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Globalisation – Europe’s strategic answer

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German and English language
Member of Parliament, Vienna Key Note
Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich Key Note
Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, Paris
Vice Chairman, SERI Germany, Köln; Professeur invité, Universite Versailles St.-Quentin
Freie Wirtschaftsjournalistin; Mitarbeiterin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, München Chair


Member of Parliament, Vienna

1985 Graduation, branch of study: agriculture, plant production, Studies at Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Live Sciences
1991-2005 Delegate to the Provincial Parliament of Burgenland
since 1991 Deputy Head of the Provincial parliamentary group of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) Burgenland
1998-2000 General Manager of the Provincial ÖVP group
2002-2005 Head of the parliamentary fraction of the ÖVP's Provincial parliamentary group
2005-2008 Member of the Provincial Government of Burgenland
since 2005 Member of the Chief Executive Department of the Austrian Farmers' Federation - Federal Secretary
since 2006 Head of the Farmers' Federation of the Province of Burgenland
2008-2013 Agriculture and Environment Minister of the Republic of Austria
since 2013 Member of Parliament

Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner WEIDENFELD

Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich

1966-1971 Studies of political sciences, history and philosophy, University of Bonn
1971 Graduation ad Ph.D.
1975 Habilitation, Political Sciences
1975-1995 Professor of Political Sciences, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz
1986-1988 Professeur associé, Sorbonne, Paris
1987-1999 Coordinator, German-American Cooperation in the German government
since 1995 Director, Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), University of Munich
Professor for Political Systems and European Integration, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut, University of Munich
since 2000 permanent Guest-Professor, Remnin University of Peking
since 2012 Rector of Alma Mater Europaea, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg


Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1977 Law Studies in Vienna (Dr. iur.)
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1996-1999 Deputy Political Director, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Federal Chancellor of Austria in the Commission on the Reform of the Austrian Armed Forces, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York (President of the Security Council in November 2009)
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin

Dr. Pier Carlo PADOAN

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, Paris

  Professor of Economics at the Universtiy La Sapienza of Rome
  Director of the Fondazione Italianieuropei
1998-2001 Economic Adviser to the Italian Prime Ministers
2001-2005 Italian Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund with risponsibility for Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Albania and Timor Leste
2007 Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD
 Mr. Padoan has a degree in Economics from the University of Rome and has held various academic positions in Italian and foreign universities, including at the University of Rome, College of Europe (Bruges and Warsaw), Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Urbino, Universidad de la Plata, and University of Tokyo. He has published widely in international academic journals and is the author and editor of several books.

Dipl. Biol. Dr. rer. pol. Joachim H. SPANGENBERG

Vice Chairman, SERI Germany, Köln; Professeur invité, Universite Versailles St.-Quentin

since 2003 Université Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Guyancourt, France
1992-1999 Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, Wuppertal, Germany
2002-2006 Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI, Vienna, Austria
2006-2009 Helmholtz Centre for Env. Research UFZ, Halle, Germany
since 2009 Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany e.V., Cologne, Germany

Dipl. Vw. Carola KAPS

Freie Wirtschaftsjournalistin; Mitarbeiterin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, München

 Studium der Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
 Assistentin am Finanzwissenschaftlichen Institut, Frankfurt
 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin beim Wirtschaftsrat der CDU für ein Jahr, Bonn
1970 Übersiedlung nach Washington D.C.
1971-1980 Freie Mitarbeit bei der FAZ, der Zeit, der NZZ
1980-1984 US-Wirtschaftskorrespondentin der FAZ
1984-1988 Wirtschaftsberichterstattung aus Westafrika, Dakar, Senegal
1988-2000 Korrespondentenplatz, Washington D.C.
2000-2004 Wirtschaftskorrespondentin für CEE und SEE, Budapest
2004-2007 Korrespondentin in Brüssel mit Schwerpunkt CEE und SEE
seit 2007 Freie Mitarbeiterin der FAZ, München

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