to Content

03: Digital leadership – How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfully

Congress Centrum Alpbach
Breakout / Working Group
german language

Digital transformation implies technological and cultural change. To remain successful in the digital age, a change of mind-set is required. How can states and businesses react to these necessary changes? Which leadership skills are required to manage successfully this paradigm shift?


Chairman of the Board, STRABAG SE, Vienna
Special Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, Head of Strategy Unit - Think Austria, Vienna
General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna
Editor in Chief, NEWS GmbH, Vienna Chair

Dr. Antonella MEI-POCHTLER

Special Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, Head of Strategy Unit - Think Austria, Vienna

 Antonella Mei-Pochtler war 30 Jahre lang in der internationalen Strategieberatung tätig, über 20 davon in leitenden Positionen. Dadurch konnte sie umfangreiche Erfahrung gewinnen, wie Staaten durch langfristige Planung mit Herausforderungen erfolgreich umgehen können. Darüber hinaus ist die gebürtige Italienerin und dreifache Mutter ebenfalls bei gemeinnützigen Initiativen im Bereich Soziales und Bildung engagiert. Im März 2018 wurde Frau Dr. Mei-Pochtler zur Sonderbeauftragten vom österreichischen Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz und Leiterin von ThinkAustria, dem neu etablierten Strategiestab des Bundeskanzlers, ernannt.

Dr. Dorothee RITZ

General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna

1987-1990 Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung
1987-1994 Studies, Law, University Munich
1990 Journalist, Gruner + Jahr, Madrid
1994-1995 LL.M., Master in European Community Law, University of London
1995 Trainee, Bertelsmann AG, Gütersloh
1996-1997 Business Manager, VP AOL and Bertelsmann New Media, AOL Bertelsmann Online Europa GmbH and BAG New Media, Hamburg
1996-1998 Promotion in European Online Law (Dr. jur.), University Würzburg
1998 -2000 Director Business Affairs and Member, Executive Board AOL Australia, AOL Bertelsmann, Online Services, Sydney
2000-2003 Executive Vice President Bertelsmann Capital, Strategic Alliances & Marketing and Board Member Bertelmann Capital Division, Bertelsmann AG, Munich, London
2003-2004 Founding Member of the German Xchanging Business, Xchanging GmbH, Frankfurt
2004-2008 Director MSN and General Manager, Online Services Group, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich
2008-2011 General Manager Deutschland, Consumer & Online and Member, Executive Board Microsoft GmbH, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich
2012-2015 Senior Director Business Strategy, Microsoft International
since 2015 General Manager, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Vienna


Editor in Chief, NEWS GmbH, Vienna

1987-1992 Contemporary history and philosophy (Lettere e Filosofia), Bologna
1993-1996 Business editor, daily newspaper "Dolomiten", Bozen
1996 Traineeship, italian first financial newspaper "Il sole 24ore", Milan
1996-1998 Deputy head of department of economics, "Dolomiten", Bozen
1996-1998 Collaboration with public radio "RAI", presentation of "Pressespiegel"
1998-2001 Financial reporter, n-tv
1998-2002 Business editor, Der Standard, Vienna
2003-2004 Freelance journalist for profil, trend, DM Euro
2004 Public Relations Adviser, Scholdan & Company
2005-2006 Editor in Chief of Finance, Business People; Deputy editor in Chief, medianet
2006-2007 Chief Reporter, WirtschaftsBlatt
2007-2012 Head of Department Companies & Markets and Chief Editorship, WirtschaftsBlatt
2012-2014 Editor in Chief, WirtschaftsBlatt
since 2015 Chief Editorship and Head of Business department, "News", Vienna
since 2017 Editor in Chief, "News", Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30"I have a dream": I dream of a diverse and resilient EuropePlenary
16:00 - 17:30The future of data economyPlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 21:30Innovation 101: The "diversity" factorPlenary


08:00 - 09:00Europe BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Swiss Country Breakfast: RicolaPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Swiss Country Breakfast: logitechPlenary
08:30 - 11:30Diversity: A moral responsibility or a tool to maximise profitsPartner
09:00 - 10:30Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexityPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital societyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: An unpredictable future - Digitalisation in individual trafficBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Digital leadership - How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfullyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Demographic change and its effects on the future working lifeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Republic of fake news - How civil society and businesses become resilient to manipulationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Class conflict or social partnership in wage negotiations: What guarantees stability and flexibility?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Specialisation and diversification - What businesses can learn from natural sciencesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: The rising of "TECHNIUM": Is it real, fantasy or artificial?Breakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch receptionSocial
13:30 - 14:45WERIETY LUNCH LAB: Innovate diversity and co-create new concepts for resiliencePartner
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 10: Playmaker or match ball - Resilience in times of disruptionBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: Challenges of the digital economy: Pioneer or fast followerBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: Transparency instead of discretion? HR as a key for equal payBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Strategic big data management: How to deal with the "new oil"?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: We don't need no education! Economic education as a business-location factorBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Blockchain and the new cryptoeconomics: Are economy and society facing the next revolution?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Cyber security - Is resilience an utopia in a digital economy?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Differences that make a difference: Cooperatives vs. PLCsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: Start-up spirit @ big corporation - how much is too much?Breakout
18:00 - 22:00Vienna Wednesday society of trade - Alpbach edition: How digital is our work?Partner
18:15 - 19:45Working in the age of overload - Better thrive than survivePlenary
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:30New mobility: Electric, shared or autonomous?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Shock resistance: Downfall, intervention, resurrection?Plenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner