International Management & Leadership

Director of Studies: International Management & Leadership and Strategic Finance & Business Analytics, Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) Dr. Tamás Csermely, MSc

Tamás Csermely is the Director of Studies of the two Master programs at Lauder Business School. He used to work as the Head of Procurement at Quantoras, an Austrian technology-based consulting company, where he was responsible for managing the purchasing team, leading dozens of large-scale supply chain projects and also for the company’s strategic direction. He made a name for himself on saving 14.2% on average in several branches (base chemicals, metals, automotive, textile, pharmaceutical, foundry, construction, etc.) for the company’s clients – which in several cases were world market leaders in their segments. He also worked in the Emerging Markets/Quantitative Research/Asset Allocation division of Raiffeisen Bank International and as a research and teaching associate at the WU Vienna during his early career.

He holds a Ph.D. in operations management and logistics (University of Vienna), an M.Sc. in management and consulting (University of Pécs) and a Professorial bestowal (Lauder Business School). In addition, he attended Indiana University Bloomington – Kelley School of Business for one year. He has published several articles in scientific and professional journals and his research on managerial decisions in operations- and economics-related settings has also been featured in Die Presse. He is an affiliate of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network of the Harvard Business School and he has participated in several renowned conferences and held talks at the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, Cornell, and Shanghai. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (JEBO), the International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Applied Economics Letters (AEL), the Journal of Risk and the Journal of Business Economics (JBE). He proved his stress resistance by answering 10 questions correctly in the “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” TV show.

Academic Coordinator

Zvia Dem


  • Information management of all academic issues
  • Management and handling of all semester schedules
  • Organisation and supervision of retake and commission exams

Phone:+43 1 369 18 18 764

Email:[email protected]

Domenica Bagnato, MA, BA, Dip, AssocDip.

Domenica Bagnato holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University, a Diploma in Computing Studies and an Assoc. Diploma in Business Administration from Newcastle University and TAFE NSW respectively. In Australia, she worked in systems administration and as a teacher.

After moving to Austria she became co-founder and CEO of Hierodiction Software GmbH. Focusing her professional work on eGovernment and public sector IT applications, she has extensive experience in (re)designing processes and implementing them in standard software including SAP.

The books Domenica (co)authored show her broad educational and research interest, as they include a textbook on SAP implementation and a monograph on the text analysis of Papyrus Westcar, which has become a much-used textbook in the field and where she introduced computational methods of text analysis to Ancient Egyptian. Currently, Domenica is involved in developing an SAP-based course program for public sector students in the Danube Region.

Philipp Baldauf, MSc (FH)

Philipp is a technology enthusiast and futurist. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg with a Master’s degree in Mobile Computing. During his studies Philipp co-founded a Copenhagen based startup and worked in leading roles for various tech startups in London.

Today he is the CEO of Butleroy, a high tech startup based in Linz that develops an artificially intelligent calendar application for consumers. The application has been featured numerous times by Apple across the App Store, including the US. Philipp is also lecturing Mobile Business and Marketing, as well as Software Development courses at the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg.

In his past time Philipp likes to keep up with the financial markets and is a passionate athlete.


Michael is a US citizen who has called Vienna his home for over 30 years. He has an illustrious multinational career tied to operations, customer service and information technology and has been an entrepreneur since 2012. Michael created and taught a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) tied to Business Analysis in 2014 and has a popular course on Program Management on LinkedIn Learning. His current passions are tied to frugal innovation and the circular economy and is spearheading an association tied to promoting circularity in Vienna.

Prof. Manfred Bräuchle, Doctor ©, MBA, BBA

Manfred Bräuchle has an extensive career both in  the academic arena as well as in business. He was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and subsequently did his studies in the USA.

He received his BBA degree from the University of Notre Dame, Magna Cum Laude,  and his MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Subsequently he did his doctoral work at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain in Applied Economics and holds a Doctor ©. He worked several years for the Gillette Company , in Marketing and Management positions in the US , Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Later he managed his own company in Chile, a wholesale and distribution operation in hardware and house-ware products,  for almost 25 years.

He has been in full academic life for almost 20 years and was Dean of Postgraduate studies at the Universidad Mayor and Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago , Chile. He has taught at various universities worldwide for over 40 years, in Chile, Austria, Germany and  in the USA. His field of expertise is Strategy, International Business, Marketing and Change Management.  Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Escuela de Comercio in Chile, associated to the Santiago Chamber of Commerce. He is also active as a board member of Beta Gamma Sigma in Chile.

He enjoys various sports, Tennis, Golf and Skiing  and as a hobby he belongs to a theater group where he is involved in acting and directing.

Director of Studies International Business Administration, Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) Mag. Julius Dem, MBA

Julius Dem is the Director of Studies for the IBA Program at LBS. He has extensive experience in many different leadership positions, including having been the project manager for the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna and having co-founded W&D Consulting Ltd. Specializing in Project Management, he has been teaching at LBS since 2008 and has developed training for and trained at many other organizations in Austria such as Post AG, Spar, and Siemens. He received his MBA from Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv, and is a certified court translator and interpreter for Hebrew.

Univ.- Doz. Mag. Dr. Claus Ebster, MSc, MBA

Claus Ebster has had a varied and widespread career in business and education. After studying in the US and Vienna, where he took his habilitation in Business Administration, he has taught extensively. Claus Ebster is associate professor (Universitätsdozent) of business administration at the University of Vienna and has extensive teaching experience at both the Vienna Medical University and Webster University. In addition to this, he is also the author of numerous academic articles and textbooks on marketing research, shopper marketing as well as the techniques of academic writing. Moreover, he is also the founder of Market Mentor Consulting.


Selected Publications

Prof. (FH) Mag. Reinhard Edlmair

Reinhard Edlmair holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, WU Wien (1997), where he specialised in Transport Economics & Logistics.  He spent a research semester at Northwestern University (NWU) in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Nebraska Wesleyan University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, conducting research on transportation logistics. Previously he studied at Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earlier spent a year as an intercultural exchange student in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.
Reinhard Edlmair has been teaching at Lauder Business School since 2007, where he became Professor (FH) in 2010 and holds the chair of Business Administration.  He is the author of various studies and economic evaluations in the areas of Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Tourism. He is a Lecturer for Logistics at the University of Applied Sciences, IMC Krems and has held research posts at WU Wien, Donauuniversität Krems, Industriewissenschaftliches Institut (IWI), FH bfi Wien, FH Oberösterreich and with Krems Research.
He speaks German, English, Spanish and some French.

Claudia Falkinger, MA

Claudia Falkinger studied Communication Management in Austria and the Netherlands and holds a master degree from the University of Applied Sciences of WKW. She is a communication and innovation strategist and has been working with various startups and corporations on an international level. Fascinated by new technologies, Claudia has served as a lecturer at the University of Vienna with a focus on new communication methods such as virtual reality and chatbot platforms.

Since 2015 she has been organizing a community conference series and ideas platform dedicated to local and international knowledge transfer at TEDxVienna, where she is currently leading the partners and event management team. She also has been involved in international events such as SXSW and the Ars Electronica Festival. In recent years Claudia has been living and working in Austin/Texas, Luxembourg, Utrecht and Vienna.

Ing. Mag. Robert Kotal CFP ®EFA®

Robert Kotal holds a masters degree in International Business Administration from the Vienna University and finished studies in communication electronics. He has more than 20 years of experience in banking occupying various positions at Volksbank and Raiffeisen Group Austria. Currently Robert Kotal is Chief Compliance Officer at Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien. Apart from his teaching activities as lecturer he is engaged as on-site examiner with an European, internationally oriented agency FIBAA for quality assurance and quality development in higher education.

Mag.Rer.Nat Sebastian Körber, PGCHP

Sebastian Körber is a serial entrepreneur based in Austria and Colombia. Originally he graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in Psychology and afterward underwent a postgraduate in Clinical Psychology. After this he emigrated to South America, working in a Peruvian jail or in re-socialization programs for guerillas in Colombia. There he encountered the focus of his work, fear.
His main business is being a leadership trainer and keynote speaker for high executives.  His style is tough and very direct, often painful. He’s a co-founder of an IT company in Hungary, that focuses on feedback tools. His company in Colombia focuses on expansion-consulting and on-boarding of executives to Latin American subsidiaries. Once a year he gathers together adrenaline-seeking executives in Medellin-Colombia and makes them emotionally composed under any circumstances.
Applying successful strategies for dealing with the fear of leadership made him an expert in Change  Management. He has impact through clarity.
Sebastian is teaching at several universities in Europe and America. His working languages are German, English and Spanish.

Dr. Christopher Kronenberg

Christopher is Head of the Institute of Competitiveness at LBS and in addition he holds an Endowed Chair for Business Model Design at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and is affiliated faculty of Harvard Business School’s Microeconomic of Competitiveness network. In his research he focuses on the concept of competitiveness from different perspectives – on the one hand from a business perspective and how strategic innovation and business model innovation can improve their competitive position and on the other hand from the perspective of regions, cities and clusters. Topics such as digitalization and sustainability play an important and integrated role when talking about competitiveness in today’s dynamic environments.
Christopher teaches strategic and innovation management, entrepreneurship as well as Microeconomics of Competitiveness.
While working internationally, Christopher could not only gain cross-cultural working experience, but could also strengthen skills such as curiosity and resilience.

Christian Newman, MSc

I look back on over two decades of professional experience in Management Consulting, Executive Training and Higher Education.   I worked for leading consultancies such as Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini, high-tech companies like Ericsson, and have a long track record of teaching at various universities and FHs in Austria.  Today I work as an executive trainer, coach, and consultant based in Austria focusing on Leadership, Change Management and Organizational Development issues.

Due to my degree in Economics I continue to teach some Economics courses but given my professional experience, I also cover a wide array of Management courses including Organizational Behavior, Business Policy and Management Strategy, Management Theory, Sales and Consultancy.

Being Austrian-American and having lived, worked and studied in Europe, the US and Asia, I bring a multi-cultural perspective into my classrooms and seminar rooms.

Vice-Chairperson of the Council

Prof. (FH) Mag. Dina Margules-Rappaport

With considerable experience in the area of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development, Dina Margules-Rappaport teaches various related courses at LBS and is also Vice-President of the LBS Council. Dina holds a degree in Commercial Sciences from the Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna, and has taken many courses relating to Project Management, Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. She was a HR Manager at emarsys – emarketing systems as well as a partner at Personalentwicklungsfirma ITO. She leads regular coaching and mentoring sessions and is the CEO and HR Manager of a private school.

Márta Pataki, MSc

Márta Pataki is an entrepreneur, independent trainer and coach. She is co-founder at sefeedback.com, an online feedback platform to support self-development in organizations. She entered the entrepreneurial scene after an international career in the real estate sector. She held various senior management positions at Immofinanz, CBRE, TriGranit, and C&W with a focus on CEE countries. She got fascinated by the human side of the business and is now deeply engaged in finding keys to leadership. Her business is based in Vienna and Budapest. She holds a first class degree in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc in Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University.

Prof. (FH) Dr. Hanno Pöschl, MSc, MBA

Hanno Poeschl gained his PhD in Business Administration and Economics from the University Trier/GER and holds Master degrees in International Finance and Accounting as well as Business Administration (MBA) from the OUBS/UK and is a Certified International Controller. Before joining Lauder Business School/AUT in 2014 he has been Research Professor for Strategic Management and Corporate Finance at Webster University/US since 2008, where he also served as area coordinator for Business administration and Management. In 2014 the professorship was bestowed by Lauder Business School upon him. He served as Director of Studies of the two master programs “International Management and Leadership” and “Banking, Finance and Compliance” at LBS until 2018.

He holds/has held positions as lecturer at prestigious English, American and Austrian Universities, where he teaches/taught Strategic Management, Corporate Finance as well as Accounting and Controlling courses at Bachelor and Master level in the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. He serves/served as Senator of the faculty senate, member of the Council, member of scientific advisory boards and as standing member in examination boards.

He has also been involved in corporate training at C-level for international companies in various sectors. Before entering his academic career, he accumulated senior management position experience in the private sector, public administration and in politics as Member of Parliament.

Univ.- Prof. Dr. Alexander Prosser

Having completed his habilitation and received his PhD in Economics and Business from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Alexander Prosser embarked on his academic career. This career has taken him from teaching at the HEC in Paris, through lecturing at the School of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney to his current positions. He is now the Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Operations at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as being Member of the Board of the Austrian Computer Society and Chairman of the eGovernment Forum. He has received the European eGovernment Award, the BMW Scientific Award, and the Senator Wilfing Award amongst other awards.

Dr. Alexander Rabas, MSc

Alexander Rabas studied Statistics and Economics at the University of Vienna and finished his PhD in the field of Behavioral Economics. Among his research topics are statistics, risk management, game theory and gender models in the labor market. Currently, he is employed as a data scientist at Win2Day Holdings.

Senior Researcher, Member of the Council

Prof. (FH) Dr. Christian Reiner

Christian Reiner studied economic geography, history, and economics at the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg. He has a doctoral degree in economic geography (University of Salzburg) and experience in basic and applied empirical economic research (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Joanneum Research, Institute for Advanced Studies). Christian Reiner works as a senior scientist at the Lauder Business School and as a lecturer in economics, economic geography, and statistics at the University of Vienna, Modul University Vienna, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and the FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW. His fields of interest include regional economics and industrial organization. Mr. Reiner’s research has added insights into the following topics: Structural change, growth policy, innovation, human capital mobility, industrial policy, green growth, and policy evaluation.


Publications and Presentations


LBS Research

Member of the Council

Dr. Verena Régent

Verena is Head of the International Office at LBS and Senior Lecturer with a focus on business research methods. Moreover, she is in charge of matters on gender and diversity. Verena has been teaching research methods and EU project management at the Universities of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna and Eisenstadt since 2013, and regularly attends teacher trainings. Before joining the LBS, Verena was working for the Austrian Foreign Ministry in Vienna and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva. Moreover, she gathered experience as research manager at the Max Planck Society in Munich and a small research and consulting agency in Vienna. Her focus was to acquire, lead and manage third party funded research projects (e.g. EU Horizon2020) on topics at the edge between social sciences and new technologies. Nowadays, her research interests embrace all aspects of diversity management in the workplace, particularly ethnic, gender and generational diversity, as well as the “new world of work” (digitalisation in the work place and informal flexible work arrangements). Verena studied Sociology and Socio-Economics at the Universities of Linz and Helsinki. She earned her Doctor’s degree at the JKU Linz in 2011 with a dissertation about the EU migration and asylum regime and its compatibility with Human Rights.

Mag. Gerald Siegmund

Gerald Siegmund has had a lengthy career in banking. He has been Head of Fixed Income at BAWAG and then Head of Credit Derivatives and Repos Trading at the same institution. After that, he took up a position as Treasurer and Head of Correspondent Banking at Bank Winter and he is now the CEO of FAME Investments. He has also taught extensively, both at the Vienna Stock Exchange and at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz. He has his Masters in Law.

Gilbert Silvius, PhD, MSc, MBA

Gilbert Silvius is professor of project and programme management at LOI University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and fellow at Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He is considered a leading expert in the field of sustainability in project management and is a frequent and inspirational speaker on project management and sustainability events.

As a practitioner, Gilbert has over 20 years’ experience in organizational change and IT projects and is a member of the international enable2change network of project management experts. He has published several books and numerous studies and articles. Gilbert holds a PhD degree in information sciences from Utrecht University and masters’ degrees in economics and business administration. He is also a certified project manager, scrum master and product owner.

Hon. Prof. (FH) Dr. Dagmar Silvius-Zuchi

Dagmar Silvius-Zuchi is a senior consultant and trainer. For a period of around 20 years, she has gained valuable experience in managing and consulting projects, programmes, managing and supporting changes and developing people. She is a lecturer at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and at several other universities. Dagmar got a certification as senior project manager by IPMA (Level B), by PMI (PMP) and PRINCE2 (P2 Practitioner) and has in-depth knowledge of project management standards. She contributed for over 9 years in the development of diverse ISO Standards within the ISO TC 258 on project, programme and portfolio management and in this context took over the role of the Country representative of the Austrian Mirror Committee (ASI) for several years. Dagmar Silvius-Zuchi is co-founder and manager of the network  enable2change.


Selected Publications

Univ.- Prof. Dr. A. Nicholas Simon, J.D.

Nicholas Simon received Juris Doctor Degrees from both Boston University School of Law and the University of Vienna. A member of the bar in Massachusetts and Austria, he was a specialist in international commercial transactions at his Vienna-based law firm Andréewitch & Simon. Professor Simon serves as an Adjunct Professor for International Business Law at Webster University Vienna and as a lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. At Webster he received the Excellence in Teaching Award (1989), the Distinguished Services Award (1997) and Professor of the Year Award (2003 and 2019).

Prof. (FH) Dr. Mag. Christin Vallinkoski, MA

Christin Vallinkoski studied Political Science, Communication Science, and Literature in Austria and England. She holds a master degree with distinction in Communication Science from the University of Vienna and a master degree with distinction in Literary Studies from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at OU/England. She earned her PhD with distinction under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eva Kreisky at the Institute of Political Science with a dissertation about the role of literature between the poles of critical political awareness and state-constitution as well as state-support in authoritarian political systems. She works/worked as an expert advisor and scientific assistant in public administration and several university settings, as a journalist and author. She has published several short stories in anthologies like West-Östliche Diven (DTV) and En Detail (Holzhausen).

Gordon Van Der Veen, MA (MGT) PGDBA

Gordon F. van der Veen is an international management consultant to major blue chip undertakings and international organizations such as the European Central Bank, the European System of Central Banks, IBM, Tomra Sorting, Electrolux and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He has extensive international management, strategy, supply chain management, finance and accounting, consultancy and teaching experience in businesses as diverse as turnkey project management, information technology, auditing, energy conservation, construction, development consultancy, management consultancy, and management education consultancy.

He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Van Der Veen Management Services and a Senior Adjunct Professor for Business and Management at Webster University, Vienna. His qualifications include a Masters degree in Management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is published on such subjects as Meso-Finance and Industrial Restructuring.”


Selected Publications

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