As acting Deputy CEO of VERBUND AG, Michael Strugl is responsible for energy industry, human resources, innovation and new business, marketing and communications, and for the sales divisions including trading, sales and new business solutions. He served as a member of the Upper Austrian government from 2013 until 2017 and as Vice-Governor from 2017 until 2018. Michael Strugl was in charge of the Upper Austrian, so-called location department that includes remits such as economy, labor, research, science, energy, tourism, regional planning, state holdings, Europe and sports. He is the founder and previous chairmen of the think tank “Academia Superior, society for futurology”. The think tank addresses and analyzes current and future challenges in order to gain derivatives for notions on how to shape the future.