Claus Tüchler

Position and Company: Head of IC Styria
Country: Austria
Weblink: http://www.ic-steiermark.at

Claus Tüchler is the CEO of Internationalization Centre Styria (ICS), a nonprofit organization with the shareholder Styrian Chamber of Commerce, State of Styria and the Federation of Austrian Industries in Styria. ICS is the one-stop-shop for Styrian export and all issues concerning internationalization. ICS´s mission is to encourage and qualify Styrian Small and Medium Enterprises to go abroad and to increase the potential for exports.
Prior to leading ICS, Claus Tüchler was Senior Consultant for PNO Consultants, working with big companies in developing strategies, building up subsidiaries in foreign countries as well as advising in services and products of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
He is well experienced in all issues of the European Union; he worked five years as national expert for regional policy in Brussels. His tasks included management, monitoring and negotiation of Structural Fund Programs and planning and organization of events.
In addition to that he worked 3 years for the State of Styria in Graz also in issues like development of EU-projects in collaboration with Styrian companies and development and management of EU-Funding Programs.
Claus Tüchler holds a Master Degree in Business from the Karl-Franzens University in Graz and speaks three languages.

Claus Tüchler manages ICS, which is a contact point for consulting days with Austrian Trade Commissioners and other experts of export. ICS also offers specific services such as focus programs, searching for international business partners and financing consultancy as well as developing EU-projects in collaboration with Styrian organizations.
One of the focus programs of ICS is the Region Western Balkan. Focus programs include services like organizing of information events, outgoing and incoming delegations as well as offering consultancy services for this region.