Klaus Schwertner

Managing director of the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Klaus Schwertner studied health management at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems. After completing his studies, he was head of PR & Communications at NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding, where he was spokesperson for the 27 hospitals of Lower Austria. Klaus Schwertner became spokesman of the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna in 2008 and is managing director since 2013. In 2010, he initiated ” “Gegen-Unrecht: Kinder gehören nicht ins Gefängnis”, an initiative supported by over 75 organizations and more than 116.000 people. With the #flowerrain for the New Year´s Baby 2018 Klaus Schwertner has shown how to encounter hate on the net and turn a shitstorm into something wonderful. He knows how to combine emotionality and professional communication tools in order to draw attention to the burning issues of society and the situation of people in need. He has been honored for his commitment as “Communicator of the Year” in 2016.