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


Duy Le Pham, BA

Study and Counseling Manager

Duy Le Pham is in charge of the One World Scholarship program and the counseling service since May 2019.
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.

He studied Romance Studies in Salzburg and currently completes the Master program of Language Sciences.
He participated in university mobility programs as a student, which allowed him to study in Spain and Cuba.
Furthermore, he gained experience as a student advisor for students and high school graduates,
which will help him in the professional support of the scholarship holders as well as in the conceptualization of STUBE.
It is important to him to enhance intercultural relations and to deal with educational and socio-political themes critically.
Regard to his personal interests he is engaged in the student initiative more by students – more for refugees and in the local food community FoodCoop.

duyle.pham (at) aai-salzburg.at

Tel.: +43 (0)662 841413 12