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Alpbach Mindfulness Hike

Meeting point: CCA
Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
in englischer Sprache

Ernest C. H. Ng will share his personal journey in exploring the integration of mindfulness in the financial sector and the economy, and reflect on recent developments on mindfulness, sustainable finance, and responsible investing. 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.

Honorary Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Founder, Mindful Solutions, Vienna Chair

Dr. Ernest C.H. NG

Honorary Assistant Professor, Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong

 Dr. Ernest C. H. NG is an expert in the research of applying wisdom tradition into contemporary decision making. He is currently an
 Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with core research interests in the intersection of spirituality and
 materiality, sustainable decision making and mindfulness. He is committed to the developments of the young generation and future
 leaders, serving as mentors for various universities. He has an interdisciplinary background, currently serving as the Chief Executive
 Officer of a Buddhist NGO and an academic but previously the Chief Investment Officer at an asset management company and the Vice President of Morgan Stanley Asia. With over 15 years of experience in the financial market, Dr. Ng has developed keen interests in the research and teaching on the integration of sustainable developments, wisdom tradition and market economy.
 Dr. Ng graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Arts in International
 Relations. He received a Master of Buddhist Studies and Doctor of Philosophy from the CBS, HKU. He was a Sir Edward Youde Scholar and currently a Fellow at the European SPES Institute.

Dr. Friedhelm BOSCHERT

Founder, Mindful Solutions, Vienna

1989-1996 Director, Division "Business with cooperative banks", DZ BANK AG, Frankfurt and Berlin
1996-1997 Professorship, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
1996-1999 Project Expert, National Bank, Hanoi/Vietnam
1997-2001 Member of Executive Board, VBC Consulting AG
2001-2002 Head of Hamburg Subsidiary, DZ BANK
2002-2004 Chief Executive Officer, ÄRZTEBANK AG, Vienna
2005-2011 Chief Executive Officer, VOLKSANK INTERNATIONAL AG, Vienna
since 2013 Founder, Mindful Solutions, 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