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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 Executive Officer, Sympatex Technologies GmbH, Unterfoehring
Chief Economist, Munich RE, Munich
Executive Director, Impact Hub Network, Vienna Chair
Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Conclusion


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. Rüdiger FOX

Chief Executive Officer, Sympatex Technologies GmbH, Unterfoehring

1985-1991 Master, Aerospace Engineering, University Stuttgart
1993-1998 General Manager, Sen. Mgr. Sales, Management Trainee ZF Friedrichshafen AG/Luftfahrttechnik GmbH, Friedrichshafen
1993-1995 Bachelor, Economics, AKAD University, Rendsburg
1998-2000 Procurement Manager, Rolls-Royce Deutschland GmbH, Dahlewitz
2000-2001 Procurement Director, Fairchild Dornier, Wessling
2001-2006 Director, Europe and Supply Chain Management; Managing Director, Elcoteq Network Corp. Lohja
2007-2011 Chief Executive / Operations Officer, PFW Aerospace AG, Speyer
2011-2013 Chief Executive Officer, Altran GmbH & Co KG, Munich
since 2013 Founder, Founder, GCH - Gross Corporate Happiness® Institute, Zell am Moos (AT)
2013-2014 Ph.D., Europe-University Viadrina, Frankfurt
since 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Sympatex Technologies GmbH, Unterfoehring

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.

Gabriela GANDEL

Executive Director, Impact Hub Network, Vienna

2001-2004 Educational Programmes Design and Delivery, ProVita Romania, Bucharest
2004-2006 Associate Trainer, Human Invest, Bucharest
2005-2006 Vice President People Development, AIESEC Romania, Bucharest
2006-2007 Vice President People Development, AIESEC International, Rotterdam
2007-2008 President, AIESEC
2008-2010 Consultant, NGDP Programme Director, Future Considerations, London
2010-2011 Senior Consultant, Future Considerations, London
since 2011 Executive Director, Impact Hub Network, Vienna

Dipl.-Kfm. Dr. Claus J. RAIDL

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1970-1971 Senior assistant, Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research
1971-1974 Worked in banking and for a certified public accountant, provided consultancy services to the OECD on international tax law and multinational corporations
1974-1981 Österreichische Volksfürsorge Allgemeine Versicherung AG
1981-1982 Member of the Executive Board, Wiener Holding Ges.m.b.H.
1982-1986 Member of the Executive Board, ÖIAG (Österreichische Industrieverwaltungs AG)
1986-1988 Deputy Chairman and Senior Executive Vice President, VOEST-ALPINE AG
1988-1992 Deputy Chairman and Senior Executive Vice President, VOEST-ALPINE STAHL AG
1993-1994 Member of the Executive Board, AUSTRIAN INDUSTRIES AG
1991-2010 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM AG
2007-2010 Member, Executive Board, voestalpine AG
2008-2018 President, OeNB - Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Vienna
since 2012 Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

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