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Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Seoul
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna
Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna Chair

Dr. Michael REITERER

Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Seoul

1978 Dr. jur., University of Innsbruck
1979 Diploma in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center
1981 Research Assistant, UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva; Certificate International Court of Justice, Research Session, The Hague
1982-1985 Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for Western Africa, Abidjan
1985-1989 Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for Japan, Tokyo
1985 Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Internationales, IHEID - The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
1990-1992 Counsellor, Economic Affairs, Austrian Permanent Mission to the GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Geneva
1992-1997 Deputy Director General, Department for European Integration and Trade Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
1995-1998 Co-Chair (trade) of the Joint Session of Trade and Environment Experts, OECD, Paris
1996 Panelist of a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel (US/Canada - Split Run Editions)
1997-1998 Minister-Counsellor, Head of the Industrial and Commercial Affairs Section, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU, EESC Counsellor - European Economic and Social Committee of the EU, Brussels
1998-2002 Counsellor, ASEM - Asia-Europe Meeting, European Commission, Directorate-General for External Relations, Brussels
2002-2007 Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, Tokyo
2005 Adjunct Professor for International Politics, University of Innsbruck (Dozent f. internationale Politik)
2007-2011 Ambassador of the European Union to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Bern
2012-2016 Principal Advisor, Asia-Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels
since 2017 Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Seoul

Mag. Thomas SEIFERT

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

1987-1991 Bachelor degree course, Biology, University of Salzburg
1991-1998 Master degree course, Botany, University of Vienna
Staff writer, Falter, Vienna
1999-2005 Member of the Editorial Staff, Foreign Affairs Section, News, Vienna
1999 International Media Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, NC
2001 International Visitors Program, The State Department
Lecturer, Danube University, Krems
2006-2012 Member of the Editorial Staff, Foreign Affairs Section, Die Presse, Vienna
2009 Lecturer, University of Vienna
since 2012 Deputy Editor in Chief, Wiener Zeitung, Vienna


Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna

 Master’s degree in Political Management; George Washington University, Washington DC
1988-1996 Journalist, "Profil", Cash Flow, News, Vienna
1996-1998 Spokesperson, Austrian Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hannes Farnleitner, Vienna
2000-2001 Consultant, crisis management, Control Risks, Berlin
2001-2006 Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, Vienna
2007-2008 Head, China office, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, Shanghai
2009-2010 Spokesperson for Austria's non-permanent membership, UN Security Council, New York
since 2011 Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna

Alpbach Talks: “Das pazifische Jahrhundert”

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18:00 - 18:10Welcome WordsPlenary
18:10 - 19:30DiscussionPlenary