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Breakfast Club: Strategies of Influence

Plenary / Democracy & Governance
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What are the nature, methods and networks of influence in business and politics? How do successful leaders reach impact through influence? To the early birds among the Alpbach participants, two seasoned experts offer behind-the-scenes insights on how influence works in practice.


Ambassador (ret.), Professor, ESCP Europe Paris; former European, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Paris/Berlin
Senior Advisor, IRIS - Institut de Relations Interntionales et Stratégiques, Paris; Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Paris
Correspondent, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Brussels Chair

Prof. Joachim BITTERLICH

Ambassador (ret.), Professor, ESCP Europe Paris; former European, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Paris/Berlin

1966 Abitur in Saarbrücken
1967-1968 Wehrdienst/Reserveoffizierslaufbahn
1969-1973 Studium der Rechts-, Wirtschafts- und Politikwissenschaften an der Universität des Saarlandes
1973-1976 Juristischer Vorbereitungsdienst; wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität des Saarlandes; Zweite Juristische Staatsprüfung
1974-1975 Studium, ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Paris
1976 Eintritt in den diplomatischen Dienst, Auslandsverwendungen in Algier und Brüssel (EG-Vertretung)
1985-1987 Mitarbeiter, Ministerbüro des Auswärtigen Amtes
1987-1993 Leiter, Europareferat im Bundeskanzleramt; europapolitischer Berater von Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl
1993-1998 Leiter, Abteilung Auswärtige Beziehungen, Entwicklungspolitik, äußere Sicherheit, Bundeskanzleramt; Europa-, Außen- und sicherheitspolitischer Berater von Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl
1998-1999 Botschafter, Ständiger Vertreter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Nordatlantikrat in Brüssel
1999-2002 Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Königreich Spanien und im Fürstentum Andorra
2003-2012 Beauftragter für Internationale Angelegenheiten (Executive Vice-President International Affairs), Veolia Environnement SA, Paris
2009-2012 Delegierter (Chairman), Veolia Environnement, Deutschland
seit 2013 Aufsichts- und Beratungsmandate privater und öffentlicher Institutionen

Nicholas DUNGAN

Senior Advisor, IRIS - Institut de Relations Interntionales et Stratégiques, Paris; Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Paris

1969 St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
1973 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
1978 Sciences Po, Paris
1978-1982 Assistant Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York
1982-1991 Director, Merrill Lynch, New York, London and Paris
1991-1996 Executive Director, Sanwa International, London
1996-2000 Senior Banker, Société Générale, Paris and New York
2000-2002 Managing Director, Jefferies & Company, London and New York
2002-2005 President, Dungan Associates LLC, London and New York
2005-2008 President, French-American Foundation, New York
2009-2010 Author, New York University Press, New York
since 2010 Senior Advisor, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, Paris
2011-2013 Private Advisor on Strategy / Influence / Competitiveness, New York
since 2011 Senior Fellow, Programme on Transatlantic Relations, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
since 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po, Euro-American Campus, Reims

Mag. Cornelia PRIMOSCH

Correspondent, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Brussels

1998-2005 Journalist, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation Studio Carinthia, Klagenfurt
2005-2006 Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Paris
since 2006 Journalist, Domestic and EU Policy Department, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Vienna
since 2006 Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Brussels

Political Symposium

show timetable


15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary