International Management & Leadership

Director of Studies: International Management, Leadership and Strategic Finance & Business Analytics & online MBA in Exeuctive Management, Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) Dr. Tamás Csermely, MSc

Tamás Csermely has been the Director of Studies of the two Master programs and the online MBA in Executive Management at the Lauder Business School as well as a Board Member of the Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences since 2018. He used to work as the Head of Procurement at Quantoras, an Austrian technology-based consulting company, where he was responsible for managing the purchasing team, leading dozens of large-scale supply chain projects. His team made a name for itself on saving 14.2% on average in several branches (base chemicals, metals, automotive, textile, pharmaceutical, foundry, construction, food and beverages, etc.) for dozens of mid-sized companies and international conglomerates – which, in several cases, were world market leaders in their segments. Tamás’ main area of expertise is optimizing the strategy as well as the operations/supply chain of businesses and thereby converting his efficiency-oriented mindset to results. He also worked in the Emerging Markets/Quantitative Research/Asset Allocation division of Raiffeisen Bank International and as a research and teaching associate at the WU Vienna during his early career.

He holds a Ph.D. in operations management and logistics (University of Vienna), an M.Sc. in management and consulting (University of Pécs) and a Professorial bestowal (Lauder Business School). In addition, he attended Indiana University Bloomington – Kelley School of Business with a one-year full scholarship. He published several articles in scientific and professional journals and his research on managerial decisions in operations- and behavioral economics-related settings has also been featured in Die Presse. Tamás firmly believes in applied, case study- and experience-based teaching (Behavioral Economics, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Managerial Economics, Business Process Management, Management Consulting), which is his primary passion. He is an affiliate of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network of the Harvard Business School. Moreover, he has presented his research at several renowned conferences, held talks at the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, Cologne, Cornell, Shanghai and taught MSc and MBA level courses at top universities (Bar-Ilan University, WU Vienna, etc.). He also serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (JEBO), the International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Applied Economics Letters (AEL), the Journal of Risk, the Journal of Business Economics (JBE) and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty (JRU). He proved his stress resistance by answering 10 questions correctly in the “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” TV show.


Academic Coordinator

Zvia Dem


  • Information management of all academic issues
  • Management and handling of all semester schedules
  • Organisation and supervision of retake and commission exams

Phone:+43 1 369 18 18 764


Dr. Stefan Bauer

Stefan is an innovation enthusiast, education designer, and a passionate researcher. He is a university lecturer at several universities among others Lauder Business School, University of Applied Sciences Vienna and University Reykjavik. His interests include digital innovation, user experience, management of information security, employee experience, business data analysis, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Talent Garden as Innovation School Director, Stefan was driving the digital transformation of traditional banking business by developing a digital banking platform at BAWAG P.S.K. In 2016, he received a doctoral degree in Information Systems from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is a certified Project Manager and was the elected chairman of the student agency of doctoral students. Moreover, he was awarded the ERSTE Bank Prize for Research in CEE 2012. His scientific work has been published in top academic journals, including Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, and Computers & Security.


Director of Studies International Business Administration, Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) Mag. Julius Dem, MBA

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 training 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.


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


Mag. (FH) Birgit Engel

Birgit Engel heads the SAP team of PwC Austria’s Technology Consulting practice. She specializes in SAP project management, logistics process excellence and in delivering S/4HANA transformation projects. Birgit is covering the SAP modules SD, MM, LE, CS, PM, PP, WM and QM.

Since 2005 Birgit works as an SAP Consultant and was responsible for logistics process blueprinting, design and SAP implementations and Roll-outs in more than 30 international SAP projects in various industries. In addition, Birgit has hands-on experience in implementing SAP Cloud solutions.

During the past years, Birgit was focusing on S/4HANA transformation projects – both greenfield and brownfield as well as mixed approaches. She holds a master’s degree in International Economics and is a certified SAP Activate Project Manager as well as a certified SCRUM Master.


Thomas Faistauer

A trained chef with extensive experience in the fine dining scene and management in one of the biggest grocery retailers in Austria, Thomas decided in his early 30s to start a new career as a programming specialist. Over the past years, he’d go on to take software development courses, teach himself to use development tools, and ultimately find himself a new passion. After finishing his training, he started to work for “J-IT” IT-Dienstleistungs GesmbH, where he obtained a certification as BPMN 2.0 trainer and Camunda developer. Today, Thomas holds a key role in automation projects for the German-speaking market, where he combines development with his valuable skills from the demanding, highly creative gourmet scene.


Andrea Gaal, MA, PhD

In all of her professional roles in both academia & business Andrea Gaal has always placed a major emphasis on Innovation. Her experience includes International Managing Director roles in DACH, CE & North America with Sony & Sony Ericsson. During her career she also held key roles with British & American High-Tech Start-Ups. In 2008 she received the ‘Business Woman of the Year Award’ by the Austrian Ministry of Innovation & Infrastructure in the field of Technology & Telecom and in 2019 the prestigious ‘Inspiring Fifty’ (Women in DACH) Business Award by Springer Foundation, Munich. Her current research interest is ‘Trust in the Digital Age’ & ‘Profiling in the Big Data Context’, also the focus of a legal tech AI Start-Up. In addition, she serves on the Supervisory Board of RBI, voted ‘Best Bank in CE’ in 2020, driving the Digital Transformation. As of 2021, she is also heading up the newly established Digital Board Committee. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Boards of 42.cx and QuantumTerminal.com, AI Start-Ups. She has also been repeatedly on stage as a speaker and moderator during the Brand Global Summit talking about the future of the financial services industry and during various Game Changer Events talking with prominent members of society about the Future of Work. She holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts (Linguistics & US/British Literature) from Karl-Franzens-University Graz and a PhD in Economics & International Business Management from Pan-European University Bratislava with a focus on data privacy. At Lauder Business School she lectures in the International Management and Leadership Master program and is looking forward to contributing to exciting, inspirational courses in the field of Cross-Cultural Negotiations based upon her wealth of global business experience with corporations, SMEs and start-ups.


Member of the Council

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

Prof. (FH) Dr. Armin J. Kammel, LL.M. (London), MBA (CLU) is an interdisciplinary lawyer specialized in banking law, financial regulation and business law. He studied law and business administration at renown universities in Austria and abroad.

Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel is Managing Director of FSR Excellence GmbH, the advisory arm of DLA Piper Austria. He has roughly eighteen years of experience in financial services regulatory advisory business and as executive in the financial services industry, having also worked as Head of Legal & International Affairs with the Austrian Association of Investment Fund Management Companies (VÖIG) and having served on the Board of Directors of both the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) and the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel also served as Deputy Chairman of the IIFA until October 2020. Moreover, Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel is a court-certified expert (Allgemein beeideter und gerichtlich zertifizierter Sachverständiger) in the areas of credit, banks and exchanges.

He is Professor (FH) of Banking Law and Securities Regulation at Lauder Business School (LBS), Vienna, Austria and Ehrenprofessor (Honorary Professor), Faculty Member as well as Program Coordinator (LL.M./MLS in International Banking Law and Capital Markets) at Danube University Krems (DUK), Austria. Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel also serves as the Executive Director of the Joseph von Sonnenfels Center at DUK. Moreover, Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel holds an Adjunct Professorship at California Lutheran University (CLU) in the U.S and has been a visiting professor at numerous prestigious institutions in the U.S., the UK, Austria, Israel, Switzerland, Ukraine or Thailand.

Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary Research Perspectives series on “International Banking and Securities Law” with BRILL Publishing, Co-Editor of the traditional commentary on “BWG und CRR” (Austrian Banking Act and CRR), the commentary on “Bankensanierungs- und -abwicklungsgesetz (BaSAG)” (Austrian Bank Recovery and Resolution Act) and the new commentary on “Immobilieninvestmentfondsgesetz (ImmoInvFG)” (Austrian Real Estate Investment Funds Act) with Verlag Manz as well as Co-Editor of an innovative book series on “Vertragsrecht | Vertragsgestaltung” (contract law | contract design) with facultas Verlag in Austria. Prof. (FH) Dr. Kammel is a well-published international author of more than 100 publications, including the standard textbook “Einführung in das Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht” with Linde Verlag on Austrian banking and capital markets law.

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


Banking Law; (transatlantic) Securities Regulation; Financial Law; Business Law; Financial Markets; Economic Analysis of the Law; Economics


Studies of law, economics and business administration in Graz, Austria; Athens, Greece; Toronto, Canada; Bangkok, Thailand; Linköping, Sweden; London, UK and Thousand Oaks (L.A.), USA


German (native); English (fluent); Greek, French (basic knowledge)

Selected Publications


Florian Klingenschmid, BA., MA.

Florian graduated from the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck with degrees in both Business Administration and International Economics. After his studies in Innsbruck and at the University of Westminster in London he started his career at the Raiffeisen Banking Group in 2007. He occupied roles in Derivatives Trading, ALM-Consulting, Fixed Income Trading and currently is an ALM Specialist in the Treasury Department at Raiffeisen Landesbank in Vienna.


Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) 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.


Prof. (FH) Ing. Mag. Robert Kotal CFP ®EFA®

Robert Kotal holds a masters degree in International Business Administration from the Vienna University and finished studies in communication electronics. He has more than 20 years of experience in banking occupying various positions at Volksbank and Raiffeisen Group Austria. Currently Robert Kotal is Chief Compliance Officer at Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien. Apart from his teaching activities as lecturer he is engaged as on-site examiner with an European, internationally oriented agency FIBAA for quality assurance and quality development in higher education.


Dr. Christopher Kronenberg

Christopher is Head of the Institute of Competitiveness at LBS and in addition he holds an Endowed Chair for Business Model Design at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and is affiliated faculty of Harvard Business School’s Microeconomic of Competitiveness network. In his research he focuses on the concept of competitiveness from different perspectives – on the one hand from a business perspective and how strategic innovation and business model innovation can improve their competitive position and on the other hand from the perspective of regions, cities and clusters. Topics such as digitalization and sustainability play an important and integrated role when talking about competitiveness in today’s dynamic environments.
Christopher teaches strategic and innovation management, entrepreneurship as well as Microeconomics of Competitiveness.
While working internationally, Christopher could not only gain cross-cultural working experience, but could also strengthen skills such as curiosity and resilience.


Gerardo Manzano, BSc, MSc

After completing his bachelor’s studies in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Technology Management in his native Mexico, Gerardo worked for different Fortune 500 Companies in the US as a developing specialist and team lead for various products and services.

In 2014 Gerardo decided to undertake a second Master’s degree that would enable him to see the development of Science and Technology in different parts of the globe. In August of the same year, he enrolled in the program “Science, Technology and Innovation” at the Higher School of Economics of Russia, one of the top 5 Russian Universities. There he’d had the opportunity to work on Bibliometrics and other areas related to the measurement of Science using software and automation.

Since 2017 he lives in Vienna, working as a Process Automation expert, using his mixed background to consult organizations in their digital transformation journey.

Gerardo enjoys helping others understand concepts and technologies by sharing insights, teaching, mentoring, and bringing global experience in the fields of process automation.


Jeannine Madeleine Oelschuster, BA MA

Jeannine Madeleine Oelschuster is an experienced international Business Economist, Labour Law Expert and Business Coach. Ms. Oelschuster holds a Master of Arts in Business Degree in International Management and Leadership from Lauder Business School in Vienna, Austria. In addition to that, she studied in the United Kingdom and in Salzburg, Austria, where she received another Business Degree in Innovation and Management in Tourism. With a career in international hr management, at the age of 27, with the position of the Head of HR, she became the youngest leader at the Austrian Headquarter of an international industrial corporation, where she contributed to global HR projects, which were created for around four thousand employees. Today, she shares her experience with her company JM Oelschuster and provides training, coaching, consulting, keynotes and lecturing in leadership and career topics. While doing so, she is known for her professionality, trustworthiness and engagement.


Member of the Council

Dr. Sandra Pauser, MA

Sandra Pauser earned her doctoral degree in Management with distinction at the faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna. Currently, she holds an Endowed Professorship in Marketing Management at Lauder Business School. Before joining LBS, she was employed as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Chair of Marketing, University of Vienna. Pursuing her profound interests in Marketing and Sales Management, Ms. Pauser wrote her doctoral dissertation in the area of personal selling and published various academic research papers in renowned journals (i.e., Journal of Business Economics, Marketing Letters, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Research and Management). Her dissertation was awarded the highly competitive “EHI Scientific Award 2019” in the category “Best Dissertation” and won the internationally recognized “KSMS Doctoral Dissertation Competition 2018”.

Selected Publications


Prof. (FH) Dr. Hanno Pöschl, MSc, MBA

Hanno Poeschl 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. In 2014 the professorship was bestowed by Lauder Business School upon him. He served as Director of Studies of the two master programs “International Management and Leadership” and “Banking, Finance and Compliance” at LBS until 2018.

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.

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. Alexander Rabas, MSc

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 scientist at Win2Day Holdings.


Senior Researcher, Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) Dr. Christian Reiner

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 into the following topics: Structural change, growth policy, innovation, human capital mobility, industrial policy, green growth, and policy evaluation.


Publications and Presentations


LBS Research


Felix Riechelmann, BSc/MSc.

Felix holds a Master´s degree in Export and Internationalization Management from the Vienna University of Business and Economics. As a strategy and innovation expert at Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich Wien, he is responsible for detecting and developing new business opportunities that lead to profitable and sustainable growth. Before working in banking, Felix worked for several consultancies with a focus on internationalization strategies, product development, and online marketing.


Gilbert Silvius, PhD, MSc, MBA

Gilbert Silvius is professor of project and programme management at LOI University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and fellow at Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He is considered a leading expert in the field of sustainability in project management and is a frequent and inspirational speaker on project management and sustainability events.

As a practitioner, Gilbert has over 20 years’ experience in organizational change and IT projects and is a member of the international enable2change network of project management experts. He has published several books and numerous studies and articles. Gilbert holds a PhD degree in information sciences from Utrecht University and masters’ degrees in economics and business administration. He is also a certified project manager, scrum master and product owner.


Hon. Prof. (FH) Dr. Dagmar Silvius-Zuchi

Dagmar Silvius-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 several 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 for over 9 years in the development of diverse ISO Standards within the ISO TC 258 on project, programme and portfolio management and in this context took over the role of the Country representative of the Austrian Mirror Committee (ASI) for several years. Dagmar Silvius-Zuchi is co-founder and manager of the network enable2change.


Selected Publications

Email: dagmar.silvius-zuchi[at]lbs.ac.at

Milosz Tutak, MA MSc

Milosz Tutak studied Finance and Accounting (specialization in Investment Banking) at the Warsaw School of Economics, where he graduated with a Masters degree. After the university, Milosz started his investment banking career in renowned banks in London, having worked at Morgan Stanley (Central Eastern European coverage) and Rothschild (Healthcare Investment Banking) focusing on advisory to top-notch companies on buy/sell and licensing assignments. In 2017 he joined a corporate development team of Borealis AG, where he led various valuation, acquisition, divestment and other strategic projects. Most notably, he was responsible for the carve-out and all the financial aspects of the divestment of the nitrogen fertilizer business (quarter of the company).


Prof. (FH) 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 of 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 Van Der Veen, MA (MGT) PGDBA

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.”


Selected Publications


MMag. Michael Walzek

Michael Walzek studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and holds degrees in Business Education and Commercial Science. From the beginning of his professional career, Human Resource Management has always been his favorite interest and passion. Over the last 25 years, he covered different HR positions in various industries, thereof more than 15 years as HR Director in the pharmaceutical industry.

After being such a long time in corporate business, he decided to return to his educational roots and to share and pass on his knowledge and experiences. In addition, he works as a systemic coach and provides consultancy service in the field of HR and change management.


Lorenz W. Wieser, MSc

In his role as senior Associate at the PwC AT Technology Consulting team, Lorenz Wieser has professional SAP experience in consulting national and international projects. He specializes in SAP logistics processes, supply chain- and project management for large-scale S/4HANA transformation projects. His main modules include SAP MM and SD. As a former trainee in SAP business process optimization himself, Lorenz is now also responsible in a leading role of onboarding/teaching new SAP trainees with a focus on logistics at PwC AT, preparing them for a future role in consulting in SAP and hence has experience not only from the business and technical perspective but also as a tutor and instructor.


Andrew Wood, BSc (Econ), ACA

Andrew is a world-renowned and multiple award-winning Equity Research Analyst, with many years of experience working on Wall Street, in professional accounting and in the Food & Beverage Industry.

Andrew graduated in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, and then spent 6 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, earning his ACA (ICAEW Chartered Accountant) qualification. In addition to Auditing in the UK and Spain, Andrew spent extensive time in the PWC National Training Office in London developing and presenting training courses, with a special focus on new graduate recruits.

Andrew then spent 10 years in the Food & Beverage industry in Europe, firstly with PepsiCo, rising to become CFO of Western Europe for Pepsi Cola International, and later at Kraft-Nabisco as CFO of Europe, Middle East & Africa, and CEO of Southern Europe.

Andrew then moved to Wall Street with Bernstein Research, a highly regarded Wall Street research company. Over 19 years, in New York and Singapore, Andrew and his team published over 3,000 research notes, ranging from short results commentary to fundamental industry analysis via the renowned Bernstein “Black Books”. Andrew became world renowned for his research and received numerous prestigious awards from investors, including:

– “Best European Research Analyst” (across all countries and all sectors) at the annual Extel Awards (“The City Oscars”) on 10 occasions between 2005-2015.

– “Best Analyst” award by City AM in 2010, for research on the acquisition of Cadbury PLC by Kraft Inc.

– “Best European Food Analyst” in the Institutional Investor Awards on 15 occasions between 2004-2019.

– “Best European Household & Personal Care Analyst” in the Institutional Investor Awards on 9 occasions between 2009-2019.

– Recognised as the most successful ever European Research Analyst in the 25-year history of Institutional Investor as part of their anniversary awards in 2016.

Andrew retired from Wall Street in 2020 to become a Private Investor and to pursue his passion for teaching.


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