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Amb.Dr. Irene Freudenschuß-Reichl

Amb.Dr. Irene Freudenschuß-Reichl

Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl has been a member of the Austrian Diplomatic Service since 1982. Over the last few years, she has mainly worked in the area of economic and social development, environment, energy, and development cooperation. She has held numerous international bureau functions. From 1995 to 1998 she was the director of the international department of the Austrian Ministry for the Environment. From 1998 to 2001 she was Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna. From 2001 to 2004 she headed the UNIDO Office in New York in the rank of an Assistant Director General. Since 1 January 2005 she is in charge of Austria’s development cooperation as Director General in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl founded the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) in 1999 and acted as Convenor for the GFSE's six global meetings (www.gfse.at). She has published various articles on global issues in Austrian and international scholarly and mainstream publications as well as a book  ("zukunftsfähig leben – Spiritualität und Praxis der Nachhaltigkeit". KSOe 2005).

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