2016 Speakers

2016 Agenda

Tuesday, April 12

  • Arrival
  • Private reception


Full Agenda TBC.

Wednesday, April 13

  • Opening and keynotes
  • ECB Address
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Luncheon Keynote
  • Investor Update

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Economic Future

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Members and Partners

Fanni Kszeg

Fanni Koszeg

Finance Lawyer and Reporter

Fanni Koszeg is a finance lawyer and reporter, most recently working at Bloomberg Financial and Media in New York. She has covered the financial industry for Bloomberg News with a focus on banks, earnings, regulation, financial reform, technology, and litigation issues. Fanni has also spent years writing and publishing long-form articles on topics ranging from the financial crisis and financial reform to current legal, economic, and business issues. In particular, she focused on how regulations in the aftermath of the financial crisis affect international markets.

Prior to her Bloomberg years, Fanni worked at the temporary bi-partisan Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) chaired by then professor Elizabeth Warren. Ms. Koszeg is currently working as business development manager for the financial institutions group of Davis Polk, a top-tier US law firm. She is a native Hungarian speaker bi-lingual in English and fluent in German, French, and Spanish.

Michael Buhl

Michael Buhl

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 program at INSEAD Fontainbleau in 1992 and received his Doctor of Law degree from the University of Vienna in 1989.

Wolfgang Eder

Wolfgang Eder

CEO of voestalpine

Wolfgang Eder studied law at the University of Salzburg, where he graduated (Dr.) in 1976. In 1978 he joined voestalpine’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” voestalpine 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 Chairman of the World Steel Association, and 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 the Austrian Central Bank (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 Adviser 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.

Thomas Wieser

Thomas Wieser

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 and government in October 2011, was made a full-time position 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 four 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.

Adam Posen

Adam Posen

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.

Michael Friedl

Michael Friedl

Austrian Trade Commissioner for the USA

Michael has an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and a masters degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins, SAIS in Washington D.C. 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.

Helmut Wieser

Helmut Wieser

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.

Harm Bandholz

Harm Bandholz

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.

Lúcio Vinhas de Souza

Lúcio Vinhas de Souza

Managing Director-Sovereign Chief Economist, Moody’s Investor Services (MIS)

Lúcio Vinhas de Souza is the Managing Director-Sovereign Chief Economist of Moody’s Investor Services (MIS) since 2011. Before that position, he coordinated the analysis and forecasting for the HIC (High Income Countries) and ECA (Europe and Central Asia) regions at the World Bank’s “Development Prospects Group,” where he co-authored the flagship “Global Economic Prospects” publication.

Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Vinhas de Souza was the Head of the Russia and Belarus Desk at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) within the European Commission in Belgium, and before that he was a Coordinator of Research Area at the Kiel Institute for World Economics in Germany. Going further back, his first work experience as an international economist was at the United Nations’ Secretariat.

Currently, Dr. Vinhas de Souza is also co-head of the Joint MIS-Peterson Institute for International Economics “Sovereign Panel” and a member of the Advisory Board of the J.F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in the United States, and of the Centre for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School in Russia. He has also been a visiting researcher and visiting fellow at a number of institutions, including the Deutsche Bundesbank, the ECARES in Belgium and the Central Bank of Estonia. He is widely published in noteworthy economic journals in different languages and has organized and participated in numerous international meetings, seminars and workshops.

Dr. Vinhas de Souza, a Portuguese citizen, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and a Master in Economics from the New University of Lisbon in Portugal. His personal website is http://www.vinhasdesouza.eu/.

Gunter Leonhartsberger

Günter Leonhartsberger

Participation Manager at Austrian State Holding (ÖBIB)

Günter Leonhartsberger, is the director and head of the Department of Participation Management and Privatization at Austrian Industries, Vienna since 2004.

He is Chairman of the Advisory Board at GKB-Bergbau GmbH, Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of Schoeller-Bleckmann GmbH, Member of the Supervisory Board and the Audit Committee of Österreichische Post AG, and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of APK Pensionskasse AG.

Austrian Industries is the investment and privatization agency of the Republic of Austria. Austrian Industries works to stimulate increases in the value of the investments for which it is responsible and, where a privatization mandate exists, it completes partial or full company privatization. The company endeavors to act in a way that stays close to economic developments and far away from daily politics. Austrian Industries’ portfolio includes important leading Austrian companies that have central economic and domestic political importance. The portfolio currently includes the Österreichische Post AG, OMV AG and Telekom Austria AG, as well as APK Pensionskasse AG, GKB-Bergbau GmbH and FIMBAG Finanzmarktbeteiligung Aktiengesellschaft des Bundes.

Peter Havlik

Peter Havlik

Senior Economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies

Peter Havlik is Research Economist and former Deputy Director at The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and guest research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). His main research areas currently cover economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe, foreign trade, competitiveness, EU integration, EU-Russian relations and analysis and forecasts of macroeconomic developments. He is also country expert for Russia and the Newly Independent States (NIS) at wiiw.

During his career he has participated in and coordinated various large projects, including “Industrial Restructuring in the NIS: experiences of and lessons from the new EU Member States” (INDEUNIS), funded by the EU Sixth Framework Programme (2005-2007) and “European energy security,” a project on energy security for the OENB Jubilee fund (2008-2010). He has also contributed to and coordinated various chapters to the EU Competitiveness Reports (2003, 2009, 2012) and conducted a study on the Economic Development of the Black Sea Region for the Austrian Ministry of Economy in 2009.

Herbert Stepic

Herbert Stepic

Senior Advisor to the Board of Management of Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Dr. Herbert Stepic is Senior Advisor to the Board of Management of Raiffeisen Bank International AG, one of the leading banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). He looks back at more than thirty years of experience in international banking business and trade finance and is a renowned expert in CEE. He is the mastermind and motor behind the rapid expansion of Raiffeisen International’s network. Its foundation was laid in Hungary in 1986; today, the network comprises banks and leasing units in sixteen markets of the region.

Raiffeisen Bank International is one of the leading corporate and investment banks in Austria and Central Eastern Europe. RBI operates an extensive network of subsidiary banks, leasing companies and a range of other specialized financial service providers in seventeen markets. RBI has a presence not only in Central Eastern Europe but also in the world’s financial hubs.

Thomas C. Barrett

Thomas C. Barrett

Chief Representative of the European Investment Bank

Thomas C. Barrett is Director and Chief Representative of the European Investment Bank and Minister of the European Union Delegation to the United States in Washington, D.C.

Before taking up his assignment in Washington, D.C., Mr. Barrett was Director of EIB’s Advisory Services and New Products Departments. He was concurrently Chairman of the European PPP Expertise Centre, (EPEC), comprising the EIB, the European Commission and EU Member States.

Mr. Barrett has also been EIB Director for North Western Europe and was responsible for project financing of the aerospace; oil and gas and satellite telecommunication industries. He was also responsible for the establishment of the EIB’s Centres of Expertise on Trans-European Networks (TENs). Mr. Barrett is currently a member of the Management Board of Marguerite Fund for Energy Climate Change and Infrastructure and of the Supervisory Board of the European Energy Efficiency Fund. Of Irish nationality, he is an INSEAD MBA (France) and a graduate of the National University of Ireland in Mathematics and Philosophy.

Mario Holzner

Mario Holzner

Deputy Director and Research Economist at wiiw

Mario Holzner is Deputy Director and Research Economist at wiiw and country expert for Albania and Kosovo. He is also a lecturer in applied econometrics at the University of Vienna, Department of Economics. His research focuses on income distribution and inequality, foreign trade, macroeconomic analysis and financial markets. He is coordinating a major research network within the Global Development Network Southeast Europe and maintains the Balkan Observatory website. He obtained his PhD at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2005.

Robert Kahn

Robert Kahn

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Robert Kahn is the Steven A. Tananbaum senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC. Dr. Kahn has held positions in the public and private sectors, with expertise in macroeconomic policy, finance, and crisis resolution.

Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Kahn was a senior strategist with Moore Capital Management, where his portfolio spanned Group of Seven(G-7) monetary and fiscal policy, regulatory reform, debt policy and debt workouts, and the crisis in Europe. Prior to that, he was a senior adviser in the financial policy department at the World Bank, where he focused on financial sector assessments for developing economies and was the Bank’s liaison to the secretariat of the Financial Stability Forum.

Dr. Kahn also held staff positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he worked on public policy and the resolution of debt crises in emerging markets. He was a member of the IMF team that worked closely with Korean authorities in 1997–98 to develop a system for comprehensive monitoring and reporting of external debt and reserves, and subsequently was involved in development of the Fund’s policy for private sector involvement in crisis resolution.

Dr. Kahn has held various senior-level positions at Citigroup and was the managing director and head of the sovereign advisory group. He served as the head of the Office of Industrial Nations at the U.S. Treasury from 1995 to 1996. He was also a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1990 to 1991, as well as the Federal Reserve Board from 1984 to 1990 and 1991 to 1992.

Dr. Kahn received his BA from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.