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Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna Introduction
Managing Director, Economic Policy and Analysis, Deloitte US, Arlington, VA
Director, Avenir Suisse, Zurich
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneers, Vienna

Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

2008-2011 Provincial Chairman of the Young ÖVP - Austrian People's Party, Vienna
since 2009 Federal Chairman of the Young ÖVP
2010-2011 Member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and Vienna City Council, ÖVP, Vienna
2011-2013 State Secretary for Integration, Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
2013-2017 Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
since 2017 Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

Ph.D. Patricia A. BUCKLEY

Managing Director, Economic Policy and Analysis, Deloitte US, Arlington, VA

1978 B.Sc. Economics, Clemson University
1986 Ph.D. Economics, Georgetown University
1986-1987 Economist, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress, Washington, DC
1987-1999 Economist, Manufacturers Alliance, Arlington, VA
1999-2006 Senior Economic Advisor, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
2006-2012 Senior Economic Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
since 2012 Director of Economic Policy and Analysis, Deloitte US, Arlington, VA


Director, Avenir Suisse, Zurich

 Economic studies at the University of St. Gallen. Longer stays in the US and New Zealand. Dissertation on the topic of "Die Rolle der Politischen Führung im Rahmen des New Public Management", supervised by Prof. Ernst Buschor.
 Professional experience:
 State Chancellor of the Canton of Aargau (2004-2016), also President of the Swiss State Chancellor's Association since 2012 (Vice-President before 2012). Member of the governing body of the Foundation for Federal Cooperation and Secretary General of the Swiss Society of Administrative Sciences. Lecturer for public governance at the University of St. Gallen as well as frequent visiting lecturer at universities in Switzerland and abroad. Secretary General of the Police Department of the City of Zurich and Delegate for Administrative Reform of Zurich's City Council (2001 -2004). Personal advisor to Cantonal Councillor Ernst Buschor. Head of administrative reforms in the Canton of Zurich (1998-2001). In charge of several administrative reform projects of the Canton of Zurich (1997-1998). Political Secretary of the Swiss Free Democratic Party (FDP) (1996-1997). Staff member of the Christchurch City Council, New Zealand (1995). Member of the editorial team for the magazine Schweizer Arbeitgeber (1994-1995). Member of several national and international expert committees on reforms in public management.

Mag. Andreas TSCHAS

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneers, Vienna

2007-2009 Co-Founder, icons, Vienna
2009-2010 Assistant to a Member of Parliament, Austrian Parliament, Vienna
2009-2013 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, STARTeurope, Vienna
since 2013 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, PIONEERS, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good CauseSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Changing World - Changing WaysPlenary
16:10 - 16:45Meet the Speaker: Cesar HidalgoPlenary
16:10 - 16:45Meet the Speaker: Robin ChasePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Market Economy - Reinvent or Reboot?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Fireside Talk "Future of Europe - Future of the European Economy"Partner
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 21:30Migration - Opportunity and ChallengePlenary
21:30 - 22:30Illuminating AlpbachSocial


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


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPlenary
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:30Digital Entrepreneurship in EuropePlenary
09:00 - 10:30Fully Connected - Fully Enlightened or Fully Enslaved? - Peter Drucker Morning SessionPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Different Countries, Different Solutions - Economic Cultures in ComparisonPlenary
12:40 - 13:15Meet the Speaker: Lung YingtaiPlenary
12:40 - 13:15Meet the Speaker: Philipp BlomPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner