Team Silicon Alps

Here we present the team of the Silicon Alps Cluster. At one go you see the responsibilities of each team member and easily find your proper contact person. Our team is pleased to get in contact with you.

Managing Directors


Dipl. Ing. Andreas Starzacher

+43 664 839 9321


Ing. Michael Liebminger, MA

+43 664 8079 3333

DDr. Oana Mitrea

Innovation & Technology Director

A technology sociologist and innovation researcher, I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Bucharest (2002) and Darmstadt University of Technology (2005). Between 2005-2011 I had worked at IFZ – Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work, and Culture, Graz. 2011 I switched to the Technical Faculty of the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, working in  smart mobility and AAL research projects. Since 2006 I’ve been also teaching at the University of Klagenfurt about the societal impact of autonomous technologies.

In Silicon Alps Cluster  I’m heading the technological cluster focus groups and the matters of project cooperation

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Eva-Maria Jobst, BA

2018 – 2020 Five Elements Films

2015 – 2020 Alpen-Adria Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Media- and Communication Sciences

2010 – 2015 EUREGIO HTBLVA Ferlach, Industrial Design

Media Manager

My creative career began during my training at the Higher Technical Education Institute with a training focus on industrial design. In addition to drawing, drafting and designing, the education here was also on the training of graphic skills as well as the technical implementation of design projects with the help of model building.

Afterwards I’ve started my studies on media and communication sciences and strengthen at the same time my interest in film work. Through an internship at a film company I gained practical knowledge in the editorial work of various TV short films as well as in the production management of various other film projects. In addition to my skills in film production and postproduction, I’ve collected a lot of experience in DTP design, which I’m now using for Silicon Alps.

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Mag. Hartwin Kostron

2009 – 2020 Young Mountain Marketing, Marketing Director

2013 –  University of Graz, International Marketing and Business Communication

2003 – 2013 University of Graz, Applied Linguistics, English Literature and Media Studies

Marketing & PR Director

As a passionate linguist, strategic forward thinker, innovation nerd and outdoor-enthusiast, I see modern-day marketing as so much more than boasting with neat designs and screeching claims, but as the foundation of and the key to any successful business development.

Before I came to Silicon Alps, I spend over a decade in the Alpine Winter Sports Industry working on concepts that increased the value of European skiing resorts and tourism for winter sports enthusiasts. With the agency Young Mountain Marketing, I was responsible for the Overall Marketing and Communication Development of the company and its brands. Over the years I not only got the chance to be part of a growing business from a handful of employees to +250 and heading a high-performing marketing team of 25 skilled creative colleagues and many more in the network. Apart from the successful strategic and structural lead, my main contribution was to establish and maintain a truly unique company culture of creativity, respect and efficiency through the continuous work on crafting and telling the company’s and all stakeholder’s story in beautiful words and pictures.

As of October of 2020, I take the opportunity to push the Marketing, Communication and Public Relations of the Silicon Alps Cluster forward. My dedication goes into making all the magnificent efforts of all our partners and people working within the field of EBS technologies visible.

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Anna Katholnig, MSc.

2017 – 2020     Intel Austria GmbH

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.

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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.

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Paula Brezovec, MSc.

Innovation & Technology Manager

Technology and sustainable mobility, connecting people, as well as identifying and testing opportunities to solve complex challenges – these are the things Paula is passionate about and personally evolves into today and tomorrow. The greatest asset of a company is its employees – united they compose a team. However, a team is more than just working together for achieving common goals; it rather is a lively and visible organism working and growing with the changing environment in order to overcome challenges and provide a sustainable unit as an enabler embedded in the field of technology.

With roots in Croatia, Paula’s journey started at the University of Klagenfurt (AAU). In the course of her psychology studies, suddenly new horizons opened up. In the search for complementary paths she successfully completed an additional curriculum in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, adding different courses concerned with economic science. After having the opportunity to join and even lead a consulting company run by students. In the last years, she engaged in the Sustainable Energy Management Unit at the AAU with a focus on renewable energy, sustainable mobility, and business model innovation in research and teaching. She took the lead for different projects within her dissertation (e.g. Clean Energy Design Thinking Challenge, hiMOBIL) and was a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about education and design thinking and commits to foster sustainability when working with different stakeholders.

With the end of the memorable year 2020, a new adventure has started with a leading position in the field of Technology and Innovation at the Silicon Alps Cluster. As a trend seeker, sustainability enthusiast, innovation enabler, and passionate team creator/designer, her concentration and lifeblood into engaging people to enrich their future daily life by the use of technology.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.(J.Lee)

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Dr. Manfred Hall

2016 – 2021 M&R Automation / PIA Automation Austria

2009 – 2016 Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG)

2005 – 2009 University of Graz

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

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)

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