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Dr. Katharina Fellnhofer

As company director, Katharina Fellnhofer leads this management consulting firm. She started her business in 2010 and has to date developed and managed several ICT projects while lecturing or active at several universities across Europe. New Design University, Danube University Krems, St. Pölten School of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, University of Liechtenstein, and the University of Bayreuth. As a member of several committees, Katharina is an advisor to policy-makers and the business community—for instance, she was a member of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on assessing the investment potential of SMEs emerging from the SME Instrument. Katharina has been an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow from 2015 to 2017 with her habilitation project entitled "E-Ship-Stories Initiative for Entrepreneurship Education". Since July 2017 she is a Docent at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. In 2018 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs at the Harvard University.

In addition to her research and entrepreneurial passion, Katharina enjoys running.


    Monika Kohlruß

    Monika is leading tailor-made language trainings and cross-cultural communication skills workshops for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. She has substantial experience in training in the corporate sector. Monika has worked with both worldwide leading large companies and small niche players. She supports her students in a particular way because of her professional skills and high expertise in her discipline.

    Monika’s way of teaching
    „I - if possible - move on the premises with my trainees and discuss daily business as well as any problems or tasks arising from their duties. On the other hand the participants of my trainings are always cordially invited to discuss any questions coming up during their practical use of the English language. The trainings include strategic exercise as well as standard situations so that the newly gained knowledge can be implemented easily in daily business. I have to admit that my trainings are spiritually inspired. As I can read the gestures and facial expressions of the trainees it is easy for me to find out if my explanations or the words I use are clear to them and if they are well understood. This special support helps me to apply accordingly and ensures a good feeling for everyone. Due to this fact of a relaxed state of mind learning becomes easier and I am usually very proud of the progress I recognize. Long story short: I as well provide mental support during the trainings which makes my lessons one of a kind.“

      Doris Wippel

      Over the past ten years Doris has gained extensive experience in advertising and (online) marketing. She is an established graphic designer. Now, Doris studies education at the teacher training college in Linz. She is leading workshops for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her leisure time Doris enjoys spending time with her family, doing sports and reading books.

        External Supporters

        Elisabeth Leichtfried

        Elisabeth Leichtfried studied German, psychology and philosophy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (summa cum laude). As well as being engaged in the editorial department of a leading regional newspaper, she has led several seminars for leading companies in the transportation and construction industries. Based on her expertise, she manages seminars and workshops as a freelancer for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her free time, Elisabeth likes to improve her French, Portuguese, and Russian language skills.



          Mag. Ulrike Schauer

          Mag. Ulrike Schauer studied business education and management training at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz and was a regional winner of the i2B business plan competition. Having worked for many years as a financial manager for a leading company in the construction industry, she has accumulated rich experience in tax consultancy. Acting as an external advisor, Ulrike manages several seminars for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. In her leisure time, she enjoys horse riding, skiing, and reading.

            Mag. Michaela Burgstaller

            Michaela Burgstaller studied English and sport at the University of Education Upper Austria in Linz. Based on her expertise she manages several seminars and workshops as a freelancer for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. Michaela continues to take a keen and active interest in sports whenever possible.




              Prof. Kaisu Puumalainen

              Research and Science Community Advisor

              In the framework of the research project E-Ship-Stories Prof. Kaisu Puumalainen leads Dr. Katharina Fellnhofer to her overall goal, a postdoctoral lecture qualification/ habilitation degree (Docentship/Venia Docendi) at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Prof. Puumalainen holds a top position as researcher in the international field in terms of publication output. She has published more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles in 46 different highly ranked international journals, with more than 900 citations and an H index of 17, which is among the top 5 of all economics, business and management scholars in Finland. Additionally, she was honoured with an order of Finnish White Rose, Knight of the 1st Class, in 2011. Prof. Puumalainen represents one of nine board members at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Kaisu enjoys to spend her limited leisure time with her family and her horse particularly in the nature.


                Mag. Anton Eiser

                Senior Innovation Advisor

                Mag. Anton Eiser has been an independent innovation manager for more than 15 years and has developed and managed several successful projects with a focus on innovation strategy and product development. He is at present deploying one of his core competencies in the aviation business to facilitate disruptive technologies in this context. In addition, he is an independent expert and evaluator for the European Commission. Toni is a passionate pilot and is in the air whenever time permits.



                  Mag. Hermann Wieland

                  International and Export Advisor

                  Mag. Hermann Wieland has been an export manager for more than 25 years and has developed and managed several successful export projects. He has advised several forestry sector industries in the East, providing support for new purchasing offices in Asia and guiding several leading companies that are active in or producing for the primary industry. Hermann is a passionate hiker and in his free time enjoys the countryside.


                    Erasmus+ mobility activities for transferring knowledge

                    2013 – Training ‘EU research, innovation and education projects: a practical toolkit for all’ Host

                    2013 – Job Shadowing of Associate Professor Car-Axel Engdahl at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Host

                    2014 – Visit of the Volkshochschule des Landkreises Freyung-Grafenau Host

                    2014 –  Job Shadowing of Ass. Prof. Veronika Solteszova at the Department of Informatics, the University of Bergen Host –    For details please visit FLYER

                    2015 –  Job Shadowing of Prof. Kaisu Puumalainen and Ass. Prof. Helena Sjögrén at the Lappeenranta University of Technology Host  –   For details please visit FLYER

                    2016 –  Job Shadowing of Vida Perko at the Academia Host  –   For details please visit FLYER

                    2017 – Speaker at the EmTech EuropeHere are some photos

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