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All-female new board

Andreas Treichl proposes five women for the new board. “Franz Fischler has had a major influence on the European Forum Alpbach and has contributed a great deal to its success. I look forward to unlocking further, yet untapped potential of the Forum. Together with my new board team, I would like to make a contribution to making Europe’s voice a stronger one in the world”, said Treichl.

Apart from Treichl, the proposed new board is all-female. Treichl brings Marie Ringler, the European head of the world’s largest network for social entrepreneurs, Ashoka, into the team.

The political philosopher, business columnist and university lecturer Katja Gentinetta from Switzerland will also come on board. In addition to think tank and international board experience with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), she brings a European, yet external perspective to the Forum.

Florence Gaub, a Franco-German researcher in the field of military sociology, covers the area of geopolitics, the Middle East and future perspectives. She is Deputy Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris (EUISS).

Katarzyna Pisarska from Poland also has a social entrepreneurship background. She is Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw and Programme Director of the Warsaw Security Forum. She co-founded both institutions.

Michaela Fritz, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation at the Medical University of Vienna, has been on the board for the previous period already and will keep her seat.

With this election, the board of the European Forum Alpbach will thus not only be more female, but also significantly younger and more international.

The General Assembly will meet in November to vote on Treichl’s candidacy for the Presidency and thus also on his team.


Michaela Fritz © Luiza Puiu

Katarzyna Pisarska © Luiza Puiu

Florence Gaub © Luiza Puiu

Katja Gentinetta © Luiza Puiu

Marie Ringler © Luiza Puiu