of impact measurement and analysis. She is co-founder of the Austrian Social Impact User Group of the SIAA and jury member at the ideas against poverty innovation award. In addition she regularly holds workshops on the topic of social impact measurement and evaluation as well as leadership trainings at different NPOs.Her research focus is on social impact analysis and evaluation, poverty research, topics in the field of social inequality and health promotion.
  • Astrid Reinprecht
    University of Vienna
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    Astrid Reinprecht

    University of Vienna

    Wide experience in developing and implementing projects for refugees in the non-profit sector with a special focus on political education and mediation of conflicts at various levels of society. Astrid is lecturer in Political Science at the University of Vienna and has ample experience in hosting and facilitation. From 2013 until 2015 she was in the Austrian diplomatic service and has lived in Kosovo and Montenegro. She completed a PHD on the subject of social movements and democracy in Former Yugoslavia at the University of Vienna and the European University Institute in Florence. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in European Studies from Oxford University
  • Matthias Reisinger
    Impact Hub Vienna
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    Matthias Reisinger

    Impact Hub Vienna

    Matthias Reisinger is co-founder and managing director of Impact Hub Vienna. Parallel to his studies in Business Administration and Technology, Matthias was an active member of AIESEC, the world's largest non-political student-run organisation, on local and national level for several years. After graduating with a CEMS Master in International Management, Matthias was one of the co-founders of emersense, an organisation with the aim to provide a support network for 'value creators', individuals that strive to create positive impact with innovative ideas.Building on the experience gained through the work of emersense, the emersense founding team decided to launch the HUB Vienna, a physical space, that inspires and supports new solutions for the world’s pressing issues. Currently, the HUB has more than 350 members, offers a rich event series and organises several programmes that focus on incubating and accelerating selected talents and social ventures.
  • Zsófia Rét
    Kreater
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    Zsófia Rét

    Kreater

    Zsófia is co-founder and innovation coach director in the Kreater-group. She is a sociologist and communication expert who has become a professional trainer with a focus on startup coaching.
  • Christina Rigman
    Pro Vobis
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    Christina Rigman

    Pro Vobis

    Cristina is involved in the development of volunteerism in Romania since 2003, having over 10 years of experience as trainer in national and international contexts. Her expertise is mainly related to volunteer management, volunteer centers and volunteer programs/project development and management, but also in public policies related to volunteerism at national and European levels. She has sound experience in organizational management and leadership, being currently the executive director of Pro Vobis - the National Resource Center for Volunteerism in Romania and president of the European Volunteer Center (CEV). Cristina is an accredited trainer by the National Authority for Qualifications and is a member of the Erasmus+ Trainers network.
  • Elena Rodríguez Blanco
    Authenticitys
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    Elena Rodríguez Blanco

    Authenticitys

    Elena is a social entrepreneur: Currently she is the CEO and co-founder of Authenticitys, and has co-founded Anoderwold, and Bloom Microventures in Vietnam as well as participated in several startup and business development teams for educational projects in Spain. All of these organisations address some of the challenges that our society is facing today, and find creative and social oriented ways to solve them.Elena's experience is quite diverse. She grew up in Central America and has worked in three different continents including over a decade of experience in projects for public and private institutions such as Deutsche Bank (NYC), the European Central Bank (Frankfurt) and General Electric International. More recently, she has honed her expertise in social innovation, and has served as a mentor and coach for more than 300+ organisations and entrepreneurs through ESADE-BBVA Momentum Project, StartupPirates, Sustainability Jam, Service Design Jam, and Team Academy Start Up Process, MakeSense amongst others.She is a researcher at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation, where she has published several studies, including Innovating for social Change: from idea to action (2012) and Learning from social enterprises (2012) and has co-designed and implemented a program for Women Social Innovators at the European level (The WISE program).She is teaching Entrepreneurship at Univesitat Pompeu Fabra, ESADE Business School, the Basque Culinary Centre), and Mondragón Unibertsitatea.Some of her areas of expertise also include start-up process, facilitation and coaching through Design Thinking, Service Design, Art of Hosting and Team Coaching. She is also a trainer of trainers in a methodology to develop projects called Dragon Dreaming.Elena has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Università Bocconi, (exchange in Wharton School), Master in Development Management from London School of Economics and a Master in Team Coaching Entrepreneurship pedagogy from Team Academy and Partus.
  • Susanne Roiser
    University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt
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    Susanne Roiser

    University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt

    Since 2013, Susanne Roiser is researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and programme manager of Technical Sales Management. She is in charge of developing the new master studies programme and she is also in a managerial capacity within the department of market communication and sales.Susanne Roiser was lecturer and researcher in the field of user and open innovation at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (WU Wien). She developed several award winning lectures in the field of co-creation, new product development and user-centred design. She worked as strategy and innovation management consultant for several years (references such as Airbus Operations, Apple, Magna Powertrain, Kapsch TrafficCom, Johnson Controls, startups and public sector). Her competences include crowdsourcing and communities, lead user method, design thinking, opportunity recognition and evaluation, business modelling, strategy development and sales innovation.
  • Andreja Rosandić
    NESsT
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    Andreja Rosandić

    NESsT

    Andreja is NESsT's regional sustainability manager for Central and Eastern Europe. Until 2013, she held the position of enterprise development manager in Croatia and was responsible for overseeing planning, implementation, and evaluation of NESsT’s portfolio of social enterprises. Prior to joining NESsT, Andreja worked for five years at the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where she was responsible for managing a variety of NGO grants. She also worked on several EU projects, as an evaluator for PHARE 2005 and 2006, and as a consultant in the field of vocational education. In addition, she worked for a year as an advocate of children's rights. Andreja holds a Master of Science in multidisciplinary studies from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and a bachelor's degree in social pedagogy from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. She has undergone various training programs in communication, supervision, psychotherapy, project cycle management, and quality assurance. She speaks Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, and English.
  • Sonia Ruiz
    NOIMA
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    Sonia Ruiz

    NOIMA

    Sonia is passionate about creating social, sustainable and inclusive change through communications, engagement and innovation. She is the founder of NOIMA, Meaningful Strategies (www.noima.net) a boutique sustainability innovation and communications consultancy based in Barcelona and working internationally with change makers around the world. NOIMA has developed projects and collaborated, amongst other, with: Greenpeace International, the International Water Association (IWA), European Commission, UNEP, Unilever, Vodafone, Imerys, Smart CSOs, the Sustainability Department of the Catalan Government, Fundació ASPACE, Fundación ECODES, Acción contra el Hambre- Fundación Luís Vives, Fundació Marianao, Fundació Formació i Treball, Fundació Collserola, Ship2B, ESADE Institute of Social Innovation, ESADE Creápolis, the European Communications Directors Association, Aigües de Barcelona, Esteve, the Municipality of Sant Boi and the Hellenic- Spanish Chamber of Comerce. Sonia is an academic collaborator and researcher at the ESADE Institute of Social Innovation, where she has been part of the European research project EU InnovatE: Sustainable Lifestyles 2.0 and co- authored the publication“ Innovating in search of sustainability: citizens, companies and entrepreneurs”. She has a degree on Political Science and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Birmingham, an MBA from the ALBA Graduate School of Business and has followed executive education at ESADE, Stanford and Harvard University JFK School of Government.
  • Hajdana Rukavina
    Green Energy Cooperativ
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    Hajdana Rukavina

    Green Energy Cooperativ

    Crowdfunding trainer and project manager for Green Energy Cooperative. Hajdana is a mentor and conductor for successful crowdfunding campaigns such as: Buba bar, Brlog, Fabula Organic Pencil, Choco bar, Ku-kuc! and other. She has managed the program organization for the Crowdfunding Academy in Ukraine.
  • Gerry Salole
    European Foundation Centre
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    Gerry Salole

    European Foundation Centre

    Gerry Salole is a social anthropologist and development worker. He studied Social Anthropology and African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He holds an M.A. (Econ.) and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. He was appointed Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) in 2005. The EFC is an association of over 230 public-benefit foundations and corporate funders active in philanthropy in Europe and elsewhere.His previous posts included serving as representative of the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, based in Johannesburg, and director of the Department of Programme Documentation and Communication of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. He has also worked for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, and Redd Barna (Norwegian Save the Children) and OXFAM UK and UNHCR in Ethiopia. Gerry Salole was the founding Chair of TrustAfrica, an independent private foundation set up in Dakar, Senegal, in 2006 to promote peace, economic prosperity, and social justice throughout the continent.
  • Axel Schein
    Ketchum Publico
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    Axel Schein

    Ketchum Publico

    Axel Schein studied Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Columbia Graduate School of Business/NY. He has a background in Banking, Finance and Project Management. He has 10 years of experience in management consulting and communications and is an expert in Corporate Strategy, Positioning, Issue Management, Crisis Communication, Public Affairs. His industry focus is in Finance, the Public Sector and Manufacturing. In 2014 he won the Best PRactice Award (Public Relations Verband Österreich) as well as the Staatspreis PR 2014 Category CSR (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft).
  • Klara Maria Schenk
    Lockl Strategie
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    Klara Maria Schenk

    Lockl Strategie

    Klara Maria Schenk is a senior consultant and communication-coach at "Lockl Strategie". In her current position she accompanies leaders and experts from politics, business and NGOs in their communicative development. Her main focus as a media- and communication-coach is on election campaigning, CEO positioning and the development of messages for TV, radio, print and online. Schenk studied business administrations at the WU-Wien, focusing on innovation management and entrepreneurship. She worked for several years in renowned PR agencies, including as a consultant at Ecker & Partner, and headed the "Corporate Partnerships" department at WKW's FHWien where Schenk oversaw the areas of fundraising, sponsorship and economic cooperation.
  • Karin Schetelig
    The Boston Consulting Group
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    Karin Schetelig

    The Boston Consulting Group

    Karin Schetelig is a project leader in The Boston Consulting Group's Vienna office, specialised in the sectors of global healthcare and social impact. Additionally to leading global projects in these areas, she is coordinating BCG Austria's Social Impact Programme and has been mentoring and supporting social entrepreneurs since 2010. Furthermore, she is member of the think tank "Stiftung Neue Verantwortung", focusing on Social Impact Bonds and other new ways of financing social innovation. During a sabbatical, Karin served as head of strategy for GAIN (Global Alliance against Malnutrition), an international organisation bringing government, private sector and social organisations together to develop sustainable innovative partnerships to combat global malnutrition. Furthermore, she co-founded an NGO active in rebuilding infrastructure and livelihoods in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami 2004. Karin did her MSc in Development and Anthropology at London School of Economics as well as international business administration at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna.
  • Andrea Schmidt
    WU Vienna
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    Andrea Schmidt

    WU Vienna

    Andrea Schmidt is a research and teaching associate at the NPO-Group of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She studied sociology and acting and has been awarded with various scholarships for further education in New York and Austria. She worked as project and production manager. Her research interests include cultural entrepreneurship, cultural management and careers in the cultural field.
  • Björn Schmitz
    Phil!omondo
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    Björn Schmitz

    Phil!omondo

    Björn Schmitz is the owner of the consulting firm phil!iomondo and an expert in innovation management, business planning, collaboration, scaling and organizational development. He is a systemic organizational developer and changer manager (isb Wiesloch). Formerly he has been a project-manager and researcher for the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) at the University of Heidelberg for more than six years. He studied business administration in Mannheim and Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology in Heidelberg.
  • Christian Schober
    WU Vienna
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    Christian Schober

    WU Vienna

    Christian Schober is head of Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business). During the last 10 years he has led numerous applied research projects in the field of impact measurement and analysis. He cofounded the Austrian Social Impact User Group of the SIAA and is member of the Austrian NPO-Governance working group. Furthermore, he is responsible for leadership trainings at a number of NPOs.His research interests lie in the areas of (Economic) Evaluation, Social Impact Measurement, Finance of NPOs and Governance of NPOs. Topics in the field of long term care and people with disabilities are also in the focus of his work.
  • Georg Schön
    Ashoka Austria
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    Georg Schön

    Ashoka Austria

    Georg Schön is venture coordinator for Ashoka - the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. He supports social entrepreneurs across Central Europe to maximise their impact and helps building ecosystems for social entrepreneurship by creating alliances with the public, private and not-for-profit sector. Georg studied at the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Vienna University of Technology, holding a M.A. in Social Anthropology, and a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Management. He has worked for think tanks and research institutes in Central America and Austria, and published widely on topics related to sustainable development, climate change and social change. Georg initiated several social ventures, including a training programme for social entrepreneurs, and a sustainability consulting company. Georg worked for UNDP in Macedonia as Environment Programme Officer, and later set up the UNDP Black Sea Climate & Business (CLIMBIZ) Initiative, based in Athens. The CLIMBIZ Initiative launched a regional scaling challenge for social and environmental entrepreneurs, supporting ventures from Serbia to Azerbaijan to scale-up.
  • Christian Seelos
    University of Oxford
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    Christian Seelos

    University of Oxford

    Christian is the Leo Tindemans Chair for Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven. He is also a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and an academic visitor at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Previously, he was the Director of the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability and faculty of the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School.He teaches MBA and executive courses in "International Business", "Strategic Management", "CSR and Business Ethics", "Social Innovation", "Social Entrepreneurship", and "Strategy and Sustainability". Christian researches emerging topics at the interface between organizational strategies and global sustainability agendas. This includes novel approaches to social innovation and new business models around topics such as poverty, climate change and water stress. His research on innovative business models in the context of deep poverty was recognized by the Strategic Management Society (Best Paper Award for Practice Implications, 2007) and also won him the Gold Price, 2008 of the IFC-FT research competition on private sector development. In the 1980s and early 90s he was Associate Professor for Molecular Biology and Cancer Research at the University of Vienna. He published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the natural- and social-sciences. He also held several positions in the private industry that included Director at FSG Social Impact Advisors in Geneva, Senior Contract Director at British Telecom Global Services, BT Ignite Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Senior Strategy Consultant at Siemens and Vice President for Portfolio Strategy and Product Development at Transclick Inc. In the mid 1990s, he served as Senior Adviser to the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM and led a number of missions as part of the disarmament of Iraq’s biological weapons programme.
  • Szelim Simándi
    XKK
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    Szelim Simándi

    XKK

    Szelim Simándi is a communications expert working with the XKK team for two years on media, social media and integrated communications campaigns of NGOs. During his career he’s been working on dozens of policy and fundraising campaigns of civil organizations.
  • Ruth Simsa
    WU Vienna
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    Ruth Simsa

    WU Vienna

    Ruth Simsa works as a Professor of Sociology at the Department for Socioeconomics at the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business). She is in the scientific board of the Competence Centre for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship (WU Vienna). She is teaching trainer for group dynamics and organizational consulting and has many years of experience as coach and consultant in business, administrative, and nonprofit organizations. Her research focuses on civil society and social movements as well as on leadership in nonprofit organisations.
  • Teodora Škero
    PR Centre
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    Teodora Škero

    PR Centre

    Teodora Škero, has 5 years of experience as journalist. She is currently on position of in-house journalist which means that she is responsible for researching a subject and story; writing and editing news stories and features in the publication's house style; ensuring work is well written, accurate and submitted to deadline; conducting interviews, either in person or remotely; attending seminars, conferences; generating ideas for stories; sourcing images to accompany written pieces; keeping up to date with trends and developments relating to the clients subject matter.
  • Darko Soković
    Dokukino
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    Darko Soković

    Dokukino

    Film director by vocation, proven production/communications expert by experience, and civil activist by conviction, Darko is the founder and President of Dokukino, a man whose vision and tirelessness have been driving the Foundation forward since day one. While still at school, Darko acquired considerable knowledge of the media, having worked as journalist, content editor and live presenter on the radio. After graduation, his next leap was into the world of PR and communications, in which he acquired plenty of practical experience, before starting Dokukino in 2010. At Dokukino, Darko’s main role entails working with clients and envisioning social good campaigns aligned with both clients’ wishes and communal benefits.
  • Gabriela Sonnleitner
    magdas Hotel
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    Gabriela Sonnleitner

    magdas Hotel

    Gabriela likes social business! And if you are interested in it too, she is happy to share her knowledge about it. Gabriela is responsible for marketing and communication as well as partner relations of magdas. With her experience in social as well as the for-profit sector (Wien Tourismus, Caritas, Ketchum Publico etc.) she has now found a new challenge in the social business sector. Together with Michael Kleinbichler, she is in charge of the management of magdas.
  • Viktória Sőregi
    NESsT Hungary
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    Viktória Sőregi

    NESsT Hungary

    Viktória Sőregi is an Enterprise Development Consultant in Budapest and is responsible for supporting the development of NESsT activities within the Hungary portfolio. She gained her experience in business development at the SEED Foundation for Small Enterprise Economic Development; she facilitated trainings and mentored mainly young entrepreneurs. Viktória holds a Masters degree in Hungarian Literature and Communication Studies from the Faculty of Humanities at ELTE University of Budapest. Besides the business development she works as an outdoor and experiential education trainer in the network of Outward Bound.
  • Günter Stahl
    WU Vienna
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    Günter Stahl

    WU Vienna

    Günter K. Stahl is Professor of International Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Prior to joining WU Wien, he served for eight years as a full-time faculty member at INSEAD and was based at INSEAD’s Europe and Asia campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore. He was also a member of the faculty at the University of Bayreuth and a visiting professor at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.Professor Stahl’s research, teaching and services to the academic community have been recognised by numerous awards, including the Carolyn Dexter Award and Making Connections Award of the Academy of Management and the Academy of Intercultural Studies and Daimler Chrysler Award for Excellence in International Management Research. Recently, he was recognised with the CEMS Course of the Year Award 2009 (the course with the highest student evaluations of all CEMS courses in Europe) and the WU Award for Innovative Teaching. He is currently Chair of the Teaching Committee of the International Management Division and serves on the advisory boards of several for-profit- and non-profit organisations, including Catalyst, a research and advisory organisation working globally with companies to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women in business. Professor Stahl has extensive consulting experience and has been involved in executive teaching for a variety of industrial and professional services companies including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, , Bayer Healthcare, BMW, BOC, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, DaimlerChrysler, Fresenius, Henkel, Nissan, Novartis, IBM, KPMG, Mobilink, Siemens, Telekom/ Mobilkom Austria and UGS, among others. Besides teaching for INSEAD and WU Wien, he has been involved in management education for leading business schools in Germany, England, France, Israel, Singapore, China, Japan and the United States.
  • Ivana Stančić
    Smart Kolektiv
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    Ivana Stančić

    Smart Kolektiv

    Ivana has graduated Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. More than 15 years has been active in the civil sector and believes that every individual can be an agent of change in society.Since 2009 she has engaged in Smart Kolektiv in development and implementation of projects aimed at development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia through the promotion of the concept, empowering social enterprises and advocating for the development of a more favorable environment.She participates in the work of the Coalition for Social Entrepreneurship Development, coordinates the work of the SENS network and was one of the editors of the Guide How to launch a social enterprise. Since 2013, coordinates the work of social enterprise good bag.
  • Věra Staňková
    KESWICK Partners Communication
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    Věra Staňková

    KESWICK Partners Communication

    She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Charles University in Prague. Since 1989, she was working in media (Czech Television and Czech Radio), where she had the opportunity to try out different forms of journalistic profession. After 10 years of experience she moved to the press department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and spent four years in partnership with the world's leading entrepreneur Oľga Girstlová. In 2004 she co-founded company KESWICK Partners Communication.She benefits of her extensive experience in the field of media and marketing in consulting and training services being provided since 2009. She is specialized in trainings on PR and marketing, media and communications. In addition to the business sector, she also works with several Czech nonprofit organizations. She lives in Brno.
  • Wolfgang Stuppert
    Camino Werkstatt
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    Wolfgang Stuppert

    Camino Werkstatt

    Wolfgang Stuppert is a social scientist and civic activist with experience in the design and implementation of evaluations for national and international civil society organisations. As an evaluator, he has been working in Germany, South-Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa for UN Women, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Oxfam International, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bread for the World (BfW), the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, and the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs. In Romania, he conducted an impact evaluation of OvidiuRo’s “Every Child in Kindergarten” national education pogram. In Moldova, he has developed an evaluation framework for a youth social entrepreneurship program by EcoVisio. Wolfgang holds a Master in Eastern European Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin, and a Master in Management of Political Organisations from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He is currently finishing his PhD on the role of societal mobilizations in democratization processes in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt University. He is currently a consultant for Camino gGmbH.
  • Peter Surek
    Erste Group
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    Peter Surek

    Erste Group

    Peter Surek (40) is a retail banker with more than 15 years of experience in different CEE markets. He majored in Banking at the University of Economics in Bratislava in 1999 and decided to start the banking career from the bottom. In Tatra banka (Raiffeissen Bank International subsidiary in Slovakia) he spent 8 years going through almost all the positions in the retail branch network - from teller to regional director. Within the RBI retail leadership program he was managing multiple projects in Austria, Albania and Croatia focused on MIS, pricing and affluent banking. In 2009-2011 he was co-founding the new direct bank ZUNO, heading products and business processes development. In 2011 Mr.Surek decided to join Erste Group as the head of the new established Retail MIS unit. After successful development of the Retail MIS platform he got to know the Zweite Sparkasse and fascinated by the social background of Erste decided to leave his retail career for developing social banking in the CEE countries. Since May 2013 he leads the new created holding unit Social banking development.
  • Oana Țoiu
    Social Innovation Solutions
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    Oana Țoiu

    Social Innovation Solutions

    Impact-driven entrepreneur turned State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour & Family in Romania on social inclusion and social business, currently back to consultancy and training. Oana has delivered trainings and speeches in Romania, Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, Belgium, Moldova, Holland and at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in US. In Romania she worked with Active Watch, Romano ButiQ, Impact Hub, UNDP, NESsT, TEDxBucharest, The Entrepreneurship Academy and multinational companies. Previously co-led the project team that set-up Mesteshukar ButiQ, a social enterprise of Roma handcrafts and international designers (included in top 10 EU employment social innovations in (2013) and is featured as one of 101 thinkers and doers in Romania by Foreign Policy and that of top 20 social innovators in Romania by Ashoka, is and Aspen Fellow and a German Marshall Fund Fellow and AIESEC alumnae.
  • Laura Tóth
    NESsT Hungary
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    Laura Tóth

    NESsT Hungary

    Laura Tóth is the Enterprise Development Manager in Budapest and is responsible for supporting the development of NESsT activities within the Hungary portfolio. She participates in consulting projects of NESsT and in the global due diligence working group within the organization. Laura oversees the communication activity of the Hungary office.Prior to joining NESsT in 2008, Laura worked part-time for KPMG Hungary in the department of human resources, interned at ÉFOÉSZ (Hungarian Association for People with Intellectual Disability), and worked at summer camps in Hungary, the United States and the United Kingdom for children with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds. Laura holds a Masters degree in Business Management Studies with a minor in Regional Development from the Faculty of Business Administration at Corvinus University of Budapest.
  • Andreas Treichl
    Erste Group Bank AG
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    Andreas Treichl

    Erste Group Bank AG

    Andreas Treichl is Chairman of the Management Board of Erste Group Bank AG. He studied economics at the University of Vienna. Andreas Treichl started his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York in 1977. He first started working for Erste Group in 1983 for three years and rejoined the bank in 1994, when he was appointed member of the management board. Since July 1997, Andreas Treichl has been Chairman of the Management Board.

  • Daniela Unterholzner
    neunerhaus
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    Daniela Unterholzner

    neunerhaus

    Since 2016 responsible for new project development at neunerhaus, social institution for houseless people. 2009-2016 deputy director and head of communication of the Institut of Kulturkonzepte Vienna, Austria. Consultant and trainer for strategic marketing, social media and content management and lecturer at the FH Kufstein, Austria. She graduated in art history, history and cultural management in Vienna, Bangkok and Innsbruck and finished her PHD in history in 2015. Work experiences especially in the fields of contemporary art, galleries, art education, archives and festivals.
  • Barbara Unterlechner
    Weisser Ring
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    Barbara Unterlechner

    Weisser Ring

    A Lawyer, a trainer and a mediator, Barbara Unterlerchner is the Deputy Director of the Weisser Ring and in charge of victims’ support. She has professional experience in the field of asylum law, in the counseling and monitoring of victims of domestic violence, and she participated in several national and European projects on the subject of trafficking in human beings, violence in the family and the support of crime victims. Since 2009 she has been working as a trainer for ZARA and ZARA Training.
  • Peter Vandor
    WU Vienna
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    Peter Vandor

    WU Vienna

    Since 2008, Peter Vandor is researcher and lecturer at the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and manager of the social entrepreneurship unit at the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organisations and Social Entrepreneurship. In his position, he has been leading 40+ collaboration projects with organisations such as CERN, UNDP and the Roland Berger Foundation. His research interests lie in the areas of social entrepreneurship, migrant entrepreneurship and innovation.Peter is founder and academic director of the Social Impact Award, a learning programme and idea competition for budding social entrepreneurs in 7+ countries. He also initiated the first academic and award winning course on Social Entrepreneurship in Austria.
  • Eva Varga
    Independent Consulter
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    Eva Varga

    Independent Consulter

    Eva Varga is an independent consultant with expertise in social enterprise development and social investment. In the past year she has worked with the City Bridge Trust of the City of London Corporation, the European Venture Philanthropy Association and social innovation and social enterprise development programmes in Central Europe.Eva worked at NESsT for over 10 years, where she was the Director for Portfolio Performance, leading the development and implementation of new strategies for a portfolio of social enterprises, capacity building, financing instruments and social impact management tools in Central European and Latin American countries. Before joining NESsT in 2003, Eva worked in the field of microfinance as a Branch Manager of the Micro Finance Bank of Yugoslavia. Prior to that, she was an internal management consultant at ABN-Amro Bank in Hungary. Eva is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES). She has a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York.Eva has a keen interest in cetaceans. In 2014 she spent 8 months at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, a marine conservation organization in Scotland as its Operations Manager.
  • Miroslav Varga
    Escape studio
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    Miroslav Varga

    Escape studio

    Miroslav is internet specialist for online marketing, statistical analysis and data mining and works as customer relation manager and online marketing lecturer at several schools and institutions. He is a big fan of online marketing, especially Google AdWords and Google Analytics play-toys. To the best of his knowledge, he is the only Google AdWords certified Trainer and GAIQ grandfather in the Region.
  • Szilvia Varró
    XKK
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    Szilvia Varró

    XKK

    Szilvia Varró is a Pulitzer-prize winnig journalist, director of Communication Center X. She was a journalist for 18 years and worked in various segments of Hungarian media (print, online, radio). She founded XKK, the first creative team in Hungary to use the power of communication to advance cosial causes and amplify civil society voices.
  • Dana Verbal
    European Commission
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    Dana Verbal

    European Commission

    Dana has been working for the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion for the past 3 years. From February 2012 to January 2015, she was a member of the Romanian team. In this role, she ensured proper supervision of the implementation of the European Social Fund in Romania and took part in the negotiations regarding the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (2014-2020) in Romania. She was also responsible for assessing Romania's policy developments in the area of social inclusion and social protection and for preparing recommendation proposals in this field.In February 2015 she started working in the unit for "Youth Employment, Entrepreneurship and Sectoral Employment Challenges". As a member of the Entrepreneurship and Microfinance team, she is now responsible for policy development and analysis in the area of social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the European Commission, Dana worked for the Public Employment Service of the Province of Trieste (Italy) where she was responsible for the management of projects co-funded by the European Social Fund.
  • Péter Vitézy
    Action Lab
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    Péter Vitézy

    Action Lab

    Péter Vitézy is an expert and trainer on negotiations. Peter looks back at over 15 years of experience in corporate sales and has developed his own training method. Among his specialties are behavioral analysis in negotiations as well as cultural psychology in marketing and management.
  • Sonja Vuković
    CEDRA HR
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    Sonja Vuković

    CEDRA HR

    Sonja Vuković is an expert in social entrepreneurship for more than 20 years, a consultant for social employment and social development, founder of the Association for Creative Development Slap, initiator and coordinator of the Regional Forum of social entrepreneurship, initiators and a Board member of the Croatian Network for Rural Development, professional associate at Social Enterprise Europe. Her special expertise lies in the preparation and development of project proposals, coordination of implementation, reporting, fundraising, financial management, human resource management, organizational development and program. She has a high competence in creating training curriculum, developing interactive training methodology and delivering training/workshops, that she mainly gained through her training/consulting experience, providing more than 200 workshops and lectures over past 15 years. Sonja is also lecturer of social entrepreneurship at VERN-in.
  • Stefan Wallner
    Erste Group
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    Stefan Wallner

    Erste Group

    Stefan Wallner, the former general secretary of Caritas Austria and managing director of the national organization of the Green Party, joined ERSTE Group in February 2017. As a major organization within the financial sector, Erste Group has played a leading role in the development of ideas, initiatives and concrete projects together with civil society for many years. Stefan’s task is to expand and intensify this partnership. His responsibilities include closer integration of existing initiatives, development of projects together with the civil society, and the creation of new partnerships. Before joining ERSTE group, Stefan Wallner already played a key role in many ERSTE initiaves as general secretary of Caritas – especially in the establishment of Zweite Sparkasse in 2006 and in the development of the social programme of ERSTE Foundation. He was also member of the jury for many years for the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration in all of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Saskia Wallner
    Ketchum Publico
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    Saskia Wallner

    Ketchum Publico

    Saskia Wallner studied Law in Vienna, Paris and Florence and completed her postgraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna. After her judical year, she worked for the Austrian Constitutional Court and later for the European Commission in Brussels. Later on, Saskia Wallner startet working in Sales and Marketing for the PSK Group and BA/CA Group. From 1998-2010, Saskia Wallner worked for Pleon Publico Relations & Lobbying in Vienna and London, first as senior consultant, afterwars als Partner and Member of the Pleon European Board. Since 2011, Saskia Wallner has been CEO of Ketchum Publico in Vienna. Her focus lies on Strategic Consulting, Positioning, Stakeholder Relations, Crisis and Change Communication.
  • Barbara Weber
    Amnesty International Austria
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    Barbara Weber

    Amnesty International Austria

    Barbara Weber is director of Amnesty International Austria. She started working for Amnesty International Austria in 2003 and was in charge of developing and managing the educational institution Amnesty Academy as well as managing the Activism, Campaigning & Training Department. Before that, she worked for the EU project "Gleiche Chancen im Betrieb" (equality of opportunities at work) at ZARA – Zivilcourage und Antri-Rassismus-Arbeit (Civil Courage and Anti-Racism Work) and for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. Additionally, Barbara Weber has been working as trainer in Austria as well as abroad since 1992. She studied Conflict-Resolution at the University of Bradford, UK.
  • Martin Wesian
    Helioz GmbH
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    Martin Wesian

    Helioz GmbH

    Martin Wesian is the Founder of the Social Enterprise Helioz and the inventor of WADI. WADI is an affordable solar water disinfection measurement device, especially developed for low income households. Since 2003, Mr. Wesian has applied his wide range of start-up and management skills across a diverse range of sectors in management functions. He contributed to the growth of several start-ups. For example, Systems AG started with 7 employees and expanded its staff to 150 during Martin Wesian´s employment.Prior to Helioz, Mr. Wesian was self-employed as Art- and Culture-Manager under the Brand Denkstube. Denkstube was responsible for major art and cultural projects in Austria and Europe, like the visitors area of the Austrian Parliament, Vienna Mozart House, and parts of the Schönbrunn Zoo. Beside his managerial position, Mr. Wesian also worked for the German Red Cross, served for the United Nations (UN) Operations Branch in Cyprus, and is a trained Engineer for Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. At Helioz, he is in charge of R&D, product management, production, PR, investor relationship, and social impact measurement and implementation. Mr. Wesian holds a MSc in International Business Engineering from FH Technikum Vienna and a BA (hons) in Communications. He studied in Vienna, Beijing, and Shanghai.
  • Stefan Wiesel
    WU Vienna
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    Stefan Wiesel

    WU Vienna

    Stefan Wiesel is Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute for Service Marketing and Tourism at the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business). Prior to joining the Institute in June 2011, he gained professional experience through employments at Thyssen Krupp AG, Kienbaum Management Consultants and as a Project Assistant at WU Wien’s Retail Institute. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration from WU Wien and is a PhD student in doctoral programme there. His research interests include social media marketing and the study of the effects of decision heuristics on managerial decision making. Stefan Wiesel has acquired teaching experience in both German and English language and covers subjects such as Marketing Research Methods, Customer Relationship Management and Consumer Behaviour.
  • Filip Wijkström
    Stockholm School of Economics
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    Filip Wijkström

    Stockholm School of Economics

    Filip Wijkström is Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Center Director of Stockholm Center on Civil Society Studies at the SSE Institute for Research. His research interests include the wider role of civil society as well as the governance and strategy of nonprofit and voluntary organizations. Prof. Wijkström is the author of several books and articles and he serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals in the field. His teaching experience ranges from undergraduate and master courses in management and organization theory to more specialized teaching in civil society governance and management on executive and PhD level. Prof. Wijkström has been a visiting fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney (1997/98), the School of Management at Trinity College, Dublin (2004) as well as at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (2008).
  • Christopher Worman
    TechSoupGlobal
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    Christopher Worman

    TechSoupGlobal

    Chris Worman, Director of Program Development at TechSoupGlobal has been working in civil society since 1998. Chris began in community development, communications and fundraising for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he was a part of the $130 million ‘New Guthrie’ Capital campaign team. At the successful conclusion of the campaign, Chris became Direct Marketing and Foundations Manager for Special Olympics where he introduced various methods for cultivating individuals of high net worth, managed a database of more than 250,000 individual donors and began his first serious data and technology projects, launching several online fundraising and community building platforms before facebook made it so easy. As the systems reached maturity Chris, raised in Botswana, felt his international upbringing pull on his professional self and began to look at opportunities abroad.Chris arrived in Romania in 2006 thanks to Peace Corps and by late 2007 had started the country’s first community foundation and a national platform for more of the same. Over the next 5 years Chris started a variety of civic-engagement-through-philanthropy processes designed to create alternative and enabling power structures for citizens in post-democratic societies. Along the way, Chris designed and launched several social enterprises and brought TechSoup into Romania in 2009. Through TechSoup projects of Chris’ design, more than 4 million citizens in Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been exposed to an intensely local dialogue about the role of the citizen in nominal democracies. Chris is currently based in Warsaw where he coordinates more of the same, tries to build global alliances for tech and social change, and continues consulting on how to best accelerate social leadership from beautiful ideas to reality.
  • Gregor Woschnagg
    Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
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    Gregor Woschnagg

    Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU

    Gregor Woschnagg is one of the most distinguished Austrian experts on European affairs. After representing Austria at the United Nations in New York from 1968-1973, he served as an ambassador of Austria in Nairobi. From 1987 onwards, his professional focus was the European Union: At first as the deputy of the Austrian EU-ambassador, later as the head of the Permanent Representation of Austria at the European Union in Brussels. In two decades of working on the European level, he experienced not only successes, such as the Austrian presidency of the European Union in 2006, but also difficulties, such as the sanctions against Austria in 1999.

    After official retiring in 2007, he is a counsellor of the Federation of Austrian Industries concerning European agendas and gives lectures on European affairs and the difficulties of mediating between national and European interests as well as on the position and options of Austria within the European community.

  • Werner Wutscher
    Business Angel
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    Werner Wutscher

    Business Angel

    Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in top management positions in public service administration and corporate management. In the last few years he has invested in startups and shared his knowledge and experience as a Business Angel ("Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012"). Understanding both worlds puts him in an excellent position to bridge the gap between corporations and startups.
  • Milada Záborcová
    Neziskovky.cz Foundation
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    Milada Záborcová

    Neziskovky.cz Foundation

    Born in 1973, she works as a lecturer of communication strategies and trainer of emotional skills. She cooperates with Foundation Neziskovky.cz in the field of education development. She graduated from Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague – in French and Czech language and literature, with extended studies of education and psychology.Since 2005 she tutors courses and workshops focused on relationships. She specializes in crisis communication, solving conflicts while working with people, management skills, emotional abilities development, age management. She is also engaged in education for seniors, organizes literary and historical lecturers, contributes to professional journals, participates in conferences and prepares concepts of education in cooperation with other NGOs.
  • Narciza Zaharia
    Civil Society Development Foundation
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    Narciza Zaharia

    Civil Society Development Foundation

    Narciza Zaharia has been involved for over 10 years in the provision of training and consultancy services, on topics related to project management (extended expertise in the field of projects financed within the cohesion policy and the structural funds), proposal writing, organisational management, project cycle management, social economy, etc. Narciza has direct experience as manager and practical experience in conducting evaluation processes, including also selection and evaluation of project proposals.