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Selection of International Speakers

This summer hundreds of Austrian and international speakers from the fields of science, economics, politics, culture and civil society will transform the Tyrolean mountain village of Alpbach into Europe’s capital of discussion and debate. A complete overview of all biographies can be found in our “Who is Who” at

Seminar Week, August 15 to 21, 2018

Tobias Schumacher (DEU), expert in European foreign policy at the College of Europe, Natolin, Nikolaus Forgó (AUT), Professor for IT Law at the University of Hanover and the University of Vienna, Gernot Wagner (AUT/USA), Economist at Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Maha Nasr (EGY), is conducting research into nanotechnology and pharmacy at Ain Shams University,  Anna Diamantopoulou (GRC), former EU Commissioner and President of the DIKTIO think tank, Simin Davoudi (UK), Director of the Global Urban Research Unit and Professor of Sustainability at Newcastle University, Tom Rose (UK), expert in education and change at ARK Schools in London, Ed Vainker (UK), founder of Reach Academy Feltham, Joseph Lo Bianco (AUS), Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne, Maria Angela Ferrario (ITA), Research Fellow for Computing and Communications at the University of Lancaster, Gerhard Kminek (AUT), Planetary Protection Officer at the European Space Agency, Lilly Irani (USA), Assistant Professor of Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, Siripanth Nippita (USA), Doctor and Professor at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, Lucy English (UK), spoken word poet at Bath Spa University

Tyrol Days, August 17 to 19, 2018

The State Governor of Tyrol Günther Platter, the State Governor of South Tyrol Arno Kompatscher and the State Governor of Trentino Ugo Rossi come together in Alpbach as part of the Tyrol Days and join experts to discuss the theme “Managing Natural Hazards in the Alpine Region”.

Alpbach Health Symposium, August 19 to 21, 2018

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Genua, Aaron Ciechanover, Distinguished Research Professor Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, Stefanie Becker, Direktorin von Alzheimer Schweiz und im Vorstand von Alzheimer Europe, Rikke Duus, University College London, Mick Van Trotsenburg, Consultant Transgender Healthcare, genderPRO; Obs/Gyn Universitätsklinikum St.Pölten-Lilienfeld, Stefanie Becker, Director, Alzheimer Switzerland; Board Member, Alzheimer Europe, Mathias Harald Wismar, Senior Health Policy Analyst, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels, Rikke Duus, Senior Teaching Fellow, University College London, Andreas Kruse (DEU), Psychologist, gerontologist and demographer, and also author commissioned to report on the elderly to the German Bundestag, Anders Sandberg (UK), Professor from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, Jeffrey Sachs (USA), Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and one of the world’s leading economists, Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga (HND), Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras, President of Caritas Internationalis from 2007 to 2015, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (ARG) is a bishop and the Director of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences as well as one of the Pope’s closest advisors, Elena Bonfiglioli (ITA), heads the Health Industry Department of Microsoft in Europe, the Near East and Africa and is part of the World Wide Public Sector Health Team.

Artists in Discourse, August 22, 2018

Martin Kušej (AUT), director and Artistic Director of the Residenztheater Munich, Ayad Akhtar (USA), is a writer who has won both the Pulitzer and Nestroy Prizes, Martin Grubinger (AUT) is a multi-percussionist, the actress Amira Casar (UK), can currently be seen in ‘Call me by your name’ and FLATZ (AUT), performance artist, musician and composer.

Alpbach Technology Symposium, August 23 to 25, 2018

Lothar Hermann (DEU), CEO of Siemens Greater China in Beijing, is right in the middle of the race for key technologies, James Kakalios (USA), physicist and astronomer at the University of Minneapolis, Christina Lomasney (USA), CEO of the start-up  Modumental, one of the innovative technology businesses that has made Seattle the boom location for innovation in the USA, Patrice Milos (USA), founder and President of Medley Genomics, a business specializing in gene therapy and precision medicine, Alistair Nolan (FRA), Head of the OECD’s Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, is concerned with the production technologies of the future, Buddy Ratner (USA), Professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering at the University of Washington.

Alpbach Political Symposium, August 25 to 28, 2018

Aart Jan De Geus (NLD), Board chairman of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Daphne Büllesbach (DEU), founder of the NGO European Alternatives in Berlin, Renaud Dehousse (BEL), President of the European University Institute in Florence, Hans Vorländer (DEU), Director of the Centre for Constitutional and Democratic Research at the Technical University in Dresden, Ban Ki-moon (KOR), former UN Secretary-General, Heinz Fischer (AUT), former Federal President, Peter Bostelmann (DEU), founder of the SAP Global Mindfulness Practice in Palo Alto, Eric Rosenbach (USA) Co-Director of the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, Eran Oded (ISR), Director of the Institute for National Security in Tel Aviv, Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm (FIN), co-founder of ICAN – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2017), Jakob Schaad (CHE), Deputy Director of the liberal Swiss think tank Avenir Suisse, Susan Myers (USA), United Nations Foundation, formerly ran the Better World Campaign, Ugo Bardi (ITA), chemist at Florence University and best-selling author, who explains in his book ‘The Seneca Effect’ why systems have to collapse and how we can deal with this, Werner Boote (AUT), film director and the author of numerous books, whose film ‘The Green Lie’ is currently in cinemas, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (DEU), scientist and politician, member of the German Bundestag from 1998 to 2005, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Jan Zielonka (POL), Professor of European Politics at Oxford University, Julia Ebner (AT), researcher into extremism and terrorism, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London.

Alpbach Legal Symposium, August 26 to 28, 2018

Susanne Baer (DEU), legal scholar and judge of Germany’s Federal Constitutional, her works are concerned with the issues of basic rights and comparative constitutional law, gender studies, anti-discrimination law and feminist legal scholarship,  Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt (DEU), lawyer, former SPD politician and minister, from 2016 to 2017 board member of Volkswagen AG, Christiane C. Wendehorst (DEU), President of the European Law Institute in Vienna, she advocates fact-based legal policy without the influence of lobbyists, Laurent Pech, Professor of European Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department at the Middlesex University in London.

alpbach Economic symposium, August 28 to 30, 2018

Maja Göpel (DEU), Secretary General of the Advisory Council on Global Change and member of the Club of Rome,  Jonathan Sierck (DEU), CEO of Extended Reality Gmbh and management guru, he advises DAX companies on millennials, Juliet Bourke (AUS), Head of Deloitte Australia, she is also the author of the bestseller ‘Which Two Heads Are Better Than One?: How diverse teams create breakthrough ideas and make smarter decisions’, Julia Hobsbawm (UK), Honorary Visiting Professor of Workplace Social Health, Cass Business School, London and author of the book ‘Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload’, Paul Donovan (UK), Chief Economist at UBS and opinion leader, he will use specific examples to explain how businesses overcome financial crises and crises of trust. Eva Richterich (CHE), at the confectionery and herbal tea manufacturer  Ricola the younger members of the family roll their sleeves up: with the innovation laboratory Ricolab, Richterich investigates what new business opportunities may arise in the digital age from combining traditional knowledge of herbs with new technologies, Bracken Darrell (USA), CEO of Logitech, a company specializing in computer mice and keyboards that in Darrell installed an innovator at the head of the company with the motto: think beyond the boundaries, Liisa Välikangas (FIN), teaches innovation management at Aalto University, specialising in global change strategies.

Alpbach Financial market Symposium, August 30 to 31, 2018

Jean-Claude Trichet (FRA), the former President of the European Central Bank will present economic crisis scenarios and ways out of the crisis, Thomas Sattelberger (DEU), “Mr. Diversity” and FDP member of the German Bundestag pushed through a quota of 30% women as former Chair of Deutsche Telekom, Dorothy Hill (NLD), ING Strategy Direction, is an expert in the digital banking sector and believes that design thinking strategies are the future for business, Woody Tasch (USA),  is the founder of the Slow Money Movement: this is not regarded as a simple solution to financial problems but instead searches for and supports sustainable alternatives to the current dominant model.