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Breakfast Club 01: The Global Economy at Risk – Again?!

Breakout / Breakfast Club
in englischer Sprache

Sovereign and corporate debt levels continue to rise in many parts of the world. This macroeconomic breakfast club discusses whether the global economy is facing similar systemic risks that have led to a near collapse in the past.

Professor, London Business School, London Introduction
Deputy Director, Jaques Delors Institute, Berlin
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Ithuba Capital AG, Vienna
Senior Advisor, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, Vienna Chair


Professor, London Business School, London

1994-2005 Professor, Economics, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
2005-2008 Director, General Research, European Central Bank, Frankfurt
since 2011 Chairman, Co-Founder, Now-Casting Economics LTD, London


Deputy Director, Jaques Delors Institute, Berlin

 Lucas Guttenberg is Deputy Director of the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin and leads our policy work on European economic policy. His own research focuses mainly on institutional developments in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), a matter he had also covered as economist in the European Central Bank’s EU Institutions and Fora Division. Prior to joining JDI, he worked as an advisor to the ECB’s Permanent Representative in Washington, DC. Lucas holds a BA from SciencesPo Paris and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a McCloy Fellow.


Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Ithuba Capital AG, Vienna

1979-1984 MA, Economics, University of Vienna
1984-1985 Postgraduate Studies, International Relations, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna
1985-1987 Postgraduate Studies, Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
1988-1990 Fund Manager, Sparinvest KAG, Vienna
1990-1994 Head of Equity Trading und Sales, GiroCredit und Bank der Sparkassen, Vienna
1994-1998 Head of Structured Derivatives Europe, Head of Structured Equity Derivatives in Emerging Markets, Citibank International plc, London
1998-2001 Chief Executive Officer, CA IB Investmentbank AG, Vienna
2001-2008 Member, Managing Board, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
2006-2008 Head of Global Markets, Member of Executive Committee, UniCredit Group, Markets & Investment Banking
since 2008 Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Ithuba Capital AG


Senior Advisor, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, Vienna

 Veronika Baumgartner-Putz is a Senior Advisor for International Financial Institutions (IFIs) at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance. She has wide-ranging experience in the fields of development finance and cooperation. From July 2018 until July 2019 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), based in Beijing, where she represented the then twelve Euro-Area member countries of the Bank as their Director. From July 2015 to June 2016 she was an Alternate Director for Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey and the UK at the Asian Development Bank’s Board of Directors in Manila. Before that she held a variety of economic policy related positions at the Ministry of Finance, mostly focusing on IFIs. Previously, before joining the Ministry in 2010, she worked with, among others, UNDP, the European Commission, the Austrian Development Agency and the private sector. Veronika Baumgartner-Putz holds a law degree from the University of Vienna and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Essex, UK.

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