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The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free trade

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Debate
in englischer Sprache

Opinions diverge on the future of globalisation and free trade. Some foresee an end of economic globalisation. Others insist that only free trade ensures economic well-being. In Alpbach, opponents and proponents face each other in a controversial debate. At the end of the session, you will be invited to vote for the side which has successfully convinced you.

Winner of the Alpbach Debate Workshop and the Alpbach Competitive Debate; Master Student, Development Studies, IDS - Institute of Development Studies, Brighton
President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel
Executive Director, ITC - International Trade Centre, Geneva
Head, Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam
Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant, CEPL - Centre for European Private Law, Karl-Franzens University Graz
Journalist and Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London Chair

Yu-Min CHIANG

Winner of the Alpbach Debate Workshop and the Alpbach Competitive Debate; Master Student, Development Studies, IDS - Institute of Development Studies, Brighton

2011-2016 Bachelor, Solar Energy Engineering and Sociology, NTHU - National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu
2013-2016 Volunteer, Fundraising Representative, Amnesty International, Taiwan
2014 Initiative Representative, Survey Team, TAISA - Taiwan Africa International Service Association, Kenya
Summer Intern, Project Management, ICDF - International Cooperation and Development Fund, Taiwan
2015-2016 Coordinator and Team Advisor, National Tsing-Hua University International Volunteer Team to Tanzania
2016 Intern, Education and Accelerator Department, StarTAU, Tel Aviv
since 2016 Project Manager, Marian University College, Bagamoyo

Ph.D. Gabriel FELBERMAYR

President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel

2000-2004 Doctoral Studies in Economics, EUI - European University Institute, Florence
2003-2004 Assistant Professor, Institute for Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
2004-2005 Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Company, Vienna
2005-2008 Assistant Professor, Chair of International Economic Relations (Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Kohler), Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
2008 Habilitation, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen
2008-2011 Professor for Economics, esp. International Economics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart
2010-2019 Director, IFO - Center for International Economics, Munich
2011-2019 Professor for Economics, esp. International Economics, Chair for international trade and international finance, Faculty of Economics, University of Munich
since 2019 President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Professor, Christian-Albrechts-University,Kiel

Arancha GONZALEZ

Executive Director, ITC - International Trade Centre, Geneva

 Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, since September 2013. Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Commission spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms. González began her career in the private sector as an associate in a German law firm advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum (WEF) Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and Investment.

MMag. Dr. Jakob KAPELLER

Head, Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz

2007-2008 Department of Social and Societal Policy, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2008-2016 Department of Philosophy and Theory of Science, Johannes Kepler University Linz
since 2015 Head, ICAE - Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2016-2017 Visiting professor for social economics, University Duisburg-Essen
since 2017 Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Jennifer MORGAN

Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam

1988 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, German, French, Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1992 Master of Arts: International Affairs, American University, Washington, D.C
1994-1998 Coordinator, US Climate Action Network, Washington, D.C.
1998-2006 Director, Global Climate Campaign, WWF - Worldwide Fund for Nature, Washington D.C.; Berlin
2006-2009 Director, Global Climate Program, E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism, London
2009-2016 Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.; Berlin
since 2016 Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam

Dominik ORNIG

Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant, CEPL - Centre for European Private Law, Karl-Franzens University Graz

2010-2016 BA, Economics and Mag.iur., Law, Karl-Franzens University Graz
2011 Intern, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG, Graz
2012 Internship, Advocatia Abogados, Madrid
2013 Internship, Eisenberger & Herzog Rechtsanwalts GmbH, Graz
2014 Internship, Roca Junyent SLP, Barcelona
2015 Internship, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, Vienna
2016 Internship, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Vienna
2017 Judicial Clerkship, Oberlandesgericht Graz
since 2017 Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant, CEPL - Centre for European Private Law, Karl-Franzens University Graz

Stephen SACKUR

Journalist and Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London

1985 Bachelor, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, MA
  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1986-1990 Trainee, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London
1990-1992 Foreign Affairs Correspondent, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, London
1992-1995 Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Cairo
1995-1997 Correspondent in the Middle East, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Jerusalem
1997-2002 Correspondent in Washington, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Washington
2002-2004 Europe Correspondent, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation, Brussels
since 2004 Host, HARDtalk, BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation World News, London
since 2017 Honorary Doctor, International Relations, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Geneva

Economic Symposium

show timetable

29.08.2017

08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ PentlandPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Business 2050: Europe’s search for the competitive edgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 20:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary

30.08.2017

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

30.08.-29.08.2017

Magenta NightSocial

31.08.2017

06:00 - 08:30Alpbach Hike: resources – from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 09:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
09:45 - 10:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner