Professor Günter Koch is guest professor at different universities in specific in Austria and Adj. Professor at the Technical University of Graz, Dept. of Computer Science. Currently he frequently works as a consultant to governments, banks, industries, in specific software dependant industries. For this, he is also active as a member of the board of the Association of the Austrian Software Industry (VÖSI).
Professor Koch unites several and even divergent qualifications in his person: entrepreneur, manager and scientist. His last appointment as a manager of a big organisation was in1998 as the CEO of the Austrian Research Centres (ARC, today Austrian Institute of Technology), Austria’s largest applied research organisation, employing some 1200 people in many different disciplines, including material sciences, life sciences, information technologies, system research, medical technology, energy and environment etc.
In that same period until 2004 he acted as chairman of two high tech companies, one international one also filed at the stock exchange.
From1993 to1997 he was the General Director of the European Software Institute (ESI) in Bilbao, Spain. After having been assistant professor at Karlsruhe University’s computer science faculty from on 1975, he became the founder managing director of a Freiburg based systems company specialising first in medical informatics in 1981and later in automation and in software technology. Thus he also gained experience as a founder and owner of a company, which, for some years, due to its specialisation in computer solutions for the registration of new medicaments, was co-share owned by Boehrigner Ingelheim’s Biosciencia.
In co-operation with Prof. Ursula Schneider, Graz [†] he created the currently most widely used reference model for Intellectual Capital Reporting (ICR). ICR in 2002 became a legal obligation for the annual reporting of all universities in Austria. For this achievement, Koch in 2005 was honoured with the 1st Class Cross of Honour in Science by the President of Austria.
Koch currently lives in Vienna and acts as the Vice President of the Austrian Association for Research in IT as well as he works (part time) as General Secretary of ‘The New Club of Paris’. (see new-club-of-paris.org ) He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute FIRST in Berlin, and he is affiliated with the Vienna-based Knowledge Management Associates/ Academy / Association (KM-A ) and its cooperation partner execupery.com . He is a most profiled expert in defining and identifying intellectual assets in “brain organisations”.