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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 also is 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 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, maneouver 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 buinsess arena she worked in the construction business.

 

Eva-Bettina Gruber

Partnership Manager

Eva-Bettina Gruber is a passionate entrepreneur for many years – wholeheartedly focussing on impact for society and nature.
From new renewable energy and climate change, financial education with her venture Three Coins, to sustainable consumerism and simple living, Eva is tackeling ressource related issues. She also works as a coach and mentor to create and scale sustainable businesses and impact models. Eva’s role within the SIA International team is to create and manage SIA’s partnerships. SIA does establish and run partnerships with foundations, state-run funding agencies and corporations from the private sector. With the help of the funds, know-how and network contacts SIA International guarantees its current and future services provided to all SIA stakeholders.

 

Ana Janosev

Program & Community Lead

Ana Janosev joined SIA International team in 2018. She previously worked as a program and partnerships manager in the NGO Razlivaliste (Serbia) since 2016, coordinating Social Impact Award Serbia. During her studies, she co-founded a youth NGO in her hometown and served as its vice-president for 3 years. Ana received two scholarships from US Department of State for student exchange programs, and served as a Telenor Youth Forum delegate. Ana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

 

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 2014, 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 of 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 afterwards. As he is interested in understanding relations between society and design better he is currently enrolled for Spatial Planning and for 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

Agneta Befurt

Being interested in the interplay of culture and (social) business, Agneta holds a Master’s degree in international business and African studies from the University of Vienna. Through her work stations at a start-up incubator and Bosch in Thailand/Germany, she gained experience in marketing communications and event organization – which she complemented by volunteering at Unicef and the aid organization Sabali. With her experience, her creative mind and international spirit, Agneta is engaged to support the SIA community.

 

Anastasia Koletti

Growing up in a multicultural family, Anastasia enjoys meeting new people and communicating about different topics, especially about cultures, traveling and current social issues. She has been studying law since 2019 and wishes to develop her skills, for instance in organization and management, and explore new fields of interest with the support of the SIA. By choosing to be part of a volunteering team, Anastasia hopes she can support innovative thinkers implement their creative ideas that will bring about real social change and also hopes to be inspired by them. She is looking forward to working with a team from all over the world and exploring the path called SIA.

 

Anna Pixer

Anna currently studies Applied Economics at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, after finishing her bachelor in Environmental Resoucre Management at BOKU. She also works in an economic research institute with focus on European Governance. Her motivation to volunteer for SIA came from a passion to combine the subject of Economics with ecological knowledge in order to develop a more sustainable future. She has some experience with volunteering in different areas, and likes SIA especially for the idea of giving people with inspiring and sustainable or social business concepts a platform to evolve and create a positive impact for our society.

 

Asyraf Amran

Asyraf Amran is an accounting undergraduate from Malaysia and will be in Vienna for a spring exchange program. As a student, he actively engages as a volunteer in several educational based NGOs in Kuala Lumpur. He believes that the business ecosystem should emphasize more on impacts, hence why the idea of Social Entrepreneurship aligns with his principles.

 

Cornelius Müller

Cornelius Müller is volunteering for Social Impact Award Austria. He is a student of social sciences at the University of Vienna. Before he started his studies, Cornelius was involved in volunteering with young people and refugees and also worked for a youth information centre in Vorarlberg. His main tasks were organizing events and workshops, tutoring and connecting with young people.

 

Diana Manianchira

Diana is currently studying Health Care Management in her final year at the University of Applied Sciences Krems. Her particular interests lie within the field of public health and international development. As a soon-to-be graduate, she aims to work with political institutions to reduce global health inequalities. For that reason, volunteering at SIA gives her the unique opportunity to work with public health entrepreneurs and to expand her expertise on social entrepreneurship.

 

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.

 

 

Iryin Jimenez

Iryn Jimenez has earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Global History & Global Studies. She was born and raised in Amsterdam, but has spent the past eight years living in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria. She is looking forward to become a part of the Social Impact Award Team and to put the knowledge and skills she acquired during her studies into practice in an environment that supports her own values of sustainable and social entrepreneurship as well.

 

Magdalena Heugl

Having just finished her Master’s degree in Digital Media Management from St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Magdalena is now working as a marketing assistant at a creative agency and as a project manager at a media company. During a challenging university project she was able to experience all stages of writing a business plan for a (social) start-up as well as researching funding and financing possibilities. Through volunteering for SIA Magdalena hopes to gain insights into the world of social entrepreneurship while connecting with inspiring people and their ideas.

 

Moritz Thaden

Moritz Thaden joined the team in 2021 and is volunteering for Social Impact Award Austria and Germany working in the field of IT and Social Media. After finishing his bachelor studies in music and educational science in his hometown in Cologne, Germany, he moved to Vienna and started the master in educational science. His will to do work that has a social and sustainable impact has brought him here.

 

Sadzida Ljubijankic

Sadzida has joined SIA’s volunteering team in July 2020. Even though she comes from a background of natural sciences, her devotion to community has kept her engaged in several NGOs in her native land Bosnia and Herzegovina, where, parallel to her studies, she gained experience in event organization and project management. After a short break, settling down in Vienna to complete her Master’s degree, she decided to get re-involved in the volunteering world and do her part in the community, with the added bonus of learning new things and building a network.

 

Sabina Baiadean

Sabina is currently pursuing her bachelor 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 high school exchange program.

 

Simon Eckl

Simon is studying sustainable resource management at the FH Campus Wien. As an outdoor enthusiast, an intact environment is close to his heart. In this context, he sees social entrepreneurship as an opportunity to combine the three dimensions of sustainability (ecology, economy and social issues). To learn more exciting things about it, he is involved in the Social Impact Award. Here he can use his passion for videography to share the idea of SIA with other people.

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