Austria is ready for business and the future

CEOs of leading Austrian companies, economists from the well-known Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
and the Vienna Stock Exchange led roundtable discussions and conducted one-on-one meetings. Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is facing the most challenging time since the fall of the iron curtain 25 years ago. At the same time,
many experts have predicted CEE growth rates above the European average for this year. Austria is ready for business and the future.

 

With economists from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies,

one of the principle centers for research on Central, East and Southeast Europe with 40 years of experience.

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Agenda

This one-day conference will explore the current challenges as well as growth opportunities in Europe with a special focus on the economies of Austria and the CEE region. Austria’s traditionally strong ties to the region, a high level of corporate investment, dense institutional expertise and business intelligence provide the foundation for this conversation.

Schedule 

8:00 a.m.
Pre-conference startup breakfast
Andreas Tschas, CEO, Pioneers
The convergence of old and new, big and small: creating the true economy – examples from CEE”

9:15 a.m.
Conference opening and welcome
Christian Kesberg, Austrian Trade Commissioner for the USA
Claus J. Raidl, President of the Austrian Central Bank & Spokesperson of 21st Austria

Keynote
Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States
“CEE after Maidan: Status and Outlook – an Austrian perspective”

Current crisis
Peter Havlik, Senior Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
“European Union, Russia and Ukraine – economic consequences of the crisis” 

10:00 a.m.
Roundtable discussion I – Banking & Investments:
Herbert Stepic, former CEO and Senior Advisor, Raiffeisen Bank International
“What’s really at stake – an inside perspective”

10:00 a.m.
Roundtable discussion II – CEE Real Estate & Market Indicators:
Michael Landesmann, Director of Research, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
Birgit Noggler, CFO, Immofinanz
“Early economic indicators and consumer behavior in CEE”

11.00 a.m.
Coffee break

11.15 a.m.
Roundtable discussion III – Technology & Innovation:
Andreas Gerstenmayer, CEO, AT&S
Helmut Wieser, CEO, AMAG
“Growth strategies of hidden champions: competing beyond CEE”

11.15 a.m.
Roundtable discussion VI – Energy:
Peter Kollmann, CFO, Verbund
Guenter Leonhartsberger, Head of Division, ÖIAG (Austrian Privatization Agency)
“The need for a new game plan: re-thinking energy security in Europe”

12:00 p.m.
Lunch registration & reception

12:30 p.m.
Welcome
Christian Kesberg, Austrian Trade Commissioner for the USA

Keynote: Providing the cockpit
Michael Landesmann, Director of Research, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
“A mixed bag in CEE: competitiveness issues and growth prospects”

2:00 p.m.
Investor talk
Michael Keppler, President, Keppler Asset Management, in discussion with
Claus J. Raidl, President of the Austrian Central Bank & Spokesperson of 21st Austria

3:00 p.m.
Conference end