Josef Mantl, born in Graz, attended the high school Akademisches Gymnasium; during his education there he also intensively studied languages (English, French, Spanish, Latin, and Ancient Greek,) history and music (clarinet and saxophone). Mantl was also involved with the student council, where he served as president of the high school students and state leader of the Styrian Student Union. After completing his military service, he studied law at the University of Vienna where he was also engaged with the Hochschülerschaft Wien. Various internships took him abroad to Brussels (European Parliament), New York (Trade Commission of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce), Toronto (Magna) and Beijing (AVL), and he was an Erasmus-student at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon. From 2006 to 2008 he was a Fulbright scholar at Emerson College of Communications in Boston, where he received the postgraduate degree “Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication”.
Upon completing his studies in 2002, Mantl began offering consultation in the areas of event planning, pop music and culture. In 2009, he founded JMC (Josef Mantl Communications) Ltd., a full-service communications agency with a focus on strategy, campaigns, events and digital media. JMC’s clients include several well-known corporations, institutions and organizations. As “No. 1 in Urban Mobilization” it´s the leading agency in mobilizing urban target groups. Since 2012 JMC hosts the international conference Mobile Marketing Innovation Day in Vienna. 2015 he invested in the startup Regreen, 2016 in Swell, 2017 in Conda..
United States of America
During his stay in the United States as a Fulbright scholar between 2006 and 2008, Mantl established contacts with the Democratic Party and worked with Hillary Rodham Clinton´s presidential election campaign, where he led “The World for Hillary” initiative. Furthermore, he also found inspiration from international digital natives at Emerson College of Communications, an experience that has been influential in the implementation of social media in communication strategies, a fact that has helped him develop a pioneering role in digital media. In Boston he also started in cooperation with US State Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate President Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts State Senate and Chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, the global initiative “Sustainable Future Campaign“, which six years later culminated in Josef Mantl’s personal training as “Climate Leader” under Al Gore, and the launch of the “Green Tech Bridge USA – Austria” including a presentation meeting with Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. . In Hillary Clinton´s 2016 campaign he was part of “Team Pacheco for Hillary” and supports the Democrats Abroad in Europe.
For Josef Mantl, pop music has always been a passion. In 2003, he started the dance act D-JMC, whose first title “Ragazza” climbed to number 13 on the Ö3 single charts. In 2004, “Party Jungle” broke the top 10, even reaching the number 6 spot. He built upon his success by releasing several more singles and videos, as well as putting on several live performances, including performances for UN troops in Syria and Kosovo. From 2004 to 2010 Mantl together with music promoter Irene Gehrsitz bestowed the “Pop Music Support Award”, which was given to people, organizations or companies that have made significant contributions to pop music.
Political, Volunteer and Social Activities
Josef Mantl is member of the board of the Mobile Marketing Association and the Internet Advertising Bureau Austria, supporting member of AustrianStartups, Lector at the Vienna University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication, District Vice Mayor of the 8th Viennise City District Josefstadt, head of the institute “go governance – upgrading our democratic culture”, founder of the Sustainable Future Campaign, and a member of Junior Chamber International, and others. He is a speaker at numerous national and international conferences on communications-, digital and civil society topics, e.g. the Dahrendorf Colloquium at the University of St. Gallen, “Governance and Dialogue” congresses in Istanbul and Lviv or TEDx conferences. Mantl has also worked as a volunteer assistant for charitable organizations abroad such as the Indian Mother House (Mother Teresa’s mission) in Calcutta, the African homeless shelter “Simbabwe Home of Peace” in Bulawayo, and the National Council of Youth in Guatemala. Furthermore, he supports the Life Ball.
Josef Mantl is the (co-)editor of “Communicating Sustainability – Perspectives in politics, economy and society”, “Dealing with Change – Austrians on the challenges of the 21st century”, “Mobile Marketing from App to Z”, “Transparency and Communications of the European Union” and “I connect – Netzwerk Erfolg“.
For his commitment to EU-enlargement, Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner awarded Josef Mantl with the Federal Medal of Honor of the Republic of Austria in 2003. The German Atlantic Forum chose him in 2012 as a “European Young Leader” and participant in the related international conference in Tblisi. In 2013 Josef Mantl received the “Leopold Kunschak Science Price” for his Doctoral Thesis in European Law. In the same year he was chosen by the Konfucius-Institute to be a delegate of a “Young Leaders Mission” to China. In 2013 Josef Mantl was trained personally as a “Climate Leader” by Al Gore, former US Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize and Oscar holder, at a “Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training” in Istanbul; for that the Kleine Zeitung awarded him the title “Styrian of the day”. In 2014 Josef Mantl was selected to become a “Climate Mentor” and educated new Climate Leaders at a Training with Al Gore in Johannesburg.