Meet our team

More than 300 members form our international network of former scholarship holders and friends of Alpbach. Next to our board of experienced Alpbach scholarship holders, we are continuously accepting new members to our team. This is how we keep up a spirit of innovation and excitement while guaranteeing continuity and passing on our acquired experience.

To find out more about our previous Board Members, who made our history and helped us get where we stand today, check out our dedicated page!

Corina Schmiedt

Corina Schmiedt


Studied management in Carinthia, and currently working in the management of a video marketing company. Keen to contribute to a positive interregional development in the Alpine-Adriatic Region.

"You cannot fail if you never stop trying."

Nikolaus Priebernig

Nikolaus Priebernig

Vice President Carinthia

Economist, with international education in public management and banking. Born and raised on a farm in the mountains of Carinthia.

“A truly amazing guy” - The Times
“One of this generation’s greatest minds” - Mensa International

Andrea Bonfatti Paini

Andrea Bonfatti Paini

Vice President Italy

Engineer, but a humanist one. Specialized in World Heritage Management, specializing in Local Development. A curious, decent cook in love with nature and politics.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited to all we now know, imagination embraces the entire world." - A. Einstein

Peter Suhodolčan

Peter Suhodolčan

Vice President Slovenia

Studies International Relations. Currently doing a Master’s in Business and Organisation in Ljubljana. A guy with a hearty laugh who loves books and museums.

"Whenever a government feels the need of promising peace and prosperity to its citizens by means of a proclamation, it is time to be on guard and expect the opposite." - I. Andrić

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Martina Furlan

Martina Furlan

Secretary General

Originally from Trieste, studies International relations in Ljubljana. Passionate about world politics, environment and human rights. Slovenian by appearance, Italian by punctuality, committed European by soul.

"On the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth" - M. Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness

Andreas Schnitzer

Andreas Schnitzer


International business graduate originally from Carinthia, with a focus on strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. Loves history, politics, travelling, classical music and cares about the healthcare sector and unified as well as solidary Europe.

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." - M. Aurelius

Anja Rautnig

Anja Rautnig

Events and PR Manager

Life-enthusiast, best described by three words: Let’s do it! The sustainability wheel is set into motion and having studied organic farming, eco design and renewable energies, I’m rolling with it, hoping it’s gonna catch as much speed as I do when kitesurfing in stormy winds.

“Fear killed more dreams than failure ever will.”

Paolo Recaldini

Paolo Recaldini

Communications Officer

Specialist in EU Affairs, interested in foreign policy, security, defence. Linguist at heart. Expat, proudly from Lake Como. Idealist, dreamer, hard-worker...allegedly "overachiever". Intrigued by complexity, critical thinking, and controversial opinions.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - A. Einstein

Nastassja Mikl

Nastassja Mikl

Scholarships Coordinator

A bohemian soul from Villach and Berlin living in Vienna who would move to Australia in a heartbeat. An eternal optimist who, if not obsessing about traveling or American literature, is a student of linguistics/teacher and may correct your grammar.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -N. Mandela

The board is supported by our active members, that are helping us on various tasks. And we are grateful to every and each of them!


  • Peter Peršolja
  • Maximilian Peter


  • Vesna Kuralt
  • Stefanie Lutschounig
  • Lukas Schabus


  • Bernd Graf


  • Yiwei Chan
  • Francesca Fortarezza
  • Pino Munaretto
  • Elias Ngombwa
  • Gialunca Petraglia


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  • Eva Bönisch
  • Andrea Graf
  • Alina Lindermuth
  • Maša Ocvirk
  • Konrad Planneger
  • Helena Reinisch
  • Christina Manuela Sabitzer
  • Martin Smoliner
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