The AAI Team

Dr. Martin Sturmer


Martin Sturmer is the executive director of the Afro-Asian Institute. He replaces Elke Giacomozzi during her maternity leave. Martin represents the AAI in various committees and networks, maintains contact with partners and donors and leads the AAI team.

Martin studied African Studies and Communication Sciences in Vienna and Dar es Salaam. He also runs the news agency afrika.info which aims to enable a balanced media coverage about Africa.

Not surprisingly, Martin started his career at the AAI. From 1997 to 1999 he was already employed as study and education manager with the institute.

martin.sturmer (at) aai-salzburg.at

Tel.: +43 (0)662 841413 11

Maia Loh, BA

Education and Project Manager

Maia Loh is the contact person for the event program and responsible for the public relations work of the AAI: in addition to the homepage and social media, she also looks after the blog globalgedacht.org.

She studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and returned to Salzburg after graduation. Her research fields are critical higher education institutions, decolonialisation of scientific knowledge production and cargo bikes as means of environmental friendly mobility and transportation.

She brings along experience in public relations and commitee work (PR staff and student representative member of the Student Union, Uni Vienna), project management and transnational networking (through the Moving Anthropology Student Network), as well as educational work and event organization (lectures on grass-roots level and various academic conferences and events in Vienna and other European cities).

maia.loh (at) aai-salzburg.at

Tel.: +43 (0)662 841413 13


Marcel Kamlesh Singhal, MA

Study and Counseling Manager

Marcel Kamlesh Singhal is in charge of the One World Scholarship program and the counseling service.  He replaces our colleague Astrid Schönleitner during her maternity leave.  Being the contact person for the scholarship holders, he organizes the extracurricular training program STUBE and is responsible for the reintegration activities and alumni network.

Marcel studied social and cultural anthropology in Vienna, Shillong and Heidelberg. His main areas of research are media anthropology (Bollywood Fan Culture) and sports anthropology (sport in Nepal; hiking).

He has always been interested in international exchange and networking, which can be seen in his previous professional positions. It is important for him that people get along in their new surroundings and get in touch with each other for a mutual understanding.

marcel.singhal (at) aai-salzburg.at

Tel:   +43 (0)662 841413 12

Lisa-Marie Hiebl-Rausch, BA

Project Assistant "Sustainability Compass" and "Digital Concumption Critical City Trail"

Lisa-Marie Hiebl-Rausch studied Political Science at the University of Vienna. She is sepcialized in development and gender politics, and global health. Taking postcolonial conditions into account, she dealt with the topic of surrogacy in India in her bachelor thesis. She explored the phenomenon of "exploitation" in this context on a theoretical level.

Lisa-Marie is bringing the "Sustainability Compass" and the "Digital Concumption Critical City Trail" further. Anyone who has suggestions and wishes for these projects can contact her via: office(at)aai-salzburg.at