Profiles | Daniel Pratl

“When people look at traffic lights, they see only red, yellow, and green. They have no idea about what lies beyond those colors."
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At the Wien Museum, the US-educated Austrian scholar wants to use the incidents of history to question the way we live now. In Vienna, museums are everywhere: At last year’s Lange Nacht der Museen, over 700 took part, from the KHM, the Leopold or the Belvedere to the more off-beat dedicated to theater, toys or magic, […]
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At a gaming café outside Vienna, Monika Racek, the CEO of the Admiral Casinos and Entertainment AG talks addiction, legislation and why old ladies play the slots. Monika Racek has always liked working with people. Before she got into gaming, Racek was a lawyer at Vienna’s administrative court dealing with asylum law. This was back […]
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Economics Professor, University of Vienna In an unpredictable world, you need strategies that do not rely on being able to predict others. In this way, different people with different objectives can live together better.” Karl Schlag is not a big fan of games. “Games are kind of boring to me,” admitted the American-born German, 56. […]
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In the first installment of our new series of how expats built their careers in Vienna, we talked to Maurizio Poletto, the designer behind Erste Bank’s acclaimed banking interface, George. As professional marketers and designers know, digitally savvy millennials are some of the toughest customers out there. As early adopters and influencers, millennials have become […]
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In an age of confusion, historian and author Timothy Snyder looks to the past for a guide to the future of the West. On a pleasant evening in late October 2018, several dozen people filed into the meeting rooms of the famed Republikanischer Club, tucked on a side street behind the University of Vienna Law […]
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Founder, Fund of Excellence, Erste Group “Human capital is the oil of the 21st century. Ten years ago, it was all about big data. Now it’s about talent.” Natalia Corrales-Diez is a human angel. Attractive and poised, she easily turned heads as we walked through the spacious, modern reception hall of the Erste Group corporate […]
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Director, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen “When the world is spinning faster than you are, you need help to keep moving forward – so you don’t go off course.” The German word Quereinsteiger is tough to translate into English. Literally, it’s “someone who comes in from the side.” It’s used to describe people who enter a profession […]
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Profile | Angela Köppl

Environmental Economist, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) “Even though we were among the first movers towards sustainable growth, we are no longer the frontrunners.” In 1978, Austrians voted against nuclear power, resulting in the closure of the new Zwentendorf power plant. It would never operate. Back then, Angela Köppl was a foreign exchange student in the […]
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