Mag. Mariana Karepova is president of the Austrian Patent Office. A native of Russia, she studied Slavic philology and literature in Moscow and economics at the University of Vienna and continued her education in financial policy and innovation management, among others, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics and Political Science. During her career she worked at the European Commission in Brussels as well as at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in Austria. Her objective is to position the Patent Office as an open and easily accessible service provider in the domestic innovation scene.
Karepova is an expert in innovation and technology management, intellectual property and research promotion. Even though she is "unfortunately not an inventor" herself, which she sometimes regrets, she has a strong affinity for technology and business. "It is very important to me to support creative people in keeping control of their own works," says the first female president of the Patent Office.