The executive board of SIETAR Austria promotes SIETAR’s activities strives to:

  • raise awareness of the association,
  • inform the public about the activities of the association,
  • promote exchange between theory and practice,
  • develop the community further … and much more.

… and much more.

All members of the executive board of SIETAR Austria work on a voluntary basis.

Actual Team

Eithne Knappitsch

Eithne Knappitsch

Eithne Bio
FH-Prof. Dr. Eithne Knappitsch is Professor of Intercultural Management and Program Director of a Business Bachelor in Intercultural Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). Eithne is the co-founder of SIETAR Carinthia, which has amalgmated with SIETAR Austria. Eithne’s research, teaching and professional training interests lie in the fields of Intercultural Management, Diversity Management, Unconscious Bias and Intercultural Communication. Eithne is a member of the TRANS_SPACE research group, an interdisciplinary research group working on issues relating to Transformative Social Political and Cultural Engagement and is also a member of the Transfrontier Euro-Insitute Network (TEIN), a network devoted to the practical business of cross-border cooperation in Europe. Eithne grew up in Ireland, and has lived in Northern Ireland, Belgium, Germany and currently Klagenfurt, Austria. 
Svetlana Buko

Svetlana Buko


Svetlana Bio

Svetlana is a sociologist, manager and cross-border researcher with intercultural experience in six countries. She graduated from Gymnasium in California (USA, 1997), completed a specialist degree in St.Petersburg (Russia, 2002), conducted doctoral research on American-Ukrainian management (Kyiv, Ukraine 2009), concluded her post-doctoral research with ERSTE Foundation (Vienna, Austria, 2013).

Svetlana has managed US-European national field research projects (leadership, women entrepreneurship, cultural intelligence), designed and delivered HRM trainings (on-boarding programs, pre-departure orientations, and re-entries), published in peer-reviewed journals, and has delivered guest lectures and presented at conferences across the globe. She is a docent of intercultural management, teaching at MA level Program “Intercultural Management” of School of Advances Social Studies, (Nova Gorica, Slovenia), and a Senior Researcher the School of Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Villach, Austria).

Svetlana is currently working on the research project “Cross-border entrepreneurship and innovation in the tri-border region: Slovenia-Italy-Austria” and serves as an instructional designer for the cross-border business COIL labs.

Birgit Hochreiter

Birgit Hochreiter


Birgit Bio

Birgit Hochreiter is consultant, business coach and trainer with main focus on intercultural competencies, development of personal potential, and vision finding. She is founder of Birgit Hochreiter Consulting.

Birgit has studied business economics, has a postgraduate diploma in Intercultural Competencies and is business and life coach.  Before her self-employment, Birgit worked for an international group and then as a project manager for a consultancy.

She speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.



Colin Heller

Colin Heller


Colin Bio

Colin Heller works as a full-time Senior Lecturer / Senior Researcher and Language Coordinator at the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia (CUAS). He teaches German as a foreign language, Russian and German Language for specific purposes.

As a studied Slavic and foreign Germanic, he completed his doctorate in 2017 at the University of Klagenfurt in Russian Linguistics (Lexicography).

For more than ten years, he has been working in the field of applied linguistics.

Research interests:

Teaching German as a foreign language, Russian, Terminology, language for specific purposes, dictionary making (German – Russian).