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Prof. Manfred Frühwirth

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Manfred Frühwirth is a longstanding faculty member and Academic Director at the WU Executive Academy and faculty member of the Department of Finance, Accounting & Statistics at WU Vienna. His research topics include corporate finance, accounting, long-term investment strategies and behavioral finance.

Ronald Hochreiter

Ronald Hochreiter

Managing Director, Dozent, Lecturer | Institute for Statistics & Mathematics, WU Wien

Wolfgang Kulovics

Wolfgang Kulovic

Head of Machine Intelligence Lab @s IT Solutions

Andreas Blumauer

Andreas Blumenauer

CEO & Managing Partner Semantic Web Company GmbH

Dr. Thomas Funke

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Dr. Thomas Funke has been involved in the global startup ecosystem for 15 years now. In addition to setting up a research studio at the WU Vienna, which deals with tools and methods of the startup world, he founded different startups and still lectures at universities. He is especially motivated by seeing how starting a business can release new forces in young people that lead to a strengthened self-efficacy. Thomas Funke is particularly fascinated by training and educating young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he loves measuring and decoding the different entrepreneurship ecosystems.

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A 30-year veteran of the computer industry, Nikolaus has founded and run several software companies. He and his company uptime iTechnology are the developers of World-Check, a risk intelligence platform eventually sold to Thomson Reuters for $520 million. He is currently the founder and CEO of Pipeliner Sales, Inc., developer and publisher of Pipeliner CRM, the first CRM application aimed squarely at actually empowering salespeople. Also a prolific writer, Nikolaus has authored over 100 ebooks, articles and white papers addressing the subjects of sales management, leadership and sales itself.

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Köster

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Kathrin Köster is a Professor at the Heilbronn University and the academic co-leader of Pioneers of the 21st Century.

Helga Pattart-Drexler

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Helga Pattart-Drexler is Head of Executive Education at WU Executive Academy and designs various learning programs for international companies and industries with her team. She studied Adult Education and has a broad range of experience in the field of education, personnel and organizational development as well as coaching.

Ulla Reisch

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Geronimo Hirschal

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Geronimo Hirschal is a Social Business Consultant at ambuzzador.

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Univ.Prof. Dr. Phillip C. Nell EMBSc

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Phillip Nell is the Academic Director of the Executive MBA Bucharest, Professor at the Institute for International Business Wien and Head of the Competence Center for Emerging Marketings and CEE. Besides teaching in Copenhagen and Vienna, he has taught at ESADE Business School in Spain, and universities in Padova, Linz, St. Gallen, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro.

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Erich Rifenburgh, MBA, BS

Erich Rifenburgh has over 15 years of experience in negotiating. Some of his largest projects were complex deals with large sums of money at stake. Erich holds a master’s degree in International Business from both the University of South Carolina and is an MBA graduate of the WU Executive Academy. In leading global sales teams, Erich has gained invaluable insights in how to create value, regain and maintain the upper hand, while fostering collaborative relationships.

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Sabine Hoffmann, Founder and Managing Director of ambuzzador

Sabine Hoffmann

For more than 13 years, Sabine Hoffmann has encouraged and helped leading national and international brand pioneers blaze the trail when it comes to harnessing the game-changing dynamics of new media. She has helped them integrate these dynamics into established business models and thereby generate measurable business impact by exploiting market potentials and consumer insights in real time!  With her team of Agile Business Coaches at ambuzzador, she accompanies Digital Executives in areas such as business modelling, strategy, product development and their digital agendas. Here, the most important success factor is the agile transformation of business practices and techniques.

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Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke

Nikolaus Franke

Nikolaus Franke is the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He founded the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2001 and has been serving as its Director since then. Under his responsibility, the institute has carried out over 600 projects with start-ups and innovative firms, spun out over 300 start-ups, earned research grants of more than 7 million EUR, and published academic research that has been cited more than 10,000 times.
Nikolaus Franke is also the Head of the WU Entrepreneurship Center and the User Innovation Research Initiative at WU Vienna.

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Ass.Prof. Dr. Mag. Renate Buber

Renate Buber is Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of the Institute of Nonprofit Management at WU Vienna and Academic Director of the Professional MBA-Program Social Management at the WU Executive Academy.

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Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé

Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé is Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy. With more than 15 years in this role, the WU Executive Academy has developed into the leading provider of management and leadership education in CEE.

Previously, she was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Vienna, Austria. She received her doctorate in Social and Economic Studies from the Johannes Kepler University in Austria in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Astrid conducted studies on the areas of Online Education and Virtual Teams as a researcher at Harvard University for two years.

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Ivan Sandrea

Ivan Sandrea serves as Chief Executive Officer at Sierra Oil & Gas S. de R.L. de C.V. and as the Principal Oil Supply Analyst at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) where he is responsible for Colombia. Ivan is an exploration geologist from Venezuela and is an Advisory Board Member for the MBA Energy Management.

Assoc. Prof. Martina Huemann

Prof. Martina Huemann is the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Project Management and the Head of WU Vienna's Project Management Group.

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Jasmine Böhm, MBA

Jasmine Böhm, MBA is a Global Executive MBA alumna

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Denis Petrovic, MBA

Denis Petrovic, MBA is a Management Consultant at Contrast Management-Consulting and Global Executive MBA Alumnus

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Elisabeth Kreuzhuber, MBA

Elisabeth Kreuzhuber, MBA Consulting,, and Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna

Konstantin Kasapis, MBA

Konstantin Kasapis, MBA is the Managing Director at SLOPELIFT PM Media GmbH and is a Global Executive MBA alumnus.

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Attila Axel Gombos, MBA

Attila Axel Gombos, MBA, is the Director of Food and Beverage at Melia Hotels International and Global Executive MBA alumnus.

Michelle Gosztonyi, MBA

Michelle Gosztonyi, MBA is a Global Executive MBA alumna and Order & Contract Management Manager at Canon Austria GmbH.

Reinhard Rengshausen, MBA

Reinhard Rengshausen, is the Managing Director of VERBUND-GETEC Energiecontracting GmbH and is an alumnus of the Professional MBA Energy Management.

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Tobias Német, MBA

Tobias Német, MBA is the Managing Director of ROI Management Consulting Ges.m.b.H. and a Global Executive MBA alumnus.

Peter Lohmer, MBA

Peter Lohmer, MBA, is an Professional MBA Social Management alumnus and is Bereichsleiter Wohnen at Dorfgemeinschaft Breitenfurt.

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Dr. Marietta Ulrich-Horn, MBA

Dr. Marietta Ulrich-Horn, MBA is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Securikett GmbH and alumna of the Global Executive MBA.

Gabriela Marin, MBA

Gabriela Marin, MBA is an Executive MBA Bucharest alumna and the Executive Director of Human Resources at SC Electrica SA.

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Vladimir Vano

Vladimir Vano is Chief Economist / Head of CEE Research of Sberbank Europe AG as well as an Alumnus of the Global Executive MBA. 

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Prof. Dr. Jonas Puck


Jonas Puck is the Academic Director of the MBA Energy Management and Professor at the Institute for International Business at WU Vienna

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Georg Kodek

Georg Kodek is the Academic Director of the Master of Law Programs and judge of the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice (OGH).

Svetlana Kokurina, MBA

Svetlana Kokurina

Svetlana Kokurina, Global Executive MBA alumna and co-founder of CEEsam Marketing GmbH

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Prof. Helmut Kasper

Prof. Helmut Kasper (born 1948) is the previous Head of the Department for Management and the Institute for Change Management & Management Development at WU Vienna. He started the Executive MBA Post Graduate Management 15 years later based on the strong history of the Post Graduate Management Certificate Program (PGM) which has been welcoming executives for 45 years. Prof. Kasper is the Academic Director of both programs.

Murat Ayberk, MBA

joined Amrop Jenewein as Senior Consultant in 2015 and is an alumnus of the Global Executive MBA.

Murat started his career in the telecommunication industry and has wideranging experience as manager in various leading roles. In 2013, he founded his own consulting company specialising on talent management as well as the search and placement of interim management positions. Following his credo of maximizing success by capitalizing on specific strengths, he decided to join Amrop Jenewein in 2015.

Bodo B. Schlegelmilch

is the Academic Director of the Global Executive MBA and the Executive MBA Bucharest and Chair of the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Minnesota in the USA and Thammasat University in Thailand.

In his research, Bodo B. Schlegelmilch focuses on global marketing management and strategy. He has published over 200 papers in academic journals and conference proceedings, has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing and served, or is currently serving, on more than 20 editorial boards of leading academic journals.

Prof. Barbara Stöttinger

Barbara Stöttinger is the Dean of the WU Executive Academy and the Academic Director of the Professional MBA Marketing & Sales. She holds a doctoral degree from WU Vienna. In 2003, she earned her post-doctoral qualification in international marketing. Before joining the Institute for International Marketing Management, Barbara Stöttinger worked in the marketing department of an international consumer goods manufacturer (consumer electronics) and as a consultant.

As part of her research, she has spent considerable amounts of time in the USA and in Canada. Moreover, she has lectured on marketing and international marketing in Europe, Asia and North America for many years and has won several teaching awards.

Dr. Conrad Pramböck

Dr. Pramböck, born 1973 in Vienna, has been Head of Compensation Consulting at Pedersen & Partners, an international executive search firm with 50 offices in 47 countries, since 2012. Conrad Pramböck has been offering WU Executive Academy alumni exclusive career consulting services at reduced rates since April 2013.

Prof. Johannes Steyrer

Johannes Steyrer is Head of the Research Institute for Health Care Management and Health Economics, Deputy Chair of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior and Academic Director of the Professional MBA Health Care Management and the Certificate Program Health Care Management at the WU Executive Academy.

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Ritchie Pettauer

Ritchie Pettauer is an independent consultant, specializing in the creating and implementation of online-marketing strategies. In addition to teaching at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna and at several universities of applied sciences in Austria (online content management, customer experience management, web analytics), he also holds discussions and workshops on “Corporate Online Marketing and Social Media.” The popular weblog, datenschmutz, has also been part of his work since 2006.  View his full resume on LinkedIn.  

Prof. Werner Hoffmann

Portrait Werner Hoffmann

is the Academic Director of "Governance Excellence" at the WU Executive Academy. Also, he is the founder of Contrast Management-Consulting, Head of the Institute for Strategic Management at WU Vienna and chairman of the supervisory board of the Austrian Controller Insitute.

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