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01: The Real Economy and Finance in the “Network of Responsibility”

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Supported by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Julius Raab Stiftung
In addition to structural changes, our financial and economic system needs a new value-based orientation. One basic value of the eco-social market economy deserves closer attention – responsibility. A recent network analysis illustrates the roles of the real economy and finance in the “network of responsibility”. What does that mean for our financial, economic and social systems? How can we shape the future against this backdrop? What are the resulting recommendations for political decision-makers? We will discuss the above questions interactively with:

Senior Director, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
Secretary-General, Wirtschaftsbund, Vienna
Founder and Director, FASresearch, Vienna
Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna
Member of the Managing Board, BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt
Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Protestant University of Applied Sciences Berlin Chair

Dr. Stefan EMPTER

Senior Director, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

1978-1983 Studies, Economics and Sociology, University of Augsburg
1980-1982 Studies, Educational and Social Sciences, University of Hagen
1988 Doctorate, Organizational Theory
1989-1996 Executive, various divisions and departments, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
1996-2008 Head, Economics and Social Affairs, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
2000-2002 Founding General Manager, IT-Academy East-Westphalia, Gütersloh
since 2001 Member, Management Committee, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
2008-2011 Head, Evidence-Based Policies Program, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
since 2008 Senior Director, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
since 2012 Head, Shaping Sustainable Economies Program, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh


Secretary-General, Wirtschaftsbund, Vienna

1979-1981 Kundenberatung, Oberbank Salzburg
1981-1985 Marketing & Kooperation, Erste Allgemeine Versicherung
1985-1994 sowie 1996-1998 Marketing, Wirtschaftskammer Salzburg
1994-1995 Agenturleiter, Grill&Gull Werbeagentur
1998-1999 PR & Events, Haubner&Haubner KG
1999-2004 Marketingleitung, Großglockner Hochalpenstraße AG
2004-2005 Geschäftsführer, Salzburger Volkspartei
seit 2005 Agentur für Marketing, Haubner&Haubner KG
seit 2007 Präsident, Sportunion Österreich
seit 2008 Vizepräsident der Bundessportorganisation
 Politische Funktionen:
seit 2001 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat ÖVP
seit 2008 Klubobmann-Stellvertreter, ÖVP Parlamentsklub
Generalsekretär, Österreichischer Wirtschaftsbund

Mag. Dr. Harald KATZMAIR

Founder and Director, FASresearch, Vienna

 Studies in Sociology and Philosophy, University of Vienna
1992-2000 Research Assistant, Institute for Economics, Vienna University for Economics and Business
1995-1997 Research Associate, Institute for Sociology, Faculty of Social- and Business Sciences, University of Vienna
1997-2002 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FAS - Forschungsgesellschaft für angewandte Sozial- und Strukturanalyse OEG, Vienna
since 2002 Founder; Head of Science; Chief Executive Officer, FAS.research Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungsgesellschaft mbH.,Vienna
since 2013 Vice-president, NEIN ZU KRANK UND ARM Foundation
since 2015 Member, Supervisory Board, FWF - Austrian Science Fund, Vienna

Dr. Harald MAHRER

Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna

1995-1997 Chairman, Austrian National Students Union, Vienna University of Economics and Business
1997-2000 Research Assistant, Vienna University of Economics and Business
2000-2005 Managing Director, legend Consulting GmbH
2006-2010 Founder and Managing Director, Pleon Publico Public Relations & Lobbying
2011-2012 Founder and Managing Director, cumclave Unternehmensberatung
2011-2014 Managing Director, Tauern Holding
2014-2017 State Secretary, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
since 2017 Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy


Member of the Managing Board, BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt

1984-1992 Universitätsassistentin und Lehrbeauftragte, Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Klagenfurt
1992-1993 Firmenkunden- und Wertpapiergeschäft; BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt
1993-1996 Abteilung Controlling, BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt
1996-2004 Leiterin, Bereich Controlling und Rechungswesen, BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt
seit 2004 Mitglied des Vorstandes, BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt


Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Protestant University of Applied Sciences Berlin

 Studium der Sozialwissenschaften, Promotion, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1995-1999 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1999-2005 Projektleiterin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Wirtschaft und Soziales, Beschäftigungspolitik), Gütersloh
seit 2005 Professur für Sozialpolitik und Sozialmanagement, Evangelische Hochschule Berlin

Economic Symposium

show timetable


12:00 - 12:20OpeningPlenary
12:20 - 13:30Finance and the Real Economy: Together or Apart?Plenary
13:30 - 13:50Political CornerPlenary
14:50 - 16:30Making Finance Meet the Real Economy’s RequirementsPlenary
18:30 - 19:30Miha Pogacnik: What Businesses can Learn from MusicPlenary
19:30 - 20:30Smart Blue Hour hosted by IBMSocial


06:00 - 06:45management club Business Breakfast “Integrationsfall Europa”Partner
06:00 - 06:45Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Book Presentation on the Business Model of the FuturePartner
07:00 - 08:10The Future of Corporate FundingPlenary
08:10 - 08:30Political CornerPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 01: The Real Economy and Finance in the “Network of Responsibility”Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 02: Business, Society and Politics: Assigning Responsibility for ResultsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 03: What Happens to Our Values if Computers Learn how to Think?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 04: Touch the Future – Security and Identity in a Digital WorldBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 05: Living with Risk and SpeculationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 06: The Pension System as a Ponzi Scheme?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 07: Workforce Diversity: Living with and Managing Demographic ChangeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 08: Implementing the New World of Work, a Progress ReportBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 09: Design Thinking as a Tool for InnovationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Working Group 10: New Energies for Europe – Between Cooperation and CompetitionBreakout
11:30 - 12:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 11: Connected Learning, Connected SchoolsBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 12: Financial Literacy, Decision-Making in Complex SituationsBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 13: Our Life After the Digital RevolutionBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 14: Prosperity for All? Austria’s Top Managers in Dialogue with Ludwig ErhardBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 15: Rethinking Capitalism: The Future of Our Economic ModelBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 16: Alternative Sustainable Economic ConceptsBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 17: From Goodwill to Financial Company ValueBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 18: Back to the Real Economy – Towards a New Industrial Policy for EuropeBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 19: Industrial Production in the City of the FutureBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Working Group 20: Rating Agencies Between Governments and BusinessesBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Leadership and Values in a Complex WorldPlenary
19:30 - 21:30get2gether hosted by T-MobileSocial


06:30 - 07:00“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:15 - 08:15The New Role of Central Banks in Crisis-ManagementPlenary
08:45 - 10:20New Growth in Europe?Plenary
10:20 - 10:30ClosingPlenary
14:45 - 18:00Generali 3 Banken Business Dialogue “Experiences and Values”Partner