Michael Stampfer has been managing the office of the WWTF since 2002. A graduate of the Law Faculty of Vienna University, he has acquired many years of experience in Austrian and international research and technology policy. Initially he worked for the Science Ministry before undertaking responsibility for the K plus Competence Centres Programme of Technologie Impulse Gesellschaft (TIG, now FFG). Dr. Stampfer is a member of several international working groups and author of numerous publications.
Dr.in Donia Lasinger
Deputy Managing Director
Donia Lasinger is deputy managing director of the Vienna Science and Technology Funds. She is responsible for the "Vienna Reserach Groups for Young Investigators" programme. In her work for the WWTF GmbH Donia Lasinger specialised in consulting and strategy projects.
Donia Lasinger studied business sciences in Austria and Ireland and specialised in strategy and innovation management. During and after her doctoral studies she worked as strategy and management consultant on a national and international level. Her main competences include expertise in innovation research, strategic development and research and innovation policy. Furthermore, she is co-author of the book „Der Signalnavigator“ (“The signalnavigator”) that combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the recognition and usage of early signals in innovative processes.
Dr. Michael Strassnig
Deputy Managing Director of WWTF GmbH
Michael Strassnig is programme manager at the Vienna Science and Technology Fund and deputy managing director of WWTF GmbH. Michael managed several project call in various domains and is specialized in evaluations. He also manages WWTF webservices including the electronic submission system.
Michael Strassnig studied communication studies, sociology, history and history of arts at the University of Vienna and University of Bielefeld. He received a doctoral degree in sociology specializing in science and technology studies and worked as postdoc at the Department of Social Studies of Science (University of Vienna) and the University of Lucerne. He was Managing Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal “Science, Technology, & Human Values”.
Grace Liu, Ph.D.
Grace Liu is the programme manager for calls in the life sciences. She studied biomedicine at the University of Melbourne and completed her PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), where her project examined the genetics of leukaemia. Her postdoctoral work at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna focused on the development and activation of the humoral immune system. Grace has extensive experience in molecular and cellular biology, as well as in the use of model organisms. In addition, Grace has contributed articles to popular media, including Scientific American and Metropole – Vienna in English.
Dr. Benjamin Missbach
Benjamin Missbach is a programme manager at WWTF. In addition to the area of Environmental Systems Research and Cognitive Science, he is the point of contact for WWTF public relations.
He holds a PhD in Nutrition Science (University of Vienna) and gained scientific experience at Cornell University, USA, among others. From 2017-2021 he worked at the Open Innovation in Science Center of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) on developing open research methods. In particular, he designed processes involving different stakeholders to set research priorities in biomedical research.
Dipl.-Betriebswirtin Marita Benkwitz
Marita Benkwitz has a degree in business administration. She worked as an auditor for BDO Deutsche Warentreuhand Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft AG for almost ten years before she joined the WWTF where she is responsible for project report controlling and the financial controlling of the fund.
Barbara Ungerhofer heads the WWTF office administration. Previously, she was entrusted with the management of the office of the Rectorate at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as executive assistant to Esterházy Private Foundations.
After her studies of German language & literature and art history, Gerda Adam worked in cultural management and as an editor for publishing houses. Since 2010 Gerda Adam works (in part time) at the office management of WWTF.
Petra Steinkogler, MA
Programme Assistant and Public Relations
Since 2021 Petra Steinkoglers supports WWTF's programme managers in all aspects of programme and project management, as well as pubic relations. She studied International Development and Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, and worked in the field of international development cooperation with a regional focus on the South-Caucasus region before joining WWTF.