Since the beginning of his professional career Christoph Schweifer (b.1964, Eisenstadt) has been intimately involved in the welfare sector. After his graduation at the Social Academy, Vienna in 2005, he became Secretary General for the International Programs sector of Caritas, Austria. Early on in his career, Christoph Schweifer as part of his compulsory community service he worked in the areas of Elderly care and Youth work. In 1987, Christoph Schweifer changed to the Catholic youth group of Burgenland, where he served as diocesan secretary. Three years later he became president of the Catholic youth group, parallel to his work in the social sector. In 1994, Christoph Schweifer became the Director of the Diocese of Eisenstadt, Caritas, and after over ten years in this role he went on to be the Secretary General of International Programs at Caritas Austria.