Manfred Seitz started his professional career in traffic & transport engineering and then moved to the Austrian Ministry for Science & Transport being in charge for the development and implementation of transport technology programmes. In 1999, he led the foundation of via donau, a subsidiary of the ministry. In 2005, via donau became the Austrian national waterway organisation by merging infrastructure operation and all development activities. As managing director, Manfred Seitz was responsible for all matters of navigation & technology until the end of 2009. He initiated more than thirty projects in various EU programs and was a driving force for many national and European policy initiatives. Since 2010 he owns and manages Tethys Consulting GmbH. As from September 2011 he acts also as General Secretary of Pro Danube International which is a network of private businesses promoting a more competitive Danube logistics system.