Van der Bellen
Alexander Van der Bellen
Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Born on 18 January 1944 in Vienna and raised in Tyrol.
Married to Mag.a Doris Schmidauer.
Parents: Van der Bellen’s mother is a native Estonian, and his father is a native Russian with Dutch ancestors. After repeatedly fleeing from the Soviets, his family found a new home in Austria, first in Vienna and then in Tyrol.

Political Career

26 January 2017 Inaugurated as Federal President of the Republic of Austria
4 December 2016 Elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria
2012–2015 Member of the Vienna State Parliament and the Vienna City Council
1994–2012 Member of the Austrian National Assembly
1999–2008 Chairman of the Greens’ Parliamentary Group
1997–2008 Federal Spokesperson for the Austrian Greens

Professional Background

1980–2009 Full Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna
(1999–2008 statutory leave)
1990–1994 Deputy Dean and then Dean of the University of Vienna School of Social and Economic Sciences
1977–1980 Federal Academy of Public Administration in Vienna
1976–1980 Associate Professor at the University of Innsbruck
1968–1975 Research Assistant and then University Assistant at the University of Innsbruck Institute for Public Finance; post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in 1975
1972–1974 Research Fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)


1962–1970 Studied economics at the University of Innsbruck (diploma in 1966, doctorate in 1970)
1954–1962 Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck (secondary school)
1950–1954 Elementary school in Innsbruck
Honorary Functions and Awards (selection)
2010–2015 Honorary function as Commissioner of the City of Vienna for Universities and Research
2004 Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star for Services to the Republic of Austria