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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.

 

Jonas Dinger

Managing Director

Jonas Dinger leads the international SIA community along with Ana Janosev. Jonas joined Social Impact Award in 2018 and was responsible for SIA’s program in Austria and in Germany, as well as for SIA’s international partnerships and scaling efforts. 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

Managing Director

Ana Janosev leads the international SIA community along with Jonas Dinger. Ana joined Social Impact Award in 2018 and oversaw the coordination of implementation partners across more than 25 countries. 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. Prior to joining SIA, 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.

 

Lisa Schnägelberger

SIA Germany Coordinator

Lisa Schnägelberger is responsible for the coordination of the Social Impact Award Germany. As the SIA Germany Coordinator she leads and executes the implementation of SIA countrywide and serves as the focal point for our wide range of stakeholders and partners in Germany. Before joining SIA, she worked as a project coordinator and facilitator for a German NGO dealing with establishing good conditions for volunteer work. She studied Business Communication Management (B.A.) at HTW Berlin and Nonprofit-Management and Public Governance (M.A.) at HTW Berlin and HWR Berlin.

 

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.

 

Melina Matzawrakos

Impact Measurement

Melina has started working as a junior researcher at the Competence Centre of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship in July 2021, where she is mainly concerned with conducting, reporting and analyzing surveys for SIA participants and members as part of the Impact Assessment. After having finished her Bachelor in Int. Business Administration, she is now enrolled in the Master program Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University of Business and Economics . She is also the head of the student organization for sustainability oikos Vienna.

 

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.

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.

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.

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