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“I have a dream”: I dream of a diverse and resilient Europe

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55 years ago on this day, Martin Luther King Jr. held his famous speech ‘I have a dream’. To commemorate the anniversary, the opening speakers sketch their vision – their ‘dream’ – of a diverse and resilient Europe.


Member, Club of Rome; Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin Key Note
Chief Executive Officer, South Pole, Zurich
Chief Executive Officer, Hera Group, Bologna
Journalist and presenter of HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London Chair

Dr. Maja GÖPEL

Member, Club of Rome; Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin

1996-2001 Diploma, Media-Planning, -Developing, -Consulting, Universities of Siegen, Sevilla and Fribourg
2002-2004 Lecturer, Institute Political Sciences and European Studies, University of Hamburg
2002-2006 Volunteer Campaigner and Trade Expert, Friends of the Earth, Berlin
2002-2007 PhD, Global Political Economy, Hegemony Theory, Institutionalism, Universities of Hamburg, Kassel, Toronto
2006-2008 Campaign Manager Climate/Energy, World Future Council, Hamburg
2008-2012 Director Future Justice, World Future Council, Brussels
since 2013 Head Berlin Office, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Berlin
2014 Regular Lecturer, Master programme Strategic Sustainability Management, University for Sustainability Eberswalde
2014 Occasional Lecturer, University of Witten-Herdecke & Leuphana University Lüneburg
since 2017 Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin


Chief Executive Officer, South Pole, Zurich

1996-2002 Master Degree, Environmental Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
1999-2000 Advisor, Urban Air Quality Monitoring, Swisscontact, Jakarta
2000 Advisor, Clean Air Campagin for Public Officers, USAID, Jakarta
2001-2002 Co-Founder and Member of the Executive Board, World Student Community on Sustainable Development
2001-2005 Co-Founder and Board Member, seed sustainability, Zurich
2003 Consultant for the Designated National Authority of Uruguay, Climate Change Unit, Montevideo
2003-2004 Energy and Climate Unit, WWF Switzerland, Zurich
2002-2006 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, myclimate Foundation, Zurich
 Since 2006 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, South Pole, Zurich
2004-2008 Private Lecturer for Environmental Policy and Economics, University of Applied Science, Wädenswil
2012 Executive Education Program on Social Entrepreneurship, INSEAD, Singapore
2015 Executive Education Program "The Art and Science of System Change", Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge

Stefano VENIER

Chief Executive Officer, Hera Group, Bologna

 Stefano Venier was born in Udine in 1963. Initially he worked for Electrolux on automated manufacturing then, from 1989 to 1996, he was employed by Eni - Enichem as strategic planner and then head of strategic projects. In 1996, he joined management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney, where he focused on the energy, utilities and telecoms areas. In 2002 he was named Vice President of Energy & Utilities. As a consultant, he worked on projects involving strategic planning, M&A, rationalization and optimization of operations and services as well as the launch of new businesses.
 From 2004 to 2008, he was Head of Business Development and Strategic Planning at the Hera Group. From July 2008 he became General Manager for Commercial Operations and Business Development. On 28 April 2014, Stefano was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of Hera S.p.A. As a CEO of a major listed company, he supports a strategy which takes into account the SDGs set by the UN Agenda, with HERA joining the Global Compact and the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) organizations, promotes the transition from CSR to CSV (Creating Shared Value) and a growth inspired by the principles of a circular economy. As a result of this strategic approach, in 2017 Stefano developed a partnership with Dame Ellen MacArthur, which ended with the admission of the company in the CE100 program and in the CEO Water Mandate. In the same year, together with other CEOs of the main Italian listed companies, he signed the Manifesto Valore D, a program supported by the Italian government to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
 In 2018 Stefano was appointed Member of the B.o.D of MIB Management School Trieste. He has a degree in computer science with a Master in energy management and, since he was appointed CEO of Gruppo Hera, he writes articles for national and international newspapers and magazines about a sustainable development, in compliance with the UN SDGs.

Stephen SACKUR

Journalist and presenter of HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London

  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
1985 Bachelor, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
1986-1990 Trainee, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London
1990-1992 Foreign Affairs Correspondent, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London
1992-1995 Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC, Cairo
1995-1997 Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC, Jerusalem
1997-2002 Correspondent in Washington, BBC, Washington
2002-2004 Europe Correspondent, BBC, Brussels
since 2004 Host, HARDtalk, BBC World News, London
since 2017 Honorary Doctor, International Relations, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Geneva

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30"I have a dream": I dream of a diverse and resilient EuropePlenary
16:00 - 17:30The future of data economyPlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 21:30Innovation 101: The "diversity" factorPlenary


08:00 - 09:00Europe BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Swiss Country Breakfast: RicolaPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Swiss Country Breakfast: logitechPlenary
08:30 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain - Diversity: A moral responsibility or a tool to maximise profitsPartner
09:00 - 10:30Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexityPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital societyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: An unpredictable future - Digitalisation in individual trafficBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Digital leadership - How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfullyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Demographic change and its effects on the future working lifeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Republic of fake news - How civil society and businesses become resilient to manipulationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Class conflict or social partnership in wage negotiations: What guarantees stability and flexibility?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Specialisation and diversification - What businesses can learn from natural sciencesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: The rising of "TECHNIUM": Is it real, fantasy or artificial?Breakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch receptionSocial
13:30 - 14:45WERIETY LUNCH LAB: Innovate diversity and co-create new concepts for resiliencePartner
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 10: Playmaker or match ball - Resilience in times of disruptionBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: Challenges of the digital economy: Pioneer or fast followerBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: Transparency instead of discretion? HR as a key for equal payBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Strategic big data management: How to deal with the "new oil"?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: We don't need no education! Economic education as a business-location factorBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Blockchain and the new cryptoeconomics: Are economy and society facing the next revolution?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Cyber security - Is resilience an utopia in a digital economy?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Differences that make a difference: Cooperatives vs. PLCsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: Start-up spirit @ big corporation - how much is too much?Breakout
17:30 - 19:30WU CryptonightPartner
18:00 - 22:00Vienna Wednesday society of trade - Alpbach edition: How digital is our work?Partner
18:15 - 19:45Working in the age of overload - Better thrive than survivePlenary
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:30New mobility: Electric, shared or autonomous?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Shock resistance: Downfall, intervention, resurrection?Plenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner