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Resilience: A “Situation Room” Experiment

Partner / Foreign Policy
in englischer Sprache

How resilient any state is depends on certain factors which enable it in the most difficult situations to act properly. 15 scholarship holders of the European Forum Alpbach will collectively identify the factors needed to overcome a crisis in an online, real-time decision-making procedure. They will then define and priortise strategies for action. Finally, an expert panel will discuss the results.

The 15 scholarship holders will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis. Moreover, all registered participants of the Political Symposium can participate in the exercise; registration is mandatory.

Further information and registration: Stefan Ulmer (

former Major General and National Security Advisor of Israel, Raanana
Director for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna
Director-General, Business & Professional Women Austria, Vienna
Director General, Planning Directorate Department, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, Vienna
General Director, Médecins sans Frontières, Vienna
Founder and Director, FASresearch, Vienna Chair


former Major General and National Security Advisor of Israel, Raanana

1966-2002 Major General Yaacov Amidror served with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 36 years
2011-2013 Major General Yaacov Amidror served as the National Security Advisor to the P.M of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council, for more than 2.5 years
 During his long military career, Gen. Amidror held the following positions:
 Commander of IDF Military Colleges, including The National Defense College, Staff and Command College, and Junior (tactical) Command Academy
 Military Secretary for the Minister of Defense
 Director of the Intelligence Analysis Division, responsible for National Intelligence Assessment
 Head of a large - scale technology project
 General Amidror received a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Haifa and various other degrees and certificates from IDF colleges
2002 After his retirement, he has served as Senior Research Fellow to the Institute for Middle East Research in Washington
 M.G Amidror is now the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar - Ilan Universit, and he is a Distinguish Fellow of JINSA's Gemunder Center
 He was a member of several large Israeli companies' boards as well as numerous high-tech start-ups

Mag. Dr. MAS Johann FRANK

Director for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

1988-1989 One-year voluntary service with the Austrian Armed Forces (preparatory course for the military academy)
1989-1992 Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria
1992-1997 Company Commander and Instructor, NBC- Defense School, Vienna
1996-1997 Postgraduate, Disaster Management, Austrian Research Center,Seibersdorf
1993-1999 Magister Philosophiae in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Vienna
1998-1999 Deputy Head of Division at NBC Defense School, Vienna
1999 Desk Officer Arms Control, Military Policy Division, Vienna
1999-2001 Researcher, Institute for International Peace Support , National Defence Academy, Vienna
2002-2007 Head of Division for Security Political Analysis, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna
2007 Department for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
2007-2008 Postgraduate: Master of Advanced Studies "Security Policy and Crisis Management" ETH Zurich (Zurich, Washington, London)
2008-2014 Head of Office for Security Policy, Vienna
2013-2014 Member, Cabinet of the Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna
since 2014 Defence Policy Director, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

Mag.a Dipl.-Päd. Ute Lena FUCHS

Director-General, Business & Professional Women Austria, Vienna

1994-1998 Dipl. prakt. Psychologie & Physiognomie, Privatuniversität, Diplomarbeit, Lizenziat
1997 Dipl. Pädagogin, Weiterbildung für Lehrmeister und Ausbilder gemäß Art. 11 des Bildungsgesetzes, Erziehungsdepartement Schweiz
zertifiziert DISG Profil
1999-2000 Coach & Trainer Schweiz Tourismus, Dr. Brunner Zürich
2004 Zertifikat in Suchtprävention, (sGS553.1) Volkswirtschaftsdepartement
2015 Qualitätsvorschriften und Sicherheitsmaßnahmen in digitaler Kommunikation an Weiterbildungsinstituten

Mag. Franz LEITGEB

Director General, Planning Directorate Department, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, Vienna


General Director, Médecins sans Frontières, Vienna

 Degree in Economics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria
2002/2003 Marketing & Controlling  Daniel Swarovski Corp. AG
2008 Finance-Controlling  Eglo Lighting International
2009 - 2011 Department Head  Finance and Administration , Doctors without Borders/Austria

Mag. Dr. Harald KATZMAIR

Founder and Director, FASresearch, Vienna

 Studies in Sociology and Philosophy, University of Vienna
1992-2000 Research Assistant, Institute for Economics, Vienna University for Economics and Business
1995-1997 Research Associate, Institute for Sociology, Faculty of Social- and Business Sciences, University of Vienna
1997-2002 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FAS - Forschungsgesellschaft für angewandte Sozial- und Strukturanalyse OEG, Vienna
since 2002 Founder; Head of Science; Chief Executive Officer, FAS.research Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungsgesellschaft mbH.,Vienna
since 2013 Vice-president, NEIN ZU KRANK UND ARM Foundation
since 2015 Member, Supervisory Board, FWF - Austrian Science Fund, Vienna

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary