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The Ashoka Visionary Alumni Network provides alumni with the opportunity to stay connected, to contribute to the program and to deepen their experience in follow-up events and projects.

Christoph has a strong interest in environmental issues, especially climate change mitigation. Since 2008 he works for the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian Government.

Christoph Wolfsegger

Program und Research Manager


Andras is the Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response. He is a Canadian diplomat, who was selected to this position by JRR’s Executive Board.

Andras Vamos-Goldman

Executive Director of

Justice Rapid Response

Kataryna is co-founder/president of Panoptykon Foundation, vice-president of European Digital Rights, board member of Tactical Technology Collective and Amnesty International (Poland).

Kataryna Szymielewicz

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Fundacja Panoptykon

Dieter has experience as senior executive in the Consumer Goods industry. He has a big passion for developing sustainable consumer businesses.

Dieter Schulz

Managing Director of

Danone Central and Southern Europe

Elisabeth has been working in international aid with different NGOs for 15 years. Since then, she has worked in Austria, Eastern Europe, Africa, and with Brussels, the Middle East and Asia.

Elisabeth Schreiber

Program Coordinator of


Georg is CFO of AGES - the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - one of Europe's leading organisations in risk minimisation in health, food safety and consumer protection.

Georg Schönberger

CFO of


Edit is a social scientist and founder of Women without Borders, an NGO based in Vienna, Austria. She strengthens women’s capabilities through education, collaboration and self-confidence.

Edit Schlaffer

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Women without Borders

Doris works as a curator, art manager, consultant and author focussing on the intersection between art, creativity, economy & society.

Doris Rothauer

Counsellor, expert and author of

Büro für Transfer

A lawyer by training and a care-giver by calling, Samira works through her PeopleShare Foundation to mobilize people around the world to empower echildren.

Samira Rauter

Founder of

People Share Foundation

Gebhard is co-CEO of Teach For Austria, where he is in charge of the areas of Program, HR, Finance, Marketing, Legal and Leadership Development.

Gebhard Ottacher

CEO of

Teach for Austria

Matthias is the founder of interprAID. He has a background in Development Studies, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing.

Matthias Monreal

Founder of


Jozef’s interest in the field of abandoned children and children’s rights has a long history. He designed and manages a new family-centered model and push for reforms

Jozef Miklosko

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Úsmev ako dar/Smile as a Gift

Noa is founder of several initiatives. Driven by her conviction that the world urgently needed to rethink its definition of juvenile justice, she founded the NGO Young in Prison in 2002.

Noa Lodeizen

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Young In Prison

Marie is a psychologist and coach with a major in educational and organizational psychology. She was also working for Teach for Austria, an education initiative.

Marie Langer

Psychologist and Coach at

Teach for Austria

Elisabeth managed the organization Specialisterne Austria. She is specialized in teaching integrated museum methods and improvisation theater skills.

Elisabteh Krön

Founder of


Aleksandra works as an independent expert for Brussels-based non-profit organisation – AEIDL – facilitating transnational cooperation between Member States.

Aleksandra Kowalska



David has worked in IT-trading , formed a trading company and another one in telecoms before joining the social sector with SOS-Children’s Villages about 11 years ago.

David Katzlinger

Head of Institutional Partnership Development of


Hannes is the managing director of the Tobacco Monopoly Agency. He also gives strategic guidance to the ministry of finance.

Hannes Hofer

CEO of


Reinhard worked 5 years as a development worker in Ecuador. Coming back to Austria, he co-founded the NGO JUGEND EINE WELT.

Reinhard Heiserer

CEO of

Jugend eine Welt

After working for the ministry of finance in Vienna and other ministries Nina started to work for NGOs in the develpment aid field.

Nina Hechenberger

Project Manager of


Helga is Head of Care and Specialist Counselling at HABIT with responsibility for managing and coordinating nursing care and the multidisciplinary specialist counselling team.

Helga Haselmayer

Head of Care and Specialist Counselling of

Haus der Barmherzigkeit

Alexander is enthusiastic about bringing his years of consulting expertise in business development and strategy to projects that can change the world.

Alexander Ertler

Changemaker & Social Investor

Ashod is a business and project development executive, offering 10+ years proven success in achieving goals in the NGO sphere.

Ashod Derandonyan

Project Development Executive of

Union of the deaf in Bulgaria

Alice is working for the Essl Foundation. Other occupations: Co-founder of the NGO Echo100 Plus, co-founder of the Social Kitchen Club, Board-Member of the Kahane Foundation.

Alice Kahane

Project Manager Zero Project

Essl Foundation

Christoph was born and raised in Vienna and has been active in municipal politics for 25 years.

Christoph Chorherr

Regional Council

Die Grünen

Iva works in NGO FOKUS České Budějovice as project manager and as an evaluator. FOKUS České Budějovice provide social, health and job services for people with mental illness.

Iva Černá

Project Manager of

FOKUS České Budějovice

Flaviano is an Italian environmentalist and activist. He he founded Source International, a non-profit organization that deals with human rights abuses caused by extractive industries.

Flaviano Bianchini

Project Manager of

Source International

Stefan is a business coach, consulting and coaching assignments and an investor in worldwide business development projects.

Stephan Dertnig

Ex-CEO of BCG Russia

As Federal Rescue Commander, Gerry is responsible for deployment, innovation and investments in the Austrian Red Cross, General Secretariat.

Gerry Foitik

Management Board Member of

Red Cross Austria

Petr Lebeda

Founder & Director of


Wolfgang Kowatsch

Managing Partner at DisAbility Performance

DisAbility Performance

Carolin Schmid-Schmidsfelden

Founder of

Schmidsfelden Communications

Markus Luger

Communication and Education Pioneer at


Martin Kirchner

Co-founder of Cohousing Pomali and

Pioneers of Change

Philipp Haydn

Business Angel and Founder of


Kirsten Tangemann

Managing Partner at

Quadris Consulting

Martin Hollinetz

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Sandy Croatto

Senior engineer at Toyota Motor Europe

Klaus Candussi

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Evgeni Mitev

Social Entrepreneur and Consultant

Eudaimonia Solutions

Bernhard Hofer

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Walburga Fröhlich

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Dagmar Doubravova

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Gregor Demblin

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Career Moves

Monika Karg

Life Coach and Entrepreneur

Susanne Hillebrand

Co-founder and CEO of


Markéta Pěchoučková

Head of Social Innovations at

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Franz Christian Necas

Founder and CEO of

Business Circle

Sabine Pümpel

Program Manager Creative Industries at

Austria Wirtschaftsservice

Hannes Brandl

CEO at

URprior, Austria

Karin Martens

Policy Advisor of the City of Maastrich

Caroline Loudon

Client Strategy Analyst at


Alexander Kesselring

Project Manager at Ashoka