Entwicklung & Begleitung von internationalen Projekten


Dr. Marie-Charlotte Hoffmann has completed studies in arts and holds an academic degree in medicine (1996). She has gained experience in fundamental research at Basel University (Neuroanatomy), where she first encountered technology-transfer projects. For PROKO, she has actively participated in the development, management and coordination of H2020, FP7 and CIP projects with focus on interregional promotion of innovation & networking among research communities, regional authorities and industries, including conference and workshop organisation, responsibility for project websites and databases. Special experience with industry and research clusters (conceptualisation, evaluation and internationalisation) and on business plan development in circular economies.

Bernardo Mariani (MA) has a 20 year background in international relations and public diplomacy with specialist knowledge of China and with substantial senior management experience in full programme cycles (from strategy and business development to programme design, implementation, evaluation and financial management). He holds a MA degree in political science and has worked as a researcher and project manager in Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and China (1999-2005). Mr. Mariani was consultant to the United Nations offices in Vienna, and to the European Commission’s EuropeAid cooperation office in Brussels (2007-2008). In his capacity as China Programme Director of Saferworld he implemented over 20 research projects on China’s engagement in Eastern Africa, Central and South Asia, and carried out broad dissemination activities to Chinese authorities, businesses, academia, research and cultural institutes. He organized and launched events and media exposure and managed over 50 successful seminars workshops and conferences, as well as press relations with leading media outlets. Bernardo Mariani has managed complex budgets, produced financial reports and developed strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of the programmes for which he was responsible.

Mag. David Röthler studied Law and holds a degree from Salzburg University (1993). He is an expert on social media, education (MOOCs, webinars) and European funded projects. He has been working on an international level for more than 15 years in the field of education, culture, politics, and has been working as a journalist (focus on social media, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, media innovation), an adult educator and a university lecturer. He has initiated a large number (>40) European Union project proposals. Many of which have been funded in LLL-Programme, Culture, Europe for Citizens, Daphne, Interreg). He has been involved in dissemination and community building activities via social media and support of online collaboration via innovative asynchronous and synchronous tools like wikis, weblogs, and web conference systems. David Röthler is co-founder of GmbH, and member of – Institut für Kommunikation in Sozialen Medien, Berlin.

MMag. Harald Suitner holds university degrees in Philology (University of Salzburg, 1990), Economics (University of Innsbruck, 1995), and a post-graduate diploma of Vienna Diplomatic Academy (1997). He has gained 15 years+ experience in management of RTD projects in European Framework and other programmes. Harald Suitner is co-founder and General Manager of GmbH. From 1999 to 2007 he was responsible for the international relations of SMEs in the geo-economy, and he was General Manager of GIS-Cluster Salzburg 2007-2010. The strategic collaboration of RTD-clusters with industries and public authorities has become Mr. Suitner’s main area of activities. Since 2001, Mr. Suitner has carried out project development activities in East Africa. He has established networks to public authorities, IFIs and private business entities in Tanzania. In 2007, he founded GmbH. Since 2016, he is president of AGENDA AFRIKA, the Austrian Institute for Collaborative Partnership with Africa.

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