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19: Quo Vadis Digital Europe/Austria?

Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

Do the “Big Five” (Google, Amazon dominate the world’s digital economy? Do European businesses still have the potential to establish their own developments? And are Austrian businesses ready to face the Digital Disruption ahead?

Member, Management Board; Chief Retail Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
Author; Executive Director, salonFutureCast, Santa Rosa, CA
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, i5growth Inc., Vienna
Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect, New York
Managing Director, Russmedia Verlag GmbH; Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach Chair

Mag. Dr. Peter BOSEK

Member, Management Board; Chief Retail Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

1993-1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
1996-1998 Advisor to the Board on all Legal Matters, Law-Office, Department of Constitutional and Public Law, University of Vienna
1996-2005 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna; School of Finance; Federal Academy of Public Administration, Vienna
1998-1998 Strategic Product Management, Real Estate Department, Vienna
1998-2002 Managing Director, Neue Eisenstädter Gemeinnützige Bau- Wohn- und SiedlungsgesmbH, Eisenstadt
1999-2001 Head, Product Management and Residential Building
2000-2007 Member, Management Board, Wohnbaubank AG, Linz and Vienna
2001 Member, Supervisory Board, various subsidiaries
2001-2002 Head, Housing & Real Estate, Linz and Vienna
2002-2003 Head, Sales Steering, Linz and Vienna
2004-2007 Head, Business Unit Retail, Linz and Vienna
2007-2014 Member, Management Board, Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna
since 2015 Member, Management Board and Chief Retail Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

MA Andrew KEEN

Author; Executive Director, salonFutureCast, Santa Rosa, CA

1982 BA, History, London University
1984 MA, Political Science, UC Berkeley
1997-2001 Founder & CEO,


Chief Executive Officer and Founder, i5growth Inc., Vienna

1993-1997 Engineer, Specialization: digital signal processing, HTL - Federal Higher Technical Institute, Mödling
1997-2000 Master of Science/Engineering, University of Applied Science Salzburg
Project Manager, value-added services (data services), T-Mobile Austria
1999-2006 Chief Executive Officer and Founder, 3united AG
2002-2005 Visiting professor, University of Applied Science Salzburg
2006-2007 Board Member, technology and media cooperation 3united AG, VeriSign Inc., New York
2007-2014 Chief Executive Officer, i5invest seed capital; Business Angel; Entrepreneur
since 2010 Co-Founder, InitialFactor startup Cluster, Vienna
2011 Co-Founder and Co-Organizer, Startup Week (later: Pioneers Festival)
2011-2014 Investment Committee, Advisor and VC Fund CEE, Speed Invest
since 2013 Advisory Board - Austrian Startup Association  AustrianStartups
since 2014 Chairmen, i5invest Advisory Board
President, i5growth Inc.

Rudiger WANCK

Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect, New York

2007-2015 Chief Digital Officer, EMEA, GroupM
2009-2015 Chairman GroupM Netherlands, WPP
2011-2016 Board of Directors, Xaxis
2013-2015 Global Digital Chief Operating Officer, GroupM
since 2013 Executive Committee, GroupM Worldwide
since 2015 Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect


Managing Director, Russmedia Verlag GmbH; Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach

2000-2003 Editor-In-Chief, AME - Aigner Media Entertainment, Munich
2001-2003 Host, Producer F.A.Z. Business-Radio
2003-2011 Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach
since 2011 Media Executive Leadership Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Chief Executive Officer, Russmedia Digital, Schwarzach
since 2015 Managing Director, Russmedia Verlag GmbH, Schwarzach
Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach
since 2019 SEP - Stanford Executive Leadership Program, Stanford, CA

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good CauseSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 14:00Changing World – Changing WaysPlenary
14:10 - 14:45Meet the Speaker: Cesar HidalgoPlenary
14:10 - 14:45Meet the Speaker: Robin ChasePlenary
14:30 - 16:00Market Economy – Reinvent or Reboot?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus Lower Austria EveningSocial
16:30 - 18:00Fireside Talk “Future of Europe – Future of the European Economy”Partner
18:00 - 19:30Migration – Opportunity and ChallengePlenary
19:30 - 20:30Illuminating AlpbachSocial


06:00 - 07:0016th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Country Breakfast Georgia – Ways Out of CorruptionPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Country Breakfast Israel – the Country of Start-UpsPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Country Breakfast South Korea – Education Is the KeyPlenary
07:00 - 08:30Digital Employees – Have No Fear, Technology Is HerePlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Online Platforms – New Working Conditions in the Digital AgeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: The Role of a Modern State for the Economy and SocietyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: The European Data Economy Needs a New Enlightenment!Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Crowdsourcing – If You Have a Problem, Ask Everyone!?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Regional Hidden Champions: Ready for the Future?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: New Values, New Ambitions? How Traditional Leadership Is Challenged by MillennialsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Motivate and Regulate – Behavioural Economics as a New Approach in PoliticsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: The 4th Industrial Revolution – Reurbanisation of ProductionBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: FinTechs, Crowdfunding and Online Consultancy – a Change for the Whole Financial Industry?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Transformation Through Business Model InnovationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 11: The Power and Myth of CreativityBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:45 - 12:45World.Economy.Austria. Successful Ideas for Our CountryPartner
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: International Trade – Past, Present, FutureBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Where Fear Reigns, Reason FadesBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Big Data – a Vision of the Future, or: the End of Coincidence?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Leadership & Responsibility – How Responsible Leaders Do Good and Irresponsible Leaders Create HavocBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Stay Innovative – the Example of Light Weight DesignBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Live or Let Die? The Evolution of the Economy – Darwinism Mixes Up the MarketsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: The Energy Transition – a Test for Our Economic SystemBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Quo Vadis Digital Europe/Austria?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: Hands on Jam Session – Business as Unusual: Open Innovation and Service Design ThinkingBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 21: Opinion Making Between Transparency and Headline FeverBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 22: Transparency – Cui Bono?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00Switch – Changing Culture, Changing Business?Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Myths and Facts. How Is it with the Austrian Economic and Social System?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPlenary
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:30Digital Entrepreneurship in EuropePlenary
07:00 - 08:30Fully Connected – Fully Enlightened or Fully Enslaved? – Peter Drucker Morning SessionPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Different Countries, Different Solutions – Economic Cultures in ComparisonPlenary
10:40 - 11:15Meet the Speaker: Lung YingtaiPlenary
10:40 - 11:15Meet the Speaker: Philipp BlomPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner