Michaela Fritz is vice rector for research and innovation at the Medical University of Vienna. MedUni Vienna is one of Europe’s premiere institutions for biomedical and clinical research and the largest medical training facility in the German-speaking area. Previously, she was Head of the Health & Environment Department at the Austrian Institute of Technology, worked for Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH in Vienna and Infineon Technologies AG in Munich. Michael Fritz is board member of the European Forum Alpbach since 2018.
Katja Gentinetta is a Swiss political philosopher. She serves as board member in three companies as well as in the ICRC’s Executive Board. She is lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and Lucerne, economic columnist at the „NZZ am Sonntag“ and author of several books. She is a well-known key note speaker in Switzerland and abroad and a regular contributor and op-ed columnist to the Swiss media. At the European Forum Alpbach 2021 she is particularly concerned with the Seminar Week.
Florence Gaub is the Deputy Director of the EU Institute of Security Studies. Her research career has taken her from conflict and war in the Middle East and North Africa to institutional change and geopolitical shifts. In her work, she focuses on long-term trends, challenges and opportunities, and how to future proof societies for them. Previously employed at NATO Defence College, she holds a PhD from Humboldt University of Berlin, as well as degrees from Sciences Po Paris, the Sorbonne and the University of Munich. At this year’s EFA she is primarily involved in the track “Securing Our Future”.
Katarzyna Pisarska is a social entrepreneur, civic activist and academic. She is the Founder of the European Academy of Diplomacy and Co-Founder of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation and the Warsaw Security Forum in Poland. She hold the position of Associate Professor at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Besides being Vice President of the European Forum Alpbach in Austria, she is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. With her experience in security matters she contributes to the different areas of our tracks and the association.
Marie Ringler is a Member of the Global Leadership Group and the European head of the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka. She studied Sociology, Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Vienna, holds a degree from ESADE Business School, Spain and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. As a politics and innovation expert she contributes her broad knowledge particularly to the track “The Climate Opportunity”.
Andreas Treichl, the president of EFA, served for more than 23 years as CEO of Erste Group, one of the leading retail banks in CEE. In 2003 he founded ERSTE Foundation, which is the bank’s main owner and acts as an NGO, utilising dividends for social and cultural projects in the region. Discussing and shaping “The Financing of Europe’s Future” – which is one of three main tracks at this year’s European Forum Alpbach – is not only Andreas Treichl’s profession but his passion.