FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Doris Kiendl, LL.M.

Doris Kiendl was born in 1968. She received her Master´s degree and her Doctorate in Law at Karl Franzens University Graz (Austria) and her degree of Master of Legal Studies in Comparative European and International Law (LL.M.) at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Presently Kiendl is a Senior Lecturer in the International Management Programm at Fachhochschule JOANNEUM. Her teaching responsibilities focus on European Union law, international business law and international arbitration. From 1993-1998 she served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Private Law and Private International Law at Karl Franzens Universität Graz. Both her research and her teaching was concentrated on international and domestic consumer law, contracts, torts and European Union law. From 1998 until 2000 she worked as an Associate at Kaan, Cronenberg & Partner, Attorneys at Law in Graz (Austria). In this capacity she represented clients before court, drafted and negotiated contracts and consulted clients in matters of contracts, torts and international commerce. Doris Kiendl has published several books on consumer law in an international perspective (e.g. „Unfaire Klauseln in Verbraucherverträgen“ ORAC, Vienna 1997; „Das neue Konsumentenschutzrecht“ WUV Vienna 1998) and papers on issues of consumer law and European business law (e.g. “Private Enforcement of Competition Law: Damages for Breach of European Competition Rules”, Paper given at the International Conference on Law and Commerce 2005 in Kuala Lumpur; “The Implementation of EU Law in Austria: Consumer Credits“ EMP Journal Special ed. 1998, 28; “Time Sharing in Österreich. Die Umsetzung der EG Richtlinie über Teilzeitnutzungsverträge“ WoBl 1997, 11, 67; “Jüngste Entwicklungen in der Rechtsprechung des EuGH zur Betriebsübergangs-Richtlinie“, WBl 1997, 57). She has been serving as lecturer on European Union law in Melbourne (Australia), Helsinki (Finland), Berlin (Germany), Maribor (Slovenia), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Prague (Chechia).

Prof. Dr. Vito Bobek

Prof. Vito Bobek currently works as a professor of international management at the University of applied sciences FH Joanneum (Graz, Austria) and at the University of Maribor (Slovenia). He is also a manager and owner of Palemid – Consulting, Research, Education LLC and president of managing board at AREMA (Academy of Regional Management). Other positions: Member of supervisory board at KBM Infond (Investment company, Maribor, Slovenia), Regional editor for Central and Eastern Europe at “European Journal of International Management”, Member of editorial board at “International Journal of Trade and Global Markets”, Member of editorial board at “Imago Europae” (Florence, Italy)”, Member of editorial board at “International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy”. His research interests are related to International Business, Strategic Management, Regional Economic Integration, Cross-Cultural Management and Management of Cities and Regions.

Mag. Thomas Schmalzer Bakk

Thomas Schmalzer received his Master’s degree in Economics magna cum laude at the Karl-Franzens University, Graz (Austria), and Bachelor’s degree in Economics after having studied at the Karl-Franzens University, Graz, and the University of Twente (Enschede, Netherlands). Thomas Schmalzer is currently lecturer and head of the transfer centre at the Department of International Management at FH JOANNEUM (University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria). He manages several multinational research teams on topics such as cross-cultural aspects as well as business start-up, succession and growth. In addition, he is responsible for the coordination and management of all R&D projects at the department, many of them EU funded, with a total turnover of over than 3 million EUR. Moreover, Thomas Schmalzer is constantly involved in setting up new proposals for research grants and applications to tendering procedures. He frequently works in countries around the globe leading research teams, chairing conference sessions, workshops, and steering committee meetings. An integral part of his competence portfolio is the planning and preparation of academic conferences around the globe (Graz, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden; Ahmedabad, India; Monterrey, Mexico; Wichita, USA). He also works as a lecturer in Economics as well as on international R&D as well as EU project management for companies and universities worldwide. Previously, he advised the Styrian Chamber of Commerce on economic policy issues, was employed by the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions in the area of policy advice, and served as an elected representative of the study programme of economics at the Austrian National Union of Students. He has published on cultural differences in higher education, regional innovation, as well as on the internationalisation of SMEs. Moreover he is involved in ongoing research within the international team of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor as well as on business succession and cross-cultural learning styles, together with partners in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US.

FH-Prof. DI Dr. Maja Pivec

Maja Pivec, Ph.D, is professor of Applied Game Design and Learning with Multimedia at the FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria.  She teaches also Project Management and Entrepreneurship, Applied IT for Project Management and Presentation Techniques and is visiting professor at UPV in Spain.

Her research interests are in the field of affective and emotional aspects of human-computer interaction, with emphasis on game design, game-based learning and innovative learning approaches, and different aspects of e-learning.

Maja is host of the 11th European Conference on Game-Based learning in 2017. She is key-note speaker, program committee member or reviewer and speaker at several international conferences. She is author and co-author of several book publications on GBL. She is co-ordinator, scientific leader or partner in several EU or national founded projects, and acts as reviewer and evaluator for different European and international research programs.

Valerija Čuček

Valerija uek is a psychologist by education, working on the master’s in HR management, employed as head of developmental projects at Kadis, a small Slovenian HR consulting company. She has been working in the area of HR selection, consulting and career guidance for the last 8 years, linking the experience with employers on one side with career guidance services for the youth and adult job seekers on the other side. She has been involved in the development of new group guidance programs through international projects and on the national level. She’s a regular columnist on HR topics in Finance, the leading Slovenian business daily, and a co-author of an HR handbook for employers.

Dr. Rupert Beinhauer

Born 1970, Rupert Beinhauer holds a doctor degree in Psychology at the Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria). He is currently lecturer and research and development manager at the department of International Management at FH JOANNEUM (University of Applied Sciences in Graz/Austria) and works as a part-time freelance lecturer and trainer, developing workshops and seminars. Working in international educational projects since more then ten years, he has extensive project management experience and is involved in several international projects, providing scientific input and project coordination in a number of multinational research teams.

Fields of interest include among others intercultural communication; project management; test & questionnaire construction and validation; statistics and methodology; workshop, seminar and curriculum development; blended learning approaches. At the moment he is mainly working at topics concerning cross cultural teaching and quality in higher education.

Mag. Christian Friedl, MSc.

Christian holds a Master´s degree in Business Administration/Environmental System Sciences and a Master´s degree in European Project Management. He is a Graduated Adult Educator, certified by the Austrian Academy of Continuing Education Austria. Currently, he is working on his PhD in social sciences. Being a project coordinator, lecturer (at the Institute of International Management and the Institute for Banking and Insurance) and research associate at the Department of Management at FH JOANNEUM since 2013, he is involved in projects in the field of university-business cooperation, lifelong learning and entrepreneurship. Selected international research projects under his supervision are “KTU - Knowledge Transfer Unit” and “BizMOOC – MOOCs for the world of business”. Before, Christian has been Educational Manager at the University of Graz for 9 years and was working in the music industry for 14 years as well.

Mag. Gerhild Janser-Munro, MBA

Gerhild Janser-Munro holds a Master’s degree in English and combined studies Languages, Business and Law at Karl-Franzens University Graz, Oxford Brookes University/UK and University of Adelaide/AUS. In 2004, she finished her executive MBA and studies in International Project Management.
Since 1997 she has been freelancing as a language trainer in adult education, e.g. WIFI Steiermark. Between 2000 and 2005 she worked as a language and project management lecturer for the Information Management degree programme. In 2005 and 2006 she was project responsible for the Gründerinnenzentrum Steiermark and Business Incubator Graz with the main focus on strategy, content and financial development of impulse centres for entrepreneurs.
Since 2006 she has been working in the field of ESP at the Institute of Information Management and the Global Business Programme as well as being a senior lecturer of (International) Project Management and Team Training. She is currently in charge of International Relations, both the AMS F.I.T. and the mentoring programme at the institute as well as internship supervisor.

Sofia de Oliveira, MA

Sofia de Oliveira, MA started working as researcher at the Institute of International Management of the FH JOANNEUM Graz (University of Applied Sciences) in 2008. She holds a Master of Arts from the College of Education in Graz, Austria (2008) and a degree in English and Portuguese from the College of Education in Lisbon, Portugal (1998). In her professional career she has gathered valuable experiences in the field of international cooperation between higher education institutions, companies and social partners and carried out different roles in the management of European projects. Due to her interest in social and cultural sciences and based on the experience with diverse project teams, she also became a trainer in the field of Gender and Diversity management. In 2016 Sofia de Oliveira became an International Coordinator at the Institute of International Management where she is responsible for the semester abroad conducted by all students of the bachelor degree in International Management ( as well as the “Study Abroad Seminar” in which students are prepared for the exchange in one of the Institute’s partner universities around the world.