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Based in Vienna, Austria, SIA International serves as a lean, yet strong backbone of the global SIA Community. If you are interested in joining our team, learn more about our current job offers and volunteering opportunities.

Executive Team

Corina Angelescu

Alumni Community Weaver

Corina Angelescu is an expert in community building and community facilitation. She leads SIA’s efforts in building and growing a supportive, interconnected alumni community among the more than 3,000 SIA alumni and its 800+ alumni ventures. For the past 4 years, she has been working with young people in Romania through incubation programs, personalized support, and accelerated learning experiences, in order to encourage them to pursue an impactful entrepreneurial journey. As a Country Coordinator of SIA Romania, she has also built an ecosystem around social entrepreneurship for Romanian youth, by inviting established entrepreneurs and experts from different fields to connect and become mentors for the next generations. Corina is a social entrepreneur herself, having co-led The Alternative University – a learning community that challenges the traditional approach to education and encourages self-directed learning, freedom-centered communities and collaboration.

 

Stefanie Bessler

SIA Austria Coordinator

Stefanie Beßler is leading Social Impact Award Austria. Before joining Social Impact Award, she has been actively engaged in several student and social organizations around the topic of social innovation and supported social entrepreneurs in Brazil and Colombia. She studied International Business at ESB Business School in Germany and stayed one semester abroad in Argentina. Taking part in a developmental education programme in Bolivia, she developed a strong interest for sustainable development issues. Stefanie obtained two Master’s degrees in Latin American and International Development Studies at the University of Vienna and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

 

Jakob Detering

Managing Director

Jakob Detering leads the international SIA community since 2015. Before he joined Social Impact Award, he worked in the foundation sector supporting social business across Europe. He is also a social entrepreneur himself as former general manager of ‘Somaro’, a social business in Romania that runs social groceries to reduce food waste and provide Romanians living at the edge of poverty access to low-priced food. Jakob Detering is also university lecturer at Modul University in Vienna. He holds a Master in Public Policy and a Bachelor in Business, Economics and Social Sciences. He was nominated as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

 

Jonas Dinger

Development Lead

Jonas Dinger is responsible for scaling Social Impact Award to new countries and regions. He also serves as a Partnership Manager in Austria and beyond. Until 2019, he has been leading Social Impact Award in Austria for more than two years. Before joining Social Impact Award, Jonas worked for two years at the Social Entrepreneurship Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. This followed several engagements for different initiatives in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Jonas has a Master of Art in political science having studied at University of Vienna, LMU Munich, and University of Vilnius.

 

Florina Gheorghiu

Finance Assistance

Florina is supporting businesses that change the world to stay on track, grow and scale. She uses her financial and project management skills to keep it lean, maneuver through the different weathers a social business has to face, and create systems for growth. She is the finance assistant of Social Impact Award International. Moreover, she manages finances at Impact Hub Vienna and focuses on the growth process of her daughter Franzi. Before joining the social business arena she worked in the construction business.

 

Ana Janosev

Program & Community Lead

Ana Janosev is leading the efforts of Social Impact Award to unleash the power of a truly collaborative community and to provide a valuable support program for young social innovators across the globe. Moreover, Ana is an experienced workshop and event facilitator, trained in design thinking and organizational development. She is also a frequent speaker and moderator at events and conferences with a focus on social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and youth advocacy. Before she joined Social Impact Award in 2018, Ana was a Program and Partnerships Manager at Razlivaliste (Serbia), coordinating Social Impact Award Serbia and other youth programs, with a strong focus on fundraising. Ana holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs. She received two scholarships from the U.S. Department of State for education in the U.S.

 

Marius Marinescu

Systems & Web Designer

Marius has been contributing to the growth of SIA since 2013, starting with the very first Community Voting. He is the person who creates and continuously improves the entire IT infrastructure that supports the implementation of Social Impact Award internationally. Marius has been making responsible and responsive websites since about 2002, both as a freelancer as well as a team member. Apart from Social Impact Award, he is involved in IT-related roles of Impact Hub Vienna, as well as to a variety of other projects such as digital product designer.

 

Martin Nicolai

Communications Coordinator

Martin oversees the storytelling and communication initiatives of SIA teams internationally. Prior to joining Social Impact Award, Martin led the Desautels Sustainability Network, a student group at McGill University Canada aimed at creating the next generation of sustainable business leaders. He was also the Marketing Director of THEY New York, a boutique sneaker start-up based in New York City. Martin is Marketing Advisor to the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development and to research projects centered around Sustainable Consumption. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Entrepreneurship & Management for Sustainability.

Support Team

Toni Chung

Innovation Designer

Toni is an Innovation Facilitator and expert in design thinking, facilitation, and agile collaboration with over ten years of experience in supporting organizational/personal development. He works with clients from different fields (corporate, startups/SME, NGOs, public/academia, etc.) in developing innovative solutions and collaborative cultures. Toni is especially passionate about hosting powerful gatherings and empowering others by teaching methods of ideation and facilitation. He has previously held leading roles at innovation consulting, supporting international clients from various sectors in boosting their businesses through innovation. Toni is working with Social Impact Award for many years, especially as the lead designer and facilitator of our international events. Also, Toni is the mastermind behind many of our curriculum elements such as the “Impact Lab” or specific incubation elements.

 

Jakob Listabarth

Graphic Designer

Jakob studied Information Design at FH Joanneum in Graz and started working as a freelance graphic designer afterward. As he is interested in understanding relations between society and design better, he is currently enrolled in Spatial Planning and Cartography. What he likes most about his job is to tell stories by visual means. For the Social Impact Award, he is working on the overall visual appearance of SIA and on the designs for SIA Austria.

 

Lukas Weissinger

Impact Measurement

Lukas has been working as a researcher for the Competence Centre of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship since October 2019. At the Competence Center, his main areas of work are the scientific monitoring of the Social Impact Award and conducting different workshops surrounding the topic of social entrepreneurship. Lukas finished his Political Science Bachelor at the University of Vienna and is currently enrolled for Socioeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Besides that, he has two years of experience working as a volunteer for Social Impact Award Austria.

Volunteer Team

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Anita Neumannova

Anita has just started her doctorate studies at WU Vienna focusing on the interplay of information systems and entrepreneurship. Beforehand she worked as a Product Manager in FinTech scale-up here in Vienna. Through her studies she was always drawn to social entrepreneurship (especially the research part), and the idea of exploring interesting entrepreneurial avenues that have a high societal impact. This brought her to Social Impact Award, where should would like to enhance and apply her knowledge of social entrepreneurship, and be able to increase the chances of bright young individuals to found ventures that better our society.

 

Hannah Herok

Hannah is 18 years old. She just finished High School and now she’s studying Business Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

 

 

Julianne da Silva Bittencourt Lopes

Julianne Lopes is finishing her Master’s Program in Peace, Development, Security, and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck. The world of social entrepreneurship is new for her but she is loving it so far. She is excited to put her facilitation skills into practice, design team-building events, and workshops for the volunteer team.

 

Katharina Haimbuchner

Katharina is a graduate of the Vienna University of Economics and Business and currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Vienna. For her, volunteering at SIA presents not only a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in a promising field, but also a way to learn about legal issues social entrepreneurs face on a regular basis. Finally, she appreciates the international, multicultural environment at SIA.

 

Kyle Yong

Kyle is a friendly Kiwi with Malaysian heritage who came to Vienna at the end of 2019. His key focuses of late have been leveling up his German skills, bouldering (Boulderbar Hauptbahnhof anyone??), and investigating the ideas of social entrepreneurship which he considers is “what real business looks like”. Currently finishing an MBA specializing in Sustainable Management and Governance, as well as having career experience as an engineer and project manager, he looks forward to joining the SIA team to support and get to know a great community of people who are creating positive impact.

 

Mayra Quiroz

Mayra’s main motivation for joining SIA is supporting the global social impact ecosystem and becoming inspired by those who want to make a positive difference. She believes that social innovators are key to tackling the world’s most pressing issues and are paramount to achieve systemic change. Mayra holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from her home country, Colombia. She received an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to complete the Joint Master’s Degree in Industrial Ecology in Sweden and Austria. During her studies, Mayra was involved in different volunteer initiatives where she developed her skills in event management. She also brings work experience from academic research as well as from the corporate field.

 

Nina Alexandra Luger

Nina is currently pursuing her master’s in communication in the most sustainable country in the world. Can you guess which one it is? She is an enthusiast for meaningful business and has already gained experience working with several green brands in Austria and abroad. Due to her love for everything artsy she also holds a degree in graphic design.

 

Priyanshu Gautam

Priyanshu is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Marketing at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. After completing her bachelor’s studies in business studies and marketing in her hometown in Chandigarh, India, she moved to Vienna to experience multiculturality and gain international exposure. She was actively engaged in various NGOs in India. Her passion for creativity and constant learning is accompanied by the thrill of the production of new ideas. She has joined SIA to get inspired, meet the like-minded community, learn new skills and have fun in the process.

 

Radosav Bešić

Radosav’s first job experience was at the NGO sector during BA studies, at first, as a volunteer and later as a project coordinator for projects of educational inclusion and development in rural areas. After four years spent in the NGO sector, he decided to move forward and continue his education. In 2016, he finished his MA studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary in the department of Economics. After studies, Radosav spent a year at FRA – European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna, as a trainee in the Department of Statistics, and a year in OSCE Secretariat, working as Financial Assistant. Trying to combine Economy and Social support, he was a project manager at REDI, leading a small team of experts in the area of entrepreneurship, supporting small-medium size entrepreneurs in entrepreneurship development through facilitation and consulting.

 

Sabina Baiadean

Sabina is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In order to gain more experience in multiculturality and social entrepreneurship, she decided to engage with SIA’s volunteering team. She is passionate about volunteering and has been involved in various projects with a number of organizations that encompassed different areas, such as finance and marketing. Sabina is also a holder of a US Department of State Scholarship for the high school exchange program.

 

Sophie Lenauer

Sophie is all about social activities, social work, and participating in things that have a social impact. That is why she finished her Bachelor’s studies in social work last year. In her free time, she enjoys doing sports, meeting friends, and drinking beer in good company. She is looking forward to connecting with a lot of people and gather experience and knowledge.

 

Verena Mrak

Verena Mrak holds a bachelor’s degree in African studies and is currently writing her master’s thesis in the field of International Development. The fact that social enterprises exist has fascinated her since her first internship at social entrepreneurship right after graduating from high school. Since then, Verena has gained working experience with developmental organizations nationally and internationally, focusing on East Africa and the Near East. Now she is curious to find ways to connect the world of international development and social entrepreneurship. By volunteering for SIA, Verena is looking forward to bringing her international spirit and creative ideas to the SIA community and, in turn, be inspired by like-minded people.

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