Markus Tomaschitz, born in 1970, studies and researches at Karl Franzens University in Graz. He completed MBA studies at the California State University East Bay. His professional career has included several positions in Graz, Germany and at Oracle in the the United States. From 2003 to 2006 Tomaschitz was the Commercial Director at the University of Applied Sciences Joanneum. He was then employed with Magna International Europe AG as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Founder Frank Stronach, currently Director of Magna Education and Research. He has been a lecturer at various national and international institutions, and has authored various publications on business development, corporate governance, higher education management and business development.