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Entertained by a concerted effort from Austrian commercial, political and financial decision makers and their partners in New York City, the conference and ongoing activities are a powerful message to underline Austrian’s essential role for the region’s economic future and prosperity.
As the Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe for innovation in technology and science, Austria leads the region’s ambitions with an inviting frameset to meet key challenges and seize opportunities: The combination of strong technology and science, a talented workforce and a stable political and legal environment.
The Austrian Investor and Business Conference is a platform for growth, collaboration and impact – boosting technological and scientific advancement in Austria and beyond.
CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange
Michael Buhl was appointed as joint-CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange in January 2005. He joined the exchange from Erste Bank, where he had been managing director and head of investment banking since February 1999. Buhl has spent his entire career in financial services, first joining Creditanstalt Bankverein as a trainee in 1987 and rising to become head of equity trading and head of derivatives. From there he moved on to becine head of securities at CA-IB Investment Bank (1996-99) before finally joining the Vienna Stock exchange in his current position.
Buhl holds a master’s degree in commercial science from the University of Economics, Vienna (1987). He also completed the advanced management programme at INSEAD Fontainbleau in 1992 and received his Doctor of Law degree from the University of Vienna in 1989.
CEO of voestalpine
Wolfgang Eder studied law at the University of Salzburg, where he graduated (Dr.) in 1976. In 1978 he joined voestapline’s legal department where he built up the M&A section and later became company secretary in 1989. in 1995–after organizing the IPO of the “new” voestapline AG–he was elected as a member of the board and in 2001 as its deputy chairman.
Wolfgang Eder has been chairman and CEO of voestalpine AG since April 2004. In that position, he is responsible for group strategy, R&D, legal affairs and M&A, group compliance, group personnel, group communication and branding, investor relations, and internal auditing. Mr. Eder is also head of the Steel Division, voestalpine’s largest business unit.
He holds leading positions in the Federation of Austrian Industrialists, is vice chairman of the World Steel Association, and–since 2010–is president of the European Steel Association (EUROFER).
Claus J. Raidl
President of Austrian Central Bank
Spokesperson for 21st Austria
Dr. Raidl has been president of Oesterreichische Nationalbank since 2008. He holds a doctoral degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.Dr. Raidl is regularly published in various economic journals and publications where he writes about financial issues and current economic affairs. He also holds several supervisory board positions including Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology (I.S.T.) Austria, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Vienna International Airport Vice-President, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Technisches Museum Wien.
For his full CV, please visit the Oesterreichische Nationalbank website.
Hans Peter Manz
Austrian Ambassador to the US
Ambassador Manz has represented Austria in the United States since December 2011. He arrived in Washington D.C. having served as Austrian ambassador to Switzerland for more than four years. Ambassador Manz is a career diplomat who joined the Austrian foreign service in 1979. Between 1981 and 1987 he served at the Austrian Embassies in Berne and Tehran. After four years on the Eastern European desk in Vienna and another tour in Berne, he became Deputy Chief of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York in 1994. In 1999, Hans Peter Manz moved back to the Foreign Ministry in Vienna. From 2000 to 2007, he acted as the Diplomatic Advisor to the Austrian Federal Chancellor.Hans Peter Manz was born in Canberra in 1955. After high school in Vienna, he received his doctorate of law at the University of Vienna in 1977.
President of the Euro Working Group
Thomas Wieser, an Austrian national, was born in the US (Bethesda, Md) in 1954. He has been appointed as President of the Euro Working Group, which following a decision by Heads of State or Government in October 2011 was made a full-time and Brussels based job.
Prior to his present appointment, he was Director General for Economic Policy and Financial Markets in the Ministry of Finance, Vienna, in charge of macro-economic policy, international and EU affairs, financial market legislation, and export credits and guarantees.
After a degree in economics (University of Innsbruck), he pursued post-graduate studies in theoretical and mathematical economics, and taught, at the University of Colorado, Boulder (Fulbright scholarship) and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna.
Prior to his appointment in the Ministry of Finance he spent 4 years as an economist in EFTA in Geneva, where he also was in charge of negotiations with the EU on state aid affairs. Prior to that, he worked in banking in Vienna, and as a research economist.
Mr. Wieser has published articles in journals and periodicals on national and international economic policy issues.
He chaired the OECD Committee on Financial Markets from 2005-2009. He served as the President of the Economic and Financial Committee of the EU from March 2009 to March 2011, after having been the Committee’s Vice-President from November 2005. Following his re-election in January 2012, he is currently serving his second term as the President of the Economic and Financial Committee.
President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics
Adam Posen is President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the world’s leading independent think tank on economics and globalization. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on macroeconomic policy, resolution of financial crises, the economies of Europe, Japan, and the US, and central banking issues.
From September 2009, by appointment of the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dr. Posen served for three years as an external member of the Bank of England’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee. During this critical period for the world economy, he was a prominent advocate of activist policy response to the financial crisis, successfully led the MPC into quantitative easing, brought innovative efforts to stimulate business investment to the top of the UK economic agenda, and accurately forecast global inflation developments.
Adam Posen brings a uniquely international perspective to macroeconomics: He worked in finance in Germany following reunification; wrote the definitive book on Japan’s economic crisis of the 1990s and counseled the Koizumi government that subsequently turned Japan around; coauthored with Ben Bernanke a reform program for Fed policy, and currently advises the US Congressional Budget Office; and consulted for the UK Cabinet Office on the successful London G-20 summit of 2009, prior to being appointed to the MPC.
Among the most cited economists in the press, he appears frequently on Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and NPR programs, and his commentary is published regularly in the world’s leading newspapers. In April 2012, an article in the Atlantic magazine named Dr. Posen to its international team of “superstar central bankers,” and in December 2012 he was profiled in the New York Times Magazine article “God Save the British Economy.”
Dr. Posen received his PhD and BA from Harvard University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, of the Trilateral Commission, and of the faculty of the World Economic Forum. The author or editor of five books, he has been the recipient of major grants and research fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the Bank of England, the Brookings Institution, the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the US National Science Foundation.
Austrian Trade Commissioner for the US
Michael has an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and a masters degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins, SAIS in Washington DC. He was Deputy Trade Commissioner in Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi. Later, he headed the offices in Washington DC and Tehran before being in charge of HR and personnel development at the head office in Vienna. Starting in September 2014 he became the new Austrian Trade Commissioner for the US based in New York. In this function he is heading the office of Advantage Austria for the US.
Advantage Austria is Austria’s official trade promotion authority. Outside of Austria it operates more than 110 offices in over 70 countries.Advantage Austria provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for Austrian companies and their international business partners. It works to generate more international business opportunities by promoting the products and services of Austrian businesses around the world by helping companies and organizations outside Austria to build strong relationships with Austrian companies and by promoting Austria as a place to invest in. The offices of Advantage Austria in the US (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Atlanta) support Austrian companies in doing business in the US. For US partners Advantage Austria is the local link to Austrian companies, products, and services and Austria as an investment location in the heart of Europe. As an official trade representative, Advantage Austria is a reliable information source and helps to reduce time, cost, and risk of doing business with Austrian companies (see www.advantageaustria.org/us)
In his spare time Michael loves to cook, run, and read books on architecture.
CEO of AMAG Austria Metall AG
Helmut Wieser has been President and CEO of AMAG Austria Metall AG since April 2014. He was already acting as a member of AMAG’s Executive Board.
From 2006 until 2012 Helmut Wieser was Group President of Alcoa, responsible for Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products. Helmut joined Alcoa in 2000 as vice president of operations for Alcoa’s flat-rolled products in Europe based in Madrid and a year later was named president of the group. He was elected a vice president of the corporation in 2004, when he was named president of the North American and European Mill Products organization, and was elected an executive vice president in 2005. From 1990 to 2000 Helmut, who is a native of Austria, worked for Austria Metall Aktiengesellschaft, a legal predecessor of Austria Metall AG, holding a series of management positions in its rolled products unit, culminating in 1997 as executive member of the board and chief operating officer. As chief operating officer, he was accountable for AMAG’s share in the Alouette aluminum smelter in Canada and for its participation in the HAW aluminum smelter in Hamburg, Germany. He was also responsible for AMAG’s metal management and hard alloy extrusion businesses. Earlier, he held several senior management positions with voestalpine in Austria and Venezuela, including president of voestalpine Venezuela.
Helmut was born in Steyr, Austria, and received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and economics in 1981 from the Technical University of Graz. In 2006 he completed the Executive Training “Sustainable Competitive Advantage” at Harvard Business School, USA.
AMAG Austria Metall AG is the biggest company in the Austrian Aluminium industry sector.
Chief US Economist for the UniCredit Group
Harm Bandholz, born on August 5, 1975, is the Chief US Economist for the UniCredit Group. Located in New York, he primarily analyzes the macroeconomic environment in the US, such as the labor or the housing market, financial market issues, as well as fiscal and monetary policy actions.
Dr. Bandholz advises clients on the US economic and financial market outlook, and contributes regularly to research publications. He is a frequent guest on television newscasts to comment on economic and financial issues, and is regularly quoted in the top financial newspapers. Before joining the bank, Dr. Bandholz worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Business Cycle Analyses & Financial Markets of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, and as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Economics of Hamburg University. Mr. Bandholz holds a Ph.D. and a Masters Degree in Economics, both from Hamburg University. He is also a CFA charterholder.