Ashoka Support Network
Individuals who belong to the Ashoka Support Network assist our Fellows with funding, their own networks, their experiences and ideas. Our Support Network is an engaged team of involved and dynamic people, who feel a personal duty to contribute to the creation of a better future.
Steffen Frischat has committed himself to creating highly productive, healthy and inspiring working environments. He has been a member of the Ashoka Support Network since 2009 and develops the company IMPACT TRANSFER with Ashoka Austria. At ENTEGA he was responsible for “the new energy worlds”.
Pro Bono Senior Advisor
Philipp Haydn is an impact angel investor with a focus on European tech start-up companies. He has a special interest in the complex interactions between society and technological innovations, and co-founded several startups in a wide array of activities, from non-profit to high growth internet companies.
Founder of tripwolf
With a proven track record as a successful real estate developer Hermann found his heart’s dream when he founded „HerzTraum Immo“ to spread the message that business can be sustainable only if it cares about society and environment.
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Serial Entrepreneur & Business Angel‚ Best European Early Stage Investor 2015, President of the Austrian Angels Investors Association and Founder of the hansmengroup.com. And Mountainbiker.
Alexander Ertler is enthusiastic about bringing his years of consulting expertise in business development and strategy to projects that can change the world. He currently focuses his efforts on social entrepreneurs in Austria and East Africa.
Changemaker & Social Investor
Chairman of the board of the Erste Group
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Berndorf AG
Susi Hillebrand is co-founder of the charitable Entity Hil-Foundation. “Privileges are invisible to those who enjoy them!”. Under that motto, the organization supports people who have fewer opportunities than others to lead their own lives. Especially disadvantaged children and adolescents, sexual minorities and people with mental disabilities are in the focus.
Leo Hohenberg is constantly searching for new opportunities to support companies in their social work. With Ashoka he found the perfect partner to contribute to the success of some of the most innovative social enterprises in Austria.
Alon is a passionate entrepreneur and advisor with over 25 years experience in supporting entrepreneurs and organizations in over 30 countries to turn their strategies into measurable results.
Since 1999, Hermann Futter has been managing the business of the Compass-Gruppe, the leading Austrian provider of economic information. Additionally, he is a Business Angel, allowing him to foster open entrepreneurship.
In 2007 Martin and Gerda Essl decided to dedicate themselves to social welfare with the Essl Foundation. It is their mission to support social innovation, social entrepreneurship and people with disabilities
Sales MD in Global Family Business, Gebauer & Griller, in Automotive and Energy Industry with passion for digitalisation and integration projects. He is in expert in Business Development & Strategy, manufacturing Industry knowledge, political outreach.
With SYNCON Waltraud Martius is an independent franchise consultant and her book Fairplay Franchising is the standard reference text in the field.
SYNCON Strategy Expert and Honorary President of the ÖFV
(Kai)-Christian is the co-founder of an international financial service provider and a co-investment platform. Together with his wife Maria, Christian also started the social business LYMA. www.lyma.at
Co-founder of a financial service provider and a co-investment platform
Dr. Martin Zieger was Chairman and CEO of Huber Holding AG. Since February 2018 he is co-owner and CEO of Powerserv Austria GmbH, a leading Austrian labor transfer company with 17 offices throughout Austria and a subsidiary in Slovenia.
Co-owner and CEO of Powerserv Austria GmbH
Managing Partner of Goodshares Beteiligungs- und Beratungs GmbH, licensed consultant, founder of various companies in the sectors IT, pharmacies, medical centers and real estate, organic farmer on “Gut Bergmühle”
Managing Partner of Goodshares Beteiligungs- und Beratungs GmbH
Senior Pro Bono Advisors
These individuals work very closely with the Ashoka Team and assist us in our work. They bring decades of professional experience to the table, from which we and our Fellows profit.
“My professional life can be divided into 5 segments: teacher, researcher, manager in the chemical industry, business-owner and, since 2007, systems advisor and coach.”
Integrator, Coach and Business Development
Wolfgang Neubert has around 12 years of experience in Top Management Consulting with McKinsey & Company. In recent years he has served on a number of executive boards for Austrian corporations.
Pro bono Senior Advisor
Hannes Brandl has many years of experience working as a manager, advisor, coach and trainer. His main focus is on strategies, organizations, projects, teams, values, processes and IT.
Stefan is a business coach, consulting and coaching assignments and an investor in worldwide business development projects.
Founder & CEO DD Management & Advisory
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