Lecturers 2015


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In alphabetical order:


Ramon Bauer

Ramon Bauer (University of Vienna & Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital)  is a geographer and research scientist, lecturer and sometimes blogger (at metropop.eu). His research interests cover global human capital, spatial demography (European regions), urban diversity and data visualisation.


Harald Bender


Harald Bender is founder member and today’s director of basic studies at the Academy on Solidarity Economy within the Ecumenical Foundation in Germany. He is a political scientist and sociologist, graduated at the University of Heidelberg (Dissertation: “Die Zeit der Bewegung – Strukturdynamik und Transformationprozesse”), where he was a member and lecturer at the Institute for Sociology.

He is active in various social and political movements such as the Ecumenical Network in Germany, Attac and the Economy for the Common Good, where he is part of the indicator development team.

Lisa Bohunovsky



Lisa Bohunovsky works at the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at BOKU university in the coordination of the strategy process for a sustainable BOKU and the Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria. Lecturer for introductions in sustainability. She holds a master degree in human biology and a post-graduate MSc in renewable energies. From 2001 to 2003 she worked at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. From 2004 to 2012 researcher at the private Sustainable Europe Research Institute in Vienna (SERI GmbH), there she gained broad experience in managing (inter)national and interdisciplinary research projects. Her work focuses on participation, sustainability process & strategy development, dissemination of research projects, and scenario development.

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Martin Dolinsky


Martin Dolinsky, is a lecturer at the Pan-European University in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he teaches Innovation Management and Evaluation and Management of Sustainability. He has studies at universities in Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria and closely collaborated with the management of Italian company Printlnox, S. p. A. located in Lombardy, in implementation of principles of sustainable development. He is a former organizer of Sustainable Development Symposium in Bratislava and uses a game theory perspective in his research activities related to sustainable development issues.

Christian Felber


The writer, journalist and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business is an avid participant in the discussion of economic reform and has published a number of books on the subject. Besides being a co-founder of Attac Austria, he was also one of the initiators of the “Common Welfare Economy” and the project “Democratic Bank”. More information can be found here.

Claudia Gutmann


Claudia Gutmann graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Currently she works at the Information and Communications department at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland. Among other tasks she is responsible for keeping alive the process of continuous improvement according to the ECG principles.


Susanne Hagspiel


Susanne Hagspiel works for the Dornbirner Sparkasse Bank AG and is currently the spokesperson, PR manager and project manager Economic of Common Good-Balance.She studied Geology, Personnel and Organizational Development and Public Relations at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin, Innsbruck and Krems. Afterwards she worked as Human Ressouce Manager at Michtner Rodenstock, the University of Sciences Vorarlberg and Volksbank Vorarlberg. She was further assigned as project employee for the EU-project Equal Pay in Vorarlberg.

Gisela Heindl


Gisela Heindl teaches law at the University of Salzburg. Since 2010 she is dedicated to the Economy for the Common Good, building up regional structures, a speakers pool and working on ethical financial management with the Common Good Matrix Development Team.



Ulrich Hoffrage


Ulrich Hoffrage studied psychology in Konstanz (Germany), and obtained his PhD in Salzburg (Austria). He used to be a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) and is now Professor of Decision Theory in the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), where he is also the director of the faculty’s Master of Science in Management program. His research interests include judgment and decision making (in particular: ethical, managerial, consumer, medical and group decision making), bounded rationality, simple heuristics, and risk. Most importantly in the current context: he is engaged in various activities related to alternative economic and monetary systems.

Klaus Karwat

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Klaus Karwat studied political sciences in Berlin, Munich and Speyer. He is a local counsellor for the green party in Bavaria, Germany and a scientific assistant for public finances and local politics in the Bavarian parliament. He works as translator for Irving Fisher and James Robertson. Karwat is also co-founder and chairman of the society monetative.de (in German), a member of the International Movement for Monetary Reform. Furthermore, he is an owner of an art gallery in Berlin.

More information can be found at www.sovereignmoney.eu

Christian Kreiss


Dr Christian Kreiss, born 1962, is professor for finance at Aalen university since 2002. Before he was investment banker at Dresdner Bank group. He studied economics in Munich and wrote his dissertation about cartel price policy 1924-1932. He gave MBA-lectures on investment banking at University of Maine, USA, in 2004 and 2006. He wrote two books, many publications, is giving lots of public presentations and has been several times on TV and radio. Favorite subjects of research: planned obsolescence, financial crises, alternative theories in economics. Homepage: www.menschengerechtewirtschaft.de


Helga Kromp-Kolb

Helga Kromp-Kolb heads the Institute of Meteorology and the newly established Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at the BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Her fields of research include climate change, especially downscaling of GCM results to the regional and local level in the alpine area, air pollution dispersion in the atmosphere and nuclear risks.

More information can be found here.


Katharina Kronsteiner


Katharina Kronsteiner is an entrepreneur, member of the Economy for Common Good and one of the initiators of AEMS. In the past she headed human resources departments of international enterprises and managed organisational change programmes. She specialised in the area of ethical organization development and sustainable change. For more information see here.


Zoe Lefkofridi

Zoe Lefkofridi is Joint Jean Monnet-Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) Florence, and Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg. Her teaching and research focus on democracy and representation in Europe and beyond, with a focus on political inequalities and extremism. Her work appears in European Political Science Review, European Union Politics, West European Politics and Comparative European Politics, among others. 



Friedrich Leitgeb


Friedrich Leitgeb, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.: Born 1978 in Klagenfurt (Austria); studied agriculture at BOKU University; study related stays in Spain; field Research in Cuba; PhD on the Topic of farmers' experiments and innovations; since 2009 lecturer at BOKU University; currently Research assistant at the Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Division of Organic Farming; gives lectures on organic farming and regional development; organizes study field trips to Latin America, Asia and within Europe; Research interests are social movements in organic farming, local knowledge, civic and alternative Food Networks, Food sovereignty, urban agriculture, innovations in organic agriculture, regional development. 

Contact: friedrich.leitgeb@boku.ac.at


Bernard Lietaer


Bernard Lietaer has studied and worked in the field of money and payment systems for more than 30 years in an unusually broad range of capacities including Central Banker; fund manager; university professor, and a consultant to governments in numerous countries, multinational corporations, and community organizations. He co-designed and implemented the ECU, the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the Euro); and served as president of the Electronic Payment System while at the Belgian Central Bank. He is Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources at the University of California at Berkeley, and Professor in the Erasmus Mundus program at the Sorbonne in Paris. Information about his work is available on www.lietaer.com

Elke Pirgmaier


Elke Pirgmaier is a PhD researcher at WU Wien / University of Leeds working on ecological macroeconomics. From 2008-2012 she was a researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SER) in Vienna engaged in inter- and transdisciplinary projects on European environmental policies, limits to growth, eco-innovation, sustainable consumption, quality of life research, and environmental indicators. Elke has further work experience with the Sustainable Development Commission in London, the Green Economics Institute in Oxford, the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT) in Vienna and the Austrian Environment Ministry.

Franz Ryznar


Franz Ryznar is architect, mediator and business leader of aap.architekten. This office callsryznar itself: “company for ecological and social sustainability in architectural design and organization”. From the outset the aap.architects took part in the development of the GWÖ / ECG. In 2011 and 2013 they made the ECG Balance. “Being part of the ECG-movement has changed our approach as architects and entrepreneurs.”



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Helene Schuberth


Helene Schuberth has been Head of Foreign Research Division at the National Bank of Austriakl_Schubert since 2013. Between 1999 and 2007 she was Deputy Head of the OeNB’s Economic Analysis Division. She studied economics and social sciences at the University of Vienna and Harvard. Her research interests include monetary and fiscal policies, structural and labour market policies, financial governance, European integration and economics of transition, which is documented in her publications. Since 1992 she has been teaching macroeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.




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Magdalena Senn


Magdalena Senn works as scientific assistant at the Welthethos-Institut since 2015Senn, Magdalena. Her focus in on the topics of money and ethics. Ms. Senn is currently a bachelor student at the University of Tübingen (International Economics with a main focus on International Economics, Applied Economics and Geography). She studied also in Porto Alegre, Brasil. She did various internships in Consultings and Banks focused on sustainability. She has been the president of the students’ organisation of OIKOS Tübingen for over a year.



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Regina Sörgel


Regina Sörgel teaches Economics, Ethics and Law at the Ohm University of Applied Science inSörgel, Regina Nürnberg and the KU Eichstätt. She is further involved with the Economy of the Common Good. She studied Marketing, Environmental Management, Business Education and Applied Ethics at Universities of Innsbruck, Sigmaringen, St. Gallen, Lahr and Münster. She worked as skill development manager and project manager in Switzerlandas well as different positions as freelancer in the consulting and skill coach branch. She is chairwoman of the initiative “Einkommen ist ein Menschenrecht e.V.” (Income is a human right eV).


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Bernd Villhauer


Dr. Villhauer is the Managing Director of the Weltethos-Instituts (WEIT) at the University ofVillhauer, Bernd Tübingen (since January 2015). After completing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, he studied philosophy, antiquities sciences and art history at the Universities of Freiburg, Jena and Hull (UK). After completing his doctorate he worked for various companies in the publishing and media sector, most recently as editing director of the Verlagsgruppe Narr Francke Attempto. During this time he also taught as a lecturer at the Universities of Karlsruhe, Jena, Darmstadt and Tübingen, touching on cultural and media-scientific questions as well as those of the theoretical and practical philosophy and economics. He is also co-founder of the Institute for Praxis der Philosophie e.V.  in Darmstadt. Since 2013 he teaches the Weltethos-Instituts seminar "Money and Ethics". He is also initiator of the series "Klüger wirtschaften ". His current work focuses on the field of monetary theory and financial ethics.He is living in Tübingen, is married and has one daughter.




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