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The Board is elected by the General meeting and has an integrative function and represents the society to the outside according to the objectives of DeGEval – Evaluation Society.

Members of the Board are:

Sonja Sheikh

Sonja Sheikh

Dipl. Ök., Dr. rer. soc. oec

Deputy Director of the Austrian Institute for SME Research
Sonja Sheikh studied economics at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen in Germany where she also worked as scientific tutor at the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics. In 1999 she graduated with a phd in economic theory and policy from the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna.

From 1997 to 2004 she worked as a researcher at the Austrian Institute for SME Research and since 2004 as deputy director of the Institute. Since 1997 she has been responsible for the business area "evaluations" as well as studies and analyses in the field of "innovation and technology". Sonja Sheikh is specialised in the evaluations of projects, programmes and institutions in the area of research, technology and innovation policies and is involved in the further development of evaluation methods. Furthermore, she is regularly involved in evaluations in the field of labour market and social policy as well as economic policy (programmes on enterprise promotion with focus on SMEs).She holds regular trainings in the field of evaluation for different stakeholders of RTI policy and is juror for several support measures and prizes in Austria

Sonja Sheikh is member of the Board of the Platform Research & Technology Policy Evaluation (platform fteval) in Austria, member of the European Evaluation Society (EES) and was speaker of the working group "Research, Technology and Innovation Policy" of the German Evaluation Society (DeGEval).

Since 2012 Sonja Sheikh has been Board member of DeGEval – Evaluation Society.