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Juergen H. Gangoly

CEO, The Skills Group, Co-Founder Agency Experts, ICCO European President

Biography / CV

Partner and Managing Director of one of the leading Austrian communications agencies, The Skills Group. He is specialised in service development, issue management, crisis communications, strategy consulting and social media. Until 2020, for many years Vice President of the Austrian Public Relations Association (PRVA), responsible for International Affairs and Quality Standards. Served 10 years as Board member of the Austrian PR trust seal organisation and co-authored Austrian and international industry standards.

In recent years, together with his agency team, he became internationally one of the most-awarded European PR experts and won 5-times a SABRE Gold Award (EMEA), one ICCO Global Award - CSR, 4-times the 1st prize of the Austrian Best Practice Awards, twice the International German PR Prize (2013, 2014), two German PR Report Awards and received 2018 - for the fourth time - the renown Austrian State PR prize.

Juergen represents Austria at the board of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) since 2010 and serves as ICCO’s Regional President (Europe) since December 2016.

He is author and co-author of different educational publications on PR, online communications and E-Commerce. He regularly acts as a lecturer on social media and mass communications at universities and educational PR events all over Europe.

Juergen is a Co-Founder of Agency Experts and is available for Consulting of Agency Managers in many different areas (see left). He conducts Quality Certification Audits according to the Consultancy Management Standard (CMS) all over Europe.

Personal consulting sessions all over Europe are possible, also Skype, phone and email coaching. Fees to be individually agreed upon after briefing. 

Before joining the PR industry almost 25 years ago, he has been active as a youth social worker and as campaign director for the Council of Europe, the European Union and served as a youth representative and expert at United Nations conferences in Vienna and New York.

He is founder/co-founder of successful Austrian civil society initiatives and organisations, such as the Austrian Institute for Applied Telecommunications (, the Austrian Centre for Sustainable Management (, the Austrian E-Commerce Trust Seal ( and of the social crowd-funding platform

He is married, has two kids and is a passionate SCUBA diver and awarded underwater photographer. He speaks German, English and basic Arabic.

In 2020 he has co-authored the successful book "Depth of Field", an inter-active biography about Kurt Amsler, international SCUBA diving pioneer and one of Europe's most-famous underwater photographers. Available at here.

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CEO, The Skills Group, Co-Founder Agency Experts, ICCO European President