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01: Digitalisation and Politics

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Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge
Public Administration and Digital Agenda, Office of the State Secretary for Diversity, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
Correspondent, Le Monde, The Hague
Concept Designer and Co-Founder, freims: contemporary consulting, Vienna
Managing Director, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair


Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge

 Cathryn Clüver is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. She is also the Interim Executive Director of the India and South Asia Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
 She looks back on a ten-year career in international journalism and communications, during which she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.
 She served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she was the Deputy Editor of its public policy journal, Challenge Europe, and the think tank's Communications Director, before joining Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as Senior Journalist and consultant in 2005. There, she worked on public policy issues (demographic change, urban competitiveness, green energy) and advised both the consultancy's Chinese and French offices on branding and communication strategies. In 2009 she served in the second Bloomberg mayoral administration, where she implemented an online program for New York City's 1.8 million limited-English-proficiency migrants to access essential public services. Her past research work and writing has focused on comparative immigration systems and border control in the European Union and the US. She has lectured on EU communications policy and European competitiveness and cohesion at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Nancy, France and her alma mater, Brown University. In her current role, she examines negotiation practice and the impact of technology and communication on diplomatic actors and spearheads the Project's Metro Diplomacy Initiative, looking at the international role of cities. She has commented on EU-US relations and immigration on ABC radio and on German television and radio, including on ARD and PHOENIX and writes regularly for Atlantic Monthly's Quartz. Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Hauser Fellow in Nonprofit Management and recipient of the Donald K. Price award for academic excellence and community service. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters Degree in European Studies, and of Brown University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Civilization. Cathryn is an elected member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors, where she is serving a four-year term and was named a Truman National Security Fellow in 2011. In 2012 she was appointed to the Advisory Council of Georgetown University's BMW Center for German and European Studies.


Public Administration and Digital Agenda, Office of the State Secretary for Diversity, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna

 spezielle BWLs: Organisation und Führung, Prof. Wojda, TU Wien
 Unternehmensführung/ Controlling , Prof. Eschenbach, WU Wien
1992-1996 Studium der Betriebsinformatik an der TU Wien
 Projekte: u.a.: Hedgingsystem, Cash Management und Reutersanbindung für Shell Austria AG, Kreditrisikoreporting für die SKWB Schoellerbank
 Ab 1996 Abteilungsleitung für Datenbanken und Softwareentwicklung
 Ausbildung und Zusatzqualifikationen
1992-1999 debis Systemhaus - Datenbanken und Softwareentwicklung, Projektleitung
1999-2002 Blue C Internet GmbH, Head of Technology, Abteilungsleitung (20 Mitarbeiter), Koordination von Subunternehmern (auch international), Recruiting, Budgeterstellung
ab 2001 Karenz/Teilzeit: Projektmanagement, Beratung, Datenbankprogrammierung u.a. für Raiffeisen Vermögensmanagement und Raiffeisen Capital Management
2002-2005 Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, Datenbanken, Projektmanagement (Teilzeit)
 Seit 2006 Europasprecherin des Bundes sozialdemokratischer AkademikerInnen
2003-2013 Bausparkasse der österreichischen Sparkassen AG, Aufbau und Betreuung von Risikoreportingsystemen, Projektmanagement
2007 Studienassistentin für Wirtschaftspolitik am Institut für Volkswirtschaftspolitik und Industrieökonomik an der WU Wien
2013-2014 Bundesministerium für Finanzen, Bankenteam, Schwerpunkte: Kommunalkredit, BAWAG P.S.K., Ratingagenturen, volkswirtschaftliche Finanzmarktthemen
2014 Bundesministerium für Finanzen, Büro der Staatssekretärin Steßl, Referentin für Budget und Wirtschaftspolitik
 seit 2016 im Staatssekretariat für Digitales: Referentin für Digitales
 seit 2016 Bundeskanzleramt, Büro der Staatssekretärin Duzdar, Referentin für Digitales
2014-2016 Bundeskanzleramt, Büro der Staatssekretärin Steßl, Referentin für Budget, Wirtschaftspolitik und Digitales


Concept Designer and Co-Founder, freims: contemporary consulting, Vienna

seit 2000 Selbstständig freischaffend tätig, selbst verantwortete "Learning by Doing" Laufbahn anstatt universitärer Bildung.
2002 Gründung des Multi-Media-Art Kollektivs sofa23, Graz/Wien/Köln,
2003 Programm, Konzept und Produktion, Jugenprogramm von Graz 2003, Kulturhauptstad Eurpopas
2003 Gründung the smallest gallery - collaboration space, Graz
2004 Leitung des "Kellers im Forum Stadtpark", für alternative Musik und Jugendkultur, Graz
2004-2009 Kulturbeirat der Stadt Graz
2006 Gründung Biorama - Magazin für nachhaltigen Lebenstil
 Vielfach konzeptionelle und kreativ-beratende Tätigkeiten für Politik/Verwaltung, Kultur und Privatwirtschaft speziell den Creative Industries, der Medien und Nachhaltigkeits-Branche in den letzten 10 Jahren.
2010 Gründung der kreativen Beratungsagentur freims: for transforamtion, innovation and impact

M.Sc. Philippe NARVAL

Managing Director, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1994-1996 Scholarship holder/Student, Lester B. Pearson United World College, Victoria
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 Managing Director, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Political Symposium

show timetable


15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary