Foundation & Association


Our organisation

The Forum is made possible by the collaboration of many committed people. With the exception of the full-time organising team, most of them are volunteers. They work in various programming boards, making sure that our standards of relevance and high quality are met. The European Forum Alpbach operates under the leadership of its Executive Board. The organisational team is responsible for executing the strategy and organising all activities throughout the year. The Scientific Advisory Board and the International Advisory Board support the team in the selection of topics and speakers as well as in the further development of an international network. The Board of Trustees and the General Assembly determine guidlines for the activities of the association and for programming. The voice of our many independent Alpbach Alumni Associations is present in all EFA bodies via a team of elected representatives. In addition, the foundation was established to organise the scholarship programme.

Executive Board

Executive Board

The boards of the European Forum Alpbach Association and the European Forum Alpbach Foundation consist of seventeen dedicated people with one goal: To positively contribute to the future of Europe. The Foundation and Association are chaired by Andreas Treichl who is elected president since 2020. Together with a team of international experts, he is responsible for the orientation and strategy of the European Forum Alpbach.

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Andreas Bierwirth

Treasurer Association

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Karl Sevelda

Board Member Foundation

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Thomas Wieser

Board Member Association

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Winfried Kneip

Board Member Foundation

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Boris Marte

Board Member Foundation

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Jenni Zeller

Board Member Association

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Katarzyna Pisarska

Vice President Association

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Werner Wutscher

Board Member Association

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Irene Giner-Reichl

Board Member Association

Marie Ringler, Vice President of EFA Association

Marie Ringler

Vice President Association

Andreas Treichl, President of the EFA Association and Foundation

Andreas Treichl

President Association & Foundation

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Michaela Fritz

Vice President Association

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Klaudie Mrkusová

Board Member Association

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Florence Gaub

Vice President Association

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Howard Williamson

Board Member Foundation

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Caroline Hornstein-Tomić

Board Member Foundation

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Katja Gentinetta

Vice President Association

Executive Board Association


Andreas Treichl, President Association and Foundation | Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Stiftung

Michaela Fritz, Vice President Association | Vice Rector for Research and Innovation at the Medical University of Vienna

Florence Gaub, Vice President Association | Foresight Advisor to the Coucil of the European Union

Katja Gentinetta, Vice President Association | Political philosopher, business columnist and university lecturer

Katarzyna Pisarska, Vice President Association | Chair of the Warsaw Security Forum as well as the Chairwoman of the Foundation’s Council and the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Diplomacy

Marie Ringler, Vice President Association | European head of the world’s largest network for social entrepreneurs, Ashoka

Andreas Bierwirth, Treasurer Association | CEO of Magenta Telekom, trained professional pilot and active in various supervisory board functions

Irene Giner-Reichl, Board Member Association | Austrian diplomat (retired), president of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy and founding member of the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition

Thomas Wieser, Board Member Association | Former president of the Euro Working Group and the European Financial Committees. He is a non-resident fellow with Bruegel in Brussels

Werner Wutscher, Board Member Association | Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and former president of the European Forum Alpbach

Jenni Zeller, Vorstandsmitglied Verein | Vorstandsvorsitzende des Forum Alpbach Network

Klaudie Mrkusová, Vorstandsmitglied Verein | Vorstandsmitglied des Forum Alpbach Network

Executive Board Foundation


Andreas Treichl, President Association and Foundation | Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Stiftung

Caroline Hornstein-Tomić, Board Member Foundation | Senior Researcher (Sociology & Anthropology) at the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar / Zagreb and Co-founder & Managing Partner of THE CIVICS Innovation Hub

Winfried Kneip, Board Member Foundation | Senior Education Consultant, former Director of Educational Affairs at Stiftung Mercator and Founder of Love Politics

Boris Marte, Board Member Foundation | CEO of ERSTE Stiftung

Karl Sevelda, Board Member Foundation | Former CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Howard Williamson, Board Member Foundation | Youth worker, academic youth researcher and lecturer, and youth policy adviser

Organisational Team

Organisational Team

The team of the European Forum Alpbach is located in Vienna and manages the overall organisation of the main conference and the further events during the year. It ensures that all events are adequately financed and coordinated professionally, and that the events are covered appropriately in the media. In addition, the team is in charge of coordinating the annual scholarship programme.

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Johannes Schneeberger

Unit Communities | Stakeholder Manager | Partnerships

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Péter Hunya

Unit Content | Content Manager "The Future of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe"

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Judith Mehofer

Unit Communications | PR Manager

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Carla Hartwig

Unit Operations | Finance Manager

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Christiane Schwaiger

Unit Operations | Head of Unit

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Clara Rindler-Schantl

Unit Experience | Head of Unit

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Kevin Kaiser

Unit Content | Content Manager "Securing the Future of Europe in a Globalised World"

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Bibimaya Larice

Unit Communities | Stakeholder Manager | Alumni Network

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Bettina Nahajowski

Unit Communities | Stakeholder Manager | Alpbach in Motion

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Nicoll Ullrich-Stockert

Unit Communities | Stakeholder Manager | Partnerships

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Leopold Schmertzing

Unit Content | Head of Unit

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Dagmar Hengl

Unit Communities | Senior Stakeholder Manager | Sponsoring & Fundraising

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Katia Wissinger

Unit Communities | Stakeholder Manager | Scholarship Programme

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Elke Lerch

Unit Content | Content Manager "The Financing of Europe's Future"

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Clara-Maria Stonawski

Unit Experience | Hospitality Manager

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Benedikt Osl

Unit Experience | Project Manager

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Caroline Gossler

Unit Operations | HR and Office Manager

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Markus Hafner-Auinger

Unit Operations

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Bogdan Scintea

Unit Operations | Junior CRM Inhouse Consultant

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Philipp Dessl

Unit Operations | Data Manager

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Elnara Zülfüqarova

Unit Operations | Assistant to President and Secretary General

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Bianca Kraft

Unit Communication | Social Media Manager

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Leonie Sommer

Unit Communities | Project Assistant

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Nikolaus Matejka

Unit Communications | Digital Project Manager

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Bernadette Zimmermann

Unit Content | Content Manager | Alpbach Seminars

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Ankica Nikolić

Unit Communications | Head of Unit

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Gerlinde Ehrntraut

Unit Operations | Accountant

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Johannes Piller

Unit Experience | Production Manager

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Elisabeth Schack

Unit Content | Curator | Arts and Culture

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Stefan Sandauer

Unit Operations | Senior Project Manager

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Feri Thierry

Secretary General & Managing Director

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Mirta Surlina

Unit Content | Content Manager "The Climate Opportunity"

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Alexander Al Khafaji

Unit Experience | Junior Project Manager

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Manuel Saliger

Unit Operations | System Administrator

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Annamária Tóth

Unit Communities | Head of Unit

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees follows the activities of the association and supports the compliance with its aims. It sets the principle guidelines for the functions of the association’s bodies and the preparation of the programme. It is composed of people who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment towards the association.

Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Martin Bernhofer
  • Jürgen Busch
  • Verena Ehold
  • Erich Gornik
  • Wolfgang Habermayer
  • Michael Haider
  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger
  • Günter Hillebrand
  • Bruno Hofbauer
  • Herwig Hösele
  • Michael Ikrath
  • Beatrix Karl
  • Wolfgang Knoll
  • Georg Kopetz
  • Elisabeth Krainer-Senger-Weiss
  • Kathryn List
  • Ulrike Lunacek
  • Christian Macek
  • Bernhard Marckhgott
  • Sophie Martinetz
  • Beate Meinl-Reisinger
  • Patricia Mussi-Mailer
  • Dieter Natlacen
  • Ewald Nowotny
  • Klaus Poier
  • Filip Radunović
  • Reingard Rauch
  • Wolfgang Renner
  • Verena Ringler
  • Sabine Schindler
  • Christoph Schneider
  • Rainer Schrems
  • Mariella Schurz
  • Matthias Strolz
  • Alexandra Terzić-Auer
  • Hedwig Wölfl

Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is one of the central bodies of the European Forum Alpbach with regards to content programming: It proposes the general themes for the annual main event, prepares the Alpbach Seminars and provides the Board with advice and recommendations regarding the programme content. The Scientific Advisory Board consists of 30 renowned scientists and eminent representatives of the cultural sector, who choose one chairperson from among themselves.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Brigitte Bach
  • Matthias Beck
  • Anna Durnová
  • Martin H. Gerzabek
  • Irene Giner-Reichl (Chair as of 21/10/2021)
  • Markus Hengstschläger
  • Barbara Horejs
  • Maximilian Jösch
  • Sylvia Knapp
  • Winfried Kneip (Chair as of 21/10/2021)
  • Katja Mayer
  • Josef Mitterer
  • Hanns-Christoph Nägerl
  • Manfred Nowak
  • Elisabeth Oberzaucher
  • Daniela Pollak
  • Barbara Prainsack
  • Peter Purgathofer
  • Margit Schratzenstaller-Altzinger
  • Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff
  • Saskia Stachowitsch
  • Alma Steger
  • Harald Stelzer, Kristina Stöckl
  • Ulrike Tappeiner
  • Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein
  • Miriam Unterlass
  • Michael Wagner
  • Andreas Wimmer
  • Rudolf Zechner

Corresponding Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Jeremias Adams-Prassl
  • Nadia Al-Bagdadi
  • Petar Bojanić
  • Johann Frank
  • Maja Göpel
  • Hermann Hauser
  • Michael Ignatieff
  • Sabine Junginger
  • Hedwig Josefine Kaiser
  • Lisa Kaltenegger
  • Peter G. Kirchschläger
  • Wilhelm Krull
  • Dominik Markl
  • Thomas Mayr-Harting
  • Gero Miesenböck
  • Jürgen Mlynek
  • Berthold Molden
  • Friedrich B. Prinz
  • Michael Reiterer
  • Dirk Rupnow
  • Anya Schiffrin
  • Tobias Schumacher
  • Nona Sheppard
  • Otmar D. Wiestler
  • Howard Williamson
  • Ruth Wodak

International Advisory Board

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board unites outstanding international personalities who know Alpbach and have already prominently participated in its activities as well as new board members, who are co-opted following the advice of the existing members. Central tasks of the board are consultations regarding the selection of topics and speakers but also the support of the Forum in expanding its international network. The board, founded in 2019, is chaired by Thomas Mayr-Harting.

Members of the International Advisory Board

  • Catherine Ashton
  • Franz Fischler
  • Eamon Gilmore
  • Arancha González Laya
  • Jean-Claude Hollerich
  • Kristalina Georgieva
  • Miroslav Lajcák
  • Pascal Lamy
  • Thomas Mayr-Harting (Vorsitzender)
  • Philippe Narval
  • Jeffrey Sachs
  • Karel Schwarzenberg
  • Martin Selmayr
  • Bruno Stagno-Ugarte
  • Cédric Villani
  • Hereditary Prince Alois von Liechtenstein
  • Margot Wallström
  • Thomas Wieser