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Special Lecture: Free Trade and the New Protectionism

Plenary / Panel
German and English language
Deputy Director-General, WTO - World Trade Organization, Geneva
Director, ECIPE - European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels and Singapore
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Valentine Sendanyoye RUGWABIZA

Deputy Director-General, WTO - World Trade Organization, Geneva

 Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza currently occupies the post of Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization. In this role, which she took up in October 2005, Mrs. Sendanyoye Rugwabiza's responsibility covers development issues and policies generally; trade policy review; trade facilitation, and training and technical cooperation. She is also responsible for the WTO work programme on Aid for Trade. Prior to her current post, she served for three years as Ambassador of Rwanda to the United Nations in Geneva and Switzerland. Before joining the public service, Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza had a long career in the private sector, at national and international level, where she occupied several senior management positions, including in a Swiss multinational where she worked for eight years.
 Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza was a member of the economic and social Council of the President of Rwanda, a founding member of the Rwandan Women's Caucus, the association of women entrepreneurs, and the Rwandese federation of the private sector.

Ph.D. Razeen SALLY

Director, ECIPE - European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels and Singapore

 Dr Razeen Sally was also on the faciulty of the London School of Economics from 1993 to 2011. He will be professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, also attached to the Institute of South Asian Studies, both at the National University of Singapore, from January 2012. He is a Senior Research Associate at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institut D'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and Director, Trade Policy, at the Commonwealth Business Council in London. He is on the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, and on the Advisory Board of the Cato Centre for Trade Policy Studies in Washington DC. Dr Razeen Sally is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 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

Economic Symposium

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12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 14:00Market Economy and Social ResponsibilityPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The Future of the Social Market EconomyPlenary
17:00 - 18:30Special Lecture: Free Trade and the New ProtectionismPlenary
18:30 - 21:00Reception hosted by SAP Austria GmbH and the European Forum AlpbachSocial


07:30 - 09:00The EU Internal Market – an Example of Effective Regulation?Plenary
09:30 - 11:00Competitive and Regulatory Deficiencies in AustriaPlenary
12:30 - 15:30Working Group 14: Den Wandel im Tourismus bewältigen – Zukunftsfähige Strukturen schaffenBreakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 01: Wann ist Regulierung intelligent?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 02: Economic Efficiency between Competition and RegulationBreakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 03: “Systemic” Enterprises under Supervision?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 04: Kollaps der Transfergesellschaft? Wohin führt Umverteilung?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 05: Visionen 2020: Wie wollen und wie können wir wirtschaften?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 06: Live-Experiment: Eigenprofit oder Gemeinwohl?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 07: Vorbild Manager? Erwartungen und MachbarkeitBreakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 08: CancelledBreakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 09: Nachhaltigkeit als ManagementprinzipBreakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 10: Das Kapital – Motor oder Übeltäter?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 11: Die Zukunft der Arbeit zwischen Produktivität und GerechtigkeitBreakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 12: Das Steuersystem: Einfach gerecht (be-)steuern!?Breakout
13:00 - 16:00Working Group 13: Daseinsvorsorge: Bringt Liberalisierung Effizienz und Sicherheit?Breakout
17:00 - 18:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Management-Responsibility and RegulationPlenary
18:30 - 21:00Reception hosted by T-Mobile Austria GmbH and T-Systems Austria GmbHSocial


07:30 - 09:45Europe and Global CompetitionPlenary
09:45 - 10:00Closing StatementPlenary