Reinhard Millner is a senior researcher and lecturer at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), and co-founder and head of the Social Entrepreneurship Center at WU. He has a training background in business administration and economics having studied in Vienna, St. Gallen and London, and holds a PhD from WU Vienna. Since 2013 he has also served as Academic Director for the NGO Academy, offering a range of capacity-building programmes to NGOs and social enterprises in 14 countries in Central and Southeast Europe, to which he contributes in the areas of programme development, curriculum design and programme implementation. Furthermore, he is Academic Director of the MEGA Academy, an acceleration programme for Austrian social enterprises in the field of education, and assumes responsibility for the Professional Master’s course in Social Innovation and Management at the WU Executive Academy.
Reinhard Millner was a visiting scholar at the Stockholm School of Economics and visiting lecturer at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen as well as at the Centre for Philanthropy Studies of the University of Basel, among others. He regularly teaches courses for the WU undergraduate and executive programme. He was a member of the GECES sub-group on social impact measurement, a group of experts of the European Commission developing a methodology to measure the socioeconomic benefits created by social enterprises. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he serves on the advisory boards of several non-profit organisations and is a jury member and project evaluator for a number of award schemes. In these roles, he has assessed over 2 000 projects so far.
His research interests centre on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, philanthropy and foundations, and social impact assessment.