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Karl Aiginger teaches at the Vienna University of Economic and Business Administration and is managing editor of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (JICT). He was professor at the Stanford University, at UCLA, MIT and University of Linz. 2005 to 2016 director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). 2012 to 2016 coordinator of the project "WWWforEurope" which the WIFO was undertaking together with 34 partners within the 7th Framework Programme of the EU (Karl Aiginger: New Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition, 2016 http://Synthesis-Report-Part-I.foreurope.eu).
Heinz Handler is a retired staff member of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). He holds a doctoral degree in laws and economics (University of Vienna), a postgraduate diploma in economics and statistics (Vienna Institute of Advanced Studies), and a habilitation degree of the Vienna University of Technology (1989). Handler was staff member of the International Monetary Fund (1973-76), Deputy Head of WIFO (1987-93), Director General with the Austrian Ministry of Economics (1993-2003), member of the EU’s Economic Policy Committee (1994-2004) and Chair of the Statistics Council of Statistics Austria (2010-2015). Some 200 publications cover topics on monetary, fiscal and structural policies.
Vanessa studied Business Administration and Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Several visits abroad brought her to England and India inter alia. The General Sekretariat of the Council of the European Union and the Austrian Institute for Economic Research are ranked among her employers. Currently Vanessa works at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance in the department for financial markets and financial market supervision.
Alina Pohl has completed her studies in economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as History at the University of Vienna. Her professional activity led her to the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna in the field of applied economic research for several years and to the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Currently Alina works as Economist in the Department for Economy, Labour and Statistics of the Vienna City Administration.
Anna Kanduth studied Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and attended the CIFE (International Centre for European Studies, Nice/Berlin) EU-course at the Academy for Dialogue and Evangelism. She had the opportunity to join the Austrian Economic Research Institute as junior fellow while she was writing her Master’s thesis on the labour market integration of refugees. Currently Anna works at the Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws) in the department Monitoring and Paying Agency for EU Structural Funds, EU State Aid Affairs.
Dudu Kücükgöl is born in Ankara and was raised in Lower Austria. She studied Business Education and Management Training at the Vienna University for Economics and Business and wrote her Dissertation there as well. Since ten years she has been living and working in Vienna. Dudu ist a self-employed business consultant, keynote speaker and writer. More than 15 year she volunteered in the work with young people with a focus on women, integration and islam.