International Business Administration

Prof. (FH) Mag. Julius Dem, MBA

Director of Studies International Business Administration, Member of the Council

Julius Dem is the Director of Studies for the IBA Program at LBS. He has extensive experience in many different leadership positions, including having been the project manager for the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna and having co-founded W&D Consulting Ltd. Specializing in Project Management, he has been teaching at LBS since 2008 and has developed trainings for and trained at many other organizations in Austria such as Post AG, Spar and Siemens. He received his MBA from Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv, and is a certified court translator and interpreter for Hebrew.

    Zvia Dem

    Academic Coordinator


    • Information management of all academic issues
    • Management and handling of all semester schedules
    • Organisation and supervision of retake and commission exams
    • Tel: +43 1 369 18 18 764

    Mag. Christine Andel

    Christine Andel has had a wide-ranging career as a German instructor. She has been a Lecturer in German as a Foreign Language at the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as having taught at a variety of University of Applied Sciences. She is qualified as an examiner of ÖIF (Österreichischer Integrationsfond) and holds a Masters Degree in German Philology, Dramatics and German as a Foreign Language from the University of Vienna. She is qualified as an examiner of ÖIF (Österreichischer Integrationsfonds) and ÖSD (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch).


      Mag. Christina Bazant-Kimmel

      Christina Bazant-Kimmel has extensive experience of in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Vienna and also lectures at different Universities of Applied Sciences. She holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese Studies, English and American Philology from the University of Vienna as well as a Certificate in Export Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies in Second Language Acquisition (Reading in Chinese as a foreign language) at the University of Vienna. She is member of the board of the “Fachverband Chinesisch” (Chinese Language Teachers Association of Germany, Austria and Switzerland), and a member of the following associations: Verbal (Verband für angewandte Linguistik), AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée), SHAN e.V.-Schulteam, CLTA (The Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA), GMF – Gesamtverband Moderne Fremdsprachen e. V., ALA (Association for Language Awareness).



          Dr. Robert Braun, PhD

          Professor Braun is also a Senior Researcher at the Sociology Department of the Institute for Advanced Studies (Institut für Höhere Studien — IHS) in Vienna. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (with coursework at Rutgers University) and a doctorate in history from Eötvös Lóránd University Budapest. Professor Braun is an Associate Professor at Corvinus University (where he was voted Professor of the Year in 2007) and acted as pro-rector of the International Business School in Budapest. He also was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar, Netherlands. In the past, he served as the director of government  communication and as the chief political strategy adviser to former Hungarian Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy and Ferenc Gyurcsány as well as the chief communications adviser to the Governor of the Hungarian National Bank. His international business and research career has focused on corporate social responsibility and, more recently, on the societal and economic impact of autonomous vehicles.


          Selected Publications

              Mag. Carmen Carmona Fernández

              Carmen Carmona Fernández has had a lengthy academic career. Presently, she is a Spanish Lecturer at Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien (the Language Center of the University of Vienna).  She has held several academic positions, including positions as lecturer in Spanish literature at the Institute of Roman Languages Studies at the University of Vienna and in Business Spanish at the BFI University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. Additionally, she has taught in Austria and Spain. She possesses a Master’s degree in Spanish and Literature Studies from the University of Granada, Spain. She has also developed Study Programs for several teaching institutions. She was a long term examiner and assessor for the annual Spanish Language Competition held by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Ministry of Education. She is a member of Austrian Association of Spanish Teachers (AAPE).

                  Tamas Csermely, MSC

                  Tamás Csermely is the Head of Procurement of a tech-based Austrian sourcing consulting company which serves its customers and sources worldwide. He attended a top 10 university in the USA. He is expected to finish his Ph.D. in operations management at the University of Vienna focusing on human decisions in supply chain settings. Tamás used to work as an operations consultant and also at the Raiffeisen Bank International. He published an article in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Moreover, he has articles at a promising stage of review at premier academic and professional operations-related journals. His research was also featured in regular newspapers like ’Die Presse’. Tamás gave talks at the world’s top universities, including Oxford, Toronto, Cornell, Cologne and Shanghai. He held presentations at several conferences (INFORMS, POMS and MSOM). He serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Journal of Business Economics. He used to teach at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Tamás speaks four languages and proved his stress resistance by answering 10 questions in the ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’ TV show.

                  Selected Publications

                      Mag. Alexander Degenhart, MBA, LLM

                      Alexander Degenhart runs his own consultancy firm with a selected specialization on sales and its development and management. His customers are small and international companies from different market sectors and several business schools and universities of applied science. Alexander mainly supports companies in the fields of turning sales strategies into results, designing sales and business models and implementing training formats for sales people and sales managers. For many years Alexander has been working in an international business environment. He holds master degrees in law and economics, studied management and leadership and likes combining his trainings, lectures and consultancy services with business simulations.

                        Univ. Doz. Mag. Dr. Claus Ebster, MSc, MBA

                        Claus Ebster has had a varied and widespread career in business and education. After studying in the US and Vienna, where he took his habilitation in Business Administration, he has taught extensively. Claus Ebster is associate professor (Universitätsdozent) of business administration at the University of Vienna and has extensive teaching experience at both the Vienna Medical University and Webster University. In addition to this, he is also the author of numerous academic articles and textbooks on marketing research, shopper marketing as well as the techniques of academic writing. Moreover, he is also the founder of Market Mentor Consulting.


                        Selected Publications


                          Prof. (FH) Mag. Reinhard Edlmair

                          Member of the Council

                          Reinhard Edlmair holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, WU Wien (1997), where he specialised in Transport Economics & Logistics.  He spent a research semester at Northwestern University (NWU) in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Nebraska Wesleyan University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, conducting research on transportation logistics. Previously he studied at Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earlier spent a year as an intercultural exchange student in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.
                          Reinhard Edlmair has been teaching at Lauder Business School since 2007, where he became Professor (FH) in 2010 and holds the chair of Business Administration.  He is the author of various studies and economic evaluations in the areas of Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Tourism. He is a Lecturer for Logistics at the University of Applied Sciences, IMC Krems and has held research posts at WU Wien, Donauuniversität Krems, Industriewissenschaftliches Institut (IWI), FH bfi Wien, FH Oberösterreich and with Krems Research.
                          He speaks German, English, Spanish and some French.

                              Dr. Kristin Engelhardt

                              After having written her PhD at the University of Vienna, Kristin Engelhardt worked as a Public Relations Manager at Siemens for 11 years. After that she founded her own company, engelhardt kommunikation, in 1992. The agency is specialized on employee communication and corporate publishing. Clients are and have been Opel Wien, Böhler Forging Kapfenberg, Böhler Welding Kapfenberg, Post & Telekom Austria, ÖBB etc. She has given numerous workshops for corporate clients.

                                Roi Ferdinaro, MA

                                Roi Ferdinao holds a Bachelor degree in Hebrew Language and Jewish Language with a Teaching Certificate in Hebrew as a Second Language from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master degree in Jewish Studies from Vienna University. Aside from his teaching at LBS, he teaches Hebrew as a Foreign Language at the ZPC School, Vienna.

                                  Mag. Thomas Geldmacher

                                  Thomas Geldmacher is co-founder of the consulting firm Rundumberatung. From 2007 to 2015, he worked as Parliamentary Advisor on Cultural Affairs and Strategic Communication for the Austrian Green Party. He has held classes on the techniques of scholarly work, discourse analysis and the politics of remembrance at Vienna University’s Department of Political Science. Moreover, he has conducted wide-ranging research on aspects of the Holocaust in Eastern Galicia and on Austrian deserters of the German Wehrmacht during World War II, and he has also been a journalist for the Vienna weekly newspaper Falter.

                                      SAMIA GELDNER, MA, MBA

                                      Samia Geldner holds an MA in Education from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from Webster University, Vienna, where she has been Department Head of English for over 25 years.  She has taught a wide variety of subjects, including Academic and Research Writing, English as a Second Language, Business and Inter-cultural Communication, Leadership, as well as a range of Literature and Philosophy courses. She speaks German, English, French, and Arabic.

                                        Tom Gilady, BA

                                        Tom Gilady has comprehensive cross-industry and international experience in corporate consulting and project management within the fields of Human Resources and IT. Prior to his current role as Senior Consultant and Project Leader at IBM he also acted as a corporate recruiter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LBS and is currently studying for his Masters degree at the University of Vienna.



                                            Elena Gorelova, MA

                                            Elena Gorelova has taught German in Russia and, now, Russian in Austria at the University of Applied Sciences BFI and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is trained in the theory and implementation of the teaching of Foreign Languages.  She received her first degree from the Moscow State Pedagogical University (Foreign Language Education) and her Masters from the University of Applied Sciences BFI (European Economy and Business Management). In addition, she is a qualified translator and interpreter of German and Russian and co-author of Russian Course Book “The Road to Success” (Facultas).

                                              Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wilfried Grossmann

                                              Wilfried Grossman has had a distinguished academic and professional career. After completing his habilitation in Statistics at the University of Vienna he became the Professor of Statistics at the Faculty for Economics and Informatics, before taking up a professorial position at the University’s Faculty for Computer Science. Professionally, Wilfried has acted as the Chair of the Quality Board of Statistics Austria and Vice-chair of the Austrian Statistics Council as well as having been the President of the Austrian Statistical Society.


                                              Selected Publications

                                                Mag. Paula Herrera Parra

                                                Paula Herrera Parra has wide ranging experience in the field of Spanish language teaching as well as translating. Having taken her degree in Spanish language and literature at the University of Granada, she now teaches, aside from her lectures at LBS, at the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as the University of Applied Sciences BFI and the Instituto Cervantes. Paula is a freelance translator at Apsid (Barcelona) and at CEF (Vienna). She is also a qualified examiner of the DELE – Diplomas de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera at the Instituto Cervantes, Vienna.

                                                    Vera Holländer, BA

                                                    Professor Holländer is a native New Yorker of Austrian descent. Her professional career includes decades of executive and leadership positions in marketing and business communications in both the private and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. and internationally. For many years she also ran her own branding and public relations consulting agency. Professor Holländer is a lifelong student of languages (Spanish, French, Russian along with some German and Hebrew), having earned a B.A. in Russian Studies from Hamilton/Kirkland College and a CELTA for teaching English from Cambridge University. She has taught business and academic English at Metropolitan University in New York City, and currently teaches English language and writing at Lauder Business School as well as at Webster University in Vienna. In addition, she works as a private Business English trainer, executive coach, and copy editor.

                                                      Dr. Karl Knezourek, MBA

                                                      Karl Knezourek holds a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Vienna, as well as a Master’s degree in Commercial Science from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has also taken his MBA at the University of Technology, Sydney. Having worked with numerous organizations including Austrian Airlines and the Bank für Arbeit and Wirstchaft, he is a specialist in Financial and Capital Markets as well as Financial Planning and Risk Management.

                                                        Dr. Sebastian Koch

                                                        Sebastian Koch studied Economics and Management (Bachelor) at the trilingual Free University of Bolzano and finished his master’s degree in Economics at the University of Vienna in 2010. Since 2013 he is researcher at the Vienna-based Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS – Institut für Höhere Studien) and holds since 2015 a doctoral degree from the University of Natural Resources and Live Sciences in Vienna. Since 2011 he has taught several economic courses at the Lauder Business School in Vienna: Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Specialised Economics, and Applied Economics (planned).

                                                        As a member of the economic forecasting group of IHS he deals mainly with the analysis and forecast of inflation. A second field of interest is transport economics where one area of expertise is the production of economic forecasts used in particular for transport models. And finally, he develops short-run business cycle indicators which make use of almost real-time transport network data. His interest in visualising economic data can be viewed here:




                                                          Dr. Konrad Koloseus, LL.M.

                                                          Member of the Council

                                                          Konrad Koloseus has wide-ranging experience as  a teacher of law and as a lawyer with a focus on International Construction and Technology Law. He is a partner at a law firm in Vienna, having previously been an assistant at the Institute for EC- and International Private -Law at the Austrian Academy of Science, and at the Institute for Comparative Law at the University of Vienna. He is an examiner for the Vienna bar exam and a member of the Penal Senate of the Austrian Football League. He gained his Doctorate from the University of Vienna having previously taken the LL.M. at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and a Mag. iur. at the University of Vienna.

                                                              Prof. (FH) Mag. Dina Margules-Rappaport

                                                              Vice-Chairperson of the Council

                                                              With considerable experience in the area of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development, Dina Margules-Rappaport teaches various related courses at LBS and is also Vice-President of the LBS Council. Dina holds a degree in Commercial Sciences from the Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna, and has taken many courses relating to Project Management, Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. She was a HR Manager at emarsys – emarketing systems as well as a partner at Personalentwicklungsfirma ITO. She leads regular coaching and mentoring sessions and is the CEO and HR Manager of a private school.

                                                                Prof. (FH) Christian Mehlich

                                                                Member of the Council

                                                                As owner of his own consulting firm, Christian Mehlich has extensive professional experience in the area of Finance, Strategic Management and Leadership. This includes having been Managing Director at HSO Motors Europe and having lectured on ‘International Trade Finance’ at the International Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Bonn. He holds a Green Belt Certification in Six Sigma and a Diploma from the Business Administration Academy (Freiburg). He has numerous professional memberships including one of the committee of ‘Financial Services & Insurance at ICC – International Chamber of Commerce’ and of the Supervisory Board, HSO Motors Europe.

                                                                  Mag. Ingrid Mock

                                                                  Now, Ingrid Mock is a lecturer of German at various University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. Previously, she has led an Integration course and a literacy course at the Volkshochschule, Korneuburg, taught at the primary school level in Vienna, and, also, at the Goethe Institut in Guatemala City. She took her Masters in Educational Science and Orthopedagogy and Special Education at the University of Vienna and, before that, she studied Teacher Training (University of Vienna) and post-graduate studies in Inclusive Pedagogy and, also, Montessori methodology.



                                                                    Mag. Daniela Musiol

                                                                    Daniela Musiol is co-founder of the consulting firm Rundumberatung. From 2008 to 2016, she served as the Austrian Green Party’s spokesperson for democracy, constitutional affairs and family politics in the Austrian Parliament and was, in 2010, one of the chief negotiators behind the first SPÖ–Green coalition agreement in Vienna. Before 2008, she was director of the Green Party’s parliamentary group in the Vienna Rathaus. Trained as a social worker, lawyer, mediator and politician, she has extensive practical experience in strategic communication, negotiation and presentation skills and role development.

                                                                        Sandra Pauser, MA

                                                                        Sandra Pauser graduated from the master’s program in Intercultural Management and Leadership at Lauder Business School and enrolled as a PhD-candidate at the University of Vienna thereafter. Since 2013 she is employed at the faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics at the chair of Marketing. Pursuing her profound interests in Marketing and Sales Management, Ms. Pauser writes her doctoral dissertation in the area of personal selling. Besides her teaching activity at the University of Vienna and at LBS, she is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt.


                                                                        Selected Publications

                                                                          Dr. Maria-Fernanda Ramos-Leitner

                                                                          Maria Fernanda Ramos-Leitner has taught extensively at University level. As well as her teaching at LBS, she is Lecturer in Spanish Language and Business Spanish at the Department of Languages, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna and also Lecturer in French and Spanish at the Department of Romance Languages, Vienna. She holds a PhD in French and Portuguese Postcolonial Literature from the University of Vienna and a Masters in Romance Language and Literature (University of Vienna) as well as numerous diplomas in teacher training, quality assurance and examining.

                                                                              Dr. Verena Régent

                                                                              Verena Régent studied Sociology and Socio-Economics at the Universities of Linz and Helsinki.  She earned her Doctor’s degree at the JKU Linz with a dissertation about the EU migration and asylum regime and its compatibility with Human Rights. Until 2009, Verena worked as Young Professional at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva and in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. As of 2010, she has been working as research manager and researcher at the Max Planck Society in Munich and a small research oriented Viennese enterprise.  Before joining LBS, Verena was working for a consulting company supporting research institutions in acquiring project funding (in particular Horizon2020). Moreover, she has been teaching research methods and project management at the Universities of Applied Sciences Vienna and Eisenstadt since 2013.

                                                                                Mag. Dr. Elisabeth Reif

                                                                                Elisabeth Reif has lectured intercultural communication and psychology extensively at many different University of Applied Sciences throughout Austria, as well as at the University of Vienna (Department of Psychology). She took her Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Vienna and has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the same institution. In addition, she holds a Mediator Certification.


                                                                                Selected Publications


                                                                                  Ing. Andreas Schachenhuber, MA

                                                                                  Andreas Schachenhuber is a Manager at Accenture Strategy and also lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Krems (IMC). In the past, he worked with the Würth Group responsible for Strategic Purchasing as well as for an Austrian Winery as Business Development Manager. He holds a M.A. from the University of Applied Sciences in Krems (IMC) in Business Administration, an Engineer in Chemistry, Biotechnology & Biochemistry and completed an executive training at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau. His main focus is in the field of Procurement, Sourcing, Supply Chain Management and Managerial Accounting.

                                                                                    Prof. (FH) Dr. Michael Schmitz

                                                                                    Member of the Council

                                                                                    Michael Schmitz has had a wide-ranging career as journalist, author, teacher and coach. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology and Management at LBS as well as a Personal Coach at the Psychosomatsches Institut and a Consultant at Schmitz&Schmitz Coaching Company. Previously, he was Head of Department at the Sigmund Freud University (Vienna) and, before that, he pursued a career at ZDF, which culminated in a position as Bureau Chief for South-Eastern Europe. Besides other graduate qualifications, Michael Schmitz holds his Doctoral Degree in Psychology (University of Vienna) and has a Masters in Social Sciences (University of Chicago). In 2004 he was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor of the Republic of Austria.


                                                                                    Selected Publications


                                                                                      Dr. Vesna Sesum Cavic

                                                                                      Vesna Sesum Cavic has much experience teaching in Higher Education. As well as being Lecturer in Information Technology and Mathematics at LBS, she is a Senior Scientist at the Space-Based Computing group, Technical University of Vienna, and she has also lectured at the Universities of Belgrade. She holds a PhD in Informatics (Technical University, Vienna) and has a Masters in Computer Science and also in Mathematics (both from the University of Belgrade).”



                                                                                      Selected Publications


                                                                                          Emmanuel Sigalas, PhD

                                                                                          Emmanuel Sigalas has had a lengthy academic career. Presently, he is a Research Fellow at the Public Governance Institute at the University of Leuven as well as a Policy and Systems Analyst at the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.  In the past he has held numerous academic positions, including as Assistant Professor at the Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies, and he has taught in Austria, Canada and in the UK. He took his PhD in Political Science from the University of Reading (Cross-border people mobility and EU legitimacy) and his Masters in European Integration from the University of Essex. He has also published in journals such as European Union Politics and West European Politics. He is also a reviewer for many prestigious journals such as The American Journal of Political Science and he is a member of many academic associations.

                                                                                            Prof. (FH) Dr. Edith Singer

                                                                                            Member of the Council

                                                                                            “Act always so as to increase the number of choices.” – Heinz von Foerster


                                                                                            After completing her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Klagenfurt (‘Surviving in the Post-Industrial Society: An Empirical Study on Self-Steered Life and Career Designing), Edith Singer became a Chartered Career Consultant and, in 2004, she took her Executive Coaching Master class. She teaches courses in Personal Development and also Psychology at various Universities of Applied Sciences. Additionally, she is Owner of Life and Career Design and a Consultant at Singer Business Consulting.



                                                                                              Mag. Friedrich Harald Urbanek

                                                                                              Having completed the PhD-Program at the Center for Central European Financial Markets and a degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Friedrich Urbanek made his career in Banking. He is lecturing Controlling, Risk Management and Banking at different Universities and corporate institutions (for example Raiffeisen Campus) and he is owner of Fuloli GmbH, a holding and consulting company.

                                                                                                Prof. (FH) David Warren, MA

                                                                                                Member of the Council

                                                                                                After studying History at Cambridge University, David Warren embarked on a career teaching English as Foreign Language. He has taught extensively at Universities in Austria and also in Rome. As well as specializing in Academic Writing, Business English and Intercultural Management he coordinates the Language Department at LBS. He actively researches the subject of English as a Lingua Franca as well as pursuing journalistic and literary interests.

                                                                                                  MMag. Justo Zamarro

                                                                                                  Justo Zamarro teaches Spanish at both Grammar School and University of Applied Science level in Vienna. He is currently writing a PhD in Spanish at the University of Vienna. Before that, he took a Masters in Journalism (Madrid) and a Masters in History (Madrid). He has completed his Teacher Training in Austria and continues to engage actively with Pedagogic theory. Away from teaching, he is in the process of publishing his first novel.



                                                                                                    Mag. Ulrike Zehetmayer

                                                                                                    Member of the Council

                                                                                                    Ulrike Zehetmayr is intimate with the teaching of German in many different contexts. She has taught at University of Applied Sciences (Vienna), Language schools (Berlitz) and at Embassies and, moreover, she is a translator in the fields of Engineering, Economics and Medicine. She has studied at Vienna (Master thesis on ‘The United States ands National Socialism’) and at Berkeley (courses in Journalism and Philosophy). In addition she has undertaken training in the teaching of German as a Foreign Language (Verband Wiener Volksbildung) and translation between English and Spanish (Department of Translation Studies, Barcelona). She holds the examiner license for the ‘Österreichisches Sprachendiplom Deutsch’ (OSD)




                                                                                                      Prof. (FH) Mag. Joachim Zimmel

                                                                                                      After completing a degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Joachim Zimmel has enjoyed a wide-ranging and rewarding career. In 2002 he was appointed CFO of Division Raw Materials AG, in 2009 he founded Zimmel Beteiligungs and Consulting GmbH and also became a Managing Partner and CFO of the ACCEDO Group and, from 2012 up until 2015 he has been CFO of Goldenboat Holding AG, Switzerland. Since 2016 he has taken over the position as COO at Goldenboat Holding, one of the world market leaders in barite industries, repsonsible for the operational processing business as well as new business development. He teaches Project Finance at LBS.