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Alpbach Mindfulness Hike

Meeting point: CCA
Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
German and English language

Yoko Alender will share how she implemented an initiative on mindfulness in the Estonian Parliament. She will talk about the challenges and the success factors of her journey as well as the impact of mindfulness on politics in Europe and beyond.In case of bad weather conditions, the session will take place at the “Hotel zur Post”. Any changes of the venue to “Hotel zur Post” will be marked in our online programme on the day before the hike.

Member of Parliament, Estonian Reform Party Faction, Estonian National Council, Tallinn
Member, ÖBAM - Austrian Association for Mindfulness, Vienna Chair


Member of Parliament, Estonian Reform Party Faction, Estonian National Council, Tallinn

1999-2010 Architecture and Urban Planning, Ma, Estonian Academy of Art
2001-2004 Kultorg OÜ, Project Manager
2005-2006 ZiZi & YoYo OÜ, Partner and Founding Architect and Project manager
2006-2007 Urbanmark OÜ, Architect and Project Manager
2008-2012 Tallinn City Government, Department of Milieu Areas, Architect
2011-2014 Estonian Ministry of Culture, Adviser on Architecture
2013-2015 Tallinn City Council, Fraction of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union, Deputy Chairman
2015-2019 Member of Parliament, Estonian Reform Party
since 2017 Tallinn City Council, Fraction of Estonian Reform Party, Deputy Chairman
since 2018 Estonian National Library, Member of Board
Yin Yoga Teacher ( Yoga Studio)
since 2019 Member of Parliament, Estonian Reform Party


Member, ÖBAM - Austrian Association for Mindfulness, Vienna

1978-1980 Management, Section Energy, Ministry for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Vienna
1981-1982 Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, ÖIAG (Holding of the Austrian Nationalized Industry), Vienna
1982-1986 Personal Secretary, Ferdinand Lacina, Federal Ministry of Transportation and Nationalized Industry, Vienna
1986-1991 Sales Director, Alcatel Austria
1991-1994 Chief Operations Officer, Vienna Portfolio Management AG, Vienna
1995-2003 Co-Founder, Partner and member of the Management Board, AKRON Immobilien Portfolio AG, Vienna
2003-2008 Chief Executive Officer, AKRON Immobilien Portfolio AG, Vienna
since 2008 Partner, AKRON Management Group, Vienna

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable


17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary