Team

Our team reflects the diversity of Europe. Together with an international group of experts in various fields, we develop concepts and solutions for the future.

MANAGING BOARD

Eva Hoeltl

Eva Höltl

Member of the Board

Wolfgang Schopf

Wolfgang Schopf

Deputy CEO and CFO

Martin Wohlmuth

Martin Wohlmuth

Member of the Board

SUPERVISORY BOARD

TEAM

Sabine Altmann

Sabine Altmann

Officer Manager

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Martina Bachler

Press Officer for the Managing Board and Supervisory Board

Yana Barinova

Yana Barinova

Project Manager European Policies and Ukraine

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation

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Beatrix Beck

Board Meeting Manager and Assistant to the Managing Board

Jutta Braidt

Jutta Braidt

Head of ERSTE Foundation Library

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Ana Maria Cretu

Social Impact Investment Lead

Ursula Dechant

Ursula Dechant

Grant Manager

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Sarah Hayes

Communications Expert (On Leave)

Barbara Kampits

Barbara Kampits

Assistant to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board

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Katrin Klingan

Curator

Maribel Königer

Maribel Königer

Director Communications, Journalism, and Media

Miroslava Krasa

Miroslava Krása

Communications Specialist

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Emma Liebhart

Office Manager

Hedvig Morvai

Hedvig Morvai

Director Strategy and Europe

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Daniel Mayer

Project Manager Europe and Democracy

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Daniela Mühlbacher

Communications Expert

Barbora Orlíková

Barbora Orlíková

Project Coordinator

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Rauno Pello

Head of Design and Research

Andreea Petrea

Andreea Petrea

Head of Business Development

Franz Karl Prüller

Franz Karl Prüller

Senior Advisor to the Board

Gerald Radinger

Gerald Radinger

Communications Expert

Simona Rhomberg

Simona Rhomberg

In-house Counsel

Marianne Schlögl

Marianne Schlögl

Manager Strategic Partnerships

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Johannes Steiner

Office Manager

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Fanny Tamussino

Assistant to the Managing Board

Nicole Traxler

Nicole Traxler

Manager Social Innovation

Jovana Trifunivic

Jovana Trifunović

Communications Expert

Ľubica Vopičková

Ľubica Vopičková

IT Coordinator and Accounting Administrator

Heide Wihrheim

Heide Wihrheim

Project Manager

Eva Zalesky

Eva Zalesky

Board Meeting Manager

Boris Marte

CEO

Boris Marte is CEO of ERSTE Foundation since October 2021. He was Head of Erste HUB, the innovation centre of Erste Group from 2012 until 2021. In that role he had been responsible for the development of numerous innovation projects of Erste Group, such as the banking platform George, the Erste Financial Life Park (FLiP) and Erste Group’s #glaubandich identity communication. He returned to the Managing Board of ERSTE Foundation in 2016, which he had previously been a member of between 2008 and 2012. Prior to working for Erste Group, Boris Marte held various positions in politics as a Member of the Cabinets of the Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Science and Research (1991-1995) and of the Cultural Commissioner of the City of Vienna (1997-2001). From 1998 until 2000, Boris Marte was responsible for the installation of the Holocaust Monument in the city of Vienna. In 1999, he published the book Die Neue Ordnung des Politischen – Die Herausforderungen der Demokratie im 21. Jahrhundert (Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York).

Eva Höltl

Member of the Board

Eva Höltl has been a member of the managing board of ERSTE Foundation since 2020. As head of the health centre of Erste Bank AG, she is responsible for all aspects of workplace health promotion. An expert on the impact of social problems on individual people’s health and the resilience of social groups, she contributes her knowledge to ERSTE Foundation. Eva Höltl: The corona crisis is forcing us to rethink many questions of social cohesion and social security. This is a huge challenge. Eva Höltl is also a lecturer at the Academy of Occupational Medicine, head of the scientific advisory board of the Austrian Academy of Occupational Medicine and Prevention, a member of the board of the Austrian Society of Occupational Medicine and a member of the board of trustees of the Erwin Ringel Institute’s endowment fund.

Wolfgang Schopf

CFO and Deputy CEO

Most recently, Wolfgang Schopf held the position of CFO on the Management Board of Česká Sporitelna. Before that, he was Head of Group Performance Management at Erste Group, where he had worked since 1980. He began his career in the accounting department of Girozentrale. After the merger with Erste Bank, he became Deputy Head of Accounting and in 2004 Head of Controlling. In that role, Wolfgang Schopf developed and implemented Group Performance Management, which he headed until his move to ČS in 2013. Since 2021 he is CFO and Deputy CEO on the managing board of ERSTE Foundation.

Martin Wohlmuth

Member of the Board

After graduating from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Martin started his banking career in 1989. He began working for Erste Bank in 1991, heading the New Issues and Funding department from 1993 on. He has been Head of the Group Strategy department since 2002. Since 2016, Martin serves as Executive Director and Head of Finance and Organisation at ERSTE Foundation. Since 2021, he was appointed COO on the managing board of ERSTE Foundation.

Bettina Breiteneder

Bettina Breiteneder

Bettina Breiteneder became a Member of ERSTE Foundation’s Supervisory Board in 2017. She has worked at the family-owned group BIP Breiteneder lmmobilien Parking since 1993, where her main focus is on real estate development and management. She was CEO of DZ-Donauzentrum Besitz- und Vermietungs-Aktiengesellschaft from 1995 until 2004 and Member of the Supervisory Board until February 2006. She was a Member of the Supervisory Board of Interunfall AG (subsidiary of Generali) until May 2004, Member of the Supervisory Board of Erste Group from 2004 until May 2017, Member of the Board of Directors of RICS Austria from 2008 until 2009, and Member of the Supervisory Board of Austria Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit Privatstiftung from 2010 until 2012. Today, Bettina Breiteneder is also Member of the Advisory Committee of „Wiener Konzerthaus “ since March 2012, Member of the Supervisory Board of „Generali Holding Vienna AG“ since June 2012, Member of the Supervisory Board of Pappas Holding GmbH since July 2017. Bettina Breiteneder studied business administration at WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business).

Maximilian Hardegg

Maximilian Hardegg

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

Barbara Pichler

Barbara Pichler

Johanna Rachinger

Johanna Rachinger

Johanna Rachinger, Director General of the Austrian National Library since 2001, studied drama and German philology at the University of Vienna. After completing her PhD, she started her career as an editor at the publishing house Wiener Frauenverlag and later became Head of Reader Services at Österreichisches Bibliothekswerk (Austrian Library’s Forum). In 1992 she joined Ueberreuter Publishing House as Head of Publishing and became its Managing Director and General Manager. Ms Rachinger has received numerous awards, such as the Vienna Woman Award in 2003, Austrian of the Year 2010 in the category of Culture Management, and the University of Economics’ Manager of the Year in 2012. Ms Rachinger is a Senate Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Supervisory Board Member at ERSTE Foundation.

Philipp Thurn und Taxis

Over the last 25 years, Philipp Thurn und Taxis gained experience as consultant, entrepreneur and manager in technology sectors across Europe. He currently leads CNB Capital, an investment firm focused on young technology companies. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at TTTech Computertechnik. Philipp got his law degree from the university of Vienna and an MBA from Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh.

Markus Trauttmansdorff

Markus Trauttmansdorff

Markus Trauttmansdorff has been a Member of the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Foundation since 2014. He graduated as a Doctor of Law in 1982 and received an MBA in 1985. In addition to that he holds a degree in Economics. In 1985 Markus Trauttmansdorff started his career as a business consultant at Bain & Company Inc. in Munich and in 1988 he became Managing Partner at IMM Industrie Management München. From 1994 to 2002 he was CFO at TA Triumph-Adler AG. Markus Trauttmansdorff has been Managing Partner of MT Capital GmbH & Co. KG, based in Vienna and Munich, since 2003.

Andreas Treichl

Chairman

Andreas Treichl has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Foundation since January 2020 and its President since 6 December 2019. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of Erste Group Bank AG between 1997 and 2019. Under his leadership, Erste Group, which had been a local savings bank up to then, went public and grew into one of the leading banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe, where it has more than 16 million customers. Erste Group is recognised as being at the forefront of digital banking innovation – its award winning banking platform George has already gained traction with over four million clients across the region. Treichl has also been the driving force behind Erste Group’s Social Banking programme, a financial inclusion initiative that addresses the needs of traditionally unbanked groups in CEE including people at risk of poverty, first-time entrepreneurs and social organisations. He was Chairman of the Board of ERSTE Foundation from 2003 to 2012

Manfred Wimmer

Manfred Wimmer

Deputy Chairman

Manfred Wimmer holds a PhD in law and started his career as an assistant lecturer at the University of Innsbruck in 1978. After working in the banking sector for more than 15 years, he went to Erste Bank in 1998 and continued his career as Head of International Marketing. After serving as a member of the Supervisory Board he took over the chair from Georg Winckler in autumn 2018.

Kurt Zangerle

Kurt Zangerle

Martina Bachler

Pressereferentin für Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat

Martina Bachler ist seit Juli 2023 Pressereferentin für Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat der Erste Stiftung. Davor war sie Redakteurin beim Wirtschaftsmagazin „Trend“ und dabei vor allem für volkswirtschaftliche und internationale Themen zuständig. Ihre journalistische Erfahrung umfasst zudem die Co-Chefredaktion des Kultur- und Gesellschaftsmagazins „Fleisch“, sie veröffentlichte in „Die Zeit“, dem „SZ Magazin“ und dem Natur- und Nachhaltigkeitsmagazin „Wald“. Nach ihrem Abschluss an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, hatte sie zunächst Erfahrungen im Brandmanagement gesammelt.

Florian Bauer

Direktor Social Finance, Nachhaltigkeit und Innovation
Florian Bauer zeichnet seit 2023 für die Bereiche Social Finance, Nachhaltigkeit und soziale Innovation in der ERSTE Stiftung verantwortlich. Davor war er über 13 Jahre lang im Bereich NGO & Social Entrepreneurship tätig. Florian leitete die Partnerschaft für erneuerbare Energien und Energieeffizienz REEEP, eine internationale multilaterale NGO, die den verstärkten marktbasierten Einsatz erneuerbarer Energien und effizientere Energienutzung in Entwicklungsländern zum Ziel hat, und war Managing Director & COO des Impact Hub Vienna.   Von 2020-2023 schloss Florian für die Semantic Web Company (SWC), einem führenden Anbieter von semantischen KI-Lösungen, strategische Allianzen mit wichtigen Partnern und unterstützte die Entwicklung innovativer Anwendungen semantischer Technologien.
Jutta Braidt

Jutta Braidt

Head of ERSTE Foundation Library

Despite having studied comparative literature and rhetoric at the University of Vienna and UC Berkeley, Jutta is convinced that books are not just for the studious, but for the joy of reading. She has been providing and creating knowledge as Head of the ERSTE Foundation Library since 2007.

Ana Cretu

Social Impact Investment Lead

Ana Cretu is the Social Impact Investment Lead at ERSTE Foundation, responsible for leading the design, development, and implementation of ERSTE Foundation’s Social Impact Investment Strategy.

Ana has 13 years of banking experience, with previous roles in corporate finance and investment banking, including mergers & acquisitions and equity capital markets. She has also worked in impact, innovation, sustainable capacity building, and financing. Her most recent role was within BCR’s Social Banking Department, part of ERSTE Group Bank AG, where her primary focus was to initiate and lead projects at various stages of the innovation process. Her wide range of responsibilities encompassed designing, executing and evaluating impact initiatives, including framing the first corporate venture capital vehicle for tech start-ups owned by a bank in Romania. Additionally, she was involved in different collaborations with tech start-ups that graduated from the InnovX-BCR accelerator, where she holds the position of Co-Founder and serves as a member of the Board of Advisors. Ana collaborated with various partners, including equity vehicles for start-ups, corporates, universities, NGOs, public authorities, and technology providers.

Ana is a fellow of the Aspen Institute Young Leaders Program and believes in the passionate pursuit of real collaboration between the people behind start-ups and corporates, as well as in building long-term partnerships, finding the best timing for good technology, using tech to do good, mitigating risks, maximizing potential, and moving innovation forward at a regional level. Much of her current endeavours both as a banker and as a supporter of tech start-ups concentrate on uncovering the sometimes hidden positive impacts technology can have on health, education, well-being, prosperity, equality, climate, work, and ethics.

Ursula Dechant

Ursula Dechant

Grant Manager

Ursula’s motto is that happiness is not a state to arrive in, but a manner of travelling. Well, she has certainly done plenty of the latter. Although she was born and raised in Austria, Ursula has lived and worked all over the map – literally! Luxembourg, Grenoble, Paris and Athens proved to be a valuable detour before finally arriving at ERSTE Foundation in 2005.

Maribel Königer

Maribel Königer

Director Communications, Journalism and Media

Together with Jovana, Mira and Gerald, Maribel communicates ERSTE Foundation’s mission and projects to the world. Maribel is a Munich-born art historian, journalist, art critic and former press officer for EXPO 2000 in Hanover and documenta X in Kassel. After joining ERSTE Foundation in early 2007, she established the organisation’s communications department and strategy. Since 2019, she is equally responsible for the foundation’s journalism and media initiatives. Maribel is member of the steering committee of the peer exchange group Communication Professionals in Philanthropy of the European Foundation Centre.

Miroslava Krása

Communications Specialist

A desire to support important projects with a philanthropic purpose led this former tour guide for visitors to the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) headquarters in Vienna to ERSTE Foundation in 2008. Long time, she guided programme information through our database – and was in daily contact with our project partners, ensuring efficient project administration and implementation. Since the beginning of 2018, Mira is part of the communication team and, among other projects, manages the events in the rooms of ERSTE Foundation.

Hedvig Morvai

Hedvig Morvai

Director Strategy and Europe

Since the beginning of 2019, Hedvig Morvai has been responsible for programme development and civil society initiatives in the fields of policy development, democracy, human rights, journalism, education and socio-economic research as well as European affairs at ERSTE Foundation. She developed her multi-disciplinary approach to leadership in regional co-operation and European integration in civic activism, philanthropy and regional politics. Previously, Hedvig was Executive Director of the European Fund for the Balkans and Director of the Citizens ’Pact for Europe-Southeastern Europe.

Daniela Mühlbacher

Communications Expert

Dani Mühlbacher has been supporting the ERSTE Foundation’s communications team since January 2024 as a maternity leave cover. Since 2012, the Tyrolean native has focused on working with people: in team leadership and editorial management, in building new teams and digital communities, as well as in needs-oriented support, in workshops and in systemic consulting. Through her experience in various professional roles and corporate contexts, she has an extensive skillset that allows her to look at challenges and their impact on people holistically. In addition to her background in marketing and communications, Dani completed the Propedeutic Programme in Psychotherapy.

Barbora Orlíková

Barbora Orlíková

Project Coordinator

Barbora lives in Bratislava and works in Vienna, so she has certainly mastered the art of commuting. Maybe the fact that she studied psychology is what helps her always keep calm, even in stressful situations. Since 2012, she has been working for ERSTE Foundation´s various programmes. She had previously worked at ZONE Media, a film production company based in Vienna.

Rauno Pello

Head of Design and Research

Rauno Pello, Head of Design and Research at ERSTE Foundation, fuses strategic design and financial innovation aimed at societal enhancement. With an illustrious two-decade career spanning different roles at, for example, TBWA and Brand Manual, Pello’s multifaceted design experience enriches his approach to financial life design. His PhD pursuit in management at the Estonian Business School, focusing on human-centred financial well-being, underscores his commitment to impactful research. His extensive lecturing background, covering research design, qualitative methods, design thinking, and creative entrepreneurship, complements his practical work and showcases his dedication to shaping future design and research leaders. His current role at ERSTE Foundation signifies a pivotal engagement in transforming financial life and systems through rigorous research, design, strategy, and a profound commitment to societal well-being through the new lab.

Andreea Petrea

Head of Business Development

Andreea has joined ERSTE Stiftung with a vision to enhance financial well-being of people, communities, and society at large in her role as Head of Business Development. She is an integral part of a research and innovation lab at ERSTE Stiftung, where she is exploring and redesigning financial life of people, communities, and society.

Andreea is part of Erste Group since 2015 and holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Finance & Banking, having more than 10 years of program management experience during which she has successfully brought numerous strategic projects to life. Her expertise lays in technological projects & programs with high business impact, leading and empowering international teams of up to 100+ people. Previously she worked for Hewlett Packard and OMV.

Andreea is driven by a deep passion to improve the world around us. Her energy and curiosity are ignited by the wisdom and diverse perspectives of those around her. She is on a mission to make a lasting, positive impact on society, and see sees every new opportunity as a chance to grow and evolve both as an individual and as a force for good.

Franz Karl Prüller

Franz Karl Prüller

Senior Advisor to the Board

Franz Karl Prüller has been Senior Advisor to the ERSTE Foundation Board since 2016. Before joining ERSTE Foundation, where he was Director of the Social Development Programme from 2005 until 2013, Member of the Board from 2012 until 2016, and the Board’s Chair from 2015 to 2016, he worked at Caritas Austria for 17 years. For a period of nine years there, he was Secretary General in charge of international programmes and the project department. During that time he represented Caritas Austria on the executive boards of Caritas Internationalis and Europa and chaired the charitable foundation Neighbour in Need for three years. Prior to 1996, he was in charge of Caritas’ Central and Eastern Europe programme and disaster relief programme. While working on the CEE programme from 1989 to 1993, he helped re-build Caritas organisations in the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria, among others.

Gerald Radinger

Gerald Radinger

Communications Expert

Gerald proves his communication skills every time he takes a group of people safely into the mountains, be it in summer or winter. A certified hiking and ski touring instructor, he knows how to orientate himself and enjoys cooperating with others. Before he started supporting the ERSTE Foundation team with always finding the best communications path, Gerald studied political science, worked for the publishing house Freytag & Berndt and even wrote a few books on hiking and ski touring in the Alps.

Simona Rhomberg

Simona Rhomberg

In-house Counsel

Simona works as In-House Counsel for the foundation since 2009.

Johannes Steiner

Office Manager

Since autumn 2017, Johannes Steiner a.k.a. John has been welcoming the visitors of ERSTE Foundation. John’s interest in science and technology is reflected in his studies of physics at the University of Vienna. After a couple of years as a bicycle messenger he was glad to replace his study job for the reception support at ERSTE Foundation. However, he won’t give up his passion for bicycles – maintaining his bike-pool and exploring the city remains an important part of his leisure activities.

Fanny Tamussino

Assistant to the Managing Board

Fanny Tamussino started at Erste Foundation in April 2023. She worked in advertising and event organisation before joining the Austrian Red Cross, where she held various positions over the years: as assistant in the Secretary General’s office, planning events and fundraising campaigns, and managing long-term partnerships in the Philanthropy & Corporate Partnerships unit.

Jovana Trifunivic

Jovana Trifunović

Communications Expert

Belgrade, Berlin, Belgrade, Vienna, Venice, Vienna, Belgrade, Vienna – Jovana has certainly moved around a lot! However, this has only added to her experience and had a significant impact on her professional development – skills that this communications expert honed even more after joining ERSTE Foundation in 2008. Before joining the team, Jovana worked at the OSCE Mission to Serbia to support democratic reform. Together with Maribel, Gerald and Mira, she runs this magazine and always keeps her cool.

Ľubica Vopičková

IT Coordinator and Accounting Administrator

Lubica was born in Bratislava. She graduated from the Faculty of Management at Comenius University. Later she worked in various journalistic and PR positions and even translated books. Lubica got to know ERSTE Foundation during her last job in the press department of Slovenska Sporitelna and was enchanted by its social projects. She has worked in various departments within the foundation since 2009 and is now part of Budget & Organisation. She also helps us out with all kinds of IT-related questions. Lubica likes hiking, travelling, reading and spending time with her family.

Heide Wihrheim

Project Manager

Born in Fargo (USA), a place made famous by a Coen brothers’ film, Heide spent most of her life in Austria. After finishing university programmes in journalism, theatre, film and media studies in Vienna and San Francisco, milestones in Heide’s career were heading the press department at Tanzquartier Wien and working as a production manager at Wiener Festwochen. After that, she worked with Erste Bank’s sponsoring department ‘Kontakt. The Arts and Civil Society Programme of Erste Group’. All these vocational challenges have equipped her well for her latest challenge: the Culture Programme of ERSTE Foundation, where she started in 2009.

Eva Zalesky

Eva Zalesky

Board Meeting Manager

There is a saying: ‘Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.’ Eva has been celebrating this every day since September 2007, when she joined the foundation to, among other things, take care of the foundation’s board meetings – her practical contribution to the work of ERSTE Foundation.

Martina Bachler

Press Officer for the Boards

Martina Bachler was appointed press officer for the managing board and supervisory board of ERSTE Foundation in July 2023. Prior to that, she was an editor at Trend business magazine, largely specialising in economic and international affairs. Her journalistic career includes a stint as co-chief editor of the culture and society magazine Fleisch. Her articles featured in Die Zeit, the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and the nature and sustainability magazine Wald. After graduating from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, she initially gained experience in brand management.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.