Robert Zeiner

Director Programmes and Projects International, Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

Robert Zeiner has more than 30 years of experience in diverse organisations of development co-operation and he is, since the beginning of 2004, the Director of international programmes and projects for the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). He is highly experienced in developing and implementing co-operation at an institutional, programme and project level. He participated significantly in the establishment of a network of European development agencies and in other international partnerships.

M. Zeiner started his professional career in the Austrian Steel Industry (feasibility studies) and worked from 1983 to 1985 as managing director of an SME in Austria. From 1986 to 1991 he was program-coordinator of the Austrian Service for Development Co-operation for Central America, where he was based in Managua, Nicaragua.

From 1991 to 2003, Robert Zeiner was director of the Austrian Service for Development Co-operation and HORIZONT3000. He was i.a. responsible for the successful planning, design and implementation of TRIALOG (EU-enlargement and development cooperation) and for the development and implementation of a quality management tool for development cooperation.