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Meet our Team

A flat hierarchy is the declared goal of RIC Leoben. Tasks are divided in a transparent and streamlined way, enabling all team members to enjoy great freedom of movement in their work. Personal initiative is key for our development and we are counting on each team member for self-management and becoming better every day. We learn from each other and are continuously evolving as a team. Four students are supporting our full-time team members with their competence and motivation.

Susanne Feiel, BA MA

In 2017 Susanne Feiel took over the lead of the RIC Leoben and is since then passionately involved in her work. She was already part of the center at the very beginning, however, took a short two-year break to head the Montanuniversitaet International Relations Office (MIRO), which she still does in parallel to this position. Despite this, she has always been involved in the EIT RM and RIC activities and the development of the center has always been a heartfelt matter for her. The areas of education and the creation of visibility of the raw materials sector have become focus areas at RIC through Susanne as well as connecting raw materials activities within the scope of sustainable supply, the circular economy and climate action with the sustainable development goals. The long term future vision here is to involve the entire university for fruitful results. Susanne completed her studies of English and American Studies with focus linguistics and business in 2013 and now scientifically works on raw materials policy and the sustainable development goals. She is active in networking in relevant stakeholder groups such as for example in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group as sherpa.

Vice Rector Peter Moser

Despite his extensive agenda as vice-rector Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Peter Moser is actively involved in positioning and supporting RIC Leoben and EIT Raw Materials activities of RIC at a strategic level through networking in relevant committees and circles. He is further an irreplaceable support through his great project-ideas as well as their initiation. He completed his MSc in Mining Engineering with a specialisation in Tunnelling in 1983 and his PhD in Mining in 1989. Since 2006 he is the Head of Department of Mineral Resources & Petroleum Engineering and holds the Chair of Mining Engineering & Mineral Economics.  In 2011 he was appointed Vice Rector, responsible for International Affairs and University infrastructure. He has written around 100 scientific papers in the field of Drilling & Blasting, Mine Development, Underground Mining, Rock Mechanics & Rock Cutting, Ventilation and Mineral Policy issues. He is a certified expert and works as consulter for the mining industry. Through his very active involvement in the European Raw Materials landscape, such as his involvement in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group or his role as steering committee member in the EIT RawMaterials Community, his research and devotion currently revolve around the societal challenges regarding a sustainable raw materials supply of Europe and the globe.

Dr. Ulrike Haslinger

Ulrike Haslinger has been working for education institutions for over 15 years: After being a lecturer for German as a Foreign Language at different universities in English-speaking countries for four years, Ulrike was employed at the Austrian Centre for Language Competence in Graz for several years. Her responsibility in this institution, which is closely related to the Federal Ministry of Education, was the management of national and international activities and projects with the Council of Europe and the European Commission focusing on teaching and learning languages in the Austrian school system.  Furthermore, she is a qualified dyslexia therapist (diploma from the dyslexia training course at Klinikum Klagenfurt hospital).

In our RC team, Ulrike is the education officer, responsible for developing and managing relevant education projects.

Anna Meyer, BA BA MA

Anna Meyer studied English/American Studies and Molecular Biology at the University of Graz and was also teaching and researching at the Faculty as a student assistant. After finishing her studies she did an internship in a language school in Bristol (GB) for 3 months and later taught German and English in another language school in Madrid (Spain) before she joined the RIC team.

In our RIC team, Anna is working as a research and project manager developing projects in the context of EIT RawMaterials and ensuring the efficient communication between the University Chairs, RIC Leoben and EIT RawMaterials. She is also involved in developing the Sustainable Development Goals strategy and organizes project meetings, workshops and other events.

Dipl.-Geoökol. Lorenzo Rieg

Lorenzo Rieg studied geo-ecoloy at the Karlsruher Institute for Technology and joined the RIC Leoben after 8 years at the University of Innsbruck.

Lorenzo is co-ordinating the activities within the EIT Climate-KIC in regards of project acquisition and project management. He focuses on bringing the scientists of Montanuniversitaet Leoben in contact with the international Climate Change Community and to foster the participation at relevant scientific projects, mainly in the areas of sustainable production, circular economy and sustainable urban development.

In addition, Lorenzo organizes events, such as the EIT Climate-KIC summer school “The Journey” and is the representative of Montanuniversitaet at the Climate Change Centre Austria.

Dipl.-Ing. Hanno Bertignoll

End of March 2018, Hanno Bertignoll started as Project Manager at the RIC Leoben.

His activities include coordination, application and development of EIT RM projects, as well as projects covering other raw material relevant topics.

He serves as the interface between the RIC Leoben, the university institutes and the EIT RM, and networks to connect relevant partners.

Additionally, he acively supports selected projects as project expert.

He also is involved in organizing workshops, project meetings and other networking events.


Hanno is a graduated mining engineer from Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has long-time industry experience, working in various roles in business development, sales and marketing for a mining equipment supplier in Zeltweg/Austria. After that, he worked two years as marketing manager for a recycling equipment manufacturer.

Lisa Ditz

Lisa Ditz has been in charge of the RIC Leoben front office since 2015. She is the primary contact in our office for all administrative, communicative and logistic issues. As organizational all-rounder she manages delegation visits, conferences and projects and runs the day-to-day business. In 2017 she attended further training from the Vocational Training Institute and is now a certified „Office Manager“. After completing the commercial school in Judenburg she was working for the building service and procurement department at Montanuniversitaet Leoben before joining the RIC Leoben team.

Klaus Poier

Klaus has been part of the RIC Leoben team from the very beginning. His main task is researching and updating information on our partner countries to create country profiles. For all technical emergencies that might arise in our office, Klaus is surely the person to ask for help. He studies Applied Geosciences and is planning to found a start-up on innovative applications of minerals.

Marie-Theres Kügerl, BSc

Marie-Theres manages all Public Relation activities and designs the RIC newsletter. She is also actively involved in researching and further developing scientific topics, in particular for data evaluation of raw materials data and its contextualization to make business forecasts. In the fall of 2017, she did an internship in Brussels for the department „Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials“ of the European Commission. There she assisted in the organization of the EIP RawMaterials Week 2017 in Brussels. Marie-Theres studies Mineral Resources Engineering and focuses on completing her studies with a master thesis on raw materials policies.


Owain Maedel

Our all-rounder, Owain, is always on hand to support the team with his many talents. He already has managed projects and coordinated proposal submissions in the past. Owain is now involved in the repositioning of the RIC Leoben office where he is coordinating the graphical appearance of all PR material and the multimedia content; and he is also responsible for the annual report. He studies Mineral Resources Engineering and plans to pursue his Master‘s degree in the US.


Anna Kieninger-Fantoni

Anna joined the RIC team in 2017 to support strategic development and partner communication within the ESEE region. She actively engages in realizing outputs of various ESEE projects. Her profound research facilitates the contextualization and organization of RIC Leoben events – in particular the setting-up of ESEE Dialogue Conferences.

Anna is enrolled in the bachelor’s program in Mineral Resources Engineering and intends to focus on Mining Engineering in her master program.