Christina Wurzinger Biography

Christina Wurzinger has studied law in Vienna and Bologna (Italy) and completed the postgraduate European Master Programme on Human Rights at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice (Italy) and Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2007. Being as well a certified trainer, she was active as a job coach for young persons with disabilities. Since February 2011 she is in charge of the International and European Department of the Austrian National Council of Persons with Disabilities in Vienna. She is, inter alia, responsible for all international and European policies including the coordination of the civic alternative reporting processes to the human rights bodies at the UN and the European level. She is representing the Austrian National Council of Persons with Disabilities at the European Disability Forum where she was elected into the Board in early 2014. Since 2011 she is a member of the Austrian Independent Monitoring Committee for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities where she overtook the chairwomanship in June 2015. Since January 2017 she is also a member of the Children’s Rights Board, an independent counselling body of the Federal Ministry of Family and Youth where she represents the interests of children and youth with disabilities. In May 2017 She has been re-elected as EDF board of Director member as well as member of the Membership and Credential Committee.