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08: Ready for the Future – Which Skills Do We Need?

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

The world is in transition. As a result, the skills needed for future jobs are developing radically. Which competencies should be acquired by all members of society in order to succeed? What are the frameworks for education policy? And how can companies better equip current employees for the future?

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YEP - Stimme der Jugend, Vienna
Member, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
University Professor, Applied Geography, Spatial Research and Planning, University of Vienna; Former Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research, Vienna
Board Member, Berndorf AG, Berndorf
Director, Agenda Austria, Vienna Chair

Rebekka DOBER

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YEP - Stimme der Jugend, Vienna

2012-2016 Marketing and Event Management, Der Standard, Vienna
2011-2013 Founder and Event Manager, Imagine Initiative Ghana, Vienna
2015-2018 Self Employed, Educational Design, Students As Experts 4 Change, Vienna
2016-2017 Marketing and PR Manager, ÖZEPS - Österreichisches Zentrum für Persönlichkeitsbildung und Soziales Lernen, Vienna
2017-2018 Project Developer, Element A - Impact Transfer Programme for Early Education, Vienna
since 2018 Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YEP - Stimme der Jugend, Vienna


Member, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

1996-1998 Management Consultant, Roland Berger, Frankfurt
1998-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Northern Institute of Technology, Hamburg
2001-2008 Minister, Science and Research, Hamburg
2004-2006 Independent Minister, Health and Consumer Protection, Hamburg
since 2008 Member, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
Chief Executive Officer, CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Gütersloh

Univ. -Prof. Dr. Heinz FAßMANN

University Professor, Applied Geography, Spatial Research and Planning, University of Vienna; Former Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research, Vienna

1974-1980 Studium der Geographie und der Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien
1980 Promotion zum Dr. phil., Universität Wien
1980-1981 Scholar am Institut für Höhere Studien, Wien
1981-1986 Kommission für Raumforschung, Wien
1991 Verleihung der venia legendi für das Hauptfach "Humangeographie und Raumforschung", Wien
1981-1992 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
1986-1992 Institut für Demographie, Wien
1992-1995 Geschäftsführender Direktor, Institut Stadt- und Regionalforschung, Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
1996-2000 Ordinarius (C4) für Angewandte Geographie II (Geoinformatik), Technische Universität München
seit 2000 Universitätsprofessor, Angewandte Geographie, Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Universität Wien
seit 2006 Geschäftsführender Direktor, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
2003-2009 Mitglied des Senats der Universität Wien
2004-2005 Forschungsaufenthalt an der Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2004-2011 Vizedekan und Dekan der Fakultät für Geowissenschaften, Geographie und Astronomie der Universität Wien
seit 2004 Obmann der Kommission für Migrations- und Integrationsforschung, Wien
2011-2015 Vizerektor für Personalentwicklung und Internationale Beziehungen, Universität Wien
2015-2017 Vizerektor für Forschung und Internationales, Universität Wien
2018-2019 Bundesminister für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Wien


Board Member, Berndorf AG, Berndorf

2000-2004 Etat Director, Ogilvy Interactive, Vienna
2005-2008 Maternity leave
since 2008 Managing Director, Romedius Management GmbH, Berndorf; Board Member, Berndorf Foundation
2010-2017 Management Board Member, Berndorf Industrieholding AG, Berndorf
since 2010 Member Supervisory Board, Berndorf Industrieholding AG, Berndorf


Director, Agenda Austria, Vienna

1990-1991 Bankausbildung, Creditanstalt Bankverein, Wien
1992-1997 Studium der Handelswissenschaften, WU - Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1997-2013 Wirtschaftsredaktion, "Die Presse", Wien
2004-2013 Leiter der Wirtschaftsredaktion, "Die Presse", Wien
2011-2013 Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Die Presse", Wien
seit 2013 Direktor, Agenda Austria, Wien

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 15:45The New World Trade (Dis)orderPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the WorldPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A ControversyPlenary
17:15 - 18:15Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?Plenary


08:00 - 08:30“On the Agenda” BreakfastSocial
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Data and the Future of WorkPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Sustained MobilityPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Responsible BusinessesPlenary
09:30 - 10:30Managing Insecurity or Managing in Security?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Company Future Under Scrutiny? Scenarios from Limitation to LiberationBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: How Data Determines the Fortunes of States, Corporations and IndividualsBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: What Can and Should AI Do? What Kind of Regulation Does Innovation Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Freedom of Choice vs. Regulation When Switching to Alternative DrivesBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to Avoid the Commodity Trap?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: The Liberty of Offensive PlayBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: ‘Ecosystems’ of Digital Champions: How Can Other Businesses Keep Up?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Ready for the Future – Which Skills Do We Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: We and The Digital World – Society and Business in TransitionBreakout
12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 7Culture
12:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 14:30Loggia-TalkPartner
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Free Trade – of Course!? Can Free Trade Enjoy Sustainable Success?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: How Vulnerable Is Our Economy?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Yellow Vests and Energy Poverty: Questions of Distribution in Climate and Energy PolicyBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Open Talent Economy – Seeking New Approaches in an Uncertain World of WorkBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Safe Nutrition – Between Individual Self-Realization and Societal GoalsBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Erosion of Trust Undermines Economic Behavior. How to Restore it?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Digital Identity: Brave New World?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The Spy You Love in Your PocketBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: How to Cope with Complexity: A Playful Session with Eigenland®Breakout
16:15 - 17:15Unleashing Europe’s Digital PotentialPlenary
17:15 - 18:00Gearing Up For CyberattacksPlenary
18:15 - 19:00Huge Stage of IdeasPlenary
18:30 - 20:30Viennese Wednesday Society of Trade – Edition Alpbach: Consumer Protection in Between Climate Crisis and DigitizationPartner
20:30 - 21:45Alpbach Special: Schrödinger’s Duck in Schrödinger’s HallCulture
22:00 - 23:55Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:0019th Alpbach Europe Breakfast: Europe on the MovePartner
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
09:00 - 09:30“On the Agenda” BreakfastSocial
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: Powering the Energy TransitionPlenary
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: The Role of Finance in SocietyPlenary
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: Connected IndustriesPlenary
10:30 - 11:00How to Navigate Global TransformationsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready BusinessesPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 8Culture
15:00 - 16:00Loggia TalkPartner