Lecturers 2014


In alphabetical order:




 Wilfried Altzinger


Wilfried Altzinger is associate professor of economics and deputy head of the ‘Institute for Macroeconomics’ at the Vienna University of Economics and BA.

His research is in the area of Trade and International Factor Movements, European Integration and European Enlargement, Labour Economics, Public Economics, Income and Wealth Distribution.

Personal Webpage: http://www.wu.ac.at/vw1/m/altzing




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.



Wolfgang Berger

Wolfgang Berger is economist and philosopher. He studied, did research, taught at universities and worked as an industrial manager in Germany, Ghana, France, India, Italy, Argentine, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran – longest for the chemical corporation Schering AG where he was personnel manager. He published several books and many articles on both, management and the monetary system. He now runs the BUSINESS REFRAMING Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, that introduces „flow" in the corporate world: www.business-reframing.de.



Thomas Dax


Thomas Dax graduated from the Technical University of Vienna in Regional Planning and Regional Development. He is deputy director of the Federal Institute for Less-Favoured and Mountainous Areas in Vienna, a socio-economic research institute affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Resources. His fields of research focus on spatial analysis of agricultural structures and land use, rural development and rural policy assessment. Within the institute’s research priorities, these research topics are carried out along their regional and spatial effects, with a specific interest for mountain development. One of his major interests and long lasting tasks is the assessment of the local development initiatives, particularly through evaluating all the LEADER programmes of Austria since 1995. Aiming at an international comparative analysis he has participated in many EU and international projects and programmes, and was invited as international expert to numerous thematic working groups at the European level. Since 1990 he is Austria’s national delegate on rural development to the OECD working parties of the Territorial Development Policy Committee.




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.






 Anja Haider-Wallner


is speaker and consultant for the ECG (Economy for the Common Good). She has accompanied several companies such as the University for Applied Studies FH Burgenland in creating there ECG Balance Sheet and Report. She has co-founded the regional energy field Burgenland, which she’s still coordinating and has been working for the ECG movement in PR coordination. Anja Haider-Wallner promotes a sustainable lifestyle and health projects for companies. More (German): anjahaiderwallner.wordpress.com



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.





Udo Herrmannstorfer


Economist; consultant to companies and institutions; studies with focus to key aspects of economic and social life in context of results out of anthroposophic oriented science of spirit; participant of various projects to experience new ways of economy; director of the „Institut of contempory development of economy and society“ in Dornach/CH; international lectures and seminars; publication: „Pseudomarkets – Labour, Land, Capital and the globalisation of Economy“.




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.




Joseph Huber


The German sociologist and professor emer. of economic sociology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg is a pioneer of green and ethical banking and has published extensive work on the topics of ecological modernization and money. He is also co-founder of the society monetative.de (in German), a member of the International Movement for Monetary Reform.

More information can be found at www.sovereignmoney.eu  



Volker Jäger


Volker Jäger is a member of the movement Economy for the Common Good and participates actively as coordinator for the network for science and research, auditor and quality manager. He also owns an agency for Organizational studies in Switzerland and is active in the fields of organization development, quality development, alternative economic systems and evaluation.



Manfred Kofranek


works as business consulter and trainer and is member of the Economy for Common Good (ECG).
His professional activites focus on knowledge work and organizations, including intellectual capital reporting.
Within the ECG movement he acts as consulter, auditor and member of the matrix development and international coordination teams.



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.



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 and within Europe; research interests are local knowledge, alternative food networks, food sovereignty, urban 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



Doris Lutz


Dr. Lutz, Department of Social Policy, Chamber of Labour, Vienna.

Her main working focus lies on International Labour Organisations and the border limits between self-employment and employment.



Nebojsa Nakicenovic 


Nebojsa Nakicenovic is currently Deputy Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Professor of Energy  Economics at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). He has served as a member of many high‐level advisory bodies such as the United Nations Secretary General High‐Level Technical Group on Sustainable for Energy for All Initiative. He advises the German and Austrian governments as well as the World Bank on energy matters and serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals. He also was a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

A complete overview can be found at the following link: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/staff/nakicenovic



Helge Peukert


Helge Peukert is a German economist and currently teaches fiance and financial sociology at the University of Erfurt.

His CV can be found here.


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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.


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Alexander Redlein



Alexander Redlein is university professor for Real Estate and Facility Management at the Vienna University of Technology, president of REUG and past president of IFMA Austria. He is also executive board member of EuroFM. After his interdisciplinary studies at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration he is now engaged in research, education and consultancy in the area of FM for almost 20 years. He is head of the Institute for Real Estate and Facility Management (IFM) at the Vienna University of Technology which consists of 15 researchers. Beside his research activities he is responsible for technology transfer between the university and CEE companies. In numerous projects he acted as a strategic advisor, set up FM concepts for international companies and municipalities. He optimised their FM processes, ICT and space management. As a researcher he conducted international studies about the status quo of FM in CEE and about the value added by FM. He is member of the workplace evolutionary network. His workplace research concentrates on the influence of workplace on the productivity of the employees. In the area of sustainability he analyses CSR reports and their impact on facility and real estate management. In addition, he heads a MBA for FM at the Vienna University of Technology and several FM certification courses in CEE and also in India.


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Ulrich Thielemann



Ulrich Thielemann is a German economist and founder/director of the think tank Me’M “Denkfabrik für Wirtschaftsethik” for an ethical market economy. specializes in the field of business ethics.

His CV can be found here.


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Karsten Schulz


Karsten Schulz is full professor in Hydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management at the Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering (IWHW) BOKU Vienna, Austria.



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Peter Weish


Peter Weish is an Austrian scientist (biology, chemistry and physics), author and environmental activist. Since 1984 he lectures Human Ecology at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna and mainly deals with questions regarding the nuclear industry, environmental protection/education/conservation and development cooperation.





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