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

Breakout / Working Group
german language

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?

President, SK Rapid Vienna; Founder and Managing Partner, Ventocom GmbH; 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

Array Michael KRAMMER

President, SK Rapid Vienna; Founder and Managing Partner, Ventocom GmbH; Vienna

Offizier, Österreichische Armee Leiter Einsatzzentrale und Pannenhilfe Region Ost; Hauptabteilungsleiter Nothilfe und Informationsservice, ÖAMTC Executive Director,, Business Unit, Business Customers; Mitglied des Führungskreises; Director Customer Care, max.mobil Geschäftsführer Marketing, Vertrieb und Service, tele.ring Chief Executive Officer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, tele.ring Chief Executive Officer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, E-Plus Chief Executive Officer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, One und Orange Austria Präsident, SK Rapid, Wien
seit 2013

Dr. Andreas J. LUDWIG

Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten

Assistant, Wiener Treuhand- und WirtschaftsberatungsgmbH, Vienna Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, Swarovski America Ltd, Rhode Island, USA Vice President Finance, Daniel Swarovski Corp., Switzerland Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Zale Corporation (Swarovski Group), Texas, USA Chief Executive Officer, Tyrolit Group (Swarovski Group), Tyrol, Austria Managing Director, UBS Warburg, London, UK Chief Executive Officer, Zumtobel Group, Dornbirn, Austria CEO Umdasch AG, Amstetten, Austria
 Master and Doctorate Law Degree, University of Vienna
 Studies of Business Management and Economics, Vienna University; Vienna Business School, Vienna
 Professional Management Degree, Harvard Business School, Boston

Mag. Katharina UNGER

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

Journalist, KURIER national daily newspaper, Vienna Freelance design and consulting for clients in London, Vienna and Hong Kong 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) The Fast Accelerator, Industrial Designer, Philadelphia International Development Design Summit Industrial Designer, Tanzania 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

Mag. Christian GEHRER

Managing Director, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna

Fremdenverkehrskolleg des Bundes, Innsbruck Accor Gruppe, Hotel Novotel Paris Les Halles Studium der Internationalen Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck Auslandsstudienjahr, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australien TRIO Werbe und Public Relations GmbH Partner Pleon Publico Public Relations & Lobbying Geschäftsführer, Managementclub, Österreich Lektor IMC - International Management Center Krems
seit 2005

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30“I have a dream”: I dream of a diverse and resilient EuropePlenary
14:00 - 15:30The future of data economyPlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 19:30Innovation 101: The “diversity” factorPlenary


06:00 - 07:00Europe BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Swiss Country Breakfast: RicolaPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Swiss Country Breakfast: logitechPlenary
06:30 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain – Diversity: A moral responsibility or a tool to maximise profitsPartner
07:00 - 08:30Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexityPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital societyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: An unpredictable future – Digitalisation in individual trafficBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Digital leadership – How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfullyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Demographic change and its effects on the future working lifeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Republic of fake news – How civil society and businesses become resilient to manipulationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Class conflict or social partnership in wage negotiations: What guarantees stability and flexibility?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Specialisation and diversification – What businesses can learn from natural sciencesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: The rising of “TECHNIUM”: Is it real, fantasy or artificial?Breakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch receptionSocial
11:30 - 12:45WERIETY LUNCH LAB: Innovate diversity and co-create new concepts for resiliencePartner
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 10: Playmaker or match ball – Resilience in times of disruptionBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: Challenges of the digital economy: Pioneer or fast followerBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: Transparency instead of discretion? HR as a key for equal payBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Strategic big data management: How to deal with the “new oil”?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: We don’t need no education! Economic education as a business-location factorBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Blockchain and the new cryptoeconomics: Are economy and society facing the next revolution?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Cyber security – Is resilience an utopia in a digital economy?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Differences that make a difference: Cooperatives vs. PLCsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: Start-up spirit @ big corporation – how much is too much?Breakout
15:30 - 17:30WU CryptonightPartner
16:00 - 20:00Vienna Wednesday society of trade – Alpbach edition: How digital is our work?Partner
16:15 - 17:45Working in the age of overload – Better thrive than survivePlenary


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:30New mobility: Electric, shared or autonomous?Plenary
09:00 - 10:30Shock resistance: Downfall, intervention, resurrection?Plenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner