He has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School, an MSc from TU Vienna, and an MIM from WU Vienna and HEC Paris.
The Technology Transfer Office
Mag. Markus Wanko
Following a fifteen-year career in investing and strategy consulting and upon returning to Austria, Markus joined IST Austria to start TWIST, IST’s tech transfer organisation, and has been driving the development of IST PARK, the technology park adjacent to IST Austria, and IST Cube, a science and tech-based seed fund. His background is in venture capital investing with Safeguard Scientifics and the European Investment Fund, strategy consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, and principal investment with QIA, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. He has supported a broad range of startups in the process, energy and tech industries.
Dr. Ingrid Kelly
Ingrid joined the IST Tech Transfer team in October 2018 after spending a number of years at the University of Vienna, where she was responsible for managing the life sciences technology portfolio and supporting spin-out companies. Ingrid worked as a patent attorney in and for the pharma industry for more than a decade in different countries before moving into technology transfer.
Ingrid holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified European patent attorney with RTTP (registered technology transfer professional) certification.
Dr. Alexander Schwartz
Alexander joined IST Austria in 2018 as Partner. He has more than 15 years of experience in management consulting, eight of which with McKinsey & Company in Vienna and Chicago. His focus has been on strategy, innovation, and M&A in chemicals, materials, agriculture and life science related industries.
By education and heart Alexander is a scientist: He studied chemistry at TU Graz, ETH Zurich and the University of Vienna before moving on to become a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. From 2013-2015 he was a part time research fellow at IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), a leading European Thinktank.
Bernhard is an entrepreneur at heart with a record of accomplishment spanning executive and research positions in the public and private domain. Before joining IST, Bernhard co-founded a computer science spin-out from research of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and served as the company’s CEO.
Bernhard holds a PhD in mechatronics from Vienna University of Technology, an MBA from INSEAD, and an Executive Master in Global Leadership from WEF, where he is also a Global Leadership Fellow.
Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Fischl
Alex joined IST Austria as a Tech Transfer Associate, focusing on intellectual property originating from IST’s Computer Science groups. After working for 8 years as a Senior Marketing and Product Manager within Austria’s B2B telco industry, he studied Business Informatics and founded his own IT consultancy. Through his consulting, he became deeply immersed in the local startup ecosystem, successfully acquiring numerous research and go-to market project grants for several of Austria’s top-ranked IT startups.
Alex holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Informatics from the Vienna University of Technology, as well as an Innovation diploma supplement from the Informatics Innovation Center (i2c).
Melanie joined IST Austria in February 2020 and is responsible for all administrative and organizational matters in Executive Affairs and Technology Transfer. In this role she also supports the tenants of IST PARK as well as the administration of the IST Cube seed fund.
Melanie graduated from the commercial academy in Bruck/Leitha with distinction and has 8 years of professional experience in financial administration.
Prof. Thomas Henzinger
Professor Thomas Henzinger was appointed as the first president of IST Austria on December 4, 2008, by the Board of Trustees of IST Austria. He is a renowned computer scientist, born in Linz (Upper Austria), with a long career abroad. His first term as IST Austria President started on September 1, 2009. His own research group at IST addresses the challenge of reducing software bugs in concurrent and embedded systems.
Dr. Georg Schneider
Dr. Georg Schneider as Managing Director of IST Austria heads the administration of IST Austria and is responsible for financial management, technical and legal matters, and human resources.
Prof. Bernd Bickel
Bernd Bickel is a computer scientist interested in computer graphics and its overlap into animation, biomechanics, material science, and digital fabrication. The main objective of his research group is to push the boundaries of how functional digital models can be efficiently created, simulated, and reproduced
Bernd ist the Vice President of Technology Transfer at IST Austria.