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07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.

Breakout / Working Group
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In football and in business, one rule counts: diversity in teams is vital. How can we cope with compliance and other regulations which can inhibit courageous decision-making? In football they call this lacking a use of opportunities. What can businesses learn from Rapid?


Entrepreneur and President, SK Rapid, Vienna
Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten
Startup Entrepreneur, Livin Farms (insect breeding module as an alternative source of protein), Hong Kong and Vienna
Managing Director, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna Chair


Entrepreneur and President, SK Rapid, Vienna

1983-1990 Offizier in der Österreichischen Armee
1991-1998 Leiter Einsatzzentrale und Pannenhilfe Region Ost; Hauptabteilungsleiter Nothilfe und Informationsservice, ÖAMTC
1998-2002 Executive Director Business Unit Business Customers; Mitglied des Führungskreises; Director Customer Care, max.mobil
2002-2003 Geschäftsführer Marketing, Vertrieb und Service, tele.ring
2003-2006 Chief Executive Officer/Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, tele.ring
2006-2007 Chief Executive Officer/Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, E-Plus
 Seit 2013 Präsident, SK Rapid, Wien
 Seit 2013 Gründer und Managing Partner, mdc3 GmbH und Ventocom GmbH. Aufbau eines MVNO/E für den österreichischen Markt für die Marken HoT - Hofer Telekom, Allianz SIM, LIWEST Mobil und Rapid Mobil. Industrial Advisor für Telekom M&A
2007-2013 Chief Executive Officer/Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, One und Orange Austria

Dr. Andreas J. LUDWIG

Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten

1984-1985 Revisionsassistent, Wiener Treuhand- und Wirtschaftsber.gmbH, Wien
1986 Assistent des Finanzvorstandes, Swarovski America Ltd, Rhode Island
1987-1990 Vice President Finance, Daniel Swarovski Corp., Feldmeilen
1991-1993 Chief Financial Officer und Chief Operating Officer, Zale Corporation (Swarovski Gruppe), Dallas, Texas
1994-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Tyrolit Gruppe (Swarovski Gruppe), Schwaz
2001-2003 Managing Director, UBS Warburg, London
2003-2010 Vorstandsvorsitzender, Zumtobel Gruppe, Dornbirn
 Seit 2016 Sprecher des Vorstands, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten
2010-2015 Vorstandsvorsitzender, Umdasch AG, Amstetten

Mag. Katharina UNGER

Startup Entrepreneur, Livin Farms (insect breeding module as an alternative source of protein), Hong Kong and Vienna

2007-2009 Journalist, KURIER national daily newspaper, Vienna
2008-2013 Freelance design and consulting for clients in London, Vienna and Hong Kong
2008-2013 Master of Industrial Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna (under: Fiona Raby, Royal College of Art London / Hartmut Esslinger, designer of the first Apple MacIntosh)
2013-2014 The Fast Accelerator, Industrial Designer, Philadelphia
2014 International Development Design Summit Industrial Designer, Tanzania
2013-2015 Various works in the field of sustainability in insects as a food and feed in the USA, Africa, Europe and Asia
 Since 2014 Founder, Livin Studio
 Since 2015 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Livin Farms Ltd / Livin Farms AgriFood GmbH
2013-2014 Fulbright Grant USA Design for Social Impact

Mag. Christian GEHRER

Managing Director, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna

1989-1991 Fremdenverkehrskolleg des Bundes, Innsbruck
1991-1993 Accor Gruppe, Hotel Novotel Paris Les Halles
1993-1998 Studium der Internationalen Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
1997 Auslandsstudienjahr, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australien
1998-1999 TRIO Werbe und Public Relations GmbH
2000-2005 Partner Pleon Publico Public Relations & Lobbying
2005-2007 Geschäftsführer Managementclub Österreich
seit 2005 Lektor IMC - International Management Center Krems
seit 2008 Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, 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 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain - Diversity: 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
17:30 - 19:30WU CryptonightPartner
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