Alfred Gusenbauer is Former Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008) and Co-Chairman of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”.
He studied political sciences, philosophy and law at the University of Vienna (Dr. phil. 1987).
From January 1981 till September 1990 he was an executive Secretary for Youth of the Social Democratic Party of Austria. His former position is federal chairman of the Socialist Youth (SJ) (1984 - 1990).
From 1985 till 1989 Mr. Gusenbauer served as a Vice-President of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). Also he was a senior research fellow in the Economic Policy Department of the Chamber of Labour from 1990 – 1999, chairman of the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe (1995 – 1998) and Secretary general of the Social Democratic Party in Lower Austria from November 1999 till February 2000.
Also he serves as a member of the Austrian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 1991. Since 2000 he holds such positions as Secretary general of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, leader of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian Parliament (February 2000), leader of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (April 29th 2000) and Chancellor of Austria since January 2007 till December 2008.