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12 October 2022 - 13 October 2022
Linz, Austria
Danube Business Talks 2022
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Open until 11 October 2022

Confirmed Speakers

Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology

Since January 2020 Leonore Gewessler has been Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. After her high school graduation in Graz, Austria and her studies of political science in Vienna, Leonore Gewessler worked from 2006 as office manager in the office of the district head of the 7th district of Vienna. In 2008, she moved to the Green European Foundation in Brussels, where she took over the management of the Europe-wide active NGO.
From 2014 on Leonore Gewessler worked as Political Director of Global 2000 – Friends of the Earth Austria back in Austria. In addition to her professional activities, she was also a member of the board of Friends of the Earth Europe.

European Coordinator for the Rhine-Danube Core Network Corridor
European Commisson

Inés Ayala Sender is European Coordinator for the Rhine-Danube Core Network Corridor as of 1st January 2021, following Ms Karla Peijs.
Inés Ayala Sender was born on 28 March 1957 in Zaragoza (Spain). She was associated teacher at the University of Zaragoza (1981 – 1991), Member of the National Board of General Union of Workers, Madrid, Deputy General Director FUNDESCOOP (social economy EU programs), National expert at DG Environment, European Parliament administrator in various committees and delegations of the European Parliament and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2019). From 2019 until now, she is elected member of the City Council of Zaragoza.

Head of Directorate General Transport

Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Vera Hofbauer, born in Vienna, studied urban and regional planning at the Technical University of Vienna and the Universidad Politecnica in Madrid. She started her career at urban planning and spatial analysis agencies. Between 2004 and 2017 she worked for viadonau, the Austrian waterway operator, where she managed national and international project in the fields of inland waterway policy and built up the team knowledge management. In 2017, she joined the Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology as head of the department “Shipping – Technology and Nautics”. Since 2022, she is head of Directorate General Transport at the Federal Ministry.

Managing Director
viadonau – Austrian Waterway Company

Hans-Peter Hasenbichler graduated from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna. Following his studies, he worked as Project Manager for the Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen AG (ÖSAG) in the field of traffic planning and construction. In 2004 Mr. Hasenbichler started as Head of Internal Audit at the government infrastructure holding ASFiNAG and later became Head of Financial Controlling.
On 1 November 2008 Mr. Hasenbichler was appointed as Managing Director of via donau – Austrian Waterway Company by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.
Managing Director 
CMB Germany GmbH & Co. KG & Hydrogen Ports

Benjamin Weinacht is a qualified shipping businessman (Schifffahrtskaufmann) and holds a Bachelor degree in Transport and Logistics. He has been a part of the CMB Group since 2006 and has professional background in container business (Feeder Shipping). Mr. Weinacht is the former Managing Director of Team Lines Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. He is Managing Director of CMB Germany based in Hamburg since November 2019 and since December 2021 he is also Managing Director Hydrogen Ports for the CMB Group.

Sales and Chartering Manager

First-DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH 

Mr. Jina is the sales and chartering manager in the First-DDSG Logistics Holding GmbH group. After his education he started working in river transportation sector in 2006. Since about 8 years he is now working in his present position and is responsible for selling the freight capacities of the entire fleet.
Contract Manager Logistics

OMV Downstream GmbH

Jana Gavril graduated from the University of Vienna honors Corporate Finance. Following her studies, she worked as financial and internal auditor. In 2006 Ms. Gavril joined the OMV Group and was holding diverse roles mostly within Supply Chain Process. Currently is she beside developing logistics contracting strategy and managing the logistics tender pipeline, also involved in future concepts of sustainable logistics within the ongoing OMV transformative projects (Reoil, H2, LNG, SAF & other biofuels). To complement her everyday operational experience with the latest technology trends and industry best practices, is she attending the newly launched Mobility Transformation MBA Program of Technical University Vienna.

Mobility Advisor
Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Marjan Beelen works for the Port of Antwerp since 2011 as a Mobility Advisor specialised in inland navigation. In this function, she has been working on several projects and themes such as efficiency projects for container barge transport, infrastructure projects, initiatives on alternative fuels for barges and smart shipping. Marjan holds a Master degree in Transport Economics from the University of Antwerp. Prior to working for the Port of Antwerp, she held a research position at the University of Antwerp where she achieved a PhD in applied economics.

Felbermayr Transport- und Hebetechnik
GmbH & Co KG

Mr. Stöttiger has a degree in mechanical engineering and a degree in economics. He worked as a project manager at Arminger Schwertransport GmbH & Co KG, Wels, Austria and also at Europe Lloyd GmbH, Karshi, Usbekistan, while also being an authorised representative at Europe Lloyd GmbH, Nuremberg, Germany. Since 2009 Mr. Stöttinger has been working for Felbermayr Transport- und Hebetechnik GmbH & Co KG, Wels, Austria, first as Head of Projects and since 2010 he holds the position of CEO.
Port Governance Agency

Vuk Perovic graduated trade law on Faculty of Law of University of Belgrade, with degree Bachelor with Honours of Laws. He is certified public internal auditor and specialist in corporate governance.
Perovic has 20 years of strong experience in both public and private sectors, especially in the field of law, project management (EU funded projects) and international cooperation. Vuk Perovic is the Director of the Port Governance Agency (PGA) of the Republic of Serbia since 2014. In previous years PGA significantly improved port sector in Serbia through strengthening of the legal framework, investments in infrastructure and cooperation with national and international stakeholders. Perovic is working on development projects, including construction of the new terminal for bulk cargo in Belgrade, expansion of the cargo port in Sremska Mitrovica, new international passenger terminals, network of marinas etc. He is the Agency’s team manager on Interreg projects and the creator and initiator of the project ‘’Awake the Danube’’.
Perovic is member of Working Group of the Rhine-Danube Corridor, Special Committee of European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and Danube Commission’s Experts group for ports and port operations.
Perovic is born in Belgrade, the Republic of Serbia, in 1976. He is married.

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