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18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & Innovation

Breakout / Working Group
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Demographic developments introduce businesses and society to new challenges: each year two percent of all employees in Austria acquire a disability. In total, we are talking about 1.2 million people (15% of the population) who as employees and consumers can experience significant discrimination from full participation in the economy. This is despite the extraordinary technological developments which have arisen to assist better integration. The question is not how business could integrate them for charitable reasons, but instead how society can unleash their full potential to create new opportunities for growth and innovation and to give disabled people equal opportunities in todays economy.


Founder, DisAbility Performance Austria, Vienna
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
Europe Co-Director, Ashoka, Vienna
Member of the Management Board and Head, Human Resources Austria & CEE, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna
Human Rights Consultant, Vienna Chair

Mag. Gregor DEMBLIN

Founder, DisAbility Performance Austria, Vienna

1996-2003 Degree in Philosophy, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Vienna
2003-2011 Founder and Manager, Motary, Vienna
2003-2011 HG Communications
since 2006 Management Consultant for Handicapped Access
since 2009 Co-Founder, Career Moves, Vienna
2009-2012 Social Expert, People with Disabilities, Caritas Austria
since 2014 Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DisAbility Performance Austria, Vienna

MMag. DDr. Ursula NAUE

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

 Ph.D. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Prehistory, University of Vienna
2004-2015 Senior Researcher, Research Platform Life-Science-Governance, University of Vienna
2005-2011 Lecturer, University of Vienna
2013-2015 Lecturer, Study Path Diversity and Disability Studies, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Klagenfurt

Mag.a Marie RINGLER

Europe Co-Director, Ashoka, Vienna

1998-2000 General Manager, Public Netbase t0 - Institute for New Culture Technologies, Vienna
2001-2010 Elected Member, Vienna Federal State Parliament and Vienna City Council (Landtagsabgeordnete und Gemeinderätin), The Greens, Vienna
2004 Consultant, National Democratic Institute, Kathmandu
2008-2010 Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of St.Gallen
since 2011 Country Director, Ashoka Austria & CEE, Vienna
since 2012 Regional Director Ashoka Central and Eastern Europe
since 2015 Co-Director Ashoka Europe

Mag. Doris TOMANEK

Member of the Management Board and Head, Human Resources Austria & CEE, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna

1975-1981 Degree in Macroeconomics, University of Vienna
1975-1978 Creditanstalt
1982-1988 Mobil Oil Austria AG, Vienna
1988-1995 Coca Cola Ges.m.b.H.
1995-2005 Coca Cola HBC
since 2005 Head of Human Resources Bank Austria, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna
since 2006 Head of Human Resources CEE Division, UniCredit Group
since 2008 Executive Vice President, UniCredit Group
since 2010 Member of the Management Board and Head, Human Resources Austria & CEE, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna

Dr. LL.M Marianne SCHULZE

Human Rights Consultant, Vienna

2000 Intern, American Society of International Law, Washington D.C.
2001 Intern, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, SAR Hong Kong, PR China
2002 Master of Law, University of Vienna
2004 Master of International Human Rights, Hesburgh Center, University of Notre Dame
2004 Intern, International Service for Human Rights, UN New York
2005 Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
2007 Independent Human Rights Consultant,, Vienna
2013 Doctor of Laws, University of Vienna
2014 Member, Advisory Panel, EU Fundamental Rights Agency Platform

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