Markus Wolf

[] Markus Wolf

Dr. Markus Wolf works in the European and International Family and Youth Policy Unit of the Federal Chancellery. Further focal areas of his activities are human rights and social cohesion – in particular, in the sphere of the Council of Europe. Born to Austrian parents in South Africa, Wolf attended a school for “normally sighted” persons in spite of his strongly impaired vision and studied philosophy and psychology. Since he moved to Austria, he has been active in the Austrian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BSVÖ), initially as an official and since 2012, as the Federation’s president. From 2012 to 2015, Wolf served as the vice-president of the Austrian Disability Council and since 2015 he has been a member of the Presidential Council of Austrian Standards. In Wolf’s opinion this is an important task as standards significantly contribute to dismantling barriers – also in people’s minds. And in addition to creating an inclusive society, this is one of his most important objectives.