Award of the fifth BAWAG P.S.K. Women's Prize in honor of Fe-male equality in companies

  • EUR 3,000 BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Prize awarded to Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger
  • Presented during the podium discussion “Fe-male Equality in Companies” on October 19, 2017 at BAWAG P.S.K.


VIENNA, October 20, 2017 – For the fifth time, BAWAG P.S.K. and the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Initiative honored outstanding achievements and exceptional dedication on the part of women for society. This year, the EUR 3,000 BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Prize was presented to Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger by Tamara Kapeller, head of the Non-Financial Risk Management & Regulatory Compliance division and a representative of the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Initiative, on October 19, 2017 as part of the Fe-male Future Day in the main banking hall at BAWAG P.S.K.’s Headquarters.

Tamara Kapeller commented on the selection of this year’s winner: “There were essentially two aspects that motivated us to award the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Prize to Mrs. Hanappi-Egger this year. On the one hand, her intensive scientific work in the field of gender and diversity in organizations has led to numerous publications that form a valuable basis for the establishment and expansion of gender and diversity management in companies. On the other hand, she is the first woman to serve as rector of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in the institution’s more than 100-year history. This makes her an inspiration to women, especially in the university sector.”

The evening’s speaker, Lydia Ninz, former top manager of Austria’s car Driver association ARBÖ, has known and respected the awardee for many years and once again lived up to her personal motto – “Movement is my life” – in her speech. She gave a lively and moving speech that provided the audience a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a woman in management: “Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger has managed to scale several different ‘eight-thousanders’ over the course of her career. That’s only possible with plenty of skill, prudent vision, disciplined endurance, and tireless energy. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger has pulled off the difficult feat of simultaneously building up an impressive network to help her ascend to the summit of the professional world as well as a reliable base camp in her private life.”

Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger on the award: “I am truly happy that my work is clearly being recognized and appreciated. But I have to say that, as a woman who earned a technical degree and thus perhaps followed a rather unconventional path, it was still relatively easy for me because I was born in Austria with all of the opportunities and possibilities available here. With this in mind, I would like to pass this prize and the prize money that goes with it on to a person who has forged a path for herself despite difficult circumstances: Nouil Ghliouni. Nouil had to leave her home in Syria and found a new one in Austria. She did an internship with us as part of the university’s efforts to assist refugees. She is full of energy and enthusiasm, is extraordinarily dedicated, and is thus an important role model for many women.”

This year, the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Prize was presented during the Fe-male Future Day, which was organized by the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Initiative for the fourth time. Birgit Fenderl of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) moderated an exciting discussion on the topic of “Fe-male Equality in Companies.” The participants included the awardee Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, rector of the Vienna University of Economics and Business; Klaus Schierhackl, CEO of ASFINAG; and Isolde Seer, a representative of the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Initiative and an HR Business Partner.

About the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Initiative

The BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Initiative is an association comprising female experts and managers from all areas of the bank. The initiative is aimed at advancing the equality of women at the bank and facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge as well as networking inside and outside the company. In addition to the Fe-male Future Day, the initiative organizes the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Mentoring Program on a regular basis in order to support female employees, experts, and managers in their professional and personal development.

Previous winners of the BAWAG P.S.K. Women’s Prize:

  • 2013: Ildiko Merta, researcher at TU Wien
  • 2014: Andrea Brem, managing director of the Wiener Frauenhäuser
  • 2015: Andrea Barschdorf-Hager, managing director of CARE Austria
  • 2016: Katharina Norden, founder and managing director of Three Coins




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