Otto Bauer (5 September 1881 4-July 1938) was the leading figure of the Austrian Social Democratic Workers Party. An early inspiration for the New Left and Eurocommunist movements in later decades, his theories of imperialism and the national question, as well as his practical work building a mass organization, made him a key figure in the Second International and then in attempts at re-integrating the social democratic and communist wings of the labor movement.
Walter Baier, an economist in Vienna, was National Chairman of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) from 1994 to 2006. He was an editor of the Austrian weekly Volksstimme and from 2007 has been Coordinator of the network transform!Europe, a network of 36 think tanks and educational organizations from 22 European countries, which is recognized as the associated political foundation of the Party of the European Left (EL).
Eric Canepa is a harpsichordist, music historian, and co-editor of the transform! yearbook. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Coordinator of the Socialist Scholars Conference/Left Forum in New York and from 2008 to 2012 co-coordinator of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation’s project North-Atlantic Left Dialogue.