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RIM Team

Ing. Mag. Dr. Katharina Fellnhofer

Founder and CEO (on leave)

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. Since 2021 Katharina is fully committed as Marie-Curie-Fellow hosted by ETH Zurich and Harvard University with her project ROLLER-COASTER..

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.

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.

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. Ana is a freelancer.

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.

Ing. Mag. Toni Eiser


Toni Eier has an education in aeronatical engineering and international business management. He has worked abroad as export and internationalisation consult and has also decades of experience in innovation and start-up consulting. He has designed a multitude of RTD projects on national and EU level and has set-up and managed an educational EU project in the field of aviation. Moreover, he has participated in several technology oriented start-ups.

Julia Hofmann

Project Manager

Julia is a recent graduate of the Medical University of Vienna with a M.S in Biomedicine. She is currently pursuing her endeavor to combine biomedical research and coding by earning a graduate degree in Computer Science in Boston, MA. Subsequently, her career goal is to improve research results through thorough data analysis and work for a computational biology startup. As Project Manager she is engaged in several research and innovation projects.

Farisa Chamajewa


Farisa grew up speaking three languages and has always been compassionate about multilingualism and linguistics. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies and is currently in a diploma program for obtaining the ÖIF trainer license. Besides her years of experience in early childhood education and working with young adults, she is now developing her skills in adult learning. Farisa enjoys spending time with her loved ones and re-watching sitcoms.

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