Board members

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The Board supervises the implementation of the Association’s policy and decisions approved by the General Conference, initiates activities supporting the Association’s policy in general and is responsible for the day to day management of the Association executed by the President. It is composed of the President and four elected members.



The President is elected by the Members to convene and chair board meetings. The President represents the Association at the international level.



The Secretary is responsible at the higher directive level for the international administration of the Association and acts as the active conduit for communication and is the custodian of the proceedings of the Association.



The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Association.

Thomas Faltner - President

Thomas Faltner was elected in January 2020 during the 73rd Annual Conference as President of the Association. He will be one of the driving forces in implementing the strategy 2025 with the main goal of 10000 students sent. Beside his activities for IAESTE he is a member of the managing board of an Austrian mechanical engineering company, which he first worked for as a trainee back in 1994. He joined IAESTE in 2002 as a student member while studying chemical engineering at the JKU (Linz/Austria) and had various positions within IAESTE Austria on the local and national level. From 2006 onwards he served IAESTE A.s.b.l. in various positions such as Treasurer, Board Member, Chairman of the General Conference, Internal Auditor and SID Co-ordinator. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of IAESTE Austria since 2013.


Kristýna Šimková - Treasurer

Kristýna is a graduate of Food Engineering from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and has been on two IAESTE internship in Greece and in Russia. She joined the Local Committee of UCT Prague in 2013 and has been passionate about the Exchange program ever since. She held many positions during her time at the local level and after one year she decided to take the position of National Outgoing Coordinator, where she worked for three years. Kristyna is currently the Treasuer of the association, as well as being responsible for IT.


Dr. Karunakar A Kotegar - Secretary

Dr. Karunakar A Kotegar (KK) is working as a Professor & Head in Department of Computer Application, Manipal Institute of Technology of Manipal Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal India. He has twenty years of experience in Teaching, Research and Administration in the university. Dr. KK has been associated with IAESTE India since it's inception in 2012 as a President, Advisory Board and has served as the Deputy Director, International Collaborations at MAHE for five years from 2012. He is a faculty adviser for IAESTE in MAHE and AIESEC in MAHE.


Marcin Jaworski - Board Member

Marcin Jaworski is a student from Poland, living in Gdansk. He studies the International Management and works on his Masters in the field of Marketing Research at Gdansk University of Technology. Before that, he has graduated to in Power Engineering studies. Marcin has been a member of IAESTE since 2014 and his path started in Gdansk as the part of the Exchange Team. From 2017-2020 he held the position of President of IAESTE Poland. During his work on the National Board, he was also involved in the international initiatives being a delegate at conferences and working as a Workshop Leader. At the 73rd Annual Conference, Marcin was elected to the board of IAESTE A.s.b.l. and as a three-year member, he wants to implement his knowledge and IAESTE experience to especially working on marketing tasks to conduct the continuous development of the Association.


Mark Feichtinger - Board Member

Mark Feichtinger is a student from Austria, living in Graz. Mark studies electronics and information technology with a major in digital signal processing and hardware design at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Besides studying and being in the board of IAESTE A.s.b.l. Mark works as a contractor for NXP Semiconductors in Gratkorn, Austria as part of the Digital Signal Processing department. He joined IAESTE Linz in October 2013 and held several positions within IAESTE Austria. Mark has been part the board of IAESTE Austria for 4,5 years and was the National Secretary from February 2018 till February 2020. During the 73rd Annual Conference, Mark was elected to the board of IAESTE A.s.b.l. His wants to drive the modernisation of processes and systems of the members and the co-operating institutions to achieve the strategy 2025 goals. As exchange responsible within the board he can use his former experiences as National Secretary of IAESTE Austria, Exchange Taskforce leader and SID Exchange workgroup leader.