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

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

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?

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


Founder and Managing Partner, Ventocom GmbH, Vienna

1983-1990 Offizier, Österreichische Armee
1991-1998 Leiter Einsatzzentrale und Pannenhilfe Region Ost; Hauptabteilungsleiter Nothilfe und Informationsservice, ÖAMTC - Österreichische Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club
1998-2002 Executive Director, Business Unit, Business Customers; Mitglied des Führungskreises; Director Customer Care, max.mobil, Wien
2002-2003 Geschäftsführer Marketing, Vertrieb und Service, tele.ring, Wien
2003-2006 Chief Executive Officer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, tele.ring, Wien
2006-2007 Chief Executive Officer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, E-Plus, Wien
2007-2013 Chief Executive Officer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, One und Orange Austria, Wien
2013-2019 Präsident, SK Rapid, Wien
seit 2013 Gründer und Managing Partner, mdc3 GmbH, Ventocom GmbH; Aufbau MVNO/E Österreich, HoT - Hofer Telekom, Allianz SIM, LIWEST Mobil, Rapid Mobil; Industrial Advisor, Telekom Mergers and Acquisitions, Wien

Dr. Andreas J. LUDWIG

Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten

 Master and Doctorate Law Degree, University of Vienna
 Business Management and Economics, WU -. Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
 Professional Management Degree, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
1984-1985 Assistant, Wiener Treuhand- und WirtschaftsberatungsgmbH, Vienna
1986 Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, Swarovski America Ltd, Rhode Island, NE
1987-1990 Vice President Finance, Daniel Swarovski Corp., Männedorf
1991-1993 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Zale Corporation, Swarovski Group, Dallas, TX
1994-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Tyrolit Group, Swarovsky Group, Schwaz
2001-2003 Managing Director, UBS Warburg, London
2003-2010 Chief Executive Officer, Zumtobel Group, Dornbirn
2010-2015 Chief Executive Officer, Umdasch AG, Amstetten
2016 Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group 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
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
2013-2014 Fulbright Grant USA Design for Social Impact
 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

1989-1991 Fremdenverkehrskolleg des Bundes, Innsbruck
1991-1993 Accor Gruppe, Hotel Novotel Paris Les Halles, Paris
1993-1998 Studium der Internationalen Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck
1997 Auslandsstudienjahr, University of New South Wales, Sydney
1998-1999 TRIO Werbe und Public Relations GmbH, Innsbruck
2000-2005 Partner, Public Relations and Lobbying, Pleon Publico GmbH, Innsbruck
2005-2007 Geschäftsführer, Managementclub, Wien
seit 2005 Lektor, IMC - International Management Center, Krems
seit 2008 Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna

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