Lucas Steigberger: DASI President, 2017-18
Canada; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, History
After completing a bachelors degree in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the international field. A varied upbringing, including time spent in the Middle East and in Europe, had instilled a keen desire in me to learn about the world at large in a more academic setting, with the aim to then transition this knowledge into a more professional environment. Before attending the Diplomatic Academy, I had worked in the programmes management department of an aeronautical engineering firm. Since we were primarily dealing with international private and public sector clients, I quickly learned that having a grasp of international affairs was invaluable to business.
Needless to say, my time at the Diplomatic Academy has given me exactly what I desired. The interdisciplinary nature of our studies instils a refined level of analysis regarding current issues, and the courses on offer allow one to develop strengths in various fields. Most importantly, the diverse student body and the excellent quality of students attending the DA provide highly stimulating discussions, and the chance to develop lasting friendships. And last, but not least, living in Vienna has also proved to be a great experience due to its cultural and historic significance, as well as its culinary offerings.