24 May 2018 | Wien, Austria
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24 May 2018
Wien, Austria
Chances and Challenges in Central Europe

Iraklis Agiovlasitis
is an expert advisor in the international R&D and access-to-finance scene, with experience across diverse range of organizations and cultures. As a member of the Enterprise Europe Network Team at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) he focuses on supporting companies with innovation management, attain funding for complex R&D projects and access new markets for business growth through technology Transfer.

Philip Boldt
is in Charge of Motor Logistics at Audi Hungaria since 1.1.2017. After studying Industrial Engineering at the University of  Karlsruhe he joined the Audi Group in 2001. He held various positions in logistics, for example at the Volkswagen de Mexico from 2008 - 2011.

Mr. Gustenau
is globally responsible to develop new production footprints for Magna Steyr Fuel Systems. Mr. Gustenau has been with MAGNA for 10 years working as project director to set up and construct new sites and expand existing plants. In his role he established production facilities for Magna Powertrain mainly in China and Mexico. Mr. Gustenau also carried out comprehensive feasibility and cost studies for new footprints in Eastern Europe.  He recently evaluated various locations in the CEE region in order to set up a new production facility. Mr. Gustenau is a certified LEED Accredited Professional bringing the expertise in green Building.

Christoph Huter
is working as an advisor in the EU-department oft he Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. As a member of the Enterprise Network Team he is in charge of all questions related to EU-funding opportunities for companies. This comprises information on current tenders as well as advice with regard to contract implementation. In addition he is in charge of monitoring all EU-project activities involving the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

Christian Kallinger
is CEO of VNT since 2009. He held before various management positions at Becom Electronics and J.L. Bacon. He holds an MBA degree of the PEF Private University for Management.

Friedrich Kaltenegger
is managing director of Café + Co. He studied landscape planning at university of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and held several political positions within the Austrian People’s party (Conservatives) like Director of the farmers association and secretary general of the party. He was also head of cabinet of the former agriculture minister Josef Pröll.

Harald Kröger
is Head of Financial Institutions, Country & Portfolio Risk Management at Raiffeisenbank International. He is a faculty member & lector of the Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Business and Economics.

Christian Kügerl
Commercial Counsellor in Bratislava since August 2016, he held various positions within Advantage Austria in the Head office in Vienna and abroad.

Christian Miller
Commercial Counsellor in Prague since June 2013, he held various positions within Advantage Austria in the Head office in Vienna and abroad.

Zdenek Petzl
represents Czech Automotive Industry Association. In his role as Executive director he actively defends the interests of its member companies and he participates in the creation of programs and policies supporting the automotive industry. From his previous diplomatic experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic he brings knowledge of the functioning of state administration, understanding of European law and management of legislative Procedures in Prague and in Brussels.  

Anton Putz
is Managing Partner of the Leier Group since 1993. He studied law and commercial sciences in Vienna and joined the Leier Group in 1986.

Erika Rácz
is Quality and Sales Manager at their family owned small sized enterprise, Julius-Globe Ltd, which has been founded in 1998. The company is experienced in the fields of tool production, CNC precision parts for automotive, packaging, electronic, plastic, high-tech, medical, tobacco and press industry. The company is active participant of the regional dual vocational education and training system and member of Professio Metal Industry and Vocational Cluster. She is also member of the board of director of the Professio Cluster. Julius-Globe Ltd. was National Champion and National Public Champion of European Business Awards in 2016/2017.  

Ferdinand Schipfer
is head of International Relations 6 Analyses Department since August 2017, involved also in system- and product development. He is also a member of Supervisory Board of OeEB (Austrian Development Bank)

Karl Schmidt
Commercial Counsellor in Warsaw since August 2014, he held various positions within Advantage Austria in the Head office in Vienna and abroad.

Jürgen Schreder
Commercial Counsellor in Budapest since September 2015, he held various positions within Advantage Austria in the Head office in Vienna and abroad.

Alois Steinmann
Studies: Business Administration and International Commerce, University of Economics Vienna and University Vienna 2006-2011 ENRAF-NONIUS PROJECTS (Netherlands, turn-key hospital projects) Representative Latin America since 2012 Export consultant (Latin America and Middle East) since 2016 Representative CEE Impulsesupplychain. IMPULSESUPPLYCHAIN (founded 1993) offers integrated supply chain services in USA, Mexico, China and Europe. Suppliers and OEMs enjoy end to end services and online visibility and traceability for - Import/Export - Warehousing/Handling - Information Systems - Shelter Program - Value Added service - Trade opportunities - Financing

Stefan Vratny
is Director, co-owner, coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network in Slovakia, Expert for smart specialisation strategies and innovation strategies in regions and companies. Since 1997 active in technology transfer processes, support of National technology transfer infrastructure implementation in Slovakia. Expert in the field of access to finance, corporate and regional development financing and financing of technology-based SMEs


Closed since 23 May 2018


Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKÖ)
Wiedner Hauptstraße 63
1040 Wien, Austria

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Participants 49
Meetings 37


Austria 21
Czech Republic 2
Egypt 1
Hungary 17
Poland 2
Slovakia 9
Ukraine 1
United States 1
Total 54


Company 41
Association/Agency 4
Authority/Government 4
Consultancy 3
Other 2
Total 54