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10: Free Trade – of Course!? Can Free Trade Enjoy Sustainable Success?

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For decades, free trade was considered the guarantor of prosperity. Today, it is becoming ever more discredited. What are the positive and negative impacts of free trade and what is going wrong in the international trade system? What needs to happen for fair, ‘inclusive’ free trade? What economic risks are concealed in the current trade disputes?

Member, Board of Executive Directors, OeKB - Österreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, Komptech Group, Frohnleiten
Head, Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Analysis Unit, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna
Careers and Business Editor, KURIER, Vienna Chair

Mag. Helmut BERNKOPF

Member, Board of Executive Directors, OeKB - Österreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna

1987-1994 WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
1994-1997 Manager, Corporate Finance, Bank Austria AG, Vienna
1997-2000 Assistant Director, Head of Loan Syndications, Bank Austria Creditanstalt International, London
2000-2001 Executive Director, Head of Corporate Banking, Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania S.A., Bucharest
2001-2004 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HVB Bank Romania S.A. (previously Bank Austria Creditanstalt), Bucharest
2005-2006 General Manager, Head of CEE Division, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
2007-2008 Deputy Chairman, UniCredit Bank, Russia (previously International Moscow Bank); Acting Chairman of the Management Board
2008-2011 Member of the Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna
  Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Austria, UniCredit Group, Vienna
2011-2012 Global Head of Private Banking UniCredit S.p.A., Senior Executive Vice President, Member of Business Executive Committee, UniCredit Group
2013-2016 Member of the Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna
  Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking, Vienna
since 2016 Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Heinz LEITNER

Chief Executive Officer, Komptech Group, Frohnleiten

1998-2002 Research Assistance, Mechanical Engineering, University of Leoben, Leoben
2001 Doctorate, Light weight Design, Lifetime Calculation Components, University of Leoben
2002-2005 Senior researcher, Christian Doppler Laboratory, Fatigue Analysis, Leoben
2006-2009 Head of Technical Department, Experimental Fatigue Analysis, University of Leoben
2009 Technical Director, Komptech Umwelttechnik GmbH, Frohnleiten
Lecturer, Light Weight Design, University of Leoben
2010 Chief Technology Officer, Komptech Umwelttechnik GmbH, Frohnleiten
2011-2014 Chief Technology Officer, Komptech Group, Frohnleiten
2014 Chief Executive Officer, Komptech Group, Frohnleiten Privatdozentin Julia WÖRZ

Head, Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Analysis Unit, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna

1998-2000 Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
2001-2008 Staff Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Vienna
2003 Doctorate, University of Vienna
2004-2006 Fellow, Erasmus University Rotterdam
2004-2008 External Lecturer, University of Vienna
2008-2015 Staff Economist, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna
2012 Habilitation (Venia Docendi), University of Innsbruck
External Work Experience, Latvijas Banka, Riga
since 2010 External Lecturer, University of Innsbruck
since 2016 Head, Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Analysis Unit, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna

Mag. Sandra BAIERL

Careers and Business Editor, KURIER, Vienna

1996-2000 Studium der Politikwissenschaft, Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Wien
1999-2000 Studienjahr, University of Ulster, Coleraine
2000 Austria Presse Agentur, Wien
2000-2001 PR-Agentur (Kunden: Nokia, La Roche Posay, Emporia Telecom), Wien
2001 Journalistische Ausbildung, NEWS-Lehrredaktion, Wien
2001-2003 Journalistin, Magazin Woman, Ressorts: Aktuell, Karriere, verantwortlich für die Homepage, NEWS Verlags GmbH, Wien
2003-2006 Journalistin und Chefin vom Dienst, Magazin Gesundheit, verantwortlich für Homepage, Newsletter, Wien
2005-2008 Chefredakteurin, Kundenmagazin Nivea, Wien
2006 Feature-Stories, Fokus: Frauen- und Karriere-Themen, Wirtschaftsblatt, Wien
seit 2006 Ressortleiterin Karrieren, KURIER, Wien
seit 2009 Ressortleiterin Business, KURIER, 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