Franz Karl Prüller
Franz Karl Prüller is the CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of ERSTE Foundation, which he joined in 2005 as programme director for social development. His responsibilities include the planning and execution of ERSTE Foundation’s grant giving, as well as managing its function as major shareholder of Erste Bank Group. Prior to 2005 he held various positions in Caritas Austria (1988–2005), where he last served as secretary general in charge of the international programmes from 1996 to 2005. He holds a BA in international studies from Webster University, St. Louis/USA, and a master of science degree in development management from the Open University in England. Currently he serves on the supervisory boards of Zweite Sparkasse in Austria and good.bee Credit, a microfinance institute in Romania, as well as in the steering committee of the European Fund for the Balkans. Prüller is deputy chairman of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) and from 2014 he represents ERSTE Foundation in the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre.