The AAI Team

Elke Giacomozzi, MA


Elke Giacomozzi is the executive director of the Afro-Asian Institute. She represents the AAI in various committees and networks, maintains contact with partners and donors and leads the AAI team. Elke studied Industrial Design and Sustainable Development Cooperation. She can draw on many years of experience in the NGO sector, especially in working with children and young people as well as in adult education in the area of global and intercultural learning. She experienced development policy practice through internships and field visits in the Philippines, Peru, Nepal and India.

Mag.a Astrid Schönleitner

Study and Counselling Manager

Astrid Schönleitner is in charge of the One World Scholarship programme and the councelling for students from the Global South. She is the contact person for scholars, organises the extracurricular training as well as the reintegration activities and alumni network. Astrid has a master's degree in political sciene (Salzburg and Paris) and is currently enrolled in a master programme of geography. She has work experience in civic education and global learning. This is an asset for the conception of trainings for scholarship holders, where students are encourage to deal with global challenges and questions of sustainable development.

astrid.schmid (at) aai-salzburg.at
0043 (0) 662/841413-12

Elisabeth Feldbacher, MSc

Education and Project Manager

Elisabeth Feldbacher is in charge of the educational programme and public relations at the AAI since September 2017.  She is responsible for the conception, development and implementation of the educational programme as well as the press and PR work. Elisabeth studied Socio-Economic Geography with main focus on Uneven Development. Before her studies, she gained valuable experience in a fair-trade organization in Luxembourg within the framework of an European Voluntary Service. During her foreign semester, she did research on ecological topics in Guatemala and, along her studies, worked for many years as an education speaker.