Katharina Warta is managing director of Technopolis Group’s Austrian subsidiary and Chairman of the executive board of the Austrian Platform Research & Technology Policy Evaluation. In the domain of research and innovation policy, her work covers policy and programme evaluations as well as strategy development. She has experience in leading research and evaluation projects, in which she combines quantitative analysis with a qualitative approach.
Recently, her work has concentrated, on the one hand, on programmes of individual funding, e.g., the Alexander von Humboldt foundations’ professorship, research award and fellowship programmes whilst on the other hand, on the funding of cooperative research schemes, e.g. the Bridge programme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Austrian Innovation Promotion Agency (FFG), the COIN programme (FFG) and the evaluation of the French Competitiveness Clusters. She is accompanying research funding organisations and ministries in their strategy definition process.
Katharina Warta holds a master in economics (Vienna University, 1994) and is Trainer in group dynamics at the Austrian Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Dynamics (ÖAGG). Since completing her studies she has focussed on public management and regulation theory, chosen notably during her stay at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESPC). She was a trainee at the European Commission and fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s programme for international affairs. Between 1996-1999, she worked at the Technology Policy department of ARC Seibersdorf Research GmbH (now named AIT-Austrian Institute of Technology), Austria’s largest publicly funded technology institute. She joined Technopolis Group in 1999, working for six years in the Paris office before moving to Vienna in 2004.
Katharina is fluent in German, French and English.