Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully


Mag. Thomas J. Resch Advisor and Honorary Member

Mag. Thomas J. Resch is a Senior Specialist for International Relations for the City of Vienna where he is responsible for international projects, city partnerships and organizes conferences and venues. Mag Resch represents Vienna in various interregional organizations, has travelled widely and has a profound knowledge of international affairs. Originally from Salzburg, Mag Resch is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna.

Dr. Olga Kamenchuk

Dr. Olga Kamenchuk, Director on International and Public Relations, VCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center), Moscow, Russia; Professor, Head of Dept. on Applied Sociological Analysis and Sociology of Mass Communication, MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Dr. Kamenchuk received her education in three countries: Russia, US and Austria. She is a graduate of: Vienna Diplomatic Academy, Austria (International studies; 2005), Utah State University, USA (Research and Evaluation Methodology, Psychology; 2004) and Ivanovo State University, RF (History; 1999). Olga Kamenchuk currently works on a second doctoral dissertation at Innsbruck University, Austria (Department of Political Science and Sociology). Her experience includes: International Organizations (IOM, ICMPD), analytical centers (Economist Intelligence Unit, EURAC), consulting (Spectrum Consulting, WIRE), academic teaching (Universities in Austria, Germany, Italy, USA), mass media. She joined VCIOM 2007 as Director on International and Public Relations and since 2010 guided the process of creation of new VCIOM-MGIMO department on applied sociological analysis and sociology of mass communication at MGIMO school of international journalism. Her major research areas include: international negotiation strategies, transformation processes in Eastern Europe, methodology of cross-country research. Dr. Kamenchuk is author of numerous scientific publications in the fields of psychology, history, international relations (in Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, USA), and frequently presents papers at national and international conferences, forums and seminars; Olga regularly provides commentaries for Russian and international media.


Elmar Jäger assistant (logistics, events)

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Marek Cerny, DI

Cerny Cerny DI Marek Cerny, born 1982 Brno/Czech Republic, graduate German High School, work experience in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.

Louis Reitmann, BA Politics

Louis Reitmann born on 27th of Feburary 1997 Germany. Download the CV



Prof Dr Manfried Welan

He was a witness to events but also influenced them. His experience of bureaucracy, administration, science and politics are entertainingly described in a new book in an exciting style. A theoretician who always worked in practice describes Austrian contemporary history with his own eyes.

Hear interview:
- Austian Radio "Ö1"
- "Manfried Welan - ein Diener der Zweiten Republik"

Dr. Gabriele Matzner-Holzer

Dr. Gabriele Matzner-Holzer studied at Vienna University and served in the Austrian diplomatic service in Berlin (1986-1991), was Ambassador in Bratislava (1997-2001), Tunisia (2001-2005) and London (2005-2010). Dr Matzner was from 1981-1983 on the staff of the Austrian Chancellors Bruno Kreisky and Fred Sinowatz responsible for foreign policy. From 1992-97 Dr Matzner was the deputy director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She is fluent in English and French and as a diplomat also learnt Russian, Slovakian and Spanish. For her sevices to the Republic of Austria Dr Matzner has received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver as well as decorations from the Slovak Republic and Portugal. Dr Matzner has published widely and held lectures on politics including the "Arab Spring", socio-economic affairs and security policy. In addition she has a number of books on literature and is an accomplished artist. Her paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Tunisia.

Dr. Jakub Forst-Battaglia Honorary Member

Dr. Jakub Forst-Battaglia Gesandter Dr. phil. Jakub FORST-BATTAGLIA - geb.1950 in Wien, Direktor des Österreichischen Kulturforums Kiew 2011-15; ab 1981 im Außenministerium der Republik Österreich tätig; diplomatische Posten in Moskau, Madrid, Prag und Tallinn (Österreichischer Botschafter in Estland, 2001-2006); Historiker und Slawist, Lehrbeauftragter an der Universität Wien, Publikationen zu geschichtlichen und kulturellen Themen.

  • Born 9 May 1950 Vienna/Austria
  • Former Austrian Ambassador (Tallinn/Estonia, 2001-6)
  • Former Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Kiev/Ukraine (2011-15)
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  • Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Prague (Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, 1989-95)
  • Diplomatic postings in Moscow (USSR, 1982-84) and Madrid (Spain, 1986-89)
  • Entered the Austrian Foreign Ministry in 1981
  • Studied History and Slavonic Philology at Vienna University (Dr.phil.1975)
  • Lecturer at Vienna University (1978-82)
  • Published books and articles on Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech lands, Hungary, Old Austria, Ukraine/ history, literature, culture)

Dr Oskar Wawra Honorary Member

DrOskarWawraDr Oskar Wawra was born on 10 October 1950 in Vienna.
He holds a Iaw degree of the University of Vienna and later completed post graduate studies in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna. He worked as officer on legal matters for the Austrian Constitutional Court and for the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and lndustry.

From 1983, he was secretary and later director of the People‘s Party caucus in the Vienna City Council. From 1991 to 1997 he was member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and City Council. From 1997 to 2012 Dr Wawra was Vice President of the Federation of Austrian-Foreign Societies, an honorary function, which includes 124 bilateral friendship societies. Since 2013 he is the President of the Federation of Austrian-Foreign Societies.

From 1998 to 2016 Dr Wawra has been Head of the Chief Executive Office — European and international Affairs and Executive Director for International Relations of the City of Vienna.

Dr Liz David-Barrett

Barrett Dr Liz David-Barrett, Oxford University, is an expert working on political conduct, relations between business and governments and political corruption. She is Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance and Transparency at Kellogg College and a Research Fellow at Said Business School. One stream of her research is concerned with how companies manage corruption risk, particularly with a view to the legal risks posed by anti-bribery laws and the practical difficulties of operating in countries where corruption is rife. Another research stream focuses on how best to regulate the conduct of politicians, particularly in the context of legislatures in democratising countries. A third stream looks at how transparency tools can be used to reduce corruption, for example, through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. With a background in political science, including a DPhil from Oxford, Liz started her professional life working for various London think-tanks and a political risk consultancy. She also worked in journalism, writing on Croatia for The Economist, and was a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, Business Central Europe, and the BBC World Service, writing on political economy and business in South-eastern Europe.

Victor Vaugoin

Vaugoin Victor Vaugoin was born in 1981 in Vienna and is currently the Brussels Representative of ÖBB-Holding AG at the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER). He began his career as an analyst in the Greek Delegation to the OSCE, before moving on as an adviser to the Cabinet of (former) Vice-President of the European Parliament, Othmar Karas. Further steps include the Office of Sabine Verheyen, MEP (EPP-Germany) and the Department of Legal and Fiscal Policy of the Federation of Austrian Industries. Victor Vaugoin holds a law-degree from the University of Vienna and obtained a degree in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He regularly participates as lecturer in the European Centre for Public Affairs Brussels and at the Florence School of Regulation of the European University Institute.

Kerry Skyring

Kerry Skyring (former ORF Journalist, now freelance radio journalist Deutsche Welle) - is a highly experienced broadcast journalist and editor. He has narrated films for ORF, Discovery Channel, National Geographic as well as numerous corporate promotional films. Formerly Editor - Report from Austria – a daily 15 minute news/magazine program on Ö1 International. Editor and Presenter Insight Central Europe – a weekly 23 min. magazine program which is syndicated to Radio Prague, Radio Polonia, Radio Budapest, Radio Slovakia International, Radio Slovenia International and Ö1 International.

His current core activity is as a radio journalist in Central Europe and working as a narrator and translator. As a freelance journalist he is working for Deutsche Welle, BBC, CBC and NPR.

Course co-ordinator and leader for hands-on training programme for students in the Communication’s Faculty of the University of Vienna. (A co-operation between Blue Danube Radio and the University).

Alexandru Coita

Alexandru Coita is a former Romanian official with a keen interest in the area of good governance and institutional strengthening. His public service record includes stints as secretary of state in charge of EU-financed projects in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, permanent representative of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies to the EU institutions, as well as diplomatic and EU affairs adviser to the Speaker of the Romanian lower House of parliament. Most recently, he has helped to set up an advisory project for companies looking to explore opportunities on the Romanian market. His academic areas of interest include domains such as energy security, European political economy and frozen conflicts in the former Soviet republics. He holds a Master degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and has been a Marie Curie Fellow with Aberystwyth University, studying the impact of frozen conflicts on national identity in Georgia. Mr Coita is currently going through the final stages of his PhD, looking at the ways in which political risks impact on the energy security of importing countries in the EU.