Walter has been working to establish Teach For Austria ever since he was inspired by an article about Teach First in the Economist in 2009. After conducting a feasibility study and having been convinced that the model was the key to addressing educational disadvantage in Austria, he decided to launch Teach For Austria. In September 2012, the first cohort of 24 highly motivated Fellows entered high need schools in Vienna and Salzburg.
Walter has a master’s and doctoral degree from Vienna University of Business and Economics, and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He initially worked as a banker and as a consultant in Austria and Switzerland. However, Walter also built up seven years of extensive experience in the educational sector as head of the business faculty of Salzburg University of Applied Science, and most recently as the Vice Dean and Professor at the University of Seeburg in the city of Salzburg.
Walter loves outdoor sports, including hiking, biking, and ski mountaineering. He lives in Salzburg, with his wife and daughter, and has a son in college in the United States.