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Opening of the Financial Market Symposium

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Opening
German and English language

Free Market, Unfree Thought: The boundary-breaking force of free financial markets continues to be tamed with a rigid system of taboos. But, in the age of disruption, we must set ourselves the challenge of a no-holds-barred assessment of the dogmas and routines we have so far accepted without question (lecture and discussion).

The lecture will be followed by Jean-Claude Trichet’s reflections on the tension between “Liberty and Security” in international financial markets (keynote and discussion).

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Welcome
European Chairman, Trilateral Commission; Former President, European Central Bank; Honoray Governor, Banque de France, Paris Key Note
Research Associate, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
Journalist, Radio Ö1, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Kfm. Dr. Claus J. RAIDL

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

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

Jean-Claude TRICHET

European Chairman, Trilateral Commission; Former President, European Central Bank; Honoray Governor, Banque de France, Paris

 Jean-Claude Trichet is presently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bruegel Institute (Brussels) and European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission. Trichet is a member of the "Institut de France" (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques). He is is honorary chairman of the Group of Thirty (Washington). He was a member of the Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance (EPG) set up in 2017 by the G20 Finance Ministers and Governors. Jean-Claude Trichet was President of the European Central Bank (2003-2011). He was Governor of Banque de France (1993-2003) and Undersecretary of the French Treasury (1987-1993). He was President of the Paris Club (debt rescheduling) (1985-1993), President of the European Monetary Committee (1992-1993), President of the Group of 10 Central Banks Governors and President of the Global economy meeting in Basel (2002-2011). He was President of Sogepa (Société de Gestion des Participations Aéronautiques) (2012-2013) and Director of Airbus Group (2012-2018). He was named 'Person of the Year' by the Financial Times in 2007 and n° 5 of the 'World Most Powerful' in the Newsweek list (2008).

Ph.D. Sarah WILSON

Research Associate, London School of Economics and Political Science, London

 Sarah Wilson graduated with a BA in Business Law from Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, and received an MSc in International Political Economy from UCD School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Ireland. She also holds an MA in International Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark. Sarah Wilson has worked as a research assistant on a collaborative project investigating business ethics.

MSc Nadja HAHN

Journalist, Radio Ö1, Vienna

 Nadja Hahn is a radio journalist at the Austrian public broadcaster ORF, covering national politics for several ORF radio stations. Nadja Hahn has a background as a business journalist for many years and started her career as a finance reporter in London. In 2016, Nadja Hahn won the Austrian Radio Award and a special award of the UN at the New York Radio Festivals - both for a radio feature about the volunteers at Vienna's main train station during the refugee crisis 2015. Nadja Hahn studied at the London School of Economics (MSc in Political Economy) and Boston University (BA in International Relations).

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