Global Governance – Peacebuilding

How do transnational communities work? Looking at present happenings in the Ukraine and Syria, what is the role of institutions like EU and UN in times of global challenges?

Find more information about the speakers of this track here which will always be updated when we have new speakers confirmed:


Dr. Melanie Sully – Go-GovernanceMelanie_Sully

Head of the Go-Governance Institute

Dr Melanie Sully, editor, writer and consultant, was for many years professor of political science at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna.  Formerly Voice of America radio correspondent, Dr Sully acts as a consultant eg on good governance projects for the Cultural Department of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria. Further she has worked as a consultant for the OSCE (ODIHR Warsaw) on projects such as parliamentary standards,  comparative legislatures, as well as women’s political participation. In this capacity she has presented expert papers in parliament, Belgrade, Serbia on legislative standards, and parliamentary ethics, November 2011, 2012, and 2013 and in parliament, Tirana, Albania, July 2012; presentations on parliaments and ethics and legislative standards for parliamentarians in Tbilisi, Georgia July 2013 and for the Council of Europe, GRECO 2014. Guest Professorial Lecture, Politics, Birkbeck, University of London, 2014. Expert evidence given to the House of Commons Committee on Standards, London, 2014


Go-Governance is an independent Institute based in Vienna to promote and co-ordinate research and projects on the topics of democratic governance and related fields. The institute aims to co-organise international conferences, round table debates, seminars and summer schools in areas of mutual interest. It has a panel of experts engaged in producing scientific publications and reports on topical issues.


Josef Mantl – Go-Governancejosef_mantl

Deputy Head of Institute for Go-Governance

Dr. Josef Mantl is an Austrian Communication Entrepreneur. As CEO of the Full Service Communications Agency JMC he focuses on Campaigns, Events and Digital Media. He is Spokesman of the Sustainable Future Campaign. Dr Mantl is author and editor of numerous publications on communications, mobile governance and digital media. Since 2012 member of Team Europe of the European Commission and Al Gore Climate Leader.





patrick_muellerPatrick Müller – European Integration Research in Vienna

Assistant Professor at the Institute for European Integration Research in Vienna. Since 2009 Researcher at the Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna

December 2009 – February 2010
Transatlantic Post Doc Fellow for International Relations (TAPIR) at the Johns Hopkins University – School of International Studies, Baltimore

July 2008 – February 2009
Transatlantic Post Doc Fellow for International Relations (TAPIR) at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris

european-integration-research_logoEuropean Integration Research in Vienna

The Institute for European Integration Research (EIF) is dedicated to research and teaching in the field of European integration. Methods and theories from various disciplines are combined to maximize insight. Central to our inter-disciplinary approach are political, legal, social, and historical perspectives.

EIF cooperates widely with partners, both nationally and internationally, and is responsible for the editorial management of two peer-reviewed journals published in English, European Integration online Papers (EIoP) and Living Reviews in European Governance (LREG).


Norbert Funke – Joint Vienna Institutenorbert_funke

Norbert Funke was appointed Director of the Joint Vienna Institute in 2012. He has been a staff member of the International Monetary Fund since 2000. Most recently, he headed the Global Partnerships Division of the Institute for Capacity Development, overseeing the IMF’s donor relations. Previously, he was an Advisor in the Office of Technical Assistance Management and a Division Chief in the African Department, where he also served as mission chief for Mauritius, Senegal, Seychelles, and Burkina Faso.


JointViennaInstitute_logoJoint Vienna Institute

Established in 1992 by Austria, the International Monetary Fund, and other international organizations, the Joint Vienna Institute is a regional training center, primarily for public sector officials from countries in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.



Nadja Schmidt – International Campagin to Ablish Nuclear Weaponsov_nadja_schmidt2

 Executive Director of the Austrian Branch of ICAN

Nadja Schmidt is a political scientist and campaigner, specialized in nuclear disarmament and diplomatic communication strategy. She has worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Vienna and as consultant in the field of science communication. Currently, she is executive director of the Austrian branch of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Secretary-General of the Austrian Political Science Association (AuPSA). She is also lecturer in political science at the University of Vienna and the Institute for European Studies in Vienna.

ICAN_logoICAN – International Campagin to Ablish Nuclear Weapons 

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate and support negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.


Georgios Kostakos – Foundation for Global Governance and SustainabilityGeorgios_Kostakos

Executive Director and Founder of FOGGS

An independent consultant based in Brussels, Belgium, since August 2012, Georgios Kostakos has been one of the founders of the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) and is currently serving as its first Executive Director.  Previously he served on the secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) as Senior Adviser and Acting Deputy Executive Secretary (2010-2012), and on many other positions at the United Nations, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the University of Athens, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

FOGGS_logoFOGGS – Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability

The Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability aspires to generate out-of-box ideas on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability and related governance arrangements. What motivates them is the apparent lack of clarity, explanatory theory, direction and leadership that we are experiencing at this critical juncture in humanity’s and our planet’s history, which presents many challenges but also many opportunities. What they want to do is to establish a forum for the exchange of views among thinkers and practitioners interested in addressing today’s challenges, and to encourage analysis towards action, with new approaches and innovative ideas, within a framework of moral and humanistic principles.