Team

Dr. Eugen Antalovsky

Dr. Eugen Antalovsky

Managing Director
T +43 1 4000 84284 antalovsky@urbaninnovation.at

As a researcher, consultant, author, and moderator, Eugen Antalovsky engages with issues of urban policy and development, diversity and social inclusion, democracy and participation, as well as city tourism.

 

As managing director he has been responsible for Urban Innovation Vienna’s strategic development since 2017. He was previously CEO of europaforum wien (centre for urban dialogue and european policy) for over two decades. Today he also works as a senior expert and advisor on an international level. For example, he holds a leading advisory position for the European Commission’s ESPON Network (European Spatial Planning Observatory Network) as well as for the RPA (Regional Planning Association) during the development of their 4th regional plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state region.

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Dr. Claus Hofer

Dr. Claus Hofer

Managing Director
T +43 1 4000 84260 hofer@urbaninnovation.at

Claus Hofer has been Managing Director of Urban Innovation Vienna (previously TINA Vienna) since May 2014 and has been responsible for legal and business affairs, among other things, since 2017.

 

He was previously Director of “ZIT - The Technology Agency of the City of Vienna”, which is part of the Vienna Business Agency. The qualified lawyer began his career in the 1990s, as a trainee lawyer for various law firms, to later become Head of the Legal Department for J.L Gebäudetechnik. In 2000, Hofer switched to leading the Legal Department in the Vienna Business Agency. In December 2002, he was appointed as Director of ZIT.

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Dr. Johannes Lutter

Dr. Johannes Lutter

Head of Future Cities
T +43 1 4000 84283 lutter@urbaninnovation.at

Johannes Lutter has been working in socio-scientific analysis and policy consulting and as a process designer and moderator since 1999. He heads up the “Future Cities” department at Urban Innovation Vienna.

 

Johannes Lutter deals with various aspects of the city – from urban development strategies and housing policy, site development, and tourism strategies, to issues such as participation and local, regional, and cross-border governance. He studied Political Science at the University of Vienna, as well as at the Institute for Advance Studies (IHS). For many years, Johannes Lutter was the Deputy CEO at europaforum wien, the Viennese centre for urban dialog and European policy, as well as CEO of the multilateral Centrope Agency.

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Mag. Waltraud Schmid

Mag. Waltraud Schmid

Head of Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84273 schmid@urbaninnovation.at

Waltraud Schmid is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry. She is in charge of the Energy Center, which supports the City of Vienna in reaching their ambitious energy and climate protection objectives.

 

She started out in the Austrian Energy Agency, dealing with issues of energy economy and policy, before moving to Brussels to work in the EU Commission for more than 10 years. There, she was eventually involved in managing an EU funding programme in the energy industry. Since 2013, she has focused on urban energy issues.

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Mag. Dominic Weiss

Mag. Dominic Weiss

Head of Smart City Agency
T +43 1 4000 84266 weiss@urbaninnovation.at

Dominic Weiss manages the Smart City Agency. His main interest lies in the research and development of multidisciplinary urban systems, where social inclusion, technology, and creativity play a key role.

 

Dominic Weiss graduated in Political Science and European Studies from the University of Vienna. He then worked for the European Union Department of the Vienna Business Agency in Vienna and Brussels. Within this role, he was responsible for funding and strategies. In his position as an EU expert, he has been involved in a number of transnational projects concerning IT solutions, environmental technologies, and renewable energy sources.

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Mag. (FH) Birgit Ginzler

Mag. (FH) Birgit Ginzler

Head of Communications | Smart City Agency
T +43 1 4000 84286 ginzler@urbaninnovation.at

Birgit Ginzler is responsible for company communications at Urban Innovation Vienna, as well as for coordinating and implementing the DigitalCity.Wien initiative within the Smart City Agency.

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Sophie Wagner, MSc

Sophie Wagner, MSc

Office Management
T +43 1 4000 84260 wagner@urbaninnovation.at

Sophie Wagner is responsible for office management and operates the interface of internal and external communication. The team and partners are supported by her interdisciplinary knowledge.

 

She studied Socioeconomics and Tourism Management and has experience in working as an Event Manager and Social Worker.

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Mag. Herbert Bartik

Mag. Herbert Bartik

Senior Expert, Future Cities
T +43 1 4000 84281 bartik@urbaninnovation.at

Herbert Bartik is a political scientist, analyst, and advisor for urban and site development, metropolitan governance, and social inclusion. As a senior expert, he creates analyses, advises, designs processes, and acts as a moderator.

 

He has a holistic understanding of “Urban Affairs”, a cross-thematic approach, and is characterised by how he finds of synergies and produces cross-references. He has 15 years of experience and has worked on projects including the Urban Development Plan Vienna (STEP 2015) and the Vienna Diversity Monitor, and the shaping of the “The Big Transformers” study on Sharing Economy.

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Mag. Michael Cerveny

Mag. Michael Cerveny

Senior Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84276 cerveny@urbaninnovation.at

Michael Cerveny, economist and energy generalist, has worked in all kinds of roles for and with Federal and Regional Administrations on the decarbonisation of the energy system for 30 years.

 

His professional career has led him from the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Environment Agency Austria, the Austrian Energy Agency (including two years in interim management), a company producing renewable energy systems, and the ÖGUT to the Energy Center. There, he sees it as his personal goal to contribute all his experience to the concrete energy-relevant projects and processes of the City of Vienna.

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Mag. Gerald Franz, MA

Mag. Gerald Franz, MA

Senior Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84264 franz@urbaninnovation.at

Gerald Franz is an economist and has worked in the field of sustainable mobility for more than 10 years. At Urban Innovation Vienna, he deals with mobility management in urban development areas as a Senior Expert.

 

Gerald Franz studied Environmental Economics and Systematic Management. He began his career as a university assistant at the WU Wien, worked as a logistics consultant, established the Mobility department at Umweltberatung NÖ and oversaw mobility in the Energy and Environment Agency Lower Austria. In this role, he was able to initiate projects such as bike rental systems, car-sharing offers, and campaigns on cycling and electromobility.

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Johannes Hofinger, MA

Johannes Hofinger, MA

Expert, Future Cities
T +43 1 4000 84270 hofinger@urbaninnovation.at

Johannes Hofinger is a geographer and works with issues concerning urban development, tourism, and urban economy. He particularly enjoys issues which require cooperation beyond administrative or institutional borders.

 

After completing his studies in Spatial Research and Planning at the Institute for Geography at the University of Vienna, Johannes Hofinger worked at the European think-tank Espon in Luxembourg. There, he was involved in research projects within the field of regional development on themes such as a circular economy, renewable energy, or cooperation in metropolitan regions.

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Mag. Claudia Kanonier

Mag. Claudia Kanonier

Senior Expert, Smart City Agency
T +43 1 4000 84278 kanonier@urbaninnovation.at

Claudia Kanonier is involved in the DigitalCity.Wien field as part of her work in the Smart City Agency, where her focus lies on the coordination, communication, and execution of projects.

 

After studying Commercial Science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, she took on business activities in banking, as well as in the consumer goods industry in the field of controlling and project management.

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Jana Löw, MA

Jana Löw, MA

Expert, Future Cities
T +43 1 4000 84274 loew@urbaninnovation.at

As part of her work in the Future Cities department, Jana Löw is predominantly involved with issues related to the topics integration, diversity and society.

 

 

She studied Geography and Economics at the University of Edinburgh and then completed a master's degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. During her studies and in her master's thesis, she dealt above all with connections between migration and political participation. She also gained work experience at the European Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna and participated in some of the agency's EU-wide research projects.

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Victoria Mlango, MSc

Victoria Mlango, MSc

Expert, Future Cities
T +43 1 4000 84282 mlango@urbaninnovation.at

Victoria Mlango studied Interior Architecture and Conservation of Historic Buildings in Bath und Nottingham (UK) and works in the Future Cities department within the fields of housing, mobility, and integration.

 

Working mainly for projects within the Urban Think Tank, CoRE (Centre of Refugee Empowerment) and Vienna Housing Research, Victoria Mlango is also involved in the development and implementation of dialog-processes and events.

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Carolin Monsberger, BSc

Carolin Monsberger, BSc

Junior Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84287 monsberger@urbaninnovation.at

As part of her activities in the Energy Center, Carolin Monsberger supports the projects on increasing renewable energies and energy efficiency in the areas of buildings and mobility.

 

After studying Urban Renewable Energy Technologies at Fachhochschule Technikum Wien, she decided to study Energy and Automation Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna, which she is currently completing. Her studies focus on sustainable and renewable energy supply, the energy systems of the future, smart cities and energy economics.

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Mag. Judith Neyer

Mag. Judith Neyer

Senior Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84267 neyer@urbaninnovation.at

A graduate in political science, Judith Neyer has been involved with climate and energy policy making in Austria and beyond for over fifteen years. In the Energy Center she is in charge of international project cooperation.

 

Judith studied political science and history in Goettingen and Dublin and started her career in the international environmental movement. After Berlin and Paris, moving to Brussels, she coordinated for four years an international not-for-profit campaign on sustainability and climate protection. Arrived in Austria, between 2009 and 2017 she worked as climate and energy policy advisor to the Austrian Parliament and participated in UNFCCC climate negotiations. As part of a work placement with the Austrian Environmental Agency she co-authored the briefing study on the climate conference 2018 in Katowice for Members of the European Parliament. Before joining Urban Innovation Vienna in autumn 2018 she worked at Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, where she has been researching transformation strategies.

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DI Julia Sauskojus

DI Julia Sauskojus

Senior Expert, Smart City Agency
T +43 1 4000 84271 sauskojus@urbaninnovation.at

Julia Sauskojus works as a Senior Expert at the Smart City Agency. There, she is responsible for the technologies in the context of quality of life and focuses on the subject of AAL – Active and Assisted Living – intelligent technology support for an active, self-reliant life.

 

Before coming to Urban Innovation Vienna, she worked as the planning office Regional Consulting ZT GmbH for ten years and at europaforum wien for two years. During this time, she designed, coordinated, and contextually managed European and international projects in the field of regional economy and agglomerations, and organised conferences. Julia studied Urban and Regional Planning in Munich, Berlin, and New York. She has a great interest in sustainable innovative developments and their effects on cities and their inhabitants.

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DI Alexander Scholz

DI Alexander Scholz

Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84280 scholz@urbaninnovation.at

Alexander Scholz works on topics of urban mobility. Among others, he deals with new forms of mobility and parking space matters as well as more generally with mobility in the context of Smart City Vienna.

 

After finishing his studies in Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Vienna he gained work experience in an international environment in Brussels working for the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF). He then moved to the City of Vienna for a year as an administrative trainee in the Department of Urban Development and Urban Planning.

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DI (FH) Petra Schöfmann, MSc

DI (FH) Petra Schöfmann, MSc

Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84279 schoefmann@urbaninnovation.at

Petra Schöfmann works in the field of Smart Energy and Urban Development as part of her work at the Energy Center, where she is mainly involved in the submission, coordination, and execution of projects.

 

Through completing studies in Efficient Energy Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, as well as Urban Renewable Energy Systems at Technikum Wien, Petra Schöfmann gained several years of professional experience in building physics, (sustainable) energy systems, and project management.

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Mag. Nikolaus Summer MBA

Mag. Nikolaus Summer MBA

Senior Expert, Smart City Agency
T +43 1 4000 84263 summer@urbaninnovation.at

As a trained historian and innovation manager, Nikolaus Summer addresses urban challenges applying multiple points of view. He generates knowledge from the past and the present to draw the right conclusions for a successful transformation of cities into sustainable habitats.

 

He participated in one of the largest urban development projects in Vienna (aspern Die Seestadt Wien) for several years deepening and refining his expertise in project communication and coordination. He is particularly interested in diffusion of innovation and in methods for effective project implementation respectively. In the Smart City Agency he is responsible for governance, location marketing, stakeholder management and project development i.a.

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Thomas Vith, MSc

Thomas Vith, MSc

Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84269 vith@urbaninnovation.at

Thomas Vith works as an expert for strategic mobility development at the Energy Center Vienna. He focusses on urban mobility with special regards to new sharing concepts and mobility supply in the city’s periphery.

 

After completing his studies in sociology (University of Innsbruck & University College Cork, Ireland) and geography (University of Freiburg & Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA) he gained expertise in the field of electric mobility while working as a project manager for a major charging station network. Central to his work at the Energy Center is the support of Vienna’s Department for Mobility Strategies (MA18 - Urban Development and Planning) in promoting the further alignment of the city towards more environmentally friendly and efficient transportation, especially in the field of shared mobility and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

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Matthias Watzak-Helmer, MSc

Matthias Watzak-Helmer, MSc

Expert, Energy Center
T +43 1 4000 84277 watzak@urbaninnovation.at

Matthias Watzak-Helmer is involved in the Energy Center Wien of Urban Innovation Vienna as an expert on local energy strategies. His areas of activity include energy efficiency, energy scenarios, and climate-active renewable heat.

 

He uses his affinity for numbers in preparing the energy report from the City of Vienna, assessing urban measures in terms of energy, or monitoring the Smart City Wien framework strategy within the scope of projects. He gained his technical expertise in renewable energy technologies and building technology through his studies in Efficient Energy Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Wels and Georgia Tech in Savannah, USA.

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Florian Woller, BA

Florian Woller, BA

Expert, Smart City Agency
T +43 1 4000 84265 woller@urbaninnovation.at

As part of his work in the Smart City Agency, Florian Woller deals with communication, as well as the coordination and realisation of projects.

 

During his studies in Tourism and Leisure Management, Florian Woller discovered the topic of sustainability for himself. Through an internship at Urban Innovation Vienna, he first came into contact with the topic of urban development and decided to combine these topics in his further academic education. In addition to his work at Urban Innovation Vienna, Florian Woller is currently studying Environmental and Sustainability Management as well as Regional Planning and Development.

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