Oliver Csendes

Oliver Csendes

Entrepreneurship Expert


Oliver is the CEO of Central Europe's biggest start-up movement, Pioneers.

Founded in 2009 in Vienna, Pioneers creates various platforms to help redefine industries, develop future technologies and introduce cutting-edge solutions to global problems. Its services include digital services, consultancy, ventures services, events and inspirational, tailor-made offline experiences. Oliver´s expertise lies in corporate and start-up-driven innovation as well as ecosystem development in the start-up world.

Raised in Hungary, the UK, Ghana, Slovakia and Austria, Oliver possesses an exceptional sense of open-mindedness and adaptability, which he believes to be essential prerequisites for innovation.

Before joining Pioneers in 2015, Oliver held different leadership positions within an MNC (e.g. portfolio manager, strategic advisor to the board, general manager of country organisations and in multiple subsidiaries in CEE) in the gaming and gambling industry. Due to his experience, both as an employed consultant at one of the leading Austrian consulting firms and co-founder and Advisor of the student consulting organisation 'ICONS', Oliver possesses ample consulting expertise.

Oliver´s vast practical experience, as well as his passion for teaching and training, have led to several lecturing activities.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and Management from Vienna University of Economics and Business and he completed the Executive MBA programme at Oxford University with distinction in 2017.

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