Doraja Eberle holds a diploma as a social worker and was previously member of the provincial government of Salzburg. In 1992 she founded the association “Bauern helfen Bauern (Farmers Help Farmers)”, which enables victims of the Balkan wars to return to their home countries. It has, for example, helped to build 900 wooden houses to date and financed agriculture, education and health projects.
Numerous awards, 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 bear testament to Doraja Eberle’s social commitment.
Salzburg-born Eberle joins Andreas Treichl (chairman), Rupert Dollinger, Boris Marte and Richard Wolf as the fifth Board Member of ERSTE Foundation.
In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. Currently, ERSTE Foundation holds 25.3% of the capital shares of Erste Group. The foundation invests part of its dividends in the development of societies in Austria and Central and South Eastern Europe. It supports social participation and civil-society engagement; it aims to bring people together and disseminate knowledge of the recent history of a region that has been undergoing dramatic changes since 1989. As an active foundation, it develops its own projects within the framework of three programmes: Social Development, Culture and Europe.