Meet our team
CONSUL | CO-DIRECTOR
Arnold joined the Open Austria team as interim Austrian Consul and Co-Director in January 2022. Before coming to San Francisco, he was Head of Unit of Science Diplomacy and Science Cooperation in the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs. His postings abroad during his diplomatic career were in Addis Ababa, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Beijing. Before joining the Foreign Service in 2000, he worked for Electricité de France and did the Trainee-Programme of the Federation of Austrian Industries.
He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration in Austria and an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University, Paris.
TRADE COMMISSIONER | CO-DIRECTOR
After receiving his Master’s degree in Business Administration in Austria, Daniel worked in various locations in Europe before joining ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA in 2015. His first posting brought him to Thailand as Deputy Trade Commissioner at ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Bangkok (2016 – 2019). In August 2019 he switched twelve time zones and got posted in New York where he stayed until August 2021. Currently, he is director of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA and Co-Director of Open Austria in San Francisco. He is interested in the disruptive effects of new technologies, sustainable smart city solutions and building up strong and recognizable brands. As a passionate photographer and traveler, he spends his free time exploring new places and discovering San Francisco and the Bay Area.
HEAD OF OPEN AUSTRIA’S ART + TECH LAB
Clara Blume, Ph.D. heads the Open Austria Art + Tech Lab in Silicon Valley to explore the interplay of human and artificial creativity. Set out as a laboratory for open and interdisciplinary collaboration, Blume curates, commissions, and promotes art projects that redefine what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence. In concert with Austria’s efforts in tech diplomacy, the Art + Tech Lab is working with policy makers from Europe and the US to advocate for a new digital humanism in tech. As President of the EU National Institutes for Culture Cluster in the Bay Area (EUNIC Silicon Valley) in 2019 and 2020, Blume co-founded SF-based art + tech + policy non-profit The Grid (Art Powers Technology), supported with funding by the European Commission and Salesforce. She most recently launched and curated the first edition of the San Francisco based art + tech festival The Grid: Exposure - Art + Tech + Policy Days in September 2020. She was a jury member at Ars Electronica (STARTS Prize 2020, Digital Humanity Award 2021), the Immersive Van Gogh AiR SF 2021, the Protest Song Contest (2015, 2016), and many more. She was a featured speaker at international conferences like SXSW, Ars Electronica, Tokyo Midtown: School of the Future, EUNIC Global AI/DX Week, Texas/EU Business Summit, etc. Prior to her new role in cultural diplomacy, she worked as professional musician and artist, touring mostly the EU and the US, appearing several times on national television and headlining international festivals. As founder and manager of the non-profit organization and Vienna-based performance platform “The Singer Songwriter Circus”, Blume promoted songwriters from around the world and helped jumpstart the careers of many Austrian newcomers over 7 consecutive years. She was nominated for “Artist of the Year” in 2016 and “Woman of the Year” in 2015. Blume studied music composition and fine arts at Academia de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). She holds a M.A. in comparative literature and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and history from the University of Vienna. Her book 'History is written by the victors' (Original German: Die Sieger schreiben Geschichte) on historical revisionism about the Spanish Civil War is based on her dissertation and was published at Peter Lang Verlag Berlin in 2019.