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Shifting the Perception – Solutions to Combating Inequality

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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German and English language

Individual inequalities tend only to be tackled expediently and sustainably if profit can be foreseen. What unexpected strengths can be generated by an inclusive business philosophy and how can businesses profit? Are there any outstanding examples?

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Specialist People Foundation, Ballerup Key Note
Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria and UPC Austria, Vienna
Chief Risk Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
Jean Monnet Chair for "Gendered Inequality and Classism in Europe" and Rector, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna
Europe Co-Director, Ashoka, Vienna Chair

Thorkil SONNE

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Specialist People Foundation, Ballerup

since 2004 Chairman, Specialisterne, DK
since 2009 Chairman, Specialist People Foundation
since 2013 CEO, Specialisterne, USA

Dr. Andreas BIERWIRTH

Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria and UPC Austria, Vienna

2006-2008 Vice President Marketing, Lufthansa AG
2008-2012 Member of the Board, Austrian Airlines AG
since 2012 Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Vorstandsmitglied Willibald CERNKO

Chief Risk Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

1985-1996 Corporate Banking Division, Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
1996-1998 Deputy Head, Corporate Banking Division, Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
1998-2000 Head, Corporate Banking Division, Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
2002-2003 Head, CEE Division, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
2003-2007 Member, Management Board, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
2006-2009 Member, Management Board, HVB AG, Munich
2008-2009 Head, Retail Germany and Austria Division with the Group Title of Executive Vice President, UniCredit, Vienna
since 2009 Country Chairman Austria and Member of the Management Committee with Title of Senior Executive Vice President, UniCredit S.p.A., Milan
since 2009 Chairman, Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Rektorin Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Edeltraud HANAPPI-EGGER

Jean Monnet Chair for "Gendered Inequality and Classism in Europe" and Rector, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

1987 Master, Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1988 Guest Researcher, Stockholm University, Stockholm
1988-1999 Lecturer, Summer University "informatica feminale", University of Bremen
1990 PhD, Technical Sciences, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1990 Guest Researcher, Institute of Computer Science Research, University of Toronto
1991 Junior Researcher, "Computer-Supported Decision Systems", Institute of Design & Assessment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1992 Guest Researcher, Work Research Institute, Oslo
1992-1993 Assistant Professor, Institute of Design & Assessment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1993-1996 Scholar, ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences, awarded with the APART-scholarship (Austrian Program for Advanced Research and Technology)
1996 Venia Docendi, Applied Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1996 Associate Professor, Applied Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
2001 Guest Researcher, Center of Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
2002-2004 Guest Professor and Head of Department, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, WU Vienna University for Economics and Business, Vienna
2004 Full Professor, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, WU Vienna University for Economics and Business, Vienna
2011 Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics, London
2014 Visiting Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal

Bundeskanzler Mag. Christian KERN

Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

 Christian Kern was sworn in as Austria's Federal Chancellor on 17th May 2016. After working as a journalist and in the Austrian Parliament and Federal Chancellery, Mr. Kern launched a career in the energy sector in 1997. At Verbund AG, Austria's largest energy utility, he was appointed to the group's management board in 2007. He then switched to the Austrian Federal Railways Group, where he served as Chairman of the Management Board from 2010 onward. In this capacity, he also became Chairman of the Brussels-based Community of European Railways (CER) in 2014. Under Mr. Kern's leadership, the Austrian Federal Railways investigated the railway operator's role during the Nazi era in a project entitled "Suppressed Years". Mr. Kern was born in Vienna on 4th January 1966, and he graduated from an academic secondary school in Vienna's 11th district (Simmering). He then went on to study sociology, political science and communications at the University of Vienna.

Mag.a Marie RINGLER

Europe Co-Director, Ashoka, Vienna

2001-2010 Elected Member, Vienna Federal State Parliament and Vienna City Council (Landtagsabgeordnete und Gemeinderätin), The Greens, Vienna
2004 Consultant, National Democratic Institute, Kathmandu
2008-2010 Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of St.Gallen
since 2011 Country Director, Ashoka Austria & CEE, Vienna
since 2012 Regional Director Ashoka Central and Eastern Europe
since 2015 Co-Director Ashoka Europe

Economic Symposium

show timetable

01.09.2015

08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:50OpeningPlenary
13:30 - 14:20Understanding Inequality – an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
14:40 - 16:10Inequality of Opportunity – Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
16:10 - 16:30Political CornerPlenary
16:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
16:30 - 17:30Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
16:30 - 18:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 20:00The Entrepreneurial Economy – How to Become a Champion?Plenary
20:00 - 21:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
20:30 - 21:30Young Talents – Late Night ConcertCulture

02.09.2015

06:00 - 07:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion – Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
07:00 - 08:10Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income – Is (More) Redistribution Necessary?Plenary
07:30 - 08:30The Throwaway SocietyPartner
08:10 - 08:30Political Corner2Plenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly – Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations – Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education – What Has to be Done?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations – What Next?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 12:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same – All Different?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System – Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies – Old InequalitiesBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation – Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 17: Equality – Location Dependent?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe – How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Shifting the Perception – Solutions to Combating InequalityPlenary
19:15 - 20:45Young Talents – Maja Osojnik BandCulture

02.09.-01.09.2015

Magenta NightSocial

03.09.2015

06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” Breakfast – Back to NormalityPartner
07:00 - 08:30Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
09:00 - 10:20How to Grow or Not to Grow – that is the Question!Plenary
10:20 - 10:35ClosingPlenary
14:45 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner