Organizer: corporAID
When: 02.06.2022/9/30, 13:30 a.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m
Where: Reitersaal OeKB, Strauchgasse 3, 1010 Vienna and online (Livestorm)

Thank you for your participation and the exciting insights!

Upheavals and new perspectives

The world is facing numerous upheavals and even more long-term challenges: In addition to megatrends such as globalization, urbanization and digitization, developments such as the corona pandemic and climate change are leading to a critical examination of value chains, business models and partnerships. At the same time, geopolitical tensions such as the war currently taking place in Ukraine are having a significant impact not only on supply and value chains, but also on the very foundations of a rules-based world order as we know it. These challenges particularly affect Europe and thus also Austria.

Against this background, emerging and developing countries are becoming more and more important. It is not just a matter of developing new suppliers for raw materials and creating new sales markets for products and services, but also of gaining new partners to tackle global challenges. Companies play a central role in this. They create markets, provide access to innovative products and technologies, pay local taxes, create jobs and bring higher standards and productivity to the country. The Sustainable Development Goals also explicitly call on business to contribute more of its skills to solving global challenges.

Global upheaval and the road to a new normal

These far-reaching disruptions call for new sustainable perspectives. National isolationist strategies stand in the way of an interdependent world as we would like it to be. In order to create prosperity for everyone, globalization is needed that is shaped and promoted within the framework of a global regulatory policy. Development cooperation plays an important role in initiating and shaping new partnerships for global sustainable development.

This requires recognizing the importance of companies that can make an important contribution to the challenges outlined with innovative solutions. A coordinated approach by politics and business makes it possible to adapt framework conditions for the creation of future markets and to control them with instruments where market mechanisms do not work by themselves. In this way, companies can become effective players that combine the mastering of challenges with economic opportunities. Austria is also called upon to become active here and to understand and shape domestic development cooperation more than before as an enabler for holistic solutions.

You can look forward to the following keynotes, among others:

George Njenga
Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya

Emerging new partners

Philip von Carlowitz
ESB Business School, Reutlingen, Germany

Rethink business globally

Tilman Altenburg
German Institute for Development Policy

Globalization 2.0: creating new markets together

Company panel with:

Susanne Ebner-Mayer, Ebner Media & Management GmbH
Susanne Ebner-Mayer Entrepreneur with a focus im Traffic safety area. 1996 gegrounded HE India effect she from the Improvement their Upper Austrian SMEs a successful one business model in India developed. 

Gerald Hanisch, Scratch Master
Gerald Hanisch is founder and CEO of Rubble Master. The company is a cost worldwide leading manufacturers for mobile crushers and screens, amongst other things to on-site recycling of rubble 

Arnold Schuh, Competence Center for Emerging Markets & CEE, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Arnold Schuh is director of the Competence Center for Emerging Markets & Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and assistant professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research areas are market entry and marketing strategies as well as strategic management in CEE and Europe.

Philipp von Carlowitz, Reutlingen University
Philipp von Carlowitz is Professor of Strategic and International Management at ESB Business School in Reutlingen, Germany. His research focuses on business in Africa, internationalization strategies of companies and sales partnerships in emerging markets.

Othmar Sailer, ICEP (Moderation)
Othmar Sailer has more than 30 years of experience in plant and mechanical engineering and the international service business, including more than 20 years in management positions (managing director, board member, CEO). He currently works as a management consultant, investor and management coach.

From left to right: Susanne Ebner-Mayer (Ebner Media & Management GmbH), Gerald Hanisch (CEO Rubble Master), Arnold Schuh (Director of the Competence Center for Emerging Markets & Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) WU Vienna), Philipp von Carlowitz (Professor for Strategic and International Management ESB Business School Reutlingen, Germany, Othmar Sailer (ICEP)

Economy & Development Dialogue with:

Cynthia Zimmerman
Cynthia Zimmermann is Head of Section at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (Section III – EU and International Market Strategies).  

Gertraud Wollansky
Gertraud Wollansky is a specialist in international climate finance in the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (Section VI – Climate and Energy). She is also a section officere for impact-oriented management and coordinated parliamentary Requests.  

Michael Wancata
Michael Wancata is a member of the board of the Austrian Development Bank. the OeEB contributes with their fundingen of private-sector projects contribute to sustainable development. Previously, he worked for Österreichische Kontrollbank.

Gunter Schall
As head of the Economy and Development department of the Austrian Development Agency ADA, Gunter Schall is responsible for those programs in which the synergies between companies and development cooperation are strengthened. Before that, Schall worked for the Federation of German Industries.   

Bernhard Weber
Bernhard Weber Co-founder and CEO of ICEP. He received his doctorate in commercial sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is a graduate of the Advanced management program of the IESE. 

from left to right: Cynthia Zimmermann (Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs), Gertraud Wollansky (Federal Ministry for Climate Protection), Michael Wancata (Austrian Development Bank), Gunter Schall (Austrian Development Agency), Bernhard Weber (ICEP)

It goes under aincluding the following aspects:  

  • What role does development cooperation play in overcoming the current global challenges?
  • What role do companies play in terms of development cooperation now and in the future?
  • How can synergies between economic interests and global development be used?
  • What are the perspectives for action for companies?

This year's corporAID conference "Global Austria - New perspectives for a new normality" highlights how emerging and developing countries are gaining in importance in the face of crises, megatrends and upheavals and how Austrian companies can also be part of solutions and take advantage of opportunities.

Program Thursday June 2, 2022

09:30 welcome
09:45 Keynotes
         Emerging new partners (in English)
         Business global new thinking
10:30 p.m. Panel discussion
          Identify and take advantage of new business opportunities
11: 30 coffee break
11:45 impulse
         Globalization 2.0: creating new markets together
12:15 p.m. Panel discussion
          Business & Development Dialogue
13:15 Lunch & Networking


Decision-makers from Austrian companies with exposure to developing countries, consultants and experts from public institutions, development cooperation, science and civil society.

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