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Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the World

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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in englischer Sprache

The EU has a hard time acting strategically. Other players on the world stage know how to do it. Connoisseurs of the political climate exchange views on geo-economic strategies of large nations such as China and Russia and demonstrate what is necessary for Europe to emerge from its offside position.

Former Director General, WTO - World Trade Organization; President, Paris Peace Forum; President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, Paris
Chairman and Co-Founder, Spitzberg Partners LLC, New York
Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna Chair

Pascal LAMY

Former Director General, WTO - World Trade Organization; President, Paris Peace Forum; President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, Paris

1981-1983 Advisor, Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, Paris
1983-1985 Deputy Head of Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy's cabinet, Paris
1985-1994 Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors Cabinet, and his "sherpa" at the G-7/G-8, Brussels
1994-1999 Recovery of the French Bank Crédit Lyonnais, then Chief Executive Officer, Paris
1999-2004 Commissioner for Trade under the presidency of Romano Prodi, European Commission, Brussels
2005-2013 Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Geneva
since 2015 Interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025
since 2016 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)
Chair of the European group of experts in charge of evaluating the impact of EU research funding
since 2018 Chair of the Paris Peace Forum

Karl-Theodor ZU GUTTENBERG

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.

MA Verena NOWOTNY

Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna

 Master’s degree in Political Management; George Washington University, Washington DC
1988-1996 Journalist, "Profil", Cash Flow, News, Vienna
1996-1998 Spokesperson, Austrian Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hannes Farnleitner, Vienna
2000-2001 Consultant, crisis management, Control Risks, Berlin
2001-2006 Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, Vienna
2007-2008 Head, China office, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, Shanghai
2009-2010 Spokesperson for Austria's non-permanent membership, UN Security Council, New York
since 2011 Partner, Gaisberg Consulting, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable

27.08.2019

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

28.08.2019

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

29.08.2019

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