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Dr. Peter Köppl M.A.

Managing director

Mastermind Public Affairs Consulting was founded by Peter Köppl, one of Austria’s leading public affairs practitioners with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked as a journalist, PR-consultant, spokesperson and lobbying-manager in companies, trade associations and consulting firms. He was co-founder and for more than ten years one of the managing directors at Kovar & Köppl Public Affairs Consulting. 

He graduated from the University of Vienna with a Ph.D. in mass communication and political sciences and is a certified PR-consultant. Furthermore, he was the first Austrian who graduated from the Graduate School of Political Management in Washington, D.C. specializing in lobbying & public affairs. Since more than a decade Peter Köppl has been lecturing at universities and conferences. He is a frequent speaker and has published several books as well as dozens of articles on public affairs, lobbying and CSR.

Christina Scheifinger, Bakk. phil.

Authorized Officer

After having graduated from a business school with A-levels in her Austrian home province of Styria, she worked for a human resources development company, a law firm, a public affairs consultancy and in media-production. She studied at the University of Vienna’s department of mass communication and is a dedicated swimmer. Christina Scheifinger speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

Mag. Martin Stradal-Angelo

Senior Advisor

Martin Stradal, Senior Consultant at Mastermind, gained hands-on experience in public affairs and lobbying at the Vienna based public affairs consulting firm Kovar & Köppl.  Previously, he acted as spokesperson and Head of Public Relations at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. From 2004 to 2006 he got insights in political campaigning and communication working for the Austrian Federal Government.  During the Austrian EU Presidency in 2006 Martin Stradal was part of the press relations team at the Federal Chancellery. Martin Stradal holds a Masters in Commercial Science. In his spare time he loves to play the drums and volleyball. He is father of two children.

Bernhard Zink-Spiel M.A. M.A.

Senior Consultant

After several years of working in the insurance sector, the trained insurance salesman studied Political Science with focus on Governance and Administration, Political Communication and EU policy-making at the University of Vienna and additionally specialized himself in Public Affairs during a post-graduate master´s program at the University of Vienna as well. During his studies, he worked for the Austrian Embassy in Berlin in the field of political- & public relations as well as for an international Company in Corporate Affairs. Since 2015 at Mastermind, the native Styrian and father of two is supporting clients from several business areas and industries.