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The Federal Minister

Iris Rauskala

born in Helsinki on 14.03.1978

Bundesministerin Iris Rauskala
Portrait of Federal Minister Iris Eliisa Rauskala 

Education and training

  • 1996: Matura (higher education entrance examination) at the Wirtschaftskundliches Realgymnasium der Franziskanerinnen (academic secondary school with a focus on economics), Wels
  • 1996-2002: University of Innsbruck
    Degree in International Economics; graduated in 2002
  • 1999/2000 academic year: year abroad studying at Coventry Business School (UK)
  • 2002-2006: University of Innsbruck
    Doctorate in Social Sciences and Economics; graduated in September 2006 with distinction
  • 01/2009: Completion of basic training for the Austrian federal government at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour with distinction; thesis on results-based public management
  • 05/2014: INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), Oslo (Norway)
    Supreme Audit Institutions Performance Measurement Framework expert training
  • 2017: 14th Strategic Leadership Course, graduate

Professional experience

  • 04/02-07/07: University of Innsbruck, Institute of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism, Public Management teaching and research area; research associate and lecturer European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (I): research associate and lecturer
  • 06/06-07/07: Institute of Public Management, Innsbruck
    Public management consultant
  • 08/07-12/08: Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, Vienna
    Adviser, Policy Department for Research and Technology Policy
  • 01/09-07/11: Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Vienna
  • 01/09-01/10: Adviser in Federal Minister Johannes Hahn’s office
    Budget coordination; strategic projects according to government programme
  • 01/10-04/11: Adviser in Federal Minister Beatrix Karl’s office
  • 12/10-07/11: Deputy office manager
  • 04/11-07/11: Adviser in Federal Minister Karlheinz Töchterle’s office
  • 08/11-04/15: Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur (Switzerland), School of Management and Law, Institute of Public Management
  • 02/13-04/15: Lecturer in public financial management
  • 02/13-07/14: Programme director, MSc in Business Administration – Major in Public and Nonprofit Management
  • 08/14-04/15: Head of Center for Public Financial Management
    • International project experience in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), accounting of states and accounting models for the Swiss cantons
    • Publishing activities
    • Teaching and further education in the field of public financial management
  • 04/15-06/18: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna
    Head of Directorate-General VI (Directorate-General for Resources, responsible for science and research)
  • Since 07/2018: Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Vienna
    Head of Directorate-General for Central Administration

Other activities

  • Since 12/2015 Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Supervisory Board
    Vice-chair
    (currently on hold)
  • Since 06/2016 Supervisory Board of the Österreichische Mensen Betriebsgesellschaft mbH [Austrian Refectories Company]
    Member of the Supervisory Board
    (currently on hold)