12 March 2014

Fischler, President, European Forum Alpbach

Franz Fischler has been the President of the European Forum Alpbach since 2012. Together with four Vice Presidents, he forms the Forum’s Executive Board, which is responsible for managing and representing the association.



In his capacity as Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Austria (1989-1994) he played an important role in the negotiations for Austria’s accession to the European Union. After his work for the European Commission, Franz Fischler was consultant for several governments and NGOs. In addition, he has been a chairman of numerous NGOs, such as the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, the EcoSocial Forum and the RISE-Foundation.

“IIASA’s systems approaches, and its scientific excellence and the Forum’s unique and historically proven power to convene meetings with leading political, economic and industrial players thus provides an extraordinary platform for interdisciplinary dialogue.” Says Alpbach Forum President Franz Fischler. “The European Forum Alpbach and IIASA are both uniquely poised at the nexus of international and interdisciplinary research to seek solutions to major global challenges – such as energy, climate, food and water, poverty and equity, and their related issues on the economic and political governance. The hosting of a new Global Think Tank to support solutions of persistent world problems is fully in line with the aims and objectives of both organizations.”

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