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09: “The power of we”: conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economy

Breakout / Working Group
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Expanding your potential and connecting your resources are the keys to a strong and innovative economy. How do we efficiently deploy diverse female and male resources? What models of power do we need in times of digital change? And how can we effectively lead, experiment and transform?


General Manager Austria, Mastercard Europe SA, Vienna
Founder and Director, FASresearch, Vienna
Philosopher, Speaker and Author, Philosophy works!, Munich
Chief Commercial Officer, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna
Partner, Brainds Marken und Design GmbH, Vienna Chair


General Manager Austria, Mastercard Europe SA, Vienna

1994-1998 MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Technology, Graz
1995-1996 Software Engineer, Software Development and Consulting, Management Data, Vienna
1996-2000 Manager, Consultant and Analyst, Management & Technology Consulting; Financial Services / CRM, Accenture, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna
2000-2002 Master of Business Administration, London Business School, London
2002-2008 Principal, Project Leader and Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group, Zurich, Vienna
2008-2011 Service Lead and Delivery Practice Manager, Microsoft Austria GmbH, Vienna
since 2012 General Manager Austria, Mastercard Europe S.P.R.L., Vienna

Mag. Dr. Harald KATZMAIR

Founder and Director, FASresearch, Vienna

 Studies in Sociology and Philosophy, University of Vienna
1992-2000 Research Assistant, Institute for Economics, Vienna University for Economics and Business
1995-1997 Research Associate, Institute for Sociology, Faculty of Social- and Business Sciences, University of Vienna
1997-2002 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FAS - Forschungsgesellschaft für angewandte Sozial- und Strukturanalyse OEG, Vienna
since 2002 Founder; Head of Science; Chief Executive Officer, FAS.research Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungsgesellschaft mbH.,Vienna
since 2013 Vice-president, NEIN ZU KRANK UND ARM Foundation
since 2015 Member, Supervisory Board, FWF - Austrian Science Fund, Vienna

Dr. phil. Rebekka REINHARD

Philosopher, Speaker and Author, Philosophy works!, Munich

1992-1993 Studies of Philosophy, University Ca' Foscari, Venice
1993-1994 Studies of Philosophy and American studies, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität, Münich
1994-2001 Studies of Philosophy, American Studies and Italian philology / doctoral dissertation in American Studies / Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin
2005-2013 Philosophical counseling for oncological patients as well as in-patients suffering from depression and/or a personality disorder, Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich
since 2007 Freelance Philosophical counselor for executives, managers as well as private persons in their own office/private philosophical practice with focus on personal development, leadership, stress prevention
since 2007 Key note speaker/ speaker for national and international companies and global corporations on the subjects of leadership, ethics, female empowerment and others (BMW, Bertelsmann, Chanel, Deloitte, Fox International Channels, Johnson&Johnson, McKinsey & Company, Oracle, SwissRe, UniCredit, Volksbank and others)

Mag. Maria ZESCH

Chief Commercial Officer, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna

1992-1997 University of Business Administration Vienna
1997-1999 Project Manager New Business. ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Company
1999-2002 Consultant and Manager, A.T. Kearney Consulting, Vienna-Düsseldorf
2003-2005 Vice President Strategy, T-Mobile Austria GmbH, Vienna
2005-2008 Executive Vice President Consumer Marketing, T-Mobile Austria GmbH, Vienna
2008-2009 Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Board, T-Mobile Croatia, Zagreb
2010-2012 Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Board, T-Mobile Austria GmbH, Vienna
2012-2013 Maternity leave
2013 Director New Business and Project-Organisation, T-Mobile Austria GmbH, Vienna
2014-2015 Senior Vice President Business and Wholesale, T-Mobile Austria GmbH, Vienna
since 2015 Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Board, T-Mobile Austria GmbH, Vienna

Sonja ZANT

Partner, Brainds Marken und Design GmbH, Vienna

1988-1996 Team Lead Marketing, Ueberreuter Manager Akademie, Vienna
1996-1998 Team Lead Communications and Media, VZ VermögensZentrum, Zürich
1998-2001 Head of Customer Relationship, ONE; Head of Marketing & Business Development ONE Internet Services, Vienna
2001-2003 Chief Marketing Officer, Téléfonica, 3G Mobile AG, Zürich
2003-2007 Head of Partner Management & Business Productivity Group, Management Enterprise Marketing, Microsoft, Zürich
2005 Maternity Leave, Zürich
2008-2012 Head of Corporate Responsibility, bwin, Vienna
2012-2018 Sonja Zant Unternehmensberatung, business consultancy and design of innovation and transformation processes, Vienna
since 2014 frauenwirtschaftswunder, business consultancy and coaching of female career development, mixed leadership and transformation, Vienna
since 2018 Partner, Brainds Marken und Design GmbH, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Alex 'Sandy' PentlandPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
16:15 - 17:45Business 2050: Europe's search for the competitive edgePlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 22:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


08:00 - 09:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
09:00 - 10:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague - friend or foe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments - curse or blessing?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment - an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: "The power of we": conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: It's the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends - conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn't it be better to break out of the prisoner's dilemma altogether?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Don't confuse trying with doing!Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage - curse or blessing?Partner
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: resources - from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
10:45 - 11:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
11:45 - 12:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner