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Head, Liaison Office of the DGB (Confederation of German Trade Unions), Brussels
Deputy Director, Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris
Managing Director, Direct Selling Europe, Brussels
Director, Vienna Office, EIB - European Investment Bank, Vienna
Director for International Relations, BUSINESSEUROPE, Brussels
Correspondent, Israel and Palestine Territories, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tel Aviv Chair

Dr. Katharina ERDMENGER

Head, Liaison Office of the DGB (Confederation of German Trade Unions), Brussels

1989 European Baccalaureate, European school, Brussels
1989-1998 University studies, History, Political science, International law, Bonn and Oxford, MA 1994, PhD 1998
1997-1999 Assistant to MEPs, Brussels
1999-2002 European Policy Officer, Diakonisches Werk Berlin
2002-2005 Head of section, Economic Policies, DGB Berlin
since 2005 Director, DGB liaison office, Brussels

Dr. Rainer GEIGER

Deputy Director, Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris

 Graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, advanced law degree, PhD, and Columbia Law School in New York, United States LL.M
1972-1976 Counsellor, Ministry of Economics and Economic Cooperation, Germany
1976-1977 Secretary of the Finance Commission, Conference on International Economic Cooperation, Paris
since 1977 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France, in various positions, currently Deputy Director for Financial and Enterprise Affairs and Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme
since 1996 Associate Professor for international economic law, University Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
since 2001 Co-Chairman, Investment Compact for South East Europe

Mag. Maria Theresa LEIN

Managing Director, Direct Selling Europe, Brussels

1996-2002 Magistra iuris, Law studies, University of Vienna, Austria
2003-2003 Project director, Research project  Communal Loan Conditions , Institute of Comparative Law (Prof. Ofner), University of Vienna
Assistant to the judge, District of the High Court Vienna (District Court Josefstadt, Commercial Court Vienna)
2004-2005 Associate, Law firm of Dr. Dieter Böhmdorfer
2005 Political Adviser, cabinet of State Secretary Helmut Kukacka (ministry of transport)
2005-2007 Adviser/Lobbyist, Brussels office of Federation of Austrian Industry
since 2007 Build-up and management of the European association  Direct Selling Europe as Managing Director

Dr. Emanuel MARAVIC

Director, Vienna Office, EIB - European Investment Bank, Vienna

1977-1996 Creditanstalt, Vienna
1980-1982 Head, Syndication Department, Banque Européenne de Crédit, Brussels
1982-1985 Deputy Head, International Project Finance Department, Creditanstalt Vienna
1985-1986 Credit Control Division of Deutsche Bank (Asia), Hamburg, and Head of the Special Work-out Unit of Deutsche Bank Sydney, Australia
1986-1987 Associate Director, Merchant Bank subsidiary of Deutsche Bank (Asia), Hongkong, and Branch Manager of Deutsche Bank, Manila, Philippines
1987-1989 Deputy Branch Manager, Creditanstalt New York Branch, USA
1989-1991 Head, International Credit Risk and Control Department for all the international subsidiaries and branches, Creditanstalt Group
1991-1992 Managing Director, "Specialised Finance Unit", Creditanstalt London, i.e. the bank´s international work-out and restructuring operation
1992-1994 Managing Director, Creditanstalt Anlagenbau und Leasing Ges.m.b.H, Vienna, the international leasing operations of the Group
1994-1996 Director and Head, International Trade and Corporate Finance Department, Creditanstalt Group
since 1996 European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg
1996-2000 Director, Lending Operations Germany and Austria
2000-2003 Director, Lending Operations Accession Countries (Central and Eastern Europe)
2004-2005 Director, Lending Operations Central Europe (Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia)
since 2006 Director, Vienna Office (covering Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia)

Dr. Adrian VAN DEN HOVEN

Director for International Relations, BUSINESSEUROPE, Brussels

2000 PhD in Political Science from the University of Nice
 Adrian van den Hoven worked as International Relations researcher and as adjunct professor in Italy (European University Institute of Florence - EUI), France (Nice) and Canada (Windsor).
 Current position: Director for international Relations at BUSINESSEUROPE with overall responsibility over WTO and bilateral trade relations.

Dr. Alexandra FÖDERL-SCHMID

Correspondent, Israel and Palestine Territories, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tel Aviv

 Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, born in 1971, has been with the Süddeutsche Zeitung since September 2017 and reports on Israel and the Palestinian territories. Before that, she was editor-in-chief for ten years and later co-editor of the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard and the news portal derStandard.at. She has studied journalism, political science and history and earned her doctorate on the dual broadcasting system in Germany. Furthermore, she was 2005 Reuters/APA-Geiringer-Fellow in Oxford. She was awarded with the Austrian Kurt-Vorhofer-Prize for politcal journalism, the Constitutional Award and the Ari-Rath-Prize. In addition, she was instrumental in the reestablishment of the Press Council in Austria.