Advisory Board member
Graduated at the University of Vienna with the doctors' degree of law and worked one year in a court practice. Werner was elected as Representative to the Lower House (Member of Parliament) between 1987 and 2006. From February 2000 until December 2002, he was the 3rd president of the Austrian parliament. From December 1990 until February 2000 he was Federal Minister of Defence. During his tenure he executed a far-reaching reform program in the Ministry, adapted the organization of the armed forces to the new threat scenario and modernized Austria's armament. He also strongly supported Austria's active participation in the EU as well as in the NATO PfP and initiated and organized the first meeting of EU-Ministers of Defence in 1998. Furthermore, he founded the Central European Cooperation in Peacekeeping (CENCOOP) in 1997. Currently, he is president of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), head of the Academic Council of Wilfred Martens Center for European Studies in Brussels, president of Universitätszentrum Wien and president of the Austrian-Slovak and the Austrian-Iranian Societies.