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Appointment of the Austrian Trade Commissioner to the UAE

1. September 2014

The new Austrian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Mr. Richard Bandera has formally assumed his role as of September 1st 2014 in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Bandera, who has been working with the Austrian Foreign Trade Promotion Organization ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA since 1993, has held several management positions including the role of Commercial Attaché in Venezuela, South Korea and Italy, and Commercial Counsellor to Turkey. Richard Bandera was also the head of go-international, the Export and Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Initiative of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) and the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ) in Vienna. Mr. Bandera will be responsible for UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Pakistan.

He was welcomed to his new role by the board members of the Austrian Business Council at an exclusive event held at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai. The outgoing Austrian Trade Commissioner Dr. Wolfgang Penzias who successfully completed his term was commemorated by the Austrian Business Council and business leaders for his outstanding contribution to improving trade relations between Austria and the GCC.