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.

elke.giacomozzi (at) aai-salzburg.at

Tel.: +43 (0)662 841413 11

Maia Loh, BA

Education and Project Manager

Maia Loh 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).

She 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.

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

Lisa-Marie Hiebl-Rausch, BA

Project Assistant "Sustainability Compass"

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" further and making it ready for digital use over the summer months :-). Anyone who has suggestions and wishes for the compass can contact her directly.

praktikum (at) aai-salzburg.at