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Maribel Königer

ERSTE Foundation
Director of Communication, Journalism and Media
Vienna, Austria
Maribel Königer is Director Communication, Journalism and Media at ERSTE Foundation in Vienna, editor-in-chief of the foundation’s online magazine and responsible for ERSTE’s programmes supporting investigative journalism in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
After completing her Master degree in art history and history in Munich, Maribel worked as exhibition curator, art critic, and journalist. Based in Paris from 1992 to 1996, she followed the French cultural life for German speaking media such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Focus, Vogue as well as various art magazines. In 1996, she changed sides and engaged in pr. She was Spokesperson of documenta X (1997) in Kassel, Germany, and Head of Communications of the culture and science programmes of the world’s fair EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Maribel is member of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD), International Women’s Forum (IWF Austria), the Austrian Journalists Club (ÖJC) and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), where she served as president of the Austrian section from 2005 to 2008.
ERSTE Foundation is the main shareholder of Erste Group, a financial service provider in CEE, and the largest of Austria’s savings banks foundations. The foundation invests parts of its dividends in a resilient civil society in CEE to strengthen democracy and to enable citizens to stand for liberal, democratic values and European cohesion. Since 2007, ERSTE Foundation invests into capacity building of investigative journalist. In 2019, ERSTE Foundation and BIRN co-founded the cross-border journalistic platform “Reporting Democracy”. The foundation is member of CIVITATES that, in 2021, launched a fund for independent public interest journalism.
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