to Content
Header Image

Let’s Talk!

-
Liechtenstein-Saal
Breakout / Talk
German and English language

Talking brings people together – which is why guests at the Political Symposium have the opportunity to join experts in a more cosy and informal setting. Dig into the themes from the plenary discussions and discover other aspects from the overarching topic of ‘Liberty and Security’.
14:00-14:45 The POLITICO Poll of Polls: Insights into the Method, Recent Results
Regarding Brexit and the Upcoming Austrian Elections (Cornelius Hirsch, Chair: Tom Ashbrook; in English)
14:45-15:30 Shaping the Future: Digital Transformation and Decentralisation (Lukas Hess, Chair: Tom Ashbrook; in English)
15:30-16:45 “Ever Closer Union” or Desintegration: What will the Future of the EU look like? (Ulrike Guérot, Chair: Thomas Mayer; in German)
16:45-17:30 A Behind the Scenes View into the World of Finance (Karl Sevelda, Chair: Philippe Narval; in German)
17:30-18:00 Thinking and Acting Sustainably: Liechtenstein’s Future Strategy (Alois von und zu Liechtenstein, Chair: Franz Fischler; in English)

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems
Partner, Dezentrum - Think Tank for Decentralization, Zurich
Intelligence Analyst, POLITICO, Brussels
Director, Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG; fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Vienna
Acting Head of State, Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Host, Tom Ashbrook Conversations, Boston Chair
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair
Senior Editor, Europe and NATO, DER STANDARD, Brussels Chair
General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems

 Since 2016 Ulrike Guérot is Professor at Danube-University Krems and head of the department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. Core activities of the department are both interdisciplinary research and network building. The main goal is to initiate a citizen-oriented and sustainable debate on key issues surrounding today’s Europe. Since September 2017 Ulrike Guérot is holder of Alfred-Grosser visiting professorship at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Furthermore, she founded the Berlin based think tank "European Democracy Lab. The lab seeks to rethink and redesign European democracy. Currently, the lab is building a campaign platform advocating for both the principle of political equality beyond nation states and the empowerment of regional stakeholders within the EU-setup.
 Prior to her work in Krems and Berlin, Ulrike Guérot built up the office and served as Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and lectured at various internationally renowned universities, such as Bucerius Law School Hamburg, John Hopkins University, INSEAD Singapore and Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt. In addition she conducted research at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on the topics of democracy and democratization. In April 2016 her first book 'Why Europe needs to become a republic! A political utopia' was published by Dietz. The principal idea of the book is the creation of a ‘European Republic’ based on the concept of equality in front of the law in a union of citizens. Her latest work 'The new civil war - the open Europe and its enemies', published by Ullstein is a bestseller in Germany. In this cutting edge pamphlet she describes the great divide throughout the European societies. She has been publishing widely in Germany, English and French on European, transatlantic and global issues in various newspapers, journals and books. In times of turmoil and crisis, Ulrike Guérot aims at creating a sustainable blueprint for Europe in the 21st century, which puts the citizen first.

Lukas HESS

Partner, Dezentrum - Think Tank for Decentralization, Zurich

2010-2013 Project Manager, FS Parker
2012-2017 Founder, Miteinander Musik
2012-2017 Co-Founder, Kyrill & Redford
2013-2017 Bachelor's Degree, Communication and Media Studies
since 2016 Partner, KAUZ gmbh
since 2018 Co-Founder, TRUST SQUARE
since 2018 Partner, Dezentrum - Think Tank for Decentralization

MSc Cornelius HIRSCH

Intelligence Analyst, POLITICO, Brussels

2012 Internship at the political and economic department of the Austrian Embassy in Germany
2013-2016 Studies of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin
2014-2015 Exchange Student, LUISS University Guido Carli, Rome
2014-2016 Tutor and Student Assistant, Chair of Agricultural Policy, Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin
2015-2016 Trainee, OECD-Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Paris
2016-2019 Research Associate, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
since 2016 PhD Candidate, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
since 2019 Intelligence Analyst, POLITICO, Brussels

Mag. Dr. Karl SEVELDA

Director, Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG; fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Vienna

1973-1976 Independent Research Work for the Federal Ministry for Science and Research
1980 Doctor's degree
1977-1983 Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Corporate Finance and Export Finance
1983-1985 Secretary to the Federal Minister for Trade and Industry
1985 Creditanstalt-Bankverein London and New York
1986-1989 Head of Export Finance Department, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1988-1989 Deputy Head of Corporate Finance Division, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1989-1993 Head of Corporate Finance Division, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1993-1997 Head of Multinational Corporates Division, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1997 Head of Corporate Banking Division (in addition to a.m. responsibility), Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1998-2010 Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG: Member of the Board of Managing Directors, in charge of Corporate Customers and Corporate, Trade and Export Finance worldwide
2010-2013 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
2013-2017 Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Alois VON UND ZU LIECHTENSTEIN

Acting Head of State, Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

1987-1988 Platoon Commander, Coldstream Guards / British Armed Forces, Hongkong and London
1988-1993 Student of Law, Salzburg University, Salzburg
1993-1996 Financial Markets Division, Arthur Andersen, London
1996-2004 Family Holdings, Vaduz
since 2004 Acting Head of State, Principality of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

Tom ASHBROOK

Host, Tom Ashbrook Conversations, Boston

1981-1996 Deputy Managing Editor, Foreign Editor, Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief, The Boston Globe, Boston/Tokyo
1996-2000 President and Publisher, HomePortfolio.com, Boston
2001-2018 Host and Managing Editor, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR/National Public Radio, Boston

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Thomas MAYER

Senior Editor, Europe and NATO, DER STANDARD, Brussels

from 1984 Journalist, Der Falter, Vienna
1986-1987 Journalist, Kleine Zeitung, Graz
1987 Freelancer, Profil, Vienna
since 1988 Staff member, DER STANDARD, Vienna
1994-2002 European Editor, DER STANDARD, Brussels
since 2002 Managing Editor and Head of Newsroom, DER STANDARD, Vienna
since 2009 Editor, Europe and NATO, DER STANDARD, Brussels

M.Sc. Philippe NARVAL

General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1996-1997 National Service/Gedenkdienst, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem
1997-1998 Community Service Coordinator, American International School, Cochabamba
1998-2003 BA, King's College, London
2000-2001 Exchange Year, Universidade de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
2003-2004 Exhibition Coordinator, Künstlerhaus Wien
2004-2005 Programme Manager, Concordia, Chisinau
2005-2010 Programme Officer, Light for the World, Vienna
2010-2011 MSc, University of Oxford
since 2012 General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable

24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:15 - 20:15Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:00 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO 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

26.08.2019

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

27.08.2019

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