Ambassador Traina at Street Photography Exhibition

Ambassador Traina, an avid photography collector, spoke at the opening of the new exhibition on street photography at Kunst Haus Wien/ Museum Hundertwasser. In his remarks, the Ambassador also remembered the recently deceased Robert Frank. “Street. Life. Photography” showcases works by U.S. and international artists.

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Ambassador Traina at the European Forum Alpbach 2019

Ambassador Traina traveled to the European Forum Alpbach this week – his second visit to the Tyrolean village. His busy schedule included meetings with Austrian government officials, politicians, business leaders, and students. The Ambassador attended several networking events, gave interviews to Austrian media, hosted a group of Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation fellows for breakfast, and …

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Ambassador Traina at UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School

Last week, Ambassador Traina travelled to Innsbruck to engage with students and faculty at the 44th UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. He joined the course “Game of Thrones: Habsburg History” (one of close to forty offered this year), and met with hundred students for “A Conversation with Ambassador Traina.” Afterwards he attended a reception hosted by …

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Independence Day Celebration

Fantastic summer weather on June 26 at the Independence Day Party at Ambassador Traina’s residence in Vienna.Every year, the U.S. Embassy opens the doors to the Ambassador’s Residence in Hietzing to honored guests who help make the U.S.-Austrian relationship so strong. Thanks to our generous sponsors, guests enjoyed American beer, American and Austrian wine, burgers, …

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Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.   Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight …

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Austrian Delegation at SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ambassador Traina led the largest Austrian delegation ever to the Select USA Investment Summit, which took place this year from June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. More than 20 delegates, including representatives from multi-national companies with subsidiaries in the U.S., exporters, and dynamic tech startups, attended the most important FDI event in the United States. The …

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Ambassador Traina Promotes Entrepreneurship in Graz

Last Friday, the Ambassador was in Styria’s capital, promoting entrepreneurship. He attended an Entrepreneurship Breakfast, to which our co-host Austrian Economic Chambers had invited in Graz this time, and took the opportunity to meet with some of the participants of our Austria to Austin startup exchange program with 3 Day Startup. In a subsequent panel …

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Ambassador Traina speaks at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast at WKO

At the Entrepreneurship Breakfast – at the Wirtschaftskammer- headquarters with co-host Jürgen Roth – Ambassador Traina welcomed the participants, and announced that he will be leading the Austrian delegation, including eight innovative companies, to  The Global Entrepreneurship Summit  in The Hague on June 4 and 5. The Ambassador will also be leading the largest Austrian delegation on record to the …

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Ambassador Traina at Bilateral Military Exercise

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina visited Bundesheer’s ‘Schwarzenberg’ barracks in Salzburg in style, catching a ride on a Black Hawk! 100 Austrian & U.S. military police are participating in the bilateral military exercise “All In” to further cooperation during peacekeeping missions. “We are hoping to do an even larger military exercise next year together,” the Ambassador said …

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Ambassador Traina’s remarks at the “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism” Initiative

Ambassador Trevor Traina was honored to speak at an event celebrating Muslimische Jugend Österreich ‘s program against anti-Semitism. [As prepared] Hello.  It is an honor to be here today to recognize the Muslim Youth Austria for their initiative “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism.” First, let me start by wishing you all “Ramadan Kareem.” The holy month of Ramadan started this …

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Ambassador Traina visits Vorarlberg

Ambassador Trevor Traina greatly enjoyed his first visit to Vorarlberg. In his meeting with Markus Linhart, Mayor of the province’s capital Bregenz, they discussed strengthening trade between Vorarlberg and the U.S. At Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Ambassador met with Director Thomas Trummer and visited Miriam Cahn’s upcoming exhibition. In Stadt Hohenems, Director Hanno Loewy welcomed the Ambassador …

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Kickoff Reception for Austria to Austin 4.0

At Amerika Haus, Ambassador Trevor Traina welcomed 20 new Austrian entrepreneurs into the Austria to Austin community. This summer, these entrepreneurs will spend two weeks in Austin, Texas for a series of intense entrepreneurship workshops with 3DayStartup. While in Austin, participants will not only work on starting their own businesses, but get an in-depth look …

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Ambassador Traina at the University of Vienna

Ambassador Traina visited the oldest university in the German-speaking world, the University of Vienna, to talk with American Studies students about American culture, politics, and foreign policy. In his introductory remarks the Ambassador emphasized the good relations between Austria and the United States. Afterwards he fielded questions from the students, covering a very wide range …

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Entrepreneurship Breakfast at the Residence

Ambassador Traina invited to another “Entrepreneurship Breakfast” in his residence and offered, in cooperation with the Wirtschaftskammer, Austrian Entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. The guests also learned about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and Select USA Summit , the Austria to Austin Student Startup Program of the Embassy, and the WKÖ Accelerator Program Go Silicon …

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Reception in Honor of the Mark Rothko Exhibition Opening

The exhibition “Mark Rothko” was opened at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna , showing for the first time in Austria a retrospective of the influential U.S. artist and representative of Abstract Expressionism. Afterwards Ambassador Traina invited the guests of the vernissage to a reception in his residence, with the guests of honor Christopher and Kate Rothko, the children of …

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Legion of Merit Award for Austrian Military Officer

Ambassador Traina presented the Legion of Merit award to Austrian Bundesheer’s Brigadier General Harald Göllinger, former Defense Attaché to the United States. The Legion of Merit is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. It is one of …

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Go Silicon Valley Departure Workshop 2019

The U.S. Embassy hosted the kick-off event for participants in this year’s GoSiliconValley accelerator program administered by the Wirtschaftskammer. In his welcome remarks Ambassador Trevor Traina emphasized the importance of networking. About 80 Austrian start-ups had applied for the program. The lucky 16 winners will get the opportunity to go to the U.S., work on …

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Team USA at Edelweiss Raid

For the first time ever, the United States sent a team to the famous Edelweiss Raid – a grueling two-day mountain warfare competition hosted by the  Bundesheer  in the Austrian Alps. This year the U.S. was represented by the Green Mountain Boys of the  Vermont National Guard . No team has ever finished the race in its first year, …

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Ambassador Traina visits Vienna Business School

Ambassador Traina visited the Vienna Business School this week and gave a talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur. Later the Ambassador met with the students in charge of the school’s practice company Arte Fakt. Ambassador Traina thanked the students for the demonstration of the functions and departments of the company. “I was very impressed …

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Ambassador Traina visits Miba and voestalpine

Ambassador Traina traveled to the industrial powerhouse of Upper Austria to visit two of the largest Austrian investors in the United States, voestalpine and Miba. Together, voestalpine and Miba employ thousands of Americans in plants from Texas to Wisconsin to Georgia, investing over $1 billion in the U.S. economy, not only investing in American manufacturing, …

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Ambassador Traina at the Institute of Science and Technology

Ambassador Traina travelled to Klosterneuburg to visit the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, a research institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences. The Institute, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019, has grown from zero to an impressive 700 students, scholars and scientific and admin staff within less than ten years of …

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Ambassador Traina meets with Uni Management Club

Ambassador Traina met with members of the Uni Management Club Vienna, a network of business students, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur as well as Austrian-American relations. During the Q&A, the students were particularly interested in Ambassador Traina’s career as technology entrepreneur and philanthropist in San Francisco, as well as his ambitions to …

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Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna meeting with Ambassador Traina

Ambassador Trevor D. Traina was the featured guest speaker at the monthly meetup of the “Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna,” a network founded by the Austria to Austin  alumni Stefan Salcher and Florian Ott. The Ambassador shared his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Silicon Valley insider, and encouraged the group to expand their ideas and think beyond the …

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Ambassador Traina visits the Austrian National Library

The Austrian National Library has partnered with Google to digitalize over 600,000 books in its State Hall collection. Ambassador Traina visited the 650 year old library to learn more about this project and the history of this Austrian institution. During the tour, Ambassador Traina also viewed some special rare pieces including a mid-16th century map …

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Austria to Austin Reception at the Amerika Haus

This summer marked the third iteration of the Embassy-funded “Austria to Austin” entrepreneurship exchange program. This year’s group was bigger than ever with a total of 34 participants in two groups. They traveled to Austin to train with 3DayStartup, network with the Austin community, and receive mentorship from top entrepreneurs in the Austin ecosystem. However, …

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Fulbright Reception 2018

Ambassador Trevor Traina hosted a reception for the newly arrived American Fulbright grantees. The reception brought together American grantees with newly returned Austrian Fulbrighters and a host of alumni. Since 1950/51, Fulbright Austria has brought over 2,500 scholars and professors to Austria and 3,650 Austrians to the United States. Additionally, each year Fulbright manages 140 American teaching …

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Ambassador visits Austrian Airlines and Vienna International Airport

Austrian Airlines plays a critical role in enhancing the economic and cultural ties between the United States and Austria. Each year hundreds of thousands of Americans pass through Vienna International Airport on business or tourism. Ambassador Traina visited with Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech and Vienna International Airport COO Julian Jäger to thank them …

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Gala Dinner for Ambassador Traina

The American Chamber of Commerce in Austria hosted a gala dinner to welcome Ambassador Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis. In his remarks, Ambassador Traina emphasized the strong bilateral relations between Austria and the United States, particularly also regarding the economic sector. “I want to speak with people and entrepreneurs in Austria and listen to …

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Ambassador hosted Go Silicon Valley alumni

Ambassador Traina hosted a group of ‘Go Silicon Valley’ alumni at the residence for a discussion on mentorship and support for Austrian entrepreneurs, tips on breaking into the U.S. market, and his experience as a serial entrepreneur. Go Silicon Valley is an initiative run by Austrian Trade within the Austrian Economic Chambers and Open Austria. …

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Entrepreneurship Breakfast with Ambassador Traina

Ambassador Traina hosted his first entrepreneurship breakfast at his residence. These meetings are a cooperation with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. The goal is for Austrian entrepreneurs to have a chance to talk about their projects and to network. Ambassador Traina, himself an experienced entrepreneur, gave a talk about his own experiences, problematic situations and …

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Ambassador Trevor Traina at the European Forum Alpbach

Ambassador Trevor Traina met with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, hosted a working lunch for Federal Ministers Karin Kneissl & Margarete Schramböck, and others, chatted with Rainer Nowak, chief editor of Die Presse, spoke with Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, had coffee & conversation with Alpbach scholars and Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation-fellows, participated in the “Wien Trifft Tirol” Business Talk and gave interviews to ORF ZiB2 and to Tiroler …

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Ambassador hosts event with Marissa Mayer

Ambassador Traina hosted an exclusive group of Austrian entrepreneurs at his residence for a meet up with former Yahoo! CEO and Google icon, Marissa Mayer. The event was the first in a series of events initiated by Ambassador Traina, himself a successful tech entrepreneur, aimed at bringing top U.S. business, tech, and cultural personalities to …

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Ambassador Traina visited Salzburg

“Perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe!” That was Ambassador Traina’s comment to “Salzburger Nachrichten” during his visit to the Mozartstadt. In his first official visit outside Vienna, Ambassador Traina called upon Governor Haslauer to discuss increased cooperation between the United States and Land Salzburg. He also stopped by Schloss Mirabell to admire the unparalleled …

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Ambassador met Heinz Fischer

Ambassador Trevor Traina visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and discussed with the Centre’s Co-chairman and former President of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer ways to further develop the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Austria.

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Remarks upon Arrival in Vienna

As prepared Guten Morgen und Grüß Gott! It is both delightful and humbling to stand before you today as the United States Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Austria. And it is very personal. Austria is not just a country I know, it is a country for which I have great affection (love is a much …

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Trevor D. Traina, Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Austria

Trevor D. Traina is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in San Francisco. He has founded or co-founded five companies and sold four of them (including to Microsoft and Intuit). He is presently Founder and CEO of IfOnly, a company that allows buyers to purchase unique life experiences with a portion of the proceeds …

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