Matthias Puhringer | Director for International Cooperation and Strategy

Following legal training in Austria and Switzerland, Matthias Puhringer has focused throughout his academic and professional career on various aspects of international relations, development cooperation, EU affairs and their respective policies. Prior to joining the REC in 2010, Matthias Puhringer worked in the public service and civil society sector in the areas of public diplomacy, judicature, administration, and project and programme management in Austria and abroad. As director for international cooperation and strategy at the REC, he provides leadership and policy coordination in terms of the REC's relations with member states, resource partners and other cooperation partners; builds alliances and strategic partnerships for the REC; and contributes to the identification and implementation of innovations and continuous improvements that support organisational excellence. Since 2011, he has also served as acting director of the REC's offices in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.