MANAGING BOARD

MAG. DR.
DANIEL PODMIRSEG

HEAD & FOUNDER
Working on design- and energy solutions for future urban food supply since 2007. In 2015 he defended his PhD with distinction on contributions of Vertical Farms.

DIPL. ING.
VERA ENZI (MSc)

Green Infrastructure expert, s​​​​​​tudied Landscape Planning in Vienna. Spokeswoman of European and Austrian Green Roof and Living Wall Association. She is an Expert in nature based solutions for vegetated Buildings (Roofs, Walls and Indoor).

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SEBASTIAN SAUTTER

CEO of Advanced Energy Consulting. Expert in energy- and building technology. Civil engineer and consultant for process engineering, researcher and lecturer at Institute for Building and Energy.

MANAGING DIRECTOR

MA MAG.
STEFAN PARNREITER MATHYS

CO-FOUNDER, CEO
Corporate consultant, specialized in
organisational development and executive management.
Long history in cultural management.

STEERING BOARD

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DORIS STEINACHER MBA

Funding and Start-Up expert at accent.
W
orked for several architectural firms primarily in project development, construction management and technical due intelligence.

BERNHARD LEHNER
Serial Entreprenuer, Business Angel, Co-Founder and management-board-member of Startup300. Highly experienced in online-Marketing. Companies such as runtastic, wikifolio, 123 people, myesel and many more at his track-record.

DAVID SCHMIDMAYR MSc
Founder and CEO of SANlight, Austrian Start-Up producing cutting edge LED lighting systems for plants.

ASS.PROF DIPL.ING. DR.NAT.TECH.
JOHANNES BALAS

Agricultural expert ande plant-physiologist at division of Vegetables and ornamentals University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna

DIPL. ING.
FLORIAN HOFER

Founder of Hut & Stiel, Viennas first indoor mushroom producers

GERT ZECHNER, Bsc MA
Founder Ponganic, board member Aquaponic-Austria, Austria’s leading Aquaponic expert, Executive Management and Leadership experience and master of hands-on

PROF DR.
TILO HÜHN

Expert in organizational and technological food process design,
researcher, inventor, entrepreneur
ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management 
 

ADVISORY BOARD

Mag. PETRA RINDLER
Lawyer, author and expert in construction and architects law at PFLAUM KARLBERGER WIENER OPETNIK-lawyers.

PROF. BSc(HONS) CEng MCIBSE
BRIAN CODY

Head of Institute for Buildings and Energy. Form Follows Energy.
Graz University Of Technology

PROF. em. DR.
DICKSON DESPOMMIER

Professor emeritus of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University. Founder and owner of Vertical Farm Technologies, LLC

Prof. Dr. NIRMAL KISHNANI
Vice Dean and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture National University of Singapore, Editor in Chief FuturArc Journal

PROF. DIPL. ING. DR. 
ANNA KEUTGEN

Head of Division of Vegetables and ornamentals University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna

UNIV. PROF. ARCH. DIPL. ING.
CHRISTOPH M. ACHAMMER

Founder and chairman ATP architects, Univ. Prof. Department for Industrial Building and Interdisciplinary Planning, Vienna University of Technology, former head of Alpbacher Architekturgespräche, head of Forum Architekur.

TEAM AND CONTRIBUTORS

ARCHITEKT DI
HELMUT HOLLEIS

HEAD OF URBAN DESIGN
Worked as a design architect and project partner in several architecture-offices, from Hans Hollein to Coop Himmelb(l)au and recently Berger Parkkinen Architects.

DENISE KORENJAK
CI, CD, webdesign, graphic design.
www.denisekorenjak.com

BA (HONS)
DIMITRIS SIFAKIS

RESEARCH BY DESIGN ARCHITECT
Focused on architectural research and design optimization. Spent most of his professional years working in architectural practices in the UK
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THE VFI WAS FONDED BY...

The vertical farming institute was fonded on February 15th 2016 by: 

Daniel Podmirseg
Lucas Kulnig
Helmut Holleis
Doris Steinacher
Johannes Balas
Sebastian Sautter
Stefan Parnreiter-Mathys
Patrick Jaritz
Bernhard Sommer