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15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable Development

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Despite impressive economic dynamism and poverty reduction over the past few decades, it becomes increasingly apparent that our current global economic paradigm features some fundamental design flaws. The lingering effects of the global financial crisis combined with rising inequality and the uneven benefits of globalization and technological change are creating great strains on societies. The seminar will examine the reorientation of the economy toward the pursuit of the common good, especially as defined by the contours of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Leadership Council Member, Sustainable Development Solutions Networt, New York Chair
Senior Adviser, Oppenheimer Funds, New York Chair

Dr. Anthony ANNETT

Leadership Council Member, Sustainable Development Solutions Networt, New York

1994-1995 Consultant, Economic Development Institute, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
1994-1998 Teaching Assistant in Macroeconomics, Program in Economic Policy Management, Columbia University, New York
1998 Instructor in Macroeconomics, Program in Economic Policy Management, Columbia University, New York
1998-2009 Economist and Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
2009-2014 Speechwriter to the Managing Director (Christine Lagarde, Dominique Strauss-Kahn), International Monetary Fund, Washinton, D.C.
2016 Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York
2015-2017 Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York

Dr. Aniket SHAH

Senior Adviser, Oppenheimer Funds, New York

 Aniket Shah is the Head of Sustainable Investing at Oppenheimer Funds. In this role, he is responsible for integrating Environmental, Social and Governance investment principles throughout the firm’s investment strategies. From 2014-2017, Aniket was the Program Leader of the Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative at the UN SDSN. From 2011-2014, Aniket was an investment specialist and strategist at Investec Asset Management, a leading emerging market investment firm based in London and Cape Town. Aniket is a graduate of Yale University and is completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Amnesty International USA.

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 18:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
18:15 - 18:30The Last Days of Mankind - OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:30Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Physics meets economics - climate science and policySeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Online Disinformation: A guest lecture on journalismPlenary


18:00 - 21:00FAN ReceptionSocial
19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial