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17: The Key to Innovation – People, Mindset, Technologies

Breakout / Working Group
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Which mindset facilitates new technologies, what promotes progress and growth? What is the secret of innovative companies and the people behind them? New technologies and innovation are essential for the international competitiveness of Austria/Europe as a business location. Innovative high-quality products have enabled many Austrian companies to become global market leaders. If Austrian companies seize the opportunities offered by imminent global challenges and new technologies, they will remain on top. Join us in our search for the key to innovation.

Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach
Head, Division European and International Programmes, FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Vienna
"Gunkl", Comedian, Vienna
Managing Director, SAP Austria, Vienna
Careers and Business Editor, Kurier, Vienna Chair


Chief Executive Officer, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach

Forscherin, Dissertantin und Post Doctoral Research bei Immuno AG Referatsleiterin und stv. Direktorin des BIT-Büros für Internationale Forschungs- und Technologiekooperation Praktika bei der U.S. National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science und Kooperation mit dem Wissenschaftsberater im U.S. Department of State, Washington DC Vizerektorin für Forschungsmanagement und Internationale Kooperationen an der Medizinischen Universität Graz Bereichsleiterin Europäische und Internationale Programme der FFG - Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft, Wien Fulbright Scholar an der George Washington University und Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC Vorstandsmitglied der Infineon Technologies Austria AG Vorstand für Technik und Innovation der Infineon Technologies Austria AG
seit 2012


Head, Division European and International Programmes, FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Vienna

 Nach dem Studium der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften war Andrea Höglinger viele Jahre in der außeruniversitären Forschung tätig. Im Jahr 2000 wechselte sie als Teamleiterin und nationale Kontaktstelle in die FFG. 2011 hat sie die Bereichsleitung der europäischen und internationalen Programme übernommen.

Dr. Günther PAAL

"Gunkl", Comedian, Vienna

 Neben seinen Soloprogrammen spielt Günther Paal seit 1993 Saxophon und E-Bass in Alfred Dorfers Auftrittsband. Von 2004 bis 2011 trat er in dessen Fernsehsatireshow Dorfers Donnerstalk regelmäßig als "Experte für eh alles" auf.


Managing Director, SAP Austria, Vienna

Financial Controller und Manager Financial Services, Oracle EMEA, Dublin Finance Director, Oracle Czech s.r.o., Prag Risk Manager Europe, Open Text GmbH, München Group Director Finance, Clearwire GmbH, Wien Chief Financial Officer und Director Sales, SAP Österreich GmbH, Wien
 Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
 MBA General Management, Southern Louisiana University, Hammond

Mag. Sandra BAIERL

Careers and Business Editor, Kurier, Vienna

Studium der Politikwissenschaft, Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Wien Studienjahr, University of Ulster, Coleraine Austria Presse Agentur, Wien PR-Agentur (Kunden: Nokia, La Roche Posay, Emporia Telecom), Wien Journalistische Ausbildung in der NEWS-Lehrredaktion, Wien Journalistin, Magazin Woman, Ressorts: Aktuell, Karriere, verantwortlich für die Homepage, NEWS Verlags GmbH, Wien Journalistin und Chefin vom Dienst, Magazin Gesundheit, verantwortlich für Homepage, Newsletter, Wien Chefredakteurin, Kundenmagazin Nivea (Auflage: 100.000), Wien Feature-Stories, Fokus: Frauen- und Karriere-Themen, Wirtschaftsblatt, Wien Ressortleiterin Karrieren, KURIER, Wien
seit 2006

Economic Symposium

show timetable


12:00 - 12:10OpeningPlenary
12:10 - 13:40New Goals for the EconomyPlenary
14:10 - 15:40The End of Conventional WisdomPlenary
15:40 - 16:00Political CornerPlenary
16:30 - 17:30Umverteile und herrsche. Wem gehört der Wohlstand?Partner
18:00 - 19:30Learning from the Care EconomyPlenary
19:30 - 20:30Smart Blue HourSocial
20:30 - 21:45Cello Goes Tango or Cello Goes South AmericaCulture


06:00 - 06:4514th management club Business Breakfast “Österreich braucht Europa”Partner
07:00 - 08:10Global Division of Labour – How Can Europe Prosper?Plenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Hayek vs Keynes: The Most Important Liberal EconomistsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: A New Economic and Competition Model for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Critical Success Factors of Entrepreneurial EducationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Intellectual Property – A System at the Crossroads?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: US Focus Back on Industry – Blessing or Curse for Europe?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Clash of Generations – Corporate Cultures Put to the Test by New Working EnvironmentsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Re-IndustrialisationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Work to Live, or Live to Work? – Changing Working EnvironmentsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: Putting User Innovation to WorkBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: The Future of Corporate Learning – What Makes Businesses Successful?Breakout
10:10 - 10:30Political CornerPlenary
11:30 - 12:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: The EU’s Energy and Climate Policy – A Threat to Our Industries?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 12: Inequality Before and After the Financial CrisisBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 13: Schengen for Data: What Is Necessary, What Is Feasible?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 14: Good Is the Enemy of Great – What Distinguishes Leading Enterprises from Others?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 15: Room for CreativityBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 16: Business Development Based on Design ThinkingBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 17: The Key to Innovation – People, Mindset, TechnologiesBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 18: Sharing Economy – Cooperatives in the 21st CenturyBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 19: The Economic Future of EuropeBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 20: From Wallet to Smartphone – Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital World of FinanceBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Property or Communities? The Upcoming Challenge for CompaniesPlenary
19:00 - 20:00Don’t Mind the GapCulture
20:00 - 22:00Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with: Alexa L. WesnerPartner
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with: Franz FischlerPartner
06:30 - 07:00“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:00The Economy According to the MediaPlenary
08:00 - 08:30Cooperation in EuropePlenary
09:00 - 10:20Europe’s Economy and the Next GenerationPlenary
10:20 - 10:30ClosingPlenary
20:00 - 21:30Brunnhilde – DJanes NightCulture