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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.

He 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 where he is responsible for a number of programmes including electric vehicles, renewable energy, regional development, green start ups, etc.

Christoph Wolfsegger

Program und Research Manager


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

Andras Vamos-Goldman

Executive Director of

Justice Rapid Response

She is a lawyer specialised in human rights and technology, co-founder and 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 Schulz has 20 years of broad international experience as senior executive in the Consumer Goods industry. Dieter has a big passion for developing sustainable consumer businesses, ensuring duality of social and economic business objectives, and for mentoring multi-cultural teams.

Dieter Schulz

Managing Director of

Danone Central and Southern Europe

Elisabeth Schreiber 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 Schönberger is CFO of AGES - the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - a company with a social impact and one of Europe's leading expert organisations in risk minimisation in health, food safety and consumer protection.

Georg Schönberger

CFO of


Dr. Edit Schlaffer is a social scientist and founder of Women without Borders, an NGO based in Vienna, Austria. She started Women without Borders in 2002 to strengthen women’s capabilities through education, collaboration and self-confidence

Edit Schlaffer

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Women without Borders

She has worked as a curator, art manager, consultant and author focussing on the intersection between art, creativity, economy & society. She has worked for the most prestigious art institutions in Vienna, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Festival, the Wiener Secession and – as a director from 1997 to 2002 - the Künstlerhaus Vienna.

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 give the most vulnerable - the children - the power they lack and the care they need to turn them into a strong and promising force for positive change.

Samira Rauter

Founder of

People Share Foundation

Gebhard Ottacher (41) 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

He has a background in Development Studies, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing. Founding interprAID was following a calling to get back on track and opened the door to social entrepreneurship as his mode of engagement with the world.

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

As a social entrepreneur I am inspired, on a daily basis, by the possibilities of this special era. I am the founder of several initiatives. Driven by my conviction that the world urgently needed to rethink its definition of juvenile justice, I founded the NGO Young in Prison in 2002.

Noa Lodeizen

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Young In Prison

I am a psychologist and coach with a major in educational and organizational psychology. The last two years I was working at Teach for Austria, an education initiative. Thereby I gained a lot of insights on how the Austrian educational system works.

Marie Langer

Psychologist and Coach at

Teach for Austria

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

Elisabteh Krön

Founder of


Aleksandra Kowalska works as an independent expert for Brussels-based non-profit organisation – AEIDL – facilitating transnational cooperation between Member States in order to help them achieve their social objectives, as well as facilitating social economy network in the Social Innovation Community project.

Aleksandra Kowalska



I have 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


At the moment I am the managing director of the Tobacco Monopoly Agency. Besides this I help the ministry of finance to reshape the way they organize the management of public owned companies from a strategic point of view.

Hannes Hofer

CEO of


I worked 5 years as a development worker in Ecuador. Coming back to Austria, together with likeminded friends we founded the NGO JUGEND EINE WELT ( which I have been leading up today, doing “one world work”.

Reinhard Heiserer

CEO of

Jugend eine Welt

After finishing commercial college I started as a bookkeeper at the University of Salzburg. After working for the ministry of finance in Vienna and other ministries I started to work for NGOs in the develpment aid field.

Nina Hechenberger

Project Manager of


I have been working in the social- and healthcare system in a variety of settings for over 25 years as nursing professional and manager. Currently, I am working as 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 Ertler 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

I was born and raised in Vienna, my academic background is in economics, with a focus on environmental economics. I have been active in municipal politics for 25 years.

Christoph Chorherr

Regional Council

Die Grünen

I work in NGO FOKUS České Budějovice as project manager and as an evaluator. Mostly, I work on the project - program prevention of relapse of schizophrenia. FOKUS České Budějovice provide social, health and job services for people with mental illness.

Iva Černá

Project Manager of

FOKUS České Budějovice

Flaviano Bianchini is an Italian environmentalist and activist. He he founded Source International. Source International is a non-profit organization that deals with human rights abuses caused by extractive industries providing affected communities with scientific and legal support.

Flaviano Bianchini

Project Manager of

Source International

Stephan Dertnig

Ex-CEO of BCG Russia

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