Friday | 21 October 2016 | 9.00 - 14.00
Hotel Le Mèridien | Vienna
Trilogy Interactive, San Francisco
Larry Huynh has over a decade of experience in digital communications advising corporate, non-profit, and political clients on online advocacy and engagement, online fundraising, online advertising, and social media strategy. His client list includes U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Everytown for Gun Safety, and The Malala Fund. Larry's work has earned dozens of awards across multiple online disciplines, and he is a frequent presenter and trainer at conferences.
In 2003, Larry helped lead the Draft Wes Clark movement and went on to head up the online fundraising operation for Wesley Clark for President of the United States, pioneering the use of digital channels for fundraising in politics. Prior to the campaign, Larry worked in high-tech and marketing start-ups. As a consultant with Oliver Wyman, Larry developed corporate strategy plans for Fortune 500 firms in the financial, energy, and life sciences sector.
Larry sits on the boards of the American Association of Political Consultants and Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. Larry graduated from Harvard University with a A.B. in Biochemical Sciences.
Campaign Technology and Strategy Expert
Organizer, Washington DC
Ian Magruder is Director of Business Development at Organizer, a Silicon Valley technology company at the forefront of mobile field organizing. At Organizer, Ian leads the company’s Washington DC office, managing external relationships with the Democratic Party, national campaigns, labor unions, and advocacy organizations. Prior to Organizer, Ian spent nearly a decade working on Democratic and progressive political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. He has also served as a Director of the San Francisco New Leaders Council, Partner at the Truman National Security Project, and Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University. Although he is a native Californian, Ian is German-American; his mother was born in Munich and grandparents still live in Bavaria.
Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Steve Hubler has served as Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna since August 2016. From June 2015 to July 2016 he worked as the Senior Coordinator for Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Affairs (RIDPA) at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In that capacity, he led a team that oversaw, in coordination with UNHCR, IOM, the ICRC and others, the provision of more than $300 million in USG assistance funding to over 3 million Iraqi IDPs and 250,000 Syrian refugees. His team also oversaw the processing of refugee resettlement cases.
Steve also served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 2012-2015, working with his consulate team to promote U.S. exports, advance U.S. public diplomacy goals, support U.S. citizens in need, and provide on-the-spot analysis of political and economic developments in Germany’s most populous and prosperous state.
From 2009-2012, Steve was Deputy Principal Officer (DPO) at the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia, overseeing management, consular, security and political-economic operations in a mission with 115 U.S. direct-hire and Russian LES staff. From 2004-2008, he was the Political-Economic Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, where he was responsible for coordinating with EU, NATO, and OSCE counterparts to support that country’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations. For his role in in that project, he received the State Department’s annual award for advancing U.S.-EU relations.
From 2001-2003, Steve was the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During that tour of duty, he oversaw more than $30 million in USG funding support for humanitarian assistance for nearly 1 million refugees.
In Washington, Steve has served in the State Department’s Operations Center as a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer; as an Action Officer and planner in the Office of International Security and Peacekeeping in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; and as Senior Guatemala Desk Officer in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Steve’s first tours in the Foreign Service were as Political Officer in Frankfurt (1992-1994), and as Vice Consul in Costa Rica (1994-1996). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Steve was a U.S. Army Officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment based in Fulda, Germany. His foreign languages are German, Spanish, Macedonian, and Russian. He is married to Ute Reith-Hubler, of Fulda, and has two daughters. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California.
Institute go governance
Dr Melanie Sully is a British-born political scientist and Director of the Vienna-based Institute for Go-Governance. 1991-2010 professor at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna Melanie also worked as a radio correspondent for Voice of America. Further she has acted as a consultant on good governance projects for the Cultural Department of the Federal Ministry for European and External Affairs, the OSCE and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Dr Sully is an expert for Oxford Analytica UK (2016). Current research includes British domestic politics, Brexit and the EU, Austrian politics. Melanie is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs London.
Josef Mantl is a communication entrepreneur with a focus on strategy, campaigns, events & digital media, an Al Gore Climate Leader and a supporter of Hillary Clinton´s Presidential Campaign.
In 2009, he founded JMC (Josef Mantl Communications) Ltd., a full-service communications agency with a focus on strategy, campaigns, events and digital media. JMC’s clients include several well-known corporations, institutions and organizations. As “No. 1 in Urban Mobilization” it´s the leading agency in mobilizing urban target groups. Since 2012 JMC hosts the international conference Mobile Marketing Innovation Day in Vienna. 2015 he cofounded the startup Regreen in Vienna.
During his stay in the United States as a Fulbright scholar between 2006 and 2008, Mantl established contacts with the Democratic Party and worked with Hillary Rodham Clinton´s presidential election campaign, where he led “The World for Hillary” initiative. In Boston he also started in cooperation with US State Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate President Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts State Senate and Chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, the global initiative “Sustainable Future Campaign“, which six years later culminated in Josef Mantl’s personal training as “Climate Leader” under Al Gore. In Hillary Clinton´s 2016 campaign he is part of “Team Pacheco for Hillary” and supports the Democrats Abroad in Europe.
Member Digital Team
Democratic National Convention
Casper Tolstrup has experience from several political campaigns in the USA. He cut his teeth as a volunteer on the Obama reelection campaign, traveling from Georgia to go knock on doors in South Carolina. Since then, he has worked in digital in Hawaii and Georgia, where he was the digital associate on the Michelle Nunn for Senate campaign. Casper is now living in Vienna where he is studying for a Master’s of Advanced International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He still keeps in touch with American politics from afar, being the press person for the Democrats Abroad of Austria and most recently traveling to Philadelphia to volunteer on the digital team of the Democratic National Convention. Casper holds a BSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and is a Rotary Scholar from the University of Georgia, USA.
PR Consultant Milestones in Communication, Vienna
Philipp Stoefelz is a PR Consultant at the austrian agency Milestones in Communication, where he is responsible for both political and commercial PR campaigns. In his work he has a strong focus on Social Media and how they changed the fundament of campaign management.
Journalist Foreign Desk Kurier
Ingrid Steiner is an experienced foreign correspondent with the Austrian newspaper Kurier. She has covered numerous crises abroad, including the Balkans, and has cultivated a keen voice on foreign matters from her work on the ground.
Ingrid is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her appointment as deputy head of the foreign desk at the Kurier where she has split her attention between journalistic work and heading up a team of dedicated reporters.
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