Karin’s goal as European Integrator at Ashoka is to strengthen and expand cooperation between the 18 countries in which Ashoka is represented in Europe. In the Austrian team, she maintains contacts with existing partners and seeks new ways of working with companies to support Social Entrepreneurs.
Karin studied Management and Languages at the University of Economics and Management in Vienna and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. There she wrote her thesis on „Environmental management education at US business schools“. During and after her studies she spent some years working in Great Britain, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland and Germany.
As the director of PR and Marketing for the Marketing Forum of the Austrian ropeway industry she initiated various initiatives for more safety in winter sports, founded an academy for further education for employees and developed crisis prevention as well as communication programs for the whole industry. On behalf of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Austrian Industries and the Austrian Ministry of Economics she accompanied the creation and development of “Zukunft.Frauen“ – the executive leadership program to support women leaders in Austria. Today she is honorary member of the alumnae club.
As head of communications and project management for respACT – the Austrian business council for sustainable development – Karin adopted a coordinating function for TRIGOS, the Austrian Award for Corporate Social Responsibility at the same time intensively promoting the further development of this Award. She set topical priorities in the area of innovation and sustainability, CSR reporting and Social Entrepreneurship.
For several years Karin has been working on a self employed basis as a trainer and facilitator for companies in the public and private sector as well as NGOs.