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). In 2018, he was bestowed as Professor of the Lauder Business School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Götsch studied at the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna and holds a PhD in Political Science. After internships at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM Vienna), she started working in social research. She participated in several national and international R&D projects including a FP7-EU project with nine European partners. In 2014, she moved on to work at the University of Vienna as Project Coordinator and Postdoc. Since 2014, Ms. Götsch is teaching research methods and introduction courses at the University of Vienna, the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna as well as the Lauder Business School.
As Senior Research Fellow at Middlesex University Arno Haslberger specializes in Organizational Behavior, Human Resources and Workplace Studies. He has taught at numerous universities in Austria, Germany, the UK, Spain and, inter alia, at Loyola University Chicago. He serves on the editorial boards of high-ranking academic journals such as the JGM, IJHRM and EJIM.
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.
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.
Márta Pataki is an entrepreneur, independent trainer and coach. She is co-founder at sefeedback.com, an online feedback platform to support self-development in organisations. She entered the entrepreneurial scene after an international career in the real estate sector. She held various senior management positions at Immofinanz, CBRE, TriGranit and C&W with a focus on CEE countries. She got fascinated by the human side of the business and is now deeply engaged in finding keys to leadership. Her business is based in Vienna and Budapest. She holds a first class degree in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc in Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University.
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.
Having completed his habilitation and received his PhD in Economics and Business from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Alexander Prosser embarked on his academic career. This career has taken him from teaching at the HEC in Paris, through lecturing at the School of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney to his current positions. He is now the Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Operations at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as being Member of the Board of the Austrian Computer Society and Chairman of the eGovernment Forum. He has received the European eGovernment Award, the BMW Scientific Award, and the Senator Wilfing Award amongst other awards.
Alexander Rabas studied Statistics and Economics at the University of Vienna, and finished his PhD in the field of Behavioral Economics. Among his research topics are statistics, risk management, game theory and gender models in the labor market. Currently he is employed as a data analyst at Win2Day Holdings.
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.
Christian Reiner studied economic geography, history and economics at the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg. He has a doctoral degree in economic geography (University of Salzburg) and experience in basic and applied empirical economic research (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Joanneum Research, Institute for Advanced Studies). Christian Reiner works as a senior scientist at the Lauder Business School and as a lecturer in economics, economic geography and statistics at the University of Vienna, Modul University Vienna, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and the FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW. His fields of interest include regional economics and industrial organization. Mr Reiner’s research has added insights to the following topics: Structural change, growth policy, innovation, human capital mobility, industrial policy, green growth and policy evaluation.
Dagmar Zuchi is a senior consultant and trainer. For a period of around 20 years she has gained valuable experience in managing and consulting projects, programmes, managing and supporting changes and developing people. She is a lecturer at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and at sev eral other universities. Dagmar got a certification as senior project manager by IPMA (Level B), by PMI (PMP) and PRINCE2 (P2 Practitioner) and has in depth knowledge of project management standards. She contributed as part of the Austrian Delegation to the development of the ISO 21500 “Project Management“ and is currently working at the ISO TC258 SG1 “Governance of Projects, Programmes and Portfolios”. Dagmar Zuchi is co-founder and manager of the network enable2change.
Nicholas Simon received Juris Doctor Degrees from both Boston University School of Law and the University of Vienna. A member of the bar in Massachusetts and Austria, he is a specialist in international commercial transactions at his Vienna-based law firm Andréewitch & Simon. Professor Simon serves as an Adjunct Professor for International Business Law at Webster University Vienna and as a lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. At Webster he received the Excellency in Teaching Award (1989), the Distinguished Services Award (1997) and Professor of the Year Award (2003).
“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. As of 2017, she is the Head of Human Resources at the largest Austrian advertising and marketing company, Gewista Werbegesellschaft m.b.H.
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).
Gordon F. van der Veen is an international management consultant to major blue chip undertakings and international organizations such as the European Central Bank, the European System of Central Banks, IBM, Tomra Sorting, Electrolux and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He has extensive international management, strategy, supply chain management, finance and accounting, consultancy and teaching experience in businesses as diverse as turnkey project management, information technology, auditing, energy conservation, construction, development consultancy, management consultancy, and management education consultancy.
He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Van Der Veen Management Services and a Senior Adjunct Professor for Business and Management at Webster University, Vienna. His qualifications include a Masters degree in Management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is published on such subjects as Meso-Finance and Industrial Restructuring.”