KM-A Team

Dr. Andreas Brandner

Managing Director

Founder and CEO of KM-A; coach, consultant, and researcher in the field of KM.
Focus on Knowledge Politics, KM strategies, and implementation and Knowledge Networking with social media.
Initiator of the Vienna.Knowledge.City. Member of the New Club of Paris.

Daniel Dobriy

Programme Manager

Programme Manager, KM Academy manager and experienced project management professional with specializations in both IT and international business administration. Researcher in the fields of KM, Knowledge Graphs, Linked Data and Semantic Web. Additionally, Daniel is a consultant for knowledge hubs, Semantic MediaWiki and Wikibase platforms.


Prof. Günter Koch


Secretary-General of the New Club of Paris, a global think tank for the Knowledge Economy; partner at KM-A. Previously served as CEO of the European Software Institute and of the Austrian Institute of Technology, where he implemented the first Knowledge Report and which has since become a standard for all universities in Austria.

Dr. Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi

Principal Adviser

Jebamalai is a senior expert, advisor and visionary in the field of global development, knowledge and innovation. He was Principal Advisor to the Director General of UNIDO, Vienna/Austria for many years and has a global network of partners who he worked with for more than 30 years in the field of global economic and societal development. He acts currently as the Chairman of the Experience Foundation. After retiring from the UN he served the University of Malaya as a senior research fellow for three years. He served as the Director of Cardinal Cleemis School of Management, Trivandrum, and continues to serve as a lead consultant for various UN Agencies. At KM-A he is specifically focused on the development of Knowledge Cities and on „Knowledge for Development“.

Dr. Michael Heiss


Michael Heiss is responsible for the global Open Innovation Networks of Siemens AG, where he initiated and implemented the global social media platform Siemens-TechnoWeb. As a scientist, he teaches at the Technical University of Vienna.

Birgit Gobi, MA


KM Region leads for Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and acting Global Lead at Hewlett-Packard Technology Consulting; coach and consultant in the field of Knowledge Management. A faculty member of the KM Academy since 2003.

Oliver Haas, MA


Oliver Haas has been working in the field of international cooperation since 2001. At the moment he is heading the Competence Center for Information and Knowledge Management at GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.

Bernhard Krabina

Bernhard Krabina, MA

Managing Partner

Data, information and knowledge management specialist. 25+ years of experience in digital transformation. Semantic MediaWiki evangelist. Open source and open government consultant. Knowledge graph and open data researcher.


Sabine Melnicki

Sabine Melnicki, MA


Web architect and knowledge management consultant with focus on content and usability. Trainer with 15 years of experience in adult education; Open source and MediaWiki ambassador.


Sarah Cummings, MA


Sarah has worked as a consultant for diverse organizations (multilateral, bilateral, non-governmental, educational) in the field of knowledge management for development. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal which she founded with colleagues in 2005. Her research interests focus on the role of knowledge in sustainable development.

Haider Shnawa, MA


CEO of Haider IT with a focus on the implementation and customisation of Microsoft SharePoint. Mr. Shnawa has extensive experience as a Product Manager for Information Worker Products (SharePoint Server and Unified Communications) at Microsoft Austria.

Rudi Krcma, MA


Rudi Krcma has been a Partner of KM-A since 2005, acting as a coach and consultant in Knowledge Management. For many years he held management positions at Hewlett-Packard as Knowledge Manager, Quality Manager, and Business Developer.

Louise Deininger

Knowledge Art Director

Louise is a conceptual artist whose works focus on critical thinking about human consciousness with an emphasis on the mind and its modifications. She carries out extensive research on how spiritual science, metaphysics, quantum theory, human development, and other subject matters not limited to identity affect us. Louise creates knowledge art – that reflects on knowledge in its various aspects – herself and manages the as a unique space and art collection on knowledge art.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg


Professor in the field of international management at the Institute for Entrepreneurship of the University of Liechtenstein. Professor Güldenberg is active as a researcher and lecturer in the areas of strategy, leadership, change management, and Knowledge Management. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and was awarded the KM Award in 2011.

Petra Herout, MA

Managing Director

Consultant and trainer in Knowledge Management, Managing Director Knowledge Management Austria, Partner at KM Associates GmbH; her focus areas are Knowledge Management in Nonprofit-Organisations. Longstanding experiences as Knowledge Manager at HORIZONT3000 and pioneer in the field of Knowledge for Development with international Projects in Central America and Africa.

Dr. Manfred Kofranek


Independent consultant and coach. Previously process and knowledge manager as well as project and IT manager. Focus on process-oriented KM, Knowledge Organisation and Knowledge Work as well as activities in research and development. Managing Director of Knowledge Management Austria.

Prof. Dr. Yanko Yanev


Yanko Yanev headed the Nuclear Knowledge Management Unit at the IAEA for more than 10 years and received the Knowledge Management Award in 2010. He currently serves as CEO of the Nuclear Knowledge Management Institute.


Sören Bauer, MA


Sören is a Vienna-based strategic communication and knowledge management consultant. He has over twelve years’ experience in public relations and communication specifically in the domains of international cooperation, water, energy, and climate. Sören has worked in more than 20 countries on environmental communication assignments related to water and energy. He has supported the development and establishment of several successful brands, including the African Water Facility, the European Innovation Partnership on Water, and others. Sören is also a founding partner of the Water Communication Consortium.

Dr. Paul Kral


Partner and shareholder at KM-A. A longtime director of the Pedagogical Institute of the City of Vienna. Focuses include Personal KM, Leadership 2.0 and Management, executive coaching, teaching & learning for knowledge managers and intellectual capital.

Dr. Charles Savage


Dr. Savage is the president of Knowledge Era Enterprising. He authored “Fifth Generation Management“ in 1996, which has been reprinted in several new additions and has since become a global standard on Knowledge Networking. Dr. Savage works as a coach and KM consultant in the US, Europe, and Asia and used to serve in management-level posts at various international enterprises. Founder of the World Café, recipient of the 2010 KM Award and member of The New Club of Paris.

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