Heidi Burkhat


Senior Expert for Strategic Development

Email : heidi.burkhart@hwa.or.at

Heidi Burkhart has more than 25 years of experience as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA), one of Austria´s leading Development Agencies for disaster relief, economic development, capacity building and health and social inclusion programs worldwide, with an annual turnover range between 8 and 12 million EURO. HWA works in four continents worldwide and has implemented humanitarian and development projects and programmes in more than 50 countries since it was first founded.

Heidi Burkhart was on numerous missions in more than 30 post-conflict and post-disaster areas including Africa, South-East-Europe, Caucasus, Latin America and South-East Asia. In these countries she has set up humanitarian and development activities and project teams from scratch and achieved to create sustainable local structures in highly challenging environments. She has handed over her Management position to her successor in April 2015 and is since then working with HWA as a Senior Expert for Acquisition and Strategic Development. Since 2009 she is also an independent Consultant and Coach for Leadership and Organizational Development.

She graduated in philosophy and educational science from the Universities of Vienna and Navarra, where she received her PhD with a research focus on adult education and extracurricular youth education. She holds a further diploma in Social Management and is a certified trainer of the Franklin Covey Leadership Institute. Apart from her mother tongue German, she also speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.