Dr. Katharina Fellnhofer
As company director, Katharina Fellnhofer leads this management consulting firm. She started her business in 2010 and has to date developed and managed several ICT projects while lecturing or active at several universities across Europe. New Design University, Danube University Krems, St. Pölten School of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, University of Liechtenstein, and the University of Bayreuth. As a member of several committees, Katharina is an advisor to policy-makers and the business community—for instance, she was a member of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on assessing the investment potential of SMEs emerging from the SME Instrument. Katharina has been an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow from 2015 to 2017 with her habilitation project entitled "E-Ship-Stories Initiative for Entrepreneurship Education". Since July 2017 she is a Docent at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. In 2018 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs at the Harvard University.
In addition to her research and entrepreneurial passion, Katharina enjoys running.
Mag. Dr. Alexander Pfeiffer, MBA MA
Alexander Pfeiffer is recipient of a Max Kade Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Academy of Science to work at MIT with The Education Arcade. His research focus as a postdoctoral fellow is on blockchain technologies and their impact on game-based education and learning assessment. Before joining MIT, Alexander headed the center for applied game studies at Danube-University Krems, Austria, for eight years. He is also co-founder of the Austrian-based tech start-up Picapipe GmbH and the Malta-based B & P Emerging Technologies Consultancy Lab Ltd. He holds a doctorate and a social and economic sciences degree (mag.rer.soc.oec) from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, a Master of Arts from Danube-University Krems, and an Executive MBA from Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage. In the spirit of his life's motto of "Livelong Learning" he is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Malta, with the aim of completing his doctorate in 2022. Alexander's projects have won various prizes in recent years. Most recently the Austrian Blockchain Award 2020 for the blockchain concept of the FFG funded Hot-City project. Besides this particular research his fields of interests are e-sports, media studies, digital identities, emerging technologies in general, game studies and binge-watching TV series.
Monika is leading tailor-made language trainings and cross-cultural communication skills workshops for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. She has substantial experience in training in the corporate sector. Monika has worked with both worldwide leading large companies and small niche players. She supports her students in a particular way because of her professional skills and high expertise in her discipline.
Monika’s way of teaching
„I - if possible - move on the premises with my trainees and discuss daily business as well as any problems or tasks arising from their duties. On the other hand the participants of my trainings are always cordially invited to discuss any questions coming up during their practical use of the English language. The trainings include strategic exercise as well as standard situations so that the newly gained knowledge can be implemented easily in daily business. I have to admit that my trainings are spiritually inspired. As I can read the gestures and facial expressions of the trainees it is easy for me to find out if my explanations or the words I use are clear to them and if they are well understood. This special support helps me to apply accordingly and ensures a good feeling for everyone. Due to this fact of a relaxed state of mind learning becomes easier and I am usually very proud of the progress I recognize. Long story short: I as well provide mental support during the trainings which makes my lessons one of a kind.“
Manuela Spandl studies teacher education with the subjects English and Latin at the University of Vienna. She is very passionate and dedicated to her work. She is gaining experience and improving her teaching skills while leading English courses. In her free time Manuela enjoys spending time with her family and pets, skiing and making music.
Hanna Baumgartner, M. Sc.
Hanna Baumgartner has a Master´s Degree in International Marketing Management as well as other degrees in Business, Journalism and Nutrition. As a former four-time World Champion in gymnastics and a coach she has travelled the world and learned to give her best in all situations. Hanna is a Finn who has lived in Austria for 10 years with her husband and three children. With a great interest in nature, metaphysics, holistic perspective of life and healing she views the world with a different lens yet has a critical approach to any subject. Hanna speaks fluent English, German and Finnish.
Over the past ten years Marion has gained extensive experience in hospitality. Additionally, Marion studied the teaching subjects Italian and Mathematics at the University of Vienna. Now, she is also conducting a further training as a dyslexia trainer. She is leading trainings for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH since 2019. In her leisure time Marion enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, working in the garden, cooking and, in particular, baking with her children.
Mag. Doris Baumgartner
With a background in tourism management, Doris gained work and language experience in Disneyland Paris. After a couple of years in Paris, Doris turned her back on tourism and studied teacher education with the subjects French and Spanish at the University of Vienna. She worked as a French and Spanish teacher in a grammar school in Klosterneuburg. During her maternity leave she moved to Amstetten, where she is now working for apricon GmbH, a specialist for business consulting, dictation and speech recognition solutions. In a cooperation with Research and Innovation Management GmbH Doris leads several language seminars. Her free time she spends with her family and with reading.
Mag. Sabine Zechmeister
Sabine is a qualified interpreter, translator, and language trainer for German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Furthermore, she is a certified trainer for German and also holds a license as an ÖIF- and ÖSD-examiner for national and international German Certificate Exams. Moreover, she is a certified trainer for the further training of adults and a certified communication trainer, a certified mental trainer and a certified life coach, an author and an editor and sees herself as a metaphysical trainer of the consciousness and a holistic personality coach. She is extremely practically orientated and delivers compact contents that are relevant to the work and life of her participants.
Graduated from video and photography courses from Instituto Superior Miguel Torga and Escola de Tecnologias Inovação e Criação. Complemented her studies with a course lectured by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Christian Berger, a photography course lectured by The Museum of Modern Art curator Sarah Meister and multiple masterclasses on FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival 2018-19. A photographer and filmmaker at the international organization Piano&Coffee, she has produced multiple music videos for artists across 3 continents. The head-producer/programmer at the Shortcutz Figueira da Foz film festival since 2017 and an experienced lecturer, Ana is also on the final stages of post-production of 3 documentaries she directed in 3 different countries: Poland, Peru and Portugal.
EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD
Mag. Hermann Wieland
International and Export Advisor
Mag. Hermann Wieland has been an export manager for more than 25 years and has developed and managed several successful export projects. He has advised several forestry sector industries in the East, providing support for new purchasing offices in Asia and guiding several leading companies that are active in or producing for the primary industry. Hermann is a passionate hiker and in his free time enjoys the countryside.
Erasmus+ mobility activities for transferring knowledge
2013 – Training ‘EU research, innovation and education projects: a practical toolkit for all’ Host
2013 – Job Shadowing of Associate Professor Car-Axel Engdahl at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Host
2014 – Visit of the Volkshochschule des Landkreises Freyung-Grafenau Host