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21st Austria

14 Austrian companies together with the Central Bank of Austria and the Vienna Stock Exchange took the initiative to start a dialogue on competitiveness and innovation in Europe as well as current challenges, with a special focus on Austria and the CESEE region. It is a unique effort to explain the current basis of the country’s global competitive position and to share learning and ideas for the future.


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ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, with its more than 110 offices in over 70 countries, provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for both Austrian companies and their international business partners. Their 750 employees and 40 consultants around the world assist in locating Austrian suppliers and business partners. They organize more than 1,000 events every year to bring business contacts together. Other services provided by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices range from introductions to Austrian companies looking for importers, distributors, or agents to providing in-depth information on Austria as a business location and assistance in entering the Austrian market.


Dr. Claus J. Raidl


Dr. Claus J. Raidl,
President of the Austrian Central Bank
and 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.

Dr. Christian Kesberg


Dr. Christian Kesberg,
Trade Commissioner for Austria in New York.

Christian Kesberg is in charge of the US operations of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, Austria’s foreign commercial service, and oversees the activities of trade service centers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and Atlanta. Prior to his appointment in September 2006 Christian Kesberg was ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA’s Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Kesberg was heavily involved in the design and implementation of trade and investment promotion schemes and played a pivotal role in expanding the agencies focus from export promotion to international business support.

He frequently speaks on a wide variety of subjects mostly related to international trade, internationalization as well as SME policy and Austria’s export driven economic dynamism.

Fanni Koszeg

Fanni Koszeg,
Conference Moderator

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. She is a native Hungarian speaker bi-lingual in English and fluent in German, French, and Spanish.