Team Silicon Alps

We are looking forward to working with you as the team of the Silicon Alps Cluster. You may see the responsibilities of each team member and easily find your proper contact person. Our team is pleased to get in contact with you.

DI Dr. Robert Gfrerer, MPH

Managing Director and CEO

Portrait Robert Gfrerer

Welcome Note by the CEO

Anna Katholnig, MSc.

2015 – 2019      Master of Science at Karl-Franzens University Graz Sustainability oriented management

2011 – 2015       Bachelor of Science at Karl-Franzens University Graz Environmental system sciences with economics as main area of focus

Executive Assistance

I did my studies at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz on sustainability oriented management, with operational environmental- , sustainability- and innovation-management as main areas of focus. During the finalization of my master thesis I started as a Trainee at Intel Austria GmbH. In this internationally operating company I worked as an accounting assistant and was responsible for the coordination of purchase orders and invoices. Furthermore I gained general experience in the areas of administrative support, finance and human resources.

Since July 2020 I am part of the Silicon Alps Cluster team as executive assistant.


Work Experience

2017 – 2020     Intel Austria GmbH

Elisabeth Berghold, BEd, MBA

2019-2021 MBA Human Resource Management

2012-2015 BEd Pedagogics

HR Development Manager

My occupational life started within the textile branch, there I learned what it means to be a founder. After developing my own brand further, I moved slowly into the adult education field and pedagogics. Thus brought me lately to the amazing area of human resource management and its exciting operations. I was working for a textile concern as an operational HR-Manager, where I had to serve a specific sales area within Austria, Slovenia, Swiss and Turkey. As well I worked as an HR-Project-Manager globally and cooperate around organisational developments.

In Silicon Alps Cluster I am responsible for the HR Development of the region. My aim is to enhance the competitive advantages of the electronic based systems industry through strengthening HR.


Work Experience

2015-2020 – COS, HR-Manager

2013-2014 – Perfektes GMBH, Co-Founder

2004-2014 – Moda Lisa, Founder

Dr. Manfred Hall

2005 – 2009 University of Graz
doctorate, Biology

Strategic Business Development

During my education in the natural sciences at the University of Graz, I was able to gain my first experience in interdisciplinary cooperation at the IFZ. As the knowledge transfer representative of the University of Graz, the first accents as a networker were then set. Solution and cooperation partners from science for SMEs were sought – and found. I immersed myself in the world of clusters as part of my work at SFG: As a key account manager, my responsibilities were to oversee the mobility, food and human technology clusters. In the fields of electronics, measurement and control technology, I set impulses with initiatives such as the RFID Hotspot Styria or the event series “Digitaldialog”. A transition to the industry followed in order to learn more about a company’s everyday work, research, and related needs.

As a Strategic Business Development Manager, I can now bring my experience and network from science and business as well as my knowledge of “cluster business” to my daily work at Silicon Alps –  to generate added value for our partners. True to the motto: cluster > prosper > conquer!

“The key to success is not information. It’s people.” (Lee Iacocca)


Work Experience

2016 – 2021 M&R Automation / PIA Automation Austria

2009 – 2016 Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG)

2003 – 2005 Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ)

DI (FH) Gernot Eder

2005 – 2009 University of Applied Sciences Graz, Health Care Engineering

Business Development & Innovation Manager

After my studies as a Health Care Engineer – focusing on medical technologies and health informatics – at the University of Applied Sciences Graz, I made my first professional experiences at GS1 in Vienna. In the field of logistics, I have been involved in numerous projects with hospitals, medical technology and pharma companies. After my return to Graz, I was able to shape the field of medical technologies at the Cluster as a business developer, pushing important topics such as sensor technologies, microelectronics or production technologies in the life science context on the national and international levels. With the foundation of nubid, I have been able to support numerous companies and start-ups in the field of medical technologies and digitization in expanding their business.

As Business Development and Innovation Manager I can perfectly use my experience and network from science and business to generate added value for our partners at the Silicon Alps Cluster. Especially in the context of sensor technologies and microelectronics, I will push the topics of start-up ecosystem and project development as well as internationalization.

“one plus one is more than two”


Work Expierience

2019 – 2021 nubid GmbH, CEO & Co-Founder

2018 – 2019 SteadySense GmbH, Senior Manager Business Development

2012 – 2018 Styria GmbH, Business Development MedTech

2010 – 2012 GS1 Austria GmbH, Project Manager Healthcare

Mag. Michael Zwantschko

2001 – 2006 Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
mag.rer.soc.oec. Betriebswirtschaft


Project Manager Innovation & Technology

After finishing my master in business administration at the Karl-Franzens-University at Graz I started my professional career at an international operating automotive supplier where I gained a lot of experience in leading international project teams and working in an industrial area. As a Project & Business Development Manager I had the chance to evolve several projects in the renewable energy sector as well as in the engineering industry before I started my career as a Business Consultant for foreign direct investments.

As a Project Manager for Technology & Innovation within the Silicon Alps Cluster I use my network and my professional know-how about the business locations to develop projects, represent the eco system on an international level and connecting people for success.


Work Experience

2021 – 2022 Energetica Industries GmbH, Key Account Manager

2020 – 2021 Parental leave

2017 – 2020 BABEG – Carinthian Investment promotion agency, Head of International Investors Service

2016 – 2017 Jacques Lemans GmbH, Business Development Manager

2014 – 2015 Entwicklungsagentur Kärnten GmbH, International Investors Service

Benjamin Rammel, MSc MSc

2017 – 2019 Karl-Franzens University Graz
Master’s degree: Industrial Ecology

2017 – 2019 Karl-Franzens University Graz
Master’s degree: Sustainability Management

2014 – 2017 Karl-Franzens University Graz
Bachelor’s degree: Environmental System Science
Specialization Business Administration

Project Manager Innovation & Technology

While doing my studies at the university of Graz on sustainable oriented management and Industrial Ecology, I work as a study assistant building bridges between students and the administrative system of the university. At the largest Energy Provider in Carinthia, I operated as the direct link to the wind power projects in Romania & Bulgaria, dealing with their economic development and stakeholder management. Within the IT-start-up I co-founded, I was dealing with the Key Account Management and the Public Relations.

Since April 2022 I am part of the Silicon Alps Cluster team as project manager for Innovation & Technology, where I want to build bridges within the Silicon Alps Cluster, strengthen the cooperation and exchange of information within our Stakeholders and initiate innovative projects.

“Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity. And I think there is no bridge that cannot be build.”


Work Experience

2021 – ICN, Head of Sales & Business Development

2020-2021 – KELAG, Business Development

2019 – Hofer, Sales intern

2018 – Philips Austria, Environmental Support & Technical Purchaser

Olena Kost, BA
+43 664 22 13 577

2018 – 2021 FH Kärnten
Bachelor: Intercultural Business Management

2016 – 2018 Juriy-Fedkowytcsch-Universität
Master: Germanistik

Project Manager Network/Events/Innovation

During my university years, I have managed to study German Translation, Journalism, and Intercultural business management and spent three exchange semesters in Austria, Romania, and the Netherlands. Austria took my heart, for this reason, my career development proceeded here. I have started as a student intern at the International Office of Fh Kärnten by organizing events and trips for international students.

As a Senior Manager of Demo Solutions, I have initiated B2B projects with Dior, MAC Cosmetics, and Pampers. At the moment, my position is Project Manager of Network/Events/Innovation in Silicon Alps. Furthermore, the core objective lies in networking and strengthening cooperation between partners in form of events.


Work Experience

2020-2021 – USP Indicator Solution, Senior Manager Demo Solutions

2020 – KWF, Office intern

2019-2020 – FH Kärnten, Student Assistant

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