Monika Elsik

Monika Elsik
Deputy Director General
Institute for Economic Promotion of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WIFI Austria)

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.

Recent Events and Presentations

February 16, 2017

Join ITIF for the first event in its @Work series to discuss insights from leading countries’ workforce retraining programs, plus leading efforts in the United States, such as the innovative efforts at LIFT, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, one of America’s new Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation. Panelists will discuss how lessons from these leading programs can translate into policies and actions bolstering America’s approach to workforce retraining.