Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws)
Wolfram Anderle was born and raised in Spital/Drau in Carinthia. Following his degree in food science and biotechnology at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), he started a career at the Waagner-Biró R&D department. He also worked for the Environment Agency Austria, where he gained valuable experience in the food analysis sector. In 1992, he took a position at the ERP Fund. Subsequent to the organisational linkage between the ERP Fund and aws in 2005, he entered the newly created field of technology and innovation as vice-director. In 2010, he became head of T&I. Since 2013 he is innovation and technology officer at ERP Fund. Wolfram Anderle develops and mentors various funding programmes and performs extensive jury functions. His personal interests are classical music, photography and astronomy.
“Newly founded start-ups contribute significantly to the restoration of the Austrian economy. The services provided by the Science Park Graz are vital for young founders intending to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses.”
Andrea Basso, PhD
Andrea Basso, PhD (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL CH and Stanford Univ. USA) is currently serving as CTO of MITO technology where he has responsibility for the definition and the evolution of MITO strategy and identification of key technology areas. He is also serving as adjunct associate professor at the University of Victoria BC (CA).
As business angel, startup evaluator and mentor, Dr. Basso is advising several European and US incubators and Investments funds focused on the early stage technology fostering. He is the co-founder of 42Accelerator (www.42accelerator.co).
As a Research Manager with 22 years of research experience on multimedia technologies in Bell Labs and AT&T Labs –Research USA, he has developed innovative services and architectures for IPTV and Over The Top (OTT) as well as the associated Intellectual Property.
Dr. Basso has published 60+ papers, several books chapters and has more than 80 granted patents in the context of Intellectual Property. He is a frequent speaker in international scientific conferences and events.
“Innovation is the non obvious, complex and articulate process that guides new and inventive ideas toward a positive outcome and effect on society. The SPG is a good, well-built and solid home for innovation to happen. I am glad to be part of it”
DI Soren Charareh
Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws)
DI Soren Charareh is investment manager in the department of high technology financing (Technology & Innovation) at Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws).
Originally from Germany, Charareh studied technical physics at the Graz University of Technology. Following his research activity at Jenbacher AG, he took a position in the engine control department at Bosch, where he coordinated control concepts for the VW company from the development phase through to serial production launch. In 2008, he began a career as a pre-seed and seed financing specialist in the field of physical sciences at aws. In his current position, he accompanies young firms from the pre-start-up period to the successful exit.
“A successful start-up needs to plan realistically, avoid wrong decisions and take the right turns after successfully completing the first development phase. The experience gained from more than 100 start-ups and the excellent networks provided by the SPG significantly improve these aspects.”
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franc Cus
University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Franc Cus studied mechanical engineering and business at the University of Maribor, where he assumed a professorship at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 2000.
He is president of the University of Maribor Quality Assessment Commission, member of the Council of the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (established by the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology), founder of the Maribor Development Agency as well as founder and director of the Styrian Technology Park Maribor. Franc Cus looks back on a longstanding academic career; he was Secretary General and Vice-Rector at the University of Maribor, and he authored over 140 original scientific papers and over 220 peer-reviewed, international conference papers covering the fields of production technology, intelligent manufacturing and advanced cutting technologies. He also gave presentations at several international scientific conferences and lectured at various international universities.
“The SPG offers an attractive environment to found and develop a new company and ideally fosters the innovation process, contributing to the founders’ economic success. By providing a well-combined, practically-oriented support service and a skilled combination of networks and infrastructural offers, the SPG plays an exceptional role within the regional context and creates added value in terms of business and economy.”
Jane Davies, OBE
International Association of Science Parks (IASP), UK Science Park Association, Northern Ireland Science Park
Jane Davies was CEO of Manchester Science Parks from 2000-2012. She was a member of the Board of UKSPA from 2004-2009 and its Chairman from 2007. She has also served on the board of the International Association of Science Parks, and was President of its Advisory Council 2009-13. In 2013 she joined the board of the Northern Ireland Science Park as a non-executive director.
Jane has a degree in chemistry from Oxford University and joined BP Chemicals on graduation. She spent 18 years with BP in a range of roles including two years on secondment to the Foreign Office, and now works internationally as an expert in science parks and innovation. She received her OBE from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 for services to innovation.
“Starting and growing a technology based business is a high risk venture, but within a supportive environment the chances of success are increased. In this way the Science Park of Graz makes a valuable contribution to its regional knowledge economy.”
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Karl P. Pfeiffer
Rector / Scientific Director FH JOANNEUM
Born in Styria, Karl-Peter Pfeiffer studied Technical Mathematics at Graz University of Technology and completed his postdoctoral habilitation thesis in medical statistics and information processing at the Medical University of Graz in 1985. He worked as a university assistant at the Institute of Physiology at the Medical University of Graz from 1977 to 1999 and directed the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Epidemiology and Health Systems Research in Graz and Innsbruck from 1992 to 2001. From 1994 to 2009, Karl-Peter Pfeiffer was managing director and professor for biostatistics and documentation at the Department for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Health Economics at the Medical University of Innsbruck. He played a leading role in the development of the procedure-oriented hospital financing (the Austrian DRG system) and actively contributed to the establishment of an eHealth strategy for Austria. Since 2009, he is rector and scientific director of the FH Joanneum.
“It can be a long and rocky road from a sparkling idea to a successful realisation. The FH Joanneum provides work-oriented education as well as applied research and development opportunities with the aim of turning good ideas into hands-on opportunities.”
Dr. Ernst Rath
Steiermärkische Sparkasse, Commerce Department
A career in banking was probably not the first idea Ernst Rath had in mind after finishing his high school education and his law study programme. Following his court practice year in 1983, he spent several years in the legal department and the investment management department of Steiermärkische Bank, where he gained valuable work experience. In 1990, he took a position in the corporate customer division, where he obtained professional qualifications in business management. Today Ernst Rath holds a leading position at Steiermärkische Sparkasse. He is member of the supervisory boards of Innofinanz Forschungs- und Entwicklungsförderungsgesellschaft GmbH and Intermarket Bank as well as president of ARBÖ Steiermark.
“I am delighted to be a member of the project advisory board. My board membership allows Steiermärkische Sparkasse to take part in the SPG’s effort to support innovative company founders on their way to on their way to their own companies.”