Program and Abstract


08.30 - 09.00
09.00 - 09.15
Welcome & Opening

Michael Otter, Director General, Advantage Austria, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Manfred F. Berger, Founder and Managing Director of Neusicht Think Tank

09.15 - 09.45
Why is the European liberal model of democracy and capitalism under attack in CEE and beyond?

Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow, St. Antony's College

09.45 - 10.15
European strategic investment needs

Wilhelm Molterer, Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

10.15 - 10.45
Part of Europe and the periphery at the same time – once a decision should be made

Gunter Deuber, Head of Economics Department, Raiffeisen Bank International

10.45 - 11.15
Discussion with keynote speakers

Moderator: Arnold Schuh, WU Vienna

11.15 - 11.45
Coffee Break
11.45 - 13.00
Panel 1: Moving towards an innovation-driven economy: Mobility and the automotive industry

Moderator: Martin Wodraschke, C/M/S Budapest

Jens Brüning, Location Head Deep Machine Learning, Continental
Miklós Andorka, Strategic Director, MAPI Group
Gergely Ellenrieder, CEO, Aeriu
Martin Wodraschke, Partner, C/M/S Budapest

Panel discussion

13.00 - 13.45
Lunch Break
13.45 - 15.00
Panel 2: How does digitalization transform the CEE economies

Moderator: Phillip C. Nell, Professor, WU Vienna

  • How does the digital transformation impact CEE headquarters?
    Phillip C. Nell, Professor, WU Vienna
  • How does digitalization change the industrial logistic process?
    Vanessa Langhammer, Head of Digitalization, Rail Cargo Group
  • Every Parcel is a Present – Transformation of the customer’s experience in the last mile of e-commerce and the role of digitalization
    Gregor Hueber, Head of M&A and Business Development, CEE Parcel, Austrian Post AG
  • A1 CEE Rebranding
    Gernot Rasch, Group Head of Marketing, A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Panel discussion
15.00 - 16.15
Panel 3: Urgently needed in CEE: Talents, digital skills and leadership

Moderator: Manfred Berger, Neusicht

  • Five human resources trends changing the world – Food for thought for CEE
    Günther Tengel, Managing Partner and Owner of Amrop Jenewein & Chairman of Amrop Central and Eastern Europe
  • Skills for innovation in CEE – what is the difference to Asia?
    Arnold Veraart, Senior Vice President Commercial Asia, Middle East and North Africa, PepsiCo
  • Leadership @ Crisis: like flying a single engine plane?
    T.Töre Birol, Vice President Sales CEE & Country Steering Laundry & Home Care CEE, Henkel CEE
  • Panel discussion
16.15 - 16.30
Final Statements

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