Monika Elsik is responsible for PR as well as for the implementation of strategies and management-tools at WIFI–Austria. This requires the establishment of innovative frameworks for adult education and vocational training as well as collaboration with key multi-disciplinary partners.
She completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
Her professional career began at the Institut für Bildungsforschung der Wirtschaft (Institute for Research on Qualifications and Training of the Austrian Economy) in research projects with a focus on vocational training systems in Austria.
In 1998 she joined the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ), first as Assistant to the Secretary-General of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and subsequently in 2002 as Deputy Director General and Head of Strategy and Cooperation of WIFI Austria.
In this role, Ms. Elsik has led delegations from WKÖ and the Austrian Ministry for Economics, Family and Youth to several EU-activities such as the Expert Board for Management Capacity Building and as National Coordinator for the European-SME Week. In addition, she frequently represents WIFI internationally interfacing with government, academic and business sectors, as well as the EU Commission in Brussels.
Ms. Elsik is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards at WIFI and continually improving both the range and quality of services. To this end, WIFI has gained widespread recognition, awards and accreditation for excellence. She strongly believes that vocational education and training should be acknowledged as a most valuable asset on a par with the best academic education.