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Selection of International Speakers

Hundreds of international speakers from academia, economics, politics, culture, and civil society will transform the Tyrolean mountain village of Alpbach into the European summer capital of discourse.

Here’s a first glimpse of the international guests of this year’s forum (selection):

Seminar Week, August 17 to 24, 2016
Urs Fischbacher (CH), economist at the University of Konstanz, research focus lies in „Share Economy“, Owen Flanagan (US), professor of philosophy at the Duke University, Christine Lins (AT), expert on energy and secretary-general of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for  the 21st Century (REN21), Chi Lo (CAN), senior economist at BNP Paribas Investment Partners Asia, economic expert on the field of the “Silk Road”, Lisa Kaltenegger (AT), astronomer and astrophysicist at the Cornell University, Sheila Meintjes (ZAF), political scientist and professor at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, Jan-Werner Müller (D), democracy researcher and fellow at the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences, Shalini Randeria (IND), sociologist and director at the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences, Jamie P Shea (UK), deputy assistant secretary general for Emerging Security Challenges at the NATO, Judy Wajcman (UK), professor of sociology at London School of Economics, researches the social consequences of digital transformations

Health Symposium, August 20 to 22, 2017
Vytenis Andriukaitis
(LTU), EU-Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Jo Ivey Boufford(US), president of the New York Academy of Medicine, Francoise Baylis (CAN), philosopher and bioethicist, chairs the prestigious Canada Research Chair for philosophy and bioethics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, she counts as one of the most important voices within the Bioethics-Community, Suerie Moon (US), expert on health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, specialist on „Global Health“ and demographic development, Vlad Voiculesco (ROU), former Romanian Health minister

Higher Education Symposium, August 23, 2017
James Browne (IRE), president of the National University of Ireland Galway, Michael Ignatieff (CAN), president and rector of the Central European University in Budapest, Marcia McNutt (US), president of the American National Academy of Sciences and former Chief-Editor of the scientific magazine SCIENCE, Lea Meister (D), president of the European Students’ Union

Technology Symposium, August 24 to 26, 2017
Tommaso Calarco (ITA), quantum-physicist at the University of Ulm and pioneer in quantum revolution, Karsten Danzmann (DE), director and scientific member at the Max-Planck-Institute for gravitation physics and member of the academy of sciences in Hamburg, Simon Dedeo (US),professor of interdisciplinary research in informatics at the Santa Fe Institute and Carnegie Mellon University, researches social hierarchies in digital networks, Vittorio Loreto (ITA), professor of physics at the University La Sapienza in Rome, researches the linguistic fingerprint, Gero Miesenböck (AT), neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford, is one of the leading pioneers in the research field of optogenetics, Robert-Jan Smits (NLD), EU-general director for research and innovation on the strategic direction of EU – innovation policy, Othmar D. Wiestler (DE), physician and professor at the University of Heidelberg, president of the Helmholtz-Association

Legal Symposium, August 27 to 29, 2017
Eyal Benvenisti (IL), Israeli lawyer and professor at the University of Tel Aviv, globally recognised expert of international law, Baron Thomas Of Cwmgiedd, presiding judge at the High Court of Justice in London, whose sentence brought the Brexit into the British parliament, Melvin Schwechter (US), lawyer and partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Washington, expert on international trade deals

Political Symposium, August 27 to 29, 2017
Chantal Bilodeau (CAN), environmental artistic director at the New Yorkers „The Arctic Cycle“, Sven Biscop (BL), expert on foreign policy at the Egmont-Institute in Brussels, Cathryn Clüver (DE/US), political scientist and managing director of „The Future of Diplomacy Project“ at the Harvard University, Rowan Conway (GB), director for innovation at the British Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, Ruth Dreifuss (CH), former President and Minister of Home Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, currently Chair of The Global Commission on Drug Policy, Alexey Gromyko (RU), director of the Institue for Europe at Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Peter Grünenfelder (CH), political advisor and director of Avenir Suisse, Ulrike Guérot (D), professor of European policy and democracy research at the Danube University in Krems, Wolfgang Ischinger (DE), diplomat and chairman of the Munich Security Conference, John Keane (AU), professor of politics and director of the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney, Ivan Krastev (BGR), one of the leading foreign-policy experts in Europe, Pascal Lamy (FR), former director general of the WTO and EU-Commissioner for trade, Stefan Lehne (Carnegie Europe), Wolfgang Merkel (D), director of the Research Unit “Democracy and Democratization” at the Berlin Social Science Center, Robby Mook (US), former campaign manager for the Clinton presidential campaign at the latest US-elections, Eleonore Pauwels (US) from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. who researches the biggest revolution in biology namely in genome editing, Carola van Rijnsoever (NLD), representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Jeffrey Sachs (US), director at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special advisor to  the U.N., Ina Spinnangr (NOR), chairwoman and spokesperson of the Norwegian Association for Safer Drug Policies, Gernot Wagner (AT; US), researching the climate change in the geoengineering program at Harvard University, Jan Zielonka (PL), Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow and Professor of European Politics at the St Antony’ s College at the University of Oxford

Economic Symposium, August 29 to 31, 2017
Rahaf Harfoush
(SYR), digital anthropologist and best-selling author, Satjiv Chahil (US), marketing veteran at the Silicon Valley, connected the pioneering spirit of the Silicon Valley with the goals of modern digital marketing, Ernst Fehr (AT), professor of Economics and director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society at the University of Zurich, researches how people make decisions, Carl-Peter Forster (DE), former president and CEO of General Motors Europe, currently member of the board of Geely Automobile and Volvo Cars Corporation and bought the producer of the globally known black cabs, Arancha González (ESP), director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Mariana Mazzucato (IT), italo-american economist and professor for innovation economics at the University of Sussex, Jennifer Morgan (US), managing director of Greenpeace International and one of the leading environmental activists worldwide, Alex Pentland (US), professor of the MIT Media Lab, who rewrites the laws of social physics in a data driven society, Shahrzad Rafati (CAN/IRN), founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp., one of the biggest Social- and TV-Communities worldwide, Bernie Roth (US) from Stanford University, founder of the design-thinking school in Stanford, Marc Teerlink (NLD), chief business strategist at IBM Watson Group

Financial Market Symposium, August 31 to September 1, 2017
Edward Budd (UK), chief digital officer of the Deutsche Bank, Gerhard Hütz (DE), director general and group chief compliance officer of the European Investment Bank, Trevor Manuel (ZAF), former finance minister of South Africa, known as the architect of the economic recovery in South Africa, Rick McDonell (IRE/AT), former executive secretary of the FATF-Financial Action Task Force Paris, Jeffrey P. Owens (GB), director of the Global Tax Policy Center at the WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business

Built Environment Symposium, August 31 to September 1, 2017
Adam Greenfield
(US), information architect at the London School of Economics, researches urban life and how computers influence it, Eyal Weizman (ISR), director of the research group „Forensic Architecture” at Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, using new methods they research crimes at global battlefields

The European Forum Alpbach is pleased to welcome around 700 national and international speakers from academia, business, government and civil society. Check out our Who is Who where you can find all names in alphabetical order.