Peter Vandor

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. – Jonas Dinger


Peter Vandor is senior researcher and lecturer at WU Vienna, co-founder and head of the Social Entrepreneurship Center. Since 2013, he is Academic Director of the NGO Academy, a capacity building program for nonprofits and social enterprises offered in partnership with ERSTE Foundation.

Peter is the founder and academic director of the Social Impact Award, which he started in 2009 while pursuing his PhD at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WU Vienna. As jury member, coach and advisor he supports several nonprofit organisations and philanthropic awards in Austria and was nominated as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012.

His research focuses on social entrepreneurs and their ecosystem, as well as immigrant entrepreneurship, and has been published in leading management journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of World Business and Harvard Business Review. Peter was a SCANCOR visiting scholar at Stanford University and visiting lecturer at St. Petersburg University and Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. At WU Vienna he established the first academic course on social entrepreneurship in Austria and regularly teaches in undergraduate and MBA programmes.


Peter Vandor Founder, Managing Board Member Social Impact Award gGmbH