Supervisory and Advisory Board

Supervisory Board

The supervisory board monitors and supports the management of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH, relying on trustful cooperation. It performs auditing and reporting duties, appoints and dismisses members of the Management Board and represents the company to the Management Board.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Mathias Rauch

Director of Research Strategy and Policy, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Thomas Bauernhansl

Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Dr. Andreas Tostmann

Chairman of the Management Board of MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus SE as well as member of the Management Board of TRATON SE

Dr. Simon Harst

Scientific advisor to the President as well as Deputy Head of Corporate Think Tank, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Advisory Board

In 2010, the sole shareholder, the Fraunhofer Society in Munich, set up an advisory board. Its role is, among other things, to advise the management of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH in the preparation of the work program and the implementation of the work, as well as to support the brokerage of research contracts and the acquisition of grants and donations.

  • Dr. Josef Affenzeller, National and International Research Coordinator, AVL List GmbH
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. e. h. Wilhelm Bauer, Managing Director, Fraunhofer IAO
  • KR Ing. Johann Bock, Managing Director, BECOM Electronics GmbH
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Knut Consemüller, former Chairman of the Council for Research and Technology Development
  • DI Gerhard Greiner, Managing Director, ALP.Lab GmbH
  • Ing. Karl Christian Handl, MBA, Managing Director, HANDL TYROL GmbH
  • DI Dr. Kurt Hofstädter, Siemens AG Österreich
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.h.c. Harald Kainz, Rector TU Graz
  • DI Hans Kostwein, Managing Director, Kostwein Maschinenbau GmbH
  • Markus Langes-Swarovski, Chairman of the Swarovski Board of Directors
  • Dr. Gerhard Matschnig, Chairman of the Board of Management of Zurich Insurance AG
  • DI Joachim Metzmacher, Managing Director Technology and Production ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH and ENGEL HOLDING GmbH
  • Dr. Mag-pharm. Karin Schaupp, Managing Director International Innovation and Business Consulting
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr.h.c.mult. Michael Schenk, former director of the Fraunhofer IFF
  • KR Veit Schmid-Schmidsfelden, Managing Director, Rupert Fertinger GmbH
  • DI Helmut Schwarzl, Managing Director Production, Geberit
  • O. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Seidler, Rector TU Wien
  • DI Martin Zehnder, MBA, CEO, PALFINGER AG