Special Advisor, Erste Group IT International
Maria Geir was born in Tirol. Being half Thai she grew up with a multicultural background. At the age of 15 she got active in youth politics mainly engaging herself in youth participation under 16 and diversity topics on EU-Level. She pursued her studies at the Vienna University of Business Administration and majored in International Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Moreover she did her CEMS Master at HEC Paris.
After her studies she started her career as an IT Transformation Consultant. Being part of huge IT transformation projects she soon realized the value of combining analytical and softskills. Therefore, she got an additional diploma as certified life coach. Since 2007 she works in Erste Group IT International as IT Project Manager and Special Advisor. Privately Maria is married, mother of 2 daughters. Being very passionate about permaculture together with her husband she renovates a 100 year old farmhouse with sustainable materials and grooms a huge edible garden. To manage this the couple has decided to switch classical roles. Maria works full-time whereas her husband is taking care of the kids, family management and renovating the farm.