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Our participants are executives and leaders of change from the corporate world, the public sector, and civil society. The program´s participants are pioneers striving for new careers, business, and social impact pathways in society.

Asetila is the founder of the GoodStartup School - a global virtual incubator that aims to help women and underrepresented communities worldwide to build tech and non tech impact start-ups.

Asetila Koestinger

Founder of the GoodStartup School

Charlotte has been in charge of the European Forum Alpbach Association's operational agendas as COO from the beginning of 2019.

Charlotte Steenbergen

COO of the European Forum Alpbach

With 20 years of international communication and management experience in huge companies, Daniela likes to coach and develop leader and businesses. Her visionary and creative mindset inspired her to make talents and leader visible by telling their stories with her own start-up or producing an African artist edition on fabrics

Daniela Herneth

Leadership Coach / People & Business Developer

Elena brings 12+years of leadership experience in international development, innovation, and socio-economic change working for both the public and private sectors. She is the CEO & Founder of a tech non-profit AI4DevelopmentAgency (AIDA).

Elena Gabriela Ardelean

CEO & Founder of AI4 DevelopmentAgency

Since April 2020, Elodie has been concentrating on the Finance management at ASHOKA for Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic. She also has been working on the Visionary Program management, development and communication.

Elodie Ravion

Finance Manager Ashoka Austria, Visionary Program Manager & Communication

Eszter is an owner of a small social enterprise called Nestingpplay: a system of special playground equipment which offers a solution to the limited inclusion of children with special needs into the community. 2 years ago, she founded her own social enterprise which aim is to teach everyone how to play. Now she is delivering practical based knowledge training to re/primary school teachers.

Eszter Harsanyi

Owner of Nestingpplay

In 2006, in parallel with her research activity, she founded Tice: the first private Italian non-profit company which offers psychological services based on behavioural science principles to children, young people and young adults with mental health difficulties.

Francesca Cavallini

Professor, Founder of Tice

Working as a self-employed cultural advisor since March 2019, Franziska Wizany works for various projects as for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, the Saxon Mozart Society and a global teaching and leadership programme that develops qualified teacher training and encourages collaborative problem-solving for young people.

Franziska Wizany

Cultural advisor

Iva, the co-founder of JAMBA-Career for All and its CEO, is an expert for small enterprises and businesses with multi annual experience. Her focus is business development and creation of long-term values of the organization.

Iva Tsolova

Co-founder of JAMBA-Career for All

Jana has launched a podcast show called “Tales of Changemakers” which showcases role models in various spheres of life, such as sustainability, personal development, and mobilization of diaspora in Europe. With this project, she wants to understand motivations and stories of changemakers, and challenges some of our outdated beliefs about the world and ourselves.

Jana Krajcovicova

Private Sector Development Specialist at the World Bank

Johannes is lecturer at the Austrian Red Cross training centre and contributes as lecturer/coach/mentor to different initiatives such as NGO Academy or Bildünger.

Johannes Guger

Head of the department of social affairs and volunteering at the Red Cross

Judith started the NGO “Start with a Friend Austria” where they connect locals with refugees on a friendship basis. Last year, she also started working for the social business of an Ashoka – Fellow: Zeitpolster. Zeitpolster connects people who need care with volunteers.

Judith Schneider

Cultural advisor

Karolina is a Co-Founder of Social Held, a platform supporting companies in creating & digitizing their corporate volunteering programs.

Karolina Kartus

Co-Founder of Social Held

Katarina is since 2004 a full-time professor of Musicology at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Katarina Markovic

Professor of Musicology at New England Conservatory in Boston

In 2015 Katharina founded DreiKreis, a successful IT recruiting company. There she is not only the CEO, but also functions as key account manager.

Katharina van Zeller

Founder & CEO DreiKreis

Lisa is a social media expert and founder of Boom Creative Lab, a creative agency specialized in social media, influencer marketing and content production that empowers people to implement sustainable social media strategies and create meaningful connections.

Lisa Binderberger

Founder of Boom Creative Lab

Since April 2020 she has been working as an Account Director for one of the best Austrian PR Agencies – Ketchum Publico. Ketchum Publico is part of the largest and most esteemed global PR Network.

Manisha Joshi

Account Director at ketchum Publico

In 2010 Rita graduated from the GITIS Theater Studies Department. In 2014 as a choreographer, she volunteered at the Open Art Theater with actors with Down Syndrome. In 2016 she released there the performance “The Story of a Cinderella” as a director. Immediately after, she founded the inclusive project «Interaction».

Margarita Rebetskaya

Choreographier, Ballet dancer & Performance Director

In his work Markus supports and facilitates the European collaboration between higher education institutions and partners from industry, politics and civil society with the aim to creating mutual synergies from their individual strengths and perspectives.

Markus Rhomberg

Managing Director of the International Association of Lake Constance Universities

Since 2015 Marta led, first as the project manager, then as the director in charge, a high visibility project in a United Nations specialized agency to establish a fuel bank for countries that cannot access fuel in the commercial market or by any other means.

Marta Ferrari

United Nations Bank Project Manager

Michael decided to leave the „big“ consulting business by the end of 2020 and has his eyes set on the Start-up and FinTech world as someone who helps growing companies to sustain and be successful.

Michael Hilbert

Partner at Roland Berger

Michael is the initiator of NOVID20, which built the contact tracing App of Georgia in April 2020 and is now specialized on COVID-testing.

Michael Kowatschew

Initiator of NOVID20

Since 2015, Nazareth has worked with more than sixty social enterprises, as well as several donor organizations that have supported the growing field of social entrepreneurship in Armenia.

Nazareth Seferian

CSR and Social Entrepreneurship trainer, educator & consultant

Since February 2020 Niels is employed as Community & Partner Manager at, the pupil’s network. is helping school children through enabling peer-learning as well as finding and building their strengths and talents for a successful personal future.

Niels Hansa

Community and partner Manager at

After leaving the bank late 2019 Peter is now active as independent financial advisor, supervisory board member and engaged in supporting social ventures.

Peter Herreiner

Financial Advisor & Supervisory Board Member

Sumita is the Project Manager at the Zero Project. She works on research, management of the Zero Project's network and database, as well as website management.

Sumita Kunashakaran

Project Manager at the Zero Project

Tina, born in 1982 in Salzburg, is the founder and managing director of the award-winning social travel enterprise Karmalaya heart work & soul travel.

Tina Eckert

Founder and Managing Director of Karmalaya

Ulla Riedle is Co-Team Leader of the Youth&ICT4D department in SOS Children´s Villages International, focusing on the strategic implementation of innovative and digital solutions at programme level to improve lives of children and young people without adequate parental care.

Ulla Riedle

Co-Team Leader of the Youth&ICT4D department in SOS Children´s Villages International