Günter Riegler is passionate about making the City of Graz a vibrant hotspot for creative minds, businesses, research centers and educational institutions. As the current City Councilor for Economics, Tourism, Culture, Arts and Science in Graz he can help to shape the future of this city. Before taking on political responsibility, he did his PhD in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Graz and was Senior Consultant for industry audits and corporate finance at KPMG AUSTRIA. In 2011 he became Managing Director and CFO of the university of applied sciences FH JOANNEUM where he saw how great research and education can transform businesses and make them more competitive as well as strengthen an entire region. His love for urban development he discovered during his tenure as head of the Independent Court of Audit of Graz (2004-2011) gaining insights into government operations and planning.
Wolfgang Gressel After more than 15 years working in tourism management Wolfgang Gressel became a teacher in fields of tourism and economy at different Vocational Schools in Austria. Later he moved to the University of Teacher Education Carinthia. There he was lecturer in mediation at the Institute for Educational Governance and manager of leadership education.
Since 2020, he is headmaster of the Vocational School Bad Gleichenberg/Styria. In this school, at maximum 1.500 apprentices a year can be educated in tourism industry, restaurant-, confectionery-, bakery- and butchers’ business. Furthermore, his responsibility is doing leadership for 52 teachers and 30 members of staff.
Armin Breinl - physician, member of the Austrian AntiAging Society, inventor, and CEO of the functional drinks 2B.
Healthy nutrition with added value is a very important topic for the developer of the fruity lifestyle drinks. To avoid having to swallow capsules and pills every day, the doctor developed these refreshingly tasty drinks - which contain valuable vitamins and ingredients - naturally without added sugar. The 2B Drinks meet the spirit of the time and taste of the consumers and are an important contribution to increase the quality of life. 2B Drinks consist of more than 50% fruit content combined with inspiring, vitalizing and relaxing vital substances and active ingredients.
Andreas Cretnik is CEO of the ALWERA AG, located in Wollsdorf (Styria/Austria). The ALWERA group deals with the three areas of agriculture, food and technology. In the pumpkin sector, the ALWERA Group covers the entire value chain from the pumpkin seeds over harvesting technology to producing as a food. The 100% subsidiary Estyria Naturprodukte GmbH is the largest producer of Styrian pumpkin seed oil p.g.I. and number one for pumpkin seeds in Europe.
As CEO of the ALWERA Group, Mr. Cretnik is responsible for the areas of finance, accounting, controlling, law, quality management and purchasing raw materials.
Since 2016 Mr. Cretnik is also CEO of the service organization for geographical protected products in Austria.