Martin Rauchbauer

Austrian Tech Ambassador, Open Austria

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Martin Rauchbauer is the first Austrian Tech Ambassador in Silicon Valley and Co-Founder of Open Austria. As an Austrian diplomat, Martin was sent to San Francisco in 2016 in order to open and establish his country’s first innovation outpost in Silicon Valley. Martin’s office helps Austrian entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, and creative minds to connect with the biggest innovation ecosystem in the world. Martin has served in many capacities due to his passion for tech and cultural diplomacy, holding the local San Francisco chair of the European Union in 2018. Before coming to San Francisco, Martin was Deputy Director of the Business Support Service and Head of the UNESCO unit at the Austrian Foreign Ministry in Vienna. In 2014, he became CEO at the Österreich Institut GmbH, a cultural and language institute headquartered in Vienna with branches in 9 countries. Between 2011 and 2014 he served as Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU in New York City. From 2007 until January 2011 he was the Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Martin also served as Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Mexico City. Martin received his M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C. He also holds a degree in Philosophy and German Studies from the University of Vienna.