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02: Being Family Friendly – Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?

Breakout / Working Group
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Families are an attractive target group, yet often find no truly appreciated place in our society. Being family friendly is presented as an important economic indicator for sustainability. However, we still need to develop a better appreciation of the economic relevance of family friendliness as a competitive advantage in our economy. What is necessary in order for Austria to become the most family-friendly country in Europe? What tools can we use? Is it a matter of growing profit in the balance books, further regulation, or can a change to grow and develop family friendliness still take further hold without regulation?


Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria and UPC Austria, Vienna
Chief Financial Officer, Casinos Austria AG and Österreichischen Lotterien GmbH, Vienna
Coordinator Education, Family Policy, Women's Issues, Kondrad-Adenauer Foundation, St. Augustin
Austrian Federal Minister of Families and Youth, Vienna
Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna
Member of Board the of Directors, Merkur Warenhandels-Aktiengesellschaft, Wiener Neudorf
Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna Chair


Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria and UPC Austria, Vienna

2002-2006 Managing Director, Germanwings GmbH
2006-2008 Vice President Marketing, Lufthansa AG
2008-2012 Member of the Board, Austrian Airlines AG
since 2012 Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria GmbH


Chief Financial Officer, Casinos Austria AG and Österreichischen Lotterien GmbH, Vienna

1990 Österreichische Lotterien Operationsmanager Ungarn
1991 Geschäftsführer ungarische Tochtergesellschaft Lotto Union
1998 Leitung Vorstandssekretariat und Controlling Österreichische Lotterien
2000 Leitung Koordination Synergien, Casinos Austria und Österreichische Lotterien
2003 Leitung Synergien
2006 Vorstandsdirektorin Österreichische Lotterien
2010 Vorstandsdirektorin Casinos Austria AG


Coordinator Education, Family Policy, Women's Issues, Kondrad-Adenauer Foundation, St. Augustin

1976-1981 Studium des Arbeits- und Sozialrechts, der Sozialpsychologie und Soziologie, Universitäten zu Saarbrücken und Mannheim
seit 1986 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
1990-1992 Lehrtätigkeiten an der kath. FH-Köln
1992-2002 Leiterin Abteilung für Frauen- und Familienpolitik, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
1994-1998 Mitglied der Familienkommission der CDU und der Bundesfachausschüsse Frauen und Familie, 13. Legislaturperiode
2002-2005 Mitglied des Bundesfachausschusses "Frauen"
2005 Mitglied der Familienkommission der CDU
2006 Mitglied der Kommission Bildungschancen und Erziehung der CDU
2015 Mitglied der Kommission "Zusammenhalt stärken - Zukunft der Bürgergesellschaft gestalten" der CDU
2015 Mitglied der Enquetekommission V "Zukunft der Familienpolitik in Nordrhein-Westfalen"
seit 2003 Koordinatorin für Frauen- und Familienpolitik, Arbeitsgruppe Gesellschaftspolitik, Hauptabteilung Politik und Beratung, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

MMag. Dr. Sophie KARMASIN

Austrian Federal Minister of Families and Youth, Vienna

1985-1992 Studies, Psychology and Business Administration
1993-1995 Product Manager, Henkel, Vienna, Belgium and the Netherlands
1995 Ph.D., Psychology, Dissertation: Consumer Behaviour in the Health Market
1995-2003 Management, Empirical Department, Institute of Motivational Research
2006-2013 Managing Director, Karmasin Opinion Research Company
2009-2013 Founder, Consulting Company Sophie Karmasin Market Intelligence
2011-2012 Course, Systemic Coaching and Consulting Competence
2011-2013 Managing Partner, Austrian Gallup Institute / Dr. Karmasin Marktforschung Ltd. and Karmasin Motivforschung Ltd.
since 2013 Austrian Federal Minister of Families and Youth, Vienna

Mag. Christoph NEUMAYER

Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries, Vienna

 Studies of History, Journalism and Law, University of Vienna
 Graduation with honors (Mag.phil) in History and Communication Science
 Degree from the 32nd Post Graduate Management University Course at the Vienna University of Economics and Business
 7th Strategic Leadership Course of the LVAK (Austrian National Defence Academy) on behalf of the Federal Government and the National Security Council
 Postgraduate Diploma in General Management, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin
1991-1992 Press spokesman of the Vienna branch of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)
1992-1997 Permanent freelancer in the editorial department for ethnic minorities of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)
1997-1998 Press Officer, Federation of Austrian Industries (IV), Editor-in-Chief of "Industry News Service"
1998-1999 Federal Managing Director of Young Industry / Group 1031
1999-2001 Manager of the IV Newsroom, Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)
2001-2011 Director of Marketing & Communication Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)
since 2011 Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)

Mag. Kerstin NEUMAYER

Member of Board the of Directors, Merkur Warenhandels-Aktiengesellschaft, Wiener Neudorf

 Handelswissenschaften, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
1993 Traineeprogramm mit Leitung einer Billa Filiale
1994 Leitung, Marketingabteilung
2000 Ernennung zum Prokuristen
2010 Ernennung zum Direktor BILLA AG, Wiener Neudorf
2014 Vorstandsmitglied, Merkur Warenhandels-Aktiengesellschaft

Rainer NOWAK

Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna

1992-1997 Study of History and Political Science (without completing)
1994 Freelancer "Vorarlberger Nachrichten"
1996 Entry to "Die Presse"
2002 Editor, Domestic Policy Department, "Die Presse", Vienna
2004 Appointment to Department head "Chronik/Wien", "Die Presse", Vienna
2009 Appointment to Editorial Director for the new "Presse am Sonntag", Vienna
2010 Appointment to Head of Domestic Policy, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2014 Publisher, "Die Presse", Vienna
2017 Appointment as Managing Director, "Die Presse", Vienna

Economic Symposium

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10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:50OpeningPlenary
15:30 - 16:20Understanding Inequality - an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
16:40 - 18:10Inequality of Opportunity - Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
18:10 - 18:30Political CornerPlenary
18:30 - 20:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 19:30Rankings and Reality - Austria's Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
18:30 - 22:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
20:30 - 22:00The Entrepreneurial Economy - How to Become a Champion?Plenary
22:00 - 23:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
22:30 - 23:30Young Talents - Late Night ConcertCulture


08:00 - 09:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion - Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
09:00 - 10:10Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income - Is (More) Redistribution Necessary?Plenary
09:30 - 10:30The Throwaway SocietyPartner
10:10 - 10:30Political Corner2Plenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly - Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations - Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education - What Has to be Done?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations - What Next?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same - All Different?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System - Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies - Old InequalitiesBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation - Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 17: Equality - Location Dependent?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees - Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe - How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
18:00 - 19:30Shifting the Perception - Solutions to Combating InequalityPlenary
21:15 - 22:45Young Talents - Maja Osojnik BandCulture
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" Breakfast - Back to NormalityPartner
09:00 - 10:30Beyond Clichés - China's Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
11:00 - 12:20How to Grow or Not to Grow - that is the Question!Plenary
12:20 - 12:35ClosingPlenary
16:45 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner