Mario Herger

“I help organizations make work more fun.”

MARIO HERGER is CEO, founder and partner of Enterprise Gamification Consultancy LLC, a strategic consulting group focused on gamification, innovation, social business, and intrapreneurship in the enterprise. He had been Senior Innovation Strategist at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California and Global Head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP where he had worked for 15 years. In 2013 he also co-founded and leads the Austrian Innovation Center Silicon Valley (AICSV) that connects Austrian and CEE startups and companies with the Silicon Valley.

In his work as head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP he has encountered and supported gamification efforts in the enterprise from multiple levels and departments, like Sustainability, On Demand, Mobile, HR, Training & Education, Banking etc. He has driven the awareness around gamification by organizing and leading innovation events around this topic, holding dozens of one- or two-day gamification workshops, working with gamification platform- & service-providers and game studios, consulting and advising organizations, and by incorporating gamification into SAP’s strategy.

He regularly speaks at and co-organizes conferences on gamification and innovation (amongst other topics). His large network in the gamification and innovation space allows him to pull in experts from every corner of the world into projects.

Thanks to his blogs and activities around gamification, and of course people interested in this topic, in April 2013 he topped for the first time the global leaderboard of Gamification Gurus.

He has been driving communities for more than 15 years, including communities on innovative topics, like Visual Composer, Business Process Experts, mobile, robotics, and gamification, but also folk-dancing (Dancilla)

He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology and an undergraduate degree in International Business Management from the Vienna University of Economy.

He recently played through all levels of the iPad game Air Attack and currently works with his six year old son on reaching the final level of Angry Birds in Space.

He is the author of the following books:

Gamification @ Work: Designing Engaging Business Software (co-author with my great friend and UX-expert Janaki Kumar).
Enterprise Gamification – Engaging people by letting them have fun


He is offering both online and classroom workshops, as well as consulting services. More information about his Gamification workshops can be found here.

Mario is based in the Bay Area in California, USA.


  • Company: Enterprise Gamification Consultancy LLC
  • Job Title:CEO, Founder and Partner
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