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Norbert Darabos

President (Chairman of the Board)

Norbert Darabos was Austrian Minister of Defence from 2007 - 2013 and Burgenland's State Councillor for Social Affairs and Health from 2015 - 2019. He was a member of the Austrian Parliament for many years and in his function as Secretary of the Austrian social-democratic party (SPĂ–) he led several election campaigns. As a historian, he is currently responsible for establishment of the "Museum for the Contemporary History of Burgenland" at Schlaining Castle. Since 2019 Norbert Darabos has been President of the ACP.

Dr Irene Giner-Reichl

Vice President

Irene Giner-Reichl studied Romance and German studies, law, counselling and spirituality in Innsbruck and New York. She worked for the Austrian Foreign Service from 1982 to 2021, specialising in sustainable development and global issues, multilateralism, development policy and women's rights. She was the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna, and the Ambassador of Austria to the People's Republic of China, Mongolia, Brazil and Suriname. She teaches and publishes on international relations issues and has been active in the NGO sector since her retirement in March 2021.

Johann Pucher

Vice President

Johann Pucher was Head of the Directorate for Security Policy in the Austrian Ministry of Defence from 2007 until his retirement. In 1974 he participated for the first time in a UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. From 1985 to 1987 he was Deputy Chief of staff of the UN troops on the Golan Heights. In 2002 he was Director of RACVIAC - Center for Security Cooperation in Zagreb. Johann Pucher has been a member of the ACP board since 2013.

Rudolf Luipersbeck


Rudolf Luipersbeck was Managing Director of Kurbad Bad Tatzmannsdorf AG from 1979 to 2015. Under his leadership the community changed from a health resort to a spa and wellness destination. He is a co-founder of the Jormannsdorf Health Academy and heads the district office of the Austrian Red Cross. Rudolf Luipersbeck has been a member of the ACP board since 2014.

Dr Markus Brunner


Markus Brunner, economist and political scientist, has been working for more than 20 years as a project manager and expert with the Munich-based consultancy Bureau for Institutional Reform and Democracy - BiRD GmbH on projects in the areas of good governance, democracy promotion, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Between 1993 and 1997, he was deputy trade delegate of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Nigeria. He also worked as a lecturer at the European Peace University in Stadtschlaining.

Marijana Grandits


As a student, Marijana Grandits was already committed to human and minority rights as well as the right to development for the Global South. She studied slavic languages, history and literature as well as science of sports at the University of Vienna and international relations at the Bologna Centre of the Johns Hopkins University.  From 1985, Marijana Grandits was managing director of the Europahaus Eisenstadt for three years. She then worked as a freelance consultant on development policy issues and human rights, among others at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Global Campus for Human Rights Venice, for the Council of Europe, NGOs and state institutions, for democracy and human rights in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and in the Global South. Marijana Grandits is the former head of Table I of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, former member of the Austrian National Council and deputy chairwoman of the women's theatre "Kosmos Theater". In 2015, she was honoured with the Bruno Kreisky Prize for services to human rights.

Markus Szelinger


Markus Szelinger has been the Mayor of Stadtschlaining since 2012 and is Managing Director of the Environmental Service (Umweltdienst) Burgenland. He completed his alternative military service at the ACP and has been associated with the institute ever since. He has been a member of the ACP board since 2011.



Dr Christine Teuschler


Christine Teuschler has been Managing Director of the Burgenland Adult Education Centre (Volkshochschule) since 1991. She is a founding member and Deputy Chairperson of RE.F.U.G.I.U.S., an association, which commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime in Rechnitz and supports a culture of coexistence. As an adult educator she is involved in many projects in the field of political and intercultural education. Christine Teuschler has been a member of the AC Pboard since 2013.