The strategy expert devises and realizes tailor-made processes that bridge realities on the ground in European regions with the institutional logic of capitals such as Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and Vienna.
Ringler focuses on multi-stakeholder alliances and regional innovation. She often convenes top diplomats and learners, local politicians and CEOs. She does this because societal leaders who know and trust each other can master uncertainty and change.
Until 2018, Verena Ringler directed the International Affairs Department at Stiftung Mercator in Germany, and devised a large portfolio of projects on Europe. She developed the regional platform StartNet Europe to mitigate youth unemployment, for instance. Also, she helped the Free Interrail initiative towards breakthrough.
Ringler began her career as a journalist at Tiroler Tageszeitung and profil magazine in Austria before joining the editorial department of Foreign Policy in Washington in 2002 (until 2006).
From 2006 to 2009, Ringler established the EU’s communication mechanisms in Pristina, Kosovo, as Deputy Head for Press and Public Affairs of an EU-U.S. diplomatic team.
Ringler frequently speaks publicly on European affairs in the media (Austrian Broadcasting Association, ORF) and at events of the Club of Venice, TEDx oder the Pioneers of Change Summit.
She engages pro bono in seven committees of European associations, such as the European Policy Centre, the European Forum Alpbach and the NECE group of Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).
Ringler provides over two registered trademarks, including the concept of European Commons™ and the Situation Room™, a digital or analogue crisis- and strategy format for leadership teams.
Verena Ringler took her MA in European Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, JHU-SAIS, in 2002, and her European “Magister” from the University of Innsbruck in 1999 (Erasmus semester at Uppsala University). Her two non-degree certificates are from the University of Vienna and the Innsbruck Conservatory.