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.

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.

Walter Springer

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.


Emil Hierhold

Ursula Schäff