What Do You Know About the Austrian Federal President Van der Bellen

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: October 4, 2018; 18:03 ♦ Updated: September 2, 2019; 20:02 ♦ (Vindobona)

Alexander Van der Bellen is an Austrian economist, former politician of the Green Party and since 26 January 2017 ninth Austrian Federal President of the Second Republic.

Alexander Van der Bellen: 12th and current President of the Federal Republic of Austria / Picture: © www.bundespraesident.at / Jork Weismann / HBF

From 1976 to the 1990s he taught as a university professor for economics in Innsbruck and Vienna.

From 1997 to 2008 he was federal spokesman for the Greens and from 1999 to 2008 club chairman for his party in the Austrian National Council, to which he had belonged since 1994.

From 2012 to 2015 he was a member of the Vienna Municipal Council and Parliament. 

In 2016 he ran for the office of Federal President as an independent candidate.

Alexander Van der Bellen won the second (quasi third) ballot on 4 December 2016 (since the second ballot was overturned by the Constitutional Court), ahead of Norbert Hofer, the FPÖ candidate, with 53.8% of the votes.


Curriculum Vitae:
Date of Birth: 18 January 1944 (Vienna)
1950 - 1954
Innsbruck Elementary School
1954 - 1962 Academic High School Innsbruck (Matura)
1962 - 1970
University of Innsbruck, study of economics (1966 diploma, 1970 doctorate)
Career History:
1972 - 1974 Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (West Berlin)
1968 - 1975 Research Assistant, respectively Assistant at the Institute of Finance of the University of Innsbruck, Habilitation 1975
1976 - 1980 Associate Professor, University of Innsbruck
1977 - 1980 Federal Academy of Administration, Vienna
1990 - 1994 Dean and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of the University of Vienna
1980 - 2009 Full Professor of Economics, University of Vienna (1999-2008 statutory leave)
Political Career:
1997 - 2008 Federal Speaker of the Austrian Greens
1999 - 2008 Chairman of the Green Club in Parliament
1994 - 2012
Member of the National Council
2012 - 2015
Member of the Vienna Parliament and member of the Vienna Municipal Council
Dec. 4, 2016
Election as Federal President of the Republic of Austria
Jan. 26, 2017

Inaugurated as Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Honorary Activities & Awards (Selection):
2004 Award of the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with the Star for Services to the Republic of Austria
2010 - 2015 Voluntary work as representative of the City of Vienna for Universities & Research
Languages: German, English
Family Status: Married to Mag.a Doris Schmidauer


Österreichische Präsidentschaftskanzlei: http://www.bundespraesident.at/alexander-van-der-bellen/