Ernest Aigner

Ernest Aigner, MSc. is PhD candidate at the Institute for Ecological Economics at Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU). His interests lie at the intersection of social, ecological and political-economic concerns. Currently he works on paradigmatic orientations in economics. Before, he studied Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy. He published articles on the state of economics including ‘Six Dimensions of Concentration in Economics’ and a working papers on ‘Climate and labour market policies in Sweden’.

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 to2003 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.

Brian Fath

Brian Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). His research is in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems. His interests range from network analysis to ecosystem theory to urban metabolism to systems thinking and environmental philosophy. Dr. Fath has taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He holds visiting faculty appointments at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and at the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences both in Beijing, China. He was also Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy. He has published over 150 research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored three books, including Flourishing within the limits to growth in 2015; He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Editor-in-Chief for 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of Ecology; President of the North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modelling and, among other appointments, he is a member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.

Christian Felber

Christian Felber – is an internationally renowned speaker, lecturer at the University for Applied Arts Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS); as well as a contemporary dancer. Christian has authored several bestsellers: „50 Suggestions for a fairer World“, „New Values for the Economy“, „Let’s save the Euro!“, „Change everything. Creating an Economy for the Common Good“, and „Money. The new rules of the game“, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. He is the initiator of the „Economy for the Common Good“ and the project „Bank for the Common Good“. Felber was born in 1972, studied Spanish, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences in Madrid and Vienna, where he lives and works as an independent writer.

Wolfgang Fellner

Wolfgang Fellner is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development, Department Socioeconomics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He coordinates the research area “Development” at his institute . Wolfgang has a broad background in Heterodox Economics (political economy; various schools of thought) and philosophy of science. His research approach is strongly influenced by “Critical Institutional Economics” and explicitly takes into account the social and ecological embeddedness of the economy and the role of power structures. In his endeavour for a more comprehensive notion of welfare, well-being and development he proposed to analyse economic relations in terms of time use instead of mere market transactions. In recent research he deals with the role of paid work in peoples’ life, work life balance and human needs. For more information see.

Wolfgang Frey

Wolfgang Frey, born in 1960, is an architect and urban planner. His vision is a holistic approach on sustainability, combining environmental- with society-oriented ideas. For his efforts he has also been awarded with the honorary doctorate. The Architekturbüro Frey was founded in 1959 and soon got engaged with sustainable building and a holistic approach to urban development. According to these main principles of their work, the company installed the first solar plants in their model buildings as early as 1972. Today, the Frey-Group works in the fields investment, project development, real estate management and also as an international archtitectural buro with projects e.g. in China, Russia and Israel.

Christian Kreiß

Dr Christian Kreiß, born 1962, is professor for finance at Aalen University since 2002. Before teaching 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 four books, many publications, is giving lots of public presentations and has been often on TV and radio. Favorite subjects of research: financial crises, planned obsolescence, corporate corruption of science and higher education, negative impacts of advertising.

Helga Kromp-Kolb

Helga Kromp-Kolb graduated from the University of Vienna in Meteorology in 1971, specialized in environmental meteorology. She heads the Institute of Meteorology and the 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, air pollution dispersion in the atmosphere and nuclear risks. She has coordinated and participated in many national, EU- and international programs and projects. She is scientific consultant to the Austrian government in climate change, air pollution and nuclear risk topics and member of scientific councils and steering committees of research institutions such as the Meteorological Service of Austria or the Potsdam Institute of Climate Research and companies such as the Bank Austria. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her work and was elected “Scientist of the Year 2005” by the Austrian Science Journalists Association.

Karin Küblböck

Karin Küblböck is an economist with a research focus in the field of international trade, private sector development and international development as well as a lecturer in development economics at the University of Vienna. She regularly conducts educational and training events and consults public and private institutions. She has also broad expertise in process design and facilitation methods.

Friedrich Leitgeb

Friedrich Leitgeb, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.: Born 1978 in Klagenfurt (Austria); studied agriculture at BOKU university; several study visits to 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.

Tobias Plettenbacher

Tobias studied Landscape Ecology at the BOKU University Vienna. For 14 years he was co-founder and Technical Director of WLM Office for Vegetation Ecology & Environmental Planning in Innsbruck Tyrol and was working in the field of forestry, ecology, environmental planning and protection, modeling and simulation of ecosystems, geoinformatics and programming.
From 2005 he focused on the monetary and financial system. In summer 2007 he published the book “Neues Geld – Neue Welt” (New Money - New World - The Imminent Economic Crisis - Causes and Ways Out” - bestseller at planetVERLAG). Since 2008 he is founder and Leading Director of the Time-Exchange-Network WIR GEMEINSAM (, the largest “Time Bank” and “Local Exchange and Trading System” in Austria and Germany with 2.000 members in 26 regions.
In the last 10 years he collected comprehensive experiences and know how in time banks, regional money and post-monetary economies and communities (Community Supported Agriculture, Community Gardens and Fields, FoodCoops, Repair Cafés, neighborly help…) and in organizing voluntary teams and associations (Sociocracy, Nonviolent Communications...).
Tobias is an enthusiastic and inspiring lecturer and consultant for alternative monetary and economic systems, regional economy, sustainable society and social change. He published about Complementary Currencies, Crypto Currencies, Money Reform, Cash Abolition, Solidary Economics and other themes. He is member of the initiative, the network, and Seitenstettner Kreis.

Helene Schuberth

Helene Schuberth is the head of the Foreign Research Division at the central bank of the Republic of Austria. Her fields of specialization are: country analysis, economics of transition, monetary and fiscal policies, structural and labour market policies, financial governance and macroeconomic policies, economic coordination, European integration.

Sigrid Stagl

Sigrid Stagl was the first graduate from the Ecological Economics program at RPI, New York (May 1999), making her the first PhD in Ecological Economics worldwide. Sigrid’s thesis was on “Global food production and its alternatives - a socio-ecological economic perspective” (advisor: Sabine O’Hara).  After her studies Sigrid worked at universities in Vienna (Austria), Leeds (UK) and Sussex (UK). She is now Full Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business. Sigrid’s main research interests lie in (1) understanding institutional and behavioural change, (2) improving sustainability appraisal methods and (3) developing ecological macroeconomic models. Besides journal articles, her publications include "Ecological Economics - An Introduction", Cambridge University Press, 2005 (with M Common), which is used in graduate courses worldwide. From 2003 to 2012 Sigrid served as Vice-President and then President of European Society for Ecological Economics. She is now Director of the MSc Program “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy”, which started in October 2012 at WU.

Nina Thüllen

Nina Thüllen is a globally minded ecologist and project leader who has worked at Greenpeace for 20 years. Today she is a NPO-consultant highly committed to creating change for common profit, her career being deeply rooted in environmental change. Nina evolved from a campaigner to an international campaign project leader in Greenpeace, spearheading the development and dispersal of consumer campaigning and mobilisation in the organisation. She guides campaign planning processes and delivers campaign trainings for NPOs globally. Nina is a systems consultant with a profound background in steering teams and organisations, as well as designing processes, aware roles and contexts. She supports her clients in setting up change projects and respective project teams in the best possible manner for achieving the desired impact.

Bernd Villhauer

Bernd Villhauer is the Managing Director of the Global Ethic Institute (WEIT) at the University of Tübingen since January 2015. After completing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, he studied philosophy, classical studies and history of art at the Universities of Freiburg i.Brsg., Jena and Hull (UK). Born 1966 in Karlsruhe, he now lives in Tübingen, is married and has a daughter. Villhauer is a dedicated collector of old comics.
After his PhD thesis on a cultural-philosophical topic (Aby Warburg and Ernst Cassirer) he worked for various companies in the publishing and media sector, most recently as editorial director of the publishing group Narr Francke Attempto. Before that he held positions in the middle management at the publishing houses Mohr Siebeck and Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG).
At the same time, he taught as a lecturer at the universities of Karlsruhe, Jena, Darmstadt and Tübingen. His lectures focused on cultural and media science issues as well as theoretical and practical philosophy and economics. He is co-founder of the Institute for Philosophy of Practice e.V. in Darmstadt. Since the summer 2013 he offers a seminar "Money and Ethics" at the Global Ethic Institute. He is also the initiator of the series "Klüger wirtschaften". His current work focuses on monetary theory, financial ethics and investment, topics he bloggs about in his “Finanz und Eleganz”Blog. Bernd Villhauer is currently writing a book "Finanzmarkt und Ethik. Eine Einführung" and hopes to finish it in autumn 2018.

Oskar von Homeyer

Oskar von Homeyer is a social banker with a legal background. He completed a trainee program at GLS Bank, worked in the loan department, and currently operates as referee to the CEO. He has studied law in Bremen, Oldenburg, Moscow and Groningen. He holds a Master of Laws in European and Comparitive Law (Hanse Law School).
His further interests include international and intercultural dialogue on eye to eye level. In honorary capacity he is finance director at the European Network of Dialogue Process Facilitators.
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, PhD, Co-President of the Club of Rome. Born 1939,
Earlier stations: Professor of Biology, University President, Director, UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, New York, Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy, President, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. 1998-2005 MP, Germany, Chair of the Bundestag Environment Committee. 2006-08 Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara, California. Publications: 1994 Earth Politics. 1997 Factor Four (w/ A & H Lovins). 2010, Factor Five (w/ K. Hargroves et al). 2018 Come On! (w/ Anders Wijkman)

Peter Wahl

Peter Wahl, studied in Mainz, Aix en Provence and Frankfurt political economy and sociology. 1990-2013 head of department on financial regulation in WEED - World Economy, Ecology & Development Assoc. Berlin. Co-founder of Attac Germany and member of its Federal leadership until 2007. Member of the Scientific Council of Attac Germany. Board member of WEED. Author of numerous publications on international finance, taxation, trade and development.

Beat Weber

Beat Weber (born 1970) is a Vienna economist and political scientist. In recent years, his research has focused on monetary theory. His recent book „Democratizing Money? Debating Legitimacy in Monetary Reform Proposals“ (Cambridge University Press, 2018) contains a critical examination of monetary reform proposals like Bitcoin, Sovereign Money, Regional Currencies and others. He is a co-editor of „Kurswechsel“, an Austrian quarterly for critical research in economic policy making (, and is employed in the Austrian central bank.

Richard Werner

Richard has been Professor of International Banking at the University of Southampton for over twelve years. He is founding director of its Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, which is the first research centre to focus on the link between the financial sector and sustainability issues. He is also a member of the ECB Shadow Council and founding chair of Local First, a community interest company establishing not-for-profit community banks in the UK. In the past Richard was a professor of monetary and development economics at Frankfurt University and at Sophia University, Tokyo. He was also chief economist at Jardine Fleming Securities (Asia) Ltd., Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns Asset Management Ltd., senior consultant to the Asian Development Bank and visiting researcher at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Japan and the Development Bank of Japan.