Innovative and dynamic professionals from various cultures and backgrounds - that is our team.
AT Consult's partners possess extensive experience in the field of Trade, Investment and Location Promotion as well as in International Business Development. Each partner is supported by excellent junior research and project staff.
NIKOLAUS BUCH, PARTNER (New York)
Nikolaus Buch has a broad consulting experience in international market entry strategies for SMEs. Furthermore, he advises economic development and investment promotion agencies on intelligence and strategy issues.
Nikolaus founded AT Consult in New York City in 1996. In 2001 he initiated a consulting partnership in Vienna, Austria. Since then, and together with strategic partners, an international consulting network has been created, covering the world's most important locations (North America, Europe, South East Asia, India and China).
Nikolaus holds a master's degree and a PHD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Prior to starting his own company, he worked for the German media group Bertelsmann. He also publishes books on international business development and marketing.
CHRISTIANE ERTEN, PARTNER (Vienna)
Christiane Erten has experience in the professional and academic field with a focus on intercultural management, intercultural training, organizational development, and leadership in SMEs.
She has considerable professional experience in the fields of strategic business consultation, organizational development and Human Resource Management. Besides, she has worked as an assistant professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and still lectures at universities abroad.
Christiane has published several books and articles in her areas of expertise and heads the office in Vienna.
GERHARD APFELTHALER, PARTNER (Los Angeles)
Gerhard Apfelthaler has a wide array of both professional and academic experience in the area of international market entry strategies and cross-cultural management.
In the past, he served as Austria's Deputy Trade Commissioner to the United States and as Austria's Commercial Attache to Singapore. Besides, he has held appointments with universities in Austria and abroad. Gerhard currently serves as Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor of International Business at California Lutheran University in the USA. He has published several books and articles in his areas of expertise and is a frequent speaker at universities and symposia worldwide.
Visit Gerhard's blog on failures in international markets!
Gael Pervilhac has over 25 years of international management and consulting experience. Throughout his career Gael supported major US and European companies in selling and marketing their products in the US or Middle-East and African countries.
In 1997 Gael founded EDGE Consulting, his own consulting practice specialized on US market entry and the negotiation of joint ventures and strategic partnerships. He joined AT Consult in 2013 as Director of Export Promotion Services after cooperating with our company for many years.
Gael holds a master's degree in Political Science and Finance from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (France) and a master's in International Affairs from Columbia University (New York).
Gisbert Mayr has over ten years of consulting experience and held work egnagements in Canada, the United States, Russia and Austria. For the past 8 years he specialized on FDI promotion and investment facilitation, advising North American corporations in setting up operations in Europe. Between 2006 and 2012 he did so as Director of the Austrian Business Agency’s (ABA) North American Office in New York. ABA is one of the most successful IPAs and excelled at Investor Handling and Facilitation for two consecutive GIPB editions - ranking #1 for Website and #7 for Inquiry Handling in 2012 as well as Top Performer for Investor Facilitation in 2009. Gisbert furthermore holds a masters degree in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and speaks Russian, German and English fluently.
Gisbert's experience in attracting investments from North America for ABA combined with his in-depth knowledge of benchmarking methods make him a great addition to AT Consult’s team and an asset to all our clients.
Martin Meusburger has professional consulting experience in various industries and countries. Ranging from work engagements in Poland, the US and Austria in industries such as construction, logistics, IT, marketing and market research. He is a certified corporate consultant with significant expertise in business development and a broad business network in Europe. He joined the team of AT Consult in 2012 to contribute to the continuous development of our service portfolio and international network.
Martin holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and E-Business Management from the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems.
Melanie Klingenschmid has gained consulting experience at PeCo an Austrian SME consultancy where she supported clients in the conduction of industry specific market research and the creation of marketing plans to increase sales. She continued here career with British American Tobacco in Germany as part of the companies Brand Marketing team before joining AT Consult as Project Manager for FDI Promotion.
Melanie holds a bachelors degree in International Management from the University of Graz, Austria.
AT Consult's affiliate partners are located in the most important geographic regions around the world.
For more information on our strategic affiliations, please see the profiles of our Affiliate Partners.
"AT Consult's team consists of outstanding and reliable professionals who know their business since many years and prove to deliver high-quality services on a continuous basis. They are available for individual consultation at any time and always respond to emails and voice messages immediately."
Mag. Hans Nagl
Director, North America
ABA Invest in Austria
"With AT Consult, we have found an excellent business partner, who works side by side with us, allowing us to focus again on the part of the business that is most important: presenting the services and advantages of Invest in Iceland to senior decision makers of interested corporations in a direct and personal setting.
We strongly endorse AT Consult’s excellent lead generation services."
Mr. Thordur H. Hilmarsson
Invest In Iceland
"Mr. Buch and his result-oriented team always fulfilled our project objectives and exceeded our expectations by far. Mr. Buch and his hard working, experienced and proactive team greatly contributed to the success of the Business Location Vienna in North America."
Mr. Rainer Zoubek
Executive Managing Director
Vienna Business Agency
"AT Consult delivers results on a continuous high quality level and surpasses our expectations by far. Dr. Buch and his team display professional excellence on the highest level. They are a group of outstanding, competent, responsible, and hard working personalities."
Ms. Siriporn Nurugsa
Thailand Board of Investment
"AT Consult has worked for me on several market entry projects in China and India. Without exception, they have always impressed me with the high levels of quality, insight and commitment."
Dr. Winfried Braumann
"In our experience working with various consulting firms in this field, AT Consult’s IPA services surpass all others because they always deliver excellent results on time and within budget. Dr. Buch and his team display professional excellence on the highest level; they are a group of outstanding, competent, responsible and hard working personalities who are always completely attentive to our needs and requests in a very short response time."
Director Investment Promotion, North America
Switzerland Trade & Investment Promotion