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Sandra Gassner

expert-sandra-gassner-150Management consultant

Specialization: tourism and leisure

Sandra Gassner is a proficient management consultant with long term expertise in the tourism sector. She has worked as an independently in Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, BIH, Ukraine, Lithuania, Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia and Egypt for public and private sector clients. Her specialization area covers strategy development, marketing and product development strategies, policy development, partnership development, advising and training on the job. Sandra holds a master’s degree in management with specialization in tourism and leisure time which she has obtained from the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria.

Key qualifications

13 years of international tourism development expertise

Highly skilled in the development of tourism strategies and projects in transition economies

Highly experienced in competency based assessment, drafting project identification material, strategy development, product development and marketing strategies, destination management strategies, monitoring and evaluation

Track record of provision of institutional and capacity building to international donors, public sector beneficiaries and business support organisations related to tourism development

Proven experience in export development and export promotion in the field of tourism development

Excellent writing and drafting skills

Comprehensive expertise in working with public administration structures, key actors, opinion leader, exporters, importers,  tourism agencies, governmental authorities etc. and proven capacity to establish efficient working relations

Proficient facilitator and communicator accustomed to liaising at all hierarchical levels of central and local government structures as well as the private sector

Wide geographical experience in Austria as well as internationally, covering Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Former Soviet Union and the MEDA region

Thorough knowledge of EuropeAid and World Bank project requirements, reporting standards and technical assistance rules and practices




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