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State Secretary Harald Mahrer was born in Vienna in 1973 and has studied Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. There he acted as chairman of the Austrian National Students Union. He holds a doctoral degree in Social and Economic Sciences, and is author of several books and publications. Harald Mahrer was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry for Science, Research and Economy in September 2014.

Being an entrepreneur and business angel himself, Harald Mahrer has gained extensive experience in the private sector: In 1999 he founded Austria’s first startup-incubator. From 2000 to 2014 he was managing director of various companies.

In addition, he has been actively engaged in political and economic think tanks, always working on promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and contributing to the development of new ideas and courageous policies. From 1999 to 2000 he was managing chair of the government initiative “GO-ON Österreich ans Internet”. Then, from 2003 to 2005 he was a member of the E-Government Board of the Austrian Federal Government. From 2004 to 2013 he acted as a co-director of the Metis Institute for economic and political research. From 2011 to 2015 he was the President of Julius Raab Foundation, one of the leading Austrian think tanks. Since September 2015 he is Vice-Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party, and since February 2016 he is Vice-President of the Austrian Economic League.