Melanie SULLY

Professor Melanie Sully was visiting professor in political science at the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna before coming to the Diplomatic Academy by way of the Austrian Foreign Ministry. She is the head of the Institute for Go-Governance which looks at governance issues. Dr Sully's own research is concerned with Austrian politics and she wrote her first book on the subject which came out in 1980. She has also contributed with talks, publications, expert opinions and interviews on the subject of UK politics and Brexit. In addition Dr Sully has worked as a consultant with the OSCE, the UK House of Commons and the Council of Europe on gender issues, parliamentary affairs and political parties. 

Ursula BAUER

Ursula Bauer studied geography with a focus on urban and regional planning in Vienna and  Paris.

From 1992 to 2005 she is working for Municipal Department 57 – Promotion and Coordination of Women’s Issues of the City of Vienna. In October 2005 she is nominated as project director for the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Vienna City Administration, in April 2012 she is also appointed deputy head of the controlling instruments group. Since 1990 she is lecturing at universities and universities of applied sciences.

Marita HAAS

Marita has been a gender consultant from the very beginning. She develops concepts, plans projects and provides strategic advice to the executive board and management team. As a lateral thinker, she challenges companies to break away from old gender formats and designs processes in a gender-sensitive manner. She has over 14 years of experience in research and teaching on the subject of gender and diversity in organizations; a business degree and a doctorate in economics and social sciences. Marita works together with Christian Berger.


Wies Bratby is a top-lawyer-turned-HR-Director-turned-coach-slash-consultant, who recently returned to her native Netherlands, after working and living across the globe for nearly a decade. 

Through her coaching and consulting practice Women In Negotiation, she helps corporate career women realise their worth, communicate it and get them the positions and salaries they want through her online group coaching program WIN.

Wies is also a sough-after keynote speaker and workshop trainer, inspiring women to proactively negotiate for everything they want, need and deserve in their careers and lives. 


After several years of experience in the art world, Sophia Vonier opened her gallery space in the heart of Salzburg in Spring 2019. Focussing on Austrian and international contemporary art, Galerie Sophia Vonier hosts exhibitions of emerging and mid-career artists, wishing to ideally implement a sustainable structure as well as comprehensive support, especially for female artists. The gallery's program aims at addressing a heterogeneous, though preferable also a young audience of art enthusiasts and collectors through stimulating exhibitions and a variety of accompanying events.

Susanne RAAB

Susanne Raab became Austria’s Minister for Women and Integration in January 2020. Before that, she served as Head of Section VIII-Integration (2017-2019) and as Head of the Department for Coordination in Integration (2014-2017) in the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. From 2009-2013, she worked in different research and ministerial positions. Susanne Raab studied law and psychology.

Katharina MADER

Katharina Mader is assistant professor at the Institute for Heterodox Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research interests are feminist economics, care economics and unpaid work as well as gender budgeting and gender-equitable economic policy. She has received numerous prizes for her research, including the Gabriele Possanner Prize, the 16th Vienna Women's Prize and the Käthe Leichter Prize.


Neha is the Founder and CEO of FemTech Partners, a consulting firm focused on the Financial Inclusion of women, which is winner of the Britcham Singapore Award 2020. Neha is a legal and finance professional with 12 years of experience in Asia and Europe. Neha is a Global Future Fintech Leader 2020, Singapore Women in Tech 100 and has been featured in the FinTech50 2019 and 2020. She holds a double-degree in Law and Commerce from the University of Delhi and has attended King’s College, London as a Chevening Financial Services Fellow. Neha is also the Team Leader for the £1.2 billion Prosperity Fund (PF) for the SEA region, administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) of the UK government.

Helen TODD

Helen Todd is Co-founder and CEO of Sociality Squared, a social media agency established in 2010 in New York City who understands the magic of people coming together around what they value and love. Helen is an award-winning marketer, international speaker, and also an advisor and speaker for SXSW Interactive. She graduated from Xavier University and holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College.

Christian BERGER

Christian Berger works as a consultant in the field of economics at the Vienna Chamber of Labor and is a lecturer at the Department of Socio-Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In addition, Christian Berger advises and accompanies organizations and companies in the areas of social innovation, gender equality & diversity management. Among other things, he was an expert on the European Parliament's "Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality". His main work and research interests are social theory and feminist political economy, in particular structural change and social reproduction as well as the principles of equal treatment. He was also one of the spokespeople for the initiative "Frauen * Volksbegehren" (Women’s referendum).


Elisabeth Holzleithner, is a Professor of Legal Philosophy and Legal Gender Studies and the Speaker of the interdisciplinary Research Platform GAIN – Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities at the University of Vienna. She serves as Head of the Department of Legal Philosophy, as Vice Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Law, and she is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Doctoral School Advanced Research School in Law and Jurisprudence (ARS Iuris). She is also a member of the Board of editors of the Journals “Gender”, “Rechtsphilosophie. Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts“ (Legal Philosophy. Journal for Foundations of the Law) and “Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte” (Journal for Human Rights).


Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger is a computer scientist and an experienced researcher. Since 2002 she is full professor for "gender and diversity in organizations" at WU Vienna. She was at various national and international research institutions guest researcher (e.g. 2011 at LSE, 2014 at McGill University) and her work was awarded several times. 

Prof. Hanappi-Egger is an expert on organization studies and gender topics. She has published more than 350 articles, books and book chapters on gender and diversity, organization studies. Since October 2015, she is the rector of WU Vienna. 

Gerhard WAGNER

Gerhard Wagner is founder and co-president of HeForShe Vienna, an organisation dedicated to promote gender equality in support of the UN Women HeForShe campaign. He not only advocates for gender equality in his manifold voluntary engagements, but also professionally. As Social Innovation consultant at a global consulting firm Gerhard Wagner advises companies focusing on the topics gender equality, diversity and 



Sylvia Sperandio is Brigadier at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defense. She is also the first women to reach the rank of an “Offizier” (general) in the Austrian army, Ms. Sperandio holds a doctorate in medicine and psychotherapy as well as an MBA in in Health Care Management.


Bini Guttmann is President of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), the umbrella organization for Jewish student unions. EUJS is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan organization that supports Jewish student unions across Europe and represents its members vis-à-vis European institutions, the OSCE and the UNHRC, as well as major Jewish organizations. Bini is focused on ensuring that EUJS has a loud, strong and democratic political voice to advocate for the interests of young Jews across Europe, while at the same time creating a positive foundation for Jewish identity and finding a common European-Jewish narrative. Bini comes from Vienna, Austria, where he studied law and political science at the University of Vienna and established and directed the Jewish Austrian University Students (JöH) for three years.

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