Programme Director, ERSTE Stiftung

Franz Karl Prüller has been with DIE ERSTE Foundation as Programme Director for the Social Development Programme of the Foundation since September 2005. He is responsible for the planning and execution of ERSTE Foundations grant giving as well as operational programmes in Social Integration and Societal Transformation. Before that he was with Caritas Austria (1988-2005), where he served as Secretary General in charge of the international programmes from 1996 to 2005.

From 1986 -1988 he worked for the International Catholic Rural Association in Rome and between 1984 and 1986 as a volunteer with the United Nations in Vienna.

He has studied forestry in Vienna and holds a BA in International Studies from Webster University, St. Louis/USA and a Master of Science degree in Development Management from the Open University in England.
Currently he also serves on the Supervisory Boards of Zweite Sparkasse in Austria and good.bee Credit, a microfinance institute in Romania, as well as in the Steering Committee of the European Fund for the Balkans. He also is a member of the advisory board of good.bee Holding as well as of the Advisory Board for International Development Cooperation of the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.