The 4th Investor & Business Conference in New York

by Claus J. Raidl, 21st Austria & President of the Austrian Central Bank

At our past three investment conferences in New York we have been talking with US investors about opportunities and challenges in European economies – so far, it has mainly been about the challenges. This was not surprising as we started out in the midst of the financial crisis. Two things were indeed unexpected: the time it took Europe to see better economic data and—partly related—the bumps we saw in the road for recovery…. Read more

2016 Speakers

2016 Agenda Overview


Tuesday, April 12

  • Arrival
  • Private reception

 

Wednesday, April 13

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

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Discuss Europe with ECB governor Ewald Nowotny and Austrian Finance Minister Hans Jorg Schelling in NYC on April 13

 

Economic Future

Wall Street has experienced the worst start to a year ever according to Reuters. Increasingly, Europe looks like an opportunity for U.S. investors with above average growth rates in Central Europe and even countries on the periphery returning to growth. 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 Austria’s essential role for the region’s economic future and prosperity.

Opportunities

Despite the positive outlook, challenges remain: Monetary policy, integration, immigration, energy, banking, and digital transformation just to name a few. As the Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe for innovation in technology and science, Austria leads the region’s ambitions with an inviting mindset to meet key challenges and seize opportunities: The combination of strong technology and science, a talented workforce, and a stable political and legal environment.

Technology & Science

The Austrian Investor and Business Conference is a platform for growth, collaboration, and impact – boosting technological and scientific advancement in Austria and beyond.


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Dr. Hans Jörg Schelling

Austrian Minister of Finance


Mr. Schelling, from the western Austrian province of Vorarlberg, is a member of the Austrian People’s Party, or ÖVP, and was appointed FInance Minister in 2014. He is one of six vice presidents of the Austrian Economic Chamber and heads the supervisory board of the partially nationalized bank Österreichische Volksbanken AG. In the past, Mr. Schelling was also head of Austrian retail furniture chains XXXLutz GmbH and Kika-Leiner Gruppe.

Polya Lesova

Polya Lesova

Deputy Editor, Wall Street Journal


Polya Lesova is deputy editor for finance and markets coverage on The Wall Street Journal’s real-time desk in New York. In that role, she helps ensure that all digital platforms are served with fast, sharp coverage of financial institutions and markets. Previously, Polya, in addition to overseeing real-time markets coverage, served as the senior WSJ newsroom editor on Saturday nights. Prior to that, Polya was deputy markets editor at MarketWatch in New York. Her other assignments at MarketWatch included stints as a markets reporter in New York and Frankfurt, and as the London bureau chief. Polya, who was born and raised in Bulgaria, has an undergraduate degree in political science and journalism from the American University in Bulgaria and a graduate degree in journalism from New York University.

Patrick Sagmeister

Patrick Sagmeister

Head of Operations, Advantage Austria


Head of Operations at Advantage Austria

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.

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Ewald Nowotny

Governor of the Austrian Central Bank and member of the ECB’s governing council


Ewald Nowotny is the current Governor of the Austrian Central Bank and member of the European Cen-tral Bank (ECB)’s governing council. He graduated with a doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1966, took his habilitation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in 1972 and has been a full professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration since 1982. Since 1974, he has held various functions in the Austrian Social Democratic Party. From 1999 to 2003, Professor Nowotny was vice president of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. From the beginning of 2006 until mid-2008, he was the CEO of BAWAG P.S.K.. Since September 2008 he has served as the Governor of the Austrian National Bank and member of the ECB governing council..

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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.

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Walter A. Stephan

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, FACC AG


Walter Stephan is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FACC AG. He received his graduation diploma at Senior High School in 1972 and a master’s degree in polymer engineering studies from the Institute of Materials, Science and Testing of Plastics of University of Leoben, Austria in 1977. Walter Stephan has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry and a comprehensive range of management knowledge.

Michael Landesmann

Michael Landesmann

Director of Research at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies


Michael Landesmann is Scientific Director at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies and Professor of Economics at the Johannes Kepler University where he is also department head of economic theory and quantitative economic research. His research focuses on East-West economic integration, structural change, economic growth, general topics in international economic relations, globalisation and labour markets and migration. He was a member of the Group of Economic Policy Advisors under the chairmanship of former EU Commission President Romano Prodi and participated in and coordinated a wide range of EU projects on different aspects of European integration. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University, was a Lecturer, Fellow and Senior Research Officer at Cambridge University and held visiting Professorships at Harvard University (where he was J. Schumpeter and Pierre Keller Visiting professor) and a wide range of other universities (Brandeis, Basel, Osaka, Padova, Jerusalem, Central European University, CERGE-EI,
Mumbai, etc.).

Johanna Lasker

Johanna Lasker

Head of Official Institutions, FFTW & BNPP Investment Partners


Johanna is the Head of Official Institutions for BNP Paribas Investment Partners. She is responsible for managing and growing our official institutions business globally, which includes developing business, servicing clients and ensuring we are meeting the needs of our official institutions clients. Johanna is also the Head of Central Banks & Official Institutions for FFTW, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas Investment Partners. She rejoined the team in 2004 after having previously worked at the firm from 1997 to 2000. She is based in New York. Johanna returned to FFTW after spending two years in the Corporate Finance division at UBS where she was an Associate Director in the Consumer Products Group in New York. She later transferred to the Global Industrial Group in Japan where she lived for a year. Johanna has 17 years of investment experience. She earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

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.

Cedric Scholtes

Cedric Scholtes

Head of Global Rates and Head of US TIPS Portfolios, FFTW


Cedric is Head of Global Rates and Head of US TIPS Portfolios at FFTW, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas Investment Partners. He is responsible for the overall performance of the Global Rates team, implementing and improving investment processes for this team as well as managing the dedicated interest rate specialists who comprise the team. He also has responsibility for overseeing US inflation-linked portfolios as well as US government portfolios, including generating alpha ideas within US rates and inflation markets for implementation across applicable portfolios. Cedric joined FFTW in 2006 as a portfolio manager and is based in New York. Cedric joined the firm from the Treasury trading desk at Goldman Sachs, where his responsibilities included taking proprietary positions and market-making in index-linked markets, as well as enhancing the desk’s analytical capabilities. Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, Cedric spent five years at the Bank of England, two of which were spent on secondment to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At the Bank of England, Cedric spent two years in the Foreign Exchange Division, helping to manage the UK Treasury’s foreign exchange reserves. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Economist within the Monetary Analysis Division, researching fixed income markets. Cedric has published articles on nominal and inflation-linked debt markets in Bank of England, BIS and IMF periodicals, as well as RiskBooks. Cedric has 16 years of investment experience. He holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from Warwick Business School, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MA/BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

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Ambroise Fayolle

Vice-president of the European Investment Bank


Ambroise Fayolle serves as Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. He is a member of the steering board of the European Fund for Strategic Investments and among other things, responsible for the innovation, science and technology, new products and special transactions and financing operations in Austria, France, Germany and the ACP countries, the OCTs (West Africa and the Pacific) and South Africa (jointly with Vice-President van Ballekom). Previously Ambroise Fayolle has been Director of Agency France Tresor (AFFT). From 2007 to 3013, Mr. Fayolle represented France on the boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank

Thomas C. Barrett

Thomas C. Barrett

Director at 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., Thomas 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. He 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 in charge of the establishment of the EIB’s Centres of Expertise on Trans-European Networks (TENs). Thomas Barrett is currently a member of the Management Board of Marguerite Fund for Energy Climate Change and Infrastructureand of the Supervisory Board of the European Energy Efficiency Fund. Of Irish nationality, he holds an INSEAD MBA (France) and is a graduate of the National University of Ireland in Mathematics and Philosophy.

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Wolfgang Waldner

Austrian Ambassador to the U.S.


Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner was born and raised in Villach, Austria. He started his career in the Federal Ministry for European & International Affairs in 1981. Previous to his appointment as Austrian Ambassador to the U.S., he served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) for European & International Affairs from 2011-2012, in the regional government of Carinthia and as Director of the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna from 1999- 2011. He also served two postings in the U.S. as Director of the Austrian Cultural Fora in Washington, D.C. and New York. Most recently, Ambassador Waldner served as Director General for Cultural Policy at the Foreign Ministry in Vienna.

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Jurgen Roth

Vice President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber


Jürgen Roth is Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber as well as CEO and owner from Tank Roth GmbH. From 2011 to 2015 he was a member of the Economic Parliament of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Previously, he was President of the Austrian Trade Association for fuel and petroleum distributors. Jürgen Roth completed a master degree in International Business Administration at the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt.

Karl Aiginger

Karl Aiginger

Director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research


Professor Dr Karl Aiginger has been the director of WIFO since 2005. He was born in Vienna on October 23, 1948. He studied economics at the University of Vienna and Purdue University in Indiana, USA. The chosen subject for his PhD was “How Firms Make Investment Decisions”. He earned his habilitation in 1984 with his book “Production Theory and Uncertainty”, published by Blackwell. His research foci are industrial economics, competitiveness and strategies of firms, regions and countries. For many years he was responsible for the background reports for the European Commission on the competitiveness of European industry. Professor Aiginger was also a visiting professor in the USA (Stanford University, MIT, and UCLA) as well as guest in 2002 as Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford. He also teaches at the Vienna University of Economic and Business Administration and is an honorary professor at the University of Linz. He is, together with Marcel Canoy, editor in chief of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (JICT). He has been the coordinator of the research project “WWWforEurope” since April 2012 which WIFO is carrying out together with 33 partners within the 7th Framework Programme of the EU. The final report is published under the title “New Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition”

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.

Demetrios G. Papademetriou

Demetrios G. Papademetriou

President of Migration Policy Institute Europe and President Emeritus of MPI


Demetrios G. Papademetriou is Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. He is also President of Migration Policy Institute Europe, a nonprofit, independent research institute in Brussels that aims to promote a better understanding of migration trends and effects within Europe, and serves on MPI Europe’s Administrative Council. He is a Member of the MPI Board of Trustees. He is the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, which is composed of senior public figures, business leaders, and public intellectuals from Europe, the United States, and Canada, and convenes the Regional Migration Study Group, an initiative that has proposed and is promoting multi-stakeholder support for new regional and collaborative approaches to migration, competitiveness,
and human-capital development for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Dr. Papademetriou holds a PhD in comparative public policy and international relations (1976) from the University of Maryland and has taught at the universities of Maryland, Duke, American, and New School for Social Research.

Sherle R. Schwenninger

Sherle R. Schwenninger

Director, Economic Growth Program and American Strategy Program, New America Foundation and President of the World Economic Roundtable


Sherle R. Schwenninger directs New America’s Economic Growth and American Strategy Programs. He is also founding director of the World Economic Roundtable, a program that brings together thought leaders from business, finance, and public policy in regular meetings to remap the global economy after the Great Recession. One of the founders of New America, he served as treasurer from 1999 to 2007 and also as director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program. Mr. Schwenninger was founding editor of World Policy Journal from 1983 to 1992, and served as director of the World Policy Institute at The New School from 1992 to 1996. More recently, Mr. Schwenninger served as senior program coordinator for the Project on Development, Trade, and International Finance at the
Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a founding member of and adviser to the EU Rim Policy and Investment Council. Mr. Schwenninger writes and speaks frequently on questions involving the U.S. and world economies and on issues related to American foreign policy and international economic strategy.

Stephen Ceurvorst

Stephen Ceurvorst

Managing Partner at Lord Capital LLC


Stephen Ceurvorst has over 25 years of experience in banking and securitization. Immediately prior to co-founding Lord Capital, previously LCP Capital, Mr. Ceurvorst held various senior positions with Mellon Financial Corporation (now
part of BNY Mellon). Most recently he served as Chairman and CEO of Mellon Financial Markets, a full service broker-dealer. Other senior positions with Mellon include creating and leading the portfolio management group, loan syndications and securitization, ABCP conduits, mergers and acquisitions advisory, and private equity funds services. Mr. Ceurvorst began his career in New York with Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now part of JP Morgan Chase) where he served in significant positions in the international and investment banking divisions. Subsequently he served with Continental Bank (now part of Bank of America) where his activities included the placement of equity in the first ever commercial loan securitization. Mr. Ceurvorst is the Chairman of the Japan – America Society of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and earned his master’s degree from Columbia University School of Business.

Herbert Stepic

Herbert Stepic

Former Chief Executive Officer and Senior Advisor to the Board, RBI


Herbert Stepic is the Senior Advisor to the Managing Board of RBI, one of the leading banking groups in CEE. He looks back at more than 30 years of experience in international banking business and trade finance and is a renowned expert for CEE. He is the master mind and motor behind the rapid expansion of Raiffeisen’s international network. Its cornerstone was set in Hungary with today’s Raiffeisen Bank, which was founded already in 1986, three years before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Mr. Stepic was awarded European Banker of the Year 2006 by The Group 20 + 1 in Germany.

Dietmar Hornung

Dietmar Hornung

Associate Managing Director at Moody’s Investors Service


Dietmar Hornung, Associate Managing Director, leads the Sovereign Risk Group’s European team, covering the European countries and the European supranationals. Prior to his appointment as team leader, Dietmar Hornung was Moody’s lead analyst on a number of European sovereign credits, including Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Russia, EU, EFSF and ESM. Before joining Moody’s in 2007, Mr. Hornung was Head of Emerging Market Research for DekaBank in Frankfurt. Dietmar Hornung holds a Doctorate summa cum laude in Economics from Ottovon-Guericke University in Magdeburg. He received a Masters degree from Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel after studies in Kiel, at the University of Miami, and at the Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen. Dietmar Hornung is a Certified EFFAS Financial Analyst (CEFA).