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18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & Innovation

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

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.

Serial Entrepreneur and Tech Pioneer, tech2people GmbH, 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

Serial Entrepreneur and Tech Pioneer, tech2people GmbH, Vienna

2003-2011 Founder and Manager, Motary, Vienna
HG Communications, Vienna
since 2006 Management Consultant for Handicapped Access
since 2009 Founder, Career Moves, Vienna
2009-2012 Social Expert, People with Disabilities, Caritas Austria
since 2014 Founder, myAbility Social Enterprise, Vienna
since 2018 Founder, tech2people, 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
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

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