Norbert Hofer

  • Position: Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology
  • Organisation: Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology
  • Country: Austria
  • Quote:

    An ancient Chinese proverb says: When the winds of change blow, some build walls, others build windmills. We are currently in the midst of such change. Technological developments revolutionize the way we live and work, the way we communicate, how we travel, how we learn, how fast we age and how healthy we remain. Digitalization thus gives us the opportunity to successfully meet some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, but only if we take the chance and learn to build windmills. At our Ministry we are trying to shape and support digital development through the provision of the necessary digital infrastructure and the funding of technology & innovation, however, we know that we can only pave the way. It is smart, curious, dedicated people like the youngsters participating in the World Summit Awards who are the real game changers. These people with their impressing ideas and projects are the ones who truly enrich the future and make a difference.

Norbert Hofer was born on 2nd March 1971 at Vorau in Styria and grew up at Pinkafeld in Burgenland. After taking his A-levels at the Higher Federal Technical Institute for Aeronautics in Eisenstadt he worked as a systems engineer for the Austrian airline “Lauda Air”. In 2003 his love of aviation revealed itself as a curse. In a paragliding accident he sustained severe backbone injuries and has since been suffering from incomplete paraplegia.

From 1996 to 2007 Hofer was Provincial Party Secretary of FPÖ Burgenland, since 2006 he has been Deputy Party Chairman. Between 1997 and 2007 he was a member of the Eisenstadt Municipal Council, from 1994 to 2006 he also was City Party Chairman of the FPÖ in Burgenland’s provincial capital – from 2004 to 2010 also as District Chairman.

In 2000 Norbert Hofer moved on to the Freedom Party’s Secretariat in Burgenland of which he remained Director until 2006.After the election to the National Council in 2006 he became a Member of the National Council. In 2005 delegates first elected Norbert Hofer Deputy Party Chairman of the Austrian Freedom Party., a position he is still holding today.

In November 2013 Hofer was elected 3rd President of the National Council. In 2016 he was the Freedom Party’s candidate in the elections for the Federal President. He made it into the run-off which he narrowly lost to Alexander Van der Bellen.

On 18th December 2017 Norbert Hofer was sworn in as Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology.

Norbert Hofer is married and has four children.