DA Alumni Hall of Fame

In 2010, the Diplomatic Academy started a new initiative to honor its most distinguished alumni. Each year, DA graduates from all over the world are inducted to the DA Alumni Hall of Fame.

It is DA’s goal to congratulate its alumni on their interesting and successful careers as well as show our students and young alumni what they, too, can achieve after graduating from the Academy.

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2017

Melitta ASCHAUER-NAGL

Austria, 22nd Diploma Programme 22 (1985-87)

Career Highlights:

  • Area Head Education, Culture and Consumer Policy; Arbeiterkammer Wien


Bradley KLAPPER

USA, 7th MAIS Programme (2003-04)

Career Highlights:

  • National Security Editor, Associated Press (AP)


Valon MURTEZAJ

Kosovo, Summer Course 2009

Career Highlights:

  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo
  • Permanent Professor, IESEG School of Management, Paris

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Hélène BAUDET

France; Diploma Course 23 (1986-88)

Career Highlights:

° Director, EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness, Ernst & Young (EY)


Andrei GALBUR

Moldova; Special Course 11 (1998)

Career Highlights:

° Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova


Tudor ULIANOVSCHI

Moldova; Special Course 25 (2006)

Career Highlights:

° Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Geneva (UN, WTO)


Barthold VEENENDAAL

Netherlands; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° Member of the Board, Unichips Food Group
° Senior Vice-President, Schneider Electric
° Senior Executive Vice President at Sunpartner Technologies 

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

Gerhard DANNINGER

Austria; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° Sales & Marketing Director, PT South Pacific Viscose
° Sales Director, Lenzing AG


Eva Marie HABERFELLNER

Austria; Diploma Course 6 (1969-71)

Career Highlights:

° Principal, Schule Schloss Salem
° Head of Bildungsinitiative Wirtschaft Verstehen Lernen, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Stiftung


Thomas RESCH

Austria; Diploma Course 28 (1991-93)

Career Highlights:

° Obermagistratsrat, City of Vienna


Marus RODLAUER

Austria; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° Deputy Director, IMF Asia & Pacific Department
° Chief, IMF Mission to China


Georges SANTER

Luxembourg; Diploma Course 15 (1978-80)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies of Luxembourg in Vienna, Paris and Berlin
° Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg


Bernhard WRABETZ

Austria; Diploma Course 25 (1988-90)

Career Highlights:

° Foreign Policy Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria
° Ambassador, Embassies of Austria in Lisbon and New Delhi

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

Brigitte BRENNER 

Austria; Diploma Course 26 (1989-91)

Career Highlights:

° Head of EU and International Services, Austrian Parliament
° President, Austrian National Committee of UNIFEM


Friedrich DÄUBLE

Germany; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the International Organizations in Vienna
° Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sao Paulo
° Permanent Representative, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Rome
° Advisor EU Affairs, Office of the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany


Myrtha HURTADO RIVAS

Switzerland; MAIS 3 (1999-2000)

Career Highlights:

° Global Head Trademarks, Novartis (Sandoz)
° Head of Group Trademarks, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property


Dieter KOVAR

Austria; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° Managing Director, Schauenburg Group Africa
° Managing Director, BASF South Africa & Sub-Sahara
° Secretary to the Minister, Austrian Ministry of Trade and Industry
° Non-executive Director, Wecke & Voigts


Aslan BAKENOVICH SARINZHIPOV

Kazakhstan; Special Course 11 (1998)

Career Highlights:

° Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan


Martin STROPNICKY

Czech Republic; Special Course 1 (1990-91)

Career Highlights:

° Minister, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
° Minister, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
° Artistic Director, Vinohrady Theatre Prague
° Ambassador, Czech Embassies in Lisbon, Rome and the Vatican

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2013

PETER ATHANASIADIS

Austria; Diploma Course 5 (1968-70)

Career Highlights:

° Commercial Counsellor, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber


KAUSHIK BAGCHI

India; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Chair of History and Historic Preservation department, Goucher College


GERLINDE MANZ-CHRIST

Austria; Diploma Course 21 (1984-86)

Career Highlights:

° Head of Department for Communication and PR, Fürstentum Liechtenstein
° Managing Partner, Manz-Christ AG 


IOANNIS RAPTAKIS

Greece; Diploma Course 16 (1979-81)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in New Delhi


KARL SCHIEMER

Austria; Diploma Course 10 (1973-75)

Career Highlights:

° Director, Vorarlberger Gebietskrankenkasse


FRIEDRICH SOMMER

Austria; Diploma Course 11 (1974-76)

Career Highlights:

° Head of Department Legal and Compliance, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG
° Member of the Supervisory Board, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2012

YOUNES ALTAMIMI

Jordan; Diploma Course 7 (1970-72)

Career Highlights:

° Director of Organization and Management Development, Arab Bank
° Deputy Director General, Albaraka Banking Group
° Senior Advisor, Riyad Bank
° Senior Consultant, United Nations Development Programme
° Senior Advisor, Sudan Cooperative and Development Bank
° Senior Banking Consultant, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Services


ILONA ANTONISZYN-KLIK

Poland; Diploma Course 38 (2001-02)

Career Highlights:

° Undersecretary of State (“Deputy Minister”), Ministry of Economy, Poland


MARIE-ROGER BILOA

Cameroon; Diploma Course 14 (1977-79)

Career Highlights:

° Chairperson, Club Millenium, Paris
° CEO, Chief-editor and publisher, “Africa International”


JANINE FINCK

Luxembourg; Diploma Course 23 (1986-88)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy of Luxembourg in Rome
° Chef du Protocole du Gouvernement, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg


ALEKSANDAR HEINA

Croatia; Special Course 3

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Copenhagen
° Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Croatia
° Ambassador, Embassy of Croatia in Bern


MARKUS INGENLATH

Germany; Diploma Course 31 (1994-96)

Career Highlights:

° Secretary General, Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk


JAN KICKERT

Austria; Diploma Course 30 (1993-95)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Austrian Embassy in Zagreb
° Director General, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria
° Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN, New York


JASNA OGNJANOVAC

Croatia; Special Course 2

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Dublin
° Assistant Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia

JEAN-FRANCIS REGIS ZINSOU

Career Highlights: 

° Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Benin to the UN in New York

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2011

Valentin ALEXANDROV

Bulgaria; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Minister of Defence, Bulgaria


Fatimir CELA

Albania; Special Course 3

Career Highlights:

° General Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Albania


Adunga FISSIHA

Ethiopia; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy in London 


Friedrich HAMBURGER

Austria, Diploma Course 6 (1969-71)

Career Highlights:

° Head of Delegation, European Commission
° Director, European Commission


Anne Ruth HERKES

Germany; Diploma Course 21 (1984-86)

Career Highlights:

° State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
° Ambassador, Embassy in Doha


Yusuf ZIYA IRBEC

Turkey; Diploma Course 21 (1984-86)

Career Highlights:

° Founding President, International Balkan University, Skopje
° Member of Parliament, Turkey


Michael Oliver KITZ

Austria; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° CEO, Casinos Austria CAGAST


Roland MARXER

Liechtenstein; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador and Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein
° Ambassador, Geneva
° President, Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein (Cultural Foundation)


Leopold MAURER

Austria; Diploma Course 9 (1972-74)

Career Highlights:

° Head of Delegation, European Commission
° Ambassador, EU Delegation to Montenegro


Peter MOSER

Austria; Diploma Course 2 (1965-67)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Washington, DC, Tokyo and Seoul


Dragana RADULOVIC

Montenegro; Special Course 18

Career Highlights:

° Director-General of the Directorate General for NATO and Security Policy
° Ambassador, Embassy and Permanent Representation in Vienna


Michael REINPRECHT

Austria; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Head of Unit, European Parliament
° Advisor to the Director-General, DG External Policies, European Parliament 


Gerhard REIWEGER

Austria; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Deputy Director, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
° Ambassador, Embassiesy in Sofia and Bucharest


Heinz Ludwig SOMMERBAUER

Austria; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° CEO, Austro Control


Ernst SUCHARIPA

Austria; Diploma Course 9 (1972-74)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy in London
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in New York (UN)
° Director, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna


Elisabeth ZUK-MAYERHOFER

Austria; Diploma Course 2 (1965-67)

Career Highlights:

° Director, Bundespressedienst Austria

Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2010

Celso L.N. AMORIM

Brazil; Diploma Course 3 (1966-68)

Career Highlights:

° Minister of Defense, Brazil
° Minister of External Relations, Brazil
° Secretary General, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil


Werner ANDRÄ

Austria; MAIS 1 (1996-98)

Career Highlights:

° Judge at Bundesverwaltungsgericht der Republik Österreich
° Secretary General, Land & Forst Betriebe Österreich


Ilse BARTENSTEIN

Austria; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° General Manager, Lannacher Heilmittel GmbH
° CEO, Gerot Pharmazeutika GmbH


Christian BERLAKOVITS

Austria; Diploma Course 9 (1972-74)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Algiers and Rome
° Director-General, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria


Emil BRIX

Austria; Diploma Course 17 (1980-82)

Career Highlights:

° Director, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
° Ambassador, Embassies in London and Moscow
° Director General, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria


Alexander CHRISTIANI

Austria; Diploma Course 1 (1964-66)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Pretoria, The Hague and London
° Vice-President, Austro-British Society


Herbert CORDT

Austria; Diploma Course 8 (1971-73)

Career Highlights:

° Board Member, Österreichische Postsparkasse
° Board Member, Österreichische Länderbank AG
° CEO, Cordt & Partner
° Chairman Supervisory Board of RHI


Filip CUMPS

Belgium; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Consul General, General Consualte of Belgium in St.Petersburg 
° Ambassador, Embassies in Jakarta, Kiev, Riga and Vilnius


Wendelin ETTMAYER

Austria; Diploma Course 4 (1967-69)

Career Highlights:

° Member of Parliament, Austria
° Ambassador, Embassies in Helsinki and Ottawa
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Strasbourg (Council of Europe)


Rafik FISCHER

Luxembourg; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Chairman of the Board of Directors of KBLepb Investment Funds
° Chairman of the Board of Directors of EFA


Ingeborg GABRIEL

Austria; Diploma Course 11 (1974-76)

Career Highlights:

° Professor & Head of the Department of Social Ethics, University of Vienna


Kolinda GRABAR-KITAROVIC

Croatia; Special Course 5

Career Highlights:

° President of the Republic of Croatia
° Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
° Minister of External Relations, Croatia
° Ambassador, Embassy in Washington, D.C.


Isabel GÜNTHER

Germany; Diploma Course 39 (2002/03)

Career Highlights:

° Professor and Head of the Center for Development and Cooperation, ETH Zurich


Ahmed HAGGAG

Egypt; Diploma Course 2 (1965-67)

Career Highlights:

° Special Envoy of the President of Egypt
° Secretary General, African Society


Peter HOHENFELLNER

Austria; Diploma Course 2 (1965-67)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Havana and Beirut
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in New York (UN)


Valentin INZKO

Austria; Diploma Course 9 (1972-74)

Career Highlights:

° High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN
° European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina
° Ambassador, Embassies in Ljubljana and Sarajevo


Evgeni IVANOW

Bulgaria; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Executive Director, Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Brussels (EU)


Fernand KARTHEISER

Luxembourg; Diploma Course 23 (1986-88)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Berlin
° Member of Parliament, Luxembourg


Shigeo KATSU

Japan; Diploma Course 11 (1974-76)

Career Highlights:

° Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank Group
° President of Nazarbayev University, Astana


Wolfgang LANZ

Austria; Diploma Course 1 (1964-66)

Career Highlights:

° Commercial Counsellor, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber


Igor LUKSIC

Montenegro; Special Course 14

Career Highlights:

° Minister of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro
° Prime Minister, Montenegro
° Minister of Finance, Montenegro


Gabriele MATZNER

Austria; Diploma Course 5 (1968-70)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Bratislava, Tunis and London
° Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy


Ferdinand MAYRHOFER-GRÜNBÜHEL

Austria; Diploma Course 3 (1966-68)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Ljubljana and Budapest
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Vienna (UN and OSCE)


Karl M. MILLAUER

Austria; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° CEO, Aquarion AG
° Senior Vice President, Aquatech
° CEO, Christ Water Technology Group
° CFO, Wolford AG
° Member of the Supervisory Board at AIT


Jeanne MOULOT GUEHE

Côte d’Ivoire; Diploma Course 13 (1976-78)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Madrid and Canberra


Brigitte ÖPPINGER-WALCHSHOFER

Austria; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Addis Ababa and Pretoria
° Managing Director, Austrian Development Agency


Daniel OSPELT

Liechtenstein; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Strasbourg (Council of Europe)


Dieter PLATZER

Austria; Diploma Course 24 (1987-89)

Career Highlights:

° Director, Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung


René POLLITZER

Austria; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° Cabinet Director, Office of the Federal President of the Republic of Austria
° Ambassador, Embassies in Athens and Rome


Ernst PORPACZY

Austria; Diploma Course 1 (1964-66)

Career Highlights:

° CEO, Abbott Pharma
° CEO, BYK
° CEO, Altana Pharma


Georgios D. POUKAMISSAS

Greece; Diploma Course 14 (1977-79)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Bucharest and Chișinău
° Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece


Gerhard PUTMAN-CRAMER

Netherlands; Diploma Course 10 (1973-75)

Career Highlights:

° Deputy Director, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN
° Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the PAM to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva
° Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board


Virgiljo REYES, JR

Philippines; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Pretoria and Rome


Barbara SATTLER

Austria; Diploma Course 41 (2004/05)

Career Highlights:

° Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews
° Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Yale University


Johann SATTLER

Austria; Diploma Course 31 (1994/95)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy in Tirana
° CEO, WAZ Russia


Heinz SCHADEN

Austria; Diploma Course 20 (1983-85)

Career Highlights:

° Mayor, City of Salzburg


Karl SCHRAMEK

Austria; Diploma Course 10 (1973-75)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Brussels and Damascus
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Brussels (NATO)
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation at the OECD, Paris


Georg SCHRAMEL

Austria; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Commercial Counsellor, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber


Hans-Dietmar SCHWEISGUT

Austria; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador and Head, Delegations of the EU to Japan as well as to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia
° Ambassador, Permanent Representation in Brussels (EU)
° Ambassador, Embassies in Tokyo and Beijing
° Director General, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria


Souren G. SERAYDARIAN

Syrian Arab Republic; Diploma Course 4 (197-69)

Career Highlights:

° Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, UNMIL, UN


Jutta STEFAN-BASTL

Austria; Diploma Course 7 (1970-72)

Career Highlights:

°Ambassador, Embassies in Ljubljana, Delhi and Tokyo


Elhadj AMADOU SY

Senegal; Diploma Course 19 (1982-84)

Career Highlights:

° Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
° Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS, UN


Tomasz TARABA

Poland; Diploma Course 8 (1971-73)

Career Highlights:

° Chairman of the Board, Volksbank International Croatia


Mamadou TINE

Senegal; Diploma Course 21 (1984-86)

Career Highlights:

° Directeur de cabinet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senegal


Hüner TUNCER

Turkey; Diploma Course 12 (1975-77)

Career Highlights:

° Professor, Middle East Technical University Ankara


Elisabeth UDOLF-STROBL

Austria; Diploma Course 21 (1984-86)

Career Highlights:

° Director-General, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Austria


Robert VAN EMBDEN

Netherlands; Diploma Course 16 (1979-81)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassies in Kingshasa, Asmara and Bogota


Ranko VUJACIC

Serbia; Diploma Course 13 (1976-78)

Career Highlights:

° Director Operational Support Services Branch, UNIDO, UN
° Director, Diplomatic Academy of Montenegro


Hans WINKLER

Austria; Diploma Course 5 (1968-70)

Career Highlights:

° Director, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
° State Secretary, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria


Michael ZIMMERMANN

Austria; Diploma Course 18 (1981-83)

Career Highlights:

° Ambassador, Embassy in Budapest
° Cabinet Director, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria
° Director General, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria

In order to nominate a fellow alumna or alumnus for the Hall of Fame, please contact andreas.ehrmann@da-vienna.ac.at.