Category: #FOD17 Speaker

Gert Zechner

Gert Zechner

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Gert Zechner, MA, BSc.

Gert Zechner shares his experiences and insights on Making Sense and Profit of Sustainable Agriculture at the 4th Frontiers of Dialogue. In sponsorship of Knowledge City, Aphropean Partners hosts the #FOD17 engagement series to learn and exchange knowledge on profitable sustainability business and initiatives.

In 2009, Gert established the Austrian Aquaponic community. He combines his interest, technical and leadership skills to develop the community and along the way, Gert built Austria’s first Aquaponic System, which runs as a family business.

Currently, Gert Zechner is the President of Aquaponic Austria (NPO) and as Board Member at the Vertical Farm Institute (VFI), he actively advocates to reduce the gap within nutrient cycles and drive integrated application approaches between Aquaponic and vertical food production.

In 2018, Gert will launch his Startup PONGANIC, the first Aquaponic farm located within a residential housing development in Vienna, Austria. In addition, he is the founder of Ponganic GmbH, a fish and greengrocers store supplying sustainably farmed products.

Nwabisa Mayema

Nwabisa Mayema

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Nwabisa Mayema

Nwabisa Mayema joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

An entrepreneur with a zest for life and adventure. Nwabisa is passionate about developing female entrepreneurs across the African continent. She is nominated as one of Inspiring Fifty South Africa 2017 and listed as one of the Independent Media Group’s Top 100 Young Independents of Inspiring and Aspiring Young South Africans (innovation category).

As the Executive Director (one of two) of nnfinity, Nwabisa focuses on delivering knowledge and insights to multinational corporations and globally-minded education institutions on social entrepreneurship and female-specific enterprise development.

Nwabisa is a natural networker, which allows for nnfinity to direct its efforts towards fostering the growth of female entrepreneurs through relationships and networks. Nwabisa is also the co-founder of The Collective Genius, a youth-oriented consultancy in corporate social responsibility.  

Nwabisa Mayema holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Policy & Administration and Political Science

Thomas Kukovec

Thomas Kukovec

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Thomas Kukovec.

Thomas Kukovec shares his experiences and insights on  Making Sense and Profit of Sustainable Agriculture at the 4th Frontiers of Dialogue. In sponsorship of Knowledge City, Aphropean Partners hosts the #FOD17 engagement series to learn and exchange knowledge on profitable sustainability business and initiatives. 

As a biology student, he voluntarily engaged in environmental and conservation campaigns across the globe. This experience deeply forged his personality and insights on the polemics that replaced policy making.

After spending several years as a crop protection- and trial farm manager for an Austrian agri-holding group, Thomas Kukovec recognised the underserved sector of sustainable tropical- and dryland farming. This experience led him to establish a coffee cultivation- and trade business with partners in Uganda, which he later converted into a Conservation Farming & Climate Smart Agriculture Consultancy. However, as he was offered to build up the African market for Technik-plus, an Austrian technical agribusiness, he took up the challenge to finally export Austrian know-how and technology to Africa.

In addition to his role as business development regional manager for the Middle East and Africa, Thomas Kukovec co-initiated the World Organization for Conservation- and wildlife-friendly Family Farming (WOCFF), a global network of creative thinking agronomists, sharing and debating new and old farming methods.

Thomas Kukovec keenly supports the mechanisation of African agriculture with attention to the local conditions, such as tribal traditions, nature, and environment. He advocates the belief that the age of development is over. “We don’t need your patronizing well-meaning pity“, he likes to cite the quote by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Thomas Kukovec believes the approach towards Africa is outdated and argues that it is finally time for an economic cooperation – a partnership based on mutual interests and benefits.

www.technik-plus.eu / www.thomaskukovec.com

Vesela Tanaskovic

Vesela Tanaskovic

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Vesela Tanaskovic.

Vesela Tanaskovic joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on Making Sense and Profit of Sustainable Agriculture on the fourth engagement series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 9 November in Vienna, Austria.

Vesela Tanaskovic is an award-winning architectural engineer, and founder of Afforest4Future, an enterprise that makes agroforestry fields out of the desert sand with a pending patent of this transportation system.

Presently advising the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, Vesela Tanaskovic is working on her PhD degree with a focus on sustainable transportation systems for desert greening. At the technical university of Vienna, she is researching the areas of geoengineering, afforestation and (eco)system design to compliment her consultancy at Afforest4Future.

She demonstrates a clear passion to providing solutions for the impending scarcity of food and water, unemployment, extreme temperatures, desertification, governance, technology employment in the Middle East and Africa.

In her own words: “My Massive Transformative Purpose MTP, in life, is to terraform the Earth. Make the Sahara Desert green again, with abundant food forest ecosystems and from there terraform Mars, once Elon has colonized it.”

http://veselatanaskovic.com/

Ursula Oberhollenzer

Ursula Oberhollenzer

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Ursula Oberhollenzer, MSc.

Ursula Oberhollenzer joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Ursula Oberhollenzer is the founder of blue cube, an agency for sustainability & communication in 2007. She is a freelance journalist for Business Art Magazin, Austria’s most important sustainability magazine. Since 2016, Ursula is active at the Global Impact Investing Vienna Exchange (GIIVX), a platform linking impact investors with sustainability entrepreneurs / social enterprises.

She is also active as management board member of CSR Dialogforum, an NGO accredited to provide eccos22, the certification of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Prior to establishing the agency blue cube, various positions in Sales & Marketing, e.g. at L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Alois Czipin Produktivitätsberatung GmbH, HVB Alternative Investment AG, Korn Ferry International (CEE-Headquarter, Vienna) and Economist Intelligence Unit (Vienna office).

Ursula holds a Masters Degree in CSR & ethical management.

Chuks Ojeme

Chuks Ojeme

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Chuks Ojeme, MSc.

Chuks Ojeme joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share his insights on
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Chuks Ojeme is a cyber security and forensic consultant with years experience of advising corporations how to survive in an advanced, adaptive and persistent cyber risk environment. He is an expert in transformational strategy and a leadership facilitator for volatile, digital business & governance climates.

Presently, Chuks leads the information security audit and carries out strategies to mitigate cyber attacks as chief information security officer at Gebauer & Griller.

As founder of the nonprofit organisation, Conscience Matters, Chuks is charged with the responsibility of restoring fast degenerating human values caused by a nearly failed conflict resolution mechanism.

Chuks holds a Master of Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna and is professionally certified as Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Internet Web Security Analyst (CIWSA), Cisco Information Security Specialist (CISS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA).

Hans Stoisser

Hans Stoisser

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Mag. Hans Stoisser.

Hans Stoisser joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share his insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Hans Stoisser is an entrepreneur, management consultant and author with long-time experience in Africa’s emerging countries. In his book “Der Schwarze Tiger” he explains why Europe has missed to link up with modern Africa and what could be done instead. Currently, he offers seminars in “Silicon Savannah” in Nairobi, one of Africa’s innovation hubs.
www.hansstoisser.com

Hans Stoisser hat mehr als 30 Jahre lang Infrastruktur in Dritte-Welt-Ländern aufgebaut. Seit 1992 leitet er die Managementberatung ECOTEC, die unter anderem in Bulgarien, Palästina und Brasilien, vor allem aber in vielen afrikanischen Ländern, tätig war. In seinem im November 2015 erschienen Buch „Der schwarze Tiger – Was wir von Afrika lernen können“ erklärt der Ökonom das andere Afrika, das wir in Europa nicht zur Kenntnis nehmen wollen.

Derzeit organisiert er Seminare im „Silicon Savannah“ in Nairobi, einem der Hotspots des digitalen Afrikas. Er bloggt unter www.hansstoisser.com .

Doris Österreicher

Doris Österreicher

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Dr Doris Österreicher.

Doris Österreicher joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria & South Africa on the third series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 21 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Doris Österreicher is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. Her research work concentrates mainly on energy-related concepts, design and methods in climate adaptive architecture and urban planning.

Before joining the university in 2015 she was Head of the Business Unit Sustainable Buildings and Cities in the Energy Department of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), leading the topics Smart Buildings and Smart Cities and Regions.

Prior to starting at AIT in Vienna in 2006, Doris worked for over eight years overseas, mainly as an environmental designer in London, providing consultancy for many signature innovative low energy buildings.

Her work focused on design and simulation in the field of energy efficiency and daylight modelling as well as integrative measures for architecture and building system concepts.

Before that, she worked as an Architect for a well-known architectural company in London as well as with architects in Massachusetts, USA and Vienna, Austria. She additionally works as a consultant for international projects, lectures on environmental design and serves as a tutor and juror for architectural critics.

Doris is a qualified architect in Austria, and the UK holds a Dipl. Ing. and Dr.techn. in Architecture from the Vienna University of Technology and received the state price ‘award of excellence’ for her doctoral dissertation.

She also holds an MSc in Architecture, Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the University of East London.

Hon. Dayo Bush

Hon. Dayo Bush

As the former Chairman Hous Committee on Treaties  & Agreements at the House of Representatives in Nigeria, Hon. Dayo Bush will share his insights on Business Protection and Security at the Afro-Austria Business Summit on 27 May 2017.

An Architect by profession, Hon. Dayo Bush has distinguished himself as a thoroughbred and proficient professional in the Nation’s building and construction industry before his foray into partisan politics.

He has proficiently combined the primary goal of representation which is lawmaking for the general well-being of the people and the enhancement of the development of his constituency. Hon. Dayo Bush had at several times implemented interventionist programmes in the area of roads, security, electricity, water supply and educational support projects in some primary schools within the Federal Constituency.

Due to his vast knowledge and experience and relationship with his fellow representatives, Hon. Bush-Alebiosu has served on many committees of the House including National Security, Petroleum (Upstream) and was a former sub-committee Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other committees.

Hon. Dayo Bush had at several times implemented interventionist programmes in the area of roads, security, electricity, water supply and educational support projects in some primary schools within the Federal Constituency.

Due to his vast knowledge and experience and relationship with his fellow representatives, Hon. Bush-Alebiosu has served on many committees of the House including National Security, Petroleum (Upstream) and was a former sub-committee Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other committees.

The Afro-Austria Business Summit is free, but places are limited, so registration is required. To register, please email events@aphropean.com, call +43 664 494 1020 or click this link.

Jonathan Schreiber

Jonathan SchreiberJonathan Schreiber, an Austrian innovator, founder of PureSelfMade, an expert for small wind turbines and off-grid systems. He holds do-it-yourself – workshops to teach the building of small power-generating wind turbines and about renewable energy across the globe.

Jonathan helps to provide off-grid power supply in remote areas, and along the way, empowers particularly the youth to discover their DIY talents for self-sufficiency. He is an active blogger and writes about topics relating to renewable energy and self-sufficiency. More about Jonathan and PureSelfMade here.

Jonathan is on the executive board of the global Wind Empowerment Association.

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