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FHWien der WKW Honored Successful Graduates

December 1, 2022

The university of applied sciences for management and communication presented “Alumni Awards” to nine former students.

Vienna, December 1, 2022 – FHWien der WKW offers its graduates the best career opportunities in business. This year, nine graduates were highlighted and honored with an Alumni Award, exemplifying the wide range of career paths that are made possible by studying at the university of applied sciences, which specializes in management and communication.

At the award ceremony on November 28, 2022, at the Hotel Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna, the winners were officially presented. In front of 150 guests, including other top alumni of FHWien der WKW as well as representatives of the university of applied sciences and the business community, the Alumni Awards were presented to the winners in a festive atmosphere. The trophies were designed by the artist Billi Thanner. Journalist and moderator Eser Akbaba led through the evening.

Award for professionals and managers

The award in the category “Professional Achievements” was presented to specialists and executives who have achieved national or international success in their industry or field of activity. The laudatory speech was given by Billi Thanner.

The award winners:

  • Lukas Rendl, LL.M. MBA: The graduate of the International MBA in Management & Communications is Head of Health Claims and Claims Process Management at Generali Versicherung AG.
  • Karina Schunker, MA MRICS: She graduated from FHWien der WKW with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Real Estate Management. Today, Schunker is Managing Director of EHL Wohnen GmbH.
  • Silvia Bauer, BA: The graduate of the Bachelor’s program in Finance, Accounting & Taxation is CFO – Director Finance and Administration at GfK.

Award for particularly innovative alumni

In the category “Shaping the Future”, graduates were honored for finding forward-looking answers to pressing questions of our time with their way of thinking and their actions. This category was presented by Jasmin Dolati, Head of Program at Radio Wien.

The award winners:

  • Bernhard Blaha, BSc MA: He graduated with a Master’s degree in Executive Management from FHWien der WKW and is now CEO of The People’s SCE.
  • Kosima Kovar, MA: A graduate of the Bachelor’s program in Corporate Communication, she is the founder of sgreening – Social & Green Marketing GmbH and co-founder and CEO of Ada – Female Growth.
  • Ambra Schuster, BA: She graduated from the Bachelor’s program in Journalism & Media Management. Today, Schuster is an editor at FM4 and Ö1 as well as a TikTok host at Zeit im Bild.

Honoring exceptionally committed alumni

The category “Exceptional Commitment to FHWien der WKW” honored alumni who are particularly committed to teaching or research at FHWien der WKW and thus contribute to the continuous development of the university of applied sciences. The awards in this category were presented by Halyna Bernard, Director of Human Resources, Hotel Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna.

The award winners:

  • Mag. (FH) Alexander Dalinger: He completed the Diploma program in Marketing & Sales and is now Chief Strategy Officer at KSR Group.
  • Mag. (FH) Paul Blaguss: He graduated from FHWien der WKW with a degree in Tourism Management and is now Managing Director of Blaguss Reisen GmbH.
  • MMag.a (FH) Gudrun Gaedke: The alumna of the former Knowledge Management study program is an independent management consultant and business coach.

“The fact that many of our graduates are so successful in their careers makes us very proud. For many, their studies laid the foundation for careers at home and abroad. With the Alumni Award, which we have been presenting to outstanding graduates for many years, we highlight the successes of our alumni,” says Michael Heritsch, CEO of FHWien der WKW.


There was great joy about the Alumni Awards: Nine graduates of FHWien der WKW were honored with a trophy by Billi Thanner.
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The guests at the Alumni Awards ceremony enjoyed the special ambience of the Hotel Palais Hansen Kempinski. From left to right: Michael Heritsch, Halyna Bernard, Florian Aubke, Billi Thanner, Paul Leitenmüller
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FHWien der WKW – University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication 

FHWien der WKW is Austria’s leading university of applied sciences for management & communication. Working in close contact with Austrian corporations, FHWien der WKW offers comprehensive and practice-oriented academic programs to over 2,800 Bachelor’s and Master’s students. Two thirds of our teaching staff have a background in business. Our programs are tailored to the needs of companies, optimally preparing our students for their future careers. Since its foundation in 1994, FHWien der WKW has already produced over 13,600 graduates.


Bernhard Witzeling
Head of Corporate Communication, Marketing and Alumni & Career Services, Press Officer
Tel.: +43 (1) 476 77-5731