Events & Activities Autumn 2016


October 31st and November 1st four Alumni (Jörn Lange, Chrys Taslis, Greg Tzavelopoulos and Dieter Langenecker) participated in this year’s ALPS (x) at the Hochkar, sharing their experiences with AIESEC both during their studies as well as Alumni, and informed about the relaunch of Mentoring for active Aiesecers by Alumni Alumni

(X) The Austrian Leadership Preparation Seminar – ALPS, is the largest conference in AIESEC in Austria and provides the participants with a space of growth where they can understand and assimilate their past experiences and empowers them to take their next steps in AIESEC – whichever they might be; through developing their leadership skills and helping them create a vision for their own path in AIESEC.



Thursday, Nov. 3rd,   at Das Campus WU Wien with past-President Midge


Fear and Social Peace

Thursday, Nov. 10th,  wonderful inspirational evening organised by Eva Westhauser

The meeting took place at the Europazentrum Wien, where our team of nine motivated old AIESECers (out of 4 generations) was discussing along the following questions:

What I am afraid of/what scares me?

What is social peace? (personal definition)

How can we achieve social peace?

Read the whole summary here

Next gathering Jan. 25th 6:30 -8 p.m. (location tba)


AAEurope‘s  StepUp

Nov 11-13th,  in Athens, on the ATP/Alumni Theme Program

All the details here


“Unconditional Basic Income – Naive Illusion or Base for a Sustainable Future?”

Wednesday November 16th,  Great profound presentation by Thomas Krisper

The Swiss referendum on June 5th 2016 drew the worldwide attention to this idea: Everybody should be guaranteed an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in order to be able to live modest but in dignity. You can also see it as a financially extended interpretation of the Human Rights declaration (Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”). Other aspects are: an answer to automation and increasing unemployment, a new definition of work, a possibility of activating the creativity and resources of all humans, and many more. The important part is: It is not just a new form of social welfare, but a total shift of paradigms: From a system of fear and competition to a system of institutionalized love and mutual empowerment, which is more efficient not only ethically but also economically!

See the PPT presentation HERE


Christmas Market at Aggstein

Nov. 20th , in short: too many people, not all of them/too many Alumni; see for yourself:


But Glühwein and Würstel helped to endure the cold temperatures and crowds



AIESEC’s YSF/Youth Speak Forum

Nov 22nd – 25th,  in cooperation with UNIDO

Read all about this global initiative at



SIETAR Austria – Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research

Friday Nov. 25th,  Speech by Gert Jan HOFSTEDE on „The Dark Side Of Culture



Christmas Market

Saturday, Nov. 26th  Beautiful Christmas Market visit by AA Innsbruck



Alumnite in Vienna and 1st Alumnite ever in Innsbruck

Thursday, Dec. 1st 




50 Years Anniversary of AIESEC Czechoslovakia

Saturday, Dec 3rd,  in Bratislava with Jean Choplin, Founder of AIESEC in 1948 (a real moving experience!)



LCM and Christmasparty LC Graz

Wednesday, Dec 7th, in my home LC Graz, which is also going to initiate Alumni activities!


And now, watch out for the upcoming newsletter with the 2017 outline

(haven’t subscribed to the newsletter yet? Do it now, here!)

Relaunching Mentoring for active Aiesecers by Alumni

As mentioned during ALPS Gala night, we relaunch Mentoring as a leadership development tool. Here come the details
Mentoring is not new, neither in Learning and Development nor in AIESEC. As a core part of our leadership development initiatives, it has helped many of our leaders and alumni worldwide to succeed, therefore it’s time to give it a boost. It represents great potential for growth by transferring knowledge and collaborating between active members and alumni, or even alumni and alumni to develop each other. Through regular meetings and discussions the mentor supports and encourages the mentee to succeed at their role and responsibilities.


What advantages does an alumnus have as a mentor?

  • Acquisition of new people skills that can be used in the future in the professional field, for example in managing a team
  • Strengthening and consolidation of own leadership skills
  • Possibility to give back to organization and contribute to its ongoing success


How to begin?

Mentees: Approach direct your mentor or let us know what kind of mentor you’d like (describe areas of expertise, skills and method as detailed as possible) and we’ll connect you as soon as there is one

Mentors: Let us know you ‘d like to participate and state your areas of expertise, skills and method as detailed as possible) and we’ll connect you to the right mentee, providing you also tools to begin with.


Should you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us (

@ly yours

Chrys Taslis with Alumnus of the Year Award

PS Mentoring as a word comes from the greek name Mentoras [Μέντορας], a teacher, who taught Telemachos, the son of Odysseus (King of Ithaka) for 20 years, in ancient Greece. Homer reports, that while Telemachos was learning from Mentor, he developed himself to an excellent young man who could take over his father’s kingdom.

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.)

UN SDGs with World Merit Pictures

Young Alumna goes Merit360 – a commitment to the UN SDGs

Portrait Camilla ReinhardtIn our second article about alumni who passionately shape the world outside the AIESEC realm, we introduce Camilla Reinhardt, former Head of PR with AIESEC Vienna WU.

In an environment that needs so many different approaches to tackle challenges humankind is facing, Camilla is striving to support and bring together partners and to make ambitious projects even more effective.
However even the most ambitious people need support from others – from fellow alumni, for example.

The Interview

Read our interview (in German) with Camilla Reinhardt, Merit360 nominee here.

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“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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Gastfreundschaft.Wien featured image

Gastfreundschaft.Wien – demonstrating diversity, friendship and entrepreneurship

Portrait Lisi Witzani, founder of Gastfreundschaft.WienWe are proud that in our first article about Alumni initiatives we may introduce a project that perfectly fits our times and a need of our society and its founder: Gastfreundschaft.Wien”, created by Lisi Witzani.

It is in times where political and media discussion is again strongly charakterised by delineating and marginalizing “strangers” when AIESEC spirit is needed most. And it sometimes gets visible, like in a newly established project, which was brought to Austria by an AIESEC alumna: Lisi Witzani, former LCP of AIESEC Vienna WU.
She truly showed her passion about shaping reality by creating
“Gastfreundschaft.Wien”, a project aimed at bringing together strangers of diverse backgrounds in an easy to implement manner, accesible to everyone who enjoys dinner now and then.

The Interview

Read our interview (in German) with Lisi Witzani, founder of “Gastfreundschaft.Wien” here.

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