Additionally to our Policy Crossover Team we have 3 Boards:
The Policy Board
The Scientific Board
The Youth Board
The expertise, professional knowledge and experience of the board members influence many areas of work of the Policy Crossover Center: Vienna - Europe.
Muna Duzdar is State Secretary for Digitalization, Public Services and Diversity in Austria. Born in 1978, she studied law in Vienna and international law – law of the Arabic speaking world at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. She worked in Paris and Brussels. Since November 2012 she worked as independent lawyer in Vienna. Politically she held the positions as district council, local council and as Council of Constituent States before she was announced as State Secretary in May 2016.
Ferdinand Lacina is a politician of the social democratic party in Austria. Lacina studied at the University of International Trade in Vienna. 1964 he started to work at the Austrian Chamber of Labour in Vienna. This was followed by working as cabinet head of federal chancellor Bruno Kreisky, director general of GrioCredit and state secretary at the Federal Chancellery. Lacina was Federal Minister of Transport (1984), as well as Federal Minister of Finance from 1986 to 1995.
Hannes Swoboda was member of the European Parliament from 1996 to 2014. From 2012 to 2014 he was President of the S&D Group at European Parliament. Today he acts as president or advisor of many european and foreign-policy institutes, p.e. as President of Institute for International Peace (Vienna), Member of the board at Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue (Vienna), A Soul for Europe (Berlin), IFIMES - International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (Ljubljana) and CDRSEE – Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, President of Sir Peter Ustinov Institute (Vienna), Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna) and Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Vice-President of ÖTZ (Österreichisch Türkische Zusammenarbeit gemeinsam für Europa).
GEOFFREY J.D. HEWINGS
Scientific Consultant of the WIFO, having contributed primarily to internationally-oriented projects such as "WWWforEurope", to background studies for the EU Competitiveness Report and other contract-research for the European Commission (e.g. Internationalisation). Associate Researcher at the "KOF Swiss Economic Institute of the ETH Zurich". For many years, he was the Deputy Director of this institute and Head of the Industrial Economics Research Unit. Moreover, he was a Lecturer at the ETH Zurich for "Innovation economics and technology policy". Main research fields: Structural change; Internationalisation of economic activities; Innovation, technology diffusion and innovation policy.
He works as EU Project Manager at ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation (Vienna). He received a Master’s degree in Russian Studies and a Bachelor degree in Political Science (Eastern European Politics) from the University of Vienna. Since 2016 he is actively involved in shaping the EU’s relation with the Eastern Partnership countries on the level of education, professional development, youth dialogue and youth leadership as a Young European Ambassador for EU NEIGHBOURS EAST: Since 09/2018 he receives further academic education in public policy economics at the Department for Continuing Education/University of Oxford. He is fluent in German, English and Russian.
Christina Wieser is an Economist at the World Bank's Poverty and Inequality Global Practice. She covers issues related to poverty, inequality, and displacement in South Asia with a focus on Afghanistan. Previous to her job at the World Bank, Christina worked at the International Labour Organization conducting research on the labour markets and was a management consultant in the private sector. Christina studied Economics as well as Business Administration in Austria and the United States.