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AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Walter Emberger

CEO, Teach for Austria

AIESEC Experience:

Walter Emberger was an Exchange Participant in 1979 in Skene Kinna with AIESEC Göteburg. He worked at Borås Wäfveri AB, a Swedish Holding in the textile industry processing raw cotton for clothing and home textiles. He describes the internship as a “formative experience”.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential:

Education is integral to fulfilling one’s potential. It’s what gives us opportunities throughout our whole life. For social stability and peace, it is absolutely essential that ALL children have the opportunity to attain excellent education because all too often, conflicts arise between rich and poor or privileged and underprivileged.

Teach For Austria works towards breaking up those differences and giving also disadvantaged children the chance to fulfill their dreams. In the last 5 years Teach For Austria has gained a lot of momentum and has succeeded in bringing innovation to the historically very rigid educational system in Austria.

Behind all of that is Walter Emberger, whose leadership and determination have made this contribution to peace possible.


Walter has been working to establish Teach For Austria ever since he was inspired by an article about Teach First in the Economist in 2009. After conducting a feasibility study and having been convinced that the model was the key to addressing educational disadvantage in Austria, he decided to launch Teach For Austria. In September 2012, the first cohort of 24 highly motivated Fellows entered high need schools in Vienna and Salzburg.

Walter has a master’s and doctoral degree from Vienna University of Business and Economics, and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He initially worked as a banker and as a consultant in Austria and Switzerland. However, Walter also built up seven years of extensive experience in the educational sector as head of the business faculty of Salzburg University of Applied Science, and most recently as the Vice Dean and Professor at the University of Seeburg in the city of Salzburg.

Walter loves outdoor sports, including hiking, biking, and ski mountaineering. He lives in Salzburg, with his wife and daughter, and has a son in college in the United States.

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