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Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic Strategies

Plenary / Keynote & Discussion
in englischer Sprache

For many people, the image of China as an “extended workbench” of the West is paramount. However, China is passing through a differentiated development. What strategies for dealing with inequality is China deploying, both within its own borders and in the global market? How can the EU and China cooperate strategically and profitably?

Founder, the GO corporation, Hong Kong, Zurich Key Note
Senior Policy Fellow for China's Political Economy, MERICS - Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin Key Note
Partner, Chief Economist, Deloitte China, Bejing Key Note
Chief Executive Officer, Greiner Holding AG, Kremsmünster
Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna Chair

Marie SO

Founder, the GO corporation, Hong Kong, Zurich

1995-2005 Merrill Lynch, Lutron Electronics , Procter and Gamble
1998-2000 BSC Economics; Engineering & Management Science, Northwestern University
2000-2002 Business Development Manager, Procter and Gamble, Hong Kong
2002-2003 MIPA, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
2002-2004 Senior Project Manager, Lutron Electronics, New York, China
2005 Advisor, Government of Dubai, Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Dubai, Hong Kong
Consultant, United Nations Development Program, Suva
2004-2006 MIPA, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
2005-2006 Course Teaching Assistant, Advanced Microeconomics, Harvard University
2009 INSEAD, Social Entrepreneurship Executive Program
2006-2012 Co-Founder; Chief Executive Officer, Shokay Internationanl Group, Hong Kong
2012-2013 Senior Consultant, Center of Social Initiative Promotion, Ho Chi Minh City
2013 Co-Founder, the GO corporation, Zurich


Senior Policy Fellow for China's Political Economy, MERICS - Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin

1990-1994 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
2001-2005 Vice President, Aircraft Overhaul Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Inc., Manila, Philippines
2001 Project Manager, Aircraft Overhaul & VIP Jet Services Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg, Germany
2005-2010 Senior Vice President, Airline Operations Solutions Lufthansa AG, Frankfurt a.M./Raunheim, Germany
2008-2009 Master of Busniess Administration (M.B.A), Duke University, USA
2010-2011 Regional Studies-East Asia, Master of Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
2011-2015 Doctor of Philosophy, Management Studies, University of Oxford, UK
since 2015 Senior Policy Fellow for China's Political Economy, MERICS - Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin, Germany

Sitao XU

Partner, Chief Economist, Deloitte China, Bejing

1995 Economist for Indonesia, Korea and Thailand in Singapore, Working for MMS International of Standard and Poor's Group
1996-2001 Regional Treasury Economist, Standard Chartered Bank
2001-2002 Societe Generale's Chief Economist for Asia
2003 Head of Economics, ICBC Asia
2004-2014 Various Positions, The Economist Group
since 2014 Chief Economist, Partner, Deloitte China, Beijing

Dipl.-Betriebsw. (DH) Axel KÜHNER

Chief Executive Officer, Greiner Holding AG, Kremsmünster

1994-1995 Trainee, Daimler AG, Stuttgart
1995-1998 Assistant to CFO, Daimler AG, NDL Rostock
1998-1998 Head of Controlling, Daimler AG, NDL Bielefeld
1998-2001 CFO, Daimler AG, NDL Bielefeld
2001-2005 CFO, Daimler AG, NDL Weser-Ems, Bremen
2005-2008 CFO, Daimler AG, NDL München
2008-2009 CEO, Daimler AG, NDL Regensburg
2009 Member of Executive Board, Greiner Holding AG, Kremsmünster
since 2010 CEO, Greiner Holding AG, Kremsmünster


Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna

 Master’s degree in Political Management; George Washington University, Washington DC
1988-1996 Journalist, "Profil", Cash Flow, News, Vienna
1996-1998 Spokesperson, Austrian Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hannes Farnleitner, Vienna
2000-2001 Consultant, crisis management, Control Risks, Berlin
2001-2006 Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, Vienna
2007-2008 Head, China office, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, Shanghai
2009-2010 Spokesperson for Austria's non-permanent membership, UN Security Council, New York
since 2011 Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:50OpeningPlenary
13:30 - 14:20Understanding Inequality – an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
14:40 - 16:10Inequality of Opportunity – Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
16:10 - 16:30Political CornerPlenary
16:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
16:30 - 17:30Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
16:30 - 18:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 20:00The Entrepreneurial Economy – How to Become a Champion?Plenary
20:00 - 21:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
20:30 - 21:30Young Talents – Late Night ConcertCulture


06:00 - 07:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion – Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
07:00 - 08:10Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income – Is (More) Redistribution Necessary?Plenary
07:30 - 08:30The Throwaway SocietyPartner
08:10 - 08:30Political Corner2Plenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly – Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations – Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education – What Has to be Done?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations – What Next?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 12:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same – All Different?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System – Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies – Old InequalitiesBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation – Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 17: Equality – Location Dependent?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe – How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Shifting the Perception – Solutions to Combating InequalityPlenary
19:15 - 20:45Young Talents – Maja Osojnik BandCulture


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” Breakfast – Back to NormalityPartner
07:00 - 08:30Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
09:00 - 10:20How to Grow or Not to Grow – that is the Question!Plenary
10:20 - 10:35ClosingPlenary
14:45 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner