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 acquired experience
Corina Schmiedt

Corina Schmiedt

President

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
“WUUAHAHHHAAAAAAAAAA” - Chewbacca

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.

Andreas Schnitzer

Andreas Schnitzer

Treasurer

International business graduate originally from Carinthia, with a focus on strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. Lobes 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

Roberta Chissich

Roberta Chissich

PR and Social Media

A linguist, who loves languages because they allow communication among different people. A journalist, who loves writing - especially the kind of articles that give a voice to the ones who have none. A European, who appreciates and really believes in the power of a united Europe.

"Whoever said that nothing was impossible obviously never tried slamming a revolving door." - Unknown

Paolo Recaldini

Paolo Recaldini

Events Manager

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.

The board is supported by our active members:

  • Eva Bönisch
  • Francesca Fortarezza
  • Andrea Graf
  • Bernd Graf
  • Alina Lindermuth
  • Stefanie Lutschounig
  • Elias Ngombwa
  • Magnus Offermanns
  • Peter Peršolja
  • Maximilian Peter
  • Konrad Planneger
  • Anja Rautnig
  • Helena Reinisch
  • Christina Manuela Sabitzer
  • Lukas Schabus
  • Martin Smoliner
  • Mark-Philipp Wolfger

The Club Alpbach Senza Confini (CASC) is a cross-border non-profit organization that grants scholarships for the annual European Forum Alpbach. It was founded in 2003 to give motivated and talented young people from Carinthia, Italiy and Slovenia the chance to get in touch with interesting people from all over Europe and beyond. All our members are working on a voluntary basis to support the unification of Europe within our region. Especially in recent days, it is even more important to strengthen the peaceful relations and to raise awareness for political and societal issues in the European context.

The Club was granted the official status as an associate member of the European Forum Alpbach (awarded by the former President of the European Forum Alpbach, Dr. Erhard Busek) and is thereby official provider of scholarships in the region.

Our goals, as formulated by the founders of our club, are the following:

  • Promote the idea of for becoming “one” Europe among young Carinthian, Italian and Slovenian students and young academics.
  • Providing our scholarship holders a significant competitive advantage by raising the awareness and acceptance for a joint European region.
  • Promoting the idea of the European Forum Alpbach in cooperation with other existing Clubs throughout Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
  • Organising open debate events for political and societal issues in a European context throughout the year in our region.