Board 2017-04-11T13:18:41+00:00


Barbara Kolm

President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Being a worldwide networker she uses these abilities to promote free market policies; in addition she is a frequent speaker on public policy related issues, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the Future of Europe and Austrian Economics. Barbara Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is President of the European Center for Economic Growth.

Georg Mustafa

Dr. Hans Georg Mustafa, born in Vienna in 1964, graduated at the Medical University. He is a specialist in Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics (is equivalent to clinical Pathology).
Since 1997 Medical Director and since 1999 the owner-manager of Dr. Holzer GmbH. Since 2009 Dr. Mustafa is also the owner-manager of Medilab (Labor Dr. Mustafa, Dr. Richter OG formerly Labor Dr. Mustafa and Labor Dr. Richter).
Dr. Mustafa has a strong interest in Austrian Economics and has been active Board Member since the founding of the Institute.

Johannes Oberrauch

He was born and brought up in Südtirol, after studying economics in Milano and Innsbruck, he joined international enterprises, such as FIAT S.p.A., GKN plc., Webasto AG, Salzburger Aluminium AG and The Stronach Group. Dr. Oberrauch has been with the AEC since founding the institute as a member of the board and supporter of our work.

Richard Zundritsch

Richard Zundritsch is a business consultant with a focus on the capital markets and small business M&A. He previously worked as a director of corporate finance for numerous international banks in Austria and Germany, and across Eastern Europe and Latin America. Dr. Zundritsch is fluent in English, German, Dutch and French.

Scientific Board

Lord Nigel Lawson

Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, is a journalist, a member of Britain’s Conservative Party and now sits in the British House of Lords. From 1981 to 1989, he held various cabinet positions in the government of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Before entering politics, he worked as an editor at The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator magazine. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Edmund Phelps

Nobel Laureate 2006, Professor, Department of Economics, Columbia University, New York.
Edmund Phelps is professor of economics at Columbia University. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and has served as a consultant to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Dr. Phelps received his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. In 2006, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Vernon L. Smith

Vernon L. Smith is professor of economics and law at George Mason University and is a research scholar in the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science in Arlington, Virginia. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is president of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, which he helped to found in 1997. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology, as well as a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Georg Winckler

Georg Winckler is chairman of the board and president of the FIRST Foundation. He has been a visiting research scholar at the International Monetary Fund and has also been a visiting professor at the universities of Fribourg, Georgetown, Graz and Bratislava. He previously served as rector of the University of Vienna and was vice president of the European University Association. Dr. Winckler received a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.

Senior Fellows

Emil Hierhold

Consultant for executive communication skills: strategic messages and personal presence.
Background: law degree (Vienna); marketing executive for national and multinational companies; founder of HPS, an institute specializing in training and consulting for business communications. Current focus: supports top executives’ communication skills in the areas of strategic messages and personal presence. Published 3 handbooks on business communication skills.

Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks. From 1996 to 2004, he served as its Executive Vice President. He has written extensively on economics, public policy and politics. Mr. Kibbe received his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Grove City College and did graduate work at George Mason University.

Daniel J. Mitchell

Dan Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He formerly was a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and director of tax and budget policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. He has written extensively about supply-side economics, tax reform, the flat tax proposal and international tax competition. He has published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily and The Washington Times. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University.

David Pistrui

David Pistrui, Ph.D., serves as the Managing Director of Acumen Dynamics, LLC, a strategy-based education, training, and research firm that focus on practical knowledge and skills that help organizations align vision and strategy with execution and performance. Working as an independent scholar, thought leader and advisor to corporations, family foundations, academic institutions, government agencies and global think tanks. Dr. Pistrui’s activities include strategy development, business succession, assessment modeling, technology transfer, executive education and social science research. This includes programs and activities in the North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Markus Tomaschitz

Markus Tomaschitz is director of education and research at the Frank Stronach Institute. He has held various executive positions in companies across Europe and the US. Dr. Tomaschitz holds an M.B.A. from California State University, East Bay, and a Ph.D. from Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.


Ursula Schäff

Eva-Maria Berger