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18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & Innovation

Breakout / Working Group
german language

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

Mag. Gregor DEMBLIN

Founder, DisAbility Performance Austria, Vienna

Degree in Philosophy, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Vienna Founder and Manager, Motary, Vienna HG Communications Management Consultant for Handicapped Access Co-Founder, Career Moves, Vienna Social Expert, People with Disabilities, Caritas Austria
since 2006
since 2009

MMag. DDr. Ursula NAUE

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

Senior Researcher, Research Platform Life-Science-Governance, University of Vienna Lecturer, University of Vienna
 Ph.D. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Prehistory, University of Vienna

Mag.a Marie RINGLER

Europe Co-Director, Ashoka, Vienna

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

Mag. Doris TOMANEK

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

Degree in Macroeconomics, University of Vienna Creditanstalt Mobil Oil Austria AG, Vienna Coca Cola Ges.m.b.H. Coca Cola HBC Head of Human Resources Bank Austria, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna Head of Human Resources CEE Division, UniCredit Group Executive Vice President, UniCredit Group
since 2005
since 2006
since 2008

Dr. LL.M Marianne SCHULZE

Human Rights Consultant, Vienna

Intern, American Society of International Law, Washington D.C. Intern, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, SAR Hong Kong, PR China Master of Law, University of Vienna Master of International Human Rights, Hesburgh Center, University of Notre Dame Intern, International Service for Human Rights, UN New York Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna Independent Human Rights Consultant,, Vienna Doctor of Laws, University of 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 - 18:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
16:30 - 17:30Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
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 - 07:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion – Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
06:00 - 07:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
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 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
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 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education – What Has to be Done?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations – What Next?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations – Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
11:30 - 12:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same – All Different?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe – How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 17: Equality – Location Dependent?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System – Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation – Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies – Old InequalitiesBreakout
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 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
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