Michael Wolff (consul-general)

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Michael Wolff, MJur, JD, (born 30 September 1971) is the Consul-General for the Republic of Austria in Victoria, Australia.[1] He is a former extreme sport personality, known as the first person to skydive and scuba dive the North Pole on the same day.[2] He additionally has served as the captain of the Austrian team at 2001 International BASE jumping Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3]

Personal background[edit]

Michael Wolff was born in Moedling in Lower Austria on 30 September 1971. He is the third of four children of Dr. Volker Wolff and Elke Wolff (née Huber).[citation needed] At the age of six, his family moved to Steyr, where his father was the export manager for Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, and in 1980 the family moved permanently to their former vacation home near Gmünd in the Carinthian Alps.[citation needed] Wolff holds dual citizenship in both Austria and Australia.[citation needed]

Educational background[edit]

Wolff attended the Gymnasium for Modern Languages in Spittal an der Drau in Carinthia. In 1988, he attended Santa Barbara City College. He was the youngest Austrian to attend college, being 16 years at that time. In 1994, he graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, where he finished his studies two semesters before the minimum time allocated for legal studies. He was ranked first in his class of 721, and held numerous academic scholarships.[4][not in citation given]

In 1995, Wolff was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.[5] In 1996, he was awarded a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence[6] from New York University (NYU) as a Fellow of the Institute of Comparative Law.[7][not in citation given] That same year, he was awarded a Doctorate in Law from the University of Vienna.[4][not in citation given]

Student fraternities

Wolff is a member of two fencing student fraternities, including Saxonia Vienna[8][not in citation given] and the high school fraternity, Arminia at Klagenfurt.[9][not in citation given] He participated in six mensur bouts for Arminia in 1988 and 1989, and ten bouts for Saxonia between 1991 and 1994.[8][not in citation given] [9][not in citation given]

Professional background[edit]

Extreme sports[edit]

Wolff has performed about 1400 parachute jumps.[citation needed] He holds parachute instructor, static line jump master, and vector tandem parachute jump master ratings.[citation needed] He is also a PADI scuba diving instructor.[citation needed] In April 2000, he was the first person to parachute onto and scuba dive underneath the North Pole on the same day.[10][not in citation given][11][not in citation given]

He was an active BASE jumper, being the first person to jump the Maltakraftwerke Koelnbreinsperre Dam in Austria in 1999.[citation needed] He was severely injured BASE jumping from the Waikato River Bridge in 2000 when he struck a cliff, but survived and became the captain of the Austrian team at 2001 International BASE Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[12] His BASE jumps have been shown on Cable News Network (CNN) and Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) and journals and magazines.[13]

Corporate law[edit]

Wolff is admitted to practice law in the Federal Court of Australia and the state of New York. He has acted as in-house Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas; Johannesburg, South Africa; Bangkok, Thailand; and New Delhi, India. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Victorian Bar in Victoria, Australia,[5] and a barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria.[citation needed]

Diplomatic representation[edit]

In April 2009, Wolff was appointed as the Hon. General Consul for the Republic of Austria in Victoria, Australia.[1][14][not in citation given]


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  8. ^ a b "Heimseite des akdemischen Corps Saxonia Wien". Saxonia.at. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  9. ^ a b Thilo Haas, Andreas Lange, haas-media.de (1904-05-28). "Tradition mit Zukunft - PC Arminia, Klagenfurt". Tradition-mit-zukunft.de. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  10. ^ 1999 North Pole Scuba Diving Expedition (page 2) at the Wayback Machine (archived March 14, 2005)
  11. ^ 1999 North Pole Scuba Diving Expedition (page 3) at the Wayback Machine (archived March 12, 2005)
  12. ^ Malay, Mail (30 August 2011 2001). "BASE in Kuala Lumpur". The Malay Mail: 31.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Sport, Inside (1 Feb 2002). "Base Jumping". Inside Sports Magazine 2 (Feb 2002). 
  14. ^ "Außenministerium Österreich -> Österreichische Vertretungen". Bmeia.gv.at. Retrieved 2011-05-01.