Isabella Meran-Waldstein has been the Director for Research, Technology & Innovation at the Federation of Austrian Industries since 2016. Her department focuses on promoting research and development funding, encouraging cooperations between industrial frontrunners and start-ups as well as SMEs and general cooperation between business and science. Further key topics include the digital transformation of industry and the promotion of young innovation talents, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She is a member of national and European strategy groups in the areas of research and technology and digital economy. Meran-Waldstein studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and holds a degree in economics.