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Europe’s Economy and the Next Generation

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in englischer Sprache

Which changes in the business world do young Europeans expect and how are they adapting their businesses in order to deal with these challenges? Young entrepreneurs will present their ideas for a sustainable economy and society. Together with politicians they will examine what kind of environment is necessary to support entrepreneurship.

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, WHATCHADO GMBH, Vienna Introduction
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, RUFFBOARDS Sportartikel GmbH, Vienna Introduction
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Damia GmbH and Universnatur GmbH, Hannover Introduction
Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Mercator Senior Fellow, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Former Minister of European Affairs of the Italian Republic; Professor of European Union Law, LUISS School of Government, Rome
Professor of Economics; Leader in Sustainable Development; Senior UN Advisor; Bestselling Author; Syndicated Columnist, New York
Presenter and Editor, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Chair


Chief Executive Officer and Founder, WHATCHADO GMBH, Vienna

2001-2005 Production Assistant for Chinese medicine, Mag. Doskar - Pharmaceutical Products, Vienna
2002-2006 Graduation with diploma, Software Engineering, SAP, JAVA, MDA, Austria College for IT/Business administration "HTL Spengergasse", Vienna
2005-2005 SAP-Project Assistant, Wien Energie GmbH, Vienna
2005-2006 Project Coordinator for Central East and Europe/MID-Region, Sun Microsystems
2006-2007 Community (Civilian) Service, Flüchtlingsintegrationsdienst DIAKONIE Österreich, Vienna
2006-2008 Student, University of Applied Sciences, Technikum Vienna
2007-2008 IC Technology Consultant, Siemens IT Solutions and Services
2007-2009 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Information- and Communication Systems and -services, Fachhochschule Technikum Wien
2008-2010 Global Systems Engineer, Sun Microsystems
2010-2012 Project Manager - Web2.0, interactive Media, Social Media Super-Fi
since 2010 Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Chief Storyteller, WHATCHADO GmbH, Vienna

Mag.a Melanie RUFF

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, RUFFBOARDS Sportartikel GmbH, Vienna

2008-2013 PhD in History, University of Vienna and Stuttgart
since 2014 Chief Executive Officer, RUFFBOARDS Sportartikel GmbH, Vienna


Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Damia GmbH and Universnatur GmbH, Hannover

since 2007 Founder of a mail order company: waldorfshop Universnatur GmbH
2010-2013 B.A. PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economicy), University of Witten/Herdecke
2012 Visiting Student at Oxford University, New College
2011 Member of the German Delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit
2011-2014 Board Member of Democracy International
2012-2014 Member of Supervisory Board SG Witten/Herdecke
since 2012 Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Damia GmbH, which sells under the brand "Mogli" organic food for children in supermarkets in Germany and Asia and Australia
since 2013 Director of "DemocraticEuropeNow"

László ANDOR

Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; Mercator Senior Fellow, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

1992 Scholarship, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo
1995 Scholarship, Department of War Studies, King' s College, London
1997-1998 Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Rutgers University, New Jersey
1998-1999 Expert, Budgetary and Finance Committee, Hungarian National Assembly
1999-2001 Advisor, SAPRI - Structural Adjustment Participatory Review, World Bank
2000-2010 Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest and the King Sigismund College, Budapest
2000-2003 Széchenyi Professorship Grant
2001-2002 NIAS - Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar
2003-2005 Advisor, Prime Minister' s Office, Budapest
2004-2005 Member, Board of Directors, Koping-Datorg Rt, Budapest
2005-2010 Member, Board of Directors , European Bank for Reconstruction and Development representing Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, London
2010-2014 Commissioner, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, Brussels


Former Minister of European Affairs of the Italian Republic; Professor of European Union Law, LUISS School of Government, Rome

1977 Degree in Law, University of Rome La Sapienza
1978-1979 Lieutenant, Guardia di Finanza
1979-1983 Legal practice in a law firm of international law, Rome
1980 Attorney (Procuratore legale), after state exam and legal practice
1982 Certificate in Community Law, College of Europe, Bruges
1983 Certificate of the Academy of American and International Law, International and Comparative Law Center (UTD, USA)
1983-1988 Official, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
1989-1992 Cabinet of Vice-President F. Pandolfi, European Commission
1993-1994 Head of the Secretariat for Community Affairs, Secretariat General of the Italian Prime Minister Office; Member of the Committee for the coordination of Italian economic policy with Community policy; Member of the Committee of expert for the Government Programme; Member of the Enquiry committee on poverty and social exclusion
1994 Adviser, Secretariat General, European Commission
1995-1999 Chef de cabinet, Cabinet of Commissioner M. Monti, European Commission
1999-2000 Director, Directorate General for Competition, Directorate D: Services, European Commission
2011-2013 Minister of European Affairs of the Republic of Italy
since 2013 Professor of European Union Law, School of Government, LUISS School of Government, Rome

Dr. Jeffrey D. SACHS

Professor of Economics; Leader in Sustainable Development; Senior UN Advisor; Bestselling Author; Syndicated Columnist, New York

1973 Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopolies, Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate
1974 Staff Assistant to United States Senator Phillip A. Hart
1977 Student Intern at Federal Research Board, Washington, DC
1978 Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm
1978-1980 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, MA
1979-1980 Research Associate, Falk Institute of Economic Research, Jerusalem, Israel, Collaboration with Michael Bruno
1981 Visiting Research Associate, London School of Economics
1982 Consultant, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC
1983 Consultant, OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Visiting Professor, Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
1984-2002 Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade, Harvard University (Assistant Professor, 1980-1982, Associate Professor, 1982-1983, Full Professor 1984-2002)
1984-1986 Visiting Professor, Institute of World Economics, Kiel
1986-1987 Visiting Scholar, Bank of Japan and Japan Ministry of Finance, Tokyo
1990-1992 Visiting Professor of Macroeconomic Policy, WIDER - World Institute of Development Economics,Research, United Nations University, Helsinki
1994-1996 Founder and Chair, Executive Committee, Institute of Economic Analysis, Moscow
1995-1999 Director, Harvard Institute for International Development, Cambridge, MA
1998-2002 Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
1999-2000 Member, International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission appointed by U.S. Congress
2000-2001 Chair, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health for the World Health Organization, Geneva
2002-2006 Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Millennium Development Goals; Director, United Nations Millennium Project
2002-2016 Director, The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Colombia University, New York
2007-2016 Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Millenium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals
2010-2015 Member, UN Secretary General's MDG Advocacy Group
 Current functions:
 Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York
 Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres
 University Professor, Columbia University, New York
 Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
 Distinguished Fellow, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
 Co-Founder and Director, Millennium Promise
 Founder and Chair, SDG USA
 Economic Advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia
 Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA
 Member, Brookings Panel of Economists, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
 Co-Chair, Asian Economic Panel of Economists

Mag.a Rosa LYON

Presenter and Editor, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

1994-2005 Different jobs, from doctor´s to tax consultant office, from parliament to marketing company
2000-2005 Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
since 2005 Journalist; Editor; Reporter, Radio Österreich 1, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna
since 2010 Journalist; Editor; Reporter, Zeit-im-Bild, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna
since 2016 Host ZiB, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

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