Prof. Dr. Michael Landertshammer

Prof. Dr. Michael Landertshammer, born on 4th February 1954 in Krems, Austria, started his career as a Doctor in law in 1977. With only 23 years of age, he became a leading manager at the Vienna Economic Chamber in the field of Crafts and Trades.

Only 9 years later, Landertshammer completely changed the scope of his business when he was appointed Deputy Head of the Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) of the Vienna Economic Chamber, the largest education and training institute in Vienna, with 200 employees and more than 1,000 freelance trainers.

Soon, the field of education had gained his heart so completely that all his future positions were dealing with education and training in the WIFI network, spanning the whole of Austria and its several small regions.

While heading the Institute of Economic Promotion in Vienna from 1993 on, Landertshammer modernized the organization fundamentally in order to gain growth and sustainability. He established a new quality system and worked on the establishment of the University of Applied Sciences Vienna of the Vienna Economic Chamber. Later he became Managing Director of the university and President of the Conference of all Universities of Applied Sciences.

In 2001, at the zenith of his career, Landertshammer took the wheel to lead WIFI Austria, the umbrella organization of all WIFI institutes in Austria, and intensified his work on the international expansion of WIFI. As he had always been interested in politics, he became Head of the Education and Training Policies Department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in the same year.

Landertshammer is currently active in the executive board of many educational institutions in Austria including the IBW – Research and Development in VET and advisory boards like the SME Research Austria. He heads the largest educational and training institute in the whole of Austria, counting 350,000 participants, 15,000 trainers and 31,000 training events per year - and WIFI International, active in more than 10 CEE/SEE countries, China, North Africa and the Middle East.