Meet our team
CONSUL | CO-DIRECTOR
Isabella joined the Open Austria team as Austrian Consul and Co-Director in August 2022. Before coming to San Francisco, she was counselor and Head of Unit of Transportation, Telecommunications, and Innovation Diplomacy in the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. Her postings abroad during her diplomatic career were in Madrid and Brasília. Before joining the Foreign Service in 2008, she worked as a foreign language assistant in two lycées in Versailles, France.
She received her M.A. in Romance languages and literature, political science, and communication science from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany and did a postgraduate diploma in international relations, international law, and economics at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. In her free time, Isabella likes traveling, reading, and trying exotic food. As a former competition dancer, she also enjoys (Latin American) music.
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.
TECH DIPLOMACY | COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Nick joined Open Austria in June 2022 after graduating from the University of Trento's Comparative, European and International Legal Studies (CEILS) program in Italy. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, traveling, and reading (especially anything to do with history).