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RIM Team

Ing. Mag. Dr. Katharina Fellnhofer

Founder and CEO

As company director, Katharina Fellnhofer leads this management consulting firm. She started her business in 2010 and has to date developed and managed several ICT projects while lecturing or active at several universities across Europe. New Design University, Danube University Krems, St. Pölten School of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, University of Liechtenstein, and the University of Bayreuth. As a member of several committees, Katharina is an advisor to policy-makers and the business community—for instance, she was a member of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on assessing the investment potential of SMEs emerging from the SME Instrument. Katharina has been an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow from 2015 to 2017 with her habilitation project entitled "E-Ship-Stories Initiative for Entrepreneurship Education". Since July 2017 she is a Docent at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. In 2018 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs at the Harvard University.

Katharina is registered as court-certified expert in Austria (91.01 Business Administration, Business Management/ Business Economics (in particular for grant funding) / 91.05 Business Consulting).

In addition to her research and entrepreneurial passion, Katharina enjoys running.

Mag. Dr. Alexander Pfeiffer, MBA MA

Senior Researcher and Task Manager

Alexander Pfeiffer is recipient of a Max Kade Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Academy of Science to work at MIT with The Education Arcade. His research focus as a postdoctoral fellow is on blockchain technologies and their impact on game-based education and learning assessment. Before joining MIT, Alexander headed the center for applied game studies at Danube-University Krems, Austria, for eight years. He is also co-founder of the Austrian-based tech start-up Picapipe GmbH and the Malta-based B & P Emerging Technologies Consultancy Lab Ltd. He holds a doctorate and a social and economic sciences degree (mag.rer.soc.oec) from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, a Master of Arts from Danube-University Krems, and an Executive MBA from Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage. In the spirit of his life's motto of "Livelong Learning" he is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Malta, with the aim of completing his doctorate in 2022. Alexander's projects have won various prizes in recent years. Most recently the Austrian Blockchain Award 2020 for the blockchain concept of the FFG funded Hot-City project. Besides this particular research his fields of interests are e-sports, media studies, digital identities, emerging technologies in general, game studies and binge-watching TV series. Alex is supporting flexible on a voluntary basis for specific tasks.

Monika Kohlruß

Research Assistant and Trainer

Monika is leading tailor-made language trainings and cross-cultural communication skills workshops for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. She has substantial experience in training in the corporate sector. Monika has worked with both worldwide leading large companies and small niche players. She supports her students in a particular way because of her professional skills and high expertise in her discipline.

Monika’s way of teaching
„I - if possible - move on the premises with my trainees and discuss daily business as well as any problems or tasks arising from their duties. On the other hand the participants of my trainings are always cordially invited to discuss any questions coming up during their practical use of the English language. The trainings include strategic exercise as well as standard situations so that the newly gained knowledge can be implemented easily in daily business. I have to admit that my trainings are spiritually inspired. As I can read the gestures and facial expressions of the trainees it is easy for me to find out if my explanations or the words I use are clear to them and if they are well understood. This special support helps me to apply accordingly and ensures a good feeling for everyone. Due to this fact of a relaxed state of mind learning becomes easier and I am usually very proud of the progress I recognize. Long story short: I as well provide mental support during the trainings which makes my lessons one of a kind.“

Manuela Spandl


Manuela Spandl studies teacher education with the subjects English and Latin at the University of Vienna. She is very passionate and dedicated to her work. She is gaining experience and improving her teaching skills while leading English courses. In her free time Manuela enjoys spending time with her family and pets, skiing and making music.

Marion Oberreiter


Over the past ten years Marion has gained extensive experience in hospitality. Additionally, Marion studied the teaching subjects Italian and Mathematics at the University of Vienna. Now, she is also conducting a further training as a dyslexia trainer. She is leading trainings for the Research and Innovation Management GmbH since 2019. In her leisure time Marion enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, working in the garden, cooking and, in particular, baking with her children.

Mag. Doris Baumgartner


With a background in tourism management, Doris gained work and language experience in Disneyland Paris. After a couple of years in Paris, Doris turned her back on tourism and studied teacher education with the subjects French and Spanish at the University of Vienna. She worked as a French and Spanish teacher in a grammar school in Klosterneuburg. During her maternity leave she moved to Amstetten, where she is now working for apricon GmbH, a specialist for business consulting, dictation and speech recognition solutions. In a cooperation with Research and Innovation Management GmbH Doris leads several language seminars. Her free time she spends with her family and with reading. Doris is on parental leave.

Mag. Sabine Zechmeister


Sabine is a qualified interpreter, translator, and language trainer for German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Furthermore, she is a certified trainer for German and also holds a license as an ÖIF- and ÖSD-examiner for national and international German Certificate Exams. Moreover, she is a certified trainer for the further training of adults and a certified communication trainer, a certified mental trainer and a certified life coach, an author and an editor and sees herself as a metaphysical trainer of the consciousness and a holistic personality coach. She is extremely practically orientated and delivers compact contents that are relevant to the work and life of her participants.

Ana Monteiro

Content Creator & Project Manager

Graduated from video and photography courses from Instituto Superior Miguel Torga and Escola de Tecnologias Inovação e Criação. Complemented her studies with a course lectured by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Christian Berger, a photography course lectured by The Museum of Modern Art curator Sarah Meister and multiple masterclasses on FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival 2018-19. A photographer and filmmaker at the international organization Piano&Coffee, she has produced multiple music videos for artists across 3 continents. The head-producer/programmer at the Shortcutz Figueira da Foz film festival since 2017 and an experienced lecturer, Ana is also on the final stages of post-production of 3 documentaries she directed in 3 different countries: Poland, Peru and Portugal.

Mag. Hermann Wieland

International Export Advisor

Mag. Hermann Wieland has been an export manager for more than 25 years and has developed and managed several successful export projects. He has advised several forestry sector industries in the East, providing support for new purchasing offices in Asia and guiding several leading companies that are active in or producing for the primary industry. Hermann is a passionate hiker and in his free time enjoys the countryside.

Elena Hörndler, BA

Project Manager

Elena Hörndler has a Bachelor's degree in International Marketing and Sales. Furthermore, she studies E-Commerce at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Campus Wieselburg. Elena is an organized and structured person. As Project Assistant she is engaged in several research and innovation projects. In her free time Elena enjoys music, sports such as playing tennis or going for a run, and spending time with her friends and family.

Seraphina Park BA BA


Since 2011 Seraphina has been teaching Korean in Austria and is very delighted about the growing interests in the Korean language and its culture. Having spent nearly half her life in Europe, she constantly tries to represent Korean culture outside of her home country. Among her interests are travelling, movies, music, spending time with lovely people and driving around with her child.

Elisa Medeot, BA

Support for Research and Innovation Projects

Elisa Medeot completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Consultancy International, majoring in International Accounting and Finance. She is currently enrolled as a master student in the Treasury and Investment programme at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. Elisa is an ambitious, analytical, detail-oriented, and well-organized person, who enjoys challenges and always strives to achieve the best possible results. As a support figure, she is engaged in a variety of research and innovation projects. Elisa dedicates its free time to travelling, photography, books, and cuisine, as well as to her family and friends.

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