/ Speakers 2022 /

Andrea Orcel

CEO, Unicredit

Andrea Orcel began his career in 1987 at Midland Montagu in Fixed Income. In 1988 he moved to Goldman Sachs and in 1990 he joined The Boston Consulting Group.

From 1992 to 2012, Andrea worked for Merrill Lynch (then Bank of America), with a number of senior positions.

In 2012, Andrea joined UBS as a Member of the Group Executive Board and then President, Investment Bank; then CEO, UBS Limited and UBS AG London Branch (2014); Member of the Board of UBS Americas Holding LLC, senior contact for US industry regulators and Senior Officer Outside of Australia and senior contact for Australia industry regulators (2016).

He was also a Member of the Board of UBS Optimus Foundation, Senior Sponsor and Leader for Diversity and Talent Development in the Investment Bank and the UK.

On 15th April 2021, Andrea Orcel was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit.

Felix Ohswald

Co-Founder & CEO, GoStudent

Felix Ohswald (*1995) is the co-founder and CEO of the digital learning platform GoStudent.

At the age of 14, he began studying mathematics at the University of Vienna, which he completed before finishing his Matura. He also completed a mathematics degree at the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at ETH Zurich.

Together with Gregor Müller, he founded GoStudent in Vienna in 2016, which is now one of the leading global providers of online tutoring and, with a valuation of 3 billion Euros, the most valuable EdTech company in Europe.

With GoStudent, Felix pursues the goal of building the No. 1 global school and thus revolutionizing the international tutoring market. Meanwhile, the edtech scaleup is active in 23 markets and employs +2,000 employees* and +20,000 tutors.

In 2020, Felix was included in the Forbes “30 under 30” ranking and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2021.

Nikolaus von Bomhard

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Munich Re

Nikolaus von Bomhard was born in Germany in 1956.

He completed his law studies at the universities of Munich and Regensburg with a doctorate.

In 1985 he began his career at Munich Re and held various positions in the following years.

In 1997 Mr. von Bomhard took on the task of building up and managing the Munich Re office in São Paulo, Brazil.

In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of Management and from 2001 was responsible for the Europe and Latin America Division.

He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management in 2004, a position he held until his retirement from Munich Re at the end of April 2017.

Since 2019 Mr von Bomhard acts as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Munich Re, a position he also holds for Deutsche Post DHL Group. Among many other mandates he chairs the Council of SWP, The German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Hildegard Wortmann

Board Member, Audi AG

Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg

Chairman, Spitzberg Partners LLC

Michael Strugl

CEO, Verbund

Nathalie Moll

Director General, EFPIA

Nathalie Moll joined the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) as Director General in April 2017.

EFPIA represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Together with its direct membership 40 leading pharmaceutical companies, 33 national associations representing over 1,900 companies and in collaboration with health and research players, EFPIA’s mission is to create an environment that enables our members to innovate, discover, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.

Prior to joining EFPIA, between 2010 and 2017 Nathalie was the Secretary General of EuropaBio ranked as the most effective European Trade Association in Brussels in 2013. She spent over 20 years working for the biotech industry at EU and national level in associations and corporate positions and held the position of Chair and Vice Chair of the International Council of Biotech Associations (ICBA).

In 2013, Nathalie won the Technovisionaries Women Innovation Award organised by Women & Technologies® while in 2009, Nathalie and the Green Biotech Team of EuropaBio were presented with the Leadership and Excellence in Advancing Ag-Biotech and Food Issues Award. Nathalie was also named one of the 15 leading women in biotech in Europe in 2017 and recognised as one of the “20 Women Who Shape Brussels” by POLITICO Europe in 2020.

Nathalie holds an Honours Degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from St Andrews University, Scotland.

Tobias Feakin

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Australia

Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology. He commenced as Ambassador for Cyber Affairs in January 2017, before having his mandate expanded to reflect the central role that technology issues have in geopolitics in 2021.

He leads Australia’s Whole of Government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in cyberspace and critical technology.

Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Following that, he led the creation of Australia’s 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy.

Ambassador Feakin is a Senior Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute and a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s FinCyber Advisory Group which focuses on developing an International Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Global Financial System.

Ambassador Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Politics and Security Studies, both from the University of Bradford.

Stefan Kaufmann

Innovation Officer "Green Hydrogen", Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

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Thaddaeus Ropac

Gallerist, Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac

Born in 1960. Klagenfurt, Austria. Lives between Paris, London and Salzburg.

In 1983, Thaddaeus Ropac founded his first gallery in Salzburg, specialising in European and North American contemporary art. Among the first exhibitions organised by the gallery in Salzburg were projects with German artists Joseph Beuys and Georg Baselitz, but also with younger, then-emerging American artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. The gallery now has six distinctive venues in London, Paris, Pantin, Salzburg and Seoul.

With a team of over 100, the gallery currently represents 70 artists and a number of renowned artist estates and shows at all major international art fairs. Active in both the primary and secondary markets, the gallery’s role extends to curatorial work, where it acts as a consultant to public institutions as well as an advisor to private and corporate collections. The gallery runs its own publishing house, producing catalogues and books to accompany exhibitions, inviting prominent international art historians, curators and writers to contribute.

Thaddaeus Ropac is a member of the advisory board of the Salzburg Festival as well as the University of Salzburg and founded the Austrian Friends of the Israel Museum. In 2013 he was accorded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by the French president, François Hollande.

Lukas Stranger

Co-Founder & CEO, NXRT

Lukas is the co-founder and CEO of NXRT a Mixed Reality simulation company.

Together with his team he developed the world’s first Mixed Reality Test Drive System using real vehicles as simulators.
NXRT creates a software framework to quickly setup new driving environments and appropriate scenarios based on game engines to conduct immersive driving simulation for sales, training and engineering.

Before Lukas co-founded NXRT he worked for today’s Munich Software Unicorn Celonis and was once a professional Beachvolleyball player ranked 4th in the junior world ranking.
In 2021, Lukas was listed in Forbes 30 under 30, honoring him as an entrepreneur and its drive to build products for a safer mobility landscape.

Angela Stief

Director of the Albertina Modern & Chief Curator of Contemporary Art at the Albertina in Vienna

As Director of the Albertina Modern and Chief Curator of Contemporary Art at the Albertina, Angela Stief is responsible for the collection management of the Albertina’s contemporary art holdings after 1945 with over 65.000 works of art.

In her function, she plans exhibitions for the Albertina and is responsible for their academic supervision from the exhibition concept to the academic publication. At the same time, she coordinates and supervises various projects and cooperations with international museums and institutions and heads the Albertina’s Contemporary Team.

Her most recent project is the Albertina’s Modern Circle, which she is currently setting up along international lines. This exclusive circle of collectors and art enthusiasts is dedicated to diversifying, supplementing and expanding the Albertina’s collection holdings.

Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman, Munich Security Conference

Ambassador (ret.) Wolfgang Ischinger is the President of the Foundation Council of the Munich Security Conference Foundation.

He served as Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) from 2008 to 2022. A German career diplomat, he was State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister) from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ambassador to the U.S., and from 2006 to 2008, to the Court of St James’s.

He is a Senior Professor at the Hertie School, Berlin, and serves on the boards of companies as well as non-profitinstitutions, including Atlantik-Brücke/Berlin, the American Academy/Berlin, and the Atlantic Council of the United States/Washington D.C

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Sabine Herlitschka

Sabine Herlitschka has been CEO of Infineon Technologies Austria AG since April 2014.

Her professional background includes industrial biotech research, international research and technology cooperation and financing, internships at renowned U.S. institutions, Fulbright scholar and founding Vice Rector at the Medical University of Graz.

Among numerous functions, Sabine Herlitschka is currently Vice President of the Federation of Austrian Industries, Vice Chair of the Council for Research and Technology Development of the Austrian Federal Government and Chair of the Supervisory Board of FH Kärnten.

At the European level, she was Chair of the European Governing Board of the public-private partnership program “ECSEL-Electric Components and Systems for European Leadership” from 2018-2021.

She was elected Manager of the Year of 2021 by the business magazine Trend.

Sabine Herlitschka holds a PhD in Food & Biotechnology, Postdoc in Industrial Research and a Master of Business Administration.

Simon Tüchelmann

CEO and Co-Founder, KREATIZE

Simon Tüchelmann was born in Germany in 1988 and currently lives in Berlin.

Mr. Tüchelmann is currently co-founder and CEO of KREATIZE GmbH, based in Berlin.

In 2014, Mr. Tüchelmann took over the CEO position of his family business tsf Tübinger Stahlfeinguss GmbH&Co.KG. During his tenure, he was responsible for production, controlling, sales and marketing and managed to lead the company to profitability within 4 years. Here he fell in love with the manufacturing industry and decided to start KREATIZE.

Since 2015, Mr. Tüchelmann has been passionate about transforming supply chains into smart supply networks, which he calls Cloud Manufacturing.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Business and Economics from Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. During his time at the university, he co-founded a food company and led Zeppelin University’s Entrepreneurs Club.

Raimund Zopp

Co-Founder and Director Innovation, FLIGHTKEYS GmbH

Co-founder and responsible for corporate strategy, cost-optimized flight operations and sustainable aviation concepts.

Education in aeronautical engineering (HTL Flugtechnik). 30 years of airline pilot experience (Austrian Airlines, DC9 – A340).

Flight accident investigation experience, Cost-index flight operations pioneer, developed one of the first computer-based flight planning solutions in the 1980s.

Co-founder and CEO of Flugwerkzeuge Aviation Software GmbH (f:wz). Consulting work in various SESAR and H2020 projects.

Co-founder of FLIGHTKEYS.

Active touring motor glider pilot.

Alejandra Frias

Research and Sustainability, Flightkeys

Aerospace engineer with a master’s degree in air traffic organization and management.

Stationed in Vienna working for Flightkeys GmbH as sustainability researcher and software tester. Currently involved in several projects regarding contrail formation and non-CO2 effect.

Extremely passionate about the subject of green aviation and air traffic management and looking forward to developing her technical expertise in these topics.

Florian Tursky

State Secretary for Digitization and Telecommunications, Austria

Sabrina Kristic

Managing Director und Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Sabrina has been working at BCG, based in Frankfurt am Main, since 2009.

She is a healthcare expert specializing in pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and pharmacies and is convinced that medical innovations are changing our future.

True to this motto, she is working with BCG’s clients on innovative products to improve patients’ lives faster and in a more targeted way.
A balanced use of traditional and digital solutions sets new standards in this regard.

Sabrina holds MBA and master’s degrees in business administration from EBS University of Business and Law as well as Georgia State University. She holds a doctorate in economics from Witten-Herdecke University.

Karoline Edtstadler

Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution, Austria

Karoline Edtstadler was appointed Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution at the Federal Chancellery under Kurz II by President Alexander Van der Bellen in January 2020.

Previously, from July 2019 to January 2020, she was Member of European Parliament and Head of Delegation of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) after serving as secretary of state at the Federal Ministry of the Interior under Kurz I from 2017 to May 2019.

Having read law at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg from 1999 to 2004, Ms Edtstadler has extensive legal experience serving as judge at the Salzburg Regional Court from 2008 to 2011 and working at the Federal Ministry of Justice from 2011 to 2016, lastly as an adviser in the cabinet of the Federal Minister for Justice, Wolfgang Brandstetter.

Ms Edtstadler was also posted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg as a legal expert from 2016 to 2017.

Wolfgang Schüssel

Former Chancellor, Austria

Wolfgang Schüssel was born in Vienna in 1945 and received his doctorate in law from Vienna University in 1968. Between 2000 and 2007 Mr Schüssel served as Federal Chancellor of Austria, chairing the European Council during Austria‘s EU Presidency in the first half of 2006.

His term in office saw the introduction of the Euro, a comprehensive reform of Austria’s pension system, the consolidation of the country‘s budget, the privatization of nationalized industries, as well as restitution payments to the victims of National Socialism.

From 1995 to 2007 Mr Schüssel was National Chairman of the Austrian People‘s Party. From 1989 to 1995 he served as Minister of Economic Affairs, and from 1995 to 1999 as Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Schüssel played a key role in Austria’s accession to the European Union and during the country‘s first Presidency of the EU Council.

Since 2008 Wolfgang Schüssel has been an active President of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria. He serves on the Supervisory Board of RWE AG (2011-2021).

Mr Schüssel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Allensbach Institute, since October 2015 Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. From 2007-2017 he has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bertelsmann Foundation.

Guido Kucsko

Conceptual artist & Jurist

Nikolaus Lang

Managing Director & Senior Partner; Boston Consulting Group

Nikolaus is a Managing Director and Senior Partner in BCG’s Munich office and has been working for the firm since 1998. He is the Global Leader of BCG’s Global Advantage practice, supporting clients on an array of globalization related topics: global trade, localization, international joint ventures, and digital ecosystems. He lived in Asia for ten years, and has worked in most of the world’s emerging markets.

As a global expert in connectivity, autonomous mobility, carsharing, and fleet management, Nikolaus is the Founder and Director of BCG’s Center for Mobility Innovation, a team of urban mobility experts and digital business builders.

Since 2012 he leads BCG’s cooperation with the WEF on the Future of Mobility, incl. Autonomous Mobility, Social Inclusion in Mobility and Software-Driven Mobility.

Nikolaus holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen and a master in business administration from the University of St. Gallen. Since 2021 he is Honorary Professor at the Institute for Business Administration and Mobility at the University of St. Gallen.

Christian Meermann

Managing Partner, Cherry Ventures

Christian is a Founding Partner at Cherry.

After a few years at Boston Consulting Group, Christian joined Zalando as its first CMO. Christian was responsible for building and managing the group’s marketing efforts (like, for example, performance marketing, CRM, PR, TV, and brand marketing). He then joined the management board of Peek&Cloppenburg and was responsible for the company’s online business.

He holds a masters (Diplom) in business administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

He has lived and worked in the US, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa.

Christian gets excited about founders that are as passionate about execution as they are about building a strong and sustainable brand. He has a particular focus on logistics and mobility as well a food technology companies.

Alexander Valtingojer

CEO und Co-Founder, Coinpanion

Wilfried Haslauer

Governor, Salzburg

Johannes Hahn

EU-Commissioner for Budget and Administration

Johannes Hahn has held various management functions in the different sectors of the Austrian economy and industry, including as CEO of Novomatic AG for 5 years. Between 1992 and 1997, Mr. Hahn was Executive Director of the Austrian People’s Party Vienna. In 2002, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Party and Chairman in 2005. Member of the Regional Parliament of Vienna from 1996 to 2003, he became Federal Minister for Science and Research in 2007.

He was the Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy from 2010 to 2014. From 2014 to 2019, he was the Member of the European Commission in charge of Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Since December 2019, he is the Member of the European Commission in charge of Budget and Administration.

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Alfred Taudes

Entrepreneurial Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Carlo Burkhardt

Professor, Pforzheim University

Prof. Dr. Carlo Burkhardt (*1965) studied metallurgy and materials at the University of Birmingham (UK) and received his PhD in 1995.

He started his career at Witzenmann GmbH (a German automotive supplier) as a project engineer. Going through the ranks, he was appointed Vice President R&D in 2006.

In 2011, he joined OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co KG, a specialist in precision engineering, as CTO, where he was responsible for technology, R&D, production and quality.

In 2017, he moved to Pforzheim University, where he is now scientific director of the Institute for Precious and Technology Metals (STI). In this position, he coordinates what is currently the largest recycling project under EU Horizon 2020, “SusMagPro” (2019-2023).

He is co-founder of two university spin-offs: MetShape GmbH focuses on additive manufacturing of precision components and HyProMag GmbH develops new methods for recycling permanent magnets. In both companies, he is a member of the management board.

Since 2021, he has been head of the Awareness Raising Task Force of the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) and since 2022, he has been convenor of the German standardization group NA 066-03-11 AA at DIN, which mirrors the work of ISO/TC 298 “Rare Earth”.

Dierk Paskert

CEO, Encavis AG

Dr. Dierk Paskert (*1961) studied law and economics at the universities in Würzburg and Münster, obtaining his PhD from the latter in 1991.

Dr. Dierk Paskert started his professional career in investment banking at Trinkaus & Burkhardt, a German private bank.

In 1996, he changed to the Veba Group, where he held several management positions, e.g. at Degussa-Hüls and Stinnes, the Group’s logistics subsidiary. At the latter, he was responsible for M&A and the corporate strategy.

In 2001, he joined the Management Board of SCHENKER AG in Essen. In 2003, he was put in charge of the corporate strategy at E.ON, where he was instrumental in opening the Group up to renewable energy.

In early 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Management of E.ON-Energie AG in Munich. There he was responsible for the Network Division and served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of various national and international grid companies.

From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Dierk Paskert was Managing Director of Rohstoffallianz. At the same time, as a business angel and investor at The Mobilityhouse AG, he gained early experience in the field of electromobility and battery storage.

In September 2017, Dr. Paskert was appointed to the Management Board of Encavis AG, where he has been Chairman ever since. He is also member of the Management Board of the German Solar Association (BSW).

Fjolla Holzleithner

Founder & CEO of Brand Embassy & DAYHOLI

Fjolla is the founder and CEO of Brand Embassy, a promotions agency providing creative marketing solutions and supporting events with a pool of over 6,000 promoters. She launched her company shortly after graduating with an MA in marketing & sales from Campus 02 in Graz and has worked with lifestyle and luxury brands in Austria for the last 12 years.

Even though it was a difficult period for the events industry in the last few years, Fjolla has found a way to pivot her business. She used this time to create DAYHOLI, the first worldwide company with a sustainable solution to experience the world from your home without traveling physically.

DAYHOLI uses high technology to beam people virtually into experiencing events and places with all their senses – whether for travel, shopping, education, sports or cultural events.

DAYHOLI’S VR dome was part of the Austrian pavilion during Dubai’s Expo 2020, and the startup is now lining up projects in Metaverse.

Lucrezia Reichlin

Professor of economics London Business School, Fellow British academy, trustee International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation

Lucrezia Reichlin is professor of economics at the London Business School, a trustee of the Center of European Policy Research (CEPR) and of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation.

She chaired the steering committee that led to the establishment of the International Sustainability Standard Board (ISSB) within the IFRS.

Reichlin is an applied macroeconomist and econometrician. She has pioneered methods for forecasting with large data-sets and for now-casting.

She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society and she is honorary international fellow of the American Economic Association.

Reichlin was director general of research at the European Central Bank from 2005 to 2008 and she co-founded Now-casting economics in 2011.

She is a member of a few commercial boards and research institutes and advises central banks and governments on issues related to macroeconomy policy and the financial sector.

Meinrad Spenger

Co-Founder and CEO, MASMOVIL

Meini grew up in Austria and is the Co-founder and CEO of MASMOVIL, an Iberian Telecom Operator, that grew in 16 years from cero to over 3 bn€ revenues and 14 million customers.

MASMOVIL has become the first start-up in Spain that run through all relevant stages of the Spanish stock exchange: listed in the junior stock market (MAB) in 2014, the official stock market (2017) and included in its main index, the IBEX 35 (2019), and taken private by 3 Private Equity funds (KKR, Providence and Cinven) in 2020. Recently, MASMOVIL announced that is working to create the leading Spanish Telecom operator through a JV with Orange Spain valued in close to 20bn€.

In MASMOVIL we offer Telecom services for residential & business clients through our multiple brands. Since October 2019 we are as 4th operator also active in Portugal.

Peter Moser

Vice-Rector for International Relations, Montanuniversität Leoben

Peter Moser is Vice Rector and Professor at the University of Leoben. He completed his mining studies with a specialization in tunnel construction in 1983, received his doctorate in 1989 and his habilitation in 1998. Professorships took him to Paris and St. Petersburg. Since 2008, he has held the Chair of Mining Science, Mining Engineering and Mining Economics as a university professor.  In 2011 he was appointed Vice-Rector at the University of Leoben, responsible for international activities and infrastructure. He has authored more than 130 scientific papers on drilling and blasting technology, planning of new underground mines, rock mechanics, mining process engineering and raw materials management.  In addition, he serves as an expert and consultant to international research funding agencies and the extractive industries both domestically and internationally. Through his extensive participation in expert platforms on behalf of the European Commission and membership in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, his scientific activities in recent years have focused on issues related to political and societal challenges for a sustainable raw materials supply in Europe and worldwide.

Philippe Sahli

Co-Founder & CEO, Yokoy

Philippe Sahli is the CEO of Yokoy, a company, which he co-founded in 2019.

What started as a solution for automating expense processes has since grown rapidly in scope: With its AI-based platform, Yokoy now addresses company expenditures as a whole – from handling expenses and supplier invoices to managing smart corporate cards.

Philippe has extensive experience in the finance sector. Before founding Yokoy, he served as CFO for the Swiss scaleup Beekeeper and held management positions at Credit Suisse and UBS.

In 2021, Philippe was listed in Forbes 30 under 30, honoring him as an entrepreneur who brings together innovative ideas, entrepreneurial thinking, and an ambitious vision.

Robert Schwertner

Executive Director, Innomagic

Robert Schwertner is active in the blockchain domain: he focusses on blockchain-based use cases in mobility, real estates and energy supporting large European and Asian companies. His critical insights are published on www.cryptorobby.com and on his LinkedIn profile.

Robert is frequent speaker at international blockchain-related conferences, was expert speaker at the British Parliament, held a TEDx Talks and was speaker at the OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum.

He holds a master’s degree in Natural Sciences of the University of Vienna and a postgraduate degree in European Advanced Studies. As CEO of INNOMAGIC GmbH (www.innomagic.eu) he focusses on blockchain-related consulting and R&D funding of innovative tech-companies.