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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.

Katharina is registered as court-certified expert in Austria.

In addition to her research and entrepreneurial passion, Katharina enjoys running.


    Monika Kohlruß

    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.“


      Loren Leong

      Loren is pursuing her studies in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Vienna. With a background in media and communications, she has worked in marketing communications in corporate sectors, and copywriting and editing in design and marketing firms. She has taught English to adults and school children, and is peer coaching at the university. Loren believes in an interactive and social environment whereby learning is a two-way process – sharing and receiving. Other than sharing her skills and knowledge, her passion is research in media representations of marginalised communities, and collaborative innovation. She is currently leading English courses for Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her free time, Loren enjoys mountain sports and the great outdoors.

        Manuela Spandl

        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.

          Elisabeth Leichtfried

          Elisabeth Leichtfried studied German, psychology and philosophy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (summa cum laude). As well as being engaged in the editorial department of a leading regional newspaper, she has led several seminars for leading companies in the transportation and construction industries. Based on her expertise, she manages seminars and workshops as a freelancer for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her free time, Elisabeth likes to improve her French, Portuguese, and Russian language skills.

          Elisabeth is on maternity leave.



            Doris Wippel

            Over the past ten years Doris has gained extensive experience in advertising and (online) marketing. She is an established graphic designer. Now, Doris studies education at the teacher training college in Linz. She is leading workshops for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her leisure time Doris enjoys spending time with her family, doing sports and reading books.


              External Supporters

              Mag. Ulrike Schauer

              Mag. Ulrike Schauer studied business education and management training at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz and was a regional winner of the i2B business plan competition. Having worked for many years as a financial manager for a leading company in the construction industry, she has accumulated rich experience in tax consultancy. Acting as an external advisor, Ulrike manages several seminars for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her leisure time, she enjoys horse riding, skiing, and reading.

                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.

                    EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD

                    Mag. Anton Eiser

                    Senior Innovation Advisor

                    Mag. Anton Eiser has been an independent innovation manager for more than 15 years and has developed and managed several successful projects with a focus on innovation strategy and product development. He is at present deploying one of his core competencies in the aviation business to facilitate disruptive technologies in this context. In addition, he is an independent expert and evaluator for the European Commission. Toni is a passionate pilot and is in the air whenever time permits.



                      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

                        2014 – Job Shadowing of Ass. Prof. Veronika Solteszova at the Department of Informatics, the University of Bergen Host – For details please visit FLYER

                        2015 – Job Shadowing of Prof. Kaisu Puumalainen and Ass. Prof. Helena Sjögrén at the Lappeenranta University of Technology Host – For details please visit FLYER

                        2016 – Job Shadowing of Vida Perko at the Academia Host – For details please visit FLYER

                        2017 – Jobshadowing of Prof. Burger-Helmchen at the University of Strassbourg (2019) and speaker at the EmTech EuropeHere are some photos

                        2018 – Structured Courses for Digitalization and Entrepreneurship meeting Emotions for Leadership Train-the-Trainer in Palermo, ICT skills for Educators in Barcelona, Train-the-Trainer in Palermo 2

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