News from VP Finance


  1. Membership fees

During the last weeks, the future of the association of AIESEC Alumni Austria balanced on a knife’s edge. Hence we halted the collection of this year’s membership fees. As the future of AAA is now secured, we will resume the collection of the fees in the coming weeks. Dear members, please look out for further communication in the coming weeks, if you haven’t paid yet.

  1. Database

As you already might be aware, our old database had been corrupted some years ago. Since then we were handling the operations of AAA via a fragmented system of IT applications. This is not sustainable as you might agree. During the last year we were screening different solutions and decided on CiviCRM as new database. CiviCRM is open source software and developed for non-profit organisations like us.

But as we, the EB, are not IT or CiviCRM specialists, we still have to meet the challenge. If you have experience in implementing a database like CiviCRM and to link it with our website, your help is very welcome. Please get in contact with me (

With best regards,

Portrait Jörn Lange

Jörn (VP Finance)




My areas of contribution to AAA 2016/17

Keep it personal & simple

My “areas” of contribution to AAA (and Aiesec) 2016/17 include:


Cooperation with AIESEC in Austria

Communication (Social Media, Newsletter)

Vision, ATP (Alumni Theme Programme)


Ad Alumnites:

As is the case in many AIESEC/AA countries every 1st Thursday of the month we will have an  ALUMNite in Vienna (and hopefully soon also in other cities! Interested? Just let me know!).

An informal get-together (Stammtisch) of Alumni, visitors from abroad and active AIESECers; to reunite, meet old friends. share stories, experiences, inspire – and have fun.

Every then and when we may have some special program (provided someone proposes to organize it).

And I’m thinking to organize a special Christmas Market Alumnite, where also our families (especially kids, or as in my case, grandchildren) can participate.

So head over to the AAA calendar, and make use of the “export to your calendar” feature (the link opens in a new window, so you’ll be able to come back here in no time)!


Ad Cooperation with AIESEC in Austria

Checking out possibilities for co-operations, sharing ideas and experiences, and enabling AIESECers a flawless transition to AAA when finishing their studies!


Ad Communication (Social Media, Newsletter)

Regularly update/inform AAAlumni (and the rest of the world) of what’s going on, what is in the pipeline.

As to the newsletter we are going to reactivate the idea of the “4 Seasons Newsletter”, meaning it will be published once a quarter (21st of September, of December, of March and of June). Plus, the odd issue for special events. And, do consider the idea of sharing your thoughts in one or more of the issues J


Ad Vision, ATP (Alumni Theme Programme)

What is AAA/AIESEC really about, its purpose, mission, vision? “Peace and Fulfilment of Humankind’s Potential”? Or, “Leadership”? To enable students to be better prepared for …? Or to be a thought leader, to propose (and implement) new approaches?

AAEurope (Peter Mandl) is on the forefront of these conversations; I’m thinking about participating myself as well; and to invite you to share your thoughts and input about the (future) role of AAA/AIESEC; maybe a future (kind of) Board of Advisors? Some of you already expressed interest; so if you feel that in addition to the AIESEC spirit you nowadays also have some experience and thoughts to share, simply let me know, and we’ll take it from there! (You can read more about ATP here)

And do provide us with your thoughts, ideas and active participation!

With best regards,

Dieter Langenecker Portrait picture

Dieter Langenecker (AAA Pres.)

Keep it personal & simple

Alumni serious

Alumni serious

and not so serious

and not so serious


New AAA board, first steps

Here we go! After 2 weeks, numerous meetings (almost like in the “good ol’” AIESEC days, but just almost), and 1 Alumnite – here’s a short outline of the focus for 2016/17.

And let me stress this before anything else: AAA would not exist anymore if it would not have been for the incredible work behind the scenes of both Midge (AAA President 2014-2016), and Jörn (VP Finance). Everything is perfectly structured and organized, potential problems and bottlenecks described with different solution scenarios: IT, social media and website maintenance, statutes, events, all administrative and organizational work. With a probably incredible amount of personal hours invested.

Most likely not the most sexy work. Definitely not seen by most of us (including myself; up to now, that is)

Therefore my sincere thanks to the old team – incredible job, very well done!

So let’s take this opportunity and build upon this base:

Therefore, the mission for 2016/2017? The visible resurrection of AAA.

How: By keeping it personal and simple.

By focusing on few activities; to inspire YOU to enjoy and to participate in AAA activities; and to rediscover ways to give back to AIESEC; and by reigniting the spirit to contribute to the vision of “Peace and Fulfilment of Humankind’s Potential”.

No more, no less.

I’m looking forward to meeting you personally!

In the meantime, with kind regards,

Dieter Langenecker Portrait picture

Dieter (President AAA)


PS/Btw: The next ALUMNite/Stammtisch is going to going to take place Sep.1st, 2016 – check it out here to read more details and to export the date to your calendar! 



“On the Road with Migrants”

On Saturday, June 11th 2016, Chrysosthenis Taslis from AIESEC Alumni Austria  and AIESEC LC Vienna WU organized a special boardgame called “On the Road with Migrants”. The game was developed by Caritas France based on real stories and this time took place at at Business University of Vienna (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien).

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Solar panels and wind power generators are means of producing sustainable energy

Sustainable Energy dialogue in the making

Sustainable energy and climate change

Climate change is affecting every aspect of our lives and current global happenings such as
economics, global policy or the refugee crisis. One year after COP-21 we will discuss
actions on climate change: Are we doing enough? What can politics, economy and civil
society do and how are we best working together? How does a realistic solution look like?

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AIESEC ALUMnite April 2016: Bowling with student AIESECers and trainees

Bowling ALUMnite: Pins & Balls

24 alumni, student AIESECers and trainees (!) spent a wonderful alumni bowling ALUMnite on 7th April in Vienna. OceanPark provided a wonderful environment with excellent finger food. And although we didn’t get the VIP area (some companies had booked that) we got VIP treatment. Thanks a million, Mr. Hanfstingl!

Originally planned for only two hours we had so much fun that the games went on until close to midnight. Of course we used the opportunity to play alumni against LCs against trainess, and later on switched to mixed teams at ladies choice…

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Communicating across borders: Timothy Cox

Cooperation between AIESEC Alumni, AIESEC WU and SIETAR Austria once more sucessful!

In cooperation with the Vienna Speakers Club, AIESEC Vienna WU, AIESEC Alumni Austria, SIETAR Austria hosted a wonderful workshop on „Communicating across borders“ at the WU Executive Academy. The participants could enjoy a delightful mix of several presentations.
AIESEC alumnus Chrys Taslis spoke about „High-vs. Low context cultures“ in intercultural communication and inspired a SpeakerNight. Sabine Lobnig later on talked about how to prepare successful „TED Talks“.
Both Chrys and Sabine are members of the Vienna Speakers Club, a member of Toastmasters International. At the Vienna Speakers Club you can learn effective public speaking which of course is also important in the intercultural field. And you can also develop your leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Moderated by the Vienna Speakers Club, attendees could later on try out their public speaking skills themselves in short and entertaining exercises.

Timothy Cox holds keynote

Timothy Cox, an experienced Toastmaster and executive coach for intercultural management, then held a keynote on „Communication across borders“. He challenged the participants very interactively to think outside the box and literally step out of their comfort zone.
A big thank you to all the organizations affiliated with this workshop! Find impressions of this Event on SIETAR Austria’s facebook page.
(article based on SIETAR Austria’s event review)

Robert Senz about complex capital markets, crowd knowledge and implications for investors

Robert Senz, AIESEC alumnus, as guest speaker at AAA SpeakerNight

We were delighted to have Robert Senz again as a speaker with us. Robert is a seasoned capital markets expert. He was recently appointed the new head of Erste Asset Management’s fixed income department and ranks among the top 6 Chief Investment Officers Global Fixed Income at LinkedIn.

In the late 1970s, Robert did his AIESEC internship in Kingston, Canada and later employed himself AIESEC trainees. Quote: “I learned so much from that traineeship that I wanted to give back the opportunity to others.”

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AIESEC alumna Gabriele Schallegger in the media

“Do what you do best”

Former AIESEC Graz member Gabriele Schallegger is in the media today. The now finance director of one of Russia’s greatest papermills reflects on her success story. Parts of her story reflects back to her learnings in AIESEC.

Gabriele’s key learnings:

  • You need to get out there to understand the product. That does not happen all out of its own.
  • What you learned early on in life and liked to do a lot is the best indicator for your career
  • I always did, what I previously found out I can do well – and then used the chances that came along

Her AIESEC experience

Gabriele worked in exchange and organised career fairs. At that time she contacted a lot of HR managers and learnt about their priorities and needs.

Read the full portrait by Andrea Lehky (Die Presse)

Congratulations to Gabriele Schallegger and her success 🙂

Alumni on the ice

Skating and curling in the heart of Vienna

February witnessed another nice and wonderful mingling of AIESEC students and alumni during one of our ALUMnites.

Roughly 20 people over the course of the evening joined us, first at skating at the “Eistraum” at Rathausplatz for around an hour, and then for curling right next to it. And the evening has seen quite some unsuspected talents in both sports 🙂

After the outdoor action we gathered in Cafe Einstein to warm up over some Viennese food and drinks.

Just one observation pertaining to our ALUMnites: student AIESECers who sometimes seem to be a bit shy addressing alumni on more “formal” events like SpeakerNights, mingle with ease during these socialising-oriented occasions. Always nice to observe 🙂 Particularly with this one, when various Viennese LCs were represented.