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The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready Businesses

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Environmental and economic security are closely interlinked. Our failure to mitigate the climate crisis, resource scarcity, and massive demand shifts are putting existing businesses in jeopardy. Managers and innovators demonstrate how to build future-ready businesses.

Co-President, Club of Rome, Senior Advisor and Facilitator, Corporate Purpose, Sustainability and Low Carbon Solutions, Brussels
Chief Economist, Munich Re, Munich


Co-President, Club of Rome, Senior Advisor and Facilitator, Corporate Purpose, Sustainability and Low Carbon Solutions, Brussels

 Sandrine Dixson-Declève has close to three decades of experience in European and international politics and business, with a special focus on climate change, the environment, sustainability, green growth and energy. She is also a lecturer and has been an advisor to international organisations, including the UN, OECD, OPEC and European Institutions. Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for the UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and prior to that the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She has also worked with the CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies, and continues to serve as a special advisor to corporate executives, governments, academic institutions and NGOs.

Dr. Michael MENHART

Chief Economist, Munich Re, Munich

 Dr. Michael Menhart is Munich Re Group’s Chief Economist and Head of the Economics, Sustainability & Public Affairs Central Division, and he reports to the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he is responsible for Economic and Insurance Market Research at Munich Re. He also leads the Corporate Responsibility team and the Group’s Government Relations activities. Before joining Munich Re in 2005, Dr. Menhart worked as a business consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised global companies operating in the High-Tech and insurance sector. Dr. Menhart graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Augsburg, where he also obtained his doctorate from the Faculty of Business and Economics with a dissertation on innovation dynamics in the German insurance market. He obtained his M.A. in Economics at Wayne State University in Detroit, USA.

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 14:40OpeningPlenary
14:45 - 15:45The New World Trade (Dis)orderPlenary
16:00 - 16:30Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the WorldPlenary
16:45 - 17:15Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A ControversyPlenary
17:30 - 18:15Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?Plenary


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
12:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
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 - 17:30Unleashing Europe’s Digital PotentialPlenary
18:30 - 20:30Viennese Wednesday Society of Trade – Edition Alpbach: Consumer Protection in Between Climate Crisis and DigitizationPartner
22:00 - 23:55Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:0019th Alpbach Europe Breakfast: Europe on the MovePartner
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: The Impact of the Financial IndustryPlenary
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: Powering the Energy TransitionPlenary
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: Connected IndustriesPlenary
10:15 - 10:45How to Navigate Global TransformationsPlenary
11:00 - 12:30The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready BusinessesPlenary