adobestock_618763146Ambassador of Austria Has Invited Us to a RECEPTION & BRIEFING at her Embassy

To celebrate our successful Summit, Her Excellency, Dr. Petra Schneebauer, has invited us to a Reception & Briefing at her Embassy. Stimulating way for you to learn about this nation, as you enjoy learn more about their culture & connections and innovation opportunities.

  • The Embassy official will review various aspects of history, culture, business, innovation, economics, politics and major issues of the nation, as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Following comments, attendees will be able to ask questions and meet with members of the embassy staff.
  • The reception will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages.adobestock_323936019

Parking: Free, on-street parking after 6:30 p.m.

Address: 3524 International Court, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 (near o)
Metro: Red Line, Van Ness (about 1/3 mile from Embassy)

Attire: Business or business casual. MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE. 

Click here to make your reservations before we sell out!!!

Basic Facts about Austria

adobestock_281206428This special evening will feature:

  • A warm diplomatic welcome from the Deputy Chief of Mission
  • Delicious cuisine that will include
    • Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres:
    • Wine, Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages 
  • Information about the culture and history of Austria, plus the vital roles of technology and innovation:
    • The Vienna skylline, pictured above, is but one example of how the modern and innovative blend with culture and tradition in the world-class Austrian capital, Vienna.
    • To get a preview, you make want to take a look at the Foreign Policy website, for sponsored content
      Technology and innovation: Cornerstones of Austria’s manufacturing industry
      • "The Austrian economy is based on strong, highly developed, diverse, innovative and competitive industrial manufacturing."
      • One example: The country’s products have such a reputation for quality and innovation that in the case of the automotive sector, for example, it is now hard to find a vehicle made anywhere in the world that does not contain Austrian components. In this, as in many other sectors, Austria’s industrial manufacturers are driving global developments.
    • More examples are in other reportts, such as from the OECD:
      • Transformative innovaction policy
      • Support for entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education
      • "Over the past two decades, Austria has become one of the most R&D intensive economies among OECD countries and in the world..."
  • Networking
    • Your opportunity to meet dignitaries, and other guests who attended the Wharton DC Innovation Summit on June 21.
  • Here's the tentative schedule:
  • --6:30-7:00 p.m.: Reception
  • --7:00-7:15 p.m.: Briefing by the Embassy officials, including Q&A and possible video / information / possibly entertainment (music and dance)
  • --7:15-8:30 p.m.: Continuation of reception, meeting with Embassy officials.


  • Current members: Wharton Club and Strategic Partners: Oxford University Society of DC; Harvard Club of Washington; FCEDA; FACC; Startup Grind + Summit Attendees (who have separately paid for the Summit) NOTE: Wharton Club Embassy Receptions usually sell out in advance. All amounts include Reception with Food & Beverages; Program; Networking
  • President's Club / Lifetime Members: Two complimentary admissions; must still RSVP. Registrations are open now; first priority to President's Club and Lifetime Members.

NOTE: RESERVE EARLY, as our Embassy events usually reach capacity. 

  • Reservations: Required in advance. NO WALK-INS.
  • Your name, position, organization, and other registration information will be collected by the Club and provided to the Embassy for security reasons, as we hope you can understand. You should provide needed information under "Special Instructions" when you register.
  • Limited capacity: sign up while space is available!
  • Click here to make your reservations before we sell out!!!
  • Meet the Ambassador of Austria to the U.S., Her Excellency Dr. Petra Schneebauer: 
    • Dr. Schneebauer was born in Wels, Upper Austria, and grew up in a nearby small town until she began her studies at the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg.
    • petra-schn---smallerDuring her time in law school and her simultaneous seven-year career as a language teacher, Ambassador Schneebauer developed an interest in diplomacy and thus completed an internship at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium (1993).
    • In her early diplomatic career, Ambassador Schneebauer served at the Directorate for International Organizations and at the Department for Disarmament and Arms Control of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995-1997), as well as at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations in New York (1997–2001), where she was charged with the coordination of the first Austrian EU Presidency in 1998. Ambassador Schneebauer also represented Austria in the First Committee and was elected as its Vice-President in 2000 at the 55th UN General Assembly.
    • Upon return to Austria in 2001, Ambassador Schneebauer served two Federal Presidents in their consecutive terms of office: Thomas Klestil (2001-2004) and Heinz Fischer (2004–2007).
    • After her assignment at the Federal President’s Office, she was appointed as Austrian Consul-General in Zurich, Switzerland (2007-2011), and subsequently as Austria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Malta (2011-2015).
    • In 2015, Ambassador Schneebauer became the head of the Consular Crises Center (2015-2017) where her duties included the timely update of travel advice as well as assisting Austrian victims of terrorist attacks and natural disasters across Europe and the world.
    • In December 2017, Ambassador Schneebauer was nominated as Director-General for Consular Affairs at the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Core tasks in this position include, among others: the development of (Schengen) visa policy as well as the consular support for Austrians traveling and permanently living abroad (passports, certificates of citizenship, etc.). One of the greatest challenges during this time was the coordination of more than three dozen repatriation flights during the COVID crisis in the spring of 2020. Since 2018, she has held the function of Austrian National Coordinator and leader of the Task Force for the Combat of Human Trafficking.
    • Ambassador Schneebauer is a lawyer by profession (Mag. Dr. iur.) and also holds a doctorate in philosophy (Mag. Dr. phil.).
    • She is fluent in German, English, French and Italian. She also speaks some Spanish and Russian.

Click here to make your reservations before we sell out!!!
IMPORTANT: You must register in advance for security reasons and as a courtesy to our hosts.




6:30PM - 8:30PM Fri 21 Jun 2024, Eastern timezone


Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008 USA

[ Get Directions ]

Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Ruwan Salgado
  Strat8gy Intl.
Greg Schlimm
Sally Sappenfield, Exec. Dir.
  Hasumi Intl. Research Foundation
Guest of Alan Schlaifer
Guest of Alan Schlaifer
Monique Lass
Guest of Monique Lass
Preeta Chidambaran
Guest of Preeta Chidambaran
Adam Thaher
Walter Juraszek
Gadalupe Juraszek
... a total of 27 guests.
Note: to opt out from this list please sign in, go to My Account and change your preferences under My RSVPs.