Alfred Gusenbauer, Сo-Chairman of the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations"

Alfred Gusenbauer, Сo-Chairman of the WPF Dialogue of Civilizations

Born February 8, 1960

Alfred Gusenbauer was Chancellor of Austria from January 2007 to December 2008 and the leader of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) from 2000 to 2008.

Gusenbauer was born in Sankt Pölten in the state of Lower Austria. He was educated at a high school in Wieselburg and studied political science, philosophy and jurisprudence at the University of Vienna, where he gained a doctorate in political science. He has spent his whole professional life in politics, either as an employee of the SPÖ or as a parliamentary representative. He was a senior research fellow in the economic policy department of the Lower Austria Chamber of Labour from 1990 to 1999.

Gusenbauer was federal leader of the SPÖ youth wing, the Socialist Youth (SJ) from 1984 to 1990, vice-president of the Socialist Youth International (IUSY) from 1985 to 1989 and vice-president of the Socialist International in 1989.

In 1991, Gusenbauer was elected SPÖ chairman in Ybbs an der Donau and a member of the Lower Austria party executive. In the same year he was elected to the Bundesrat, the upper house of the Austrian Parliament, as a Deputy for Lower Austria. He was a member of the Austrian delegation to the parliamentary meeting of the Council of Europe in 1991 and was chairman of the social committee of the Council of Europe from 1995 to 1998.

In the Bundesrat, Gusenbauer was Chairman of the Committee for Development Co-operation from 1996 to 1999. In 2000, he was elected leader of the SPÖ Group in the Bundesrat and also as Secretary-General of the SPÖ.

Alfred Gusenbauer became Chancellor on January 11, 2007 and remained on this position till December 2008.

Alfred Gusenbauer is the Laureate of the International Prize “Dialogue of Civilizations” for 2008.