As members of the Vienna International School Association (VISA), and as parents of children at the VIS, you will want to be kept abreast of developments in school.

There are at present a number of different communication channels with parents including:

  • VIS General Assembly
  • Weekly Parent Newsletter
  • ManageBac
  • Intranet
  • School Website
  • Monthly Open Meetings with the Director and 
  • Informative sessions provided by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The need for good communication between the VIS Board of Governors and the VIS community as a whole is vital to the well-being of the School community. The Board knows that transparency and open communication is required and we trust that these measures will provide for a constructive dialogue. 

Tarek Sarwat
Chair of the VIS Board of Governors

The VIS Association

The VIS Association is an non-profit entity created to promote and provide, in at least the English language, education suited to the needs of an international community, in particular the needs of the United Nations system and other inter-governmental organisations having their seat in Vienna.

It should furthermore offer schooling to children of members of the diplomatic community residing in Austria, as well as to children of the international business community and to other children subject to the proviso stipulated in Article III-2. Schooling shall be available to children of all nationalities.

In providing such education, the VIS Association shall take into account the spiritand principles embodied in the United Nations Charter and the Declaration of Humaan Rights and the special character of an international education.

Members of the Board of Governors - School Year 2019 - 2020:

From left ro right: David Jepsen (Board Vice-Chair), Vladimir Goryayev (former Board Member), Ana Paula Nishio de Sousa (Board Treasurer), Peter Murphy (Director), Sophie Gouzy-Portaix (Board Secretary), Tarek Sarwat (Board Chair), Regine Ahner, Benjamin Kuscher (Business Manager) and Samir Mikhail (former Board Member).


VISA President

Ambassador Dr. Gerhard Pfanzelter is an Austrian diplomat who served as the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations between 7 September 1999 and November 2008.

He is the longest serving Austrian Permanent Representative at the United Nations. In 2000 he served as Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and in 2002 he became Vice-President of the 57th United Nations General Assembly. During the first half of 2006 he chaired the European Union in New York during Austria's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. He has a Law Degree from the University of Innsbruck and a M.A. in International Relations from John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Ambassador Dr. Pfanzelter is member of the Board of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-AUSTRIA) and he also served as Member of the Board of Governors of the United Nations International School in New York (UNIS) for 9 years.

It is an honor  for the Vienna International School Association to have Ambassador Dr. Gerhard Pfanzelter as its President and offering his time, international experience and expertise to support VIS.

Governance Documents

The Board of Governors sees itself a part of the VIS community and invites all members of the community to reach out on any matter of interest.