Friederike Soezen Policy Advisor in the Educational Policy Department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Friederike holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Vienna and has been working with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber’s (WKO) Educational Policy Department in Vienna since 2008. Before joining WKO, she worked for the Burgenland Chamber of Commerce for 18 years. As part of her work, Friederike directed the careers’ counselling and guidance services. After Austria’s entry to the European Union she managed several projects funded by Leonardo and Equal programmes. In her work Friederike’s consistent professional focus has been to strengthen and enhance careers’ and guidance counselling services as well as fostering entrepreneurial education and the entrepreneurial mind-set. After taking on the role as WKO’s policy advisor on entrepreneurship education, she became deeply involved in entrepreneurship education policy. Friederike has served as a representative of the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME), on a number of EU sponsored Working Groups: on Entrepreneurship Education, Transversal Skills and more recently she has participated as an expert in the joint Entrepreneurship360 project of OECD and Commission as well as an Advisory Board Member of the ETF’s Entrepreneurial Communities Initiative. Friederike is a keynote speaker and moderator at national and international conferences on Entrepreneurship Education.

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