Banking, Finance and Compliance

Dr. Tamás Csermely

Director of Studies International Management and Leadership & Banking, Finance and Compliance, Member of the Council

Tamás Csermely gained his PhD in operations management and logistics at the University of Vienna where his research focused on behavioral decisions in supply chain- and economics-related settings. In addition, he has attended Indiana University Bloomington and he has received the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic 4 times. He has published several articles in scientific and professional journals and his research has also been featured in Die Presse. He is an affiliate of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network at Harvard Business School and he has participated in several renowned conferences and held talks at the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, Cornell and Shanghai. When it comes to teaching, he is a devoted advocate of gamification, experience- and case-study-based methods. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (JEBO) and the Journal of Business Economics (JBE).

Professionally, he used to work in the Emerging Markets/Quantitative Research/Asset Allocation division of Raiffeisen Bank International and also as a research and teaching associate at the WU Vienna during his early career. In 2015, he was appointed Head of Procurement at Quantoras, an Austrian technology-based consulting company, where he became responsible for managing the purchasing team, leading dozens of large-scale supply chain projects and also for the company’s strategic direction.  Before having been appointed as the Director of Master Studies at the Lauder Business School, he made a name for himself on saving 14.2% on average in several branches (base chemicals, metals, automotive, textile, pharmaceutical, foundry, construction, etc.) for the company’s clients – which were world market leaders in their segments in several cases. He also proved his stress resistance by answering 10 questions correctly in the ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’ TV show.

Selected Publications

    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

      Dr. Johannes Asel LL.B. (WU), MIM (CEMS)

      Johannes Asel  works for Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), the central bank of the Republic of Austria, as a senior equity interests and payments manager. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the WHU – the Otto Beisheim School of Management and a Research Associate and Lecturer at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. He graduated with a summa cum laude from his PhD in Strategic Management and Management Control.

        FH-Doz. Mag. Dr. Donald Baillie, FRM

        Donald Baillie completed both his Master’s degree and his Doctorate in Vienna. He is also certified as a Risk Manager (GARP FRM), Analytics Professional (INFORMS CAP), Business Analyst (IIBA CBAP), Project Manager (PMI PMP), as well as a stock and options trader (Vienna Stock Exchange). Dr. Baillie has more than 20 years of experience working internationally in Banking and Finance, and is currently Managing Director of the international consulting company ifb AG, active in Finance, Risk Management and other Banking and IT topics. He has taught extensively at various universities in Austria for the past 15 years and was awarded the title of FH-Dozent for his services to academia. His publications have been in the field of banking, corporate finance, derivatives and behavioral finance.


        Selected Publications

            Edward Bayone, MIA, MA

            Edward Bayone is the Earle W. Kazis Professor of the Practice of Finance and International Real Estate at Brandeis University. Throughout his career, he has brought strategic and financial expertise to a wide range of companies, from start-ups to multinationals. He has served in executive capacities with worldwide responsibilities and on boards for companies experiencing rapid growth as well significant change. He has established himself in the academic world as an innovative and transformational leader, responsible for the successful launch and record growth of his university’s new business major. After a 23-year career in banking, he transitioned in 2002 to academia, board service, and investment activities. As Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at BankBoston and then for the combined FleetBoston Corporation, he managed credit risk on portfolios as large as $ 80 billion in loans (and $.200 billion in committed loan exposure) and had the highest signing authority in the bank. At Brandeis University, he rose from an adjunct instructor to become the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in finance and international real estate.


            In addition to teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, he founded the real estate specialization and, for nine years, chaired the undergraduate business program. He is currently on sabbatical, researching the commercial real estate markets across Europe. He serves on the board of Brightwood Capital, which invests in first and second lien term loans and minority equity positions in middle-market companies. He also serves as Independent Investment Professional of offshore middle market senior loan funds managed by Churchill Asset Management, a majority-owned affiliate of Nuveen/TIAA. His prior board roles include IAP Worldwide Services, Churchill Financial, and SuperMedia. He earned a Masters in International Affairs, with a specialization in banking and finance, from Columbia University and a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Rochester.

                Dr. Mag. Georg Behm

                A graduate of Copenhagen Business School and the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Georg Behm started his career in Finance, Performance and Treasury Management at Accenture and Schwabe, Ley & Greiner. At present he is Managing Director at Vienna-based NEROM & Partner, an M&A and corporate finance advisory, which he co-founded in 2011. Furthermore, he acts as a Generally Sworn and Court Certified Expert in Valuation and Business Planning, and teaches finance subjects at several universities of applied sciences.

                    Mag. Katharina Binder-Pöchacker

                    Katharina Binder-Poechacker is the Finance Director of OMV Supply & Trading, the UK based oil trading entity of OMV Group. Previously she had been Managing Director in OMV Trading, the group’s gas & power trading entity and before that she held the position as Head of Corporate Risk Management at OMV group. She has an extremely strong background in the oil and energy industry, where she has focused on corporate finance, financial risk management, commodity trading and business processes as well as internal controls.

                        Dr. Dieter Christian

                        Dieter Christian is a member of the academic staff at the Campus Vienna University of Applied Sciences. His specialism is the area of IFRS and he has published extensively on this topic. Previously, he worked at BDO Austria, and PwC (both in the area of IFRS) as well as a Research Assistant at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

                            Prof. (FH) Dr. Pablo Collazzo-Yelpo, MBA

                            Pablo Collazzo-Yelpo has an extensive academic and professional experience in the sustainable competitiveness and strategic leadership fields. He is currently Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Lauder Business School. A former Rector of Universidad del Pacífico in Ecuador, he was also Chair of the Institute for Responsible Competitiveness at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands. Prior to that, he was Director of Academic Affairs at the European Academy of Business in Society in Brussels, after an international career in investment banking. He serves as board member to profit and non-profit organizations and is Senior Advisor on Sustainable Competitiveness to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

                            His academic background is in law and economics, with graduate studies at Boston University (MBA) and ESADE (PhD). His teaching, research and consulting are on strategy, sustainability and leadership. He is an Affiliate Faculty and Council Chair of the Competitiveness network at Harvard Business School, holds teaching appointments at Universidad Carlos III (Spain), the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and NIDA (Thailand), and is a regular speaker to diverse audiences on the interplay of competitiveness, sustainability and leadership.

                            Selected Publications

                              Harrison Epstein, MA

                              Harrison Epstein serves as a private banking financial advisor at Raiffeisenbank in Vienna. His team specializes in advising international clients and offers a full range of financial services including securities investments, loans, financial planning, insurances as well as cash management and treasury services. His clients stem from around the globe and include high net worth individuals in addition to diplomats based in Austria. His team also manages the institutional accounts of a number of the international organizations that reside in Vienna. He obtained his B.A. at Occidental College in Los Angeles and his M.A. at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin with a specialization in economic policy. He is a recognized member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

                                Mag. (FH) Daniela Frei

                                Since 2014 Daniela Frei has been a member of the Austrian Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel. Before that, she was a Senior Manager at EY, Vienna, in Financial Accounting Advisory Services and Auditing. She is a Certified Public Auditor and has a Masters from the Vienna University of Applied Science in Finance, Accounting and Taxation. She has also published on the subject of Accounting.

                                    Maria Chiara Iannino, PhD

                                    Maria Chiara graduated with a PhD in Economics at Queen Mary University of London in 2011, with a thesis on institutional investors’ behaviour and herding. Since 2011, she has joined the University of Vienna, as assistant professor in the Department of Finance. She has previously studied and worked at the University of Brescia (Italy).


                                    Maria Chiara is active in both teaching and research. She is currently teaching master courses in Empirical Finance and Behavioural Finance at the University of Vienna.

                                    Her main research interests lie in these two fields of empirical and behavioural finance, with a particular focus on investors’ nominal price preferences, market reactions to corporate events, such as M&A and stock splits, and, more recently, banking systemic risk.


                                    Selected publications

                                      Prof. (FH) Dr. Armin J. Kammel, LL.M. (London), MBA (CLU) Ehrenprofessor (Donau-Universität Krems)

                                      Prof. (FH) Dr. Armin J. Kammel is an interdisciplinary lawyer specialized in (international) banking law, securities regulation and business law. He holds degrees in both law and business administration from prestigious universities in his native Austria and abroad.

                                      Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel has more than ten years of experience in the financial services industry working as Head of Legal & International Affairs with the Austrian Association of Investment Fund Management Companies (VÖIG) and serving on the Board of Directors of both the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) and the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

                                      Dr. Kammel is Professor (FH) of Banking Law and Securities Regulation at Lauder Business School (LBS), Vienna, Austria. Moreover, he has been Ehrenprofessor (Honorary Professor) and Faculty Member as well as Program Coordinator (LL.M./MLS in International Banking Law and Capital Markets) at Danube University Krems (DUK), Austria. In addition to this, Dr. Kammel has also been lecturer with numerous prestigious institutions in the U.S., the UK, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine or Thailand.

                                      Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new Research Perspectives series on “International Banking and Securities Law” with BRILL Publishing in Boston, MA and Co-Editor of the most traditional commentary on “BWG and CRR” (Austrian Banking Act and CRR) as well as an innovative book series on “Vertragsrecht and Vertragsgestaltung” (contract law and contract design) in Austria.

                                      Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel’s research interests are primarily in the areas of (international) banking law, securities regulation, financial law, corporate law and business law. Moreover, the economic analysis of the law and economic theory are also included in his research activities.


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                                      Selected Publications

                                        Ing. Mag. Robert Kotal CFP®EFA®

                                        Robert Kotal has occupied numerous positions at Raiffeisen, firstly as Project Leader there, then as Product Manager of Capital Markets and Pension Provision Products and, finally, as Deputy Compliance Officer (a position which he still occupies). He has his Masters in International Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and has many certifications relating to compliance and the provision of financial advice.

                                            Mag.rer.nat Sebastian Körber, PGCHP

                                            Sebastian Körber is a serial entrepreneur based in Austria and Colombia. Originally he graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in Psychology and afterwards underwent a postgraduate in Clinical Psychology. After this he emigrated to South America, working in a Peruvian jail or in a re-socialization programs for guerillas in Colombia. There he encountered the focus of his work, fear.
                                            His main business is being a leadership trainer and keynote speaker for high executives.  His style is tough and very direct, often painful. He’s a co-founder of an IT company in Hungary, that focuses on feedback tools. His company in Colombia focuses on expansion-consulting and on-boarding of executives to Latin American subsidiaries. Once a year he gathers together adrenaline-seeking executives in Medellin-Colombia and makes them emotionally composed under any circumstances.
                                            Applying successful strategies dealing with fear to leadership made him an expert in Change  Management. He has impact through clarity.
                                            Sebastian is teaching at several universities in Europe and America. His working languages are German, English and Spanish.

                                                Mag. Kurt Kotzegger, CFA

                                                Kurt Kotzegger took his M.Sc in Commerce from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and he also holds a diploma in Executive education from INSEAD.  He has been a Fund Manager, and, after that, the Head of Absolute Return Strategies at Raiffeisen Capital Management and, then, Chief Investment Officer at the same organization. He is now a partner of CELEUS Advisory, a firm specializing in Investment Advice.

                                                    Prof. (FH) Dr. Marcel Landesmann

                                                    Since 2012 Marcel Landesmann has been a Partner of the Gutmann Bank. Before that, over the course of 20 years, he held leadership positions in international Private Banks in Austria, Switzerland and the USA. These positions have included being the CEO of Bank Vontobel Austria, CFO for Alexander Landesmann & Son, Vienna Representative for Bank Julius Bär and Portfolio Manager for the Union Bank of Switzerland. He studied Macroeconomics at Boston and, in 1997, completed his PhD in Finance in New York. In addition, Marcel Landesmann is heavily involved in supporting the Arts. He has taught at LBS for many years.

                                                        Dr. Barbara Neiger, MA, MBA

                                                        Barbara Neiger has a PhD in Law (Vienna) and a MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In addition, she holds a Masters in Anti-Corruption and is also a Certified Compliance Officer. She is now Lead Auditor for Compliance Management Systems and a Managing Partner of the International Anti-Corruption Resources group (which she also co-founded) as well as being Head of the Austrian delegation to the ISO Project Committee for the development of an international anti-bribery management systems standard. Previously, she worked as CEO at the Volksbank Slovensko and as Deputy CEO at the Calyon Bank (the Czech Republic). She has published extensively on compliance and, also, corruption.

                                                          Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Regina Oppitz-Pfannhauser

                                                            Mag. (FH) Thomas Pichler Swiss CPA

                                                            Since 2014 Thomas Pichler is an independent member of the Austrian Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (AFREP). He is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant specialized in financial services focused on the banking industry. He holds a Magister diploma degree in Controlling & Finance from the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Austria. He has gathered over 14 years of credit risk and several years of audit experience working for different international enterprises. He worked in managerial positions providing audit and advisory services to financial institutions within PwC Zurich (Switzerland), PwC Sydney (Australia) and Deloitte Vienna (Austria). He has published on credit risk, international accounting and controlling and is lecturer at several different educational institutions.

                                                                Dr. Cristian C. Popa

                                                                After completing his PhD in Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, Cristian Popa embarked on a career in Finance, which started with enrolling in a second PhD in Finance (University of Vienna) for which he was exceptionally awarded the Gutmann Scholarship for two years in a row. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has worked as credit risk analyst and financial engineer for Deutsche Bank AG in various locations (London, New York, Mumbai) in the areas of internal risk modeling (PD/LGD), Regulatory/Economic Capital and counterparty credit risk. Subsequently, he headed the Corporate Rating Competence Center at Erste Bank Group in Vienna, responsible for developing the methodology for non-retail rating systems. At present, he is a member of Joint Supervisory Team for Austrian Significant Institutions responsible for topics in the areas of Credit/Market Risk modeling, Economic Capital and Securitization. Also he represents Austria in the European Bank Authority working group on Securitization and Covered Bonds.

                                                                  Prof. (FH) Dr. Hanno Pöschl, MSc, MBA

                                                                  Hanno Pöschl gained his PhD in Business Administration and Economics from the University Trier/GER and holds Master degrees in International Finance and Accounting as well as Business Administration (MBA) from the OUBS/UK and is a Certified International Controller. Before joining Lauder Business School/AUT in 2014 he has been Research Professor for Strategic Management and Corporate Finance at Webster University/US since 2008, where he also served as area coordinator for Business administration and Management. He holds/has held positions as lecturer at prestigious English, American and Austrian Universities, where he teaches/taught Strategic Management, Corporate Finance as well as Accounting and Controlling courses at Bachelor and Master level in the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He serves/served as Senator of the faculty senate, member of the Council, member of scientific advisory boards and as standing member in examination boards. In his most recent publication “Strategische Unternehmensführung zwischen Shareholder-Value und Stakeholder-Value“ at Springer/Gabler, he challenges reductionist management approaches built upon the sole goal of shareholder-value creation and proposes a systemic-coevolutionary model of strategic management on the basis of an obliged management philosophy towards a sustainable stakeholder value based strategic management.

                                                                  He has also been involved in corporate training at C-level for international companies in various sectors. Before entering his academic career he accumulated senior management position experience in the private sector, public administration and in politics as Member of Parliament.

                                                                    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. Thomas Schreiber

                                                                        Thomas Scheiber is an economist at the Austrian National Bank’s Economic Analysis and Research Department. Before that he worked as an External Lecturer at the University of Innsbruck. He took his Masters in Economics from the University of Innsbruck and studied a postgraduate program in Quantitative Economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). He has published extensively on such subjects as Euroization, Trust, and Monetary Economics.

                                                                            Mag. Gerald Siegmund

                                                                            Gerald Siegmund has had a lengthy career in banking. He has been Head of Fixed Income at BAWAG and then Head of Credit Derivatives and Repos Trading at the same institution. After that, he took up a position as Treasurer and Head of Correspondent Banking at Bank Winter and he is now the CEO of FAME Investments. He has also taught extensively, both at the Vienna Stock Exchange and at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz. He has his Masters in Law.

                                                                                Dr. Maria Silgoner

                                                                                Maria Silgoner received her doctoral degree in Economics with distinction from the University of Vienna. Since 1999 she has been an economist in the Foreign Research Division of the Austrian National Bank. After secondment to the OECD and a research stay at the Bank of Finland, she was appointed expert on macroeconomic cross-country analyses. Maria Silgoner has taught at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck. Furthermore, she has trained central bankers and government officials from CEECs and the former Soviet Union. She is a widely published expert on European monetary and economic integration.

                                                                                    Mag. Ron Slomovits

                                                                                    Ron Slomovits has established Rating Advisory after twelve years of professional experience in the industry; Supporting capital markets participants with tailor-made solutions for credit ratings, especially in optimizing the ratings issued for international entities (regional government and bank ratings); Has gained extensive experience at the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s, in the department for Sovereigns/International Public Finance; His portfolio covered international ratings for Austria and Germany; Prior to that he has gained many years of experience in the field of European banking analysis and stress testing; Holds a Master’s degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business.


                                                                                        DDr. Gerhard Tanew

                                                                                        Core Competences:

                                                                                        • Controlling of a financial institution
                                                                                        • Due diligence
                                                                                        • Investor relations
                                                                                        • Bank relationship management
                                                                                        • Crisis management
                                                                                        • Strategy


                                                                                        Curriculum Vitae

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                              Dr. Mag. Christin Vallinkoski, MA

                                                                                              Christin Vallinkoski studied Political Science, Communication Science and Literature in Austria and England. She holds a master degree with distinction in Communication Science from the University Vienna and a master degree with distinction in Literary Studies from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at OU/England. She earned her PhD with distinction under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eva Kreisky at the institute of Political Science with a dissertation about the role of literature between the poles of critical political awareness and state-constitution as well as state-support in authoritarian political systems. She works/worked as an expert advisor and scientific assistant in public administration and several university settings, as a journalist and author. She has published several short stories in anthologies like West-Östliche Diven (DTV) and En Detail (Holzhausen).