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11: How Vulnerable Is Our Economy?

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Digitization is creating an age of unlimited possibilities. It increases momentum and introduces new business models. Who succeeds, and who doesn’t? What are the necessary strategic steps to take in order to be successful in the future? How vulnerable are we and how secure are business models today?

Chairman and Co-Founder, Spitzberg Partners LLC, New York Welcome
Chief Executive Officer, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Vienna
Austrian Federal Minister of Finance, Vienna
Board Member, ÖBB - Personenverkehr AG, Vienna
Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna
Presenter, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk, Vienna Chair


Chairman and Co-Founder, Spitzberg Partners LLC, New York

 Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a New York-based advisory firm that provides strategic counsel and investment insights on European and international political, economic, diplomatic, technology, and security issues. Spitzberg Partners also invest venture capital in innovative start-up companies. Mr. zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. As youngest Defense Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding. He was a CSU Member of the German Bundestag during 2002-2011. He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and served as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom during 2011-2014. He sits on a variety of international corporate and not-for-profit boards.


Chief Executive Officer, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Vienna

2003-2013 Management, Alcatel Lucent Austria, Vienna
2013-2015 Chief Executive Officer, Alcatel Lucent Austria, Vienna
2015-2016 Member, Integration Team and Post-Integration Strategy Development, Nokia, Vienna
2016-2017 Lead, European Growth and Strategic Development, Nokia, Vienna
2017-2018 Member, Executive Board, T-Systems Austria, Vienna
since 2018 Chief Executive Officer, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Vienna

Mag. MBA Gernot BLÜMEL

Austrian Federal Minister of Finance, Vienna

2002-2009 Studium Mag.phil., Philosophie, Universität Wien und Université de Bourgogne, Dijon; Studium MBA, Executive Academy, WU - Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
2006-2008 Parlamentarischer Mitarbeiter, Wien; Mitarbeiter, Büro des zweiten Präsidenten, Nationalrat, Wien
2008-2010 Vizepräsident, Junge Europäische Volkspartei, Wien
2009-2011 Referent, Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Wien
2011-2013 Ministerratskoordinierung, Büro des Vizekanzlers, Wien
2013-2015 Generalsekretär und Mediensprecher, Neue Volkspartei Wien
2015-2016 Geschäftsführender Landesparteiobmann, Neue Volkspartei Wien
2015-2017 Stadtrat, Stadtsenat Wien
2016 Landesparteiobmann, Neue Volkspartei Wien
2017 Mediensprecher, Neue Volkspartei Wien
2017-2019 Bundesminister, EU, Kunst, Kultur und Medien, Wien
2019 Wahl zum Spitzenkandidat, Neue Volkspartei Wien, Nationalratswahl 2019, Wien
seit 2019 Bundesminister für Finanzen, Wien

Mag. Michaela HUBER

Board Member, ÖBB - Personenverkehr AG, Vienna

 Michaela Huber has been Executive Board Member at ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG since August 2018. ÖBB-Personenverkehr is Austria’s largest mobility provider with staff of about 6.675 people, 459 million passengers per year, 4.365 (suburban and long-distance) trains and 2.300 busses a day. At ÖBB she is responsible for long-distance, local and regional transport, sales, digital mobility, corporate development and marketing as well as legal affairs. Michaela is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before joining ÖBB she served as Senior Vice President for Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE) & Sustainability at OMV AG. OMV is Austria’s largest listed industrial company and operates in 30 countries all over the world.

Mag. Michael ZETTEL

Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna

1994-1999 Master, Business Administration and Computer Sciences, TU - Technical University Vienna
1998-1999 Computer Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds
2000-2009 Senior Manager, Accenture Austria, Vienna
2009-2010 Head, Project Management, Austria
2010-2011 Managing Director, Camadeus Film Technologies, Burbank, CA
since 2011 Managing Director, Health & Public Services, Accenture Austria, Vienna
since 2016 Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna


Presenter, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk, Vienna

 Lisa Gadenstätter is a presenter of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ''ORF''. Since March 2019, she has been the main host of "Dok1" alongside Hanno Settele. Since April 2019 she has been presenting the new ORF1 show "Magazin1" together with Stefan Lenglinger. Lisa Gadenstätter was born in 1978 in Zell am See, Salzburg. There she graduated from the Commercial Academy in Zell am See before she began her studies in journalism and theatre studies in Vienna. Gadenstätter completed her studies in 2002. She then completed an internship at ABC in New York City. Lisa Gadenstätter has been with the ORF since 1998, starting as a news trainee at Ö3 and later moving to the Chronicle and Domestic Policy departments. From October 2006 to March 2007, Gadenstätter presented the short news program "Newsflash" on ORF1. From April 2007, she alternated with Roman Rafreider to present the news programmes ZIB20 and ZIB24 on ORF1. Before the national elections in 2017, she hosted the ORF programme "Nationalraten - die politische Quiz-Talk-Show" together with Hanno Settele. In 2018 Lisa Gadenstätter, together with Elisabeth Gollackner, received the main prize in the television category of the Prelat Leopold Hungarian Journalist Award 2018 for her documentary "Dok1: Schluss mit Schuld - Was der Holocaust mit mir zu tun". The documentary was also awarded the Gold World Medal in the category "Best News Documentary/Special" at the New York Festival Awards.

Economic Symposium

show timetable


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