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18: Back to the Real Economy – Towards a New Industrial Policy for Europe

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Supported by the Federation of Austrian Industries
In difficult economic times, industry has proved to be an anchor for jobs and prosperity. Still, North America and Asia are becoming increasingly attractive to investors, thanks to their innovative strength. National states and the EU have to take efficient measures to promote Europe as a business location. The European Commission has already suggested a proactive industry policy, including investments in innovation, improved market conditions, access to capital, human resources and qualification. Is this the right way to improve Europe’s international competitiveness?

Member of the Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer, Austrian Airlines AG, Vienna
Member, Supervisory Board, voestalpine AG, Linz
Former Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
Member of the Managing Board, BKS Bank AG, Klagenfurt
Deputy Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna Chair

Dr. Karsten BENZ

Member of the Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer, Austrian Airlines AG, Vienna

1997-1999 Head of Sales Management Accounting, Lufthansa German Airlines, Frankfurt
1999-2000 Head of Network Development and Fleet Planning, Lufthansa German Airlines, Frankfurt
2000-2005 Head of Network Planning, Lufthansa German Airlines, Frankfurt
2005-2012 Head of Sales & Services Europe, Lufthansa German Airlines, London/Frankfurt
since 2012 Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Executive Board, Austrian Airlines Group, Vienna

Dr. Wolfgang EDER

Member, Supervisory Board, voestalpine AG, Linz

1978 Entry, VOEST-ALPINE AG, Linz
1995 Member, Board, voestalpine AG, Linz
1999 Member, Board and Chief Executive Officer, Steel Division, voestalpine AG, Linz
2001-2004 Deputy Chairman, Board and Chief Executive Officer, Steel and Automotive Divisions, voestalpine AG, Linz
2004-2019 Chairman, Board and Chief Executive Officer, voestalpine AG, Linz
since 2019 Member, Supervisory Board, voestalpine AG, Linz


Former Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Vienna

 Studium der Politikwissenschaft, der Philosophie und der Rechtswissenschaft, Universität Wien
1981-1990 Angestellter der SPÖ
1984,1990 Bundesvorsitzender der Sozialistischen Jugend (SJ)
1985-1989 Vizepräsident der Sozialistischen Jugendinternationale (IUSY)
1989 Vizepräsident der Sozialistischen Internationale (SI)
1990-1999 Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Niederösterreich
seit 1990 Bezirksvorsitzender der SPÖ Melk
seit 1991 Stadtparteivorsitzender der SPÖ Ybbs an der Donau, Mitglied des Landesparteipräsidiums der SPÖ NÖ, Mitglied der österreichischen Delegation zur Parlamentarischen Versammlung des Europarates
1991-1993 Mitglied des Bundesrates
seit 1993 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat
1995-1998 Vorsitzender des Sozialausschusses der Parlamentarischen Versammlung des Europarates
1999-2000 Landesgeschäftsführer der SPÖ Niederösterreich
2000 Bundesparteivorsitz SPÖ
2000 SPÖ-Bundesgeschäftsführer
seit 2000 SPÖ-Klubobmann, Bundesparteivorsitzender der SPÖ
2007-2008 Bundeskanzler der Republik Österreich


Member of the Managing Board, BKS Bank AG, 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

Ing. Mag. Peter KOREN

Deputy Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna

1988-1995 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
1995-1996 Stage, Generaldirektion Landwirtschaft, Europäische Kommission, Abteilung Agrarrecht, Brüssel
1996-1997 Trainee, Industriellenvereinigung (IV): Österreichischer Raiffeisenverband, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
1997-2000 Ministersekretär, Kabinett des Bundesministers für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
2001-2003 Beauftragter des Konzern-Vorstandes, Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts AG (Verbundgesellschaft)
seit 2004 Vize-Generalsekretär, Industriellenvereinigung
2015 Executive Certificates in Strategy and Innovation, Leadership and Management, MIT, Boston, USA

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