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Taking responsibility, responding. empowering

response & ability  is a globally interconnected know-how enterprise and knowledge platform in the field of sustainability. response & ability was set up by Dr. Christian Baumgartner.                                     

response & ability has made it its mission to communicate the three principal dimensions of sustainability – the economic, the ecological and the social one.

Our business portfolio includes

  • tourism
  • (regional) development
  • development cooperation

In geographical terms our expertise is focused on 

  • Europe and the Alps
  • The Balkans and the Danube Region
  • Central and South-East Asia

Moreover, experience has been gathered in Africa and in South America.

Christian Baumgartner

Hon.Prof (FH) Dr. Christian Baumgartner

Hon.Prof (FH) Dr. Christian Baumgartner studied landscape ecology and is owner and CEO of response & ability ( 1995 he founded respect - Institute for Integrative Tourism and Development ( and was later for a decade Secretary General of Naturefriends International.

He has been active as university lecturer in Austria, Switzerland, Serbia and China and he is a member of numerous advisory bodies of NGOs, trade associations, EU and UN organisations.


Consultation, personal assistance and support and debate moderation

We provide advice and guidance to tourism players, (regional) policy-makers and entrepreneurs on how to develop and implement sustainable tourism strategies and viable regional development processes. We set up project partnerships, organise conferences and workshops and network stakeholders. We facilitate development processes, meetings, conferences and workshops.

Applied Research

We offer advice and support on how to implement applied research projects and we provide project monitoring and project evaluation services.

Teaching & Training

We teach at universities, at universities of applied sciences and we coach multipliers.


We network and team up with competent partners in a wide range of fields.



Team member

Katharina Eggenweber

Katharina Eggenweber did her Bachelor in Tourism-and Leisure Management and is currently doing her Master in Environmental and Sustainability Management. She has experience with sustainable tourism- and regional development and speaks four languages fluently.
Katharina Eggenweber

design and layout


studio, office, workshop

Hilde Matouschek and Gerhard Sturm from officina are longtime partner in designing and developing visual concepts for print- and online-media.

Stephanie Blutaumüller

Cooperation Tourism development and educational trainings

Stephanie Blutaumüller disposes of an extensive knowledge in the field of sustainable tourism development with a focus on the Danube region. Additionally she is an expert for child protection in tourism and the development and implementation of CSR strategies for tourism enterprises and organizations.
Stephanie Blutaumüller


Kooperation in Tourismusentwicklung und Trainingsprojekten

mascontour aims at linking tourism and sustainability management innovatively and consistently. mascontour offers practical one-stop solutions with a future – from Analysis & Planning, to Management & Training, to Marketing & PR as well as Evaluation & Monitoring.

Sonja Westphal

Kooperation in Tourismusentwicklung und Trainingsprojekten; Fokus u.a. auf Polen und CSR

Sonja Westphal has many years experience in consultancy, in developing communications strategies and in PR. Those experience she has gained in private companies as well as in NGOs. Sonja Westphal has lived and worked in six countries and is an expert in CSR.
Sonja Westphal

Cathrine Maislinger

Cooperation in tourism developement and training projects

Cathrine Maislinger is expert in the fields of sustainable tourism development, education and development cooperation. Her area of expertise are fair travelling, corporate social responsability, climate justice, human rights and child protection in tourism. She has international experience e.g. in SEE, Central Asia and Latin America.
Cathrine Maislinger



Dr. Christian Baumgartner

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response & ability gmbh
CEO: Dr. Christian Baumgartner
Raffelspergergasse 31/4, A-1190 Vienna

T: +43 (0) 664 3812143
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Skype: chrisbaumgartner

Commercial register no.:  425177k
Commercial register court: Vienna


Pictures: Christian Baumgartner, Hans Schubert, Margit Leuthold

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